March 16th, 2009 |

St. Patrick’s Day

The luck of the Irish will bring you good fortune with these recipes!

The Irish celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 17th – it is believed that St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, died that day in 461 AD.  Today, it is a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and history.  People celebrate the day with parades, wearing of the green, and of course, drinking beer!  In Ireland, people traditionally wear a small bunch of shamrocks on their jackets or caps.  Children wear orange, white and green badges, and women and young girls wear green ribbons in their hair.

St. Patrick’s Day takes place just a few days before the first day of Spring….one might say it has become the first green of Spring.

St. Patrick's Day (small)

Your table should be easy – pull out anything green!  I love pairing white, green and yellow together – very festive and Spring-like.  Find some shamrock plants at your local nursery and place a sprig on each person’s plate or napkin (a four-leaf clover is meant to bring good luck).

Here are a few Irish recipes sure to make everyone excited for the celebration:

I hope you enjoy St. Patrick’s Day as much as I do!

Make sure to visit us tomorrow for ideas for your leftover corned beef…..

Images: napkin with four-leaf clover (marthastewart.com), short ribs and cabbage (williams-sonoma.com), corned beef and cupcakes (bonappetit.com)

March 13th, 2009 |

Friday Night Fiesta!

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Send your friends this bright, festive invitation to grab their sombreros and come on over for some margaritas and mexican food tonight!

Welcome your guests with festive music, and an easy menu of items that everyone loves – guacamole & chips, taco bar and of course, margaritas!  Everyone has their own favorite guacamole recipe….but if anyone is interested in a new one, my favorite comes from Williams-Sonoma.

Setting the mood is easy for a Mexican Fiesta….bring out as many bright colors and patterns as you can possibly find!  You can find great, inexpensive serving dishes, paper flowers and lanterns thru party supply stores and websites, such as Plum Party and Amazon.Fiesta Supplies (small)

Images: fiesta invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com), centerpiece (realsimple.com), patterned napkins (heatherbailey.com), lanterns (theknot.com), taco bar and gaucamole (realsimple.com), margarita (williams-sonoma.com), floral dishes (crateandbarrel.com), paper flowers and colored serving bowls (plumparty.com), chili pepper lanterns (amazon.com)

March 12th, 2009 |

Chic Birthday Dinner Party

chic-birthday-dinnerA dinner party with friends to celebrate a birthday…

Whatever shall I make?!

First, let’s keep it simple…set the table with black and white china and use a small vase of white flowers as your centerpiece…let the focus be on the gorgeous food and lovely friends.

For dinner, serve a meal that is rich in flavor, yet easy to prepare:

And for dessert…..a delicious chocolate birthday cake!

Images: chocolate cake (theknot.com), Barbara Barry china (bloomingdales.com), napkin rings (tabulatua.com), champagne cocktail (people.com), asparagus and corn risotto (william-sonoma.com), beef tenderloin (epicurious.com)

March 12th, 2009 |

A Clever Placecard Idea

Simply chic, and somewhat vintage looking…these tags would make lovely place cards at my next dinner party!

silverware-tags-petitepearTags by Petite Pear via Etsy

March 11th, 2009 |

Decorating with Moss

 

Add some natural intrigue to your Spring centerpieces with moss.

I love bringing the fresh color of green into my home for Spring, and I think the moss adds a look that is raw yet refined.  Some of these images would be great  inspiration for a wedding or party.  Mixing candles with the moss balls makes a beautiful centerpiece for any party…and hanging a beautiful wreath on the door is a great way to welcome your guests.

There are currently tons of places selling moss items – moss balls at Pottery Barn, antique glass terrariums full of moss on Etsy.com – but you can also find items at craft stores or on-line to create your own (pretty inexpensively, too!).

I found the best assortment at Save-On-Crafts – not only do they have already made moss wreaths, balls, and stones, but they also have moss covered wire.  Take a look…I hope it inspires you to bring a little nature into your home!

 

Top Images: wreath with bows (marthastewartweddings.com), candles & moss centerpiece (projectwedding.com),

moss balls (potterybarn.com), topiary place card (marthastewartweddings.com), glass terrarium (etsy.com),

little girl (via gertrude & mabel), doorway with moss wreath (marthastewart.com)

March 10th, 2009 |

Happy Birthday Cookies

happy-birthday-cookiesNeed to send a “Happy Birthday” fast?

Try these adorable cookies from Eleni’s New York (via Dean & Deluca).

March 9th, 2009 |

Deliciously Artistic Centerpiece

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I found this cute idea on Everyday with Rachel Ray….

What a great idea for Spring!

Combine six boes of Jell-O powder with half the amount of water specified, chill the mix in a glass vase for half an hour, the just push flowers into the semi-firm gelatin.  You can customize this idea for any color palette, with all different types of flowers.  Great for a spring dinner, children’s birthday or baby shower!

March 8th, 2009 |

Trend Alert: Vegetable Colors

trend-alert-vegetable-colorsVegetable colors are popping up both in apparel and in home goods this Spring.  Intense colors that remind us of butternut squash, lemons, and leafy greens are being paired together to set Spring-like tables.  Bold and fresh, it’s a great update to any home this time of year.

Images: Dining room and yellow plate (potterybarn.com), green candy bar (amyatlas.com), white, orange & green table (theknot.com), bamboo & lemons centerpiece (tapestryflowers.com) and stripe cake (theknot.com)

March 5th, 2009 |

Friday Night: Pizza Night!

pizza-night-copyFriday night is pizza night in our house!  It’s one of those parties that you can whip together fast – and everyone loves it!

Whether it’s friends stopping over for drinks after work, or the whole family wanting to make their own pizzas…..get creative, try some new combinations….I have a couple of ideas (and recipes) for you:

Ideas

  • Make life easy on yourself…buy store bought pizza dough.  Trader Joe’s offers fresh dough daily – regular and whole wheat.
  • Set up “make your own pizza” stations on your counter top – everyone can add their individual flair to their pizza!
  • If you are setting a table, get creative with your “Italian” theme – try using bread sticks as a centerpiece or (like the picture above) as place cards.

Recipes

  • Pizza Margharita

    • A wonderful classic that everyone loves!  Try this recipe from Mario Batali (via Martha Stewart).
  • Deep Dish Pizza

    • Update your classic deep dish with these new toppings – Pepperoni & Onion or Spinach & Artichokes…..YUM!  (Recipes via Martha Stewart)
  • West Coast Grilled Vegetable Pizza

    • Full of fresh veggies and goat cheese, it’s a great pizza to welcome Spring.  (Recipe via Martha Stewart)

March 3rd, 2009 |

Trend Alert: Yellow & Black

trend-alert-yellow-black-copyAs I am sure you can tell from my previous posts, I am in love with the color yellow this season!

People tend to shy away from the yellow & black pairing, as to not resemble a bumble bee…..however, this season the combination is nothing short of striking!

I think this color combination could make an excellent inspiration for a party or wedding, and trust me, there is plenty to choose from these days.

Images: yellow cake and floral cake (cakegirls.com), yellow & chocolate desserts (amyatlas.com), yellow place setting (marthastewart.com) and bold maxi dress (bloomindales.com)

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