Food and Drinks


Have you ever tried grilling flatbread directly on the BBQ? There’s something so great about seeing those beautiful grill marks on the bread…especially when you’ve made them yourself! Grilling flatbread is surprisingly quick to do, but there are definitely a few small-yet-impactful tricks that will make the process a LOT easier – and I’m speaking […]

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Happy Thursday! I’ve got some fun news to share with you guys today about a different sort of project we’ve been quietly working on over here for the past couple months! ;) Krusteaz® recently asked me to collaborate with them on a creative campaign starring their brand new Flatbread Mixes. The creative concepting & prep […]

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Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff here to share my son’s 9th birthday party.  I’ll give you a clue to the theme – this party has vintage style office props and is black and white with pops of color.  We had a Vintage Detective Party with a detective training session and a criminal case to solve.  […]

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As far as my typical weeknights go, last night pretty much took the {fresh-fruit-topped-boston-cream} cake. I invited a few girlfriends over for dinner as part of a collaboration with Pier 1. There was yummy food, sparkling sangria, the glow of twinkle lights… and a giant gold Yoga Frog covered in butterflies. ;) But before I […]

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Hello from Louisville, where the 140th Annual Kentucky Derby® is only a few short days away! I really wanted to do something extra special to the wine glasses for our recent Kentucky Derby® Garden Party theme for 14 Hands, and came up with a fun idea for turning the bases of the glasses into (very […]

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Crafting, wine, girlfriends, and a whole lotta sparkle? Yes, please! This beautiful, gold be-decked Holiday Wine & Crafting Party from Megan of ONEHOPE Wines just looks like the perfect way to soak in the joy of the season… and that’s exactly why Megan decided to host it in the first place! I love all the thoughtful […]

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If you’re looking for something really FUN and unique to serve at your next get grown-up get together (or to gift to someone that loves a good party), I’ve got just the thing for you! My friend Jeanne Benedict recently released a book called Cocktail Pops that’s filled with over 50 recipes of spiked ice […]

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When Vanessa sent over her recent Modern Glam Thanksgiving Dinner Table, styled for CUCINA Enoteca, one of the first things that jumped out at me were these beautiful, “wine-splattered” napkins. They added such a fun pop of color to the table… and you can never have too much wine on the table, right? ;) Vanessa […]

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  While sitting in a restaurant having cafe in Vegas a couple years ago, I noticed a server pushing a bar cart around the restaurant that was filled with lots of different ingredients for mixing up a Bloody Mary or Mimosa to your liking. I remember thinking how a “mini mobile bar” like that would […]

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Yesterday morning I went on one of our local news stations in San Diego to talk about Halloween Party Ideas – and decided to focus on creative food & drink ideas that are actually lower in sugar. (We’ll be sharing photos of everything from the segment soon, but in the meantime you can check out […]

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When it comes to Halloween, it’s pretty easy to figure out how to get your hands on sugary treats. I will admit that the amount of “fun size” candy I’ve personally consumed already is already verging on SCARY… and it’s not even October 31st yet! :0 On the flip side, it IS possible to serve […]

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Yes the long weekend is over, but that doesn’t mean we should stop enjoying ourselves! ;) Let’s start Monday off with a unique drink recipe by Mixologist Chris Hudnall. Golden raisins, tequila, honeydew juice and more creatively paired flavors make up the Buddy Miles Cocktail, a drink that sounds like a fabulous conversation piece and exquisite adult treat […]

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Celebrate the end of summer with a sweet twist – and one that’s extra easy and LIGHT, I might add! I recently partnered with NECTRESSE® Natural No Calorie Sweetener to come up with a “summer inspired” dessert that’s tasty and carefree (in other words easy to make + “guilt free”)… and I hope you enjoy these […]

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I was recently invited to come up with a couple “Sweet Summer Send-off” inspired recipes for NECTRESSE® Natural No Calorie Sweetener, which I’m excited to share with you today! And speaking of today – it’s already LATE AUGUST… how the heck did that happen so fast?! Anyways, I loved the idea of a sweet & […]

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Party food doesn’t have to be complicated – especially when it comes to the kids! One of my favorite “tricks” for serving up creative food at kids parties is actually in the naming of the dishes – it’s fun to think up clever food names that tie into your party theme somehow. For example, in […]

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Ready for your Independence Day cookout tomorrow? Well, we’ve got an easy way to add an extra starBURST of creativity to the menu… DIY Patriotic Stamped Hot Dog Buns! (As seen in our  “All-American County Fair” 4th of July Party.) Inspired by a clever stamped biscuit post from Hungry Happenings, I thought this “food stamping” idea […]

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Aloha! My friend Jessica of Modern Moments Designs recently styled up an amazing Tiki Time Cocktail Party that will transport you straight party paradise! And that sounds exactly where I’d like to be right about now… specifically with a chilled glass of White Sand Sangria in hand – how about you? ;) Jessica designed this theme […]

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If you’ve seen some of the parties I’ve styled before, it’s probably no surprise that I love a little sparkle, a dash of citrus, and a great signature drink! So when BACARDI® Mixers offered to have their mixologists create a personalized signature drink for me recently, how could I not accept, right!? ;) They sent over […]

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Two toast worthy things in my book: COLOR and COCKTAILS! Earlier this month I was daydreaming about a rainbow buffet of cocktails inspired by the Pantone 2013 Fashion Colors… see the original post + links to all the cocktails here. Cheers! ***** For more creative cocktail recipe ideas, visit the Cocktails section in our Recipe Box and our […]

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One thing I never get tired of looking at: beautiful FOOD! And gorgeous food photography never hurts either. ;) You can find an abundance of both of these things on Foodie, a Pinterest-style website especially for foodies. And for my fellow iPad-aholics, Foodie also has a free iPad app that’s updated monthly and features seasonally […]

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