March 8th, 2009 |

Trend Alert: Vegetable Colors

trend-alert-vegetable-colorsVegetable colors are popping up both in apparel and in home goods this Spring.  Intense colors that remind us of butternut squash, lemons, and leafy greens are being paired together to set Spring-like tables.  Bold and fresh, it’s a great update to any home this time of year.

Images: Dining room and yellow plate (, green candy bar (, white, orange & green table (, bamboo & lemons centerpiece ( and stripe cake (

March 7th, 2009 |

Birth Announcements – For Life’s Little Celebrations!

I’m a sucker for paper….no doubt about it.

But I firmly believe that there are many things in life worth celebrating (and announcing!)….and the addition to a family is definitely one of them!

Here are some of my favorite new birth announcements….many of them could be used for the color story/theme of a baby shower too.


Top Row: red & blue pattern (, blue monogram (

Middle Row: mod rattles (

Bottom Row: brown and blue (, white (

March 7th, 2009 |

Announcing a New Pet

Don’t forget about the puppies….they deserve to be announced as well!

I think this one does the trick for my new “nephew”!


Pet announcement via

March 6th, 2009 |

A Sweet Surprise

champagne-rimming-sugarsI found these champagne rimming sugars at Crate & Barrel today.

A set of three flavors, Mimosa, Kir and Bellini come packaged together (and would make an adorable hostess gift!).

You can be sure I will be testing these out at my next party!

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:


  • 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.


  • 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 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 (, yellow & chocolate desserts (, yellow place setting ( and bold maxi dress (

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

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