July 2nd, 2015 | Comments

DRESS UP YOUR ICE CREAM SANDWICHES | 4th OF JULY

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Lifestyle + Entertaining Expert, Kelly Lyden, shares a simple DIY project to dress up your ice cream sandwiches for the 4th of July. […]

June 30th, 2015 | Comments (1)

4th OF JULY PARTY CRACKERS | FREE PRINTABLE

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Lifestyle + Entertaining Expert, Kelly Lyden, shares a festive idea for 4th of July party favors, including a red, white and blue free printable label. […]

June 27th, 2015 |

STRAWBERRY PUREE ICE CUBES | 4th of JULY COCKTAIL

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Lifestyle + Entertaining Expert, Kelly Lyden, shares her tips for creating a patriotic red, white and blue champagne cocktail with star-shaped strawberry puree ice cubes. […]

June 26th, 2015 |

4th OF JULY PREPPY TABLESETTING

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Lifestyle + Entertaining Expert, Kelly Lyden, shares her tips for setting a preppy, patriotic tablesetting for 4th of July. […]

June 25th, 2015 |

ACCESSORIZE 4th OF JULY COCKTAILS

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Sometimes you just need one little accessory to make your holiday style “pop!”  These American flag drink umbrellas from Party City are PERFECT for this.  Add them to cocktails, to kids fruit punch – everyone loves a little patriotic cheer! And if you are looking for a simple tip to keep your umbrellas sitting pretty, add […]

June 24th, 2015 |

CHINOISERIE COUNTRY TABLESETTING | 4th OF JULY

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Lifestyle + Entertaining Expert, Kelly Lyden, shares her red, white and blue tablesetting with chinoiserie country feel. […]

July 3rd, 2012 |

Star-Spangled Cake

Making this impressive and patriotic dessert for your 4th of july festivities isn’t as hard as it looks. This cake is even great for a last minute picnic!

You need 2 white cake mixes, a batch of your favorite white icing (this is my favorite one online–http://www.grouprecipes.com/92114/italian-buttercream-from-the-culinary-institute-of-america.html), and some red and blue food coloring (I used super […]

June 25th, 2012 |

Country Chic Holiday: 4th of July

The Fourth of July always conjures up images of a homespun holiday to me.  I like to throw my typical modern prep style aside and focus on creating a tablescape or party centered around true Americana style.  This year, I am going to combine gingham check, a classic red, white and blue color palette and a […]

June 19th, 2012 |

Watermelon Pops

Looking for a refreshing snack or dessert for the {HOT} 4th of July weekend?  Give my watermelon pops a try!  They are so simple to create, and you could do countless variations on this idea.  All you need is a cookie cutter, fruit and straws. Melon and pineapple would both work incredibly well.

Simply slice your fruit […]

May 25th, 2012 |

Cool Down Your Cocktails

With the crazy heat wave we have been experiencing this week in Chicago, I have been looking for ways to keep cool.  Originally shot for the summer issue of The Party Dress Magazine (pre-order your copy NOW!), these frozen fruit skewers were too perfect to hold on to any longer.

Perfect for cooling down and adding a […]

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