September 28th, 2009 |
Cocktail parties are one of the easiest ways to entertain your friends. But, if you entertain often, you are probably always looking for a new theme. What’s on my radar right now?! A Tequila Tasting….full of margaritas and lots of Mexican appetizers.
Invite your guests with this charming invitation from Tiny Prints. It’s the perfect mix of fiesta and all things autumn!
When it comes to setting up your party, create a long buffet table with drinks on one side and appetizers on the other. To add a little decoration, create a runner of sunflower heads going down the center of the table. Since this is a cocktail party, I would center your food around appetizers. We talk a lot about Mexican dinner entrees around here….but I had a great time finding you some yummy appetizer ideas….definitely some new recipes to add to your repertoire.
In terms of drinks, offer your guests a few different options. I would suggest a couple different types of margaritas, and tasting stations of tequila. Set your stations up with shot glasses, a bowl of limes, and a small bowl of salt. Make sure to have a few pitchers of water on hand for people to cleanse their palette with after a tasting, too.
I think this party would be a lot of fun….now, who’s going to throw one?!
Images: margarita glasses (potterybarn.com), sunflower runner (hostessblog.com), margaritas (potterybarn.com), and tequila shots (projectwedding.com)
September 25th, 2009 |
Surprise! We have a great giveaway today! You all know Table Topics, the conversation starter/ice breaker game that is perfect for any party. Well, they have introduced two new sets of questions …..and two of our lucky readers are going to win a set!
Jump start your next dinner party with these fun, clever questions that will have your guests laughing in no time! This set also makes a perfect hostess gift (and don’t forget the upcoming holidays!) This set includes 135 thought-provoking, fun ice breaker questions…..here are a couple of examples:
- Who’s your favorite celebrity right now and why?
- What makes someone a success?
- If you could name the street you live on what would you call it?
Not Your Mother’s Dinner Party
There’s the dinner party that your mom would throw, and then there’s YOUR kind of dinner party. This set offers provocative questions that are guaranteed to spice up your table conversation! This set includes 135 conversation starters (and is filled with questions your mother told you not to ask!)….here are a few examples:
- Would you rather be addicted to gambling or food?
- What habit would you like to break?
- What alcohol can you never drink again?
You can purchase the dinner party and the not your mother’s dinner party sets on Amazon.com.
Now, on to the good stuff! You can enter the contest by going to our Facebook page, become a fan, and leave us a comment telling us your favorite conversation starter at a party. The contest is over Monday night at midnight….and we will randomly choose two winners. Can’t wait to see what you post!
September 24th, 2009 |
Anybody that knows me, knows that I love a good topiary! Which is why I fell in love with this idea from Good Housekeeping! Unique without being cheesy….exactly my style! For more details on how to construct these, click here for the instructions.
September 24th, 2009 |
With Halloween quickly approaching, I have been on a search for the cutest party invitations in town…..and guess who has the best selection? Tiny Prints. I know, no surprise there! Here are a few of my favorites:
What kind of Halloween party are you throwing this year?!
September 23rd, 2009 |
When I think of Fall parties, one of the first ideas that comes to mind is a cowboy theme! You can have so much fun putting together retro western details….perfect for a little boy’s birthday, but also darling for a baby shower!
If you are thinking about hosting a western themed birthday party, boy do I have ideas for you! Invite your guests with this darling invitation from Tiny Prints. Welcome them at the door with a bandanna to tie around their neck, a sheriff’s badge, and a cowboy hat. Start the party off with a quick game of pin the tail on the donkey, and then move into horse races. Looking to create your own horse corral?! How cute are these?!
Make your table setting festive by using bandannas for napkins, and tin cans full of wildflowers for your centerpieces. Make sure order those bandannas in bulk! Instead of buying store-bought goodie bags, why not make them out of the bandannas?! A quick run through the sewing machine, fill them up with goodies and tie with a ribbon….totally simple, and really cute!
There is so many cute western/cowboy theme stuff out there right now….I would love to see someone take these ideas and throw a vintage cowboy baby shower, too!
Images: invitation (tinyprints.com), popcorn cones (countryliving.com), pony corral and little cowboy (creativepartiesandshowers.blogspot.com), bandanna napkin (theknot.com), daisy centerpieces (brides.com), bandanna goodie bag (bhg.com), horse 1 (amazon.com), horse 2 (amazon.com), horse 3 (amazon.com), cowboy hats, western party blowers (birthdayinabox.com), bandanna paper plate (amazon.com)
September 22nd, 2009 |
Aren’t these just about the prettiest candy apples you have ever seen?! A perfect treat for any Fall party, candy apples can be customized to any flavor. Country Living has a great basic recipe, as well as an updated version called the pistachio chocolate apple. Yum!
The added touch of the ribbon-wrapped stick truly make this a very special dessert. I would love to see this done with mini-apples for a kid’s party or a cocktail party (easier for guests to eat as they mingle!).
What do you plan on decorating your candy apples with this season?!
September 22nd, 2009 |
One of the easiest ways to dress up your place setting is to add a simple embellishment to your napin – such as a vegetable! A bunch of radishes tied with twine offer a pop of color, an apple with a tag stuck in it serves as a place card, the possibilities are endless….just take a spin thru the produce section of your local grocery store or farmer’s market for inspiration.
Image via Inmagine.com
September 17th, 2009 |
I know, I know…I might be rushing the season a bit. But Halloween is just around the corner…and I need to give you girls some time to plan, right?! I have so many cute Halloween ideas for you this season, I figured best to start passing them along!
Looking for an easy, yet stylish centerpiece for your kitchen table?! You can bet you will find a big bowl of these “dressed-up” pumpkins on mine come October 1st! This is so simple to do – simply find a bunch of different patterned ribbons at your local craft store, wrap around the small pumpkins and adhere with double sided tape. I love projects like this where it involves little effort and your get a lot of style!
Image via Good Housekeeping
September 17th, 2009 |
Looking for a few rustic touches for your Fall parties or weddings?! Look no further than these darling wood placecard holders! Charming, rustic and I don’t know about you….but they are perfect for my next dinner party!
You can find these at GoodGuest on Etsy.com – and she has plenty of coordinating wood items (if you plan to use them for a wedding).