Party in a Box by Confetti

Wednesday, July 2, 2014 10 0

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A couple of months ago, I came across a tweet from a friend mentioning a “party in a box”, “cake” and “confetti”. Obviously, my attention was captured, so I did a little more research and discovered that they were talking about Confetti, a new Toronto start-up that delivers a customizable “party in a box” right to your doorstep.

 

One quick look at their website, and I was instantly in love with their business.  Confetti makes throwing a party that looks like it jumped off of a Pinterest board as easy as pie, or should I say, as easy as cake!  Confetti delivers a “party in a box” consisting of fabulously coordinated sets of baked goods and party decorations.  Party hosts can choose from 12 beautiful themes, from fun polka dots to pretty pinwheels, and can select a party size, from x-small (a dozen each of cupcakes and cookies, plus coordinating napkins and candy bags), up to x-large (a two-tiered cake, brownies, cake pops, cupcakes, cookies, and matching party decorations like plates, cups, straws and ribbons).  Party hosting really doesn’t get much easier (or prettier).

 

Confetti is launching this month, but you can already check out their full selection of party packages on their website.  They are starting with delivery to the Greater Toronto Area, but have potential plans to expand to North American delivery in the future.  I attended a launch preview a few weeks ago, where I was able to see all of their cakes and themes in person, and let me tell you, each one is gorgeous.  After seeing their beautiful creations in person, I knew I just had to share this great concept with you all.  Now, I just need to come up with an excuse to throw a party!

 

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A Peony Party

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 12 0

Peony Party with Pink The Town

 

When you see an Instagram photo from Pink The Town showing that they are hosting a Peony Party, you immediately click through to buy your tickets.  Well, at least that’s what I did.  I mean, come on . . . a Peony Party!?!?  How could I say no?!

 

Last night I had the girly pleasure of attending said Peony Party.  It was more prettiness than I could have hoped for.  Along with my peony-loving girlfriends Gaby and Steph, we learned some wonderful tips and tricks of flower arranging from Lisa, the owner of a gorgeous floral shop called Sweet Woodruff, and then had the opportunity to create our own peony masterpieces (which we got to take home with us).

 

The party was held at a beautiful store called Bicyclette Boutique.  It took so much will power on my part not to buy everything in their store.  We snacked on delicious (and beautiful) macarons and cupcakes from Le Dolci.  It was such a pretty and fun night, and I wish I could do this on a weekly basis.  If you’re in the Toronto area, definitely check out Pink The Town for their fabulous workshops and events.  They’ve put out a teaser that their next event will involve learning calligraphy, so you can bet that I’ll be the first in line to buy tickets for that too.  I hope you enjoy these photos!

 

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Macaron Making Workshop

Friday, May 16, 2014 16 0

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I always surprise myself by how excited I get when thinking about desserts.  The thought of Banana Chocolate Cupcakes, Sour Cherry Pie, Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake, Chocolate Chip Shortbread Cookies, and well, anything chocolate, actually causes a physical reaction in my body.  My mouth starts to water, my stomach starts to gurgle and my head feels cloudy with euphoria.

 

I’m not a great baker (or cook for that matter), but I really enjoy attempting to bake these sweets on my own, although that doesn’t happen very often.  I love doing crafts, and I look at baking as the ultimate craft because you get to be creative but in the end you have a delicious sweet treat to enjoy as a result of your efforts.  So last week when I discovered a Workshop on how to make the world’s most difficult pastry, the French Macaron, I was shaking with excitement at the thought of someone actually teaching me how to bake these little puffs of air, knowing full well that it would be a disaster if I attempted it on my own.

 

The Workshop was being hosted by Pink The Town, a great website and events company I discovered through Instagram.  They hold different events about once a month in Toronto.  This was my first time attending one of their events, and let me tell you, I was thoroughly impressed.  The idea was great, the set-up was adorable, the location was perfect, and the instructors were fantastic.  I would highly recommend Pink The Town events, and I will most certainly be attending more in the future.

 

The Macaron Workshop was held at Le Dolci, an adorable bakery located on Queen West.  The ladies from Le Dolci were really sweet, and their desserts were delicious.  Good news for those of you wishing you had attended this event . . . Le Dolci offers Macaron Workshops along with other classes throughout the year.  Check out their website for a listing of their workshops.  I’m definitely signing up for their Trinity Bellwoods Market Class, lead by a local Chef.  The class starts with a trip to the local Farmer’s Market with the Chef, who teaches you how to buy fresh ingredients.  You then bring the ingredients back to their workspace where the Chef then shows you how to create a delicious meal with the ingredients you just purchased.  Such a fantastic idea!

 

Here are some photos from my Macaron Making adventure.  I caution you not to view these pictures on an empty stomach.  I hope you enjoy!

 

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The gorgeous sweet table set-up.

 

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Another pretty shot of the sweet table just because it’s too pretty not to share twice.

 

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Learning how to make the perfect meringue.  I had no idea how tricky it was to actually make macarons, and I’m so glad I was able to learn the tricks of the trade from a professional.

 

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Mixing, mixing and more mixing.  The instructor first showed us how to make the macarons, then we broke into two smaller groups and each attempted our own batch.

 

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The fabulous instructor showing us proper piping techniques.

 

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Making of the shells.

 

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Getting a little fancy with some heart shaped macarons.

 

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Look what I made!

 

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My baking buddies for the night, Ashley and Alex.

 

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The final product.  We each were able to take home over a dozen of these delicious bad boys.