We baked mini flower cupcakes for dessert for the party….they turned out so cute, I just had to share them with you!
June 28th, 2009 |
June 27th, 2009 |
Is your silver drink bucket a little too fancy for your summer picnic?! I love this idea…..cut off the top third of the watermelon (could be a straight cut, but I L-O-V-E the curved out version in the picture), and carve out the insides. Fill with ice, stick in your wine bottles and voila!
June 26th, 2009 |
My brother-in-law is visiting us this weekend – so it’s dinner for three tonight! Me and two boys?! Let’s just say they don’t appreciate the fuss I typically put into a dinner party! So this dinner is going to be low on design but high in flavor.
If there is one thing I know they both appreciate, it’s homemade pasta…..so I am going to make capellini with fresh tomatoes and basil. So simple to do:
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 lb. plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
1 cup fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips
Salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
1 lb. dried capellini
In a large nonreactive bowl, combine the olive oil, tomatoes, basil, salt and pepper, and stir until blended. Set aside.
Bring a large pot two-thirds full of water to a boil over high heat. Add salt and the pasta and cook according to the package instructions until al dente (tender but firm to the bite). Drain the pasta, add it to the tomato sauce and toss to mix. Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper. Divide the pasta among individual bowls and serve immediately. Serves 4.
recipe via Williams-Sonoma
June 21st, 2009 |
• 1 bottle dry white wine
Combine all of the ingredients in a large ceramic or glass container and stir well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours. Serve over ice. Serves about 7.
Recipe via PointClickHome.com
June 20th, 2009 |
Make dessert your easiest course with this simple idea from Rachael Ray:
Try skinny shot glasses or Champagne flutes to help the sugar cones stand upright!
June 19th, 2009 |
Dinner at the beach….isn’t that what summer is all about?!
If you have a beach house, the “dinner at the beach” is easy enough! If you don’t live near water, invite some friends over for a casual summer dinner alfresco this weekend (with a beach theme, of course!). Create a casual, yet put-together outdoor space that will have your friends toasting your inner “Martha Stewart!” Set up a sitting area complete with the typical comforts of an indoor living room – pillows, lanterns with candles to create some mood lighting, a bowl of flowers or fruit on a table – make it an extension of your home.
Serve dinner on your patio table – no linens necessary, just a centerpiece of fresh flowers or pots of grass to give it that casual, beach feel. Add a special touch to your place setting by tying a personalized tag to a starfish, and slip it into your napkin. Make sure to add some votive candles or small lanterns to your centerpiece to give an additional glow.
June 15th, 2009 |
Add a little fizz and some retro fun to your next party with a soda bar!
Whether you decide to use old-fashioned soda pop (available in a variety of flavors – all with fabulous vintage logos on the bottles) or the modern day versions – choose a variety of colors and flavors and prominently show them off. The colorful bottles can act as decorations for your party too!
Keep the bottles refrigerated until right before the party starts, and then arrange the bottles by color on a table. Add a bucket full of ice, a stack of cups, and for those wanting to drink right out of the bottle – brightly colored plastic straws!
I think this idea would be darling for a child’s birthday party, an outdoor BBQ, or even a casual, summer wedding.
Images via Project Wedding
June 14th, 2009 |
Fresh tomatoes = one of the best parts of summer! Incorporate ripe, juicy tomatoes into your everyday meals with these fresh ideas.
June 11th, 2009 |
Serve up this refreshing treat from Rachael Ray at your next party!
2 cups fresh red grapefruit juice (about 4 grapefruits)
In a large bowl, stir together the grapefruit juice, ginger ale, sugar and grenadine until the sugar is dissolved. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch metal baking dish and freeze for 2 hours. Using a fork, scrape the surface to break up the ice, then freeze for 2 more hours.
Scrape the surface again and divide the mixture among 4 chilled glasses; top each with a cherry. Serve immediately.
June 8th, 2009 |
The ladies at Southern Living said it right – these salads are fresh, easy, and pretty enough for a party!
Here are a few new ideas for the next time your host asks you to “just bring a salad!” (clockwise from the top)
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