March 14th, 2009 |
Looking for a way to let your family know what time dinner is at?!?
Look no further than these inventive chalkboard candles….not only perfect for your kitchen, but I think they would be darling as placecards or party favors.
You can find these 100% unscented soy wax candles at Delight.com.
March 13th, 2009 |
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.
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 |
A 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!
March 12th, 2009 |
Simply chic, and somewhat vintage looking…these tags would make lovely place cards at my next dinner party!
Tags by Petite Pear via Etsy
March 11th, 2009 |
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!
March 10th, 2009 |
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 |
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 |
Need to send a “Happy Birthday” fast?
Try these adorable cookies from Eleni’s New York (via Dean & Deluca).
March 9th, 2009 |
Chicken Piccata ~ Barefoot Contessa Style
- 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
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.
Images: placesetting (ballarddesigns.com), chicken piccata (foodnetwork.com) and warm vegetable salad (foodnetwork.com)