April 1st, 2009 |
Easter is the start of the Spring/Summer event season. Bridal showers, baby showers, birthday parties, graduations, Mother’s Day…..so many parties, so little time!
Since we are now officially in the month of April, it’s time to start thinking about Easter. What are your plans? A family brunch, an Easter egg hunt for the kids, a traditional Easter dinner? I will be giving you all kinds of great ideas in the next couple of weeks leading up to the big day.
Today, I have a daisy-inspired Easter brunch to share with you. I love this inspiration board because it’s not cheesy-Easter, it’s bright, sunny and really could be the inspiration for any Spring event.
Oh, and check out Southern Weddings Magazine blog for some adorable ideas for a daisy-inspired wedding!
Images: daisy centerpiece (flickr.com), white daisy dress, yellow placesetting, daisy floral balls (brides.com), novelty pillows (wshome.com)
March 31st, 2009 |
With Easter quickly approaching, I thought it would be appropriate to show the first (of a few!) napkin ideas for your Easter celebration. By using a bright colored napkin, these bunny ears energize any modern table!
Take a solid-colored square napkin, and starch it for optimal workability. Thinner napkins work better, so choose a linen napkin over a thick cotton one.
Fold the napkin in half.
Fold the napkin in half again, to form a long rectangle.
Fold the right and left sides up to meet in the center, forming a point at one end.
Repeat with the opposite corners.
Fold the side corners in so they meet in the center, but don’t fold exactly straight. Pull up above the center point, and you’ll start to see the ears shape up. The napkin will form a kite shape.
Gently turn your napkin over.
Fold the bottom point up, so that it is roughly 1” above the center of the napkin.
Carefully, turn the napkin over again.
Roll the left side over, slightly past the center of the napkin.
Fold the right side over, tucking the end into the pocket you created on the left side, holding your napkin together.
Turn the napkin upright, separating the bottom to form a base. Fluff your bunny’s ears.
March 30th, 2009 |
I like to think of myself as a cookie “artist” – I decorate sugar cookies for every holiday and have been known to get a couple of compliments. BUT….my cookies don’t come close to these! I’m totally jealous of their modern designs.
Gumdrop Cookie Shop offers “couture” cookies and will ship them right to your door! Choose from a variety of adorable designs, or ask them to customize with your unique design, logo or message. These cookies would make darling party favors for any party!
If you are looking for a creative idea for your child’s birthday party, I absolutely love this idea…..Gumdrop Cookie Shop will send you a kit with frosted cookies, edible ink markers, cello bags and raffia (to package) – the kids can design their own sugar cookie! It’s a great activity and favor!
Images via Gumdrop Cookie Shop
March 30th, 2009 |
One of the biggest trends for Spring 2009 is “Crazy Lady Chic” – full of patterns, florals and every color of the rainbow – this trend can be a colorful inspiration for both fashion and parties this season.
A couple of easy ideas for food: ladies like to eat light, especially at lunch time. So keep the meal to a minimum; serve a fresh salad with fruit, and save up those calories for a strawberry-lime stuffed cupcake for dessert!
This idea could be used for a birthday party or a shower – mix and match colorful chairs, different patterns of china, and a variety of whimsical flowers. I love the pink candelabras with green candles! (Think pink candelabras are hard to find? Check your local Home Goods, Marshall’s or Target for any color, cheap candelabra….and then spray paint it whatever color you desire!)
Place cards add a lovely, personal touch to any party. I absolutely love this idea of using grass and miniature cups! So easy to do yourself, and you could really use any type of glass – a mini tea cup, espresso mug or even a shot glass. These are so cute, your guests will be thrilled to take them home with them as a reminder of their sunny afternoon!
Party Images: strawberry cupcake (foodnetwork.com), pink napkin (via Napkins with a Twist),
ribbon candy (amyatlas.com), pink lemonade and flower placecards (theknot.com)
March 28th, 2009 |
Need a good dessert, fast?! Don’t have time to bake?
Try these adorable new Sweet Treat Cupcakes from Cold Stone Creamery. It’s way too difficult to decide which you want….which is probably why they are sold in 6 packs!
Perfect for birthday parties, dinner parties, or an office birthday.
Which flavor will you choose?
March 27th, 2009 |
Brighten your week with an impromptu game night filled with board games, comfort food and good friends. Make a lot of finger foods that are easy to snack on between rolls, and then serve a hearty main course (such as chicken and white bean chili) as the night lingers on.
Use bright, colorful board games as your direction for decor…..you could even use vintage board games as trays for the appetizers!
Images: game timers (realsimple.com), stack of board games (countryliving.com), ante up games (hostessblog.com), table setting (countryliving.com), red punch (instyleweddings.com), chips (brides.com), mini burgers (flightsoffancy.com)
March 27th, 2009 |
For the Hostess that has everything!
Charming playing cards from Tiffany & Co.
March 26th, 2009 |
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!
March 24th, 2009 |
When a baby boy is on the way, host a transportation themed baby shower full of bright shades of blue and green.
Set the theme for the party with this darling invitation covered in trucks by minted.com. Welcome your guests and the mommy-to-be with a clean, modern space decorated with Spring-like centerpieces using freshly grown grass as your centerpieces. The color palette and centerpiece ideas could be adorable for a birthday party too!
I love these clear glass candlesticks – available in 5 different shapes at cb2 – they are incredibly inexpensive, so go ahead and mix and match tons of them to use going down your table.
The use of grass can be used throughout your party – available at your local nursery or gardening store – you can fill a tray or container full of grass sod and use it in various ways. Attach your placecards on candy sticks and “stick” them into the grass – or serve brownie pops as a dessert and stick them in standing upside down. It will make such a cute presentation – your friends will be wowed by your creativity!
If you are looking for a modern way to set your table – try this idea:
Stack your plate, napkin and silverware on top of each other. Wrap it with either a printed rubber band or ribbon. No bow, no frills – just clean, but decorative.
As for food, carry your color story through by serving a fresh salad ( I love this avocado-citrus salad with bacon from Williams Sonoma), and then some fun desserts everyone can enjoy while your guest of honor is opening her gifts.
In case you need a few gift ideas for the new baby boy…..these are sure to get some “oohs and ahhs” at the shower!
Images: truck invitation (minted.com), grass and rose centerpiece (projectwedding.com), placecards (brides.com), white plates (realsimple.com), rock candy napkin (theknot.com), table setting ( via bellemaison23), cotton candy and rock candy cupcakes (matthewmeadstyle.com), festive cocktails (brides.com), salad (williams-sonoma.com), baby bib (upsiedoodle via etsy.com), transportation bedding (modernnursery.com)
March 23rd, 2009 |
Everyone is always so cooped up inside during the Winter and early Spring months….invite a friend or two over for an quick lunch to catch up.
I’m looking forward to catching up with one of my good friends tomorrow!
Here is what I’m thinking about for lunch:
Chicken Panini with Fig Jam
Recipe via Cooking Light
- 1/4 cup fig jam
- 1 (8-ounce) ciabatta, cut lengthwise
- 1/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 2 tablespoons butter, softened
- 8 ounces sliced cooked chicken breast
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 cups arugula leaves
- 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
Spread jam over cut side of top half of bread. Combine cheese and butter in a bowl, stirring until smooth. Spread cheese mixture over cut side of bottom half of bread. Arrange chicken evenly over cheese mixture; sprinkle with pepper. Place top half of bread, jam side down, over chicken.
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat, and add sandwich to pan. Place a heavy cast-iron skillet on sandwich; cook 5 minutes or until both sides are browned, turning once.
Place arugula in a bowl. Drizzle juice over arugula; toss gently. Remove top bread half from sandwich. Arrange arugula mixture over chicken. Replace top bread half. Cut sandwich into 4 equal portions.