Can you believe this artsy bird-themed creation was actually carved from fruits and veggies?! Genius! The festive arrangement served as table decor for one of the food stations at the super stylish, Asian-themed wedding of Lisa Ling and Paul Song. From Lisa’s gorgeous red wedding dress to the fact that her invitations read – “If […]

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The presentation of these Fruit-n-Fluff Pops is so creative – and something you could easily pull off at your own parties! Even if you don’t want to get quite as fancy with the recipe as this one (sugarcoated frozen apricot Bavarian cream with velvety marshmallows Will Goldfarb ), you can easily incorporate this idea with […]

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RealSimple.com has a great article/slideshow up right now featuring new and fun ways to get creative with Easter’s favorite sugar-coated marshmallow friends! The feature also includes some “Fun Facts” – including this one which seriously shocks me: “PEEPS were made by hand using a pastry tube until 1954, when a machine was invented to create […]

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St. Patrick’s Day is this coming Monday! Here are a few favorite recipes & treats from around the to help inspire your planning & celebrating this weekend… Pictured above: Clover Cookies & St. Patrick’s Day Cupcakes from marthastewart.com, and Short Stack of Shamrocks and Sweet Shamrocks (made from pound cake) from parents.com.

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Umm…how ridiculously cool are these scrumptious-looking macarons from haute Beverly Hills-based bakery, Paulette ?! Fun flavors like caribbean chocolate , sicilian pistachio , and violet cassis , and many more – morphed into cool pint-sized confections that look as good as they sound! $1.50 each, or $18/gift-boxed set of 12.

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Using bottled or canned drinks with fantastic packaging is key for a great-looking drink display at any party…not to mention super easy! I recently discovered this fabulous new "Sparkling Sleek " line from Hansen’s Natural – which comes in a chic, minimalistic silvery can with a bright pop of color. Cool fruity flavors like "dragonfruit […]

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These tempting Rolo Pretzel Turtles from Steamy Kitchen have 2 of my very favorite attributes in a recipe: 1. Sweet 2. EASY! (The presence of both caramel and chocolate doesn’t hurt either!) Click here for the delightfully simple details.

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Vodka never looked so pink…or so chic! I have to admit that Pinky Vodka has their packaging down pat – this pretty bottle and pink-hued beverage would fit right in at a Parisian bridal shower, lingerie shower, bachelorette party, or really any type of girlie cocktail party. Recipe quick links from thenest.com: Chocolate Pinky Valentini […]

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Think it’s impossible for the beloved cupcake to get any cuter? The creative talents of Bakerella and her adorable chocolate cake bites/lollipops just might change your mind!

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Valentine’s Day is almost here – and it’s the perfect week for winning a decadent treat, don’t you think? Me too – so I’m excited to tell you about a yummy giveaway today – generously sponsored by Michael’s Cookies ! I can personally vouch for how ridiculously good these BIG, soft, and chewy cookies are […]

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Game Day is almost here! If you’re still fine-tuning your party menu, here are a few especially "yum-o!" looking ideas from Everyday at Rachael Ray … Recipe quick links: Mini Hot Dots Pulled Chicken Sandwiches Sweet & Salty Kettle Corn Beer Margaritas

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As a follow-up to Tuesday’s “sweet sensations” post – here is yet another fantastic recipe gallery from Parents magazine featuring a bunch more super-cute Valentine’s Day Treats – and I couldn’t resist passing them along… Seriously, how cute are the Lip Smacker gelatin kissses?! Recipe Resources: Lip Smackers (Let’s Make) Whoopie Pies Meringue Kisses Healthy-heart […]

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I’m so impressed with the adorable Valentine’s Day desserts that are featured in this month’s issue of Parents magazine. So cute and super creative…I can’t stop staring at the butterfly cupcake especially! And with several of the recipes using things like store-bought cake mixes and cookie cutters, they really aren’t as difficult to make as […]

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If you appreciate a good glass of wine, but are somewhat lost when it comes to anything wine-related other than how your tastebuds are reacting to the current glass in your hand, there’s a great article from Sunset Magazine that is definitely worth checking out. In "Taste Wine Like a Pro ", Sunset wine editor […]

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Looking for a yummy signature drink recipe that’s fun for everyone? Virgin daiquiris and fruit smoothies are great options for get-togethers such as baby showers, kids parties, brunches, spa parties, or anytime you want to offer guests a festive beverage, sans the alcohol. Serve the drinks in fun glasses, garnish them just like a cocktail, […]

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Jazz up your midnight toast this year with some festive, toast-worthy recipes from cocktailtimes.com: Lava Lamp Cocktail Junior Lava Lamp (Non-Alcoholic) Rising Star and this extremely yummy-looking Blackberry Bellini *All recipes above except for the Junior Lava Lamp are champagne-based. To create mocktail versions of champagne-based cocktails, substitute ginger ale or lemon-lime soda for the […]

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In case you’re looking for some last-minute holiday recipe inspiration, here are some tempting treats from Everyday with Rachael Ray…{clockwise from top left} Saffron Scallops, Italian Cheesecake, Caramel Tower, and a new way to enjoy your pecan pie – a Pecan Pie Martini!

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I stumbled on some wonderful holiday inspiration in the most unexpected place the other day – my grocery store’s website! I was trying to figure out if something I needed was sold at a regular grocery store, so I went to the VONS website, spotted a little section called “Inspired Holidays“, clicked on it, and […]

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Another sweet treat to tempt your tummy…the always-irresistible Peppermint Bark, plus very pretty treat packaging ideas from Martha Stewart.

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How cute are these Holiday Icebox Cookies from Martha Stewart? I’m loving the fun colors and mod circles… You’d seriously be the star of your holiday cookie exchange if you arrived with these in-hand! And you could actually customize this idea for any occasion – Valentine’s Day, Halloween, 4th of July…sky’s the limit! Click here […]

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