Vampire Themed Blood Rimmed Cocktail Glasses

Whether decorating glasses for adults to drink cocktails from or for children to have their juice in, these blood rimmed candy drip cocktail glasses will both impress everyone and look amazing!

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The candy blood is very simple to make (and ever so delicious). The following is a recipe for how to make the blood candy and how to apply it your glasses to achieve such a great effect:

Ingredients:

  1. 1 cup sugar
  2. 1/2 cup light corn syrup
  3. 1/2 cup water
  4. Red food coloring (liquid, not gel

Directions:

1. After adding the sugar, syrup and water into a pan wide enough to fit the drinking rim of your glasses, place the pan on a medium to high heat and cook the mixture without stirring it until it reaches a temperature of around 150oC

2. Add the liquid red food colouring – about 15-20 drops depending upon how dark you wish for it to be.

3. Turn the heat down to low and whilst the mixture is still hot, dip the top of your cocktail glasses into the liquid candy (as deeply as you would like the candy rime to go) and then whilst using an oven mitt to avoid burning turn the glass the correct way up and place on top of greaseproof parchment paper to dry. The thick consistency of the liquid whilst it is drying will allow it to drip down the glass creating a blood like effect.

*Please Note* – The type of glasses that you use can be affected by the liquid candy, for example cocktail glasses made of glass will be OK however cocktail glasses that are made of plastic may melt slightly under the heat of the heated liquid candy.

Vampire Blood Type Welcoming Drinks

When throwing a party, one always like to have a selection of welcoming drinks ready for when each of the guests arrive. So for this Halloween why not make these amazing vampire themed blood type cocktails.

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These party favours are a doddle to make and look amazing, you can either create your own labels on the computer or visit the Hostess with the Mostess Blog at http://blog.hwtm.com/2009/03/hey-twilight-lovers-drink-up-printable-vampire-bottle-labels/ where she has designed and created the labels above which you can download and print out yourself.

Once you have your bottles made and labels attached, all you need to do is to fill them with your favourite red cocktail. Our favourite here in the FancyCrafting office – http://www.fancycrafting.co.uk – and one of the most simple to make red cocktail has to be the Cosmopolitan, here is the recipe should you wish to go down the Cosmo route too:

Cosmopolitan:

Ingredients:

The following ingredients will yield about 4 servings:

  1. 8 ounces (1 cup) Vodka
  2. 2 ounces (1/4 cup) Triple Sec
  3. 3 ounces (1/3 cup) Cranberry Juice
  4. 1 to 2 ounces (2 tablespoons to 4 tablespoons) fresh Lime Juice
  5. 4 x 2 inch Orange Peels/Twists

Method:

  1. Using a large pitcher add the measures of Vodka, Triple Sec, Cranberry Juice and Fresh Lime juice and then stir.
  2. Once stirred place in the refrigerator until cool.
  3. Once ready to serve pour them into your pre-made vampire blood type bottles.

 

10 Days Until Halloween!…

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If like us you love Halloween and all things fancy dress you’ll be as thrilled as us that it’s only 10 days until the Halloween Weekend commences. In order to celebrate this delightful fact we have compiled some of our favourite tips, tricks, recipes and other Halloween themed musings for those of you who wish for some added inspiration or guidance throughout this brilliant holiday.

Today we will be sharing all manner of recipes (both Food and Drinks), costume ideas and other general musings with you all related to one of the most favoured of themes – Vampires.

Halloween is Nigh!

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It’s that time of the year – our favourite here in the FancyCrafting office if we’re honest – where its time to apply the fake vampire teeth, cover yourself in fake blood, ghoulish special effects make up and get dressed up as your favourite horrifying character because it’s Halloween!

Our New and extensive Halloween range features up to 3,000 fancy dress outfits, accessories, make-up sets and props. We cater for children, teens and adults alike and offer many different themes and licensed costumes from Vampires, Zombies and Werewolves to Kill Bill, Saw and Friday the 13th. Take a look at our extensive range here – http://www.fancycrafting.co.uk

With just under three weeks to go until Hallows Eve arrives we are going to count down the days on here with daily freebies, tutorials, costume and party ideas.

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www.fancycrafting.co.uk has landed!

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All has been quiet on the FancyCrafting Social Media front of late, for which we apologise, but we can assure you that we haven’t been resting on our laurels; in fact we have been busying ourselves away putting together our sparkly new website which has now launched and is ready for perusal. With over 3000 fancy dress outfits, accessories and party products we are sure to have the very item in stock that you desire whatever your occasion and whatever your age.

So come and take a look at – http://www.fancycrafting.co.uk

Pina Colada Day

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Well today is the day that we have all been waiting for ladies – Pina Colada Day!

It is said that Pina Coladas originated in San Juan, Puerto Rico, the term ‘pina colada’ is actually Spanish for ‘strained pineapple’

We all know that instead of being in work we’d rather be on a beach sipping one of these bad boys, however its nearly the weekend and the sun is shining so we think that gives us the perfect reason to celebrate and rustle up some pina colada’s, for those of you that wish to join us why not have a go at making some with the following recipe: 

Pina Colada Recipe: 

Ingredients:

  • 120ml Pineapple Juice
  • 60ml White Rum
  • 60ml Coconut Cream
  • Wedge of Pineapple to Garnish

 Method:

  1.  Put the Pineapple Juice, White Rum and Coconut Cream in a blender with a handful of ice.
  2. Pulse all the ingredients until smooth.
  3. Pour into a tall glass and add the pineapple wedge to the top of the glass as a garnish.
  4. Enjoy!!

 

Have a fabulous Pina Colada Day!

Happy Fourth of July

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With today being the July 4th, this is the day that all Americans celebrate Independence Day which is also fondly referred to as the ‘Fourth of July’.

It is the anniversary of the publication of the declaration of independence from Great Britain in 1776.
Americans around the globe tend to mark the occasion with a day of family celebrations including picnics and barbecues, whilst showing a great deal of emphasis on the American tradition of political freedom.
There are many activities and events that are associated with the event including eating competitions, baseball games, three-legged races and other such sporting past times.
It is quite common that people will display the American flag outside their houses, buildings and places of work, with many communities coming together for an arranged firework display which are more often than not accompanied by some patriotic music. Independence day is a very patriotic holiday and The Statute of Liberty is a national monument that is associated with it.

Whether you are attending a Fourth of July party, hosting your own or fancy marking the occasion in your own way, we have put together some Fourth of July recipes for you to enjoy and get yourself in the U.S spirit.

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All American Mini Burgers with Special Sauce

If its one thing that the USA knows how to do, its make a good burger and what would an American theme party be without burgers? Here’s a recipe for some mini burgers that will go great at any social gathering:

Ingredients: (These ingredients will make around 10 burgers)

Burger Ingredients:

• 1 ¼ pounds of Ground Sirloin
• 2 Tablespoons Dill Pickle Relish
• 2 Tablespoons Steak Sauce
• 1 Tablespoon Grill Seasoning
• 1 Teaspoon Sweet Paprika
• 10 Sliced Dinner Rolls
• 2 Cups of Chopped Iceburg Lettuce
• 1 Finely Chopped Small White Onion

Special Sauce:

• ½ Cup of Ranch Dressing
• ½ Cup Ketchup
• 1 Teaspoon Coarsely Ground Black Pepper

Additional Optional Toppings:

• Sliced Cheeses – your choice
• Pepperoni
• Sliced Tomatoes
• Yellow Mustard
• Mayonnaise
• Blue Cheese Dressing
• Sweet Pepper Relish

Method:

1. Preheat your grill.
2. In a bowl mix together the ranch dressing, ketchup and black pepper and then put in the fridge to chill.
3. Mix the meat, dill pickle relish, steak sauce, grill seasoning and sweet paprika together until well combed.
4. Separate your burger mixture into 10 equally sized portion and then roll into little balls.
5. Squish each of the meatballs into round patties of around 3 inches in diameter.
6. Grill for 2-3 minutes and then serve on the chopped buns, dollop with special sauce and any additional toppings of your choosing.

Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Lime and Cilantro (Coriander)

Ingredients: Makes about enough for 4 portions

• 3 Unpeeled Sweet Potatoes
• Salt
• Lime Zest
• Pinch of Cayenne Pepper
• ¼ Cup Canola Oil
• Freshly Ground Pepper
• ¼ Cup of Finely Chopped Fresh Cilantro (Coriander)

Method:

1. Part cook the potatoes – Place in a pot of water and boil until fork-tender.
2. Let them cool and then slice each potato lengthwise into eigths.
3. Preheat your grill.
4. Mix 1 tablespoon of salt. The lime zest and cayenne pepper in a small bowl.
5. Brush the potato wedges with the oil and season with salt and pepper.
6. Grill until golden brown on all sides – including the skin – and just cooked through, about 1 ½ minutes per side.
7. Transfer to a platter and then immediately season with the salt mixture and sprinkle with cilantro (coriander).

American Flag Fruit Cake

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Cake Ingredients: – The cake will serve around 24 people

• 18 Tablespoons of Unsalted Butter at Room Temperature
• 3 Cups of Sugar
• 6 Extra-Large Eggs at Room Temperature
• 1 Cup Sour Cream at Room Temperature
• 1 ½ Teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract
• 3 Cups of Flour
• 1/3 Cup of Cornstarch
• 1 Teaspoon Salt
• 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda

Icing Ingredients:

• 1 Pound of unsalted butter at room temperature
• 1 ½ Pounds of Cream Cheese at Room Temperature
• 1 Pound of Sifted Confectioners Sugar
• 1 ½ Teaspoons of Pure Vanilla Extract

Other Ingredients:

• Blueberries
• Raspberries

Method:

1. Preheat your Oven to 180oC/350oF/Gas Mark 4
2. Grease and flour an 18 x 13 x 1 ½ inch sheet pan.
3. Cream the butter and sugar together in a bowl until the mixture becomes light and fluffy.
4. Whilst mixing add the eggs 2 at a time, then add the sour cream and vanilla. Make sure that you scrape all the mixture of the sides of the bowl and ensure it’s well mixed in until smooth.
5. In a separate bowl sift together the flour, cornstarch, salt and baking soda.
6. Whilst mixing the egg and butter mixture at a steady and gentle rate add the flour mixture until just combined.
7. Pour into the prepared pan, smoothing the top over with a spatula.
8. Bake in the centre of the oven for 20 to 30 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean.
9. Cool to room temperature.
10. For the icing, combine the butter, cream cheese, sugar and vanilla together until smooth.
11. Spread three-fourths of the icing on the top of the cooled sheet cake. Outline the flag details using a toothpick.
12. Fill the upper left corner with blueberries and put 2 rows of raspberries across the top of the cake like a red stripe.
13. Putting the rest of your icing in a piping bag, pipe two lines of icing underneath the raspberry line to create a white line.
14. Alternate stripes of raspberries and icing until your flag is complete and use the leftover icing to ice little stars on the top of your blueberries.

We are most definitely gonna have a go at making these bad boys! We hope you enjoy them and have a wonderful Fourth of July!