Monday, January 30, 2012

Frost Bites: Ice Skating Party Menu

For Mary Ashley's recent ice skating birthday party, guests gathered at our house before heading to a local ice skating rink. Our figure skaters warmed up with steaming mugs of hot cocoa and sweet treats at our mid-afternoon party.

Ice Skating Party Menu

Birthday Cake
Iced Sugar Cookies
Hot Chocolate
Strawberry Cocoa
Marshmallows & Sprinkles
Bottled Waters

Ice skate and mitten cookies from favorite Etsy baker Lisa from Batches were the perfect complement to a cup of hot cocoa. Aren't these precious?

I appreciate the detailed approach Lisa takes with each cookie. Notice the silver shimmer of the silver figure skate blades and the frosty sparkle of the white icing frame. You can see -- and taste -- this baker's passion in every cookie.

Guests topped their mugs with marshmallows and sugar sprinkles. I will keep this apothecary jar full of these white and strawberry marshmallows through Valentine's Day.

I dipped the rims of our Irish coffee mugs in melted Wilton Candy Melts to carry out our color scheme of pink and aqua. Wilton sugar sprinkles added a frosty finishing touch to the mugs. This has to be done as soon as a glass is dipped because the candy melts harden very quickly. (A few of the rims missed getting sprinkled because I thought I could do several before added the sugar.) After the party, the candy melt rims dissolve quickly under hot water.

My friend Stacey came about 30 minutes before the party to help with last-minute details. I asked her to prepare the strawberry cocoa while I put together the hot chocolate. I like to make flavored hot chocolates, but kept this version simple for our little skaters

Ice Skater's Hot Chocolate

Perfect before or after hitting the ice for an afternoon of skating.
2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 cups white sugar
1 pinch salt
2/3 cup boiling water
6 cups skim milk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup half-and-half
Sweetened whipped cream or marshmallows, optional
Combine cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt in a heavy saucepan. Add the boiling water, and stir over medium heat until the sugar melts and you achieve a thick liquid. Stir in milk and heat until very hot, but not boiling. Stir in vanilla and half-and-half, and remove from heat. Divide the hot chocolate between 8 to 10 mugs. Top each serving with whipped cream or marshmallows.

I discovered strawberry cocoa on Pinterest. Pretty and pink, this would be a sweet treat for Valentine's Day. Find the recipe here.

The icing on the cake was this birthday cake. I made a three-layer cake using smaller cake pans hoping to cover it with a cloche for a snow globe effect, but with the ruffles of icing and fresh flowers and greenery, it still came out too big. It turned out pretty, though, and several guests didn't realize it was a cake until it was time to light the candles.

I wonder if Mary Ashley wished for figure eights on her 8th birthday?

After cocoa, cookies and cake, we headed to the ice skating rink. A couple of buckets of bottled waters kept our skaters hydrated during their afternoon on the ice.

Still to come, favors perfect for a cold winter's day.


tootles said...

Just darling!

Rach said...

Great picks! They fit the theme perfect.

pinkandgirly said...

Adorable! Love the cookies and all the sweet goodies! I bet the girls had a great time.


Sarah said...

Thanks for sharing all the details on this darling party. I'm sending this link to a few friends with little girls. Every detail is amazing! ~ Sarah

Fork said...

That cocoa looks delicious! What an amazing party!


Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

I always LOVE visiting your blog. In fact,it's often one of the first things I do each day. Your creativity blows me over,and the love and attention that you put into every detail amazes me. You certainly make the ordinary into extraordinary,and I know that is something your children will always remember and treasure about you. I am a mother of a sweet 10-month old baby boy,and I strive daily to be a good mother for him. Like you, I hope to make many special memories with him. I would love for you to sometimes share the birthday parties you had for your sons when they were toddlers. I find it very difficult to find classic little boy parties. In fact it's even difficult to find little boy clothing that's not bombarded by skulls and cross bones, electric guitars, and camouflage. And I am determined that my 10-month old baby will NOT be wearing any of that! I'd also like to see how you decorate your sons' bedrooms. I think it will be difficult to merge my feminine taste with "boy stuff" as he grows older. It is very evident that you favor feminie decor, so I'm wondering how that works when you have two boys. As always,thanks for inspiring!

chelle said...

Again another lovely party. I love reading your blog, and am always impressed with your party ideals. I see you will be in Montgomery in February I have been wanting to hear you speak. I live just off I 65 north in alittle community called Jamestown. Maybe I can get a few ladies together to travel up down to Montgomery to hear you speak then.

Sell WoW Account said...

that is a really great theme! and great work! everything looks nice and delicious!:)

Melissa Lester said...

Katherine, I remember how frustrating it was to me as a mother of two little boys to see how most of my favorite feminine decor magazines only featured little girls rooms. It is a challenge to create spaces for active boys that still fit within the general design aesthetic of the home. I will try to share some of my ideas for that, as well as party ideas from when my boys were little.

Chelle, we would love for you to join us for class! We meet at the University Church of Christ on Wednesday evenings at 6:30. The address is 5315 Atlanta Hwy, Montgomery, AL 36109. Let me know if you can make it, and I will be on the lookout for you.

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