Happy New Year!!! I hope that everyone had a fabulous holiday. Personally, I am very excited for the coming year. I have lots of fun projects already underway and I am looking forward to a very colorful and creative 2010!
As I mentioned in my last post, I will be starting a new weekly feature on party planning. Parties are truly one of my favorite things...planning them, designing them, researching them, and putting them all together. So, I thought that it was only fitting that I devote more time to them here at Such Pretty Things.
In case you didn't know, I am kinda crazy for sprinkles. I actually collect them from all over the world and even have an entire cabinet in my kitchen devoted to them. Seriously. :-) But, one of my major pet peeves is that it is extremely difficult to find sprinkles in pretty colors. I find that the selection - even at professional baking supply stores - is very limited. So, I decided to take matters into my own hands and make my own. It's a super easy process and I promise you, that before you know it, you'll be making sprinkles in every color of the rainbow.
Here's what you'll need to get started:
I bought my sprinkles by the pound from a local cake decorating shop. This is a very economical way to buy them - especially since you will find that you will want to make lots and lots of pretty colors.
To begin, place some sprinkles in a small ziploc bag and, using a toothpick, add a very small amount of your powdered food coloring or petal dust.
Keep in mind that a little of this stuff goes a long way.
You can always add more, but you don't need very much to get a pretty amazing effect. For very pale tints, add just a little. For brighter shades, add more. Close up you bag and shake it gently - evenly distributing the color. In just a few seconds, you will have beautiful colored sprinkles!
I went a little crazy and made a ton of colors...
I like to store mine in glass spice jars.
And the wonderful thing about making your own custom-colored sprinkles is that you can use them to coordinate with the specific colors of your party or wedding. Need Hydrangea Blue, but can't find it at the store? Just make it yourself!
You can even make your own "rainbow" mix...
You really have to try this - it's so much fun and the results are fantastic!