Posts Tagged ‘party food’

Donuts for Dessert, Brilliant!

Today is National Donut Day, and in honor as such a sweet calendar event- I thought I would share some great donut inspiration with you. The next time you are planning a party- consider swapping your traditional cake out and serve donuts instead.

From top- left to right: Tray passed mini donuts, a simple stack of sweet potato donuts, homemade donuts via Bakerella, double chocolate donut, create a donut dipping station, glazed honey donut atop a hot white latte.

I also love the idea of serving guest warm donuts near the end of your party. Or even, sending them home as favors. Check out these donut hole bags, they would be prefect.

You can make these yourself. Check out the DIY template from Hello Lucky. You can download here.

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A Carnevale Celebration and Giveaway!

Looking for an excuse to host a get together or searching for some Italian party ideas? Today we are teaming up with Bertolli Frozen Meals sharing a few easy Italian party recipes along with your chance to win a GRAND Carneval celebration giveaway!

You know Bertolli, right? Their frozen Italian dishes offer luscious Italian experience in the comfort of your own home- simple, just how I like it!

As you may have already heard, Bertolli Frozen Meals recently launched a new series of webisodes titled “Into the Heart of Italy: Six Adventures, Three Celebrities, One Mission… To Unlock the Secrets of Italian Passion for Food and Life.” In this episode, celebrity chef Rocco Dispirito and actors Marisa Tomei and Dan Cortese celebrate the Italian festival of Carnevale, ride a shrimp boat, and cook a Garlic Shrimp, Penne and Cherry Tomato dinner. Check it out:

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Since none of us are likely to be setting sail for Italy, we thought we would bring the Italian Carnevale to you! We are giving you all the chance to host your own Italian celebration inspired by this episode. We have all the goods you’ll need to host your ow party. We will send one winner a gift valued at $115. You can enjoy your Bertolli Frozen Meals for dinner then finish the celebration in true Italian style with homemade gelato, Italian espresso and the sounds of contemporary Italian music.
One winner will receive prize valued at approximately $115:

· Cuisinart Ice Cream Maker

· Bialetti Espresso Machine

· Two Crate & Barrel Espresso Cups and Saucers

· iTunes Gift Card with Suggested Contemporary Italian Playlist

· Two VIP coupons for a Bertolli Frozen Meal for two that will transport you to Italy in just 10 minutes

To Enter:

Watch the webisode (above) and comment about your favorite scene in the video and answer the episode’s clue.

For additional entries:

Follow @Bertolli and @HostessTori on Twitter and tweet:

I’m going to host an Italian Carnevale celebration once I win the @Bertolli giveaway from @HostessTori http://ow.ly/1EXTO

Contest is closed. Thank you for entering!

Good luck everyone! Contest ends May 5, 2010 at 10:00 pm PST.

Rules/Disclosure: All entries for the giveaway must be located in the US. Thoughtfully Simple did receive a prize package to review for this contest.

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Taste the Rainbow: St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes

So I was tweeting away last night about making these rainbow cupcakes ….well I wanted to share the finished pictures with you all. We are going to deliver these to our neighbors today wishing them a luck St. Patrick’s Day. If you are looking for a last minute treat– these are simple. I even had everything to make these rainbow cupcakes right in my pantry!

See how bright these are? I used plain white cupcake liners. And made these flags using my computer and a toothpick.

I couldn’t resist a close up!

They look so cheerful all in a row, don’t they?

What about on a tray? I got this great green tray at target for only $2.50, score! Here is a better look:

See, great tray… right?

Need I say more? Make someone lucky today and make these bright cupcakes.

*note: I did not have a box of white cake mix so I used this scratch recipe….really, really easy and taste so much better. I will never go back to the box.

Want a cheerful breakfast too? Check out these rainbow pancakes!

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Rainbow Pancakes make for a Cheerful Breakfast

I got so much interest when I posted these on our Facebook wall, that I decided to share them here as well.

Want to make your family smile on a Sunday morning? Serve them up a cheerful breakfast surprise, rainbow pancakes! They are simple to make. Prepare your favorite pancake batter as usual- then divide it amongst separate bowls and add food coloring to each bowl (I used 5 colors here but you could use 6 colors in the rainbow). Then, cook like normal!

Enjoy!

You might also like this green pancake recipe (only one color)!

Inspiration from i am a mommy

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Party Theme Sandwiches?

Did you know that today is National Sandwich Day? In the spirit of the beloved sandwich, I thought it would be a perfect time to suggest serving sandwiches at your next party. Sandwiches are the perfect party food: Easy to make, inexpensive, easy to serve and eat, and kids LOVE them!

What about serving sandwiches to compliment your party theme? Here are two adorable animal themed sandwiches:

I love this cute giraffe sandwich!

I can just see this cute monkey sandwich being served at a monkey themed party, can’t you?

Next time you are trying to decide on what type of party food to serve…pause and consider the sandwich!

{images via Listicles}

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