March 16th, 2009 |

St. Patrick’s Day

The luck of the Irish will bring you good fortune with these recipes!

The Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th – it is believed that St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died that day in 461 AD.  Today, it is a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history.  People celebrate the day with parades, wearing of the green, and of course, drinking beer!  In Ireland, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps.  Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and young girls wear green ribbons in their hair.

St. Patrick’s Day takes place just a few days before the first day of Spring….one might say it has become the first green of Spring.

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Your table should be easy – pull out anything green!  I love pairing white, green and yellow together – very festive and Spring-like.  Find some shamrock plants at your local nursery and place a sprig on each person’s plate or napkin (a four-leaf clover is meant to bring good luck).

Here are a few Irish recipes sure to make everyone excited for the celebration:

I hope you enjoy St. Patrick’s Day as much as I do!

Make sure to visit us tomorrow for ideas for your leftover corned beef…..

Images: napkin with four-leaf clover (marthastewart.com), short ribs and cabbage (williams-sonoma.com), corned beef and cupcakes (bonappetit.com)

March 15th, 2009 |

Polka Dots & Stripes – A Children’s Birthday Party

Polka dots and stripes and pink all around….

Give your little girl the birthday party of her dreams!

Pink & Black Birthday Party (small)

Images: chevron print dress (neimanmarcus.com), hanging pom poms (swoozies.com), invitation (tinyprints.com), table setting and stripe cake (brides.com), favor box (theknot.com)

March 15th, 2009 |

Party Dresses for the Little Hostess

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Spring fashion is a time for blossoms and brights.

Here are a few of my favorite party dresses for the little hostess.

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Images: pink floral dress (gap.com), blue stripe dress (bestdressedchild.com), yellow floral dress (nordstrom.com), burberry plaid dress (neimanmarcus.com)

March 14th, 2009 |

What do I wear to…..A Spring Gala?!

I recently had a reader e-mail me with a fashion question….

“I have a black tie event to attend this Spring and don’t know what to wear.  It’s a Saturday night and I don’t want to wear the same old black dress!  Can you help me?”

Absolutely!  This Spring, it’s all about color….wear a bright color, such as fuchsia, melon, yellow or turquoise.  Maxi (or floor length) dresses are a huge trend for both daytime and evening…so pump up your glam factor and go for a floor length dress in either a solid or pattern.  Below are a couple favorites of what I found in the market….I hope they work for you!

Spring Gala (small)

Images: floral dress by Marc Bouwer Glamit! (neimanmarcus.com), ombre strapless dress by Nicole Miller (saks.com), gold gladiator sandals by Stuart Weitzman (nordstrom.com) and satin clutches (jcrew.com)

March 14th, 2009 |

What time is dinner?

Chalkboard Candles (small)

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 |

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)

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