July 15, 2022Review Recipe
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Are you looking for a unique birthday party theme idea? Think chocolate! Ahh, so many possibilities! Angie, of Beautique Events, sent us this chocolate bar dessert table idea she recently styled for a birthday celebration. Decorations for this event were done in classic black and white. We think this concept could also work well for a Valentine’s Day celebration, don’t you? Imagine how beautiful a few red hearts would look on this glowing table. If you’re looking for a delicious way to celebrate a first birthday party or perhaps how to delight Valentine’s sweeties, this could be the theme that ignites taste buds!
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Black and white can be somber, but when you add stripes you also add a casual element to the sophistication. Angie kept the table backdrop (by Illusion Custom Graphics) simple to let the tempting chocolate desserts take center stage. Sleek white pedestals and platters stand out against the black serving table. We like Angie’s use of gold embellishments to add a sparkly shine of excitement to the tablescape and votive candles made the entire arrangement glow. Clear glasses of generous-sized apothecary-style jars added another element of sparkle.
Bows dress up candy dishes and pedestals but we especially like how the cookie stacks look like small gift packages with their ribbons. Dashes of gold are repeated in several spots, including on the backdrop, cupcake sleeves, tent cards, spoons, and just on the tips of the bows — sweet touch! There were eleven different delights to tempt birthday guests to celebrate with chocolate decadence!
The dessert menu included macarons, mousse, panna cotta, rum balls, cupcakes, peanut butter cake pops, and chocolate bars PLUS chocolate candies. Although no dessert was left behind, the favorites of the evening were the peanut butter cake pops and panna cotta. Is your mouth watering? Angie has generously shared the recipe for one of the party favorites:
CHOCOLATE PANNA COTTA
- 600 ml thickened cream (or about 2 ½ cups)
- 2 Tablespoons caster sugar (super-fine sugar; make your own by pulsing granulated sugar in a food processor or blender. You want fine, not powdered.)
- 220 g baking chocolate (about 7 ounces)
- 2 teaspoons of gelatin dissolved in ⅕ cup of boiling water
METHOD: Combine cream and sugar in a saucepan, bring to boiling and immediately remove from heat. Add chocolate and stir until melted. Add the dissolved gelatin. Pour the mixture evenly into 6 -12 dessert cups. Chill for 3-4 hours or until set.
Take a peek at these dazzling first birthday parties for more inspiration:
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