September 2nd, 2009 |

REAL PARTY: Doll-Inspired Sweet Soiree

I have an adorable party to share with you today….it was sent to me from Laura of Sweet Soiree in San Antonio, Texas.  Her friend asked her to create a doll-inspired party for her daughter’s 2nd birthday.  Here was her inspiration:

And here is what she came up with!

How darling is this?!  Laura used this [...]

August 19th, 2009 |

Peaches!

Make the most of peach season with 8 of my favorite recipes!

These appetizers taste refreshingly like SUMMER!  Try pancetta-wrapped peaches, peaches with serrano ham and basil, a grilled peach and mozzarella salad, or pizza with peach, prosciutto and goat cheese.

Freshen up your dessert repertoire with these sensational treats!  Fresh peach gelees, grilled [...]

August 14th, 2009 |

Dinner Party: Straight Off The Grill

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 [...]

August 10th, 2009 |

A Colorful Birthday Party

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 [...]

July 30th, 2009 |

Wedding Inspiration: Pretty in Plaid

For a summertime wedding full of charm, take some old “country” ideas and update them to create a modern event that will have the town talking for weeks!  If you are a bride planning an outdoor, casual wedding, opt for a short wedding gown, such as this one from Amsale.  Short and sassy will [...]

July 1st, 2009 |

A Very Berry Dessert

Ingredients

2 envelopes (1/4 ounce each) unflavored gelatin
2 cups white grape juice
1/2 cup sugar
5 1/2 to 6 cups (about 2 pounds) mixed fresh berries, such as strawberries (hulled and halved), raspberries, blackberries, and blueberries

Directions

In a small bowl, sprinkle gelatin over 1/4 cup grape juice; let soften 2 to 3 minutes. Meanwhile, heat sugar with another 1/4 cup [...]

June 28th, 2009 |

Baking a Small Garden

We baked mini flower cupcakes for dessert for the party….they turned out so cute, I just had to share them [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

May 22nd, 2009 |

Friday Night: The New Fish Fry

Remember that old Friday night fish fry?!  Update that concept by inviting friends over for a healthy dinner of cedar-planked salmon with seasoned lemon butter.  Serve up a green salad with serrano ham and a tomato vinagrette, iced tea, and chocolate orange cookie stacks for dessert.

To set the mood for this relaxed, modern patio, set your [...]

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