Guest post from Amy Bayliss
Whether a small gathering or a large family feast, it is such a thoughtful gesture to set out name cards for your guests. There is something so special about knowing someone thought about and planned for you ahead of time. Creating place cards for your table setting does not have to be complicated. Use items you already have or planned to make and get a little creative with it. Here are some ideas.
Use sugar cookie cutouts to display a person’s name.
Use festive holiday fruits and vegetables. Either write directly on the skin using a Sharpie or you can tie a name tag to the stem.
Craft name place settings out of binder clips and cardstock.
Cookie pops are every kids favorite treat! Use them as place settings.
Even more simple, print out the names on cardstock and then punch out with decorative craft punches. Place between the tines of a fork.
For years, sugar cookies have been one of my family’s go-to foods for place settings. They can be cut into so many different shapes with the help of cookie cutters and they are simple and inexpensive to make. Besides, it is a yummy delicious treat!
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/2 cup coconut oil
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 egg
- 1 vanilla bean (scraped) or 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- sugar to sprinkle
Grease a cookie sheet with butter or non-stick spray. Heat oven to 350º. Cream butter and coconut oil in a mixer. Add sugar and continue to mix for one minute. Add egg and vanilla bean. Mix well. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking powder and baking soda. Gradually add it to the creamed mixture. Mix well.
Sprinkle flour onto work surface. Roll out cookie dough. Dip cookie cutter into flour then use to cut cookies. Place onto greased cookie sheet. Repeat process until all dough is used. Lightly dust cookies with sugar. Bake for 10-12 minutes. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
Best Buttercream RecipeThis recipe is from my brother in law, the professional chef.
- 2 sticks of butter
- powdered sugar
- vanilla bean or pure vanilla extract
First of all, buttercream frosting contains butter, not shortening. Many recipes call for shortening and several cups of powdered sugar. That is because it requires that much sugar to cover the taste of the shortening. Butter is healthier for you and requires you to use much less sugar.
You may have noticed that I gave no measurements for sugar or vanilla. That is because everyone tastes sugar at different levels. This is the best buttercream recipe out there because it is designed for and by your tastebuds.
Cream butter in mixer for about five minutes or until fluffy. Add 1/2 cup powdered sugar. Add vanilla bean or 1 tsp vanilla extract. Mix well. Taste. If it needs more sugar add 1/4 cup more. Mix. Taste. If it needs more sugar add 1/4 cup more. Mix. Taste. Repeat until you have a flavor you really like. Use it to frost cookies, cupcakes, cakes and more!
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