August 31st, 2009 |
Looking to plan an end of the summer birthday bash?! A casual neighborhood gathering to say goodbye to Summer, and hello to Fall?! Gather friends for a casual party decorated with bright colors, lots of patterns, and some delicious summer appetizers.
Set the mood for this colorful party with this invitation from Minted….I love the colors and the bohemian chic feel to it. Decorate your space with brightly colored flowers, serving dishes, and patterned linens. Now….on to the important part…the food!
Serve a buffet of appetizers, including these delicious summer favorites:
And don’t forget a signature cocktail……something fruity and fun….try a pineapple greyhound!
Images: drink table (simplystated.com), napkins (heatherbaileystore.com), invitation (minted.com)
August 27th, 2009 |
Hot pink and candy apple green are two of my favorite colors….especially when paired together! Move this bright color palette into a Fall party with the use of apples. Perfect for a bridal shower, or a special birthday party!
Invite your guests with this mod/preppy invitation from Minted. It sets the tone for a sophisticated party that will have your guests talking for weeks! Start your decorations at the front door by creating a moss-covered initial (or you could spell out a name if you hang them on a wall) – it’s a more modern look than a traditional wreath. You can find the letters at your local craft store, and order the moss in bulk on-line. A little hot-glue-gun-action, a beautiful hot pink ribbon – and you have yourself a stunning decoration.
Create a simple centerpiece by using different sized glass cylinder vases grouped together. Stack green apples in one, and float a stem of hot pink orchids in the others. I found some great pink and green party supplies that would be perfect for this party: green or hot pink lacquered placecard holders, floral print melamine plates, a green lacquer serving tray, and pink and green plastic wine glasses. You all know I am a fan of a beautiful, creative napkin….I L-O-V-E this idea! Fold your napkin like a fortune teller, and place a round card inside that states a question for your to ask the bride during lunch. Some examples are, “where are you going for your honeymoon?”, “how did your fiance propose?”…you get the idea!
Serve a buffet of food for lunch, featuring a bunch of green salads (throw a few strawberries into the salads for a pop of pink!), some small tea sandwiches, and festive cupcakes for dessert. Do you have a cupcake stand? If you invest in a basic white stand, you can decorate it to match each party. This one would be darling with hot pink and green ribbon along the edges. Create signage for your buffet by attaching a placecard on a stick, and inserting it into the top of an apple. It’s cute, affordable, and it carries the apple theme thru the whole party.
Don’t forget to serve a signature drink. If you are looking for a pink cocktail, check out the Hostessblog.com for great recipes! This party is fun, and preppy with a touch of modern flair….perfect for the style-conscious bride!
Images: hanging moss initial, orchid and apple centerpieces, and apple placecard (weddingchannel.com), invitation (minted.com), cupcakes (simplysweetsaz.blogspot.com), pink cocktail (hostessblog.com), fortune teller napkin (brides.com), green and pink lacquer placecard holders (plumparty.com), floral melamine plate, green tray, green and pink wine glasses (amazon.com)
August 25th, 2009 |
Food-wise, late summer may be my F-A-V-O-R-I-T-E time of the year! Why, you ask?! Tomato season.
In honor of this magnificent time of the year, host your own tomato fest dinner party. Using a color palette of bright reds, yellows and greens, set your table using what else?! Tomatoes as your centerpiece! Stack bowls on top of bowls, piles of them on top of cake plates, mix different colored tomatoes (and maybe throw in a few leaves here and there)….colorful, theme-oriented and you can eat them after the party!
Try to incorporate tomatoes into each dish you serve at your party…..and if you are looking for suggestions:
1) Grilled Tomatoes with a Basil Vinaigrette 2) Chilled Tomato Soup with Avocado Salsa 3) Spicy Fried Noodles with Tomatoes and Cabbage 4) Adobo Flank Steak with Corn-Tomato Relish 5) Sun-Dried Tomato Jam 6) Bread Salad with Tomatoes and Lemon Cucumbers 7) Spicy Bloody Mary 8) Tomato Tart
Images: tomato centerpiece (bhg.com), little girl (ba-reps.com), napkin (realsimple.com), tomatoes (inmagine.com)
August 15th, 2009 |
With the long awaited premiere of Mad Men’s season 3 upon us this weekend, channel your inner Betty Draper and host a 1960’s inspired cocktail party. Bon Appetit has a menu full of classic drinks, and post-modern appetizers that are perfect for the occasion:
Images: food (bonappetit.com)
August 14th, 2009 |
We love entertaining at home, so I am always looking for new recipes and creative ways to set my table. I think this dinner party invitation from Minted sets the tone for a casual, yet polished evening. Setting the table is easy for me during the late summer months. Sunflowers are in bloom and they are my favorite! They just scream festive to me! Tie the sunflowers idea into your placecards too. You can create this festive, colorful place setting by simply using a sunflower stamp on a basic white placecard. I think the napkin fold is really pretty…..see below for the instructions (click on the image for a bigger view).
Now, in terms of food…..I love dishes that are simple, yet full of flavor and style! These grilled mushroom kabobs look delicious to me! I found this recipe on Cully’s Kitchen. I’m a sucker for barbecue chicken…and this recipe for grilled chicken with white barbecue sauce has been calling my name for a while now. Perfect for a summer dinner party! Now for dessert….it’s summer, so fruit must be involved! Try to mix it up a little by trying something new like a goat cheese and fruit tart. Not only does it sound delicious, but look at it! Any guest would be oh, so impressed!
What are some of your favorite dinner party ideas? Have a recipe to share….have a table setting idea….leave a comment and share your ideas with us!
Images: invitation (minted.com), sunflower centerpiece (inmagine.com), napkin roll (via Napkins with a Twist), table setting (horchow.com)
August 12th, 2009 |
My husband and I are moving into our very first home next week….so I have moving, decorating, and housewarming parties on the brain lately! A housewarming party is a great way not only to show off your new home, but also a chance to gather your friends and get decorating ideas!
I have found some fabulous new home stationery out there that I just had to share with you……
I love the simplicity and warmth of this invitation from Minted….it would be perfect for a Fall gathering!
This lawnmower announcement from Minted would be so cute for a family moving into the suburbs, right?!
“We’ve planted new roots” – a charming, yet playful announcement from Tiny Prints.
This is the announement I chose for us from Tiny Prints….I love how it pictures the perfect little neighborhood.
Simple and sophisticated, this announcement from Wedding Paper Divas would be perfect for a house or apartment!
Images: dining room, wine, cheese (potterybarn.com), lattice housewarming invitation (minted.com), potted hydrangeas (customeventgroup.com)
August 10th, 2009 |
I thought we needed a “colorful” inspiration for a Monday morning….how are you going to infuse color into your next party?
Images: party table (inmagine.com), centerpiece (nancyliuchin.com), place setting (socialcouture.com), plates and glasses (potterybarn.com)
August 7th, 2009 |
Entertaining this weekend?! Here is a thoughtful idea…
Gather flowers from your garden and create tiny bouquets for each of your guests. Place them on each person’s napkin – not only will it dress up your table setting, but it will serve as a delightful party favor too!
Image via Inmagine
August 6th, 2009 |
This darling invitation from Minted inspired this party idea; ideal for a rehearsal dinner or a dinner party! Love the colors, love the design….just plain LOVE it!
If you are planning a “dressy” dinner party – consider using a palette of metallic silver and pewter mixed with plum. I love the shimmer mixed with the deep hue of one of Fall’s hottest colors. Rich, yet modern-looking. And oh, so sophisticated! Speaking of sophisticated….make sure to dress yourself in a coordinating hue. This ruffled-trim dress from Milly fits the bill!
Since we are hosting a “dressy” dinner party, it’s time to pull out the good stuff. You know what I’m talking about… Dust off that china, polish the silver, and make sure your crystal is sparkling! Add a modern touch to your classics with a few new items from Plum Party Supplies. I found shimmered, silver napkins that are stunning, and two different types of votive candle holders. Silver and gold metallic glass votives, or silver glitter tea light holders…..you choose which one is more your style!
Serve your guests passed champagne after dinner. To dress up your drinks, add a rim of pink sugar on each glass. Simply wet the rim of your champagne flute and dip into pink fine sugar. To carry the shimmer of the silver throughout the party, serve cupcakes decorated with over-sized pearl or silver sprinkles.
Images: table setting (nancyluichin.com), dinner party invitation (minted.com), champagne (brides.com), pearl cupcakes (le cupcake via flickr.com), silver and gold votive candles, silver napkins, and silver glitter tea light holders (plumparty.com)
August 4th, 2009 |
Add a fun twist to your next cocktail party by decorating with COLOR! Choose a color palette of three hues and break up your party into color-coordinated sections. For example, I have chosen a fuchsia, orange and yellow color palette for this party inspiration. Set your table up in three sections and include flowers, cocktails, appetizers, barware and edible garnishes in each section. Use neutral elements such as a tall glass vase, or votive candles in each section to unify the look. It’s somewhat of an “organization by color” project – but the final product will be so visual appealing!
When planning your food and drinks, try to keep your color palette in mind. Serve a signature cocktail for each color. For example, try a raspberry champagne cocktail (for the fuchsia), a mango cocktail (for the orange), and a lemoncello cooler (for the yellow). Get creative with your food presentation too….instead of serving one large crudites tray, separate the veggies by color. Place radishes on a plate with a small bowl of dip, carrots for the orange section, celery for the yellow section, and so on….
Bring in your pop colors with accessories. This festive invitation from Wedding Paper Divas is perfect for my color palette, but it comes in other color ways as well…perfect for any party! I found these great colored-glass votive candles at Plum Party Supplies. They come in all different colors, and I was thrilled to find them in all three of my pop colors – fuchsia, orange, yellow! These are great for placing in the different colored sections of my table, but will still give a unified look.
Images: invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com), shrimp cocktail (epicurious.com), wine glasses (thenest.com), table setting (potterybarn.com)