the Purple Party -Part II Purple Food

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We decided that for our purple bridal shower, we wanted to have an all purple dessert table.  I hand made the cupcake flags from white toothpicks, assorted purple ribbons, and purple pearl beads.  I love how they turned out and the cupcakes were delicious!

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In the background you can see the purple fruit tray my mom made with fresh grapes, blueberries, black cherries, and figs.  She also made a purple dip with black cherry yogurt, and cool whip.  Yum!

Also included were my homemade purple marshmallows.

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The other item I made was individual blueberry trifles.  They were made in juice glasses, and consisted of a layer of pound cake, custard, a blueberry layer made of blueberries cooked in a little sugar, water, and cornstarch, and a final layer of whipped cream, with a fresh blueberry for garnish.  They tasted as good as they looked!

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The rest of dessert table consisted of different kinds of purple candies and sweets.  My favourite was probably the purple cotton candy.  We served it in small shot glasses on a purple platter, so pretty and whimsical!  Top Tip:  Don’t put it out ahead of time, cotton candy looses it’s fluff after being exposed to the air and humidity a little while -wait until the last min.

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I was lucky enough to find cone holders at my local Liquidation World a few days before the party.  I made individual paper cones out of two shades of purple card stock, and filled them up with caramel corn and vanilla clodhoppers.  I think this is great idea when doing a colour themed dessert table, sometimes if the serving pieces are in your colour, like the paper cones, the actual food doesn’t have to be and it will still fit in nicely.

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The rest of the candy was served in my collection of milk glass candy dishes, and it really helped to tie the whole look together.  As well, the footed bowls were a great size for a small gathering.  The candy we used was grape liquorice, milk chocolate truffles wrapped individually in purple foil, Hersey’s dark chocolate kisses also wrapped in purple foil, chocolate covered blueberries, and candy stick lollipops in purple.  I made the chocolate covered pretzels better fit our purple food theme by melting some purple candy melts and drizzling them with it.

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It was a purple paradise!

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You might also be interested in these previous posts:

Purple Party -Part I or Homemade Purple Marshmallows

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the Purple Party -Part I

This past weekend my Mom and I hosted a bridal shower for my cousin who is getting married in a few weeks.  The colour of her wedding is purple, so we made that the theme of the party.  My house is fairly neutral, so it was easy to add purple accents every where and create a real purple feel for the party.

Purple candles everywhere!

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I have a lot of milk glass, and used it as the candy bowls for the purple candies (I’ll show the food tomorrow in Part II), and as vases and accent pieces.

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We got a BIG bouquet of purple balloons, which the kids loved after the party.

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We had some special purple accessories for the bride-to-be to wear.

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My cousin’s name is Jessica, so I made a big “J” out of foam core and silk flowers.  I was really pleased with how it came out.  We also used different purple ribbons in lieu of streamers, so pretty!

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We set up the drinks in the kitchen.  There was tea and purple punch, made of grape juice and ginger ale, served in beautiful purple wine glasses.

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Stay tuned for tomorrows the Purple Party Part II -food!

Homemade Purple Marshmallows

My Mom and I are hosting  a bridal shower for my cousin on Sunday, and the theme is purple.  I have been wanting to try and make homemade marshmallows for awhile, and thought this was the perfect occasion.  I used Alton Brown’s recipe from Food Network, find it here.  It  worked out really well.

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We started out with all the ingredients assembled.

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It took awhile to get the sugar and corn syrup up to the right temperature.

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We added it to the gelatin in the mixer and it was magic time!

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After beating for a loooong time, it was time to add the food colouring.

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We finally got it purple enough, after a whole little bottle of red and blue!

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Then they had to sit overnight.  This morning I cut them up and tried one.  They are so creamy, much better than store bought.  Even though my daughter said “purple food is weird”, I think they turned out great and I’m really looking forward to the party tomorrow!

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