October Events

I can hardly believe we’re halfway through October! It’s been such a busy month already with 2 events and many behind the scenes projects that I’ll have to share with you in the coming weeks!

Over the weekend I completed 1 of two Breast Cancer Awareness Events for the month. It felt great to come together with other small businesses in the community for such a wonderful cause! Together we collected an awesome sized donation for Team Julia!

Here’s some of the products I had for sale and the sweet cookies I baked for the occasion. Everything from sprinkles and paper straws, to baking cups, cupcake liners, cupcake toppers, cookie cutters and more!

Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs

And here’s a few snapshots from the event.

Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs

I used plenty of white for my display  because I’m absolutely obsessed with it right now. I tied in pops of pink through products and fresh roses for the pink awareness theme and  used my favorite collection of vintage milk glass dishes to display many of the products.

Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs

Most of what’s seen at my booth can be purchased online in my Posh Etsy Shop. For the entire month of October, I’ll be donating 20% of all pink colored and awareness related products to our local charity Team Julia. You can find more about Team Julia by clicking on the highlighted link.

Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs

And for my personal style, a black peplum paired with black denim and a little pop of leopard which is so on trend for Fall.

Breast Cancer Awareness Event |Posh Little Designs

I’ve got one more awareness event this Friday at a local imaging center. They’ll be offering free mammograms to women 40 and over in addition to many free prizes and giveaways, while providing information and raising awareness about breast cancer. It’s another fundraiser I’m thrilled to be a part of!

Much more to share soon friends!

xoxo

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness

The month of October is dedicated to raising awareness about breast cancer. Organizations from all over the world will be joining in and so will I. I’m taking part by participating in two wonderful events in my home town.

First up is a multi-vendor fundraising Bosom Boutique for Team Julia. A local charity providing assistance to families and individuals affected by breast cancer while also raising awareness about the disease. This specific event is taking place next Saturday the 11th of October and I’m delighted to be working with some awesome vendors. I’ll be putting together a variety of seasonal awareness and pink themed baking and party supplies for sale locally and in limited quantities in my Etsy shop, with a portion of the proceeds from the sales going directly to the charity we’re representing.

Bosom Boutique BCA | Posh Little Designs

I’ve also been invited again to be one of the vendors at an Annual Mammogram Party also happening locally. The event will offer mammograms by donation to women without a prior appointment, while also raising awareness about breast cancer. This event is taking place Friday October 17th. You can learn more about my participation in last year’s Mammo event here.

It’s shaping up to be quite a busy month but I’ll have plenty behind the scenes details to share with you in the coming days and weeks as I prepare for both events.

Happy weekend!! I’ll be sporting the color pink for breast cancer awareness this month and I hope you do too!

More to share soon.

xo

German Chocolate French Macarons


German Chocolate French Macarons | Posh Little Designs

After traveling to NY last month and visiting Ladurée, I’ve become a little more obsessed with french macarons. Not gonna lie, I’ve been thinking about them quite often and regretting not bringing home more from the city. More than anything I think visiting Ladurée has inspired me to become better at making macarons. My mom’s birthday last weekend seemed like the perfect opportunity to try my hand at making them again, this time flavored like german chocolate cake, since that’s her favorite dessert.

I just happened to have all the ingredients on hand in my pantry to make the german chocolate cake macarons, but none left to spare. Of course that meant if I experienced a mess up, it would basically be tragic and more than anything a waste of time, but luckily there were no tragedies in my kitchen last weekend. Instead I was thrilled when I placed the shells in the oven and watched them rise, feet and all. If you’ve ever made french macarons before, the term “feet” is one worth celebrating, and that I did, over a glass of sauvignon blanc.

 These German chocolate cake macarons were only my 3rd attempt at making them, and although far from perfect, they were much improved from my last batch. I credit the awesome recipe for the macarons I found via Wives with Knives which I followed exactly, only substituting the butter and evaporated milk in the german chocolate filling to make the macarons dairy free and do note that the shells and filling is also gluten free.

German Chocolate French Macarons | Posh Little Designs

Seriously if you love french macarons and german chocolate cake, I highly, highly recommend this recipe! They are a little intimidating to make at first, but I assure you with practice they become easier and easier. Next time around I’ll just have to grind down my almond meal to a finer consistency and add a few more folds to the batter for a smoother shinier shell, but the flavor was there nonetheless.

Most importantly, my mom was absolutely delighted by her sweet birthday gift, which was a reward in itself.

And for an extra reward, I enjoyed tea and a few leftover macarons on the morning of the first day of Fall as the rain began to fall. The perfect way to bring in the new season.

Thanks as always for reading and Happy Fall! Much more to share soon.

xo

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014

Vanilla Caramel Apple Bites (V)

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Lately I’ve had Fall and seasonal recipes on the brain, so while feeling a little festive over the weekend I whipped up a simple caramel using only the ingredients that I had  in my pantry. To my surprise, a can of coconut milk and a cup of sugar, if boiled long enough can transform into a delightful dipping sauce that pairs beautifully with apples and just about anything else you could think of. And did I mention that this heavenly sauce just happens to be gluten and lactose free?! Hmmm..thinking it’s safe to say that Fall just got a whole lot sweeter.

Vanilla Caramel Apple Bites

Ingredients/Supplies

1-2 large apples cut into 2 inch cubes

lemon wedge

toothpicks

parchment paper

3/4 cups full fat coconut milk

1 cup raw sugar

1 teaspoon pink himalaya sea salt

seeds from 1 vanilla bean scraped

1 teaspoon coconut oil.

Finely chopped pecans.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Line baking sheet or tray with parchment paper and set aside.

Cube apples and squeeze with lemon juice to prevent browning and then top with toothpicks. Set aside.

For caramel, combine raw sugar and coconut milk in a heavy sauce pan over medium heat.

Stir until sugar is dissolved and then allow to boil for 15 minutes until a the caramel is an amber brown.

Quickly remove from heat and gently stir in salt, vanilla bean seeds and coconut oil.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Begin dipping each apple into caramel sauce right away. You can do this by transferring the sauce into a separate dish, or directly from the sauce pan, just be careful not to burn yourself.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Sprinkle each dipped apple with chopped pecans and place on parchment paper to cool.

Serve immediately.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

Note: Since this is not your typical caramel it has a tendency to harden as soon as it begins to cool. You can attempt to reheat in the microwave, but you’ll yield your best results by using the caramel sauce immediately.

Caramel Apple Bites | Posh Little Designs

These Fall delights are vegan and party perfect. Their small size and toothpick toppers make them ideal for entertaining and and a favorite for the season upon us!

Enjoy!

Do you have any Fall recipes you’re excited to make? I’d love to hear about them!

Thanks for reading. I’ll have much more to share soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Vanilla Caramel Apple Bites was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014

Thought of the day…

Enjoy the little things: A simple thought of the day inspired by the small ceramic plates I found at H&M home.
IMG_5438.JPGAlways a great reminder ♡
Hope you all are having a lovely weekend!

Much more to share soon. In the meantime you can find me on Instagram: @poshlittledesigns

xo

Travel-gram -New York

With travel and preparation for school to start, the past few weeks have been hectic. It’s been on my heart to share and blog but finding the balance with everything else going on has proven to be difficult.  My hubby and I just recently returned from New York city. We spent 6 days away from our girls for the first time ever which means that all the spare time that we have right now is theirs. Enjoying the last few days of summer and time with my family and loved ones has been wonderful and much-needed, but I’m ready to get back into the swing of things! Starting off with some highlights from our incredible trip to NY, captured via instagram.

We traveled to celebrate a dear friend of 20 years’ wedding. I was honored to be one of the bridesmaids, along with several of our other childhood friends. The wedding took place in upstate NY on the countryside, near Rochester. The views were absolutely incredible! The wedding had many DIY details, mason jars and a color scheme of navy and grey. As you can see I had to make a switch of my shoes to sandals, as trying to trek through grass in heels was not working in my favor! Our experience though, was like no other. It was truly so special to be a part of their day and to witness their love for each other. So great to reminisce with all my girlfriend’s while making new memories in the process. I can’t even begin to express how happy I am for our dear friends, the bride and groom! Wishing them a lifetime of love and all the happiness in the world!

New York Travel - Instagram

We followed up the wedding with a drive into Manhattan where we stayed with my sis-in-law and brother-in-law for a few days. Let me just say, what an incredible city New York is. Completely fell in love with most everything about it. The shopping in soho and the sites all around us. The food, the skyline. Central Park, views from the Empire State building at night and just the overall energy. Every moment we were there, the city was alive! Of course it wouldn’t have been a trip to NY without a stop at Ladurée on Madison Ave for french macarons. I was in heaven!! No seriously…H E A V E N! Never in my life have I had a macaron so good and I have had a lot of macarons in my life. Pictures don’t do them justice, but we cannot wait to go back for more. For all of the reasons above we’re tempted to plan another trip there very soon!

New York Travel - Instagram

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Have a fabulous holiday weekend loves! Much more to share here soon.

xo

Real Parties: Hello Kitty Lemonade

Happy Friday all! It’s been a nonstop few weeks for me but I’ve finally had a bit of down time, and the opportunity to edit photos from my daughter’s 5th birthday party. My sweet girl has had her heart set on a Hello Kitty party for the last 5-6 months, but to make it a little more summery we tied in the Lemonade theme for an sweet sunshiny twist.

Our party location this year was completely different from any of the parties I’ve done for her in the past, at a local water park, which the kids absolutely loved. It was quite an experience to get everything transferred and setup under such a short time-frame but it all came together beautifully and just in time!

I began with the invitations.

Hello Kitty Lemonade Invitation | Posh Little Designs

Then 1 month before the party, started gathering all of my supplies for the celebration. I’ve got a good amount of odds and ends on hand from previous parties that I’ve done, so it was nice to be able to  re-use! Such a great way to save money!

For most of my character parties, I choose to keep the details a bit more subtle. I usually start with a white backdrop because I love having a blank canvas to work with. I tie in my colors from there. We went with a pink and yellow scheme, with Hello Kitty hand printed designs throughout. I put an emphasis on hello kitty’s silhouette and bow and centered the prints around those 2 components. Everything from the invitations, to the bunting for the dessert table, lemonade stand and cupcake toppers and labels were all created and printed in photoshop using these details.

I’m kind of obsessed with oversized balloons these days as I love the look and feel they add to a parties, so I made sure to incorporate those in pink, yellow and white, along with a few Hello Kitty character balloons. We had plenty of mismatched mason jars that I filled with loose stem blooms in shades of yellow and white for a bit of a shabby feel. Many of the flowers I was able to use from my Mother-in-laws garden. Another great money saver!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The kids had their own table in the center of the room with color coordinating placemats and a favor bag filled with themed goodies.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We chose to keep the menu as simple as possible but still a bit gourmet. We had a build your own sandwich station with plenty of options to choose from and my mom made her homemade fried chicken. We served it all alongside fresh fruit, side salads, and fresh chips and crackers with dips and antipasto.

We had a designated location for homemade lemonade which I made by hand squeezing what I think ended up being nearly 40 lemons with homemade simply syrup and purified water. We had mix-ins for the kids – fresh fruit puree’s and for the adults–homemade lavender syrup, rosemary and mint, in addition to other assorted beverages.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

For dessert:

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We served homemade lemon sugar cookies with royal icing, shaped like lemons, hello kitty’s face and hello kitty’s bow. I’ll have the lemon cookie cutters available for purchase in the etsy shop within the next week!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The cookies were decorated with the assistance of my two lovely sisters! I also made homemade lemon bars using the recipe I found on Bakers Royale which turned out amazing! I highly recommend the recipe. I chose to make the crust dairy free and they were still so great…definitely worth trying!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Cupcakes were homemade with a strawberry lemonade buttercream frosting. Each cupcake was lined with a Paper Eskimo baking cup and then garnished with a pink paper straw and a quartered strawberry for a finishing touch! They turned out so pretty!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

In addition to the desserts, we had fresh lemon jelly wedges, yellow and pink sixlets and lemon drops displayed for our guests to enjoy. The candy was displayed in vintage milk glass dishes, miniature wood crates from Michael’s and mason jars.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

The cute little miniature lemonade stand decoration seen on the dessert table was hand-made by yours truly. I’ll have DIY instructions up soon!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

I also  made a special bunting specifically for the birthday girl’s cupcake!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Here she is blowing out her candle! Happy birthday to our sweetheart!!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

and here’s baby sis enjoying her cupcake! I made a few dairy free for me, her and a few other guests to enjoy!

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

We finished the party with pin the bow on hello kitty and gift opening. All of the kids seemed to have a great time and after the party was over, my daughter came to me and my hubby and told us that it was the best day she’s ever had!

Ahh, I so love these moments, and the fact that she’ll have the memories to look back on for a lifetime. It is truly a blessing to have such special daughters. They are my main source of inspiration and the reason I do all that I do. Seeing them happy is what life is all about.

Hello Kitty Lemonade 5th Birthday | Posh Little Designs

Thank you all for reading! Wishing you a wonderful weekend!

Much more to share soon!

xo

This specific Hello Kitty Lemonade invitation and party design is hand created and specific to Posh Little Designs, seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.