January 15th, 2010 |

Cheese Dessert Table

I’m drooling.  Literally.  I came across this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G cheese dessert table from Sunday Suppers today, and I just couldn’t wait until Monday to share this with you!  I love how tastefully done this is – from the cheese cloth tablecloth, to the simple white pedestals and glass cloches – it’s simple and sophisticated.  Not to mention looks delicious!  This picture is just a sampling….head over to Sunday Suppers to see more details!  And have a good weekend….I’ll see you Monday!

January 14th, 2010 |

NFL Potato Skins – Perfect for the Superbowl!

NFL potato skins recipes for superbowl party

As you all know, I could spend hours upon hours watching Food Network!  It’s calming and relaxing to me, and I find that I subconsciously learn things every day.  Their website holds a wealth of information, great recipes and party ideas.  My new favorite?!  The custom designed potato skin toppers (they designed one for each of the NFL teams!).  Perfect for your superbowl party, don’t you think?!

Here are a few of the teams that my family typically roots for….personally, I think the Dallas Cowboys potato skin sounds the tastiest!  (sorry Chicago!)  Head on over to Food Network to see the rest of these delicious recipes.

Toys

January 12th, 2010 |

Lunch with The Girls

spring lunch with the girls

I don’t know about you, but the holiday season was so full of family dinners, trips to see the in-laws, decorating, wrapping, and baking….it left little time for me to catch up with all of my girlfriends!  So – I am making an effort to catch up with all of them this week.  And if you feel the same, consider hosting a little lunch….during the week, if you are home while the kids are at school, or this weekend when you are work-free.  Whatever you do, keep it simple, light and all about catching up with your friends.

If you are looking for a few ideas for your menu, I suggest a peach nectar spritzer (non-alcoholic), a warm spinach salad with seared scallops, and a few colorful macaroons for dessert.  Light, spring-y, and colorful…exactly what I am craving these days!

Images: kitchen (styleathome.com), napkin (weddingchannel.com), dishes (williams-sonoma.com)

December 30th, 2009 |

Winter Cupcake Bar

It’s no secret that I am a sucker for both plaid and cupcakes.  So it’s no surprise that this idea from Southern Living literally made my head spin with ideas!

Although tartan plaid is typically associated with Christmas, I think you can use it all winter long.  It’s the perfect accent to transition your home from Christmas decor into “winter” decor.  Try using pieces of fabric to wrap your serving pieces, as shown in the picture above.  It’s is simple additions like this that really take your party up a notch!

A cupcake bar is a simple concept that could be used for any type of party – a kid’s birthday party, a holiday party, a baby shower.  Simply present your undecorated cupcakes with piping bags full of frosting, and cups of sprinkles. (don’t forget to color-coordinate your sprinkles to your party theme!)

December 28th, 2009 |

Cookie Dessert Bar

cookie dessert bar

Today is my father’s birthday (Happy Birthday, Dad!)….and I can’t think of anything he loves more than chocolate chip cookies!  I came across this idea for a cookie dessert bar….and I just think it’s the best thing since sliced bread!  Perfect for a birthday party or a wedding…..add in some milkshake shooters, and you will have a dessert bar that will make cookie monster completely jealous!

Images: milkshake shooters (theknot.com), cookie dessert bar (projectwedding.com)

December 24th, 2009 |

Merry Christmas!

Believe

I am hosting Christmas Eve dinner tonight for my extended family….so I am going to take the rest of the day off to cook!  I want to take this opportunity to wish you all a very Merry Christmas….I hope you all have a magical holiday!

Remember….you are never too old to leave cookies out for Santa!

Image via inmagine.com

December 15th, 2009 |

Sweet Packaging for Holiday Treats

Gingerbread Gift Box

If you are looking for some cute packaging for your holiday treats, look no further than these darling gingerbread boxes.  The perfect vessel to deliver all of your holiday cookies and candy, and they can be customized to the size you want (you make them, you decide the size!).  Made simply of gingerbread squares, and glued together with royal icing….here are the instructions from House and Home:

Step 1

Enlarge the templates on House and Home on a photocopier, but we recommend making these boxes no larger than 6” square. Otherwise, they’ll be too fragile.

Step 2

Cut the gingerbread squares using the templates. Bake cookies.

Step 3

“Glue” together and hide edges using Royal Icing.

Step 4

Place gift inside, and wrap with ribbons to reinforce.

December 10th, 2009 |

Holiday Cocktail Guide

holiday cocktail guide

With all of the Holiday cocktail parties, dinner parties and special events that are taking place this month, it’s time you update your cocktail repertoire!  Here are 8 cocktail recipes that will definitely put a festive spin on your party!

Balthazar French Martini, Goombay Smash, Christmas Caipirinhas, French 75, Partridge in a Pear Tree, Lemoncillo, Algonquin Bar Punch, and Cranberry Martinis.  Yum!

December 7th, 2009 |

Holiday Cookie Guide

holiday cookie recipes

Christmas cookies are one of my favorite parts of the Holiday season!  I like to make all different kinds and box them up to give as gifts to my friends and family.  Always in search of new recipes to update my assortment, I have come across a few new recipes that I can’t wait to try out!  Any one of these would be perfect for a cookie exchange party.

1. Super-Duper Chocolate Kisses

2. Chocolaty Caramel Thumbprints

3. Chocolate Peppermint Stars

4. Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

5. Seven-Layer Cookies

6. Chocolate-Orange Swirls

7. Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

8. Lemon Blueberry Fans

December 7th, 2009 |

Packaging Ideas for Holiday Treats

packaging ideas for holiday treats

Once you have completed all of your holiday baking, you have to come up with a unique concept for packaging your gifts.  You can use tin cans, paper boxes, cellophane bags stuffed into a holiday mug…..I hope these images inspire you to get really creative with it!

Images: box with joy tag (williams-sonoma.com), tin can with bow (bhg.com), fabric covered box, tin can with stripe ribbon, mug (inmagine.com), loaves of bread (midwestliving.com)

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