March 30th, 2009 |

Couture Cookies

I like to think of myself as a cookie “artist” – I decorate sugar cookies for every holiday and have been known to get a couple of compliments.  BUT….my cookies don’t come close to these!  I’m totally jealous of their modern designs.

Gumdrop Cookie Shop offers “couture” cookies and will ship them right to your door!  Choose from a variety of adorable designs, or ask them to customize with your unique design, logo or message.  These cookies would make darling party favors for any party!

Gumdrop Cookies (small)

If you are looking for a creative idea for your child’s birthday party, I absolutely love this idea…..Gumdrop Cookie Shop will send you a kit with frosted cookies, edible ink markers, cello bags and raffia (to package) – the kids can design their own sugar cookie!  It’s a great activity and favor!
Cookie Kit (small)

Images via Gumdrop Cookie Shop

March 30th, 2009 |

Crazy Lady Birthday Lunch

Crazy Lady Dresses (small)

One of the biggest trends for Spring 2009 is “Crazy Lady Chic” – full of patterns, florals and every color of the rainbow – this trend can be a colorful inspiration for both fashion and parties this season.

Crazy Lady Birthday Lunch (small)

A couple of easy ideas for food: ladies like to eat light, especially at lunch time.  So keep the meal to a minimum; serve a fresh salad with fruit, and save up those calories for a strawberry-lime stuffed cupcake for dessert!

This idea could be used for a birthday party or a shower – mix and match colorful chairs, different patterns of china, and a variety of whimsical flowers.  I love the pink candelabras with green candles!  (Think pink candelabras are hard to find?  Check your local Home Goods, Marshall’s or Target for any color, cheap candelabra….and then spray paint it whatever color you desire!)

Place cards add a lovely, personal touch to any party.  I absolutely love this idea of using grass and miniature cups!  So easy to do yourself, and you could really use any type of glass – a mini tea cup, espresso mug or even a shot glass.  These are so cute, your guests will be thrilled to take them home with them as a reminder of their sunny afternoon!

Flower Placecard (small)

Dress Images: strapless floral dress, floral dress & cardigan, floral print dress (nordstrom.com)

Party Images: strawberry cupcake (foodnetwork.com), pink napkin (via Napkins with a Twist),

ribbon candy (amyatlas.com), pink lemonade and flower placecards (theknot.com)

March 30th, 2009 |

Strawberry Sorbato and Prosecco Float

prosecco-floats-bonappetit

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds ripe strawberries, sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 750-ml bottle Prosecco or other sparkling white wine, chilled

Special equipment

Ice cream maker

Preparation

Toss berries, sugar, and salt in large bowl. Let stand until juicy, about 30 minutes. Puree mixture in batches in blender. Press through fine strainer into medium bowl. Mix cream and lemon juice into puree. Process in ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions. Transfer to container; cover and freeze until firm, at least 3 hours and up to 2 days.Place 1 scoop sorbato in each of 8 glasses. Fill each glass with Prosecco (sorbato will float to top).

Now, although this recipe from Bon Appetit sounds FABULOUS…..I don’t own an ice cream maker (shocking, right?!).   I think you could substitute store-bought sorbet – strawberry, raspberry – and make these oh, so pretty drinks quickly for your next party!

March 29th, 2009 |

Spring Break 2009

Spring Break 2009 (small)

Ah…Spring Break….just the sound of it puts a smile on my face!

Everyone needs a little getaway to get over the winter blues and start looking forward to spring!

I hope you find a few days to getaway yourself!

In the meantime, check out some of my Spring Break must-have’s…..

Images: patio, tray, pillows (potterybarn.com), laundry dress (nordstrom.com),

orange ruffle top (trinaturk.com), orange basketweave handbag by Cole Haan (nordstrom.com),

floral cover-up (jcrew.com), surfing kids (coastalliving.com)

March 29th, 2009 |

Sunday Morning Breakfast

strawberry-breakfast

I don’t know about you, but I like to celebrate the weekend with a casual Sunday morning breakfast with family or friends.  The weekend always goes by so fast, and Saturdays are always my run-around-and-get-everything-done-day….but Sundays….Sundays are my fun days!

Keep it simple with easy-to-make dishes, and enjoy the company!

Here are a couple of ideas from Williams Sonoma for your Sunday morning breakfast:

strawberry-breakfast-food

March 28th, 2009 |

The Gift of Chocolate

Looking for a great gift for a Chocolate lover?

Try these indulgent gifts from Plum Party – they would make a great hostess gift or birthday present!

chocolate-gifts

March 28th, 2009 |

Sweet Treat Cupcakes

Need a good dessert, fast?!  Don’t have time to bake?

Try these adorable new Sweet Treat Cupcakes from Cold Stone Creamery.  It’s way too difficult to decide which you want….which is probably why they are sold in 6 packs!

Perfect for birthday parties, dinner parties, or an office birthday.

Which flavor will you choose?

Cold Stone Cupcakes (small)

March 27th, 2009 |

Game Night Party with Friends

Game Night Intro (small)

Brighten your week with an impromptu game night filled with board games, comfort food and good friends.  Make a lot of finger foods that are easy to snack on between rolls, and then serve a hearty main course (such as chicken and white bean chili) as the night lingers on.

Use bright, colorful board games as your direction for decor…..you could even use vintage board games as trays for the appetizers!

Game Night (small)

Images: game timers (realsimple.com), stack of board games (countryliving.com), ante up games (hostessblog.com), table setting (countryliving.com), red punch (instyleweddings.com), chips (brides.com), mini burgers (flightsoffancy.com)

March 27th, 2009 |

Hostess Gift for Game Night

tiffany-cards-largeFor the Hostess that has everything!

Charming playing cards from Tiffany & Co.

March 26th, 2009 |

Party-Ready Appetizers

Today I am answering an email from a reader:

“Dear Hostess, Every time I go to a party or to a friend’s house for dinner, I feel like my friends always ask me to bring an appetizer.  I’m sick of my same old recipes!  I can’t make another Mexican layer dip or ‘pigs in a blanket’…..can you help me come up with some new ideas?”

Here you go….hope these inspire you!

9 New Appetizers (small)

Appetizers are the first taste of the party….they can be an indicator of what’s to come with the meal, but they can also be just a fun display of different tastes.  Here are some of my new favorites:

Page 98 of 104« First...102030...96979899100...Last »