DIY Kissing Booth

It’s Valentine’s Day, love is in the air, roses are in pretty vases, chocolate is everywhere you look AND there is a puppy in a kissing booth. What more could you want?!

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DIY KISSING BOOTH

This project was so easy and so inexpensive to make. If you need a cute party prop or photo booth, this is it! It’s also perfect for kid and baby photos, I just don’t one of those. For under $30 and less than an hour of your time you can have your own kissing booth up and running!

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Materials

Directions

  1. Cut wood dowel to appropriate height. This will differ depending on who the booth is for and how high you will want the banner. I cut each of mine to about 2 ft. high.

  2. Attach the dowels to the bottom of the crate. I used hot glue but if you would like this to be more permanent or sturdy, drill the dowels onto the crate.

  3. Once both dowels are attached, wrap them with fringe garland. I used 2 sets of garland, one for each pole. Hot glue the start of the garland to the pole before wrapping and then the end to the top of the pole. This will help prevent unraveling.

  4. Next, attach your banner to the tops of the poles. I used the string that came with the banner and wrapped it around each one.

  5. I stained the frame of my chalkboard sign with a grey stain to better match my booth. You can choose to stain yours or simply leave it as is.

  6. Write and decorate your chalkboard sign however you please and enjoy your kissing booth! 😘

xoxo

Mini Champagne Donuts

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Well, this is exciting! I wanted to do something a little different than the norm and see what you guys thought. I got this idea after seeing a post about Rosé donuts. I only had a bottle of champagne so I looked it up and sure enough champagne donuts are A THING. If you can add champagne to something, why not - and to whoever created this first, thank you. After experimenting in the kitchen, I finally came up with a winning recipe. These were so fun to make, and while it might have been because of the sips of champagne throughout baking, I still loved the process.

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FINN + TONIC CHAMPAGNE MINI DONUTS

  • 1 cup flour

  • 3/4 tsp baking powder

  • 1/4 tsp baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp salt

  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg

  • 1/3 cup sugar

  • 3 tsp unsalted butter

  • 1/2 cup buttermilk

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

  • 1/4 cup champagne

  1. Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly grease your mini doughnut pan and set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and sugar. Set aside.

  3. In a small bowl whisk together egg, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Whisk in the melted butter. Whisk in the champagne.

  4. Add the wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients. Stir together until no flour bits remain and all the ingredients are well combined. Don’t over-mix the batter. That might create rubber doughnuts.

  5. Using a batter bag, fill each doughnut in the pan three-quarters full.

  6. Place in the oven and bake for 9 to 11 minutes. Keep an eye on them and try not to over-bake them. Test with a toothpick if needed.

  7. Remove from the oven and allow to cool in the pan before inverting onto a wire rack to completely cool.

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For the glazes I looked up a few different, simple recipes. The best part about this is picking out all the colors and sprinkles to decorate. I did a marshmallow glaze, which I added a bit of red food coloring to for a nice light pink color. I also did a vanilla and chocolate glaze. I’m a vanilla cake, vanilla icing kind of girl but my husband loves chocolate icing so I had to throw that one in there. If you have any recommendations or want to see different toppings, let me know in the comments below!

Marshmallow Icing

  • 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar

  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract

  • 1/8 tsp kosher salt

  • 3 tbsp. Unsalted butter

  • 2 cups mini marshmallows

Mix sugar, vanilla and salt in a bowl. Melt butter and 1/4 cup water in a non-stick pan over medium high heat. Add marshmallows; stir until completely melted, 1-2 minutes. Whisk into sugar mixture.

Vanilla Donut Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar

  • 2-3 tablespoons milk

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together together. If you want it thinner, add a little more milk.

Chocolate Donut Glaze

  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • 4 tbs unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 3 tbs milk

  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, whisk together powdered sugar and cocoa powder. Slowly stir in milk and vanilla extract. If you need a touch more milk to make this a dip-able glaze, add a bit more. Dip doughnuts in chocolate glaze and let rest to harden slightly.

Enjoy!

xoxo

WELCOME

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Hello and welcome to Finn and Tonic Co! I am so glad you are here.

First things first, let me just say that IT HAS BEEN A LONG TIME COMING! I thought this website would be up and running about six months ago, and clearly that didn’t happen. Actually, a lot of things didn’t happen and a lot of deadlines I scribbled down in my beat up Moleskine notebook were not met. But hey, I’m here, the website is here, and most importantly YOU are here.

I created this website to not only share the products I make for Finn and Tonic Co. but to allow you guys to follow me on my journey of never-ending ups and downs. Also known as: starting your own company.

The idea for Finn and Tonic Co. came in the Spring of 2018 while I was sitting at my desk on the 4th floor of a state-of-the-art office building in Orange County. I was working as a graphic designer and social media specialist for multiple companies across North America. It was great. I had a paycheck I could always count on, constant work, and VERY “instagrammable” office. I was comfortable.

And that was the problem.

For years, I wanted to be comfortable just like everyone else. I wanted a steady job, a steady living situation and a routine life that wouldn’t make me think about what I was going to do next. When I took that job in Orange County I got everything I wanted, I was set. It took about a year into that job to make me realize I had a different definition of comfort than what I initially thought. I wanted more.

I started to think, what’s next? What is my next career move going to be? I was 21 at the time and I honestly didn’t need a “next move”. I didn’t need a next move for a long, long time. I had a great job and a great position that would have kept me financially stable for years to come. That still didn’t stop all the thoughts about the future running through my head. I was getting anxious thinking about getting “stuck” in a “normal” job. I’m not saying these jobs are bad, it just was satisfying me enough. I knew there was more, but I thought it would be crazy of me to leave a job that was so stable to take a huge risk and do something I’ve never done before.

A few months before all this, I had the most perfect Hawaii wedding, and those bills were not gone yet. A lot of bills weren’t, but I never really worried about them until I thought about not having a promised paycheck. I worried about being a new wife and not being able to financially pull my part. I worried about a lot of things, but I worried most about looking back years from now and regretting not taking this risk.

It took me about 6 months of going back and forth with myself every single day about what I should do. I called my mom on my commute home from work for advice, because while I may be an adult, I definitely still need mom advice in my life. She said her normal, perfect, supportive response of telling me to do what I felt was best for me, to do what makes me happy and everything else will fall into place. My husband had been telling me the same thing everyday for about 3 months prior but it’s something about hearing it from your own mother that makes you believe in yourself more (sorry Cory). I wrote up my resignation letter, said a little prayer, questioned if I was mentally stable in making this decision, and turned it in.

My last day came and went and my first official day of starting my own business began. I sat at my dining room table, stared at a blank page in my notebook, stared at my laptop, then back at the blank page. I know, I know, I know, I’m crazy for not having a plan to jump right into after quitting my job but I couldn’t make a plan. Not because I didn’t want to, trust me, I did! My job was so time consuming, I was working 45+ hours and 6 days a week, I just didn’t have time to extensively map out my future business. You know that episode of The Office where Michael Scott starts his own paper company and makes 37 stacks of french toast in his kitchen with Pam because he has no idea what to do next? Yeah, that was me.

Long story short-ish, I started picking ideas out from my brainstorming list and just went with it. I started designing things I could sell, created an Etsy and well here we are. Finn and Tonic Co. in all its glory. It’s been 8 months since I was sitting in my car thinking of a name for my company and now I am writing my very first blog post. It’s been exciting, terrifying, amazing, exhausting, and everything I could have hoped and dreamed for. I can’t wait to see what Finn and Tonic will bring to 2019 and I especially can’t wait to share it with you guys.

xoxo