September 15th, 2009 |
We don’t talk about Brunch enough around here, in my opinion! Brunch is a great form of entertaining. It’s an easy, one course meal, typically pretty casual, and it’s held in the morning – so your guests come, they eat, and then you all go about your day!
Welcome Fall with a casual brunch with friends. Set a table full of autumnal colors and seasonal accents. Start with beautiful runner, layer on woven charger plates, and finish with your everyday white dishes. To add a decorative touch to your place setting, fold your napkin into a “pocket” and insert a mini bottle of maple syrup. Finish by writing your guests names on a silk leaf. It’s a festive placecard and party favor for your guests to bring home!
To create a simple, yet Fall-like centerpiece like the one pictured above, take a low bowl and place a large pillar candle in the center. Fill in the space around the candle with seasonal fruits or nuts. Fill a variety of small bowls with different nuts, small fruits and berries to place around the main centerpiece.
Everyone has their favorite pancake recipe. But if you are looking for something new, try making mini filled-pancakes. Williams Sonoma has a bunch of great recipes, and they sell the pancake pan too! Offer a couple of side dishes, such as maple-glazed bacon, and ham and egg breakfast tarts. Add in some mimosas…..and you have the perfect brunch!
Images: place setting (matthewmeadstyle.com), dining room (potterybarn.com), centerpiece (bhg.com)
September 8th, 2009 |
I always get excited when Fall comes around….by then, I am sick of my Summer clothes, ready to change around the decorative items in my house, and definitely ready to bring back a few of my favorite Fall “comfort foods”. A favorite in my household? Chili.
Everyone has their favorite chili recipe, and I’m sure I will find a few new ones to share with you at some point this season. But today, I just wanted to share this adorable serving idea. Nothing screams Fall more than pumpkins and gourds….and I love the idea of carving out the inside and using them as serving bowls. You could use small pumpkins for individual bowls of soup or chili, or carve out a large pumpkin and fill it with a risotto. If you are having a cocktail party, you could use a really big pumpkin and use it to hold your wine and ice.
More Fall ideas to come……
Image via inmagine.com
September 4th, 2009 |
I love this idea from Alpha Mom – dress up your fruit for a little laugh and a whole lot of fun. Perfect for those back-to-school lunches, or grouped together for a cute centerpiece for a child’s birthday party or baby shower. Click here to download the free template.
August 31st, 2009 |
Looking to plan an end of the summer birthday bash?! A casual neighborhood gathering to say goodbye to Summer, and hello to Fall?! Gather friends for a casual party decorated with bright colors, lots of patterns, and some delicious summer appetizers.
Set the mood for this colorful party with this invitation from Minted….I love the colors and the bohemian chic feel to it. Decorate your space with brightly colored flowers, serving dishes, and patterned linens. Now….on to the important part…the food!
Serve a buffet of appetizers, including these delicious summer favorites:
And don’t forget a signature cocktail……something fruity and fun….try a pineapple greyhound!
Images: drink table (simplystated.com), napkins (heatherbaileystore.com), invitation (minted.com)
August 25th, 2009 |
Food-wise, late summer may be my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E time of the year! Why, you ask?! Tomato season.
In honor of this magnificent time of the year, host your own tomato fest dinner party. Using a color palette of bright reds, yellows and greens, set your table using what else?! Tomatoes as your centerpiece! Stack bowls on top of bowls, piles of them on top of cake plates, mix different colored tomatoes (and maybe throw in a few leaves here and there)….colorful, theme-oriented and you can eat them after the party!
Try to incorporate tomatoes into each dish you serve at your party…..and if you are looking for suggestions:
1) Grilled Tomatoes with a Basil Vinaigrette 2) Chilled Tomato Soup with Avocado Salsa 3) Spicy Fried Noodles with Tomatoes and Cabbage 4) Adobo Flank Steak with Corn-Tomato Relish 5) Sun-Dried Tomato Jam 6) Bread Salad with Tomatoes and Lemon Cucumbers 7) Spicy Bloody Mary 8) Tomato Tart
Images: tomato centerpiece (bhg.com), little girl (ba-reps.com), napkin (realsimple.com), tomatoes (inmagine.com)
August 21st, 2009 |
Whether you are planning the menu for a kid’s birthday party, or coming up with a creative snack for a playdate….finding snack ideas that are not only healthy, but that your kids are going to want to eat….it’s not easy!
Parent’s Magazine came up with these 4 ideas….and they are sure to get rave reviews from all of your little critics!
August 17th, 2009 |
I found this almost-too-pretty-to-drink recipe at Kiss My Spatula….and I just had to share it with you! It’s the perfect summertime drink….and it’s non-alcoholic. So it’s the perfect drink to serve at a baby shower, or a child’s birthday party.
- 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
- 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (about 2-3 large, juicy lemons)
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 4 tbsp honey
- 4 cups cold water
- whole raspberries
- mint leaves
Press raspberries through a fine mesh strainger over a bowl with a rubber spatula. Don’t forget to scrape the extra raspberry goodness from the bottom of strainer. Discard seeds. Place freshly squeezed lemon juice, sugar, and honey in a large pitcher. Add strained raspberries and water. Stir well and taste. Add more sugar if you like things a little sweeter or more lemon juice if you like things more tart. Pour into chilled glasses filled with ice and garnish with fresh raspberries and a few mint leaves.
August 14th, 2009 |
We love entertaining at home, so I am always looking for new recipes and creative ways to set my table. I think this dinner party invitation from Minted sets the tone for a casual, yet polished evening. Setting the table is easy for me during the late summer months. Sunflowers are in bloom and they are my favorite! They just scream festive to me! Tie the sunflowers idea into your placecards too. You can create this festive, colorful place setting by simply using a sunflower stamp on a basic white placecard. I think the napkin fold is really pretty…..see below for the instructions (click on the image for a bigger view).
Now, in terms of food…..I love dishes that are simple, yet full of flavor and style! These grilled mushroom kabobs look delicious to me! I found this recipe on Cully’s Kitchen. I’m a sucker for barbecue chicken…and this recipe for grilled chicken with white barbecue sauce has been calling my name for a while now. Perfect for a summer dinner party! Now for dessert….it’s summer, so fruit must be involved! Try to mix it up a little by trying something new like a goat cheese and fruit tart. Not only does it sound delicious, but look at it! Any guest would be oh, so impressed!
What are some of your favorite dinner party ideas? Have a recipe to share….have a table setting idea….leave a comment and share your ideas with us!
Images: invitation (minted.com), sunflower centerpiece (inmagine.com), napkin roll (via Napkins with a Twist), table setting (horchow.com)
August 11th, 2009 |
Thanks to everyone for entering our giveaway for The Best Summer Drinks book…..you guys are very creative…there are some great party ideas here! But, since we had to choose two winners…..
Lindsey who said….
“Several of my my friends are pregnant and have yet to find out the sex of the baby. I would love to throw a Team Blue – Team Pink party for one of them to reveal the sex of the baby. Some cute pink and blue drinks would be an awesome touch!”
and Erin who said….
“I first want to tell you that I love your website. I look at it everyday for inspiration or ideas for upcoming parties, dinners, and everything else in between.
I am planning on throwing a accessory swap party. I saw it Rachael Ray Magazine a while back.
I think it would be so cute to turn you home into a little boutique. A great reason to clean out my closet and to do some “free” shopping!”
Congratulations, Girls! Send your addresses over e-mail and I will ship these darling books out to you!