The first time I stumbled upon the Mints Design website, it was love at first sight! If you’re looking for floral design inspiration that’s seriously beyond the basics and elevated to what really feels like an “artistry” level – get ready! There’s so much visual eye candy over at Mints – from their stunning events & weddings portfolio to their gorgeous retail arrangements to the Mints Blog. Swoon…
Images from just one of their portfolio events are featured here to give you an example of their style. This “Citrus Meringue Cupcakes” wedding felt especially appropriate today with summer approaching and the weather warming up outside!
Is this one of the most genius candy creations ever, or what?! Something tells me these will be “popping” up at Grad parties ’round the world very soon! Bakerella… you’re a genius with the sweet stuff as always – thanks!
The movie doesn’t hit theatres until August, but the trailer for Julie & Julia (as in blogger/author Julie Powell and noted chef Julia Childs) has been released and I think it looks great!
Of course it definitely doesn’t hurt that Meryl Streep and Amy Adams are in the lead roles… and I love seeing Streep & Stanley Tucci on the screen together again too (just like 2006’s The Devil Wears Prada). What do you think?
After an exhaustive (in a good way) search for margarita cupcakes on flickr, I noticed that tons of people were crediting “VCTOTW” as their recipe source, which was a bit perplexing at first. Google came through as always though and quickly helped me decipher the strange code – which turned out to be shorthand for the title “Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World“.
I’m not a vegan myself, but I did notice that this book happens to have a shiny 5-star rating from over 200 reviewers on Amazon (in addition to great reviews on this particular recipe), and I’m definitely intrigued…
All 4 of the margarita cupcake images pictured here credit VCTOTW as their recipe source (get the recipe below) – but a couple of the bakers that aren’t vegan substituted real butter & milk for the shortening & soymilk. Bottom line – make the recipe work for you – and ENJOY!!
Since Mother’s Day is right around the corner, Megan has personalized the downloadable envelope template in this project for Mom, but these cookies would also be great party favor ideas for bridal showers, baby showers & birthday parties! Get all the “how to” info below, as told by Meaghan…
Most of us have enjoyed a classic or strawberry flavored margarita at one time or another, but how about a Smoky Grilled Grapefruit or Honeydew Rita?
There are so many variations of this popular drink – and seeing how tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo – it seems like the perfect time to explore some of these unique flavors…especially if you feel like shaking things up this week! Here are TEN creative ideas from ’round the web:
Winner Update: Wow – you guys really love your See’s! This giveaway is now closed, but thanks so much to all 586 of you that entered! I wish we had gift certificates for all of you, but as always we’ve gotta narrow it down, and the randomly drawn winners for this giveaway are…. #418 – Dana, #161 – Anne, #186 – Lynn, and #31 – Elizabeth. Congrats, ladies! We’ll be in touch via email to coordinate your prize!
Just in time for Mother’s Day, See’s Candies is offering up $25 gift certificates to FOUR lucky HWTM readers! Whether you’re shopping for Mother’s Day Gifts like this pretty Pink Keepsake Box (filled with assorted Milk, Dark, and White-coated chocolates; $17.95) or your own favorite treat (by way of truffles, caramels, new Black Cherry Lollipops & more) – doesn’t the concept of “free” make it sound even sweeter?!
While the Mint Julep is definitely the obvious drink of choice when it comes to Kentucky Derby parties, revelers who aren’t fans of bourbon can sip on vodka-based “Infield Punch” instead. This simple cocktail recipe from Budget Living’s Party Central is basically just fruit punch & vodka garnished with lemon, but it’s so much more fun with a cool name that matches the theme!
2.5 Gallons Red Fruit Punch
1 750 ml bottle vodka, gin, rum, or pure grain alcohol
1 lemon, sliced
Mix punch and liquor in a pitcher. Chill. Just before serving, mix in ice and garnish with lemon slices. Enjoy!
Looking for a reason to party this weekend, but “Hats ‘n’ Heels” isn’t really your thing? Not to worry! One of the best things about the Kentucky Derby is the wide variety of personalities – and methods of celebration – that it attracts.
We’re talking both ends of the spectrum here… from the “lifestyles of the rich & famous” Millionaire’s Row to the wild & rowdy crew making up the infamous Infield, which has been described as “comparing only to Bourbon Street during Mardi Gras”. (A quick YouTube or Google search will help explain why!)
So how do you bring the Infield home to your own crew if you’re nowhere near Churchill Downs? Easy! For starters, head to your local party supply store and pick up a bunch of plastic beads and crazy hats & sunglasses. Emphasis on the “crazy” part.
Are you thinking what I’m thinking? PHOTO OPP! The opportunity to capture your friends & family on film in hilarious get-ups doesn’t come about every day, right? And after a Mint Julep or 2, even mom & dad might be striking poses!
In continuing with the color themed gifts today (see earlier post below) – check out today’s post over at Simply Stated: Loving Red… Stylish Gift Ideas for Mom (or your best friend…or your sister…or yourself!).
Red roses play a huge part in the Kentucky Derby, which has been aptly dubbed as the “Run for the Roses” due to the gorgeous garland of more than 400 red roses and bouquet of 60 long-stemmed red roses presented to the winning horse/jockey duo.
So… it goes without saying that roses are a great place to start when it comes to decorating for Kentucky Derby parties too! Here are a few quick, easy, & budget-friendly centerpiece ideas to get you started. (The felt 1, 2, & 3 numbers are representative of “win, place, & show”, but they also make it easy to differentiate below!)
To keep things even more affordable, purchase roses in bulk at discount shops like flower supply stores or even Costco. Scroll down for the detailed “how to” info on all 3 designs…
Mint Juleps are a “must serve” at any Kentucky Derby party, right? Well, now there’s another fun way to serve this traditional Derby favorite: sweeten up the party with tasty Mint Julep Cupcakes – cleverly garnished with short straws and fresh mint leaves, of course!
We made these cupcakes for a local news segment today… and they were a hit! The recipe is adapted from Cooking & Booking and was first discovered via YumSugar. Even though the recipe calls for a full cup of alcohol, (1/2 c each Creme de Menthe and bourbon or whisky), the flavor of the cupcakes isn’t strong on the alcohol at all. Instead, it’s more of a sweet, buttery vibe with a subtle minty kick. Bake them in silver foil cupcake liners for that “silver julep cup” vibe. (Full recipe below. Enjoy!)
Winner Update 4/28: This giveaway is now closed. Thanks so much to everyone that entered! And the (randomly chosen) winner is… Commenter #144 – Janet, who said, “I heart the photo booth magnet – Made for each other.ty 4 the entry:) my daughter gets married in sept and this would be a great win!”. Congrats, Janet!
Today’s Surprise Giveaway should be especially appealing to all the brides-to-be out there – or friends & family looking to help them out! Magnet Street Weddings is offering up a $175 Shopping Spree towards anything on their website – and there is a LOT to choose from!
You’ll find everything from save the datecards and magnets to gorgeous wedding invitations in a variety of styles – from pocket folds and layered to flat and magnetized!
Magnet Street Weddings also offers personalized mailing labels, favor notepads, holiday cards, and more. A few favorites are pictured below… (Find details on how to enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.)
Pictured above: The gorgeous Autumn Stamp pocket wedding invitation.
HWTM reader Linda Roos sent over a nice message recently that said, “I was inspired by your post the other day with the 5 tips for hosting. I made a post on my blog about my own biggest tip for any host/hostess… I just wanted to share with you.” Well, both Linda’s tips – and the table she designed for this intimate dinner party – are fantastic… and definitely worth passing along! (Wouldn’t this look be great for an elegant bridal shower or rehearsal dinner?!) Here are all the details, in Linda’s own words:
“My #1 tip for any host or hostess is to “hoard”… and to stock up on decorative and functional party items when they are on sale. So to demonstrate that it is indeed possible to make a beautiful set up with inexpensive items I decided to go with a bargain style theme.
TheseIce Invaders silicone ice cube trays are way too fun! The perfect addition for any 80’s party or alien/outerspace birthday theme, they also make a great novelty gift idea for gamers or children of the Awesome 80’s! Tray measures 8.5″ x 5″.
When it comes to serving dishes, I’m personally partial to pedestal (or “footed”) designs, but according to the emails, tweets, and comments I’ve received from readers, a lot of you are too! So that’s the focus of today’s post over at Real Simple… 8 Great White Pedestal Servers.
P.S. Pedestal servers make wonderful gift ideas for Mom’s Day too… or for anyone that loves to entertain. Styles 2 & 3 in the post are brand NEW from Rosanna (and particularly fabulous!).
When it comes to serving appetizers & finger foods at parties, it’s amazing how much you can elevate the visual appeal of your spread by putting a little thought into the presentation of each dish. Regardless of how fancy/casual the party is or exactly what types of items you’ll be serving, this is definitely an area where even just a little effort can pay off BIG time. (Even for apps that came straight from the freezer!)
The pretty images pictured here are from an article in Brides magazine about hosting a “thank you cocktail party” for bridesmaids, but these ideas can really be applied to any type of cocktail party or celebration where small bites are served.
One of the best things about focusing on presentation is that you don’t have to be a gourmet chef to create an impressive spread! Whether you’ve made something from scratch or just pulled it from the freezer, the same general rules apply. Here are 5 presentation guidelines that I’ve come to rely on over the years (please feel free to add your own in the comments!): (more…)
Is it Friday yet? This Raspberry Margarita recipe is going to be included of the Summer Cocktail Guide we’re working on, but I just received the super-delicious image for it this morning and couldn’t resist sharing it little early!
We served these margaritas at a few of the Hip Hostess last year, so I can verify that they TASTE as good as they look! (Full recipe after the jump.) (more…)
Attention, fellow Chocoholics: Today over at Simply Stated, check out From Pancakes to Martinis: Chocolate Chips 10 Ways… and prepare to make a run for your pantry – or your local grocery store! (Did I mention there’s even a recipe for Chocolate Chip Cookie S’mores?!)
Get ready for a dose of “Real Party” inspiration that’s pretty much beyond adorable… just like the pint-sized guest of honor!
Created by mom/hostess Jess Newman for her daughter’s 3rd birthday, this “Little Miss Birthday” theme would be fun for older girls too! Read on for all the details behind this perfectly sweet & sassy celebration, as told by Jess herself…
Ready…Set…Party! Little Miss Avery’s 3rd Birthday
“I have to say that I obsess a bit about my kids parties. Not obsess in the way I have to have the best or anything over the top, but obsess meaning that as soon as one is over I start thinking about what I will do for next year’s party.
That sure came in handy this year when I found this Little Miss Birthday shirt at Gap Kids last spring. Although my daughter’s 3rd birthday party was 9 months away I knew it was perfect because we’ve called her Little Miss Avery since she was born, so I bought it on the spot. I am not one to be into theming a party around licensed characters, so I decided to make Avery herself the character for the party so that I didn’t have to put the actual Little Miss Birthday logo all over everything.
There’s more to Easter egg decorating than what comes in a box! Give your eggs a fun, crafty look this year by dying them in extra-bright shades of your favorite hues, then decorating them with ribbon, stickers, thin strips of scrapbook paper, and faux flowers. Use clear-drying glue to attach the details.
I’m really excited to share this post from Amy with you today. Hope you’ll take a few minutes to read on, get inspired, and learn how you can be a part of this celebration too!
Hello, fabulous HWTM readers. It‘s Amy Belle Isle from Stem Partiesagain. How have you been? Me? Great! Thanks for asking. Today I want to share with you something as near and dear to my heart as entertaining: Operation Shower.
Operation Showeris a non-profit organization that recognizes and honors the sacrifices military families make by producing and coordinating baby showers and “Showers in A Box” for pregnant and expecting military personnel and their families. I am so honored to be on the Board of this fabulous organization. Last year alone, we showered more than 100 deserving women from different branches of the military with thousands of dollars worth of baby and mom gear!
Due to the success of last year’s Mother’s Day showers, we have decided to hold an annual Mother’s Day event for the military moms to be whose spouses are deployed. This year’s theme is “Boxes in Bloom” and we are excited to throw our very first Eco-Conscious Baby Showers in just a few weeks. They will be held at Fort Hood, Texas and Scott AFB, Illinois just in time for Mother’s Day!
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