Entertaining: Oscar Party

For a simple girls night in for tonight’s Oscars, I’ve collected some free printables, recipes, and DIY’s from some of our favorites. Whether you’re watching for the red carpet or simply love movies, scroll through for some entertaining tips!

Free Oscar Printables

Free Oscar Printable Ballot 2013You can find these free printables for your Oscar party at Get Party Chic!

Oscar Party free printablesKeep track of your beverages with these drink tags from Hostess with the Mostess

Brown Butter & Sage Popcorn

 

Serve a refined twist on popcorn with this Brown Butter & Sage Popcorn recipe from Cupcakes & Cashmere.

oscar party cocktail

 

For a signature drink, head over to Shecky’s for film inspired cocktails. Featured above is the Star Power, inspired by Naomi Watts’ nomination.

DIY Polka Dot trayKeep the gold theme going with this simple DIY tutorial from For Chic Sake, and use it to serve your cocktails or appetizers.

Happy viewing!

Erin

Chocolate Covered Strawberries

Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays. The cupcakes are pink and covered in hearts. Flourless chocolate cake abounds. In my eBook, Valentine Cupcakes and Treats: Easy Sweet Recipes, I feature different festive yummies for your sweetie. One of my favorite and easy recipes in the guide is chocolate-covered strawberries. They are one of the most romantic treats you can make your sweetheart. By striping them with white chocolate, you create an extra special element showing that you care more than just a little.
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What you need:

  • Medium fresh strawberries, rinsed and patted dry
  • Milk or dark chocolate wafers
  • White chocolate wafers
  • Assorted valentine sprinkles/nonpareils in small glass bowls

To dip the strawberries:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a microwave-safe glass bowl, heat 2 cups of chocolate wafers on high for 30 second intervals, stirring in between.
  3. Once melted, dip strawberries into the chocolate and shake off excess.
  4. Hold dipped pretzels over sprinkles and sprinkle nonpareils while the chocolate is wet.

To stripe:

  1. Melt white chocolate wafers in a plastic pastry bag on high in 30 second intervals until melted, massaging between intervals.
  2. Cut about 1/4 inch off the tip of the bag.
  3. Squeeze and stripe the white chocolate over the chocolate-dipped strawberries, moving from one side of the sheet to the other.
  4. Trim off the excess white chocolate off of the strawberries
  5. Transfer finished berries to cupcake cups for easy and clean transport!

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If you have any questions, feel free to email me – Lindsay(at)kcyouthere.com

Happy chocolating!

xo,

L

DIY Christmas Cookie: Raspberry-Almond Shortbread Thumbprint

I discovered this recipe flipping through a cookie themed magazine at Wegmans, my local grocery shop. I was headed to a cookie exchange party the next day and wanted a simple, new recipe. The first batch turned out really great, but when I tried to make another batch, the cookie turned out flat, like concave flat. I took some tips from All Recipes users, which I’ve added in the instructions below!

Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

Here’s what you’ll need:

For the dough:

  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks), softened
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • raspberry jam

Here’s what you’ll do:

First, preheat over to 325°. Mix the softened butter with the sugar until smooth. Mix in almond extract. Mix in flour. Chill for at least an hour!

Then, roll the dough into 1 inch balls and place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Gently press your thumb into each cookie (or the back of a tsp measurer), and fill it with the raspberry jam.  I realized the jelly doesn’t really melt, so make sure you place it nicely in the indent of the cookie (see below, taken with my iPhone). Hint: Put the baking sheet with cookies in the fridge for about 15 minutes before baking to eliminate making super flat cookies.

Raspberry and Almond Shortbread Thumbprints

Bake about 10 minutes or until edges are brown. Cool on the cookie sheet for about 1 minute, then transfer to wire rack.

Makes about 2 dozen cookies.

Here’s some more great inspiration for Christmas cookies on the Better Homes & Garden site.

Erin

DIY Holiday Cocktail: Coquito

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This recipe screams Christmas time in my family household. As a Puerto Rican family, we tend to stick to traditions and this recipe is definitely one of them. Something like an eggnog, cocquito is the Puerto Rican version of eggnog, with a kick. Since I’m home on Long Island for the holidays, I turned to my Mom for some holiday recipe inspiration.

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Here’s what you’ll need:

  • (1) can, cream of coco or coco milk
  • (4) egg yolks
  • (1) teaspoon vanilla extract
  • (1) teaspoon almod extract
  • (1) can of evaporated milk
  • (1) can of condensed milk (or 1 cup of sugar)
  • (1 1/2 recommended) cups of white rum or to taste
  • flaked coconut (optional, as you will taste the flakes in your final mix)
  • cinnamon sticks
  • fresh ginger or ground ginger
  • nutmeg
  • cloves
  • ground cinnamon

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Here’s what you’ll do:

First, boil 1 1/2 cups of water and place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, nutmeg & fresh ginger into the water.

While that’s warming, add the following into your blender:  

  • (4) egg yolks
  • entire can of coconut cream/milk
  • entire can of evaporated milk
  • entire can of condensed milk (or 1 cup of sugar)
  • (1) cup flaked coconut (optional)
  • white rum
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Once the spices are mixed and warm, strain the pieces and pour the liquid into the blender as well. Mix all the ingredients listed above and pour into a carafe. This will work for 6 servings, however if you choose to use mini flutes like I did, you’ll get much more!

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Mom’s cook book, filled with recipes shared from my Abuela.

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The boiled spices can also act as a perfect holiday aroma around the house!

DSC_0168 My beautiful Momma!

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Don’t forget to sprinkle some ground cinnamon!

How adorable are these mini flute glasses from Ikea?

Happy Tasting,

Karina

Week of PIN-spiration {Cookie Exchange}

It’s the most festive time of the year, and what says Christmas than a cookie exchange?(except maybe Santa..ornaments..Elf..presents..but you get the point). I’ll be attending one next week and while browsing Pinterest for recipes, I became inspired by all the creative touches you can add to a cookie exchange party.

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Clockwise from left: Cookie Exchange printables,  Cookie Exchange packaging station; Choosing your cookies to bake; Hostess gift
cookie exchangeAbove, a little savory and sweet desserts from Lola Pearl Bake Shoppe!

Stay inspired,

Erin