L.A. Event – Feb 2014

We left for LA in February to do this fabulous Sweet 18 event for a very sweet young lady. It took 3 months to be put together and it came out beautiful. Thank you to Gemma of Party Style Magazine for coming out and assisting me with the treats (and finally meeting with you). And Thank You to all the amazing vendors for helping us put this event together and thank you to the San Diego Family for allowing us to be a part of it.

Credits:
Credits
Tahitian Dance Troupe:
Te Varua Ori, Director: Angela Crisan Liava’a
http://www.tevaruaori.com

Choreographer: 
Tirzah Seneres

Printables
Sweet E’s Design

Dessert Table & Planning
Melissa Radke, Tunky Monkey Productions
http://tunkymonkeys.blogspot.com/


DJ
Joel Velasco
http://www.EleganceEntertainment.net

Photographers
Jeanette DiAnda
Steve DiAnda
Suzanne M. Greenberg
http://www.bluskyeimages.com

Video Booth
Goodmind Productions

Venue: Embassy Suite Anaheim South


I’m a Birthday Fairy!!!

It’s been awhile since I last blogged. But it has been a crazy few months to say the least and I am playing catch up so bare with me!

First off, I wanted to share some exciting news. If you don’t already know, the name Tunky Monkey came from our son, LJ, who had passed away 4yrs ago on the 9th of March. He spent his entire life (17 days) at the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughter. CHKD, will and forever always have a piece of our heart. (Will post our story of Tunky later down the line.)

Today, I received an email from Stephanie of Couture Parties, who founded The Confetti Foundation* that I was a “BIRTHDAY FAIRY!” I reached out to Stephanie and asked if I can be a part of her foundation, not only to help children and their families give them a happy and positive distraction away from transfusions, iv’s, injections, xrays (I know and have gone through it all), but also do this for our Tunky and the staff of CHKD. The Cardiology Team, Life Services Team, Chaplain team and NICU team were all amazing to us while we were there and always felt like I needed to return the love that they gave towards LJ “Tunky” and our family. What better way than being the birthday fairy on behalf of the Confetti Foundation for CHKD.

Thank you Stephanie and team for creating such an amazing foundation! Thank you for allowing me to not only heal, but also allow me to give back to the hospital the best way that I can. I look forward to delivering our first set of boxes!

*The Confetti Foundation  is a non-profit organization who is dedicated to supplying birthday party starter kits to hospitalized kids on their birthday. If you would like more information about the Confetti Foundation or would like to Give to the Confetti Foundation, just click here.

Valentine’s Day $1,500 Cruise Giveaway

Let’s beat the wintery blues with a very sweet getaway just in time for Valentine’s. Tunky Monkey’s Sweets is teaming up with Pretty My Party and some amazing sponsors to give you this very special Valentine’s Cruise Getaway of your choice. No expiration date. Plan your trip on your terms!

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and if you’re anything like me you’re sick of the cold weather and snow! Pretty My Party has teamed up with Mom Spark and Grown Ups Magazine and a group of fabulous bloggers and businesses to bring you The Valentine’s Day Cruise Giveaway! One lucky winner will win a $1,500 Carnival Cruise Gift Card to use toward a cruise of their choice! There is no expiration date on the gift card, so you can use it whenever you want to plan your vacation!

 VALENTINE’S DAY CRUISE GIVEAWAY

 January 30, 2014 at 12 a.m. EST to February 6, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. EST
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Holiday House 2013

To end our 2013 year, we had the opportunity to collaborate with one very stylish party planner/magazine editor/entrepreneur/mother/friend to woman kind. Yes, she may have many titles but she is one role model I look up to, respect and is inspired by. She is Miss Gemma of Party Style Magazine. Whenever we (our team) receives an email from her, giggles and butterflies in our stomachs like little school girls. Yes, when Miss Gemma and team comes knocking, you come running, notes ready and prepare yourself for the creativity to flow. When we found out that we would be contributing to a charity and celebrity gifting lounge at the El Portal in Hollywood, Ca. We were floored and over the moon in the kitchen. Captured beautifully by Blu Skye Photography

Enjoy!

Valentine Preview Giveaway!

Check it out, our first giveaway of the year! Wanna show your sweetheart some extra lovin this week. Enter in our 3 Awesome Valentine Sample pack consist of: Cake Pop Arrangement, Chocolate dipped Strawberries and our heart shaped French Macarons. Available for pickup after the winner will be announced on the 16th of January at 10 am EST.   a Rafflecopter giveaway

2013 Overall

Overall, 2013 was pretty good to us. From our first party blog feature thanks to Capes and Crowns, to our first publications in Bird’s Party Magazine and then ending the year with another celebrity event courtesy of Gemma and team of Party Style Magazine and welcoming Tunky Monkey Productions, LLC to cap off the year. Our team learned a lot through the year and many lessons learned. We look forward to a new year, new do and an expanding team. Check out our highlights of the year. 

 
 
 

 
 

 

 

 
 

 

Sweet Exchange 2013

We hosted our first annual Sweet Exchange with some of our favorite folks in town. It was a success for the most part and not a whole lot of tummy aches. Wohoo! 
Set up done by none other than our Tunky Monkey team and photographed by the fabulous Jessica Quinonez Photography, tables and vintage decor brought to you by Secondhand Love

French Macarons for Dummies

So after many many many many epic fails and a few successful attempts and a whole lot of research, I finally found a dummy proof recipe for none other than those little temperamental bastards, FRENCH MACARONS. Yes, I have my own nickname for them because after spending 3 months on them I can’t seem to get them right the second, third, fourth, fifth time around. 

I went on youtube. Yes, Youtube and Googled French Macarons to see exactly what I was doing wrong, what I was doing right and everything else in between. Come to find out, there is sooooooo many different ways of making French Macarons it was very overwhelming. Took the the top 3 recipes on Google and it was a big FAT EPIC FAIL and same thing with Youtube until I came across Nerdy Nummies. 

This little thing has talent. Talent that my 7 year old can follow. 

Second Batch of the dummy proof recipe.
First Batch of the Dummy Proof Recipe

 Her recipe was simple sweet and easy to follow! I L.O.V.E it! Check it out below.

Ingredients:
2 cups Powdered Sugar
1 cup Almond Meal
1/4 cup white sugar
3 egg whites (room temperature)
a pinch a salt

(Told you, simple!)

Steps:
(1) Sift the powdered sugar and almond meal together in a sifter and put aside when all is sifted. At the end, you will come across some small clumps at that the end, disregard them.
(2) With a kitchen aid mixer (if you don’t have one, you can use a hand mixer), separated the eggs and place the egg whites in the k.a mixer and put the speed at 6. If you are using a hand mixer, mix on high for 8 mins. Once you see majority of the egg whites in bubbles, then slowly mix in the 1/4 cup sugar. Mix until you have a stiff peak, meaning if you grab your mixing bowl and turn it upside down, it doesn’t drip PERIOD. You are ready to move onto the next and challenging step. Before moving forward, here, you will add the pinch of salt and/or food coloring here to the color you want it. Mix it with a spatula.
(3) Now onto the fun part. Grab your sifted almond meal and powdered sugar, pour half of it in the egg white mixture and fold it in there gently but firmly. Does that make sense?! Make sure you mix them both by folding it in, once majority is FOLDED, then add the remaining mixture and FOLDED it in again. It is about 54 – 60 folds until you get a thick but LAVA following mixture.
(4) Get your piping bag out with your appropriate tip or if your like me, use what you have which was a gallon zip lock bag and just cut a corner of it (I cut small so I can control my design/circles) and pipe on! Parchment paper, parchment paper, parchment paper! Use parchment paper and you won’t regret it.
(5) Then you let it sit. Let it sit until you have somewhat of a semi hard shell on top. Meaning, the mixture isn’t sticking to your finger. While you let it sit, pre-heat the oven at 300 degrees.
(6) Once the macs are ready to go, place it in the oven with the door slightly open for 2 mins, after the 2 mins, close the door, bring the temp at 280 and bake for 15 mins. Volia! Watch those feet rise!!!

Let them sit for a while and get your fillings on. When I have time, will have a video to show you what it should and should not look like. Until then, enjoy and if you have any questions, feel free to comment or message me and will be happy to help! Happy Macarons!

Collaboration with C & C

What a way to end the year by collaborating with one of my fav Party Stylist, Capes and Crown. Though our part was small, we were still seen in Party Style Magazine Dec/Jan Issue. And it is a print edition too, and can be purchased on Etsy. To see the full shoot in its entirety, visit Capes and Crowns blog. For the time being, here is the photos shot by none other than Ms Danielle McCann Photography.