March 5th, 2009 |

Friday Night: Pizza Night!

pizza-night-copyFriday night is pizza night in our house!  It’s one of those parties that you can whip together fast – and everyone loves it!

Whether it’s friends stopping over for drinks after work, or the whole family wanting to make their own pizzas…..get creative, try some new combinations….I have a couple of ideas (and recipes) for you:

Ideas

  • Make life easy on yourself…buy store bought pizza dough.  Trader Joe’s offers fresh dough daily – regular and whole wheat.
  • Set up “make your own pizza” stations on your counter top – everyone can add their individual flair to their pizza!
  • If you are setting a table, get creative with your “Italian” theme – try using bread sticks as a centerpiece or (like the picture above) as place cards.

Recipes

  • Pizza Margharita

    • A wonderful classic that everyone loves!  Try this recipe from Mario Batali (via Martha Stewart).
  • Deep Dish Pizza

    • Update your classic deep dish with these new toppings – Pepperoni & Onion or Spinach & Artichokes…..YUM!  (Recipes via Martha Stewart)
  • West Coast Grilled Vegetable Pizza

    • Full of fresh veggies and goat cheese, it’s a great pizza to welcome Spring.  (Recipe via Martha Stewart)

March 3rd, 2009 |

Trend Alert: Yellow & Black

trend-alert-yellow-black-copyAs I am sure you can tell from my previous posts, I am in love with the color yellow this season!

People tend to shy away from the yellow & black pairing, as to not resemble a bumble bee…..however, this season the combination is nothing short of striking!

I think this color combination could make an excellent inspiration for a party or wedding, and trust me, there is plenty to choose from these days.

Images: yellow cake and floral cake (cakegirls.com), yellow & chocolate desserts (amyatlas.com), yellow place setting (marthastewart.com) and bold maxi dress (bloomindales.com)

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…

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