March 2nd, 2009 |

A Vineyard Wedding

vineyard-wedding-copyA wedding in wine country with sophisticated food, stunning greens and rich flowers, beautiful scenery and a touch of rustic charm.

Images: placecard display (brides.com), bride & bridesmaids (theknot.com), wedding scene (brides.com), cake (brides.com), champagne (brides.com)

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 28th, 2009 |

Breakfast in Bed

Treat someone special to breakfast in bed this weekend.

Although any old thing will do…..but I think the weekends are the perfect time to try something new!

Scrambled Eggs in Potato Nests

Perfect for any old Sunday, but also great to serve at a brunch.
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Ingredients

1 20-oz. pkg. refrigerated shredded hash brown potatoes

2 eggs, beaten

1 Tbsp. snipped fresh chives

1/2 tsp. salt

12 eggs

2/3 cup milk

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. ground black pepper

2 Tbsp. butter or margarine

1-1/2 cups shredded American cheese (6 ounces)

Fresh chives (optional)

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a large baking sheet; set aside. In a large bowl, stir together potatoes, the 2 beaten eggs, chives, and the 1/2 teaspoon salt. Shape mixture into 12 mounds (about 1/3 cup each) on prepared baking sheet. Press the back of a tablespoon into each mound, making a nest. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned and set.

2. Meanwhile, beat together the 12 eggs, milk, the 1/4 teaspoon salt, and pepper with a rotary beater. In a 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium heat; pour in egg mixture. Cook over medium heat without stirring until mixture begins to set on the bottom and around edge.

3. With a spatula, lift and fold the partially cooked egg mxiture so that the uncooked portion flows underneath. Continue cooking over medium heat for 4 to 5 minutes or until egg mixture is cooked through but is still glossy and moist. Remove from heat.

4. Spoon about 1/3 cup of egg mixture into each potato nest. Sprinkle cheese over eggs. Return to oven; bake about 2 minutes or until cheese melts. If desired, garnish with chives. Makes: 12 servings

Recipe via Better Homes and Gardens

February 28th, 2009 |

Spring 2009 Party Dresses

A girl can never have too many dresses…here are a few of  my favorites for Spring!

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Top row, left to right: Orange cotton bow dress (jcrew.com), floral chiffon dress (bloomindales.com), yellow strapless dress (nordstrom.com), floral chiffon maxi dress (jcrew.com)

Bottom row, left to right: Yellow print wrap dress (neimanmarcus.com), navy dress with floral border (bloomingdales.com), yellow tank dress (bloomingdales.com), poppy print halter dress (bloomingdales.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 27th, 2009 |

Boho Chic – A Little Girl’s Birthday Party

little-boho-girls-birthday-party-copyI think this is the perfect birthday party for a free-spirited little girl!  I picture a feisty, red-headed birthday girl, running around the backyard in a tutu and barefeet…..

Paper lanterns and stars hanging over the festive table, cupcakes and candy galore, a yard decorated with blossom balloons (see Martha Stewart for directions on how-to), and special goody bags to take home….what more could any little girl ask for?!

Packed full of bright colors and fun details….your little girl is sure to be the envy of the block!

Images: flowers (weddingbeepro.com), table setting (socialcouture.com), fairy cupcake (via sugarbloom), flower balloons (marthastewart.com), rock candy (amyatlas.com), blue bottles (brides.com) and festive goodie bags (marthastewart.com)

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 22nd, 2009 |

Party Plates

boatman-geller-plates Talk about eye candy….I love these plates from Boatman Geller.   These melamine plates are dishwasher safe, high heat resistant (but not microwave friendly), shatter resistant, kid- friendly, affordable and incredibly stylish.  They would be great for an outdoor party, perfect for a picnic or a beach house, and nothing short of genius for a kid’s birthday party!

February 21st, 2009 |

Sticker Me Chic

I found this cute boutique on etsy today…..Sticker Me Chic offers darling labels, birth announcements and coasters with custom prints.  I absolutely love these little tags!  You can use them to tie on to party favors and gifts….I especially love the picture tags!  How perfect for baby’s 1st birthday party?!?

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