June 18th, 2010 |

Zucchini & Tomatoes

During the summer months, I indulge in a love affair with zucchini and tomatoes.  My husband does not exactly share my infatuation (at least not with the zucchini), so in order to keep my love affair going strong, I need to step up my game and bring some new recipes to the table!  Epicurious has just the thing……

Zucchini & Summer Squash:

Tomatoes:

June 17th, 2010 |

A Burger Bash

When I think of summer, I think of two words: burgers and BBQ’s!  It’s time to up the ante a bit from the traditional bbq fare and wow your friends and family with a “burger bash!”

Invite your guests with this darling BBQ invitation from Minted.  It sets a color palette of chocolate brown, melon orange, and sage green.  Lovely – and definitely a fresh take on your traditional BBQ colors.  Obviously the food (namely the burgers) is the main attraction at this event, so keep your decorations simple and understated.  A casual picnic setting using lanterns and wild flowers as your centerpiece.

Here’s a tip for summer entertaining: it can be tough to keep your beverages cold while entertaining outdoors.  If you pile ice into your pitchers, it tends to water down your drinks.  What’s a hostess to do?!  Take this cue from Southern Living and fill a huge punch bowl with ice, and insert carafes of lemonade, iced tea or juices.  That way your drinks stay fresh and cool!

Let’s talk burgers!  Everyone has their standby recipe, but here are a few new ones that are on my “must-try” list this summer:

Bobby Flay’s cheyenne turkey burger with chedder and bacon, and Arthur Avenue burger with a parmesan crisp and fra divolo ketchup, and a grilled turkey burger with chedder and a smoky aioli.

Images: invitation (minted.com), mini burger sliders (redbookmag.com), paper silverware bags (southernweddingsmag.com), table setting and drinks (southernliving.com), lantern centerpiece (stylemepretty.com), picnic tables (traditionalhome.com), jam party favors (oncewed.com)

Chic Wedding Stationery from Minted.com

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June 16th, 2010 |

Blue Elephant Birthday Party

One of my favorite child trends right now is the “blue elephant”!  So sweet when done for a baby boy, or cute as can be when incorporated into a circus theme.  Our invitation from WH Hostess takes on a bit of the circus theme with bold stripes and accents in melon orange.

I found a few items around the web that fit in perfectly with this theme: a felt hat from Stella & Livi, fondant cupcake toppers from Two Sugar Babies, and the perfect idea for party favors!  Fill a clear box with animal crackers, and top with a tiny, stuffed blue elephant (available at IKEA for 49 cents!).

This party has somewhat of a nostalgic look and would be darling for a baby shower too, don’t you think?!

Images: invitation (whhostess.com), hanging paper mobiles (projectwedding.com), felt hat (stellaandlivi.etsy.com), fondant cupcake toppers (twosugarbabies.etsy.com), party favor (koehlerfamily4.blogspot.com)

 

Toys

June 15th, 2010 |

Giveaway: The Celebration Shoppe

WooHoo!  It’s time for another fabulous giveaway!  One of our lovely sponsors, The Celebration Shoppe, is hosting a giveaway this week!  Known for their darling party invitations and printables, The Celebration Shoppe has all of those perfect little details you need to plan a stylish party.  One lucky winner is going to receive a $75 gift certificate towards these darling products!

Here’s how to enter: simply head over to the Shoppe, take a quick stroll around and come back here to comment on what your favorite item or collection is.  Contest starts NOW….and you have until Friday, June 18th at midnight to enter.  GOOD LUCK!

P.S. Check out The Celebration Shoppe blog for some great party ideas, and become a fan of their facebook page for some exciting updates and contests exclusive to fans.

June 14th, 2010 |

Father’s Day Dinner

father's day dinner game night themeFather’s Day is upon us!  I always have to put a little extra thought into my Father’s Day celebrations – they can’t be as feminine or even as stylized as I would typically do for a party, because the men in my life would tell me “it’s overdone!”  So a casual family dinner is the perfect concept for us.

I love the idea of incorporating a game night into a Father’s Day celebrations.  A table setting including games such as a crossword puzzle, a rubix cube, and bingo – you can also use scrabble letters to create your placecards at each place.  Between the festive games and casual foods, you will create a playful atmosphere for your dads and family!

Images: tablesetting (theknot.com), centerpiece (bhg.com), mini hot dogs (foodnetwork.com), chicken panini (williams-sonoma.com), almond-fruit tart (williams-sonoma.com), lemonade (southernliving.com)

June 9th, 2010 |

Blue & White Porch Party


We have been working around the clock on remodeling the sunroom on the back of our house.  I always dreamt of having a big wrap-a-round porch, but with this (our first house), I will settle for this fabulous new space for entertaining!  (I’ll share pictures once it’s furnished!)  With that in mind, I have had the idea of “porch parties” circling my head for months now.  Our sunroom has a blue and white concept going on….so these images just seemed perfect!  Nothing says a perfect summer night than blue and white stripes, paths lined with lanterns and a crisp lemon tart!

Images: invitation (minted.com), blue and white stripe table setting (veranda.com), lemonade (stylemepretty.com), blueberry cake (instyleweddings.com), blue bouquets (brides.com), lemon tart (annstratton.com)

PlatesAndNapkins.com Designer Party Supplies

June 8th, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Wheat Grass

wheat grass centerpiece ideasThe smell of freshly cut grass is one of the first signs of summer….so why not bring grass into your summer centerpieces?!  As you saw yesterday in our lady bug soiree, pots of grass is a simple centerpiece and perfect for kids parties!  Here are a few more ideas on how to incorporate wheat grass into your summer decorating…

Images: daisy placecards (brides.com), buffet table and lollipop centerpiece (elizabethannedesigns.com), yellow pots (inmagine.com), wheat grass with daisies (nancyluichin.com), grass pot placecards (theknot.com), gerber daisy centerpiece (realsimple.com)

Birth Announcements and Kids' Party Invitations from Minted.com

June 7th, 2010 |

Lady Bug Soiree

I’m so excited to share the latest party from WH Hostess with you….a Lady Bug Soiree!  A traditional theme, updated with a fresh color palette of grass green, red and white.  Read on for all of the darling details and a peek at the delicious (and beautiful!) dessert table.

Emma’s mother contacted me months ago to plan her daughter’s party.  She knew she wanted a lady bug theme (as they always refer to her as their little “love bug!”) – but she didn’t want the traditional black and red color palette.  So I updated the look by playing with a lot of grass green – a color that is near and dear to me – and looks modern, yet preppy in this situation.  The invitation set the tone for the party and all of the decorations.

The party was held in the family’s porch, which created a clean, white back drop for our color-saturated party.  We decorated the space with a custom lady bug banner, paper lanterns and darling little tables.  Grass plant centerpieces were used throughout the party; we planted them in red pots from IKEA and inserted lady bug centerpiece sticks.  Each girl had a mini green vase full of flowers at their place setting (perfect for them to take home as a memento of the party).

A color-coordinated “bar” was set up with lime and blackberry Izze sodas, stripe paper cups embellished with a lady bug sticker for the kids, and glasses with decorated straws for the parents.  The main attraction was the dessert table!  The dessert table was small and concise – perfect for 5 year olds!  It consisted of a few apothecary jars of candy (Candy Warehouse is a great resource for bulk candy!  We used apple sours, gumballs, and licorice wheels.), and cake plates full of cupcakes featuring darling cupcake toppers.  Custom candy jar labels completed the look.  The little girls LOVED filling up cellophane bags of candy to bring home!  But the real delight came at the end of the party when they saw their party favors……

Each girl was given a tin of bubbles (with a lady bug label) and a little red box with Mel-Belles lady bug hair bows in it.  I can’t tell you which they were more excited about – the shrieks of delight were just darling!  Mel-Belles can custom create a hair bow party favor package to coordinate with any party – and I love the idea that you are giving gifts the girls will use, not just junk that will get thrown away!

All in all, it turned out to be a darling party!  I hope this gives you some great ideas for your summer birthdays!  Here are some more details of all of the WH Hostess party goods created for this party.  Hosting a party this summer?!  Let WH Hostess help you create a stylish event!

WH Hostess party goods: invitation, notecard, 2 inch sticker, 3 inch sticker, bubbles tins, cupcake toppers, candy jar labels, lady bug banner, and centerpiece sticks.

June 3rd, 2010 |

Breakfast Soiree

I just put this custom inspiration board together for a client who is hosting a breakfast soiree at The Viceroy Hotel in Santa Monica, CA.  This is one of those parties where, after I put everything together, I SO WANT TO GO!  I’m loving the color palette and hope you will too….it would be lovely for a bridal shower, wedding or birthday party, too….don’t you think?!

Images: floral centerpieces (detailsdetails.com), lounge (via The Viceroy Hotel), bar (sunday-suppers.com), ribbon placecard (marthastewart.com), party favor bags (designsponge.com), green candy table (amyatlas.com)

June 2nd, 2010 |

Modern Garden Party Dessert Table

modern garden party invitation by wh hostess

I’m so excited to share the newest party from WH Hostess with you today!  A modern garden party dessert table was created in celebration of Maggie’s 30th birthday.  The invitation set the color palette for the party – bright orange, hot pink, yellow and grass green looked looked charming paired together.

 

The main focus of the event was the dessert table!  It had to appeal to both adults and children (all under the age of 6!), so we crafted sweet treats that included everything from sugar cookies to brownie pops.  The table was decorated with a white pot of flowers that was embellished with pennant flags stating “Maggie’s 30th Birthday”, a flower banner draped along the edges of the table and apothecary jars of candy.  Candy Warehouse was my incredible source for our salt water taffy, lemon candy sticks and green apple sours.  We also had white take out boxes embellished with striped stickers that said “Maggie’s Sweet Shoppe”.

One of my favorite tips for creating a cohesive dessert table is to use all of the same serving dishes.  For this particular table, we used all white platters lined with our custom stripe.  We carried our modern flower design into all of the food tent cards and candy jar labels, as well.  The overall affect definitely got the “oohs” and “ahh’s” I was looking for!

Here are some details of the sweet treats:

Our modern garden party dessert table included pink and orange salt water taffy, green apple sours, lemon candy sticks, rice crispy treat pops, brownie pops, meringue sandwiches, initial sugar cookies, chocolate covered pretzels, sugar cookies with fondant toppers from Two Sugar Babies, flower cupcakes, and daisy sugar cookies packaged in cello bags with custom stripe toppers.

I’m not going to lie to you….it was tough to choose!  What’s your favorite?!

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