Recipe: Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Apricot Gelée

Panna Cotta, an Italian dessert of silky, sweetened cream set with gelatin, is all at once simple, classic and elegant.  It is, at its best, subtle, not overly sweet, and the perfect way to end a meal on a light and refreshing note.
Panna cotta comes together quickly and can be molded in any type of vessels you choose -- from ramekins to demitasse, martini glasses to mason jars.  I like to compliment my panna cotta with a thin layer of gelée -- a gelatin stabilized glaze made from fresh fruit.  Apricots are in season right now, and are bursting with summer sweetness, so I chose to do an apricot gelée.  You can use my recipe with any type of fruit you'd like.  
Here are some photos of panna cottas I've made in the past with a variety of gelées and vessels:
Vanilla Panna Cotta with a Honey Gelée and Bee Pollen
Lemon Panna Cotta, no gelée
Meyer-Lemon Panna Cotta, Strawberry-Rhubarb Gelee

I like to decorate my desserts with edible flowers, especially in summer and springtime. My theme fo…

Movie Ticket Style FROZEN Party Invitations (Free download)
and 20+ Ideas for the Ultimate Frozen Party!

My family has completely fallen for Disney's Frozen.  
It seems as though every household in the land has been similarly frostbitten.

Frozen + These = My Inspiration

I've enjoyed reading comments and getting emails thanking me for the LEGO Movie party invitation template that I shared in January. It's nice to know that many families have enjoyed using the invites for their own celebrations.

I figured that with the popularity of Frozen, there are bound to be a lot of Frozen-inspired parties in the works these days.  So, I put together a trio of Frozen Movie Theater Style Invitations that can be downloaded for free, personalized and printed.

Disclaimer -- PLEASE READ -- These templates are not for sale and are not for profit. I'm sharing the templates free of charge, but as such, am not able to provide any custom work or tech support for how to use photo editing software. If you're new to photo editing and are ambivalent to try, there are many talented people selling movie ticket style invitations on Etsy. They will personalize them for you for $8-$10 -- a great deal! 

If you're ready to proceed with customizing your own invitations, follow the step-by-step instructions below:

Step 1:  Click on the invitation you want and download directly from my Photobucket.

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Step 2:  Use a photo editing program like Picasa (free online) PicMonkey (free online) or the one you're comfortable using to add text.  

Here are the names of the fonts I used:  
  • Arial Bold (for the "VIP" and other block text)
  • Digital-7 (for Day, Time and Month)
  • Marcelle Script (for the birthday party line)
  • OCRATTRegular (for the rest of the details)

Step 3:  Print.  You have two choices.  These invitations are formatted to be automatically centered on a 4x6 photo.  This makes them easy to upload to a photo service (I use Costco) and have 4x6 prints made.  You will get one invitation per print and will have to trim away the left and right white margins.  You can also print at home.  If you use your photo editing software to crop off the left and right margins, you can print the images (maintaining the 6" height) 3 to a sheet of glossy photo paper.




Update: I've added templates for printable envelopes. They are in PDF format. Click on the desired style to download from Google Drive. Print on heavy stock. Cut out. Fold along all the lines. Apply glue to the flaps, then fold. 
The color looks distorted on the previews, but the actual documents are fine.


Now it's time to plan all those special details that will make your party truly memorable.

Get inspired with these ideas from some of my favorite bloggers:

would make the perfect centerpiece!
from Crafts n' Coffee 

Here's a fabulous favor idea:
from 504 Main

A treasure trove of creative ideas in this
from Reasons to Skip the Housework

Imagine the birthday girl in one of these beautiful
Frozen Inspired Dresses:  Anna or Elsa
from Seven Thirty Three

 A frugal Frozen favor idea:
from Seven Thirty Three

Clever Frozen Themed Party Food Ideas
at Mom Endeavors 

 Frozen Party Foods and Activities
from Desert Chica Ramblings

Lots of Free
from Mom Endeavors

Here's a fun idea that doubles for an activity and a take-home:
 from 30 Minute Crafts

Learn to make an
with Summer Scraps

Valentine's would make perfect thank-you cards 
from Desert Chica Ramblings

 Lots of delicious and clever Frozen party treats
including these Popcorn Snowballs
at I'm Topsy Turvy

A whole party's worth of great ideas
including this "Olaf Creation Station"
from My Insanity

This post has been linked-up with:
Think Pink Sunday @ Flamingo Toes 

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