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?!?


February 21st, 2009 |

Oscar Worthy Cocktail

bobby-flay-pear-cocktail-peopleLike many others around the world, chef Bobby Flay believes Oscar night is cause for celebration!  This year, Bobby is hosting a 400 guest event at the South Beach Food & Wine Festival.  His signature drink for the evening is a Sparkling Pear Cocktail – if it’s good enough for his friends, I bet it’s good enough for mine!  Enjoy!

Sparkling Pear Cocktail

16 oz. pear nectar

2 bottles champagne, prosecco or other sparkling wine, very cold

1 pear, halved, seeded and thinly sliced

Thirty minutes before serving, place the champagne flutes in the freezer to chill.  Place 2 tbsp. of the pear nectar and 1 slice of pear in the bottom of each glass, top with the sparkling wine.  Serve immediately.

Recipe (via www.people.com)

February 20th, 2009 |

A Modern Baby Shower


Invitation from www.tinyprints.com, table setting (via www.rebeccathuss.com), cocktails and placecards (via www.brides.com), animal print from www.landofnod.com, and blue cakes (via www.theknot.com)

February 19th, 2009 |

For the love of Chocolate….


Chocolate is perhaps one of my most favorite things in life.  I love the candy and I love the color…especially when it is paired with pink!

When I needed an idea for a birthday party for one of my friends, I decided to pair some of her favorite things together: chocolate, champagne, and beautiful flowers.

The result?!?  A chocolate buffet!

Anchored by not one, but two adorable birthday cakes, the chocolate buffet consists of delectable sweets all done in pink and chocolate brown.  Brownie pops, truffles, chocolate candy bars with custom labels, bowls of pink candy…..it is almost too cute to eat!  I said, almost…

Gorgeous pink flowers, heavenly desserts and of course, champagne….it has the makings for a lovely party that could be used not only for a birthday but also a bridal shower.

Images (top, left to right): pink & brown cakes (www.theknot.com), paper ball decorations (www.marthastewart.com), pink and brown favor box (www.beau-coup.com), sweet pea flowers (www.marthastewartweddings.com)

Images (bottom, left to right): chocolate truffles, candy bars and brownie pops (www.amyatlas.com), polka dot placecards (www.theknot.com) and table setting (www.instyleweddings.com)

February 18th, 2009 |

A Seaside Wedding


Preppy Navy, White and Yellow…stripes and polka dots…fresh seafood…bright colored flowers…a charming village on the sea…and a picturesque sailboat as your get-a-way car!  This is a dream wedding!

I love all of the bright, vibrant colors and the play on patterns.  You can picture yourself as the bride or a guest having the time of your life at this party…it is just so playful and festive!

Images (top row, left to right): sailboat (via www.brides.com), shrimp cocktail (via www.brides.com)

(middle row, left to right): bridesmaid dresses (via www.theknot.com) nautical table (via www.rebeccathuss.com) placecards (via www.theknot.com)

(bottom row, left to right): wedding cake (via www.theknot.com) sailboat table number (via www.theknot.com)

February 18th, 2009 |

Addressing in Style


I am one of those people who still truly believes in the hand-written note.

Whether it be to say “thank you”, “congratulations” or just “I’m thinking of you”….I think deep down everyone loves getting a special piece of mail once in a while!  I recently fell in love with these adorable labels from Paper Source (www.paper-source.com).

What a fabulous way to dress up your envelopes!

February 18th, 2009 |

Spring Fever! A Saturday Lunch with the Girls

saturday-lunch-lemons-limesI admit it…I have Spring Fever! I find myself day-dreaming about sunshine, flowers and the smell of freshly cut grass.  I long for the days when friends gather for a bbq on the beach, a glass of wine on the patio, or a visit to the local farmer’s market.  Unfortunately, the weather isn’t cooperating with my day-dreams….at least not this week!  So it’s up to me to create a sunny afternoon with friends!

Here is inspiration for a casual Saturday lunch with the girls…

February 16th, 2009 |

Chic New Restaurant in Chicago: Eve

The interior of a jewelry box inspired the setting of Chicago’s Eve, a new restaurant in the Gold Coast neighborhood offering contemporary American cuisine. Mirror-detailed walls, sparkling chandeliers and a menu focused on fresh, seasonal food combinations make Eve the new gem in Chicago!  Located at 840 N. Wabash Ave.  evechicago.com.

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