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Posted by on April 11, 2017 in News | Comments Off on ConGRADUATION!

With graduation season upon us how can you make yours stand out above the rest? We have a few unique ideas that are sure to make your party one to remember. Photo book One of the hottest trends is using a Polaroid to create a fun guest book. Guests can snap a picture with the Polaroid and glue it to your photo book. Since they develop so quickly your guests can write a note or write fun tips for life after college. For a more unique photo book, use a book with black pages and provide metallic sharpies for more of a pop. Mini Bean Dips When you’re throwing any sort of party you don’t want guests crowding around the hors d’oeuvres table when they should be mingling. Mini bean dip cups are the perfect way to solve this issue and they’re so easy to make. Just find small clear plastic cups and fill with your favorite layered bean dip and top with a couple chips for a great mobile snack. Balloon Walkway When you think of a graduation you think of balloons right? Instead of hanging balloons from your mailbox try lining the walkway to your house instead with balloons colored the same as your school, or your child’s school. Just take a bundle of balloons, maybe 5 or 6, tie them to a golf tee and stake them along your walkway about as high as your hip. This will really add a wow factor when your guests arrive. Photo Backdrop Now what’s a party without pictures? Every baby shower, wedding or birthday party now has some sort of backdrop or setting to take pictures in front of. If you’re on a budget or have a busy schedule just go to your nearest party store and buy a tinsel back drop, as easy as that. If you want to spruce it up a little bit add balloon numbers for the graduation year or a congratulations banner. You can even make up your own hashtag that guests can use to tag in their pictures on Instagram. Please share any graduation party ideas you have or have used, and feel free to post a picture with...

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Guest Favors!

Posted by on April 6, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Guest Favors!

Weddings are such an exciting event whether you’re in the wedding party or attending as a guest. Love and food and dancing and booze, why turn down an invite?! It’s nice to take a little something home with you to remember the awesome time you had! Wedding favors are a perfect way to say “THANKS” to your guests and let’s be honest who doesn’t love party favors. Bride and Grooms are getting so creative lately that we thought we’d share some of our favorites!   SUCCULENTS Succulent favors aren’t just found in the dessert but all the way to the Midwest weddings and beyond. We can’t argue with that because they’re so stinkin’ cute. Low maintenance little plants that your guests can enjoy for months (or days depending on their green thumb) to come. And they add a nice earthy touch to your wedding.   Your Favorite Coffee Plenty of people these days drinks coffee whether it’s straight black or loaded with caramel syrup and coconut milk. Either way these little coffee bag favors will give guests a taste of your favorite morning brew. Geode Place Cards These unique geodes are a creative way for guests to find their dinner table. Find a friend with great handwriting to write the guest’s name and table number and not only have they found their seat but they also have a new decoration for their house! And they’re a step up from the usual paper folded place card!                         Glasses To Go Offer guests mugs, wine glasses or mason jars with a small chalkboard on them. Let guests write their names on the front so they can keep track of them  all night and fill them with their favorite liquid. At the end of the night they can take them home and reuse them over and...

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FINAL 4 2017!

Posted by on March 30, 2017 in News | Comments Off on FINAL 4 2017!

2017 Final Four Activities   The Final Four is taking place in our very University of Phoenix Stadium this year! And you know what that means… there will be so many activities around the valley, but where to start?! We have compiled a list of some of the top things to do in Phoenix for this weekend.   March Madness Music Festival (March 31st– April 2nd)   March 31 – AT&T Block Party (Doors open at 4pm) Keith Urban Justin Moore Michael Ray The Head and The Heart   April 1 – Coca-Cola Music (Doors Open at 2pm) The Chainsmokers Grouplove Leon Bridges Capital Cities   April 2 – Capital One JamFest (Doors Open at 3pm) Aerosmith Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Blink 182 Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats We’ll have a lot of big names performing in the valley this weekend so don’t miss out on your chance to see them!          Reece’s Final Four Friday   Come watch all four teams warm up in the University of Phoenix Stadium, and the best part about it, its totally free!   Schedule: 10am: Doors open 10:30am – 10:55 am: Hardwood Heroes Game 11am: South Carolina practice 12pm: Gonzaga Bulldogs practice 1pm: Oregon Ducks practice 2pm: North Carolina practice 3:30pm: All-Star Game From 12pm-1pm The All-Star team will be signing autographs before the game.                       Final Four Fan Fest: March 30th-April 3rd   Looking for fun attractions for the kids? This weekend at the Phoenix Convention Center multiple basketball legends will be making an appearance to sign autographs and talk to the kids. Some NBA stars that will be there include Mike Bibby, David Robinson, Steve Nash and Cedric Ceballos. There will also be youth clinics, games, giveaways, and so much more.   Schedule Friday: 12pm-8pm Saturday: 10am-8pm Sunday: 11am-8pm Monday: 12pm-6pm   Admission Adults: $10 Seniors/ Military: $5 Children 12 and under: Free     Get out and about this weekend and explore what the Final Four fun has brought to the...

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Spring Tablescapes

Posted by on March 20, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Spring Tablescapes

  With it officially being spring, your brunch parties are going to need a little color added to the table. Spring calls for bright colors and bright fruits and we have some great ideas for your next gathering! Just Peachy We just love peach as an accent color; it’s so spring-y and adds a bit of warmth when used with gold utensils. Peach also looks great against a dark wood or a light wood table. As for your table’s centerpiece you can use lots of bright colored flowers like pink, orange, red, and purple along with white flowers and greenery to create a full look along your whole table. Add a small peach to the center of each plate on top of a folded napkin for a little extra flair! Green with Envy Your guests are going to be green with envy after seeing your tablescapes when you use greenery. Greenery is the hottest trend among florists for 2017. More and more brides have been using greenery as a replacement for flowers for more of a minimalistic look, and we love it! Greenery adds a little pop to a boring white tablecloth and they come in so many different styles for every party need. Whether you need large leaves to cover the table to just a small leaves to accent here and there greenery has got you covered. Greenery looks great paired with white flowers and copper plate chargers and utensils. The 2017 Catersource Convention already has jumped on the greenery trend and has already done wall décor, check it out on their Instagram! Link below: Easter Brunch Want to have the best Easter Brunch tablescape? Don’t go for the classic electric pink, purple, green, yellow, and blue; pick one classic Easter color and use the lightest shade. Using all the brightest colors may make your tablescape seem more like a child’s party rather than a classy adult brunch. We like light blue as an accent color that is more of a neutral so that you can also accent with other colors as well. And don’t forget about tulips as a classic Easter flower centerpiece! Looking for a little extra fun, try doing this bunny ear napkin fold! We hope you love these tablescape ideas as much as we do, if you have any tablescapes you’d like to show off please comment...

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BIG Open House at Secret Garden

Posted by on March 7, 2017 in News | Comments Off on BIG Open House at Secret Garden

At the end of January we got the chance to participate in our sister company, Secret Garden’s BIG open house! There were a variety of vendors present including florists, wedding planners, DJ’s, photographers, bakers and of course Creative Hands Cuisine! It was a beautiful afternoon and the garden was decorated to perfection! Scroll below to see some of the amazing photos captured by Laura Segall Photography. Upon arriving at Secret Garden, visitors were greeted by our latest addition, a 1955 vintage Chevy. This beauty can be used as a coffee bar, dessert stand, a place for signature drinks and anything else you can imagine. A perfect addition to any event.         Our Creative Hands Cuisine staff was present with hand passed Hors d’oeuvres such as these Gorgonzola Cigars.                       No event is complete without a dessert bar and we made sure ours had some of the best sweet treats. Salted Caramel Budinos and Hazelnut Cream Puffs were presented perfectly on this sweet stand.                         We weren’t they only ones who had a sweet tooth that day! Inspired Sugar was also there with some of their amazing cupcakes, cookies and cake. They recommended not sampling one but all sweets available including Raspberry Lemonade and Snickerdoodle Cupcakes in order to pick your favorite!           Kruzin Cuisine food truck was serving delicious Chicken and Waffles with a Sriracha Maple Syrup. Try saying that without your mouth watering.             Creative Hands Cuisine and Secret Garden owner/Head Chef Doug (left) and Chef Ben (right). The makers behind the delicious food options!         The Secret Garden’s recently renovated bridal suite was open for viewing. Such an elegant addition to the venue!                 Gorgeous floral arrangements by Rita’s Floral Designs were the perfect touch to the pavilion and spaces around the garden.                           A perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon at Secret Garden filled with great food, music and beautiful décor to gape at. We can’t wait to do it all over...

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Throwing a Brunch Party!

Posted by on March 6, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Throwing a Brunch Party!

With the spring season coming up why not throw a brunch party to celebrate the warmer weather? When throwing a brunch party there are so many options for food and desserts, your guests wont know what to try first. Since there are so many choices we have narrowed down it down to a few of our favorites! Mimosa Bar Let’s be honest, a brunch party isn’t complete without a mimosa bar. All you need is champagne flutes, and your choice of juice to pair with a crisp champagne. Here are just a few fun selections of juice you may like: -Classic Orange Juice -Pineapple Juice -Cranberry Juice -Grapefruit Juice -Pomegranate Juice -Blood Orange Juice -Mango Juice Garnish each with your choice of fruit or drop your favorite berry in the bottom for a cool fizzy look. Here are some garnish options: -Raspberries -Blueberries -Blackberries -Strawberries -Pineapples -Pomegranate Seeds -Mango Slices -Watermelon -Kiwi -Peach Slices We hope you enjoy these fruity mimosas as much as we do! Waffle Bar Guests love a buffet style option to customize as their own. With a waffle bar you can cook the waffles before hand and have all the toppings at a self serve station, which makes hosting the brunch much easier on you. Here are some items you’ll need to make this waffle bar a hit! -Fresh Baked Waffles (regular and gluten-free) -Toppings (butter, chocolate chips, powdered sugar, whipped cream, peanuts, multi-colored sprinkles, chocolate sprinkles, syrups- maple, strawberry, blueberry, peanut butter, chocolate) -Assorted Fruit topping (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries, bananas, cherries Protein Station What’s breakfast without eggs and bacon? You can easily whip up some eggs and bacon before your guests arrive and leave as at a self serve station along with potatoes, various whole fruits, sausage, mini donuts, mini cinnamon rolls, oatmeal, croissants, toast and jams. Unique Extras If you’re looking for a little something extra to wow your guests here are some unique single serving ideas: -Bacon Wrapped Asparagus:: Wrap savory asparagus in apple wood smoked bacon and grill to perfection -Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Cucumber Bites:: Just spread a rosemary cream cheese on a sliced cucumber topped with a small piece of salmon, skewered or un-skewered -Mini Pancake Skewers:: Either hand bake or buy mini pancakes stack them in three or fours and top with your choice of fruit and skewer them together...

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Spring Festivals In Arizona!

Posted by on February 13, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Spring Festivals In Arizona!

Springtime is coming which means calendars will be filled with tons of outdoor events! The Phoenix area is a great place for a variety of interests and no matter who you are, you’ll be able to find some way to entertain yourself! Below you’ll find an event going on for each month this Spring that’s sure to provide fun for all. March 3/3-3/5 You don’t have to go far to find a musical festival around here. While it may not be Coachella, Lollapalooza or Bonnaroo, we think McDowell Mountain Music Festival is still pretty far up there. What makes this one stand out above the rest is that it’s 100% nonprofit. Flume, Grouplove and The Shins are just a few of the many artists that will be performing there.   April 3/31-4/2 Art, music, food, beer. What else could you ask for on a beautiful weekend day? Tempe Spring Festival of the Arts has all that in one area. The 40th annual festival will showcase over 300 artists from around the country. You’ll also be able to check out local restaurants, breweries and shops. So much to do in just a few days!   May 5/13-5/14 At Creative Hands we love to use Schnepf Farm’s peaches in some of our favorite recipes. We’re already dreaming about the amazing peaches we’ll be able to eat at their Annual Peach Festival! Peach flavored foods, peach flavored drinks, peach flavored sweets, peach themed crafts, ALL THINGS PEACH. While taking a break from the eating part (which you may never want to do) they’ll also be hay rides, live music train rides and...

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Love is in the Air!

Posted by on January 30, 2017 in News | Comments Off on Love is in the Air!

It’s almost February, the month of love and couples and good sweets and heart shaped things and pink and red! For some, Febuary 14th is an exciting day for love and for others it’s a great excuse to indulge in foil wrapped Dove chocolates and cocktails. Either way some type of food or other Valentine’s Day themed things are somehow coordinated into the day.   Whether you’re attending a Valentine’s Day party, preparing a romantic dinner for a date or drowning in sweets and drinks here’s a little LOVEly inspiration for your February 14th wherever it may be.   Brownies and cheesecake are divine sweets but mixing the two together is simply genius. All you have to do for these Raspberry Cheesecake Brownies is make the brownie layer and add the cheesecake layer on top and that’s it! But if you want a little bit more detailed recipe keep scrolling.   – Here’s what you’ll need – For the brownie layer:                                                                     ½ cup unsalted butter, softened ½ cup granulated sugar ½ cup brown sugar, lightly packed 2 large eggs 1 teaspoon vanilla 1 cup all-purpose flour ¼ cup unsweetened cocoa powder ¼ teaspoon salt For the raspberry cheesecake layer: 8 ounces cream cheese, softened ¾ cup plain Greek yogurt 2 large eggs ¼ cup granulated sugar 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 2 teaspoons vanilla 1 cup raspberries, lightly mashed Cream together butter, sugar and brown sugar with electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla and mix again until combined. Add flour, cocoa powder and salt and mix until combined. Spread brownie batter in 8×8 inch baking pan lined with parchment paper and set aside. Make the cheesecake layer. With electric mixer, whip the cream cheese, Greek yogurt and eggs. Add sugar, flour and vanilla and mix until combined. Fold in the raspberries. Spread cheesecake mixture on top of the brownie batter. Bake for 50-60 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool for an hour and chill for 2-3 hours before cutting the bars into squares. After those amazing cheesecake brownies you’ll probably need something to wash them down. Next up, raspberry pink champagne floats. This recipe only makes one so if you plan on sharing (or drinking a few yourself) you’ll have to double or triple the recipe!                                                   – Here’s what you’ll need –                                                   2-3 scoops raspberry sorbet 1 cup pink champagne Fresh raspberries or other berries for garnish – Place scoops of sorbet in large wine glass – Pour champagne over sorbet – Top with berries – Eat with a spoon or sip with a straw!           If you’re planning to host a party this Valentine’s Day you probably already know that balloons are a huge trend this year! See how you can amp up your simple party balloons with some themed colors.   -Here’s what you’ll need –   Fine glitter (red, pink, silver, gold for Valentine’s Day theme) Clear balloons Funnel Spoon Balloon pump -Stretch each balloon. Insert funnel into balloon and add glitter using a spoon. Adjust amounts to achieve desired color. -Using pump, inflate each balloon. Knot balloon. Attach strings to them or create an arrangement on the wall!...

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It’s Super Bowl Season!

Posted by on January 24, 2017 in News | Comments Off on It’s Super Bowl Season!

It’s that time again, time to get together with family and friends to root on your favorite team. The 51st Super Bowl is less than two weeks away and if you need some snack-spiration you’ve come to the right place! We have some great team themed recipes to spice up your Super Bowl party and delight your Patriots fans and Falcons fans. Super Bowl parties are notorious for the amount of fun snack food and football themed appetizers. We have just a couple of our favorite h’ors d’oeurves, desserts, and drinks that we’re sure your guests will adore. Dips are a crowd favorite, but it seems that every tailgate or Super Bowl party has the same boring dips, here’s an idea if you want to “beef” up a traditional queso. Here’s what you’ll need: 8oz of ground beef 2 tbsp of fresh Cilantro 1/4 cup of canned green chilies 1/2 cup of canned tomatoes 1/4 cup of salsa verde 1/2 tsp of chili powder 1 tsp Emerils essence creole seasoning 1 tsp kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp of olive oil 1/2 tsp of cumin 1/2 cup of Monterey jack cheese 8oz of Velveeta Cook the beef first, set aside, melt the cheese, and add everything together and your queso will be done in 15 minutes! Your guests won’t be able to resist this decadent dip that you can scoop with any chip. If your guests are looking for something a bit lighter try making lobster rolls. This is a great alternative to the usual hamburgers and hot dogs that you see at every large event. These lobster rolls are also a healthy option when you’re surrounded by the usual unhealthy Super Bowl food. Here’s what you’ll need: Lobster meat Greek yogurt Mayonnaise Finely chopped celery Sea salt Boston lettuce Tomatoes Uncured bacon Depending on the size of your party you may need more or less of the yogurt/ mayonnaise base. Use half Greek yogurt and half mayonnaise. Chop the lobster meat into small easy to eat pieces along with the celery with a pinch of sea salt. You can either wrap this delectable lobster roll with lettuce or warm Texas toast, tomato and bacon are optional. Garnish with lemon or garlic salt. This is a dish New England fans are sure to love! We know that preparing for any party, let alone a Super Bowl party can be stressful for the host. We have found the perfect football themed dessert that is delicious and easy to make! These Chocolate Peanut butter Footballs can be made a couple days prior to the party, which makes it an even more desirable dessert. Go ahead, do your touchdown dance. Here’s what you’ll need: 1/2 cup of creamy peanut butter 3 tbsp. salted butter, softened 1 cup of powdered sugar 8oz semi-sweet chocolate, chopped (or chocolate chips) Mix peanut butter and butter into a mixing bowl, mix in powdered sugar gradually until doughy. Let the dough sit about 15 minutes to firm up. Shape the dough into a football and place on a baking sheet. Once finished place the baking sheet in the fridge and let the footballs sit for about 30 minutes or until they hold their shape. Next melt the chocolate in to a bowl, once footballs...

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Football Season Fun!

Posted by on September 6, 2016 in News | Comments Off on Football Season Fun!

This upcoming Thursday kicks off the 2016 NFL Football season, and we couldn’t be more excited! Game days are the perfect time to get together with your friends and family to cheer on your favorite team. If you want some delicious inspiration for your next football party or tailgate, then read on! Throwing football-themed parties or tailgates can be so simple, yet so much fun; all you need is a great drink and some yummy snacks to make it a blast! We’ll show you some of our favorite recipes for a little bit of game day inspiration. Having your guests all eating dip out of one bowl can be messy and everyone can get congested around the bowl (and HELLO double-dippers, we see you). Single serve chips and dip cups are so easy to assemble, you can do so many variations of them, and your guests are free to grab a cup and mingle or watch the game without having to keep returning to the crowded dip bowl. Our favorite variation is so simple: just choose your favorite guacamole recipe and place it in individual cups, place a few tortilla chips into the cup, and you’re set to go! Skewers are another appetizer that is so easy and versatile and can be eaten straight off of the grill. All you need is meat and veggies that are cut up into bite sized pieces, season them with your favorite spice blend, thread onto a wooden skewer and pop them on the grill. We’ve chosen salmon skewers with red onion and multi-colored bell peppers that create a skewer that is sure to wow your guests. If you’re looking to stay on the lighter side and add some football spirit to your menu, we’re loving how adorable these chocolate covered strawberries are! Simply dip the fruit into some melted milk chocolate and then pipe on football stitching in white chocolate to make an easy desert that looks so great. Lastly, you can’t watch football without a drink in your hand! The classic ice chest full of beer is always a hit, however our recipe for caramel apple sangria is sure to impress. Simply mix together one gallon jug of apple cider, one bottle of pinot grigio (or any white wine you prefer), one cup of caramel vodka, then top it with some cubed apples!...

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