April 9th, 2009 |

COLOR: Sassy Sherbet

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For my first post on COLOR, I decided to use a piece of Trina Turk for Schumacher fabric.  This new Collection is launching this Spring – and makes me dream of decorating a fabulous vacation home in Palm Beach!  Can’t you just picture the bold, vibrant colors….the clean, modern, white furniture….the pool in the backyard where I could host FABULOUS pool parties?!  Sorry….I’m getting distracted!  Back to the post….

Gorgeous shades of melon, pink and sunshine yellow – you can feel the energy come out of this color palette!

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I think these colors lend themselves to a cheery brunch – birthday, Mother’s Day, or just a friendly get together.  Use these colors as your guide to create a cohesive, vibrant party.

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Joyous bursts of color above your table creates an instant celebration.

These dahlia-like pom-poms appear to float in the air; in reality they are hung from the ceiling with clear fishing wire. See Martha Stewart for instructions on how to make these darling pom-poms.  You can either carry the pom-pom theme throughout the table by making pom-pom napkin rings in citrus shades to adorn each place setting…..or you could simply tie a brightly colored napkin with a patterned ribbon.

These sherbet colors can easily be incorporated into your food – a lovely pink lemonade, a salad full of citrus fruits, and cupcakes adorned with flowers for dessert.  Looking for a cute favor for your guests to bring home with them?  I love this idea of planting small, bright colored pots with either herbs or flowers.  Dress the pot up with a ribbon and their name….and it will be a darling reminder of your Sassy Sherbet party!

Images: chairs (marthastewartweddings.com), fabric (trina turk for schumacher),

orange napkins, citrus colored pots (hostessblog.com),

flower cupcakes (theworkingdapur via flickr.com)

April 8th, 2009 |

Easy Way To Embellish Your Table

If you are looking to spice up your table, try these festive placecards.  Blumebud offers these darling placecard + bud vase in a variety of colors and patterns. What an easy way to embellish your table in a flash….great for those last minute dinner parties!

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Images via Blumebud and Hostess with the Mostess

April 8th, 2009 |

Flowers + Fruit = Stunning Spring Centerpiece

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A simple idea from Williams Sonoma: using multicolored winter citrus fruits and the first blossoms of spring is all it takes to make an inventive centerpiece. You can reproduce it throughout the year with the hard fruits and flowers of other seasons.

Choose a wide, low, clear glass vase or container, so that the arrangement will be stable and will allow guests to see one another across the table.

Insert one type of flower; the largest variety first and a single stem at a time, pushing the stems between the fruits to firmly anchor them.

Fill the vase two-thirds full with a variety of citrus fruits, such as oranges, lemons, limes and kumquats. Add water to come halfway up the sides of the vase.

Add two or three other types of flowers in the same way at random intervals to round out the arrangement, creating a pleasing shape and a balance of color.

Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, Entertaining, by George Dolese.

April 7th, 2009 |

Napkin of the Week: Hop to it

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I thought I would give you one more bunny-inspired napkin before Easter is upon us…..

This happy-faced bunny napkin is sure to be a charming companion to your Easter-theme party.  You need napkins, jelly beans, and licorice strings – these come together quickly (you know how fast bunnies multiple!) so they are great for a party.

Instructions

1. Begin with the napkin full open, laid out as a diamond.  Fold up the lower point 3 or 4 inches and crease the fold with your fingers along the bottom.  The thinner your band, the longer your bunny’s ears will be.

2. Fold the folded edge up 3 or 4 inches and crease the fold with your fingers along the bottom.  Basically, you are “rolling” the napkin.  Continue until you get to be about 3 inches from the top.  Press.

3. Fold the right side of the napkin band up along the right side of the triangle (the top 3 inches you left) so that it overlaps the bottom layer by about 4 inches.

4. Repeat with the left side of the band, pointing it the opposite direction.  Press.

5. Flip the napkin over and there is your bunny face.

6. Decorate as you like!  Licorice strings are great for the mouth and whiskers – as they are easy to cut and shape.  Try using jelly beans for the eyes and nose.

Hop to it napkin via Napkins with a Twist

April 3rd, 2009 |

Garden Party Favor Idea

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Perfect as a favor for your Garden Party, these Matchstick Garden booklets from Romp are a modern herb garden just waiting to grow!  Packaged in a darling packet, these tiny cardboard stakes are packed with herb seeds.  Plant the stakes in a pot with a little dirt, add some sun and a little love…and you will have your own herb garden before you know it!

April 2nd, 2009 |

Loving these! Cocktail Napkins

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Know anyone that loves their KitchenAid Mixer as much as I do?!

These cocktail napkins would be a fabulous gift….perfect for a cookie exchange party or to use for a casual lunch in the kitchen.

I found these in the Avrilloreti shop on Etsy….happy shopping!

April 2nd, 2009 |

Gift Idea: A Celebration Snack

celebration-snackI love this idea from Matthew Mead Style – a box full of celebratory snacks.  Perfect for the newlyweds as they depart their wedding, a lovely gesture for a special friend on her birthday, or even for a modern-day picnic in the park.

Packed full of specialty items such as champagne, crackers and cheese, fruit and chocolate….this gift is sure to put a smile on the recipients face!  The clear packaging makes this concept look new, and oh so enticing.  You can find an acrylic box, such as the one pictured above, at Container Store.

March 29th, 2009 |

Spring Break 2009

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Ah…Spring Break….just the sound of it puts a smile on my face!

Everyone needs a little getaway to get over the winter blues and start looking forward to spring!

I hope you find a few days to getaway yourself!

In the meantime, check out some of my Spring Break must-have’s…..

Images: patio, tray, pillows (potterybarn.com), laundry dress (nordstrom.com),

orange ruffle top (trinaturk.com), orange basketweave handbag by Cole Haan (nordstrom.com),

floral cover-up (jcrew.com), surfing kids (coastalliving.com)

March 28th, 2009 |

The Gift of Chocolate

Looking for a great gift for a Chocolate lover?

Try these indulgent gifts from Plum Party – they would make a great hostess gift or birthday present!

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March 26th, 2009 |

Dress Up Your Drinks

I was purusing some of my favorite blogs this morning – and the colorful ladies at Lilly Pulizter found these great novelty ice cube trays from Fred.  These would be so fun for a party!  You can find them at a few different on-line boutiques, such as popdeluxe.net and some are also available on amazon.com.

Here are a few of my favorites….but there are tons to choose from!

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