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Awesome Birthday Cake With Mint Leaves

I’m very thrilled to share this birthday cake with mint leaves recipe that I have recently discovered! It’s so delicious!

Almost everyone who attended the previous party I’ve organized have told me that it’s one of their favorite cakes now– it got a lot of praises! To be honest, hearing that was pretty impressive– considering the number of cakes I have made in the past.

Let me give you a brief overview, it’s a moist chocolate cake filled with fresh chopped mints in both the cake mix and icing. That’s why it brought up plenty of freshness and flavor everyone loved.

Now, here’s the recipe for this yummy birthday cake with mint leaves. Get your pen and paper ready because we are about to start!

What You’ll Need For This Cake Recipe

chocolate cake with mint leaves– 250 g caster sugar
– 3 tbsp of fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
– 2 medium-sized eggs
– 250 g self-raising flour
– 60 g cocoa powder (don’t forget to sift)
– 125 g of butter, slightly softened

For the Mint Flavor Icing

– 10 grams mint leaves
– 300 ml double cream
– 200 g dark chocolate broken into several bite-size pieces

Additional Items You’re Going to Need

– 2×20 cm sandwich tins

How to Make the Cake Base

1. Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius and put a 1 tbsp of sugar in a bowl together with some of the mint leaves and pound together. This would give a pleasant green color to your sugar. Then, cream the butter with this minty sugar, add the eggs (one at a time), some flour, and beat well.
2. Fold in the remaining of the flour together with the cocoa powder, and pour 125ml warm water.
3. Mix until smooth, and transfer to baking tins.
4. Bake for around 24 minutes and let it cool on a wire rack.

For the Icing

– Pour the double cream in a pan and add the bruised mint leaves. Boil the mixture, and let it infuse for half an hour. After that, reheat the cream, and add the chocolate pieces. Stir until it begins to melt, and the icing becomes smooth.
– Leave for 5-10 minutes, and apply a generous amount between each layer. Spread the remaining on top, and decorate!

Additional Tip

You can try sugaring the mint leaves. To do that, simply brush the fresh leaves with beaten egg whites, then sprinkle some caster sugar. Leave it on your paper rack for about an hour. This would be enough for the leaves to fully dry.

One last thing, Currypages has the best idea of where to buy mint leaves!

There you have it. See how easy this chocolate mint cake recipe is? Give it a try and enjoy!

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Real Parties High Tea In Garden

garden tea party ideasWhat is a garden tea party like? Most would say that it’s a party for the elderly because you’ll be sipping a cup of tea while swapping stories– just like what the old British ladies do. Let me tell you something, it’s more than that! You can turn a boring garden tea party, into something wonderful. Too good to be true? Well, it’s one of the party themes that I have organized, and oh boy, I had a wonderful time with my friends. Indeed, it’s a party for everyone, not just the old folks.

Allow me to give you the details on how I made this party cool.

What Food Should I Prepare?

It’s a tea party! Obviously, tea should be present. You can consider serving at least three different types of tea, such as strong, mild, and herbal. You can also add some flavored tea. This would allow your guests to pick one depending on their taste. Don’t forget the brown sugar, lemon, honey, milk, and cream are set on the table and ready to be used. They might want to enhance the flavor of their tea with these. Aside from tea, don’t forget the finger food; this could be sandwiches, scones, sweet and savories, and other treats that go well with tea.

Tea Party Ideas

tea party table decorations ideasKeep in mind, this isn’t a party for the oldies, and that’s why it’s important to ensure that your guests are engaged. Thus, you need something more than tea– party games can be very handy, and there’s a ton of party games that you can try. Toss coin in the cups, guess the name please, and Mad Libs are just some of the most popular games.

Set Up

The party tables should be decorated with table clothes. However, if you don’t have one, you can always consider going to fabric shops and buy those floral and striped materials by the meter. They’re usually cheap, and that’s why they’re perfect as table clothes.

Additional Tips

– Don’t be afraid to try seasonal food and ingredients, because these would add a nice flavor to your menu. For example, you can consider serving strawberries topped with whipped on your tea party.
– If you’re not used to hosting tea parties, then don’t invite a lot of people. Simply invite a few people first, until you eventually get comfortable with this kind of event.
– Since it’s a tea party, gossiping is a must. However, it’s important to make it clear that you’re only doing this for the sake of fun.

 

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Real Parties Garden Of Butterflies

birthday party theme ideasI really love working with lots of greens, lights, and butterflies; that’s why I have considered doing a backyard/garden theme party. The shades of green and pink are definitely thrilling, and I even made sure that all party aspects from table scape, venue decoration, favor display, and candy buffet would have the look of a vibrant garden party that everyone would enjoy.

Likewise, the beauty and grace of the butterflies are definitely unmistakable and captivating for kids of all ages! That said, here’s how I managed to organize this type of party.

Rustic Key Invitations

Why not capture your guests’ imagination from the start by using rustic, ornate keys as the invitations of the party? No doubt, this would definitely create a strong visual image of guests as they imagine themselves entering the secret garden.

This is a pretty simple project. Just look for ornate keys and attach a small tag where the party details are written.

Drinks

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A lot of cocktail mixologists enjoy using herbs as a way to complement fruit-based cocktails. That means, you shouldn’t be afraid of bringing the flavors of the garden into the drinks that are about to be served.

Pear and rosemary cocktail are one of the best combinations because it’s a refreshing summer cocktail that you should definitely try.

Food

Try to find what foods are in season and this would help you in capturing the flavors of your garden as you create an earthy menu that has a lot of fresh fruits, herbs, vegetables, and even edible flowers. Though, it’s best that you make sure every party meal incorporates with the theme.

For example, slices of lamb marinated in shallots and honey are perfect as appetizers, while cream of pumpkin soup would be good as the first course. For the main course, roasted loin of lamb glazed with rose petal jam would be perfect.
As for the desert, nothing beats an orchard tasting plate that has apples and blackberries.

Honestly, you don’t even need to hire professional caterers just to have a taste of these mouth-watering dishes.

Food Styling

The trays and serving dishes should be as natural and rustic as possible, and this can be done by using a lot of wood, and don’t forget to decorate it with petals, leaves, and flowers. You can always check your local garden and see what it has to offer.

Activity Ideas

– Create colorful collage creatures and flower fairies. This could be one of the simplest themed-activity during the party.

 

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Real Parties Ride 'em Cowboy

My 9-year-old nephew loves to wear his cowboy pajamas, and this gave me the idea that I should organize a cowboy-themed party for him. Everything turned out great and I want to share this experience with you guys!

The Food

We prepared cupcakes for the guests as well as a small cake for my little nephew. We used the favor tags that came from the party package we previously bought in order to make sure that even cake and cupcakes are cowboy-themed.

The Setup

cowboy ideas for a birthday partyDid you know that a simple, checkered bandana can transform a simple kitchen table into a cowboy-style table? Well, that’s what I just did! With a couple of flower arrangements and cupcakes, everything was perfect.

You can use white cardstock as well as brown construction paper to create a table runner. It looked wonderful with the contrasting white checks of the table napkin and the pop of yellow for the name of the guests.

I also picked up some “Wanted” posters from our hobby store. They came in a package of 4 and I simply pasted the pictures of my nephew on them. I forgot to add, I also edited the photos and changed them to sepia color.

You can also decorate the birthday celebrant’s chair with red and white balloons and signs that say “Happy 9th birthday, cowboy!” It might sound quite simple, but it will really help a lot with your theme.

Party Favors

For the party favors, you can consider creating sheriff badges for the guests using a yellow felt pasted on cardboard and cut into sheriff stars, fastened with safety pins that are glued at the back.

Pinata Party Outside!

After cupcakes and opening the presents, the last activity was the horse pinata. For this, you can buy a white horse pinata and just decorate it yourself. The kids were really thrilled when they saw this candy-filled pinata hanging on the tree and ready to be smashed!

Take Home Party Goodies

cowboy goodie bagLastly, each guest was given a ‘happy trails’ bag filled with cowboy-inspired goodies. Inside was some little plastic horse toy and trail mix. Basically, to create this loot bag, I just used brown paper bags and printed some cute cowboy tags and stapled it on the bag.

Overall, it’s a fun-filled afternoon for all of us. Definitely one of the best parties I have organized. I still can’t believe that my nephew is now 9 years old. I know, I know, I say this every year, but come on, where does the time go?

 

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Ginseng Chocolate Cake

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Hot Chocolate Layer Cake With Ginseng

A party wouldn’t be complete without the cake, right? Aside from the colorful balloons, presents, ice cream, and games, a delicious chocolate cake can also make everyone excited– both kids and adults alike. That’s why I’m here to give you one of the healthiest cake recipes I often use during birthday parties! The main ingredient? Ginseng!

Ginseng is one of the best herbs that has a number of benefits. Aside from being a natural tonic and aphrodisiac, some of the benefits that you can enjoy from consuming ginseng, includes being able to lose weight effectively, it acts as a physical and health stimulant, aids in type 2 diabetes, prevents menstrual problems, and many more. So, what could be the best way to influence everyone to give this wonderful herb a try? Turn it into something they’re going to love!

Without further ado, here’s a ginseng chocolate cake recipe for you to try. It’s light, fluffy, and best of all, it has been kid-tested and approved! Go buy ginseng and get your baking pans and lovely molds ready because we’re about to start!

Cake Ingredients

– 3 cups all purpose flour
– 3/4 cup canola oilbirthday chocolate cake recipe
– 3/4 cup unsalted butter
– 4 1/2 ounce chocolate; finely chopped
– 3 large eggs
– 3 cups of sugar
– 3/4 cup cocoa powder
– 3/4 cup buttermilk
– 2 1/2 tsp. baking soda
– 1/2 tsp salt
– 1 tsp baking powder
– 2 tbs vanilla extract
– 1 tsp. of ginseng powder

Frosting

– 1 vanilla bean
– 2 1/2 cups heavy cream
– 6 ounce bittersweet chocolate
– 6 tbsp unsalted butter
– 2 cups sugar
– 1/4 tsp kosher salt
– 1/2 cup syrup

Cake Directions

– Preheat the oven at 350F.
– Combine chocolate, butter, and water in a saucepan and heat over low heat until melted.
– In a separate bowl, combine all remaining dry ingredients, except for baking soda, ginseng powder, and salt, and pour the chocolate mixture. Whisk well.
– Add one egg at a time, and then the remaining ingredients.
– Transfer in the prepared baking pans and bake for about 20 minutes or until fully baked.
– Cool completely.

Frosting

– In a saucepan over low heat, combine butter, cream, vanilla bean, and stir until fully melted.
– Whisk the chopped chocolate and wait for it to melt.
– Don’t forget to add cocoa powder, sugar, and syrup until smooth, and allow it to dissolve.
– Pour in a pan and allow it to freeze.

Assembling the Cake

– Remove the frosting from the freezer and transfer it to a bowl. Whisk well until it softens, then become light and fluffy.
– Spread frosting around the cake like how you usually do. This would take a lot of patience, but the end result is definitely worth it.

There you have it. It’s as easy as that! Enjoy!

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Some Things To Think About

Parties are awesome and birthday parties are even MORE awesome! But in order to have a great, fun and memorable  party you need several ingredients. This is why I want to set up the perfect guide for you who wishes to become the ultimate party-host and or partyplanner!

The reason why I love party planning is because it fits my life. I get to plan the events for my family, friends, and for everyone else. I also enjoy DIY-ing a couple of things, making stuff for everyone, and it’s a real challenge to ensure that you stick with your budget, while making sure that everyone will have a great time.

Not just that, another wonderful thing about being a party planner is that, there are times I get hired to create some of the most memorable moments of people’s lives. It gives me the opportunity to celebrate, socialize, and have fun with them. Although I haven’t considered party planning as a full time career, I can already see some of the benefits you can get from it. What could be better than being your own boss, huh?

That said, allow me to share some simple tips that could help you organize a great party!


Pick a Venue

Where should you hold the party? Would it be a family get together or a big event? Would you rather have it in your place or at a friend’s house? Aside from that, do you have a specific place in mind, such as a bowling alley, movie house, park, or restaurant?

If there will be a couple of guests, it might not be a good idea to do the part at home, and you should consider making reservations at the chosen venue a couple of weeks before the event.


Decide on a Theme

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Would the party be for a certain occasion or it’s just a random gathering? If the answer is yes, then it’s important to delight the guest of honor and this could be done by setting up a theme that everyone will be excited about.

Try to do something that’s very convenient, especially if the party will happen during the weekends. It can also have a wider theme, like an “owl” or “golf” themed party.

 


Plan the Guest List

This would be based on where you’re going to have party– the number of guests the venue tolerate? Also, it’s important to determine whether the invited guests are allowed to bring a company or not. This could definitely have an effect on how many heads you have to plan, as well as the food that’s going to be served.


Plan Your Budget

birthday party budget

If this is your party, then you have to shoulder most of the cost involved. Likewise, you may also be required to beautify even if it won’t happen in your home. Have a budget; how much can you spend? If you’re not ready to spend several hundreds of dollars, then there’s nothing wrong with asking some of your friends or family members if they can contribute in. They want this party, right?

Another thing, a good way to deflect the cost is to organize a potluck. Through this, everyone would be forced to chip in, and it’s a fun way to do that– you don’t have to pay for all the food either. Likewise, you can also instruct certain people if they can bring ice, drinks, plates, napkins, etc.


Planning the Menu

If potluck isn’t your thing, then you should start assembling the recipes. Choose only those that could be prepared ahead of time, usually frozen goods that could be warmed up and assembled right away. Create a list of how far in advance each meal can be made, and don’t forget the shopping list! Place an order with your local bakery or delicatessen for this.

Line Up the Help You Would Possibly Need
You can consider hiring a professional that would help you with this, but there’s nothing wrong with asking your family and friends as well.


Notify Everyone Involved

Although you have already sent them an invitation, it would still be nice if you can remind them about the party– especially for busy individuals.


Take Pictures

birthday party games for girlsChances are, you want everyone to remember this special day, and even brag about it on their social media accounts. You can easily do that by having a camera ready and take pictures! Aside from that, you can also consider setting up a “photo booth” and place it in a specific area in the room. Look for a piece of fabric, and you’ll have an instant backdrop. Decorate it depending on your liking, and voila! You now have your own photo booth. This can also be a good activity for bored guests.

 


Give Them a Token from the Party

When it’s about time for the guests to leave, it would be nice if you can offer them something that they’d appreciate. It can be a leftover food, party favor, or even something as simple as a cupcake. Show them that you appreciate their presence, and you were really thankful that they took part in this memorable event.