Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Decorate Your Baked Goods for Gift Giving

Decorate Your Baked Goods Boxes


5 Ways to Decorate your Baked Goods for Gift Giving

5 Ways to Decorate your Baked Goods for Gift Giving

Baked goods are always appreciated during gift-giving events, whether it be a holiday, birthday or baby shower. You can make a gift of baked goods even more personal and impress the recipient by trying one of these baked good decorating ideas.


Bakery Boxes

If you want to make homemade baked goods look like they came straight from a professional bakery, consider purchasing a bakery box. A bakery box is a cardboard box with a clear cellophane window on the lid. To personalize the box, use product labels with pictures and messages to the recipient. Mock bakery product labels are a cute and inventive way to dress up a plain bakery box.



Cupcake Wrappers

Gourmet cupcakes are popular right now, and you can give cupcakes a personal touch by designing and printing your own cupcake labels.

First, bake cupcakes as you normally would. As these wrappers are added after baking, you can also purchase cupcakes from a local bakery to save time. Using a simple template found online, add your product label to your cupcake by printing the cupcake wrapper and shaping it to fit your cupcakes. This is an easy, fun way to dress up your baked goods with any design and wording you would like.



Canning Jars

Giving dry ingredients for a baked good in a new canning jar with a recipe attached seems to have grown in popularity, especially as a Christmas gift. If you know the recipient well, choose a recipe that you know fits their tastes in particular. Decorate the lid of the jar with some pretty material in the recipient’s favorite color, and affix a product label to the jar containing the recipe for the baked good. This is a great, time-saving gift to give when you have a long list of people to buy gifts for.



Gift Baskets

A high-quality basket is the perfect container for a variety of baked goods. Make batches of several different kinds of baked goods, and mix and match to make a professionally put-together gift basket. Line the bottom of the basket with fabric to add color. Once you are done arranging your baked goods, wrap the entire basket in colored cellophane and affix a product label that lists the contents and the recipient’s name.



Do-It-Yourself Decoration Kits

This idea is particularly appealing to children or families. First, you will need a container such as a bakery box, a basket or a decorative tin. Bake plain sugar cookies that you have cut into shapes associated with the event, and let the cookies cool down. Wrap the cookies tightly in plastic to keep them from getting stale. Place the cookies in the container with unopened food products used to decorate cookies such as a can of icing and various types and colors of sprinkles. To finish the gift, print out a product label that gives the recipient instructions on how to use the ingredients to make a decorative cookie. Once you’re finished, you’ve made a fun, do-it-yourself cookie decorating kit!



Edible gifts always go over well, but giving someone a plastic container with baked goods inside can be boring. To add a personal touch to baked goods you are giving as a gift, decorate the packaging to give a professional and fun look.



Author Bio: Jessica is a specialist in product labels. When she is not writing for Print360.com, you can find her cooking up a storm in her kitchen.

Learn Cake Decorating Secrets

Learn Cake Decorating Secrets

Friday, December 16, 2011

Christmas Gifts for Foodies

Christmas Gifts For Foodies

Gifts for the Food Lover


Christmas Gifts for Food Lovers

Trying to keep the discerning food-lover in your life satisfied can be a tough task, especially when it comes to buying presents. But don’t let their taste for the finer things in life put you off treating them to something special once in a while, there are plenty of tasty treats, gift ideas and experience days  available that are sure to earn a five star review from even the fussiest of foodies.


Food and drink hampers

The perfect gift if you can’t decide on just one tasty treat. Food and drink hampers look great and taste even better. You can make your own and fill it with all their favorite cheeses, chutneys, oils, beers or wines. Or if you want to make things easier, order a ready-made gourmet hamper online and have it delivered direct to the lucky recipient’ door.
Cookery classes

You don’t have to worry about offending them, cookery classes aren’t a way of suggesting you don’t like their cooking. Even the most experienced of home chefs will be able to learn plenty of new skills, with a range of master classes available at restaurants and hotels around the country, whether they want to learn how to make sumptuous sushi, cook the perfect curry or tackle traditional British classics, expert chefs are on hand to teach a range of skills for a variety of dishes.
Recipe organizer
Perfect for those who hoard recipe cards, tear out pages of the Sunday magazines or scribble down ingredients from television cookery shows. A stylish filing box or recipe folder makes a neat and eye-catching addition to the kitchen and means they will never have to lose a recipe again.
Personalized oil and vinegar bottles
While not every budding chef will get their own brand of ingredients out on supermarket shelves, you can ensure the food-lover in your life will get some bottles bearing his or her name to use in their own kitchen. Bespoke oils and vinegars make great gifts in themselves, but add an extra personalized touch and get them engraved with a special message. The long shelf life of oils and vinegars make them perfect to give as gifts and personalized bottles are refillable for a gift that will adorn the kitchen for years to come.
Wine tasting
If they’re a whizz in the kitchen, then give them the perfect opportunity to boost their knowledge of the best wines to complement their gorgeous home cooking. Wine tasting evenings are great fun, however much knowledge you take away at the end of it. Wine buffs will love the chance to sample some top quality tipples and tuck into some fine food, while novices will pick up some top tips for how to choose their wines to match their future meals.




Friday, October 28, 2011

Gourmet Food Gifts

Gourmet Food Gifts

Gourmet Food Gifts


Gourmet Food Gifts

Autumn is a unique time of year, which calls for a unique menu of food items. Seasonal gourmet food gifts can be the perfect thing to buy for anyone (including yourself!) no matter what their/your tastes are. Here are four of the most popular categories of seasonal gourmet gifts to buy—or receive—in the fall.


1) Barbecue Baskets


When the evenings are cool but not too cold to enjoy yourself outdoors, there’s no reason not to continue to fire up the grill well past Labor Day. One thing that can help make fall barbecues even sweeter is the inclusion of seasonal food gift baskets for barbecue lovers.


The Ultimate BBQ Basket from Di Bruno Bros. features everything that the BBQ King (or Queen) will need to make a truly unforgettable feast. Break out the Lime Tortilla Chips, Stonewall Kitchen Salsa and Abbruzze Spread to start! Then, move onto a savory symphony of New York 3-Year Aged Cheddar, Aged Gouda, Abbruzze Pepperoni and Sweet Soppressatta.


The Tennessee Whiskey BBQ sauce will keep your chicken and steaks flavorful, while the Maille Dijon Mustard can add an unexpected and welcome tanginess. For dessert, indulge in Honey Roasted Pecans, Asher’s Chocolate Covered Graham Crackers and Tahitian Vanilla Marshmallows.


2) Spreads & Preserves


Is it ever not a good time for spreads and preserves? The Tait Farms Preserves Set features four different flavors of deliciousness, including Ginger Peach Chutney, Strawberry Rhubarb Conserves, Fig & Honey Conserve and Blackberry Jam.


Spread the Ginger Peach Chutney on prosciutto or pair with a medium textured goat cheese. Enjoy the Blackberry Jam piled on toast and paired with ricotta cheese. Imagine Fig & Honey Conserve alongside a generous hunk or brie and/or blue cheese, and enter seventh heaven with the unmatched Strawberry Rhubarb Conserves and brie pairing.


3) Gourmet Coffee & Tea


No time is better than fall to enjoy your mug of morning java or tea outdoors. The weather is cool and comfortable, which makes it ideal to have a steaming mug in your hands.


The Di Bruno Bros. Coffee Sampler offers their own special blends, which include the 9th Street Espresso, Family Blend and Rittenhouse French Roast. All of the company’s coffees are fair trade and organic.


With Harney & Son’s Tea Tins, tea lovers also have a great variety to choose from, including: Chamomile Herbal, Hot Cinnamon Spice, Earl Grey and English Breakfast. If you prefer your tea sweetened, Rigoni di Asiago makes both organic Acacia Honey and Orange Blossom Honey. Bee Raw Blueberry Honey is an American-made alternative that tastes strong and earthy.


With a huge mix of appetizers, gourmet beverages and sumptuous desserts, you can make sure the culinary decadence of summer transitions beautifully into the meals of fall.




Jessica writes about a wide variety of topics.  She especially enjoys writing about food. You can learn more about Seasonal Gourmet Food Gifts at http://www.dibruno.com/


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