March 16th, 2010 |

Corned Beef: The Day After…

Corned beef – you crave it once a year around St. Patrick’s Day – you cook it, it tastes amazing – but what do you do with all of the leftovers?!  Corned beef sandwiches are great (check out this post from last year for a delicious idea!), but if you are looking for something new, give [...]

March 10th, 2010 |

Inspirational Reading

I have had multiple people e-mail me lately asking if there are certain books that I pull inspiration from regularly.  Instead of respond to each of them, I decided I would share them with all of you!  Whether it’s weddings, parties, food, or just an updated floral arrangement I am looking for – these are my [...]

March 9th, 2010 |

Vintage Glam Barbie Birthday Party

 

Thrift store finds and a sophisticated color palette come together to make this Vintage Glam Barbie Party a hit. Pull out your old Barbies or find some vintage reproductions for your daughter’s birthday or a girl’s day out.

Black and pink are always fun paired together but keep things light by using two colors of [...]

March 2nd, 2010 |

Spring Engagement Party

 

I have decided that I have seen ENOUGH snow for one season.  It’s time to move on to Spring!  Bright colors, cocktails on the patio, gathering friends to celebrate a special occasion.  I get requests all of the time for engagement party ideas…..but this inspiration could also be used for [...]

February 22nd, 2010 |

Farmhouse Brunch

When it comes to incorporating the style ideas from our trend alert (Farmhouse Chic) earlier today into entertaining, there are a few key elements: a relaxed, natural decor, spring-like colors, and comfort food.

This invitation from my stationery line, WH Hostess, sets the tone for a cozy brunch, and also gives [...]

February 16th, 2010 |

Tartan Dinner Party

These late winter months always have me at a bit of a loss when it comes to setting a pretty table for a dinner party.  I mean, what I am really craving are bold, Spring colors, fresh flowers, and light dishes.  But when there is 10 inches of snow on the ground….that [...]

February 12th, 2010 |

Mardi Gras: A Fat Tuesday Feast

Fat Tuesday is coming up!  (Tuesday, February 16th)  Here are some fabulous recipes to help you host your own Mardi Gras feast!

Jazz fest cocktail, cajun corn maque choux, citrus-marinated shrimp with louis sauce, shrimp and chicken etouffee, fried crawfish salad, king cake and [...]

February 8th, 2010 |

Seaside Baby Shower

When it comes to party requests, the one I receive the most is for a nautical theme.  Baby showers, first birthday parties, summer cocktail parties.  Ideal for spring and summer parties, and perfect for a boy or girl.  Crisp navy and white, accented with either yellow or red….it has the makings for a darling [...]

February 4th, 2010 |

Chili: Styled with a Twist

If you plan on making chili this weekend for the big game, check out this idea:

Serve up smaller portions (perfect for snack food or an appetizer) by scooping out the center of a dinner roll, and filling it with chili and toppings to create a mini-bread bowl.   Too cute, right?!

If you are looking for some chili [...]

February 3rd, 2010 |

Lemonade Lunch

The snow here in Chicago has me dreaming of the parties I will throw this summer in my new backyard.  Top of my list?!  A lemonade lunch.  Totally inspired by this table setting created by Sharnel in Australia (it is summer there….), here are a few things that I would include:

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