May parties are abundant!

May certainly has a number of reasons to celebrate…

Derby, Mother’s Day, & Graduations are just to name a few.

Last weekend I had the pleasure of creating a wonderful day for a graduating 5th grade young lady.

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The focal point for this party was the desert table.  It was packed full of sweet treats. 

Everything from flavored popcorn to gumball necklaces.

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I love using unique party favors, so we displayed necklaces for the girls made of

shiny gumballs & clips! 

As you can imagine…they were the hit of the party!

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Small boxes are perfect for filling with treats.  Don’t forget to provide cute containers for guests to fill up!

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  The desert table was filled with sixlets,

Hershey kisses that were adorned with “Congrats” labels, Swizzle sticks tied with ribbon &

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Pink candy coated popcorn all kept with our over the top theme!

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This gorgeous cake was created by Martine’s.  Her work is amazing & never disappoints!

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Macaron’s & cookies gave something for everyone to enjoy! 

Ok, so maybe the macaron’s were more for the adults! 

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And of course the photo booth!  This is an easy way for your guests to have fun & get goofy! 

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Spray paint wooden frames from Hobby Lobby or Michael’s for adorable photo frames. 

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Until next time…..

XOXO,

Robin

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The Kentucky Derby

You may not be from Kentucky but most likely know what happens in Louisville on the first Saturday of May.  Some say it’s “The most exciting two minutes in sports” but to true Kentuckians The Kentucky Derby is so much more.

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In 1872, Col. Meriwether Lewis Clark. traveled to England, visiting the Derby, a famous race that had been running annually since 1780.  After returning home to Kentucky, he organized the Louisville Jockey Club for the purpose of raising money to build a racing facility.  That track would become Churchill Downs, named for John and Henry Churchill, who provided the land for the track.

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The Derby is thick with southern tradition from the famous Mint Julep to hats of all shapes & sizes.  Kentuckians love to throw a good party & the Derby is no exception.  Horse farms throughout the bluegrass state throw elegant soiree’s in honor of well dressed thoroughbreds & their riders.

In honor of My Old Kentucky Home, I share with you some Kentucky inspired Derby treats…enjoy!

xoxo

Robin

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Woodford Reserve Classic Mint Julep

2 oz. Woodford Reserve®
1 oz. water
1 t. sugar
4 sprigs fresh mint

Muddle three sprigs of mint, sugar, and water in the bottom of a julep cup or highball glass. Fill glass with crushed ice. Add Woodford Reserve and stir. Dust fourth mint sprig with powdered sugar for garnish.

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Flowers by Jessica Jones

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The hat is the center of Derby outfits for most women

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The Kentucky Hot Brown & Kentucky Burgoo

The Legendary Hot Brown

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salted butter
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup Pecorino Romano cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • Pinch of ground nutmeg
  • Salt and pepper
  • 14 oz. sliced roasted turkey breast, slice thick
  • 4 slices of Texas toast (crusts trimmed)
  • 4 slices of bacon
  • 2 Roma tomatoes, sliced in half
  • Paprika
  • Parsley

In a two-quart saucepan, melt butter and slowly whisk in flour until combined to form a thick paste or roux. Continue to cook roux for 2 minutes over medium-low heat, stirring frequently. Whisk heavy cream into the roux and cook over medium heat until the cream begins to simmer, about 2-3 minutes. Remove sauce from heat and slowly whisk in Pecorino-Romano cheese until the Mornay sauce is smooth. Add nutmeg, salt and pepper to taste.

For each Hot Brown, place one slice of toast in an oven safe dish and cover with 7 oz. turkey. Take the two halves of Roma tomato and two toast points and set them alongside the base of turkey and toast. Pour half of the sauce over the dish, completely covering it. Sprinkle with additional cheese. Place entire dish under a broiler until cheese begins to brown and bubble. Remove and cross two pieces of crispy bacon on top. Sprinkle with paprika and parsley and serve immediately.

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Country Ham & Biscuits & Benedictine Finger Sandwiches

Benedictine Spread

by Chef Mark Williams for Brown-Forman Corporation

This spread can be used as a dip or a sandwich & canapé ingredient. It was made popular at Louisville’s Benedict’s restaurant earlier in this century.

  • 1 large cucumber
  • 12 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons grated onion
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • Pinch of cayenne or tabasco dash
  • Green food coloring (optional)
  1. Pare, grate, and drain cucumber.
  2. Combine with remaining ingredients in food processor.
  3. Serve as is or as a sandwich or canapé spread.
  4. Thin with sour cream to make a dip for vegetables.

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Kentucky Derby Pie

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Famous Ruth Hunt Bourbon Balls & Kentucky Pull Candy

Macarons for Easter?…yes please

When I met Sylviana, owner of La Petite Delicat, in Lexington Kentucky there was no question that her beautiful petite macarons were the perfect gift for any occasion.

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A little about Sylviana & La Petite Delicat……

“In July 2012, I was searching for an unique dessert for my daughter’s 2nd birthday party and came across colorful petite macarons. I searched for a great recipe and read a lot of blogs about making them, but learned that they were difficult to make. After countless trials, I successfully made a perfectly round macaron with beautiful ruffle! They were a big hit at the party and macarons become our family’s favorite dessert. I have been making macarons ever since and La Petite Sucré was born in February 2013. In January 2015, we changed our business name to La Petite Délicat.

I love baking macarons, but decorating them gives me a new level of excitement! In August 2013, I started making macarons with custom designs and it becomes the highlight of my business.”

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“At La Petite Délicat, we use only the best ingredients and bake from scratch! every detail is handcrafted with love and you can taste the effort.

I am looking forward to creating unique macarons for your event, or you can simply order our gift box for friends and family. Believe me, these sweet confections will bring conversation to your event!”

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PRE ORDER FOR EASTER DELIVERY

Order by March 30th – 5pm
Orders will be shipped on March 31 with USPS PRIORITY MAIL to be delivered between April 2 and 3 unless specified otherwise. If you need them shipped earlier, Please let us know!

Lexington Kentucky Local pick up is available at 153 TRADE STREET, SUITE 130, LEXINGTON, KY. We have limited pick-up hours. If you would like to pick up your order, please contact us.

Five flavors are available for 5 pcs box macaron: Raspberry, Lemon, Pistachio, Vanilla and Salted Caramel

Ten flavors are available for 10 pcs box macarons: Raspberry, Blackberry, Lemon, Pistachio, Vanilla Buttercream, Salted Caramel, Strawberry Buttercream, Peach Buttercream, Earl Grey and Chocolate Coconut.

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Easter macaron gift boxes will be packaged in a clear box with yellow ribbon to showcase the beautiful Easter colored macaron.  You can contact Sylviana at 859.338.1338 or info@lapetitedelicat.com for orders or more information.

Be sure to follow Sylviana and her sweet petite macarons……

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Until next time…make your event Something Sweet!

Love,

Robin