Book Reviews

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Over the next few months I will be reviewing Books, Videos, Products and Services that are a collection of useful resources, tutorials and products, that I hope will be of benefit to you when you are planning and organising your Kids Theme Party.

Magical Kids Parties – Book Reviews

The following books are a collection of useful resources that give you fantastic tips, ideas and secrets, together with step-by-step easy to follow instructions and beautiful pictures, enabling you to easily create impressive masterpieces for your Kids Theme Parties.

Face Painting (Klutz Kit)

If you want the best face painting book on the market, this is it! The designs in the book are cute and simple, with step-by-step easy to follow instructions and illustrations that anyone can do.

In addition, the book is spiral bound which is fantastic because you can lay it flat for easy reference. Best of all you get 12 tear-out take along design cards to help the children choose the design they want, and on the back of each card is the step-by-step photos of how to do that particular design, making face painting easier than ever. The book even has an envelope for you to store these tear-out “cheat” cards!

Furthermore, included with the book is a 6-coloured palette of Wolfe Brothers face paints, an excellent quality paint brush and a sponge. The paint that comes with this book is the best; it goes on easily and smoothly, covers well, blends beautifully, easy to layer colours, dries fast, stays on well, doesn’t smudge, doesn’t crack and comes off easily with soap and water. Also, you only need a very small amount of water on the brush to get bright, deep colours.

To get better details when face painting, you can buy a few more paint brushes/makeup brushes of different thickness, to use in addition to the brush provided with the book. When needed you can purchase sponge makeup wedges from your local pharmacy, to replace the sponge that is provided with the book. Lastly, when face painting have a mirror with you as kids love to see their beautifully painted face.

This book is very cheap compared to paying for a face painter. Plus it’s extremely easy to use and you can make use of it over and over again. It definitely is an excellent guide to teach you how to face paint. I highly recommend it!!

Hello, Cupcake!

Are you searching for the most fun, simple, creative and unique cupcake decorating book out there? Well search no more, this is the book for you!

The book itself is beautiful and large in size. It is filled with lots of fantastic, huge, clear, colour photos and easy to follow step-by-step detailed instructions, to show you exactly how to create each of the adorable and unique cupcake designs in the book. There is a cupcake design for every skill level and for almost any occasion, celebration and/or simply just for fun.

Even though the cupcakes look extremely complicated to make, they are quite simple to make, and can be made by anyone. You don’t need any prior cupcake decorating experience or special skills to make these cupcakes. You can have fun making them with children too.

Of course some cupcake designs are more complicated than others but all the techniques you need are in the book with easy to follow instructions and photos so you can’t go wrong. Just make sure you have enough time to make and decorate the cupcakes, and it might take you a few practices and some patience to perfect the technique for each cupcake design but it’s all worth it. You will be making the most adorable and most impressive cupcake creations and best of all you get to show them off to your family and friends too.

In addition, you don’t need any special cake decorating equipment to make these cupcakes and everything you need (candy, cookies etc.) you can buy from a supermarket or convenience store. The book even gives you a supplies list for each cupcake, so that you know exactly what you need to purchase at the grocery store. If you have difficulty locating anything, the book has a list of sources that you can purchase supplies from too.

Even though it is more of a cupcake design book than a recipe book, at the end of the book there are a few easy to follow “from scratch” recipes for cupcakes and frostings, as well as recipes for simple, quick cupcakes you can make with boxed cake-mixes. The book’s recommendation to add an extra egg or two and buttermilk to standard boxed cake-mix makes it taste much more delicious.

There are just so many other wonderful tips in the book such as how to frost a cupcake, how to fill cupcake cups, how to use a zip lock bag as a decorating bag, and so many more!

You will have so much fun creating works of art with this book!!

Martha Stewart’s Cupcakes: 175 Inspired Ideas for Everyone’s Favorite Treat

Cupcakes Cupcakes Cupcakes!!! Nowadays they are a real hit at parties and I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t love cupcakes. If you want a cupcake cookbook that has it all, this is the one for you!

The book is filled with 175 different cupcake recipes that turn out beautifully; pretty much a cupcake for every occasion, every season, and every palette. The recipes are very detailed and easy to follow, ranging from the very easy, simple to make cupcakes, to the more complicated cupcakes which are a little time consuming, but well worth the effort when you see and taste the fruit of your labour.

You need not be an experienced baker to use this cupcake cookbook, only a little practice and patience is needed. In addition, this book not only inspires you, it also gives you confidence and enables you to create your own mouth-watering beautiful cupcakes, at a fraction of the cost of you buying cupcakes from a cake store.

The book is very well organised, stunning in design and contains lots of helpful how-to information. For each recipe there is a large colourful picture of the finished cupcake, plus how-to illustrations of any extra tips that are needed to help you complete the cupcakes perfectly. There is also step-by-step instructions and photographs for basic and advanced decorating techniques, plus ideas for packaging and presenting your cupcakes beautifully, as well as an equipment glossary.

You will love this book!!

Sweet Designs: Bake It, Craft It, Style It

Have you ever been to a party and the dessert table made you say “Wow! Wish I could do that for my parties!!” and you probably thought that you would never be able to do it? Well, this book will definitely grant you your wish and you will never doubt your capabilities ever again.

It is a beautiful, big, practical, well organised book. It is filled with tons of stunning photos, lots of extremely useful information, ideas, tips, secrets, straight forward delicious treat recipes, easy DIY craft projects, candy index, sources, and how-to guidelines for everything.

In addition, the book is divided into 14 different themes of fully dressed dessert tables. Each chapter deconstructs the dessert table and explains step-by-step how to: bake, craft, style, and display each component of the theme. The instructions are clear and easy to follow, so you know exactly how to create each magical dessert table yourself.

Plus you get a list of sources that tells you where you can purchase each of the tools/products/goodies featured in the book, so you won’t have trouble finding things required to replicate the book’s theme dessert tables. You even get free templates for craft items to make paper garlands, candy bags, candy cups, backdrops etc.

One of the most useful tip in the book is the candy math chart, that explains how much of what type of candy is required to fill a standard glass vessel.

Furthermore, the book teaches you how to apply concepts to which ever party theme you choose. You are also given tips and ideas where you can simplify your dessert table, so that you can take shortcuts when you haven’t time to bake and/or craft from scratch. Hence you are able to make your dessert table as simple or as elaborate as you wish, depending on how much time you have on hand. Don’t worry, the simplified version still looks amazing!!

This book is for everyone, from the not too “crafty” to the party planners. It will inspire and enable you to create the most amazing dessert tables for your parties (be it your engagement, wedding, baby shower, or your child’s theme party etc.) with great ease. Nowadays especially, beautiful dessert tables are the trend and your family and friends will be so impressed with your masterpieces!

I highly recommend this book!!

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