CELEBRATE THE SUMMER

Summer Treats

Imagine this!

It's a beautiful summer day and you've decided to host a party for your family and friends. Tables and chairs are set perfectly, the grill is ready to go, but there are a few things missing-fun sized treats, refreshing cocktails and can’t forget cute centerpieces! With the right “personal touch” you can make your summer celebration one you will never forget. 

Personal Touch understands the summer is the perfect time to throw graduation celebrations, weddings, barbecues, birthdays and even more! Let us assist you in making this a summer you'll never forget. Our team has found some easy treats and decor to make your ideas into a reality. Below you will find some of our favorite easy D.I.Y. creations.

 

Graduation Cap Lollipops (yields 40 pops), the recipe is below (adopted from https://bakingwithramen.wordpress.com/2010/05/17/graduation-cap-lollipops/)

 

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 5 packages of 60% Cacao Ghiradelli chocolate squares

  • 1 package of Twizzlers pull-n-peel

  • 1 bag of Reese’s peanut butter cups

  • 40 bamboo skewers

  • 2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

  • 1 cup white chocolate chips

  • 1 half-sphere foam ball (found in the floral arrangement section)

  • 1 can spray paint, color of your choice

Directions:

  • Place bag of Reese’s cups in freezer for one hour. This will help the process of peeling the wrappers go more smoothly, otherwise when you peel the cups, some chocolate will come off with it.

  • Once cups are adequately cold, peel 40-ish cups (I say “ish” because you will probably mess some up…and want to eat them).

  • Let cups sit for about 30-45 minutes to warm. Otherwise, when you stick the skewers in, they will crack.

 

 

  • Melt chocolate chips. Dip the pointed tip of the skewer in melted chocolate chips and place it in the center of the bottom of the peanut butter cup. Repeat for all of the peanut butter cups. Let sit 20 minutes.

  • Carefully break apart Ghiradelli package into squares (there should be 8 to a package, so if you bought 5 packages, you will have 40). Grabbing the bottom of the skewer, lift the peanut-butter-cup-on-a-stick and, using a spoon, apply melted chocolate to the top of the peanut butter cup. Carefully place the Ghiradelli chocolate square onto the melted chocolate, making sure the Ghiradelli logo is face down. Do this until all are assembled. Let sit 20 minutes.
  • While waiting, spray paint foam half-sphere. When dry, bring inside to use for decoration piece.

  • Melt white chocolate chips. Cut Twizzler Pull-N-Peel in half, and then peel strand by strand. I think there are 9 strands in each piece, so if you cut them all in half, you would peel about 2 1/2 Twizzlers.

  • Using a toothpick, apply a small amount of white chocolate to the center of the Ghiradelli chocolate square. Grab Twizzler piece and stick the end into the chocolate, applying pressure with the toothpick. You may want to add more chocolate on top to ensure the Twizzler piece holds, but do so neatly!

  • Insert the blunt end of the lollipop into the spray-painted foam ball. Arrange neatly. These lollipops are actually surprisingly sturdy, so you don’t need to be as careful as you would expect!

The Simple Lemon Centerpieces, the recipe is below (adopted from http://emmalinebride.com/centerpieces/diy-lemon-centerpiece/)

 

 

What you need:

  • Large vase or mason jar

  • Small vase (that fits inside larger vase)

  • Lemons

  • Bouquet

 

How to:

  • Place the smaller vase inside the larger vase or mason jar.

  • Slice lemons.

  • Place the lemons between the two vases until you reach the top.

  • Fill the smaller vase with water and place in a bouquet.