July 1st, 2010 |

Delicious Desserts for 4th of July

In my quest for finding a new, never-been-seen-before-at-the-family-bbq dessert, I came across these three recipes – and now I’m stumped!  What’s a girl to do?  They all look delicious and pretty (which always helps in my book!).  So, help me decide!  Which do you think looks the most appetizing?!

Red, White and Blueberry [...]

June 28th, 2010 |

Fourth of July: Decoration Ideas

Looking for some last minute decoration ideas for your fourth of July bbq?  I fell in love with all three of these ideas……

First, turn your 3-tier serving piece into a 3-tier centerpiece!  Perfect for either your dinner table or a buffet table!  I love how they stacked the three different color flowers, it creates a sophisticated [...]

June 24th, 2010 |

Fourth of July: Free Printables!

July is one of my favorite months of the year!  It is {normally} perfect, summer weather in Chicago, the fourth of July, and my birthday!  So in celebration of this fabulous month, I decided a free printable was in order!  Here are two free printables for your fourth of July celebration: cupcake toppers and food tent [...]

June 11th, 2010 |

4th of July Centerpiece

Fourth of July is just around the corner – anyone planning a big party or BBQ?  I loved this centerpiece idea from Good Housekeeping.  Simple, with a preppy nod.  Simply attach grosgrain ribbon to any vase with double-sided tape.  You could take this idea and adapt it to any party theme – it would be darling [...]

May 27th, 2010 |

Delicious Dishes for a Memorial Day BBQ

When it comes to Memorial Day, I like to keep it simple.  A family BBQ is normally in the plans, and if we are lucky (with our wishy-washy Chicago weather) we’ll get to eat outside!  I love this table setting from Pottery Barn….the white paper lanterns dress it up in an easy, DIY-way, and [...]

July 1st, 2009 |

Creative Centerpiece with Patriotic Style

Looking for a quick, inexpensive centerpiece for your 4th of July party?  Try this idea from Woman’s Day….

Supplies

Red sand
White sand
Blue sand
Glass vases – different sizes and shapes
Red, white or blue daisies
Small, decorative American flags

Directions

1) Layer red, white and blue sand in the glass vase (varying colors and patterns as you desire)
Hint: Pour in a layer of [...]

June 30th, 2009 |

4th of July: Dinner Under The Stars

Images: table under the tent (via Passion for Parties by Carolyne Roehm), red drinks (gloriawongdesign.com), berry dessert (foodportfolio.com), flower and stripe plates (kate spade [...]

June 24th, 2009 |

4th of July BBQ

4th of July is right around the corner!  Have you started planning your holiday weekend yet?!  A lot of times we forget about the little guests at parties – so today I am going to focus on tailoring your BBQ to make the kids happy!  The 4th is all about stars, stripes, flags and fireworks – [...]

June 20th, 2009 |

Dessert: In A Cone

Make dessert your easiest course with this simple idea from Rachael Ray:

Ingredients

1 cup sour cream
4 tablespoons sugar
Grated peel and juice of 1 lemon
1/4 pound fresh cherries, halved, plus 10 whole for garnish
1 pint mixed berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries)
6 ounces milk or dark chocolate
20 sugar cones

Directions

In a small bowl, combine [...]

May 31st, 2009 |

Simplify the Sundae Bar

Country Living is the magazine behind this genius idea….

To make summer parties a little bit simpler, try dressing up a dozen cones before the party starts to streamline the ice cream sundae process. To make these treats, just dip each cone in melted white or milk chocolate and roll in tiny marshmallows, coconut flakes, chopped [...]

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