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My Kind of Valentine’s Day

Cupcakes for Breakfast: My kind of valentine's day

My girlfriends and I are just trying not to think about this week. It’s not so bad actually. I have so much going on at work that it’s possible I won’t even notice all the Valentine’s hoopla. That being said, there are a few things I love about this week. Another chance to tell the people in your life you love them, pink everywhere, an excuse to have themed girly sleepovers with chocolate cake and champagne this weekend. This is my kind of Valentine’s Day…

one // Mademoiselle necklace – sweet, fabulous, timeless
two // Brut Rosé – duh.
three // #heartthis – hard to pick a favorite of these cozy By Luciana tees
four // Oysters – pair with champagne. Shuck all your feelings out.
five // Delicate stackable rings – if only I could afford like five of these Catbird rings
six // Dear Kates – cute and functional. Get 25% off with code “cupcakesforbreakfast” through Valentine’s Day.
seven // Alexa Tote – the perfect (under $100!) bag to wish away this cold winter weather
eight // Parisian Pink lipstick – my perfect new shade
nine // Foods Before Dudes – aka my life

Holiday Hosting

Cupcakes for Breakfast: BYT Holiday Hosting

I’m home in New Jersey for Christmas now. My family hosts a big Christmas Eve party every year that I’ve been looking forward to weeks. It’s the big finale to all the holiday parties I’ve hosted and helped with this year. A few weeks ago Brightest Young Things asked me about my holiday hosting tips: what to wear, serve, pour, and give.

I loved the photos from this shoot. Especially of these sparkly angeletti cookies (recipe below!) and this fabulous Anthropologie dress I’ve been wearing all holiday season. Happy holidays and happy hosting!

Cupcakes for Breakfast: BYT Holiday Hosting Cupcakes for Breakfast: BYT Holiday Hosting – Nikki Rappaport's ApartmetCupcakes for Breakfast: BYT Holiday Hosting – Christmas angeletti cookies

Angeletti Cookies (makes 36):

Cookie Ingredients

  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Glaze Ingredients

  • 1 1/3 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sprinkles, for decoration
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and salt. Set aside
  3. In another medium bowl, whisk together the butter, granulated sugar, vanilla, and eggs until blended. Add the flour mix to the sugar mix until just combined.
  4. With floured hands, roll tablespoonfuls of the dough into balls and place on parchment-lined baking sheets, spacing them 2 inches apart. Bake until puffed and the bottoms are pale golden, 7 to 8 minutes. Let cookies cool completely on a wire wrack.
  5. Make the glaze: in a small bowl, whisk together the confectioners’ sugar, 2 tablespoons water, and vanilla until the mixture forms a thick but pourable glaze (add more water if necessary).
  6. Dip the top of each cookie into the glaze and then dip into sprinkles. Let set, rounded side up, on a rack for about 20 minutes.

Cupcakes for Breakfast: BYT Holiday Hosting – Nikki Rapppaport in Anthropologie Margaux dress

Photos via Dakota Fine for BYT

Party Playlist & Gift List: A Night at Home

I’ve teamed up with the awesome gals of This Is Our Jam for a fun and festive series this week. Take four parties: girls’ nightfamily dinner, holiday rager, and a night home alone (yes, that counts). Add thoughtful gifts and a killer playlist. And you’re set to go. Dance, drink, give, be merry!

Cupcakes for Breakfast: Playlist/Gift List for Me

{dot pj pants | faux infinity scarf | Homemade With Love | mesh bib necklace | iphone backup battery | rose candle | shimmery black bow clutch | leopard coat}

The Playlist: There’s no doubt about it — the holidays can be stressful, so nights in every once in a while are a must. Pour yourself a glass of wine, turn on the fireplace channel on your TV, and start writing your Christmas cards as you listen to these calming songs.

The Gifts: These are a few of my favorite things… Plus, it’s Friday. Treat yourself! :)

Party Playlist & Gift List: Family Dinner

I’ve teamed up with the awesome gals of This Is Our Jam for a fun and festive series this week. Take four parties: girls’ night, family dinner, holiday rager, and a night home alone (yes, that counts). Add thoughtful gifts and a killer playlist. And you’re set to go. Dance, drink, give, be merry!

Cupcakes for Breakfast: Family Dinner Gift Guide & Playlist

{vintage scrabble | Schramsberg sparkling wine | bear & stag hats | champagne flutes | tri-color cookies | bacon of the month club | colorful throw | Telestrations}

The Playlist: A playlist is an important part of your family’s holiday dinner… wine will only do so much in drowning out your aunts as they ask for the fifteenth time why you’re not married yet. If these artists existed a couple of decades ago we know your parents would dig them — plus there’s nothing in these songs that might offend Grandma or little cousin Timmy.

The Gifts: Ok, so I already did all my holiday shopping, but if I had more money to spend, I would totally get all of these things for my family. Sparkling wine from a vineyard we visited this year and flutes to match. Fun matching hats for my brothers and the bacon of the month club they ask for every year. A real life Words With Friends and our new favorite game, Telestrations. A cozy colorful throw to match our colorful house. Finally, one gift I can actually give them is making tri-color cookies this year…or at least pick up a box from our local Italian bakery!