December 10th, 2009 |

Holiday Cocktail Guide

holiday cocktail guide

With all of the Holiday cocktail parties, dinner parties and special events that are taking place this month, it’s time you update your cocktail repertoire!  Here are 8 cocktail recipes that will definitely put a festive spin on your party!

Balthazar French Martini, Goombay Smash, Christmas Caipirinhas, French 75, Partridge in a Pear Tree, Lemoncillo, Algonquin Bar Punch, and Cranberry Martinis.  Yum!

December 9th, 2009 |

A Teal & Lime Green Christmas

teal and lime green christmasChristmas doesn’t have to mean red and green….try choosing a modern color palette of teal and lime green for your holiday party.  (hint: these colors look particularly fabulous in metallic items!)

Images: ornament wreath (hgtv.com), napkin (bhg.com), invitation (tinyprints.com), ornaments (projectwedding.com), ornament and candle centerpiece, presents (bhg.com)

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December 8th, 2009 |

Blue + Orange: A Sunny Kid’s Party

 

We all rack our brains trying to come up with the newest, the cutest, the most inventive themes for our parties.  Sometimes all you need is a cute invitation to inspire a color palette…..and the rest just falls in place!

Images: girl (ba-reps.com), invitation (minted.com), candy napkins (familycircle.com), balloons (realsimple.com), cupcake (inmagine.com), drinks (inthenowweddings.com)

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December 8th, 2009 |

Snowman Sippies

Snowman Sippies

If you love our blue + orange color palette today, but want to switch out the elephant for a snowman, this simple idea will do the trick!  I love this idea from Better Homes and Gardens……these snowman sippies are the perfect companion for our blue + orange birthday party!  Super easy to do….click here for for the full instructions.

December 7th, 2009 |

OpenSky Coupons!

Happy Holidays to my loyal readers……as a special gift to all of you, I want to share a special discount on OpenSky with you.  OpenSky is THE place for Holiday shopping!  Check out my shop along with other shops from the talented ladies of Project Nursery, Happy Hour Mom, and Cooking with Friends Club, among many others.

Hurry over to OpenSky and register your e-mail – each and every one of you will receive a coupon to shop.  The first 50 readers will receive a $15 off a purchase of $20 or more.  So, hurry up!  Sign up and start shopping!

Oh, and to get the best savings….make sure to list PARTYDRESS as your favorite shopkeeper!

December 7th, 2009 |

Holiday Cookie Guide

holiday cookie recipes

Christmas cookies are one of my favorite parts of the Holiday season!  I like to make all different kinds and box them up to give as gifts to my friends and family.  Always in search of new recipes to update my assortment, I have come across a few new recipes that I can’t wait to try out!  Any one of these would be perfect for a cookie exchange party.

1. Super-Duper Chocolate Kisses

2. Chocolaty Caramel Thumbprints

3. Chocolate Peppermint Stars

4. Candy Cane Sugar Cookies

5. Seven-Layer Cookies

6. Chocolate-Orange Swirls

7. Chocolate Candy Cane Cookies

8. Lemon Blueberry Fans

December 7th, 2009 |

Packaging Ideas for Holiday Treats

packaging ideas for holiday treats

Once you have completed all of your holiday baking, you have to come up with a unique concept for packaging your gifts.  You can use tin cans, paper boxes, cellophane bags stuffed into a holiday mug…..I hope these images inspire you to get really creative with it!

Images: box with joy tag (williams-sonoma.com), tin can with bow (bhg.com), fabric covered box, tin can with stripe ribbon, mug (inmagine.com), loaves of bread (midwestliving.com)

December 4th, 2009 |

Holiday Bridal Shower

I’m on a bit of a feather-kick this week….first the “feather-her-nest” baby shower, then our holiday open house decorated with white feathers….and today, today I have a great inspiration board for you!  Just because it’s the holiday season, doesn’t mean bridal showers halt for the season!  If you are throwing a shower during the Christmas season, or around Valentine’s Day, try incorporating traditional holiday decor into your theme, but do it using an un-traditional color palette.  Icy blue, pale yellow, or in this case, petal pink.

I absolutely love this pink feather wreath – it’s the perfect decoration to hang above a buffet table.  You could fill vases or apothecary jars full of pink and silver ornaments, use branches of pink berries as your floral decor.  Infuse the color into your drinks and food – such as a sparkling rose to drink (use a rimming sugar for added sparkle), or a raspberry whoopie pie for dessert.

Images: invitation (minted.com), dress (jcrew.com), table setting (thelennoxx.zymichost.com), champagne glasses (theknot.com), raspberry whoopie pies (bhg.com), ornament centerpiece and napkin (inmagine.com)

 

December 3rd, 2009 |

Winter Wonderland Open House

winter wonderland open house

An open house can be a great opportunity to visit with friends and family during the Holidays.  Because your guests can come and go as they please, it becomes a very approachable party…..they can stop by for an hour and move on to another party, or stay and enjoy the evening…..it seems like everyone can fit it into their busy Holiday schedule in one way or another!

Instead of sticking with the traditional red and green color palette, try straying a bit…..use white as your main color, and throw in some chocolate brown, icy blue and maybe a touch of red.  The effect will be sophisticated and whimsical all rolled into one party!  Invite your guests with this sophisticated invitation from Tiny Prints.  Take your decorating cues from the invitation and use white feathers to enhance your home.  White  feather wreaths hanging in windows, feather trees sitting atop your buffet table….these whimsical touches will help you to create a beautiful winter wonderland, and put a different spin on Holiday decorating!

Speaking of your buffet table…. hors d’oeuvres and desserts work best for an open house party (things that are easy to eat, and can sit out for a couple hours).  I challenge you to get creative with your food presentation!  Serve your treats in covered cake plates and glass cloches, line your white trays with coordinating scrapbook paper, and make sure to organize your table with thought.

If you are looking for a cute, little party favor to send your guests home with,  a snowflake wine stopper would fit our theme perfectly!  You could get really cute with your presentation too…..set up a small Christmas tree with white lights by your front door, and hang the snowflake wine stoppers on it like ornaments.  Instead of placing a star or angel at the top of the tree, place a sign that says “thanks for coming to our party!”

Stay tuned for some yummy recipes for hors d’oeuvres and desserts for all of your holiday parties!

Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), table (parents.com), white feather wreath (inmagine.com), white marshmallow pops (amyatlas.com), snowflake wine stopper (beau-coup.com), nickel cake plate with glass cloche (The Party Dress via theopenskyproject.com)

December 3rd, 2009 |

Holiday Appetizer Guide

holiday appetizer recipes

Small bites, appetizers, hors d’oeuvres – whatever you call them, Holiday parties call for a lot of them!  To freshen up your appetizer recipe file, I have searched the web – here are my new favorites, updated classics, and a few that just look delicious!

1. Marinated Feta and Olive Skewers

2. Sausage Mushroom Caps

3. Creamy Mushroom Phyllo Triangles

4. Cocktail Meatballs with Herbs and Ricotta

5. Citrus Salmon Lollipuffs

6. Chicken and Lemon Pot Stickers with Soy-Scallion Dipping Sauce

7. Bloody Mary Soup Shots with Shrimp and Pickled Vegetables

8. Chicken Satay with Peanut Sauce

Do you have a favorite appetizer recipe you want to share?  Leave a comment below with a link!

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