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Third Annual After Hours Bridal Show

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Afterhours Bridal Show at Great American Ballpark is TODAY (March 5th) and is INDOORS so don't let the bad weather keep you from going! bridal show

One lucky Bride will be going home with a $20,000 wedding giveaway.

A Bride’s Mafia will be hosting their third annual Afterhours Bridal Show at Great American Ball Park from 6-9 pm.  Afterhours Bridal show is an unusual twist on your usual bridal show. Brides to be will have a chance to WIN a $20,000 wedding including (venue, attire, photographer, videographer, entertainment, coordinator, florist, hair/make up, cake, and so much more!) The last four Afterhours show have brought in over 1500 people in three hours. Brides, Grooms, and their families will be able to meet and greet over 75 of Cincinnati's finest wedding vendors. They will be able to preview the latest wedding trends as well as everything they need to make their special day “perfect” under one roof. Bride’s to be will be getting complimentary make up and up dos done to get a sneak peak into their big day! We hope to see you at Afterhours Bridal show at Great American Ball Park, this is one show you will not want to miss!

6-9pm- Bridal Show 7pm - Grooms workshop and then over to the batting cages! 9pm - $20,000 WEDDING GIVEAWAY!!!

ADMISSION IS FREE! Click here to get your free tickets.

Super Bowl Chaos

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I remember when Super Bowls for me meant enjoying a beer with my husband/friends, making a variety of yummy appetizers and eagerly awaiting the half time show...last night I did watch the Super Bowl but I was also making homemade play dough for my son's preschool, eating a Digiorno pizza and dvr'ing the half time show to watch after wrestling my toddler to bed! Life sure has changed but I love the crazy chaos. I am sharing the play dough recipe I used with you all to make for your kiddos. This was SUPER easy and although I was hesitant at first because I just didn't see the play dough forming...after about 7-9 minutes on low heat it really did come together and my son and I enjoyed making a variety of colors.

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If you were lucky enough to host a party with your friends here was a fantastic food idea that I shared on my Facebook page earlier last week. I love this because it is perfect for any fall/winter party and very easy to throw together, it even includes some great printable labels! Courtesy of: Celebrations at Home Blog

Photo courtesy of: Celebrations At Home

 

Things I loved at 30...

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Today is my last day of being 30 and I wanted to share some of my favorite things during this fantastic year. The most important, of course, is my growing family. We cannot wait to welcome baby Grayson in March! But, here are some other fun things I loved and/or discovered this year...Bourbon and bowties bangels, anything chocolate, burt's bees (for my baby bump), the beach (I especially loved HHI this year with great friends), bubble baths with eucalyptus oil, the eBook we created for DIY candy buffets, anything rustic and Aztec printed, a new author I discovered- Jojo Moyes, and Volcano candles!Bring on 31...

Merry Everything!

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Wishing you and your family the happiest of holidays this year and always! The holidays for us this year are all about baking, spending time with loved ones and trying desperately to avoid the flu going around. Our two year old is really excited about Christmas this year and loves to drive around and look at Christmas lights...I love seeing Christmas through his eyes, it brings all the magic of the holiday season back to me! This will be our last Christmas as a family of three as we are continuing to get ready for our second baby boy due in March. This has been a very blessed year for us in the Jolley house and we want to thank all of our clients and followers for helping to contribute to that. Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hannakuh or another tradition we hope you have a joyous holiday spent with the ones you love most!

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I have to include these "sweet" cupcakes in my holiday post...they are the cutest cupcakes I have ever seen and would be perfect to make for an upcoming Christmas party...thanks to Lick the Bowl Good we have the recipe with step by step directions below so you can make these yummy treats yourself!

Photo courtesy of Lick The Bowl Clean

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For The Cupcakes:
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup prepared hot cocoa, cooled
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
For The Whipped Cream
  • 1 1/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Garnishes:
  • mini marshmallows
  • mini chocolate chips
  • crushed peppermints
  • 18 mini candy canes

 

For The Cupcakes: Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line cupcake tins with 18 paper liners and set aside.
In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Using a wire whisk, blend the dry ingredients thoroughly.
Add the oil, prepared hot cocoa, vanilla and eggs to the dry ingredients. Whisk until well incorporated and no lumps remain. Stir in the chocolate chips.
Evenly divide the batter between the lined cupcakes tins.
Bake the cupcakes for 18 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes; then place them on a rack to cool completely.
For The Whipped Cream: In a medium bowl, combine heavy cream, powdered sugar and vanilla extract. With an electric mixer on medium speed, beat until thick, creamy, and slightly stiff, being careful not to overbeat.
To Assemble The Cupcakes: Pipe or mound the sweetened whipped cream onto the cooled cupcakes. Garnish with a sprinkling of mini marshmallows, mini chocolate chips and crushed peppermints. Add a mini candy cane tucked into the side of the cupcake, to make a handle for the "mug" of hot cocoa.
Serve immediately. Cover and refrigerate any leftovers.
Makes 18 cupcakes.

Sweet Dulce Events

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The past few months we have been busy busy helping to sweeten events from weddings to trade shows. Here are some photos of dessert and candy tables that we had the pleasure of creating and another was a DIY display a customer did on their own with tips and tricks from our eBook! Venue: Cooper Creek Country Club Design, cookies and candy courtesy of Dulce Designs Candy labels courtesy of OKOTA

Venue: Fasig-Tipton (Lexington, Ky) Design, cookies and candy courtesy of Dulce Designs Cake, macaroons and eclairs courtesy of National Provisions Candy labels courtesy of OKOTA Photography courtesy of Hilly Photography

Brown WeddingAn example of a candy buffet created using our DIY eBook: The below candy display was created for Crematory Manufacturing & Service in Tulsa, Oklahoma by Doth Brands for a trade show they attended for the National Funeral Director's Association in Nashville, TN. Dulce Designs was a consultant to Doth Brands and provided candy bar creative direction. For more information on Crematory Manufacturing & Service you can download the following 60 page ebook called Tempero Ignis.

The following is a sneak peek of a candy display we did this past weekend at the Northern Kentucky Convention Center...as soon as we get pictures back we will be sure to load them!

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Kid crafts to Fall in love with!

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It is getting cold and dark so early these days and while this is my favorite time of the year, I think my son would disagree! He loves to be outside playing in the dirt or chasing our beagles in the back yard...I know colder weather is just around the corner and I am preparing myself lately with indoor activity ideas to keep him active and me sane! Here are some cute Fall activities that you could enjoy doing with your little ones. Fall craft ideasI  also wanted to share a few Fall playdough recipes that smell so delicious, found on pinterest courtesy of Playdough to Plato.

 

Photo and recipes courtesy of: Playdough to Plato

Red Apple Cider Dough Playdough Recipe

 1 cup of unsweetened apple sauce

1/2 cup of  apple cider

4 tablespoons of vegetable oil

red food coloring

2 cups flour

1/2 cup of salt

4 tablespoons of cream of tartar

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

 

Pumpkin Pie Playdough Recipe

 Tip: Dough might be slightly lumpy because of the real pumpkin puree.

1 cup of pumpkin puree

3/4 cup of water

orange food coloring {or red and yellow}

4 tablespoons of vegetable oil

2 cups flour

1/2 cup of salt

4 tablespoons of cream of tartar

1 tablespoon of cinnamon

1 teaspoon of ginger

1/2-1 teaspoon of cloves {depending on your fondness of this spice}

 

Spicy Ginger and Nutmeg Playdough Recipes

Tip: Split the dough in half, scenting and dying one yellow for ginger dough and the other brown for nutmeg dough.  Then add about a tablespoon of dry spice for each scent but you can add as much or as little as you choose.

 3 cups of flour

3 cups of water

3/4 cup of salt

6 tablespoons of cream of tartar

3 tablespoons of vegetable oil

yellow food coloring for ginger dough

brown dye for nutmeg dough {mix equal parts red and green dye to make brown}

1 tablespoon of  ginger spice

1 tablespoon of nutmeg spice

Directions:

  1. Measure the dry ingredients {flour, salt, cream of tartar, and spices} and dumped each into a medium sized bowl.
  2. Next, measure and mix the wet ingredients {apple sauce, cider, oil, and dye} in a medium sized pot. Then we heated the wet ingredients on medium, stirring often until it bubbled.  The house smelled so yummy during this step – it made A dance around the kitchen in excitement. {I prefer using real apples and cider to scent my dough, instead of scented oils, so the smell isn’t overpowering.}
  3. Once it was bubbling, remove the pot from the heat and add the dry ingredients. Stir until the playdough begins to form, then dump the mixture onto the counter to cool.  The dough is sticky at first but, once cooled and kneaded, the stickiness disappears.  This dough can store for several weeks in an airtight container or bag.

Halloween Treats, No Tricks!

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I apologize for not blogging as much lately...I have been a little under the weather this pregnancy! The good news is we are half way there before we get to meet baby Grayson in March. I have mentioned this before in my Halloween posts but we at the Jolley house do not do a spooky Halloween! We are all chickens and I am pretty sure our two year old is braver than his parents. So our house is decked out in smiling pumpkins with no ghosts or goblins anywhere in sight and the scariest show we will watch will be The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown. We have a tradition of getting together with my cousin Sarah and her family to celebrate having chili and then going trick or treating. I am so excited for this year because our kids are a bit older and will enjoy the festivities more. While they are still young we take the opportunity to dress them up in themed costumes and this year they are going as a fireman and dalmatian dog.

I thought with so many goodies and sweet treats we will all eat that day that I would do something a little different this year and share some dinner/lunch ideas that are not consumed with sugar...even though we all know that is the best part! These are very easy and festive food ideas perfect for a party you may be hosting or attending.

Halloween foodsI did find this super cute cupcake recipe that I must share!!

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 We at Dulce Designs want to wish everyone a very Happy Halloween! For more Halloween treat ideas be sure to follow us on Facebook.

Jolley Baby #2

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We are  so very excited to announce that we are expecting baby #2 at the Jolley house! Nolan is going to be a big brother and although he does not really understand what that means he does realize mommy's belly is getting bigger. I apologize to all my readers for not posting in so long but I have been feeling under the weather. I am starting to feel better and could not be more thrilled because I have so many fun Fall events coming up! photo(4)

 

With this pregnancy I have been craving anything and everything sweet and recently made Halloween muddy buddy mix that is amazing! The recipe I found on pinterest courtesy of Sweet Treats & More, I will say that the recipe makes a lot of muddy buddy mix so you will have extra that you can even package up and give as gifts for fall!

Photo courtesy of: Sweet Treats & More

Ingredients
9 cups Corn or Rice Chex Cereal
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
1/4 cup butter
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1 1/2 cups candy corn
1 1/2 cups Reese’s Pieces
2 cups pretzels (can be the minis, regular, sticks)
Instructions
Pour Chex Cereal in a large bowl and set aside.
In a microwave safe bowl melt chocolate chips, butter and peanut butter together on high for one minute.  Stir and return to microwave, microwaving in 30 second increments until melted together and smooth.  Stir in vanilla.
Pour chocolate-peanut butter mixture over the cereal and gently stir to coat.  I like to put on a pair of kitchen gloves and use my hands to toss the cereal in the chocolate so I don’t crush it.  Place cereal in a large zip lock bag, pour powdered sugar in, seal and shake until evenly coated.
Spread cereal out on to wax paper and let cool completely.
In a large bowl combine cereal, candy corn, Reese’s Pieces, and pretzels.  Store in an air-tight container.

School Snacks

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Summer is winding down and it is time for back to school, already! There are so many parents who celebrate their kiddos first day of school now, I love seeing all the photos of my friends kids on Facebook in their adorable new outfits and too big book bags. My little one starts preschool in 3 weeks and I am so excited for him to be around other children more but a little sad that he is growing up so fast and it is only preschool...I cannot imagine how high school mom's feel!! Another thing I am noticing more and more are back to school parties either with neighbors, sports teams, friends or just something small with the family. Here are some super easy and affordable DIY snack ideas, that are perfect for this time of year and sure to put a smile on your kid's faces. I hope you all have a wonderful school year!

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Kara's Party Ideas Post

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The past few weeks have been full of fantastic craziness and we are loving every minute of it! We were so excited to launch our DIY Candy Buffet eBook  full of tips and tricks to set up your own candy display. A few days after the release of our eBook we found out that we were featured on Kara's Party Ideas. If you are a party planning fanatic like I am then you are probably familiar with the national planning website...so to be featured on it was a huge honor to me! Kara's Party Ideas is a wonderful resource to help you plan and get ideas for just about any themed party you may have coming up. The party they featured was my son's first birthday party which was a Mickey Mouse theme! Thank you again Kara's Party Ideas for including Dulce Designs on your site. Here is a little snippet of the write up they did!

 

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This terrific MICKEY MOUSE FIRST BIRTHDAY PARTY was submitted by Angela Jolley of Dulce Designs.

“Oh boy”! What a darling party! I especially love the adorable Mickey Mouse and friends party hats; they are too cute! I also love the cute food labels and tags! This party is so fun and has lots of really cute ideas that would work perfectly for any little boy or girl who loves Mickey Mouse!

The Mickey Mouse party ideas and elements to look for from this darling first birthday celebration are:

  • The cute and colorful pop bottle bowling pins
  • The adorable party hats
  • The cute Mickey Mouse wreath
  • The cute Mickey Mouse themed cookies
  • The darling food tags and labels
  • and MORE!

Vendors: Event design and custom dessert table: Dulce Designs Party hats: SBC Design Wreaths and linens: Vine and Wine Boutique Photo booth props: Caged Bird Creations Subway art: Magenta Prints Food/dessert and water bottle labels: Party Invites and More Venue: Ozo Play Cafe Photography: NIxon Photography

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Mickey Mouse Party Details:

This is what Angela said about plannign/styling the party- “My son’s greatest love besides goldfish crackers and our two beagles is Mickey Mouse. So when it came time for his first birthday party I knew exactly what theme we were going to go with. Besides being a mommy to Nolan, I am the owner of a candy/dessert buffet company (Dulce Designs) so I love a good theme to decorate and design around, especially when it comes to throwing parties for my loved ones. We were able to come up with some really great ideas for his birthday party such as a photo booth, festive food, themed party hats, Mickey bowling and a custom dessert table. The birthday party was held at an indoor kids play cafe called Ozo cafe. This was the perfect location because it had so much for the little one’s to play with while the adults could relax a bit. We had the very talented Michelle with NIxon photography there to capture every detail for us. It was a wonderful birthday party and thanks to Nixon photography we will have memories that will last a lifetime”

Red, White and Blue

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Happy 4th of July!! This is such a great time to throw a party for all your friends and family and decorating is such a breeze because the theme is already picked out for you: red, white and blue! Here are some of my favorite festive party ideas this year: When planning a party one of the first things I do, besides coming up with a theme, is decide on the food menu. Once you have the theme and menu the rest sort of falls in place. For the Fourth I really love this sangria recipe courtesy of Imagine Design made with fresh red, white and blue fruit.  The best party of this cocktail choice is it is really easy to make sangria...I mean really really easy! Another cute idea...the rocket dogs below, these are perfect for the kiddos.

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Fourth of July Food

You know I have to include a special section on desserts! Here are a few that I really love and are quick to make...with a crazy two year old running around everything I make these days can be done in just minutes! Another thing that has changed with desserts around the Jolley house is almost everything now includes fruit, I try to get in some healthier options whenever I can. These desserts would be perfect for us this year...I am also including a VERY simple candy display because sometimes less really is more.

Click on the below photos to be taken to that particular recipe.

Fourth of July Dessert Ideas

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Here are some FREE printables to add to the decor of your party...they can be downloaded and printed by also clicking on the photos!

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sparkler printablesLastly, I have to include this genius idea...I have no idea why I have never thought of this before!!

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The Ultimate D.I.Y. Candy Buffet eBook!

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Interested in some DIY Candy Buffet creation? You are in the right place!

The guide you've been waiting for is finally here! Now you can create professional candy buffets yourself!

Candy Buffet eBook

Wait, why are you sharing this information with us?

After years of doing candy buffets, I realized that many people would just rather do it themselves. I STILL do candy buffets and always will, but now, I get to help DIYers too! We now offer supply rentals, you can order candy through us, and we sell DIY friendly packages.
 

Is this really your best tips and tricks?

It really is.
 
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After years behind the helm of Dulce Designs providing custom candy buffets to major companies, national attractions, premiere organizations and creative clients, I put together a true DIY Candy Buffet Bible. I share my best tips and tricks from years of doing this for myself and for others, professionally.

This eBook covers anything and everything having to do with Candy Buffets…..and yes, you can do it yourself! Learn from me and you’ll end up with a better buffet from the way that it looks to the way that it tastes!

This book is jam-packed with information, and here’s a snippet of what you’ll find inside:

This book is jam-packed with information, and here’s a snippet of what you’ll find inside: • 24 pages packed with candy buffet know-how • Candy 411: how and what to choose, how to find it on the cheap, and more • A guide to some of my most popular color schemes and themes • All you need to know about jars and scoops • Centerpieces: do’s and don’ts • Tips on designing and arranging your buffet • Buffet logistics: how to set it up, when to take it down, and more • 4 pages of my best tips and tricks • Details on supplies you may need…including my new DIY options

To sweeten the deal use coupon 'almond' at checkout and get this eBook for only $4.99. But act quick because this great offer expires June 25th!

Click here to read more and download. --

My Two Favorite Dad's

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I am so lucky to have a dad that gives me constant support and advice. Growing up my parents were divorced and I lived with my mom. My dad never missed a weekend or holiday.  During school plays or gymnastic events he was always there taking pictures. From the time I was a little girl I knew I could always count on him to be there. He was and is a constant in my life and one of the people I respect more than anyone in this world.  My favorite memory with my dad is when he used to take me putt putting and we would share a red vine licorice rope after. To this day, even at 30 years old I will call my dad the minute I need advice or if I just want a good laugh. My dad's dry sense of humor is one of my favorite things about him...that and his ability to draw everyone's attention when he is telling a story. He has an amazing work ethic and rarely misses one of my little brother's or sister's sporting events. What means more to me than anything now as a parent myself is to see him with my son, they are such good buddies! My son is lucky to have such a great role model as his papa Russ and I am blessed with a dad that means the world to me! Dulce Designs

Father's day has changed for me over the last two years, it is not just about my wonderful dad anymore but also about my husband who is now a father himself. I knew my husband would make a great dad someday but I had no idea he would fill the role so effortlessly and natural. From the minute our son was born my husband was a changed man, always getting up with us at night and changing dirty diapers....he seriously NEVER complains and wants to help out. Now my son is two and they are best friends.  One of my husband's best attributes is his ability to make others laugh, he is seriously hilarious and loves to make others happy. My son gets this from his dad. The two together make me laugh non-stop.

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This post is for the two best dad's I know, thank you both for your love, support and constant laughter!

Happy Father's day to all you dad's out there, I hope you have a fantastic day spent with the one's that love you most!

Here are also some creative and very inexpensive gift ideas, for more ideas be sure to check out our Facebook page.

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We've Got Ears, Say Cheers

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We at the Jolley house are off to Disney World for a week of fun, rest and relaxation! I am not sure how  much rest and relaxation there will be chasing around a toddler but we will be in Florida so I am not going to complain. We will be there for Mother's day (which I planned a spa day for myself) and also for my son's second birthday. Last year for his first birthday we did a Mickey Mouse birthday party and his love for Mickey still remains...I cannot wait to see the look on his face when he meets him in person! We will be out of the office until May 20th and will return all emails at that time.

We've got ears, say cheers!!

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Off to the Races...

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well not really, but we are having a derby party at the house! Every year the Kentucky Derby is a big time of year in the Jolley house...growing up in Kentucky and around horses his whole life it may be my husband's favorite day. Since we cannot go this year we are going to throw a simple party at our house. I say simple because I am going to try really hard not to go overboard, I tend to do that a lot! :) We have decided to just cater in Eli's Bbq (which is the best bbq in the city, our opinon!)...in the spirit of keeping it simple! But we are making an array of yummy desserts and having mint juleps. Even though we are not cooking the dinner portion I did find some very festive food recipes that I want to share as well as the desserts that we will be attempting to make.

Mini Hot Browns- Courtesy of Celebrate Magazine

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Ingredients
  1. 24 (2-inch) round slices white bread
  2. 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  3. 1 (10-ounce) package prepared Welsh rarebit sauce
  4. 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  5. 6 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled
  6. 1⁄4 pound thick-cut smoked deli turkey, cut into bite-size pieces
  7. 24 slices Roma tomatoes
  8. 1⁄4 cup loosely packed chopped parsley
  9. 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°. Brush both sides of bread rounds with melted butter. Place on a baking sheet. Bake for 4 to 6 minutes, or until lightly golden.
  2. Microwave Welsh rarebit sauce ac- cording to package directions. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Microwave for 1 minute longer, stirring well to blend.
  3. Spoon cheese sauce on top of toasted bread rounds. Sprinkle with bacon. Layer 2 pieces turkey and 1 slice tomato. Sprinkle with parsley and paprika. Serve immediately.

Kentucky Derby Sweet Potatoes- courtesy of Knead to Cook

Ingredients:

3 enormous sweet potatoes (or you can use 5-6 large sweet potatoes), peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces 1 c of light brown sugar 1/2 c of butter 3/4 c of bourbon (I used Jim Bean) 1 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon 1 tsp of vanilla extract 1/2 tsp of nutmeg, ground

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place all of the peeled, chopped sweet potatoes in a glass 13×9 pan.  In a sauce pan over medium heat, add all of the other ingredients and bring to a boil.  Whisk the ingredients as they cook.  Once boiling, pour the liquid mixture over top of the potatoes.  Bake for 50 minutes or unit the potatoes are fork tender.

- See more at: http://kneadtocook.com/kentucky-derby-bourbon-sweet-potatoes/#sthash.Lc5uCEPJ.dpuf

Ingredients:

3 enormous sweet potatoes (or you can use 5-6 large sweet potatoes), peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces 1 c of light brown sugar 1/2 c of butter 3/4 c of bourbon (I used Jim Bean) 1 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon 1 tsp of vanilla extract 1/2 tsp of nutmeg, ground

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place all of the peeled, chopped sweet potatoes in a glass 13×9 pan.  In a sauce pan over medium heat, add all of the other ingredients and bring to a boil.  Whisk the ingredients as they cook.  Once boiling, pour the liquid mixture over top of the potatoes.  Bake for 50 minutes or unit the potatoes are fork tender.

Here are the two desserts I am making, click on the photo and or links to be taken to the recipe!

Kentucky Pie- courtesy of Paula Deen

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Mint julep cupcakes- courtesy of The Baker Chick

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In the spirit of things I also feel that I must add in a mint julep recipe!

 

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Ingredients:

3 enormous sweet potatoes (or you can use 5-6 large sweet potatoes), peeled and cut into bite-sized pieces 1 c of light brown sugar 1/2 c of butter 3/4 c of bourbon (I used Jim Bean) 1 1/2 tsp of ground cinnamon 1 tsp of vanilla extract 1/2 tsp of nutmeg, ground

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Place all of the peeled, chopped sweet potatoes in a glass 13×9 pan.  In a sauce pan over medium heat, add all of the other ingredients and bring to a boil.  Whisk the ingredients as they cook.  Once boiling, pour the liquid mixture over top of the potatoes.  Bake for 50 minutes or unit the potatoes are fork tender.

- See more at: http://kneadtocook.com/kentucky-derby-bourbon-sweet-potatoes/#sthash.Lc5uCEPJ.dpuf

Outside of mint juleps you can purchase 14 hands wine at your local grocery store, this is perfect because the labels have horses on it already. If you want to really "wow" your guests you can freeze roses in ice cubes and use this to chill your wine/champagne in a cute bucket.

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Lastly, we are having everyone in attendance pick a horse at random out of a hat (derby hat, of course) and the winner will get a prize like the below photo...sorry to spoil the prize for those attending! I am in love with this and think that if I were to have gotten married in Kentucky I would have had these as the hotel welcome gifts. Oh wait, I did get married in Kentucky...but I wasn't as crafty then and there was no pinterest! :)

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Dulce Gives Back

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We hope you all had a happy Easter filled with family, great friends and yummy food. We celebrated at our house this year with our closest friends and family...there were about 8 kiddos and it was so fun to see them hunt for eggs. Holidays with little one's are the best! I noted this Dulce tip on my Facebook page but also wanted to post it here for my followers...if you have an upcoming summer event and plan on doing a candy buffet then now is the perfect time to stock on pastel colored candy at a great price. All Easter candy is now on clearance and if left unopened candy is good for 4-6 months (2 months for chewy candy). e7e298f76c97a663411d4ebe54abfb94

We have been very busy the past few weeks with events! Every year we donate a few items to some wonderful local charities/philanthropies and this year is no exception. We have been excited to work with the Cincinnati Reds for the Reds community fund, The Matthew and Andrew Akin Foundation in their fight to support patients and families at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Autism Speaks and then just two weeks ago we had the honor to make 25 rock candy centerpieces for The Lexington Dream Factory . They turned out beautifully and we were so happy to work with such an amazing organization creating something so unique with candy!

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After we did the rock candy centerpieces we hosted a giveaway on our Facebook page guessing how many rock candy pieces were used to make all 25 centerpieces. The winner was Jennifer Fleishman with her guess of 3888...the correct answer was- 3,960 rock candy pieces. Jennifer will be receiving her sweet treat in the mail this week! 

We were very honored to work all of these organizations this year, for more information on donating please click on their following links above or feel free to email me.

 

Lucky Charms!

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Happy St. Patrick's Day! Now courtesy of Pinterest it is so easy to find great holiday recipes, crafts and other fun ideas. Here are a few of my favorite kid friendly crafts that I found and are super easy to put together. I especially love the pot of gold with their little hand print as the rainbow.

St. Patty's day Kids

Another fun find for today is yummy treats. My son and I plan on making the Lucky Charms marshmallow treats today courtesy of the recipe I found on JW Illustrations blog!

St. Patricks Day

Lucky Charms Treat Recipe:

Ingredients
  1. 6 cups Lucky Charms cereal
  2. 1 (10 oz) bag mini marshmallows
  3. 1/4 cup unsalted butter
Instructions
  1. Prepare a 9 x 13 inch casserole dish by lining it with parchment paper or spraying with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. In a deep pot over medium heat, melt the butter. Then add marshmallows.Stir continuously with a big wooden spoon until all the marshmallows have lost shape and melted.
  3. Remove from heat and add cereal. Stir well to incorporate. Pour mixture into casserole dish. Use a spoon sprayed with cooking spray to press the mixture firmly down into the dish.
  4. Refrigerate treats for 15-30 minutes or until firm. Cut into squares and serve.

Outage and Bridal Show

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We want to thank everyone for their patience this past week as we experienced issues with our hosting site which houses our email and website for Dulce.  As a result, we were not  able to receive any emails or access to our website for several days. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and ask that you resend any emails you may have sent to us Saturday 3/1 -Wednesday 3/5. Thank you again for your cooperation; everything is up and running now and we expect no other delays!

 This past week we were super busy with the fantastic Afterhours Bridal Show at the Great American Ballpark. The show was a complete success with 438 brides in attendance and 2600 guests in total. This is our favorite bridal show all year and we were happy to be apart of such a great group of vendors.  Be sure to contact A Bride's Mafia for all of your local wedding planning needs. 

Afterhours bridal show

 A special thank you to Gigi’s cupcakes for providing us with some fabulous cupcakes, Okota for the super cute labels and Vine and Wine Boutique for the customized table runners. We are very lucky to work with some great people and cannot wait to start decorating dessert buffets for all of our upcoming brides!

Dulce Designs

Bring on the Sun

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or at least more of the color yellow! I really love the combination of soft colors with strong brights in this season's Pantone Spring 2014 top 10 color report...what I really love best is that yellow (freesia on the report) is listed as a favorite color! Yellow has always been my go to color whether I am decorating my home or picking pop items for my wardrobe, I always find myself in the yellow hues.

Pantone Spring 2014

It is just such a happy and fun color.  Here is an inspiration board I created from bright sunny yellow to softer mustard colored items.

Yellow inspiration board

Another trend I have noticed among my brides is the use of yellow on their big day. My husband and I had yellow as our pop color on our wedding day almost 5 years ago and I loved the way it popped in photos. Here is a wedding that I adore courtesy of The Perfect Palette...check out those lemon macaroons! To be honest yellow is my favorite candy/dessert buffet to design for, not only because its my favorite color but because the candy choices in this color are endless.

Courtesy of The Perfect Palatte

So although we are still in frigid temperatures and weeks from spring, I hope this post brings some sunshine into your day!