It always amazes me how, with a little creativity, the ordinary can be transformed into extraordinary.
In an article I wrote for Family First Magazine in the Fall of 2015, I featured this recipe as a log cake. It's a popular recipe that I have seen served at many parties since. I recently attended a party, hosted by a close friend of mine. Each course was a masterpiece. When I complimented her she said, "wait till you see what I made for dessert-even you will be impressed."
Impressed I was! She had used aCuisipro Ice Cream Scoop and Stack to cut out individual portions of the ice cream log and placed them on plates garnished with dessert sauce. But the best is yet to come. She had personalized each portion with the initial of the new couple's last name by cutting it out of fruit strips. The results were so outstanding that I couldn't resist sharing them with you. Enjoy!
Making Challah Baking a focal point of this simcha gives the Bas Mitzvah girl the opportunity to do the Mitzvah of Hafrashas challah for the very first time in her life in the presence of her close family and friends . To "top" it off everyone can braid and spice their own challah, choosing from the whole array of seeds and spices. Teaching the girls a new way to brade can be part of the activity. Send home baked challah in beautiful labeled box.
Of all Simchas, a Bas Mitzvah celebration is the least defined. As a result, each individual family celebrates this milestone in its own unique way. As there is little in the way of protocol, many families tend to follow the example set by their community. Whether that involves a large affair or one that is celebrated by close family ,the sky's the limit to the many ideas that can be adapted for this occasion.
Here is a sampling of ideas for a Bas Mitzvah Party. As I've said in the past, this is not an “all or none” presentation; there’s something here for every taste and budget. Plan ahead and look to make the preparation itself a fun family project in the days (and weeks) leading up to the party.
The quiet beauty of winter. The snow so magically falls, the everyday hustle and bustle comes to a slippery halt, the children are busy making snowmen and sledding down the hills, and.... school is closed! With the children home from school (due to a snow storm or mid-winter vacation) here's a winter themed activity that will entertain your children while bringing this beautiful scene indoors (without the wet boots and gloves!).
Enjoy this fresh and novel idea which brings your classic sandwich to a new level. With it’s eye catching presentation, these delightful sandwich alternatives will enhance your next event and are certain to be a real crowd pleaser. The attractive variety of crisp vegetables add that sensational appeal.
Looking for a bouquet of flowers that will satisfy everyone’s taste – have we got a sweet idea for you! This beautiful “arrangement” can be simply assembled and is sure to be a most popular bunch of flowers. Let your creativity “blossom” as you beautify each flower . As an added bonus these flowers are sure to stay looking fresh throughout Shvuot ….. if they’re not eaten first.
Gone are the days where teaching your kids to how to cook consists of pointers on how to boil macaroni and making rice crispy treats. Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek are changing the way our kids cook with their newest cookbook just for kids! I recently got Kids Cooking Made Easy and I think it’s a masterpiece.
Lately, I have been getting a lot of requests for ideas of things to send to a Shalom Zachar and Kiddush. Biscotti seems to be a great thing to send to a Simcha; they are delicious, easy to make and easy to package. Here's a simple way to "dress up your biscotti" and make it not only delicious and practical, but glamorous too! Candy Pearlsare available in many colors. Have fun color coordinating your biscotti to match your special occasion
I scream, you scream….This has got to be the simplest birthday cake ever! We all know how much everyone loves ice cream cakes, yet we also know how pricey they tend to be. So here’s an idea that is very cost effective, practically effortless, delicious, and most of all, “we’ll all scream” for more! The base of the cake is ice cream sandwiches. You can decorate it as a fun birthday cake using edible spray, piping gel, sprinkles… or as an elegant dessert using caramel topping, nuts, chocolate shavings….
All the flowers that grace your Shavuos table will surely be a delight to your eye, these will surely be a delight to you palette as well. Create them at any level, simple or sophisticated; any way you make them they’re sure to be a sensation.