March 16th, 2010 |

Corned Beef: The Day After…

Corned beef – you crave it once a year around St. Patrick’s Day – you cook it, it tastes amazing – but what do you do with all of the leftovers?!  Corned beef sandwiches are great (check out this post from last year for a delicious idea!), but if you are looking for something new, give this recipe for corned beef hash from Food Network a try:

Ingredients

  • 2 to 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups diced leftover rutabaga, carrots, potatoes and leek
  • 2 cups chopped leftover corned beef
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 1 to 1 1/2 cups leftover corned beef cooking liquid

Directions

Heat 2 tablespoons butter with the vegetable oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat until almost smoking. Add the onion, season with salt and pepper and cook until translucent, about 4 minutes. Add half of the vegetables and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden, about 5 minutes. Add the corned beef and cook until slightly brown, about 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, mash the remaining vegetables in a bowl with the parsley and 3/4 cup cooking liquid. Add to the skillet and stir to make a large pancake, adding up to 1/2 cup more cooking liquid, if needed. Cook until the hash is dark on the bottom, about 2 minutes.

Flip and continue cooking, turning occasionally and adding more butter if needed, until the hash is crunchy on the outside but still moist in the middle, 5 to 7 minutes. Add 1/4 cup cooking liquid 1 minute before serving.

March 16th, 2010 |

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Party

st. patrick's day dinner party

I’m Irish.  Like, freckles and reddish-hair, Irish.  Have I ever told you that?!  So, not only do I come from a big, Irish family…but so does my husband!  Since St. Patrick’s Day falls mid-week this year, we had our two big family celebrations on Sunday.  I thought I got the holiday out of my system….but I keep thinking, what are we going to do on the actual day?!  It’s too big of a deal in our families to just let the day slip by unnoticed!

I decided to whip together a quick little dinner party.  You know…. simple.  But festive!  I am going to serve traditional corned beef and potatoes.  But I also want to throw in some green, Spring vegetables – asparagus, broccolini, green beans and snap peas.  I thought it would be interesting to try something new with the corned beef too, so I am going to try these corned beef and cabbage rolls as an appetizer.  It looks yummy – and for those of us that are gluten-free (like me!) – it takes the place of a corned beef sandwich!

For dessert?!  Chocolate-Irish cream cheesecake and an Irish martini.  Sounds delicious, don’t you think?! What are your plans for celebrating?

Images: green dining room (karljuengel.com), napkin (theknot.com)

Fresh Party Invitations from Minted

March 15th, 2010 |

A Modern Train Party: Part 1

I have had the pleasure of working with Melisa from Project Nursery on her son’s 3rd birthday party the last few weeks.  She came to me with a big request: plan a party that her son, Austin, will think is a “Thomas the Train” party….but without the cartoon-y look, something more modern, that will appeal to the designer in her.  After weeks of collaboration – I think we have done just that!  Today, I am showing the inspiration for the party over at Project Nursery – the virtual party planning that has taken place, if you will.  Melisa will be following up with pictures from the party in the next couple of weeks – showing you exactly how she took my inspiration and brought it to life!

Head on over to Project Nursery to see the details of the party inspiration…..but for now, here is a sneak peak of how things turned out:

Let me tell you, this party is going to knock your socks off!  Custom paper goods ranging from signs, to cupcake toppers, to centerpieces, to party favors….all created by us over at WH Hostess.  We love to work with customers to create custom parties – so if you are in need of a little help, or a lot of help – check us out!  We would love to help you plan your next party!

Images: dessert table (hello naomi via flickr.com), centerpiece (nancyluichin.com), paper lanterns (karljuengel.com), thomas the train cake (simplysweetz.com), red and blue banner (etsy.com), polka dot party favor box (thecelebrationshoppe.com), party favor topper (etsy.com)

 

March 12th, 2010 |

Kate Landers Events Giveaway WINNER!

Congratulations to our winner (e-mail me and I will get you in touch with Kate to claim your prize!)…and thanks to all of you for participating!  Make sure to swing over to Kate’s shoppe and take advantage of her generous 20% off coupon this weekend!

March 12th, 2010 |

Trend Alert: Daffodil Yellow

trend alert daffodil yellow

I love the first signs of Spring.  Especially the bunches of tulips and daffodils I see on my weekly spin thru Whole Foods!  It’s amazing how one little vase of flowers sitting on my kitchen table can brighten the entire room!  The color yellow is the epitome of Spring to me – and here is a little inspiration on how to incorporate it into your day.

Images: cupcakes (theknot.com), urn of daffodils, bouquet, and lemonade (stylemepretty.com), yellow wall art (bhg.com), centerpiece and chair covers (brides.com), green vase of daffodils (floralartla.com)

Fresh Party Invitations from Minted

March 11th, 2010 |

Dress Up Your Cocktails

 

Brides.com has a great feature on “dressing up” your cocktails for Spring.  Simple ways that add a special touch to any occasion, here are a few of my favorites:

  1. Tie circle tags on to the bottom of a champagne flute or wine glass with each guest’s name on them.
  2. Anything is better with a monogram!  Try these personalized tumblers for your next event!
  3. Dress up a plain cocktail with an orange-peel lollipop (roll up an orange peel and secure it with a wooden stick)
  4. Add stickers to plain tumblers to jazz them up for a party (love that you could customize the colors for each party, too!)
  5. L-O-V-E the sleek look of these flutes!  Perfect for a cocktail party, have a waiter (or your husband!) pass these around in this cool, clear tray
  6. Tie a simple flower around the stem of a wine glass – the perfect touch of Spring!
  7. Serve a cocktail in an unusual glass – such as an ice cream soda glass.
  8. Garnish your cocktails with fruit!  Pineapples are a sign of hospitality – the perfect way to welcome your guests!

 

March 10th, 2010 |

Inspirational Reading

I have had multiple people e-mail me lately asking if there are certain books that I pull inspiration from regularly.  Instead of respond to each of them, I decided I would share them with all of you!  Whether it’s weddings, parties, food, or just an updated floral arrangement I am looking for – these are my go-to books:

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March 9th, 2010 |

Vintage Glam Barbie Birthday Party

 

Thrift store finds and a sophisticated color palette come together to make this Vintage Glam Barbie Party a hit. Pull out your old Barbies or find some vintage reproductions for your daughter’s birthday or a girl’s day out.

Black and pink are always fun paired together but keep things light by using two colors of pink to outweigh the black. And every girly party need lots of flowers.  To keep costs down, use flowers from your yard.  To really glam up your party, have a three tiered cake (with transfer sheets from Fancy Flours , pink lemonade and all pink ice cream sundaes.  Scour your local thrift store for vintage glass luncheon trays & cups and pull out your often under-used silver spoons to add a little extra wow.  And sparkly monograms add just the right amount of bling!

- Brittany, One Charming Party

Fresh Party Invitations from Minted

March 8th, 2010 |

Giveaway! Kate Landers Events

Happy Monday, Everyone!  Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  I can’t think of a better way to start out our week than with this darling giveaway from Kate Landers Events.  Remember Kate?!  She’s one of our fabulous sponsors…..she creates the most darling parties, and sells some fabulous party supplies!

Today, she is offering all of you a fabulous giveaway!  Here’s how to enter: simply head over to her shop, look around (drool over all of her cute things a little!), and then leave a comment here with your favorite item.  Want a second chance to enter?  Blog about it, tweet it, scream it from the rooftops – just send me an e-mail with the link!  Entries will be accepted until Thursday at midnight, and the winner will be announced on Friday.

On to the good part….the prizes!  The randomly chosen winner will have her choice of the following two prizes:

A preppy, spring-inspired pink and green paper party set for 4. Includes 4 assembled classic paper party hats, a package of spring green beverage paper napkins, a package of white dessert paper plates (perfect size for cake!), a package of pink paper cups, a package of bright pink plastic flatware, AND a large custom birthday girl ribbon!

A darling red, light blue and white sailboat-themed party hat and table runner set for 4. A custom hand made felt heirloom sailboat party hat, with 3 coordinating hand made solid felt party hats for guests. All in coordinating colors of white, red, light blue and navy–each features velvet ribbon to tie under the chin for a more luxe look. In addition, a custom red felt table runner to keep the “eco-friendly” theme and help the table and hats to coordinate together well.

So what are you waiting for?!  Go check out Kate’s shoppe, and come back to comment on what is your favorite item.  Let me guess?!  Is it the custom monogram wrapping paper?  or the handmade fabric party hats?  or the to-die-for fairy wings?  Can’t wait to hear!!  And if you are looking for more inspiration, check out Kate’s blog while you are over there too!

March 5th, 2010 |

A Quick Note of Thanks!

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