June 17th, 2009 |

Playdate Pizzazz

Whether you are the hostess of a child’s birthday party or just trying to out-do yourself for your next play date, I have the perfect idea for you from Parent’s Magazine!

Make your snack table come alive with a few simple steps (and delicious treats)! Cover a table with butcher paper and paint it into the cutest [...]

June 17th, 2009 |

Surfin’ Pool Party

Let your kids cool off during the dog days of summer by hosting a Surfin’ Pool Party!

If you are lucky enough to live by an ocean – plan your party for the beach!  For those of us that are a little more land-locked, find a local pool to host your party.

Invite your guests with [...]

June 15th, 2009 |

Add a Little Fizz

Add a little fizz and some retro fun to your next party with a soda bar!

Whether you decide to use old-fashioned soda pop (available in a variety of flavors – all with fabulous vintage logos on the bottles) or the modern day versions – choose a variety of colors and flavors and prominently show them off.  [...]

June 11th, 2009 |

Shirley Temple

Serve up this refreshing treat from Rachael Ray at your next party!

Ingredients:

2 cups fresh red grapefruit juice (about 4 grapefruits)
2 cups ginger ale
1/2 cup superfine sugar
2 tablespoons grenadine or pomegranate juice
4 maraschino cherries

Directions:

In a large bowl, stir together the grapefruit juice, ginger ale, sugar and grenadine until the sugar is dissolved. Pour into a 9-by-13-inch metal [...]

June 8th, 2009 |

Graduation Pops!

My baby brother graduates today from 8th grade……I can’t believe he will be in high school next year!  No matter what the age, or what level of education achieved, graduations are a time for celebration!  These treats are sure to put a smile on any graduates face!

The oh, so talented Bakerella came up with this creative [...]

June 3rd, 2009 |

Backyard Movie Party

Today, we are going to forget the fancy invitations, the big, bold centerpieces and the creative placecards….today, we are throwing a different type of party.

Take advantage of the good weather while you have it and host a backyard movie party.  Create a makeshift movie screen and invite friends to stop over for a picnic and movie.

If [...]

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 [...]

May 30th, 2009 |

Do-It-Yourself Picnic: Reusable Sandwich Bags

Last week, I posted on creating the perfect, modern picnic for the summer.  I just discovered this idea in Tastebud magazine – and it’s perfect for our modern picnic!

Make a simple reusable sandwich bag from oil cloth. There are tons of great prints out there (look at your local fabric or craft store) and can be [...]

May 21st, 2009 |

Tips for a Modern Picnic

The official start of summer is upon us this weekend – and that means it’s time to embrace outdoor entertaining!  BBQ’s, pool parties, dining alfresco in the garden – they are all fun!  But don’t forget the picnic – whether it is the end-of-the-year school picnic, dinner at  a music festival, a picnic on [...]

May 19th, 2009 |

Napkin of the Week: Sail Away

Sail into Memorial Day weekend with this napkin that just SCREAMS summer!  This festive boat would be great for any summer party or children’s birthday party.

Step 1: Fold the napkin. Lay the cloth napkin flat on the surface you are using and fold the napkin in half horizontally. Fold it again vertically so that [...]

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