Celebrating Cinco de Mayo!

Life is a fiesta!

Here are some ideas for celebrating Cinco de Mayo……….

Pop Roc Parties Fiesta Bunting

Our Meri Meri Fiesta party garland is the perfect Cinco de Mayo party decoration

Pop Roc Parties Meri Meri Fiesta CupsWe stock matching Meri Meri Fiesta paper cups in the same six colourways

Pop Roc Parties Meri Meri Fiesta Plates

Meri Meri Fiesta square scallop edge paper plates, perfect for serving up tacos!

Pop Roc Parties Fiesta NapkinsMatchy matchy adorable Fiesta napkins

Cinco de Mayo food ideas………

Here’s some yummy appertiser ideas for Cinco de Mayo party food:

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Cinco de Mayo | Hot Mexican Street Corn Dip

Hot Mexican Street Corn Dip by Rookie Cookie

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Cinco de Mayo | Queso Fundido

Cheesy Queso Fundido (cheesy chorizo dip) by The Suburban Soapbox

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Cinco de Mayo | Seven Layer Dip

Visually delicious 7 layer dip by The Girl Who Ate Everything, I think these would look perfect served up in our clear cups.

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Cinco de Mayo | Tostada

Tostadas by Somewhat Simple

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Cinco de Mayo | Flank Steak Tacos

Flank Steak Tacos by The Garlic Diaries

Pop Roc Parties | Party Blog | Churros

Homemade Churros are so delicious and actually quite easy to make, I think thought would be perfect served up in our Eco Chic Cones

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Cinco de Mayo | Mini Choco Taco

Mini Choco Tacos by Spoon Fork Bacon

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Cinco de Mayo | Pink Senorita

Want an alternative to margaritas to serve your guests?  Try this pretty pink senorita cocktail by Superman Cooks

For more Fiesta party products check out our party collection here and Cinco de Mayo inspiration on Pinterest.

 

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Breakfast Baskets

I love the idea of brunch parties and these healthy Breakfast Baskets are a perfect treat to serve

Breakfast Baskets

You can make these a few days in advance and store them in an airtight container until you’re ready to serve

Breakfast Basket Close Up

I adore how versatile these baskets can be, depending on the season you can add whatever you have in the fridge

Breakfast Baskets BirdseyePhotographed on our beautiful Wundaire Cantina hire plates

Breakfast Baskets

Makes 5-6 small baskets

1 1/2 cups rolled oats

1/2 cup shredded coconut

2 tbsp chia seeds

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 cup + 1 tbsp coconut oil

2 tablespoons of honey

Filling

1 cup natural yoghurt or coconut yoghurt

Top with fruit of your choice and decorate with edible flowers and black chia seeds

Method

-Pre-heat the oven to 180 degrees

-Combine oats, coconut, chia seeds and cinnamon in a large bowl, set aside

-Melt coconut oil and honey in a small saucepan or in the microwave

-Pour melted oil & honey over dry mixture and stir well

-Place spoonfuls of the mixture into greased (I used coconut oil to grease my tins) tart tins, using the spoon to press down into a basket shape

-Bake for around 15 minutes, checking to ensure they don’t brown too quickly

-Remove from the oven and quickly press into the tin using the back of a spoon a second time

-Allow to cool completely before removing from the tins

-Add spoonfuls of the yoghurt into each basket and top with desired fruits, edible flowers and black chia seeds!

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Homemade Marshmallow

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Marshmallow and Star Wands | Twinkle Twinkle Little StarI think Marshmallow just has to be my absolute weakness, I just love the texture!

I have tried a lot of marshmallow and I have to admit this recipe is my favourite it has such a depth of flavour, I think it is the honey!

My brother is a Bee Keeper so I always use his Manuka blend

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Cocos Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party Star MarshmallowsI made this marshmallow for Coco’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party

Pop Roc Parties Blog |Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party Marshmallows

For Coco’s Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Party I cut the marshmallow into star shapes with a mini star cookie cutter

(We have a range of cookie cutters for hire)

Chocolate Marshmallows

Yesterday I made the chocolate version which is amazing!

Pop Roc Parties Blog | Chocolate Marshmallow Flatlay

Homemade marshmallow is the ultimate!

Marshmallows

Yields 234 pieces

  • 1.5 oz/40 g gelatin
  • 8 oz/230 g water, cold, for hydration
  • 24 oz/680 g sugar
  • 12 oz/340 g glucose syrup
  • 4 oz/110 g honey
  • 4 oz/110 invert sugar
  • 6 oz/170 g water
  • 1 oz/20 g vanilla extract
  • 1:1 confectioner’s sugar/cornstarch blend, as needed
  1. Stir the gelatin into the cold water to hydrate.
  2. Combine the sugar, glucose syrup, honey, invert sugar, and water in a saucepan and cook to 122°C/252°F.
  3. Pour the cooked sugar into a 12-qt planetary mixer bowl and allow to cool to 100°C/212°F.
  4. While the syrup cools, melt the hydrated gelatin over a water bath.
  5. Mix the melted gelatin into the cooled sugar. Whip on high speed for 8 minutes, or until well aerated. Add the vanilla extract
  6. Spread into a half sheet pan lined with parchment paper and well oiled.
  7. Place a piece of oiled parchment paper on top of the marshmallow. Flatten the top by hand until smooth. Alternatively, marshmallows may be slabbed to 1/2” thickness for dipping in chocolate. Allow to set overnight.
  8. Dust with a sifted mixture of equal parts confectioners’ sugar and cornstarch. Cut on a guitar, suing the 22.5-mm cutter. Dust the pieces with the starch mixture, and sift vigorously in tamis to remove the excess starch.
  9. Note: When the marshmallow mixture is properly whipped, the specific gravity should be below 0.40.
Variations

Chocolate Marshmallows: Mix 90 g sifted cocoa powder into the marshmallow after full whipped. Add one-third cocoa powder to the starch mixture for cutting.

Coffee Marshmallows: Add 50 g coffee extract at the end of whipping.

Passion Fruit Marshmallows: Add 70 g passion fruit puree (reduced by one half) after fully whipping.

Cinnamon Marshmallows: Add 10 g ground cinnamon to the sugar while cooking.

Anise Marshmallows: Add 10 g ground anise while cooking the sugar. Add 30 g Pernod after fully whipping.

Various Flavored Marshmallows: Various manufactured flavors may be added at the end of whipping, either with or without accompanying colors.

Thank you to The Culinary Institute of America for letting me share this amazing recipe! – I use the Chocolates and Confections cookbook by Peter P. Greweling, 2010 edition (which is probably half the quantity) but the recipe above is from The Culinary Institute of America’s website

Chocolate Marshmallow in Cello BagThese make a fabulous gift packaged in our cello bags tied with string

 

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Lemon & Poppy Seed Cake

Pop Roc Parties Lemon and Poppy Seed CakeIt’s no secret I LOVE baking, especially when I have guests coming it’s always a great way to try out something new!

Years ago I use to make lemon and poppy-seed muffins sprinkled with sugar and saturated with lemon juice, sadly I stopped making them as I was the only one who would eat them

Pop Roc Parties Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake Flatlay

So when I was planning my PARTY FLATLAYS for April, the theme was CAKE.

I really wanted something quite contrasted that would be easy to whip up (I’m no cake decorator!!)

I thought I would try lemon with contrasting poppy seeds and then a pink icing to contrast the yellow of the cake

Pop Roc Parties Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake with HandHere is my take on a Lemon and Poppy Seed Cake:

LEMON & POPPY SEED LAYER CAKE with PLUM CREAM CHEESE ICING RECIPE

This recipe makes a three-layered 20cm cake, you can half the recipe if you like

INGREDIENTS

2/3 Cup poppy seeds or two boxes of poppy seeds

1 1/2 Cups milk

4 Cups plain flour

2 Teaspoons of baking powder

400 Grams softened, diced butter

Finely grated zest from one large lemon

1 Cup of castor sugar

6 Free-range eggs

½ Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

SYRUP

½ Cup castor sugar

3/4 Cup freshly squeezed lemon juice

Shredded zest from one large lemon

METHOD:

Pre-heat oven to 160C 

Grease and line three 20cm round cake tins

Mix milk and poppy seeds in a small bowl; set aside.

Place butter, sugar and rind in bowl of electric mixer and mix until combined.

Scrape down sides of bowl, then beat in eggs one at a time.

Add flour, lemon juice, and milk poppy-seed mixture and stir until just combined.

Scrape into the pan and bake for around 40-50 minutes

[if cake browns too quickly cover loosely with foil].

When cake is ready leave in tin.

Meanwhile, make syrup: place all ingredients into small saucepan and stir over low heat until sugar dissolves.

Increase heat and boil for five minutes or until thick.

Using a skewer make a few holes in cake then pour over the syrup.

BLACK DORIS PLUM CREAM CHEESE

Can of black Doris plums

250 Grams cream cheese (not lite)

150 Grams soft butter

320 Grams icing sugar

1 Teaspoon of vanilla extract

Separate about 5 plums from the juice and remove the stones

Whip the cream cheese and butter together in a stand mixer until smooth

Gradually add the icing sugar, then plums and vanilla extract once the icing is creamy and thick, add a spoonful of plum juice until you reach the desired pink tone

Once the cakes have cooled assemble, ice with the plum cream cheese icing and drizzle with extra plum juice.

x Enjoy

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Halloween Healthy Party Food Ideas

Here’s a line up of Healthy Halloween inspired party food!

Macaroon ghost pops

Chocolate Covered Macaroons by Fork and Beans

Halloween Fruit KebabsHalloween Fruit Kebab’s by She Knows

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Silly Apple Bites by Fork and Beans

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Frankenstein Avocado Toast by Vegan Chow Down

Honeydew-bats-at-shakentogetherlife.com-shopHoneydew Bats by Shaken Together Life

Raw Witches Fingers

Raw Witches Fingers by Fork and Beans

Halloween Healthy Teeth

Monster Teeth by Surviving a Teachers Salary

Carrot Rice Rice Balls

Carrot Rice Jack ‘O Lanterns by Apron Strings Blog

Witchy Guacamole Dip

Witchy Guacamole Dip by Fork and Beans

Boonanas

BooNanas by Eating Richly

HalloweenVeggieSkeleton

Vege Skeleton by Feeding Four Little Monkeys

Raw Chocolate Cat Pops

Raw Chocolate Cat Pops by Fork and Beans

I would love to hear if you try any out xx

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Sherbet

Sherbet brings back so many childhood memories and last weekend I made a big batch for my sons kindy gala

Sherbet in Pink Stripe BagSherbet is a super easy, novelty thing to make as party food, favors or even fundraisers

They look super cute in our mini paper favor bags with matching paper straws!

Sherbet Bags

I thought I would share the recipe with you

SHERBET

1 cup icing sugar

2 tablespoons of raro

1 1/2 teaspoons of citric acid

1 1/2 teaspoons of tartaric acid

1 teaspoon of baking soda

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl and spoon into paper bags

Insert a paper straw and seal with a sticker or staple the bag over to hold the straw in

Sherbet Bags in Pink Tray

These images I actually photographed for our school cookbook which also has the recipe in it.

PRODUCTS USED

Paper bags

Straws

Mini scoops

Enamel bowls

Pink hexagon platter

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National Sugar Cookie Day

July Magical Calendar Sugar Cookie DayIf you know me, you know I love any chance to celebrate so when Hana from Moomookachoo asked if I would love to collaborate with her on her July Magical Days Calendar I jumped at the chance to blog about national cookie day.

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Recently I watched ‘The Alison Show’ cookie party, if you dont know about Alison she is rather amazing.  She throws super cool parties, has ‘how to be awesome’ you tube videos and is pretty damn fabulous at making cookies.  So when Alison released the cookie party I knew I had to buy it, turns out it inspired this blog post

Donut Sugar Cookies

When planning a party I usually add sugar cookies to the menu as it always pulls the theme together nicely and the kids love them, they also make gorgeous gifts or favors

Cookies in Bags with Confetti

We sell a range of cookie cutters, baking and packaging supplies and will have cookie cutters to hire soon!

Pink Cookies on Paper Bag

I found this sugar cookie recipe by In Katrina’s Kitchen via Little Housewife and have it as my go to recipe (note 1 cup of butter is 227 grams)

No chilling required, winning!

Sugar Cookies Uniced with Tulips

I have a mad collection of cookie cutters and picked a few of my fave shapes to work with.  I mostly did donuts because I knew they would be super easy!  I will admit I’m not awesome at decorating as I’m always in a hurry but sprinkles detract from the not so perfect royal icing (TOP TIP! haha)

Sugar Cookies Flatlay

So if your super busy/lazy like me I highly recommend getting someone like Vanessa from Vans Cakes to make your special cookies

Vanessa has made me cloud, fox and ice cream cookies for my parties

Beaus Monochrome Party Cloud Cookies Close Up

Cocos Floral Woodland Party Fox CookiesSophias Ice Cream Party Ice Cream Cookies

Happy national cookie day xx

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