June 12th, 2015 |
I’ve always had a sweet spot for gingham check. Shrink it down, tiny and sweet, or blow it up as an exploded buffalo check. It’s classic, yet definitely a trend this summer – and that’s my happy spot (where classics and trends intersect!). For a kick-off to summer dinner party tonight, I styled a table that combines some of my favorite things: peonies, monograms and gingham check. The gorgeous monogrammed napkins are from Madison in Dallas, and the china is all from Kate Spade.
April 28th, 2015 |
Cinco de Mayo is a colorful, festive celebration that typically is more geared towards adults. I have a couple fun ideas for you, from my book Stylish Kids’ Parties, on how to throw your littles a colorful fiesta. These ideas would also work smashingly well for a Fiesta birthday party!
Whether you are hosting a Cinco de Mayo party or a Fiesta birthday party, send your guests a colorful invitation to set the tone for the event! We have two new designs in the shop that would be perfect: the fiesta and the confetti invitations. (see images at the bottom of the post) If you want to get crafty, you can add a glassine envelope of colorful confetti to it!
Dress up your basic party platters or cake stands with colorful pom pom trim from your local craft store. One of my favorite ways to serve up lemonade is in mini mason jars with flower lids and striped straws. Looking to add a playful punch to your party? Fill up a bowl with sprinkles and place your mason jar drinks in them for easy grab-n-go.
Decorate your tablesetting with a fringe centerpiece. Using a wood number (age) or letter (initial), wrap it with a paper fringe garland and stick it into a pot of wheat grass. The full DIY instructions are in my book, Stylish Kids’ Parties, along with a couple free printables.
Send your little guests home with paper cone party favors full of candy. I used pink and orange striped lollipops from Candywarehouse.com. Throw in a couple of tacos and chocolate-covered churros, and you’ve got yourself a fabulous family-friendly Cinco de Mayo party! Here are the two new invitations in the shop that would be PERFECT for a Fiesta party:
March 26th, 2015 |
Do you ever see those decorative Easter eggs at the store and think “I love these, but what would I do with them?!” Today, I’m sharing how I use them to decorate my own house for Easter. I like to keep my holiday decorations simple, and in keeping with the tone of the rest of my house.
I used a set of decorative Easter eggs to dress up the boxwood wreath on my door, as well as on a centerpiece for my dining room table. I love how it looks sophisticated, yet festive, and creates a cohesive look in my house.
How do you decorate for Easter?
March 23rd, 2015 |
I just love pulling together festive tablescapes for holidays, don’t you?! I shared my Ikat & Carrots Easter table last week, and today I have a sweet blue, white and yellow table to share with you. My love for chinoiserie and all things blue and white are certainly not a secret, so I love any opportunity to pull out my blue and white china.
I layered my china atop a textured white tablecloth, and used cobalt blue wine glasses. My large white urn held center stage as a centerpiece, and I added a pop of color with footed bowls of chocolate foil eggs from See’s Candies. My little guests couldn’t wait to dive into the bowls of candy!
My favorite part of the tablescape are the napkins/placecards. I rolled up crisp, yellow napkins and tied them together with a bow. I placed a hard-boiled egg into the center of the bottom portion, and then wrote my guests’ names on them with a navy blue marker. I love how they look like bunny ears, yet still sophisticated enough for the overall look of the table.
Every party needs a party favor! I sent my guests home with a large chocolate Easter egg from See’s Candies, wrapped in cellophane and a sweet gift tag!
March 13th, 2015 |
Whether you are are Irish or not, St. Patrick’s Day is a great opportunity to breathe a little festivity into your family’s day. I love the traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner (and will try to post some pictures of my family dinner this year), but I LOVE the idea of surprising your loved ones that morning with a little breakfast surprise from the leprechauns.
If you are extremely domestic and have the time, homemade donuts would be appreciated by all. I knew I would need a little short-cut, so I used store-bought donuts from Entenmann’s (bought at my local grocery store) and jazzed them up!
I stacked up the mini donuts on a cake stand, and then accessorized them with a few sticks. I cut out the shamrocks (free printable below) and taped them onto lollipop sticks, and then also made a few ribbon flags for an extra “wow”. The whole thing took me 5 minutes to do, and you can do it too! Print out the free download below, cut and create something festive for your kiddos!
March 5th, 2015 |
I love a good carrot cake cupcake. Truthfully, I love the cream cheese frosting more. But the cake makes a great vessel to eat the frosting! I turned to one of my favorite chefs, the Barefoot Contessa, to make these darling cupcakes for our Easter brunch and Ina’s recipe did not disappoint.
2 cups sugar
1 1/3 cups vegetable oil
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 extra-large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 cups grated carrots (less than 1 pound)
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
3/4 pound cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 pound unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 pound confectioners’ sugar
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Beat the sugar, oil, and vanilla together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the eggs, 1 at a time. In another bowl, sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. With the mixer on low speed, add 1/2 of the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Add the grated carrots, raisins, and walnuts to the remaining flour, mix well, and add to the batter. Mix until just combined.
Line muffin pans with paper liners. Scoop the batter into 22 muffin cups until each is 3/4 full. Bake at 400 degrees F for 10 minutes then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees F and cook for a further 35 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool on a rack.
For the frosting, cream the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment. Add the sugar and beat until smooth.
When the cupcakes are cool, frost them generously and serve.
March 4th, 2015 |
When I start planning a party, one of the first things I think of is “how do I want to set the table?” To inspire your Easter celebrations, I put together a festive tablesetting that you can recreate using similar items.
I used a white herringbone tablecloth as the base for my table, and layered in a fresh centerpiece full of hydrangeas and fluffy green things (yes, that is their official name!;) ). I lined the inside of the vase with carrots to add a pop of orange, and also give a nod to Easter. White dinner plates and green ikat salad plates were layered with an orange napkin that I tied with ribbon to look like a bow.
I think my favorite part of the table are these darling “chocolate bunny” placecard holders. I found them at my local wholesale florist and just adore them. I think they would be darling on a food buffet as well.
No Easter celebration would be complete without dessert! Carrot cake cupcakes are one of my favorite treats! Stay tuned for the recipe tomorrow!