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Desserts In Jars {Book Review + Recipes!}

desserts in jars book review

DESSERTS IN JARS: 50 Sweet Treats that Shine

Eco-friendly, decorative, functional… I know you all love mason jars as much as we do at Hostess! (Remember them here and here and here for starters.) When it comes to parties & entertaining, these handy little containers are stellar at multitasking – utilized as everything from vases to drinkware to favor packaging.

Well… add one more thing to the list, because Shaina Olmanson teaches us how to bake fabulous sweets in them too! Filled with irresistible recipes and mouth-watering photos, her new book – Desserts in Jars – explores baking, serving & pretty much everything sweet about these perfect little vessels!

desserts in jars book review

Keep reading for a virtual “taste” of Desserts in Jars, including Shaina’s Espresso Créme Brûlée Recipe & my top 5 favorite things about her gorgeous new book. {We’ll be sharing a 2nd recipe from this book next week.} If you’re not hungry already… you will be SOON! ;) (more…)

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Favorite Detail: Art Easel Dessert Display

art themed bridal shower dessert display

Rachel of Haute Chocolate painted a beautiful spread of a dessert table for an Art Theme Bridal Shower. My favorite part is the Art Easel Dessert Display, with its suspended mini bunting banner and lovely looking cupcakes! I can also imagine it as a place to display guest favors or even mini ones as table centerpieces.

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{Party of 5} Zebra Minnie Mouse, Video Game Party, Vintage Nautical, Rainbow Elmo, Pink & Gold Bridal

minnie mouse and zebra pattern party

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– Pink & Zebra Minnie Mouse Inspired Birthday
– Video Game Party (Plants vs. Zombies)
– Rainbow Elmo Birthday
– Vintage Nautical Baby Shower
– Pink, White & Gold Bridal Shower

1. Pink + Zebra Minnie Mouse Inspired Birthday (pictured above) by Dreamers Joy Events & Design

2. Video Game Party (Plants vs. Zombies) by GOCustomCakes

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Favorite Detail: “Twinkle Twinkle” Dessert Table

twinkle twinkle little star dessert table

Twinkle, twinkle little star… do you know how loved you are?Lisa of A Charming Fete wowed us with her glitzy-meets-whimsical Twinkle Twinkle Little Star Dessert Table! This glamorous rendition of the classic lullaby features paper star streamers, sparkly cupcake toppers, and a darling “cloudy” cake (by Michael Angelo’s Bakery) that’s topped with a sleeping baby under a bright yellow moon.

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{Party of 5} American Pie, Hoedown, Olivia the Pig, Robots, and Pink Baptism

american pie party

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– American Pie
– Hoedown
– Olivia the Pig 1st Birthday Party
– Robot Themed Birthday
– Pink Baptism & Full Moon Celebration

1. American Pie Fourth of July (pictured above) by FreshlyBaked

2. Hoedown by All Set

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Favorite Detail: Globe Cake Pops

globe cake pops for an around the world travel theme baby shower

I’ve seen cake pops in all assortments (penguins, drizzled with gold, Pinocchio & more!), but these Globe Cake Pops by GO Custom Cakes by B just called out to me! What a cute way to sweeten up a travel themed celebration (and they’re even served on a map!)Sweet Pop Studio requested them for an Around the World Baby Shower. Click on the party album image (below) to check out the full party!

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{Party of 5} Cookie Monster, Pinwheels & Poms, Pink Tea Shower, Rainbow Art Party, Nautical Shrimp Boil

milk and cookies party with cookie monster

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– {Cookie Monster} Milk and Cookies First Birthday
– Pinwheels and PomPoms
– Pink Tea Baby Shower
– Art Theme Birthday Party
– Nautical Shrimp Boil {Red, White & Blue}

1. Cookie Monster Cookies and Milk First Birthday Party! (pictured above) by Lauren Borquez

2. Pinwheels and PomPoms by chphoto

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{Party of 5} Tooth Fairy, Moroccan Elephant Baby Shower, Jack & Jill, Sesame Street Birthday, & Wild West

tooth fairy playdate

Here we go with the latest round of Friday Party of 5 picks from our HWTM.com members! Just click on a party title or collage to check out the full album & details from the following creative events:

– Boy Tooth Fairy Play date
– Moroccan Elephant Baby Shower
– Jack & Jill
– Sesame Street Birthday
– Wild West Country Bash

1. You Can’t Handle The Tooth {Boy Tooth Fairy Playmate} (pictured above) by Deliciously Darling Events

2. Mala’s Moroccan Elephant Baby Shower by URinvited

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{Party of 5} USA Chevron, Love & Lace, Dinosaur Birthday, Pirate Party, Birds & Flowers

july 4th party in red white and blue

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– USA Chevron Party
– Love & Lace
– Dinosaur Birthday Party
– Pirate Party
– Birds and Flowers

1. USA Chevron Party (pictured above) by Sweet Threads Clothing Co

2. Love and Lace Wedding by Jami’s on Sweet Street

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{Party of 5} Nautical Baby Shower, Super Dad!, Aqua & Damask, Vintage Purple China Bridal Shower, 50s Diner

ahoy whale cupcake toppers

Here we go with the latest round of Friday Party of 5 picks from our HWTM.com members! Just click on a party title or collage to check out the full album & details from the following creative events:

– AHOY Nautical Baby Shower
– Super Dad! Styled Father’s Day Luncheon
– Milestone Birthday in Aqua & Damask
– Vintage Purple China Bridal Shower Dessert Table
– Sock hop 50’s Diner Party

1. AHOY Nautical Baby Shower (pictured above) by EMTsweeetie

2. Super Dad! Styled Father’s Day Luncheon by Not Just A Mommy! 

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FREE Printables: Diamond Jubliee Celebration

diamond jubilee free printables

We love a good excuse to celebrate… and this one only comes ’round once in a very blue moon! This year marks Queen Elizabeth II’s 60th year in reign, and the official Diamond Jubliee celebrations begin tomorrow…for only the 2nd time in history!

PARTY TIME + PRINTABLES

That means street parties & parades – and not just in the UK (check THIS out) – so pack up a picnic and call up some friends! We even whipped up some FREE Printables to help you get in the spirit – including party circles (or cupcake toppers), food labels (blank and pre-filled) and food/drink flags. :) Scroll down for download links + a few ideas on recipes, last minute decorations, and activities!

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{Party of 5} Baking Party, Take a Hike, Green Bridesmaid Breakfast, Cowboy Baby Shower, Milk & Cookies

baking party with chef hats and pretty cookies

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– Baking Party
– Take a Hike! (great Father’s Day inspiration!)
– Green Bridesmaid Breakfast
– Cowboy Baby Shower
– Milk & Cookies Party

1. Baking Party (pictured above) by One Charming Party

2. Take a Hike! by Lynlee’s Petite Cakes 

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{Party of 5} Cute as a Button, Vintage Silhouette, Mickey Mouse, Carriage Baby Shower, Tuscan Dessert Table

cute as a button first birthday party

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– Cute as a Button First Birthday Party
– Vintage Silhouette Party
– Mickey Mouse Birthday
– Vintage Carriage Baby Shower
– Tuscan Inspired Dessert Table

1. Cute as a Button 1st Birthday Party (pictured above) by kerri

2. Brady’s Vintage Boy Party by Brianna Krute

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Favorite Detail: Cotton Candy “Clouds”

cotton candy clouds

Cutie Putti Paperie won my heart over with these precious Cotton Candy Clouds (and their blue and white striped straw “handles”!). You’ll often see cotton candy in shades of pink and blue, but when the coloring is left out it just like like fluffy clouds – how cute!

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{Party of 5} Father’s Day, Elvis Birthday, Snow White Party, French High Tea, Derby Theme Fundraiser

father's day dessert table in light blue and burlap

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– Father’s Day Dessert Table
– Elvis Presley Birthday Party
– Snow White Party
– French High Tea Party
– Derby Fundraiser

1. Father’s Day Dessert Table (pictured above) by LAURA’S little PARTY

2. Elvis Presley 3rd Birthday Party by Flavia

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{Party of 5} Mother’s Day, Beach Baby Shower, Pink & Green, Spring Dessert Table, Mickey Birthday Party

mother's day desserts

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– A Whimsical Mother’s Day
– Baby Shower at the Beach
– Pink & Green Dol Celebration
– Spring Dessert Table
– Silhouette Mickey Birthday Party

1. A Whimsical Mother’s Day (pictured above) by Darling & Daisy

2. Baby Shower at the Beach by missywhite

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Favorite Detail: “Raindrops: A Shower of Colors” Cake

raindrop rainbow cake

Petite Social definitely knows what’s in style: rainbows and amazing cakes

Sugar High, Inc. created this whimsical & fun custom rainbow cake design for an adorable Raindrops: A Shower of Colors photo shoot inspired by the children’s book and styled by Petite Social. Click on the album image below to check out the full party!

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{Party of 5} Beach Baby Shower, Spa Party, Hello Kitty Party, School Smarts Birthday, Project Runway

nautical beach baby shower by the sesa

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– Nautical Beach Baby Shower
– Spa Party
– Hello Kitty Party
– School Smarts Birthday
– Project Runway Inspired Party

1. A Baby Shower By The Sea (pictured above) by wickham road events

2. Spa Party by livesmilecelebrate

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Favorite Detail: Watermelon Pirate Ship

watermelon pirate ship party favorite detail

What a creative way to display delicious treasure! This is pure inspiration for a Pirate Party a pirate ship carved out of a watermelon, courtesy of HWTM member gtosetti! {Click on the album image below to check out the full party.}

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{Party of 5} Aviator Birthday, Woodland Baby Shower, First Communion, Graduation Luncheon, Swamp Party

airplane flight birthday party

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– Aviator Birthday Party
– Woodland Forest Baby Shower
– Shabby Chic First Communion
– Southern Style Graduation Luncheon
– Party in the Swamp

1. Aviator Birthday Party (pictured above) by Bellaroots

2. Woodland Forest Baby Shower by Alanna

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{Party of 5} Peacock Princess, Yo Gabba Gabba, Baby Shower, Vintage Rainbow, & First Communion

purple peacock princess party

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

– Peacock Princess Party
– Rainbow Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday Party
– Green & Brown Polka Dot Baby Shower
– Vintage Rainbow First Birthday
– Sweet First Communion Party

1. Peacock Princess Party (pictured above) by Giggles Galore

2. Rainbow Yo Gabba Gabba Birthday Party by Pretty Lovely Events

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{Party of 5} Patriotic BBQ, Sugar & Spice, Top Chef, Hungry Caterpillar, & Vintage Travel Wedding

patriotic backyard bbq bash

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

-Backyard BBQ Bash
-Sugar & Spice Baby Shower
-Top Chef Surprise Birthday
-Hungry Caterpillar
-Vintage Travel Wedding

1. Backyard BBQ Bash (pictured above) by Celebrations At Home

2. Sugar & Spice Baby Shower by CW distinctive DESIGNS

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{Party of 5} Pink Birthday Brunch, Aqua & Lace, SpongeBob, Little Monster, & Daisy Brunch

pink birthday breakfast bunch with mini pancakes and milk

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

1. Birthday Brunch (pictured above) by Emily Felts

2. Aqua & Lace 4th Birthday by Anya

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{Party of 5} Adoption Shower, Lakers, Casino Dessert Stand, Wedding, & Bumble Bee

adoption shower decorated with clouds and ducks

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

1. Adoption Shower by Karina (pictured at top)

2. Lakers Inspired Bar Mitzvah by settingthemood

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{Party of 5} St. Patrick’s Day, Sweet Vintage, Dino, Knight, & Camp Charlie

st. patrick's day party and dessert table with bingo and photo booth props

Here we go with the latest round of Party of 5 picks from the incredible submissions that come our way! This week you’ll find the following creative themes:

1. St. Patrick’s Day by Jennifer of Sweeten Your Day

2. Sweet Vintage Summer by Fresh Events Company

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