Mexican Theme Sweet 16 Cake

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Sweet 16 cakes allow so much room for creativity. We’ve had so many different themes, and this cake is one of our favorites lately!

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The sombreros, tacos, and blanket are all made of fondant! The floral and swirl decoration is hand drawn with buttercream inspired by the traditional Mexican embroidery used on clothing.

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We made another version of this cake without the tacos and sombreros, focusing on the beautiful features of the embroidery pattern.

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We’re looking forward to using some of these design elements in our Cinco de Mayo celebration coming up, too!

Hope this post gave you some inspiration for a Sweet Sixteen cake or any birthday cake!

 

Easter Desserts + Free Printables

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Signs of Spring! The colors and flowers of this season were especially inspiring as we created this Easter dessert table. We love the opportunity to display our beautiful cookies and cupcakes for this time of year.

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Of course, tulips are necessary for an Easter table display. We’ve paired our flowers with brown and white eggs in a pink wire basket. By using natural colored eggs, instead of dyed “Easter eggs,” we kept the theme grown-up and pretty.

We found our basket at Home Goods, similar here.

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No Easter table is complete without jellybeans!! By displaying them in clear jars, we’re able to add to the color of the display. We also filled the base with grass, so we didn’t need to use quite so many jellybeans.

Since we have cases of jellybeans here at Café Pierrot, we used large half-gallon mason jars. You’ll probably want to use smaller jars or more filler if you do not have access to so many beans 🙂

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Three of each cookie fills out the display tray perfectly, while giving room for each design to shine.

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This Lemon Chiffon cake is beautiful, and I can’t imagine a better centerpiece for the table. To give it some height on the table, we used a wood crate from Michaels and a white cake stand.

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And of course, we wouldn’t leave without some printable signs for your display! We’re using the same binder clip technique mentioned in the St. Patrick’s Day post. Instead of gold clips, we used white and pink to match the theme.

Click here for the printable PDF.

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Below are a few more of Café Pierrot’s specialty Easter desserts! Visit our website to view all available deserts and dinner items.

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  1. Pastel Cupcakes
  2. Lemon Drop Cupcakes: lemon cake filled with lemon curd and topped with lemon butter cream
  3. Carrot Cake Cupcake: Carrot cake with cream cheese icing
  4. Stramberry Rhubarb Pie
  5. Lemon Meringue Tart

We added a pastel tassel banner and cricut cut-outs from the Seasonal Cake Art Cartridge to decorate the table.

What decor and products are you using for your Easter celebration?

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St. Patrick’s Day Party + Free Printables!

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The traditional Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner is a favorite for our St. Patrick’s Day dinner. But with all of our dessert options, we thought we’d share some beautiful table ideas to add a professional touch to your gathering.

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Decorating for your party

  1. Green & Gold: For a classy party, incorporate lots of gold and dark green to bring an elevated look to your table display. We love these gold mason jars  for small and simple flower arrangements, and we found the gold table runner at Home Goods.
  2. Super Simple Sign Holders: we used green, gold, and white large binder clips to hold up our signs. Simply clip the sign into the binder clip and squeeze the tabs to remove. We will definitely use this method over and over again!
  3. Fun Backdrop: We used green streamers and this Studio DIY template to make this shamrock cut-out backdrop. We also LOVE these giant streamers from Studio DIY, so you should try those out!

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Now for the food! Below is a list of exactly what is pictured.
For a full list of Café Pierrot’s St. Patrick’s Day offerings, visit this page!

  1. Corned Beef & Cabbage: Café Pierrot sells this complete meal for 8-10 people, so you don’t have to worry about cooking a huge meal on a busy weeknight! We are also serving the meal in the Sparta location during the week of St. Patricks Day, and you can pickup a serving as a Dinner- To-Go from our Andover location.
  2. Irish Soda Bread: This delicious bread is similar to a scone, so it can even be eaten for breakfast on the holiday. Of course, we think it goes perfectly with the Corned Beef dinner.
  3. Cupcakes: 6 of each
    • Mint Ganache
    • Sprinkle
  4.  Mint Chocolate Macarons: 2 dozen (you can never have too many!)
  5. Mini Mint Mousse Cups: 1 dozen
  6. Mint Chocolate Cake: Chocolate Cake filled with Chocolate Mousse, iced with Crème de Menthe Buttercream and Garnished with Chocolate Curls

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Click here to download the free printable signs!

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Cafe Pierrot + Lavanta Coffee

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We love our coffee at Cafe Pierrot, and we’re happy to say that we support local roasters with our coffee.

Our house coffee is a Sumatra Blend and is freshly roasted by Lavanta Coffee in Washington Township, NJ. Lavanta is Fair Trade Certified,  Rainforest Alliance Certified, and participates in Direct Trade. They also support women producers in these different origins.

The Fair Trade Sumatra blend that we carry in store “offers earthy, spicy, mouth-filling, supple coffee with pronounced aromatics of exotic earth notes. It has a sturdy, pronounced, but not overbearing body.”

Since Lavanta is “direct trade,” they work with the farmers in Indonesia, Colombia, and other origins to ensure a quality product. Being Fair Trade Certified means the farmers work in a safe environment and are paid a fair wage for their labor. Through the Rainforest Alliance, Lavanta coffee has planted 1,000 trees in the deforested jungles on Indonesia.

Working with Lavanta provides us with great coffee and supports a great farming practices around the world!

Oscars Viewing Party + Printable signs!

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Have you started planning your Oscars Party? We have a few tips that will make your party elegant and fun!

  1. Lots of Gold!
    We used this gold fringe background from Party City for the backdrop of this table, and you could also layer fringe for a photo backdrop.
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  2. Appetizers
    We chose a few of our favorites off the Cafe Pierrot pans & platters menu! Mini Crabcakes, Seafood Ragou, and Chicken Satay – yummy, yet chic party food
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  3. Classy Desserts
    Dress up your event with tuxedo strawberries, mini chocolate mousse cups, cannoli, and gold sparkle cupcakes
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  4. Always display golden macarons in champagne glasses!
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  5. Send them with the perfect party favor
    These Oscar-shaped cookies are delicious and will ensure your guests will remember this event!
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CLICK HERE FOR FREE PRINTABLE SIGNS
These signs are 4×6 to fit in picture frames!

Valentine’s Dessert Table + FREE PRINTABLE SIGNS

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Valentine’s Day is one of our favorite holidays at Cafe Pierrot – so many desserts! We thought we’d put together a dessert table, so you can have some ideas for a Valentine’s party! Complete with some free printable watercolor signs  to add the finishing touch.

All the dessert items are listed below, and you can find our full Valentine’s Dessert Menu here.

We recommend ordering One Dozen of each dessert to get a full table.

  • Macaron Tree: This tree comes with 35 macarons displayed on a plastic tiered stand
  • Sprinkle Heart Cookies
  • Raspberry Blondies
  • Mini Cannolis
  • Chocolate Covered Strawberries
  • Mini Heart Cupcakes
  • Mini Raspberry Mousse Cups

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This table has so many pretty touches. We used our Cricut machine to cut almost 50 hearts for the banner and table.

The banner is simple red & white baker’s twine with tiny red clothespins holding the hearts – found both items at Target!

The signs are 4×6 images, so they fit perfectly into any picture frames. We used a pink/purple watercolor image and added the descriptions.

Click Here to download the PDF versions of our signs, including some blank signs for you to write your own descriptions.

Hope these ideas help you plan a perfect Valentine’s Party! Let us know if you use these signs – especially if they are paired with our product!

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