Hello Kitty Lemonade -sneak peek

August so far has been wonderful and busy! My oldest turned 5 last week and we celebrated with loads of Lemonade and Hello Kitty details. I can’t believe how much of a whirlwind it was it! The day felt like it was over before it began, but she had the time of her life, will all her little friends. That was so precious to see!

I will have more on the party to share with you soon but in the mean time I have a little Instagram sneak peek for you, complete with some of the details that made her milestone 5th extra special!
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Plenty of pink and yellow, wildflower floral arrangements, an extra sweet dessert table and oversized balloons for the birthday girl. Party perfect!

If we aren’t friends on IG yet you can find me: @poshlittledesigns.
And you can check back for the full party reveal appearing soon.
Thank you as always for reading! Much more to share next week!
xo!

Mini Chocolate and Coconut Popsicles (V)

The other day I picked up a fresh coconut from our local grocery store. Seriously I’m not quite sure what pushed me to grab it because I have no experience working with coconuts, but with the thought that I would figure out how to use it later, I decided to buy it anyways.

After a “Coconut Opening” tutorial on youtube, which took a screwdriver and a hammer, I had success at cracking my very first one! If you follow me on Instagram I’m sure you saw my recent post about my coconut opening success. But…once I opened it I really had no idea how to use it. Perhaps I was a bit reluctant because I quickly discovered that the meat inside of the nut is incredibly difficult to get out of the shell. No joke..I seriously hammered on the coconut over and over again hoping to break it into smaller pieces, but to no avail. After trying numerous tools, I basically just winged it..wrapping a towel around the outside of the shell and scraping out the meat with a knife for what was close to 1 hour. Let’s just say I’m sure there’s a better way to remove coconut meat from the shell, and I don’t necessarily recommend my technique, but after all is said and done I’m glad that I spent an hour digging out slivers of coconut from the stubborn shell. These posh mini pops topped with chocolate and almonds taste good enough to say it was completely worth it!

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Mini Chocolate and Coconut Popsicles (V)

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

I’ve paired fresh coconut, coconut cream, vegan dark chocolate and chopped toasted almonds to create this delicious mini frozen pop. Frosty, and creamy with real bits of coconut, and a crunchy dark chocolate shell. I can’t think of a combination that goes better together, a play on Almond Joy..but made using much healthier vegan ingredients and super adorable made in miniature size.

Ingredients/Supplies 

(makes 4 servings)

Meat from 1 half of a fresh coconut (about 1 cup) coarsely chopped or pulsed

1 can of full fat organic coconut milk

4-6 oz bar of vegan dark chocolate (try trader joes)

1/4 cup organic corn syrup or agave nectar

1/4 cup raw almonds (chopped and toasted)

3-4 shot glasses

3-4 popsicle sticks

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

In a medium size bowl, mix the can of full fat coconut milk, chopped coconut and sweetener together until blended. You can add a little extra coconut milk if the mixture seems to thick. I pulsed the mix in my magic bullet to make sure it was incorporated well.

NOTE: The mixture should be thick enough to hold 1 popsicle stick through the center.

Pour coconut sugar mixture into 4 shot glasses.

Insert popsicle sticks into the center of each shot glass.

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Place in the freezer for 2 hours or until completely frozen.

Meanwhile, coarsely chop almonds and place in a 250 degree oven to toast for 10-15 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside.

Once popsicles are completely frozen, begin melting your dark chocolate. This can be done in a double boiler, or on 30 second intervals in the microwave.

As soon as the chocolate has completely melted, begin removing your coconut popsicles from the each shot glass. I recommend placing the popsicles on a chilled surface, or only working with one at a time.

Run the outside of the shot glass under warm water for 10-20 seconds. Twist the popsicle stick and your coconut pop should come right out.

Working quickly, spoon some of the dark chocolate over the top of each coconut pop to create a dripping affect. Immediately top with chopped almonds. You’ll need to move fast otherwise the chocolate will harden and the almonds won’t stick.

Place back in the freezer in an upright position.

Repeat for all remaining pops, then keep frozen until ready to serve!

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

These Mini Chocolate Dipped Coconut Popsicles can be served on a platter of ice for your friends and family to enjoy! They are surely great for cooling off during the warm summer months and worth all the extra effort it takes working with a fresh coconut.

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Did I mention they taste like Almond Joy, and they’re made using organic ingredients?

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Healthy and sweet rewards!

Chocolate Coconut Popsicles (V) | Posh Little Designs

Plus I don’t think I’m alone when I say just love anything mini and on a stick. Well these popsicles are certainly no exception. Small treats on sticks are not only cute but are also great options for parties as they’re super easy to work with and of course when they taste like this, your guests are sure to love them!

Happy weekend all! I appreciate you all reading as always!

I’ll have much more to share soon.

xo

This specific recipe for Mini Chocolate and Coconut Popsicles 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.

Hello Kitty Lemonade

Oh to be 5 years old! I remember that age growing up so well. When the days were complete with popsicles and bike rides, neighborhood friends and summer’s that felt like they lasted a year long. Do you remember those days? When we had not a care in the world? If only summer’s could last and feel the same now….I would seriously be in heaven!! But as much as I long for that slow down, time just keeps on ticking. Now I can hardly believe we’re only one month from my love’s 5th birthday! Let the party planning begin!

My sweet girl has had Hello Kitty party on her wish list since last year, but this won’t be just any Hello Kitty party. We’ll be adding in many summer vibes, in shades of lemony yellow for a Hello Kitty Lemonade theme. Fitting for the season, fresh and sunny with plenty of hello kitty accents and of course some homemade lemonade too!

Sounds like summer to me!

Here’s what’s inspiring me right now!

Hello Kitty Lemonade Party Inspiration | Posh Little Designs

From bunting and chalkboard signs, to paper straws and sweet lemony treats, her party will surely be sweet and memorable! I hope to tie in some vintage touches which continue to be on trend…let’s just say I’m sure I’ll be working with a mason jar or two!

Click on the numbers below for links to the products seen here and remember to check back soon as I’ll have plenty to share relating to my daughter’s 5th birthday!

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To all of my fellow Americans, do you have big plans for the 4th? I’d love to hear about them! Check back for the holiday post I’ll have up shortly!

xo

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Watermelon Lemonade

My absolute favorite homemade bevy to make as the warmer months approach is fresh lemonade. I’ve made many variations in the past and my daughter’s 2nd birthday was the perfect time to test out a new flavor. This time I switched things up by adding fresh watermelon puree, for a sweet spring-time twist!

The watermelon not only colors the lemonade a beautiful shade of pink (how posh) but it also balances the tart lemony notes, which are smoothed out by the homemade simple syrup. Such a delight! If you have yet to try this kind of lemonade, I highly recommend that you do! It’s fairly simple to make and no store bought brand can compare! It was an instant favorite at our Ombre Minnie Mouse celebration a few weeks back, enjoyed by everyone that attended!

Watermelon Lemonade | Posh Little Designs

Watermelon Lemonade

Delish for afternoon barbeques and perfect for parties and backyard sipping on sunny filled days. Add a splash of sparkling water, or quickly transform into a refreshing adult beverage by adding fav spirits.

Ingredients:

1 large Pitcher.

6-7 Large lemons juiced. 1 extra lemon for garnish

4 cups of watermelon, cubed puréed and strained

1/2 cup water and 1/2 cup sugar boiled for 1-2 minutes to make a simple syrup

2-3 quarts of purified water. (8-12 cups)

Mint leaves, lemon slices, raspberries and fresh watermelon for garnish

Instructions:

Boil sugar and water over high heat for 1-2 minutes to create a simple syrup. Allow to fully cool and set aside.

While sugar and water are boiling, cut lemons in half and juice them.

Pour lemon juice into a pitcher, using a strainer to the catch seeds.

Measure out 4 cups of cut watermelon and purée using a blender or magic bullet.

Pour puréed watermelon through a strainer to remove pulp and then into the pitcher of lemon juice.

Pour cooled simple syrup into lemon and watermelon mixture and stir.

Top the watermelon, lemon and sugar mixture already  with purified water, 2 cups at a time. Stir, and then taste before you add additional cups of water until the desired flavor is achieved!

I like to serve mine in fancy glasses with a few of my favorite garnishes!

Watermelon Lemonade | Posh Little Designs

Enjoy!!

Here’s how we served the watermelon lemonade at my daughter’s birthday a few weeks back.

Watermelon Lemonade | Posh Little Designs

Do you have a favorite lemonade recipe? If so, I’d love to hear about it! Happy weekend and thanks as always for reading!

xo

This specific recipe for Watermelon Lemonade 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.

Real Parties – Ombre Minnie Mouse

On Mother’s Day weekend we celebrated my baby girl’s 2nd birthday! Ah…I can’t believe she’s officially two now! I’m still amazed at how fast she’s grown. It’s difficult to grasp and most certainly bittersweet, but I’ve loved every moment of watching her blossom and reach new milestones. I wouldn’t trade it for the world.

Her actual birthday fell on Mother’s Day this year (such a special gift), so we planned the Minnie Mouse festivities for the day prior. It was a quaint little party, with tons of pink, and ombre accents, but not too over the top in terms of character details. Definitely more subtle and understated, but just perfect for our sweet mimi.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Decorations included everything from hand-made tassel garland, made with white tissue paper and minnie inspired letter prints in different shades of pink. A simple DIY pink ombre glittered #2, a banner of bows to capture the bowtique feel, glittered mouse and bow confetti, a dress up station with headbands and jewelry and plenty of balloons.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

I made the floral arrangements using roses in 3 shades of pink and white from Trader Joes, carnations also in 3 shades of pink, and all white hydrangea. I finished each arrangement with Minnie prints, which I attached to wood skewers.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

All of our lunch plates were adorned with the most adorable minnie mouse ears, which I was delighted to find via a free printable from Chickabug! Visit Heather’s shop for fabulous prints and paper designs for your upcoming celebrations. Seriously…how cute are these?! Just cut them out, attach with tape and you’ve got ears! I would recommend printing them on a thicker quality paper.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

We kept the menu simple, serving barbecue, teriyaki wings, a fresh quinoa salad, my mom’s famous potato salad and many of my daughter’s favorite things…chicken sausage, olives and fresh fruit and veggies cut into mouse shapes, using a minnie mouse cookie cutter.

The beverage station featured my homemade watermelon lemonade, and sparkling berry lemonade from Trader Joes. Mix-ins included: Perrier, fresh lemons, mint and raspberries.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

For dessert I made gluten-free and dairy-free cupcakes with vegan icing so they were suitable for my daughter who has a dairy and soy intolerance. I actually bought the cake mix (Bobs Redmill) but made one batch of cupcakes and the vegan buttercream homemade, using freeze dried raspberries and strawberries to color and flavor the icing. I topped the cupcakes with royal iced sugar cookie rounds that I cut using a shot glass to mimic the mouse ears, and used a shaped mold to make colored bows out of white chocolate with a little gel food coloring in two different shades to finish each cupcake. The white chocolate bows were the only component that weren’t dairy free.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

On the dessert table were the Minnie Mouse cupcakes, as well as colored jelly bellys, 3 shades of sixlets, pink ribbon candy and strawberry popcorn. I also made sugar cookies with royal icing which were decorated with the help of my dear sister and good friend the night before! Thanks so much fabulous ladies!

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

The birthday girl’s mini cake was made using the same technique as the cupcakes. I baked 1 cake and cut out 4 rounds using a water-glass. Stacked them, and then my hubby iced them with two different colors of vegan buttercream for the ombre effect. I topped the mini cake with homemade bunting made from minnie inspired prints, ribbon and paper straws, which can be found in the Etsy shop!

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs
Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

A little help from dada to blow out her candles.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

In addition to the gift opening and adorable minnie mouse blankie from auntie, other highlights included the little ones sneaking their way over towards the desserts and dessert table. Caught them in the act! How cute are they?!

<3

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

and here’s beautiful big sis! Always ready for the camera.

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

As the afternoon came to a close, guests were sent off and thanked with Trader Joes brand white Oreo cookies, dipped and white chocolate and topped with sugar pearls aka posh sprinkle mix. So delish! Find the toppings in the Etsy shop with more coming soon!

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

Ombre Minnie Mouse Birthday Party | Posh Little Designs

It absolutely made our day to celebrate with our loved ones and close friends. Our sweet girl couldn’t have had a better time! She’ll thoroughly enjoy looking back on these moments in the years to come!

All of the details from this special party were handmade with love by yours truly. 5.11.14. We love you to the moon and back sunshine!

Lastly, a mama-daughter shot to celebrate both me and her on Mother’s Day!

Ombre Minnie Mouse | Posh Little Designs

What a wonderful gift she is!

One party down, now one to go! My oldest will be 5 this summer and has her heart set on a Hello Kitty celebration. Check back soon for more relating to that, as well as the recipe for the homemade delish watermelon lemonade seen in this post. Instant summer favorite!

Thanks for reading and Happy weekend!

xo

This specific Ombre Minnie Mouse celebration 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.

Ombre Minnie Mouse – sneak peek

Hoping you all had a fabulous Mother’s Day weekend! We celebrated our youngest daughter’s 2nd birthday on Saturday and had such a wonderful time with close friends and family! I had intended on posting and sharing some sneak peeks of the party prep sooner, but ran short on time. That seems to be the story of my life these days, but better late than never I suppose!

Here’s a quick look at the photos shared on Instagram from the days leading up to the party.

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All details in shades of ombre and pink, designed by yours truly. To see more you can follow me @poshlittledesigns on Instagram, or stay tuned to see more from the party coming to the blog later this week!

Confetti Easter Eggs – DIY

Have I mentioned yet one of my latest obsessions? It just happens to be edible confetti. There’s just so much to love about this sweet little confection with colors reminiscent of a bright Springy day. The perfect party and treat decor and I’ve recently discovered that it’s also quite versatile. Yes, it looks lovely on treats, and cake stands, and as filler, but how else can it be used? I put some ideas to the test the other day and turns out that these cute little confetti rounds transform into fun little embelli’s for easter egg decorating. A modern twist on the classic, that can be used for place settings, party centerpieces and decoration around the home on Easter Sunday. All you need is a little creativity and a few simple supplies to give them a try!

DIY Confetti Easter Eggs

Confetti Easter Egg DIY | Posh Little Designs

Confetti Easter Egg DIY | Posh Little Designs

Supplies

1-2 ounces of pastel edible confetti. Available in my Etsy shop and at baking supply stores.

4-6 eggs, boiled, cooled and patted dry.

2 tablespoons powdered sugar.

1/2 to 1 tsp of water.

small tip paint brush.

tweezers.

Confetti Easter Egg DIY | Posh Little Designs

Instructions

Confetti Easter Egg DIY | Posh Little Designs

Boil, your eggs for 12 minutes, then run under cold water to cool. You’ll want your eggs completely chilled for this DIY so if they’re still warm, be sure to place them in the fridge until they’re fridge temperature.

Once chilled, wipe off any moisture from your chilled eggs using a dry paper towel and set aside.

Combine powdered sugar and water in a dish and stir until thick paste forms. It should be around the same consistency as glue. If the mixture seems too runny, stir in a bit more powdered sugar. You also have the option of using glue for this DIY however, the sugar-water mixture dries hard and is very forgiving so if you make a decorative mistake, you can easily remove it with a damp cloth and start over. This product also dries quite quickly so you’ll want to work quickly and stir often.

Place pastel confetti in a shallow dish.

Dip your paint brush in the sugar mixture and paint it onto your eggs in the shape/or design of your choice. Place edible confetti on top of the sugar design you’ve painted onto your egg. You can use tweezers or your fingers to apply the confetti. Set aside to dry

Repeat steps above for all of the eggs you create.

. Place completed eggs in the fridge and allow them 1 hour to dry before using them for decorations.

They store best when laying flat in the fridge on top of a paper towel.

Confetti Easter Egg DIY | Posh Little Designs

Confetti Easter Egg DIY | Posh Little Designs

Confetti Easter Egg DIY | Posh Little Designs

Such a sweet little party makeover for your Easter eggs and also a fun craft for little ones!

I’ll have more Easter themed posts coming up soon and also a fun little DIY from last weekend’s surprise bachelorette party, that me and a few friends threw for one of my closest girlfriend’s who’s in town from New York!

Hope April has been treating you all wonderfully so far!

Thanks for reading! Check back soon!

xo

This specific DIY for Confetti Easter Eggs 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.