Thursday, March 23, 2017

Entertaining + Creme Brulee Recipe

I don't get to entertain as much as I would like these days, but I always love it when I get a chance! I partnered with Oriental Trading Company to set this gorgeous Welcome Spring brunch table! I chose pink, gold, navy, and white as my main colors and I simply adore how this turned out. It's simple yet elegant and feels festive.

Check out the Navy Blue Chevron Hanging Lanterns!
The beautiful Gold Shimmer Burlap Table Runner and Gold Metallic Chargers were my base - both can be used many times over, which I love! I kept the centerpiece simple with a chalkboard I already owned and two gorgeous Milk Jug Vases tied with Hot Pink Baker's Twine - I decided to put some tealights inside, but I think they would also be stunning with flowers and I can't wait to use them again. The final part of the festive decor was the Navy Blue Chevron Hanging Lanterns which hung from the light and looked so pretty.
I love the Gold Shimmer Burlap Table Runner and the Milk Jug Vase!

I love the color combination!
The place settings anchored by the chargers included Navy Blue Chevron Scalloped Paper Dinner Plates, Hot Pink Paper Dessert Plates, Hot Pink Luncheon Napkins, and Premium Gold Metallic Cutlery. The quality on all of these items was really excellent and the combination perfect. I absolutely loved the chevron of the plates and hanging lanterns - so fun! I used the Dictionary Stickers & Tags for place cards tied with the baker's string and set them on the plates to finish the place setting.

The stunning place setting! The Metallic Gold Chargers were truly beautiful and will be so versatile. 

I always love including party favors and these Gold Takeout Boxes were awesome for that! I used Vintage Washi Tape and the baker's string to dress up the boxes a bit.

The simple favor with Gold Takeout Boxes decorated with Vintage Washi Tape were super cute! 
I've used Oriental Trading Company in the past for Oscars Parties, birthday parties, and other events and have not been disappointed. I love that you can mix and match what works for any theme and any price point!

I couldn't let you go without including a recipe for your next event! One of my kids asked for creme brûlée because he had seen it on a baking show and didn't know what it was. I obliged because...why not?! Creme Brûlée is simple, but oh so decadent and delicious. I don't own a torch, so I appreciated that this recipe gave instructions for melting the sugar under the broiler. The original recipe came from the New York Times Cooking.

Creme Brûlée 
Creme Brûlée
serves 4

2 c. heavy Cream
1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
1 tsp. vanilla extract, optional
1/8 tsp. salt
5 egg yolks
1/2 c. sugar plus more for top

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. In a saucepan, combine cream, vanilla bean (I scraped and added the beans to the liquid before also adding the split bean), and salt. Cook over low heat until just hot. Let sit for a few minutes, then remove vanilla bean. Add vanilla extract if desired. 

In a bowl, beat yolks and sugar together until light. Stir about a quarter of the cream into it, then pour sugar-egg mixture into cream and stir. Pour into four 6-ounce ramekins and place ramekins in a baking dish. Place pan in oven and carefully fill with boiling water halfway up up the sides of the dishes. Bake for 30-40 minutes, or until centers are barely set and slightly jiggly. Cool completely and refrigerate at least a couple of hours and up to a couple of days (perfect to make ahead!).

When ready to serve, completely cover the top of each custard with a thin layer of sugar. Place ramekins 2-3 inches under the broiler. Cook until sugar melts and browns or even blackens a bit, about 5 minutes - watch carefully. Serve within 2 hours. 

Enjoy!

Disclaimer: Oriental Trading Company sent me these products free in exchange for my honest review. This review and opinions of the products are all my own.