Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Playing around with easy crafts for a little black dress party

I've been working on a few decorations and treats for an all-girls dinner.  To "spice things up" (not that I really need to, since there will be 12 very lively and social Brazilians hanging out), I asked that each one come dressed in their favorite "little black dress", or as we say it in our beloved native Portuguese, "pretinho básico."
Here's what I'll hand out as party favors, or a sweet accompaniment to after-dinner coffee and tea: "Little Black Dress" cookies!  I made two versions of it, one gluten-free using oat flour and another with white whole wheat flour.  I rolled the chilled dough and then cut these cute dress shapes.  At first I tried to cover them with black frosting, but since I'm not a pastry goddess, it turned out to be a total fiasco... I didn't have time (or experience!!) to make my own fondant, so I bought a pre-made version and follow instructions for rolling it out (it's really easy, just make sure you use cornstarch or confectioner's sugar to dust your workspace - or better yet, use coconut oil to lightly grease your hands and countertop. This way you won't coat your pristine black dresses with the white powder.)  I used the same cookie cutter for the fondant and finished it with pearlized sprinkles (sugar pearls) for a classic "pearl necklace."
I also customized paper napkins (leftover from my kid's birthday bash) with rubber stamps and food-safe markers, as you can see in these pictures.
I fell in love with this "measuring tape" washi tape and ordered mine from Etsy.  Not sure what I'll do with them yet, but since making these super easy "dressed up" washi tape clothespins for my son's party, I got hooked!
 Maybe I can use them to secure some of my strapless dresses?
Finally, the last project I want to share is this personal wine tag.  I created these tags and customized them with three different gracious dress form images and added each guest's name.  Can't wait to use them!

That's it for now. Keep tuned for the dinner details coming soon!!


  1. Really cute ideas! Love the drink tags

    1. Thanks! I've seen your blog before, love your work and ideas!!


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