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 3rd, 2009 |

Social Grace

snow-graham-greeting-cardsIt’s your friend, or mother, or aunt’s birthday….and you need to send a card!  With so many options out there it’s tough to find one that will be memorable, exceptional….just right.

Chicago-based company, Snow & Graham has been creating modern letterpress stationary for a decade now.  They never seize to amaze me with their simple, unique designs that just get it right each time!

March 2nd, 2009 |

Modern Centerpiece Idea

fuschia-carnations-iswWho knew carnations could be so fun?!?

Image via InStyle Weddings

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!

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