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Champagne Sparkle Hi Hat Cupcakes

 

Ingredients for Cupcakes:

  • white or yellow cake mix or recipe
  • ½ teaspoon champagne extract

Directions:

  1. Prepare batter using mix or recipe
  2. Mix in champagne extract
  3. Bake in cupcake trays

 

Ingredients for Frosting:

  •  1 ¾ cups sugar
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 3 egg whites
  • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon champagne extract
  • 1 bottle Wilton Pearl Dust
  • paintbrush

 

Ingredients for White Chocolate Coating:

 

Directions for Frosting:

  1. Beat sugar, water, egg whites, and cream of tartar in mixer on high speed for 1 minute, until foamy
  2. Put the bowl over a pan of barely simmering water
  3. Beat on high (about 12 minutes) until stiff peaks form, then remove from heat
  4. Mix in vanilla and champagne extract
  5. Beat for 2 minutes until frosting thickens
  6. Transfer frosting to a large pastry bag fitted with a 1/2-inch plain pastry tip or a gallon-sized zip-lock with a piping tip fitted in the corner
  7. Use approximately 1/2 cup frosting to make a spiral of frosting into a 2-inch-high cone shape (leaving a 1/8-inch border on each cupcake)
  8. Place cupcakes on baking sheet and refrigerate until ready to use

 

 

Directions for White Chocolate Coating:

  1. Combine chocolate and oil
  2. Place mixture over a saucepan of barely simmering water
  3. Stir until melted and smooth
  4. Let cool 20 minutes

 

Directions for Cupcakes:

  1. When chocolate is room temperature, dip each cupcake to coat frosting (let excess drip off).
  2. Place cupcakes on a baking sheet.
  3. Fill in any exposed space or frosting with chocolate
  4. Let cupcakes sit at room temperature for 15 minutes
  5. Refrigerate 30 minutes
  6. Using a dry, clean paintbrush, brush pearl dust into the dried white chocolate
  7. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours

 

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End Of Summer Bash

Bohemian Brunch

 

Dear Summer, it's been great. But I can't say I'm too upset about you leaving. With the last months of summer quickly approaching, it's time to start planning that giant "End of Summer Bash". Whether you and your friends have been throwing the monumental shindig every year or this August will be your first one, End Of Summer Bash must be celebrated, so get ready for a fantastic goodbye Bohemian Brunch.

 

Bohemian Brunch | www.SmartyHadAParty.com
The final weeks of summer are a popular time for brunches, parties, wedding receptions, showers, and other types of celebrations. This time of year is ideal for outdoor parties because the evenings are still beautiful but the oppressive heat of summer is likely gone. That's why Smarty prepared this fabulous Bohemian Brunch idea for you! 
 
 Create a comfortable and carefree atmosphere that reflects your free spirit! Celebrate the moment with a Bohemian Brunch for you and your guests, and forget the chairs! Just set up a coffee table and layer the floor with pillows. For this Bohemian-inspired brunch, we made our own DIY pillows out of rosette chair caps -- so cute and so affordable!
 
According to the news source, spicy shades and vibrant flowers can especially complement summer ceremonies and add a creative flourish to their fading daylight. We choose hot pink, orange, and navy like examples of rich, seasonal hues because these colors are among the most important considerations for these types of parties.
 
Hosting a Bohemian Brunch like a final farewell to summer with Smarty's superb selection of partyware will for sure impress all your guests! 
For the place setting, we used our fabulous wavy plates because their unique shape really lends itself to the free spirit of the Boho style. We tied together baroque cutlery with a navy ribbon and set it on each plate. We folded silver napkins in thirds and laid them under each plate.

Boho style mimosa glasses! Viva y deja vivir = Live and let live. | Smarty Had A Party

Mimosas were a must for this brunch! Using Smartyware champagne glasses, we tied a tag around each that said: 'Vive y Deja Vivir!' The phrase 'Live and Let Live' really captures the Bohemian vibe and encourages you to just be and enjoy life.Bohemian inspired centerpiece decor! Fill vases with citrus fruits for a gorgeous summer centerpiece. | Smarty Had A Party

 

Fill cube vases with vibrant fruits and leaves for your centerpiece decor. It's simple but stunning, and it's one of our favorite summer centerpiece ideas! We set three vases side by side to create a vertical decor piece in the center of the coffee table. You could also use this idea on a large table, and arrange the vases in a horizontal direction down the middle. Fruits are a perfect decor choice for an outdoor event because they're not affected by the heat, and won't obstruct the view of guests socializing across the table.

 

 

DIY Rosette Pillow

 

Make this DIY pillow out of a rosette chair cap! | Smarty Had A Party

 

 

What you need (allow for 1-2 pillows per guest):

  • rosette chair cap (we used navy and fuschia)
  • zipper
  • pillow insert

 

Directions:

  • Stitch zipper into the open side of the chair cap
  • Unzip and place pillow inside
  • Zip back up and your pillow is complete!

  

 

Complementary Smarty Products: 

10" White Wave Plastic Dinner Plates Baroque Silver Cutlery Plastic Silverware Set  Clear Plastic Cube Vases 7 oz. Clear Plastic Champagne Flutes

 

 

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Cheers to Summer!

With love Smarty had a Party!

An Adorable Back To School Party

Although it feels like summer just started, it's already time to start thinking about Back to School. 
 
The first day back of school can be pretty intimidating, exciting, and scary all at the same time. Saying good-bye to summer, getting used to a new routine, and dealing with new, unfamiliar teachers can be a scary prospect for kids and parents alike. And while it's still the most wonderful time of the year - help your kids ease back into the routine and ease the back-to-school stress by throwing an incredible back-to-school party.  Back To School Party present a great way to say “You’re doing a great job, and keep up the good work!” When you celebrate back to school and the success of your learner, you’re showing them that you’re proud of them! So, gather  invite your learner’s closest friends over for an awesome sweet celebration.

Throwing a great back to school party doesn’t have to be complicated, difficult, or expensive. For an awesome party, you really only need three things – friends, fun, and SWEETS! To help the kiddos stay on top of their schoolwork and be ready for the new year, Smarty had a Party made the most amazing Back To School Candy Station any Party ever seen!
 
Set up one of these at your kid’s Back to School Party, and you've got the early lead for Mother of the Year! 
Provide each guest with their own personalized candy scoop and can to fill with treats. Use hot glue and beads to spell each guest's name and tie a ribbon around the end of the scoop so they can strap it to their wrist. 
Fill flutes with candy and add a mini cupcake on top! 
Dip the rims of mini carafes in caramel and roll in sprinkles for a fun and tasty glass of milk. Top off with straws!
 
  

Don’t Forget Goodie Bags!

As you’re picking up decorations, don’t forget to grab some easy giveaways to hand out as your guests take off. Make them school-related — like themed pencils, erasers, and notebooks that will be fun to use in the classroom.
 

Enjoy the Party!

 Once the party is here, it’s time to sit back and have some fun. You’ll be in hostess mode, but don’t forget to stop and take pictures, learn about your kids’ friends and enjoy how much fun they’re all having.
 
 

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  It was the perfect way to say goodbye to summer and get the kids excited to go back to school.
 
 

Party on, Smarties! With love Smarty had a Party!

Water Doesn't Have To Be Boring!

Infused Water Recipes

Tired of plain, boring water? These fruit-infused water ideas are both delicious and refreshing.

Water has never been so party-worthy. You'll have no problem staying hydrated when your water looks and tastes like a summertime treat. These fruit-infused waters are a wonderful and refreshing drink option for summer when the sun is out, the kids are bored, and the bugs are biting, but also to keep guests hydrated and sipping pretty at summer events. It tastes refreshingly delicious, looks absolutely gorgeous in our carafes, and pours perfectly into cups. Have some fun with different fruit, vegetable, and herb combinations for various flavors. Just add sliced fruit and herbs to a carafe, fill with water, refrigerate, and let the flavors meld. 

 

Here are three infused water recipes we created for you to enjoy!

Add sliced fruit and herbs to a carafe, fill with water, and let infuse! |

 

  

Blueberry Mint Lime Water

1 sliced lime
1/3 cup blueberries
fresh mint sprigs

     

     

    Cinnamon Ginger Pear Water

    1 sliced pear
    6 cinnamon sticks
    fresh grated ginger
     
     

       

      Strawberry Cucumber Basil Water

      1/2 sliced cucumber
      fresh basil leaves
      5 strawberries halved

         

        How Long Does It Take To Infuse Water?

        You can drink this water right away, but the longer it sits, the more flavorful it will become, so I like to let my fruit infused water sit at room temperature for 1-2 hours or refrigerated for about 3-4 hours before drinking it. 

         

        Can I Reuse The Fruit in My Infused Water?

        You can re-use the fruit for more water, and then allow it to set again and infuse — that works great for 1-2 days.  If you choose to reuse the water, I’d recommend replacing your fruit because the flavor won't be as potent.

         

         And yes, you can eat the fruit after you’re done drinking your infused water. I do this all the time!

         

        To recreate this look, serve infused water in mini carafes (7.5 oz) or large carafes (35 oz) and pair with straws and charger plates.

         

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        What flavor combination sounds the best to you? Leave your comments below!

        Party on, Smarties! With love Smarty had a Party!

         

        Golden, Sweet And Crispy Coconut Shrimps

        Coconut shrimp is always a crowd-pleaser. Who doesn’t like crumbed, fried shrimp? Especially shrimp dipped in batter and rolled in an aromatic blend of shredded coconut. A crispy, fried appetizer that is so easy and incredibly delicious. 


        We all know coconut shrimp is a delectable summer appetizer, but did you know it's also really simple to make yourself? For those of you who have never had it before, coconut shrimp is basically shrimp rolled in coconut and fried to a delicious crisp. And you will be shocked at how easy it is to make! Our coconut shrimp recipe is unlike any others that you’ve tried before. The shrimp are sweet and juicy, while the coconut crust is crispy – without being greasy. AND easier than ever to serve at your next event thanks to our fabulous palm leaf bowls.


        This crispy coconut shrimp recipe with orange marmalade dipping sauce will have your guests happy they RSVP'd. Each steamer fits one serving (3 pieces) of shrimp, so it's great for guests to grab and go. They're the perfect size to hold, and the lid fits nicely underneath to collect crumbs that fall through the steamer grate. Your guests might just ask to take one home with them even after all the shrimp have been devoured. Serve this coconut shrimp at your next summer party, and WE guarantee they will be the first thing to go.

        What you need:

        Crispy Coconut Shrimp (Serves 8, 3 shrimp per serving): 

        • 1/4 teaspoon ground red better
        • 1/4 cup flour
        • 1/2 teaspoon salt
        • 2 large egg whites
        • 3/4 cup panko breadcrumbs
        • 1/2 cup sweetened flaked coconut
        • tablespoon canola oil
        • 1 1/2 lbs shrimp, peeled and deveined

         

        Orange Marmalade Sauce (1 Tbsp sauce per serving): 

         

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        Directions:

        Crispy Coconut Shrimp

        • Combine ground red pepper, flour, and salt in a large plastic bag.
        • Whisk egg whites together with 2 tablespoons water in a shallow dish.
        • Mix panko, coconut, and oil in a separate plate.
        • Place shrimp in a bag with flour mixture and shake to coat. Dip shrimp in egg mixture, and then roll in coconut mixture.
        • Coat baking rack with cooking spray. Put shrimp on the rack and bake at 375 degrees for 5 to 7 minutes or until golden brown.

         

        Orange Marmalade Sauce

        • Stir orange marmalade, lemon juice, whole grain mustard, and 1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper in a bowl.
        • Place 3 shrimp in each bowl and close the lid. Divide the sauce among the mini cube cups.

         

         

        Notes:

        • If you’re looking for a way to reheat the leftover coconut shrimp, I like to do so in an air fryer on the ‘reheat’ setting or in a traditional oven (at 400ºF) for about 6-10 minutes.

         

         

        Coconut shrimp makes a fabulous finger food for a party but can be prepared as a quick dinner too. And don't forget the wine. Always wine served in fabulous Smarty's Plastic Party Barware and Disposable Stemware Collection. ENJOY!

         

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        Party on, Smarties! With love Smarty had a Party!