June 10th, 2011 |

Trend Alert: Modern Mercury

I’ve always loved mercury glass…especially at the holidays.  My sister shares a love of all things sparkle-y, and with her upcoming wedding quickly approaching I have been doing research on ways to make mercury glass look modern.  Whether it’s a clean shaped vessel, or a series of monochromatic centerpieces, or {my favorite} a cluster of glass balls lit up with candles – here is a round-up of my favorite ways to make vintage mercury glass look updated.

Images: modern mercury vases (westelm.com), mercury glass balls (potterybarn.com), small hobnail centerpiece (josevillablog.com), faux mercury glass hurricanes (weddingbee.com), trio of mercury glass centerpieces (etsy.com), mirrored square vase centerpiece (floralartla.com)

June 8th, 2011 |

Mini Banana Splits

Can you say DELISH?!  I was pouring over Bon Appetit’s website last night looking for some recipe ideas for an upcoming party, and low and behold, I found what I think will be my “hot, new dessert” for summer…..a mini banana split!  Naomi from the blog, Bakers Royale, is responsible for this darling idea.  She takes one-inch slices of bananas and coats them in chocolate and sprinkles. Then she scoops out the centers, fills them with ice cream, and tops them with a dollop of whipped cream and a cherry. It’s the perfect miniature take on the soda fountain classic!

Read More http://www.bonappetit.com/blogsandforums/blogs/badaily/2011/06/mini-banana-splits.html#ixzz1OePZGZtj

June 8th, 2011 |

Pink & Green Summer Celebration

We have done so many pink and green parties lately, that I am just swimming with ideas!  Whether you are planning a bridal shower (did you see the gorgeous one we posted last week featuring our exploded lattice collection?!) or a little girl’s birthday party (just WAIT until you see the birthday party we just did featuring our lilly flower collection…..it’s debuting in the next issue of TPD Magazine!), or even a wedding – pink and green can be sweet, preppy, or sophisticated.

Images: invitation (minted.com), table setting (bhg.com), lemon creme brulee (bonappetit.com), napkin (brides.com), pink and green dessert table (goodhousekeeping.com), tulip and hydrangea centerpiece (floralartla.com), party favor cones (rebeccathus.com)

June 3rd, 2011 |

{Lightbulb Idea!} His & Her Cocktails

I came across this picture while swooning away over one of Salt Harbor’s latest weddings.  It was like a lightbulb went off above my head…..his and her signature cocktails!  It’s totally charming, and somewhat genius….and would make the perfect addition to a wedding or special birthday party.

So….if you and your significant other had to choose a cocktail, what would it be?!

June 2nd, 2011 |

Sweet Teacher Gift Idea

With this school year rapidly coming to a close, it’s time to put your thinking cap on to come up with a unique gift for your little ones to bring their teacher.  I love this idea from Family Fun – package homemade truffles in a simple white box.  You can dress it up by drawing lines on the lid of the box to look like handwriting paper, and then have your child write their teacher’s name on it.

Cute and Yummy!  Click here for the recipe.

June 1st, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Modern Silhouette Playful Pics

To wrap up this little series of posts on our Modern Silhouette party feature from Nesting Newbies Magazine, I thought I would share a couple of my favorite pictures.  The photographers had some fun with me and my god-daughter, Mackenzie, who served as my model.  She’s one of the little loves of my life, and I had so much fun playing “party” with her that day.  I just love how these pictures turned out…..especially the one that Penny Lane, my sweet pup, jumped into!

Images by Sisterazzi Photography

June 1st, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Modern Silhouette Dessert Table

Yesterday, I showed off all of the darling details from our Nesting Newbies photo shoot…..and today, I am back with the dessert table details!  Let me tell you, this was one of my all-time favorite tables to put together.  I loved the monochromatic green candy, the bold patterns on the paper goods and cookies, and the sweet silhouette that graced everything from the sign, to the cupcake toppers, to the fondant toppers by Two Sugar Babies.

I used a black console from our home as the table.  Not only did I want the black piece as the focal point, but I also loved how I was able to play with decorating the shelves!  And for a kids party….those candy jars were right at their level!  The table was framed with pom pom garlands that I made from craft-store finds.  I draped several garlands on each side to look like a set of drapes, and placed a hanging sign in the middle.

Candy Warehouse supplied me with an amazing assortment of green candy.  I loved playing with the different shades, and by putting them in different glass apothecary jars and containers, it made for a really sweet look.  I did pop in a couple of containers of white candy for a little “pop!”  I asked two of my favorite dessert table ladies to create goodies for me – Charynn from Two Sugar Babies made incredible fondant toppers for my big cupcakes (can you believe how perfectly she matched our silhouette and exploded lattice pattern?) and Allyson Jane made us fabulous couture cookies with our coordinating patterns on them.  Tip: I always line my platters with coordinating paper…..it helps pull together the theme!

The table was “branded” with coordinating food tent cards, candy jar tags and of course, cupcake toppers.  I had white, metal tins (dressed up with polka dot ribbon and a darling sticker) for the kids to fill up with candy to bring home.  Not only is it a perfect party favor, but it also serves as an activity during the party…..our birthday girl had a fabulous time selecting candy to put in her tin!

Photography by Sisterazzi Photography

May 31st, 2011 |

Parties by WH Hostess: Modern Silhouette

We were beyond thrilled to have been asked to contribute a party to the latest issue of Nesting Newbies magazine!  I know when I shared the magazine a couple of weeks ago, I promised more images soon…..well, I’ve been busy!  But I’m back today with a few posts to show you the amazing details that made up this darling party.

The ladies at Nesting Newbies asked me to put aside the character themes and the princess wands, and create a party that was truly me, my style.  Using a series of crisp black and white patterns, and a bold Kelly green, our modern barbie silhouette got a sophisticated update!    To define the vertical space of the party room, I hung a pennant banner amongst playful pom pom garlands (which I made with green ribbon and small, black and white pom poms I found at Michael’s) above the tables. (but at a lower-than-normal-height, so the kids would feel like the space was all for them!)

Small tables, perfect for a tea party, were set with custom made white denim tablecloths that had a large black swiss dot ruffle at the bottom.  I made coordinating cloth napkins, and set the table with Kelly green glasses and silverware, black plates and my signature centerpiece – white pots full wheat grass and a floral pomander, and topped with centerpiece sticks.  Don’t you just love that one, single pop of hot pink in the centerpiece and on our birthday girl!? (who was also wearing a darling stripe hair bow by Mel-Belles)

One of my favorite details of the tablesetting were the placecards on the back of the chairs.  Perfectly proportioned to child-size chairs, the guests were delighted to see their names on them!  There are still so many details to come!  Head on back this afternoon to see the details of the dessert table!

Photography by Sisterazzi Photography

May 27th, 2011 |

Sweet Strawberry Desserts

With strawberry season in full bloom, I find myself looking for creative ways to use them…..and my sweet tooth immediately directs me towards dessert recipes!  Since so many people tend to make berry pies for Memorial Day weekend, I figured I would supply all of you with some of my latest finds.

  1. Strawberry Chiffon Pie
  2. Strawberry Italian Ice
  3. Fresh Strawberry Bars
  4. Strawberry Cheesecake Tarts
  5. Minted Strawberries with White Wine
  6. Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Cakes
  7. Fresh Berry Napoleons
  8. Puffy Shortcakes with Meringue

 

May 26th, 2011 |

Salsa Bar

Looking for a simple way to “wow!” your guests at a Memorial Day BBQ?!  How about a salsa bar!  Set up a variety of different types of salsas (and guacamole if you really want to get fancy!) with one large bowl of chips.  Your guests can mix and match flavors to their liking.  Here are a few suggestions for salsas:

1. Watermelon Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 3 cup(s) finely diced seedless watermelon (from a 5-pound watermelon)
  • 2  jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup minced red onion
  • juice of 2 limes
  • Salt

Directions: In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except salt. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt and serve chilled or at room temperature with tortilla chips.

2. Corn Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 (15 ounce) can yellow corn, drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) can white corn, drained
  • 2 (15 ounce) cans black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (14.5 ounce) can Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 bunch finely chopped cilantro
  • 5 green onions, finely sliced
  • 1 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1 avocado – peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, or to taste

Directions: Stir the yellow and white corn, black beans, tomatoes, cilantro, green onion, red onion, bell pepper, and garlic in a large bowl. Gently mix in the lime juice and avocado. Drizzle with olive oil to serve.

3. Citrus Salsa

Ingredients

  • 3 navel oranges
  • 2 limes
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon seeded and minced serrano chile
  • 2 teaspoons seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground pepper, to taste

Directions: With a sharp knife, remove the peel and white pith from oranges and limes and discard. Cut the orange and lime segments from the surrounding membranes and coarsely chop.  Gently toss the oranges, limes, cilantro, chile, vinegar, oil, salt and pepper in a large bowl until combined. Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

 
Fresh Party Invitations from Minted

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