March 2nd, 2009 |

Modern Centerpiece Idea

fuschia-carnations-iswWho knew carnations could be so fun?!?

Image via InStyle Weddings

March 1st, 2009 |

Something Blue – A Bridal Shower Brunch

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Something old, something new, something borrowed….and something blue!  Celebrate with the bride in your life with a lavish bridal brunch.

Images: Table setting (theknot.com), white desserts and buffet table (amyatlas.com), floral dress (bloomingdales.com), food (williams-sonoma.com), place setting (potterybarn.com), placecards (marthastewart.com)

February 27th, 2009 |

Lemonade Jars

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I thought I would pass along this idea from the creative ladies over at Hostess with the Mostess…..what a darling idea for serving lemonade at your summer parties!

Check out their blog for information on where to find these adorable jars.

February 24th, 2009 |

The first signs of Spring never looked so good!

pink-orchids-instyleweddings Brighten up your kitchen table with this easy, do-it-yourself idea from InStyle.  So simple!  Take any glass vase – cube or cylander – and wrap it with different ribbons.  You can adhere the seams with either a hot glue gun or even double sided tape.  It’s a great way to freshen up your table, and so easily adapted to any color scheme.  Perfect for a party….or just a Tuesday!

February 23rd, 2009 |

Bring on Fat Tuesday!

mardi-gras-inspriration-boardThe name Mardi Gras is actually French for “Fat Tuesday.” Set 46 days before Easter, it’s like one last hurrah of merriment and excess just before the solemn season of Lent begins. In 2009, Mardi Gras day falls on February 24th.

In celebration of Mardi Gras, host a dinner party at home for your family or close friends…it’s a great excuse for festive decor, spicy cooking and a little touch of whimsy on a cold, winter day!

For your table décor, create a “carnival” look with stunning decorative touches—anchored on the tri-color palette of purple, green, and gold.  For a modern look, try adding in bright turquoise, orange and brown.  Use flowers, feathers, beads and masks as accents.

Spicy and tasty is what comes to mind when planning the menu for a Mardi Gras party.  Serve up a Spicy Seafood Gumbo – and cool it off with a special Mardi Gras Mojito.

Images: table setting (via weddingbeepro.com), beads, coins and masks (from orientaltrading.com), lime drink menu (via theknot.com), seafood gumbo (via williams-sonoma.com) and mojitos (via mardigrasday.com)

February 20th, 2009 |

A Modern Baby Shower

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Invitation from www.tinyprints.com, table setting (via www.rebeccathuss.com), cocktails and placecards (via www.brides.com), animal print from www.landofnod.com, and blue cakes (via www.theknot.com)

February 19th, 2009 |

For the love of Chocolate….

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Chocolate is perhaps one of my most favorite things in life.  I love the candy and I love the color…especially when it is paired with pink!

When I needed an idea for a birthday party for one of my friends, I decided to pair some of her favorite things together: chocolate, champagne, and beautiful flowers.

The result?!?  A chocolate buffet!

Anchored by not one, but two adorable birthday cakes, the chocolate buffet consists of delectable sweets all done in pink and chocolate brown.  Brownie pops, truffles, chocolate candy bars with custom labels, bowls of pink candy…..it is almost too cute to eat!  I said, almost…

Gorgeous pink flowers, heavenly desserts and of course, champagne….it has the makings for a lovely party that could be used not only for a birthday but also a bridal shower.

Images (top, left to right): pink & brown cakes (www.theknot.com), paper ball decorations (www.marthastewart.com), pink and brown favor box (www.beau-coup.com), sweet pea flowers (www.marthastewartweddings.com)

Images (bottom, left to right): chocolate truffles, candy bars and brownie pops (www.amyatlas.com), polka dot placecards (www.theknot.com) and table setting (www.instyleweddings.com)

February 18th, 2009 |

Spring Fever! A Saturday Lunch with the Girls

saturday-lunch-lemons-limesI admit it…I have Spring Fever! I find myself day-dreaming about sunshine, flowers and the smell of freshly cut grass.  I long for the days when friends gather for a bbq on the beach, a glass of wine on the patio, or a visit to the local farmer’s market.  Unfortunately, the weather isn’t cooperating with my day-dreams….at least not this week!  So it’s up to me to create a sunny afternoon with friends!

Here is inspiration for a casual Saturday lunch with the girls…

February 18th, 2009 |

The Look of Luxe for Less

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With everyone a little nervous about the economy these days, people are entertaining friends at home more than ever before.

Bridalguide.com has some fabulous suggestions for setting your table…..here are some ideas for getting the most bang for your buck:

Color

  • Use color to get a posh effect. Using a rich hue such as chocolate brown or deep eggplant can give any color palette a stylish look without costing you any extra green stuff. They work with a variety of shades like apple green, light blue, orange, pink or red.
  • Set your table with colored or patterned china instead of standard white.

Napkins

  • Accent your table with pretty napkin rings.
  • Top each napkin with a single bloom and tie with a coordinating ribbon.
  • Fold it fancy. One option: Fold the napkin to create a pocket to hold a menu.

Candles

  • Use ribbon to upgrade candleholders.
  • Instead of using clear glass votive holders, try colored or etched ones. Try your local crafts store or candles4less.com, where you can get a box of 12 for $5.
  • Glow on! “Use candlelight to give your room a rich, romantic look, it’s highly affordable.”

Centerpieces

  • To make flower arrangements seem grander and more stylish for just a few dollars, wrap inexpensive glass containers in handmade paper, wallpaper or fabric and add a ribbon.
  • A fresh centerpiece idea: Fill clear containers with sliced limes, lemons or oranges. In the center of the fruit, place a tall glass with a votive to illuminate the arrangement.
  • Use natural elements with earthy, upscale appeal. Try filling a two- to three-foot-high vase with a base of river rocks and adding dramatic branches of curly willow. Place these arrangements at the entrance to your party or on your table.

Food/Drink

  • Instead of a budget-busting full bar, offer your guests a signature cocktail, in addition to wine and beer.
  • Have a cocktail party instead of a sit down dinner, but be cost-conscious by focusing on a beautiful display rather than tons and tons of food.
February 12th, 2009 |

Valentine’s Day Dinner Party

valentines-day-2009February can be such a boring, long month….why not spice it up a bit with a fantastic Valentine’s Day dinner party for your closest friends?!?  Pull out a party dress and paint the town red!

Dress from Diane vonFurstenberg at neimanmarcus.com, chocolate covered strawberries from redenvelope.com, table setting from theknot.com, invitation by wedddingpaperdivas.com, and the Larabee Road polka dot plates by kate spade.

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