Saturday, April 25, 2009

article for the may issue of tastebud magazine.

A Sweet Celebration

May is a lovely time to celebrate, whether it is for a new baby, an upcoming marriage, a birthday or simply friendships. For any of these occasions host an afternoon party to please everyone’s sweet tooth. The details for this gathering are as charming as the desserts you serve.
To create a vintage modern and thoroughly girlie gathering, start with a vintage tablecloth or a modern floral fabric to cover your table. Next, add in floral dishes, either a complete set or a mix of flea market finds. I was lucky to have inherited a set of Franciscan Rose from my grandparents and they work terrifically for this type of gathering. To create different heights for this table use these fun cardboard suitcases in different sizes and colors, available from The Paper Source on the plaza. Stack a few of these on top of one another and place desserts on top and use others to hold cookies and treats. Display the rest of the desserts on floral or white platters and cake plates. Serve a variety of juices and sodas in bottles that have been dressed up. Using patterned paper create labels by wrapping the paper around the bottle and securing with a glue stick. You can even add features like the guest of honor’s name or initials.
Fresh flowers complete this table. Spring favorites such as anemones, ranuculus, tulips and grape hyacinths placed in tiny glass vases add a burst of color and can be given away to guests when the party is over.
Make desserts from scratch or purchase from one of many great bakeries we have in the Kansas City area. Make sure to include a variety of flavors including chocolate, berry and citrus (including the delicious key lime cupcake with cream cheese and coconut frosting from Natasha’s Mulberry and Mott, pictured).
Enjoy the sweet life!

Great Kansas City Bakeries
Boulevard Bakery
2815 Independence Ave.
6001 Johnson Dr.
Mission, KS
Dolce Baking Co.
6974 Mission Rd.
Prairie Village, KS
Natasha’s Mulberry and Mott
10573 Mission Rd.
Leawood, KS

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About Me

my name is heather and i have three crazy, creative, funny, winey, smart, loving and sweet children (henry, charlie and lucy). we love exploring around town and playing at home. i love creating whether it is with fresh flowers, fabrics, papers or whatever inspires me on a particular day.