March 28th, 2009 |

Sweet Treat Cupcakes

Need a good dessert, fast?!  Don’t have time to bake?

Try these adorable new Sweet Treat Cupcakes from Cold Stone Creamery.  It’s way too difficult to decide which you want….which is probably why they are sold in 6 packs!

Perfect for birthday parties, dinner parties, or an office birthday.

Which flavor [...]

March 27th, 2009 |

Game Night Party with Friends

Brighten your week with an impromptu game night filled with board games, comfort food and good friends.  Make a lot of finger foods that are easy to snack on between rolls, and then serve a hearty main course (such as chicken and white bean chili) as the night lingers on.

Use bright, colorful board games as your [...]

March 26th, 2009 |

Party-Ready Appetizers

Today I am answering an email from a reader:

“Dear Hostess, Every time I go to a party or to a friend’s house for dinner, I feel like my friends always ask me to bring an appetizer.  I’m sick of my same old recipes!  I can’t make another Mexican layer dip or ‘pigs in a blanket’…..can you [...]

March 25th, 2009 |

Ladybug Treats

These little bugs are easy to create and are sure to get rave reviews!

All you need are Oreo cookies, red and brown melting chocolate, lollipop sticks and 1/4″ icing eyes (all available at Country Kitchen Sweetart).

Pry apart the Oreo cookie and scoop out some of the [...]

March 24th, 2009 |

A Baby Boy Shower

When a baby boy is on the way, host a transportation themed baby shower full of bright shades of blue and green.

Set the theme for the party with this darling invitation covered in trucks by minted.com.  Welcome your guests and the mommy-to-be with a clean, modern space decorated with Spring-like centerpieces using [...]

March 23rd, 2009 |

Lunch Date with a Friend

Everyone is always so cooped up inside during the Winter and early Spring months….invite a friend or two over for an quick lunch to catch up.

I’m looking forward to catching up with one of my good friends tomorrow!

Here is what I’m thinking about for lunch:

Chicken Panini with Fig Jam

Recipe via Cooking Light

Ingredients

1/4  cup  [...]

March 20th, 2009 |

Spring Fling Cocktail Party

I don’t know about you, but I am SOOOOO happy Spring is finally here…..it’s been a LONG winter!

Let’s welcome Spring with a casual cocktail party for friends….and you don’t have to make things difficult for yourself.  Choose a couple of fabulous drinks, some easy snacks…..and you will end up with a festive [...]

March 19th, 2009 |

Lilac & Green: A Spring Wedding

 

I love those first few days of Spring.  Everything is in bloom and everyone is just so happy to be back outside!  Springtime is the perfect time for a wedding, and today I am going to show you an inspiration for a garden wedding with a sophisticated lilac & green color palette.  [...]

March 17th, 2009 |

Even better the second time around…..

Quite a party, huh?!?  St. Patrick’s Day always is…..

The only problem?  What to do with all of that leftover corned beef.

Well, Bon Appetit has the perfect solution….

Grilled Corned Beef and Fontina Sandwiches
Ingredients

8 slices Jewish-style rye bread, divided
Dijon mustard
1 pound thinly sliced corned beef 
8 oz thinly sliced Fontina cheese
1/2 sweet onion (such [...]

March 16th, 2009 |

Flower Cupcakes

The flower cupcakes I posted a few weeks ago inspired me to do some Spring baking of my own.

I made these cupcakes for my friend’s birthday over the weekend and they were a huge hit!

You too, can create these flower cupcakes…..there is a daisy crown pan currently in Williams Sonoma stores that makes this little baking [...]

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