Looking for more reasons to smile these days? Anne Taintor to the rescue!
Make someone laugh out loud with one of Anne’s hilarious flasks… or entertain a whole bunch of girlfriends with Anne’s cheeky button pins, which I think would be fabulous as napkin ring embellishments at a milestone birthday party, wedding shower, or girlie get-together!
Since Halloween is coming up soon – I think it’s about time we featured some fun signature drink ideas for your parties! So today over at simply stated, you’ll find recipes for all of the blood-red cocktails pictured above and the orange & black cocktails pictured below. CHEERS!
The Dallas Hip Hostess event is coming up quick – Thursday, October 23… already less than 2 weeks away! “Ghoulish & Glam Halloween” is the party theme, and we’ll be covering creative DIY projects and other ways to glam up your Halloween (with a spooky twist of course!). Chambord is generously treating everyone to delicious food & drinks (Candy Apple Martini, anyone?) – and their mixologist will also be there to teach you how to recreate the festive themed cocktails at home!
The RSVP list opened up today – so for those of you in the area – I hope you can join us! Read on to view the official invitation… and for more info on the amazing venue lined up for the event! (more…)
Looking for a creative twist on the typical Halloween party? How about inviting guests to an Eerie Halloween Wedding – complete with skeleton cake toppers, coffin party favors, creepy finger foods (literally!) and of course…the guests of honor – looking a little lot more run down than the usual bride & groom! BHG.com has tons of great Halloween ideas – but this one definitely tops the list for creativity!
And what does one sip and munch on at a Halloween wedding? (more…)
If you’re in the mood to make some DIY Halloween treats – check out these adorable Halloween cake popsfrom creative baking guru Bakerella. She’s got tons of decorating ideas for the treats… but I’m especially loving the “mouthless mummies”!
This isn’t technically entertaining-related… unless maybe you’re shopping for something to WEAR to a party – but I can’t resist giving my friend Melissa a little shout-out on the fabulous anniversary sale she’s currently “hosting” on her website – lissaayer.com. 50% off everything in the store – and we’re talking hundreds of designer-label items for women, men, & kids! Use the code “Anniversary08” at checkout for the discount.
In an age where most products are machine-manufactured, there’s definitely something to be said for those who strive to keep handcrafted products alive. The artisans at Glasi Hergiswil on Lake Lucerne are just such people… and they’ve been producing high-quality, functional pieces from exclusively lead-free glass since 1817, despite the struggles they faced along the way.
Pictured above, from top: This dramatic cone-shaped server ($40) is a unique way to serve fruits & nuts… not to mention the perfect foundation for a very modern cornucopia display! (Modern Thanksgiving, anyone?) And the oblong Gondola server ($40) is perfect for serving simple bites like stuffed olives or dips such as guacamole and hummus. (more…)
Fun, festive, modern, playful, cute… this colorful Circus Soirée that Michelle Thornton created for her son’s first birthday celebration has it all! Better yet, Michelle was able to find that perfect balance between a whimsical, kid-friendly party that’s occasion-appropriate, and a stylish atmosphere that adults will find appealing as well…
Read on for LOTS of photos and all the details, as told by Michelle… (more…)
I’m really excited to share the recipe for this Chocolate Raspberry Martini (or “wine-tini” as I like to call it) with you because it was a HUGE hit at the Modern Parisian event!
After each of the drinks that our mixologist, Tim, created as part of the demo, he asked if someone would like to be a “taster” and I think half the room instantly volunteered for this one… so he poured as many samples as he could, and every single person gave a rave review. But i guess with a combo like chocolate and raspberry, can you really go wrong?! So read on for the full recipe after the jump… (more…)
Unique wine stem labels are easy to create and a fun way to personalize your party. Your guests will love the idea and have a blast picking out their party-themed drink decor. Plus, everyone will now be able to easily identify their own glass after setting it down, so you can cut back on dishes too!
As promised, here are a few snapshots of some of theNY event decor that we took with our own camera before the first party session on Tuesday night. This is just a little peek – the professional shots should cover all the different areas of the party, the entire tablescape, food, cocktails, little details etc… so hopefully those will be in soon! (As soon as I have them, “how-to” details, shopping resources, Chambord cocktail recipes, and all the info that we covered in the party demo will be published as well.)
In the meantime, these shots should give you a general feel for the overall look of the “Modern Parisian” theme, which was brought to life mainly through feathers and damask/scroll print scrapbook papers and overlays, which where applied to most of the vases, used as placemats and napkin rings, etc… (more…)
Elizabeth Gray from Stampin’ Up! sent over instructions for how to recreate this adorable “Trick or Treat Ensemble“. I’m especially loving the DIY Halloween-themed wrappers on the mini chocolates! (I’m not sure what brand the chocolates in the picture are, but they look about the same size as Hershey’s Nuggets, which come in lots of yummy flavors and are available at most grocery stores.)
Read on for step-by-step instructions, after the jump! (more…)
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