March 13th, 2009 |

Friday Night Fiesta!

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Send your friends this bright, festive invitation to grab their sombreros and come on over for some margaritas and mexican food tonight!

Welcome your guests with festive music, and an easy menu of items that everyone loves – guacamole & chips, taco bar and of course, margaritas!  Everyone has their own favorite guacamole recipe….but if anyone is interested in a new one, my favorite comes from Williams-Sonoma.

Setting the mood is easy for a Mexican Fiesta….bring out as many bright colors and patterns as you can possibly find!  You can find great, inexpensive serving dishes, paper flowers and lanterns thru party supply stores and websites, such as Plum Party and Amazon.Fiesta Supplies (small)

Images: fiesta invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com), centerpiece (realsimple.com), patterned napkins (heatherbailey.com), lanterns (theknot.com), taco bar and gaucamole (realsimple.com), margarita (williams-sonoma.com), floral dishes (crateandbarrel.com), paper flowers and colored serving bowls (plumparty.com), chili pepper lanterns (amazon.com)

March 12th, 2009 |

Chic Birthday Dinner Party

chic-birthday-dinnerA dinner party with friends to celebrate a birthday…

Whatever shall I make?!

First, let’s keep it simple…set the table with black and white china and use a small vase of white flowers as your centerpiece…let the focus be on the gorgeous food and lovely friends.

For dinner, serve a meal that is rich in flavor, yet easy to prepare:

And for dessert…..a delicious chocolate birthday cake!

Images: chocolate cake (theknot.com), Barbara Barry china (bloomingdales.com), napkin rings (tabulatua.com), champagne cocktail (people.com), asparagus and corn risotto (william-sonoma.com), beef tenderloin (epicurious.com)

March 12th, 2009 |

A Clever Placecard Idea

Simply chic, and somewhat vintage looking…these tags would make lovely place cards at my next dinner party!

silverware-tags-petitepearTags by Petite Pear via Etsy

March 12th, 2009 |

I love Tiffany’s new advertisement!

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March 11th, 2009 |

Decorating with Moss

 

Add some natural intrigue to your Spring centerpieces with moss.

I love bringing the fresh color of green into my home for Spring, and I think the moss adds a look that is raw yet refined.  Some of these images would be great  inspiration for a wedding or party.  Mixing candles with the moss balls makes a beautiful centerpiece for any party…and hanging a beautiful wreath on the door is a great way to welcome your guests.

There are currently tons of places selling moss items – moss balls at Pottery Barn, antique glass terrariums full of moss on Etsy.com – but you can also find items at craft stores or on-line to create your own (pretty inexpensively, too!).

I found the best assortment at Save-On-Crafts – not only do they have already made moss wreaths, balls, and stones, but they also have moss covered wire.  Take a look…I hope it inspires you to bring a little nature into your home!

 

Top Images: wreath with bows (marthastewartweddings.com), candles & moss centerpiece (projectwedding.com),

moss balls (potterybarn.com), topiary place card (marthastewartweddings.com), glass terrarium (etsy.com),

little girl (via gertrude & mabel), doorway with moss wreath (marthastewart.com)

March 10th, 2009 |

Words to live by…

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My girlfriends (under the age of 5, of course) all believe that Cinderella is the smartest woman they know….I’m starting to believe them!

Image via Eye-Spy Weddings

March 10th, 2009 |

Candyland 1st Birthday Party

Candyland 1st Birthday Party

A 1st birthday is a HUGE milestone is a baby’s life….

You definitely need to celebrate!

What could be more fun than a party full of color, candy and games?!?

Images: stack of presents (swoozies.com),  lollipop centerpiece (rachelraymag.com), party table (hostesswiththemostess.com), balloons (theknot.com), birthday baby (etsy.com), lollypop favors (theknot.com), curly ribbon (swoozies.com)

March 10th, 2009 |

Happy Birthday Cookies

happy-birthday-cookiesNeed to send a “Happy Birthday” fast?

Try these adorable cookies from Eleni’s New York (via Dean & Deluca).

March 9th, 2009 |

Monday Night Dinner

Chicken Piccata ~ Barefoot Contessa Style

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Ingredients

  • 2 split (1 whole) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 extra-large egg
  • 1/2 tablespoon water
  • 3/4 cup seasoned dry bread crumbs
  • Good olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature, divided
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2 lemons), lemon halves reserved
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • Sliced lemon, for serving
  • Chopped fresh parsley leaves, for serving

Directions

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a sheet pan with parchment paper.

Place each chicken breast between 2 sheets of parchment paper or plastic wrap and pound out to 1/4-inch thick. Sprinkle both sides with salt and pepper.

Mix the flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper in a shallow plate. In a second plate, beat the egg and 1/2 tablespoon of water together. Place the bread crumbs on a third plate. Dip each chicken breast first in the flour, shake off the excess, and then dip in the egg and bread crumb mixtures.

Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a large saute pan over medium to medium-low heat. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 2 minutes on each side, until browned. Place them on the sheet pan and allow them to bake for 5 to 10 minutes while you make the sauce.

For the sauce, wipe out the saute pan with a dry paper towel. Over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter and then add the lemon juice, wine, the reserved lemon halves, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Boil over high heat until reduced in half, about 2 minutes. Off the heat, add the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter and swirl to combine. Discard the lemon halves and serve 1 chicken breast on each plate. Spoon on the sauce and serve with a slice of lemon and a sprinkling of fresh parsley.

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Images: placesetting (ballarddesigns.com), chicken piccata (foodnetwork.com) and warm vegetable salad (foodnetwork.com)

March 9th, 2009 |

Deliciously Artistic Centerpiece

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I found this cute idea on Everyday with Rachel Ray….

What a great idea for Spring!

Combine six boes of Jell-O powder with half the amount of water specified, chill the mix in a glass vase for half an hour, the just push flowers into the semi-firm gelatin.  You can customize this idea for any color palette, with all different types of flowers.  Great for a spring dinner, children’s birthday or baby shower!

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