March 5th, 2009 |

Friday Night: Pizza Night!

pizza-night-copyFriday night is pizza night in our house!  It’s one of those parties that you can whip together fast – and everyone loves it!

Whether it’s friends stopping over for drinks after work, or the whole family wanting to make their own pizzas…..get creative, try some new combinations….I have a couple of ideas (and recipes) for you:

Ideas

  • Make life easy on yourself…buy store bought pizza dough.  Trader Joe’s offers fresh dough daily – regular and whole wheat.
  • Set up “make your own pizza” stations on your counter top – everyone can add their individual flair to their pizza!
  • If you are setting a table, get creative with your “Italian” theme – try using bread sticks as a centerpiece or (like the picture above) as place cards.

Recipes

  • Pizza Margharita

    • A wonderful classic that everyone loves!  Try this recipe from Mario Batali (via Martha Stewart).
  • Deep Dish Pizza

    • Update your classic deep dish with these new toppings – Pepperoni & Onion or Spinach & Artichokes…..YUM!  (Recipes via Martha Stewart)
  • West Coast Grilled Vegetable Pizza

    • Full of fresh veggies and goat cheese, it’s a great pizza to welcome Spring.  (Recipe via Martha Stewart)

March 5th, 2009 |

Mark your page with style

magazine-tagsI don’t know about you, but I am constantly looking for inspiration everywhere.  Fashion magazines, a great art book….even my cookbooks!  Something that looks fresh and new, something that I might want to re-create in my own life.

Picture this, I am flipping thru a magazine and there it is!  A new idea I just must have!  I either tear it out and it gets lost in a pile, or I bend the page down in hopes that I will find it again (and probably never do).   This is not a good system….

I found these darling little sticky tabs the other day (via seejanework.com) and they are perfect for marking all of those inspiring images!

Happy searching!

March 4th, 2009 |

Welcome to the Party, Kate Spade!

kate-spade-stripe-dressI have been a fan of Kate Spade for a long time….I don’t want to date myself by telling you how many years ago I got my first Kate Spade handbag!

Known for her simple silhouettes and whimsical use of color and pattern, Kate Spade has been expanding into a lifestyle brand since she first emerged on the scene in 1993.  Handbags, shoes, sunglasses, paper, home and now…..apparel!  New for Spring 2009, Kate Spade is offering special pieces that are sure to fit into any hostess’s wardrobe.

Staying true to her philosophy (“if it will be out of style tomorrow, it won’t be added to the line today”), the items are clean, timeless and full of color! There are only a few pieces on the website currently, but rumor from the inside says there is much more to come on the apparel side!

Can’t you just picture yourself hosting a backyard birthday party wearing this dress?!

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)

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