These “flower flag” swizzle sticks featured in InStyle’s Southern Weddings gallery are such a cute idea! Created by attaching a small rectangle of paper to a wooden dowel and glue-gunning a yellow or green mum to it, these creative swizzle sticks are a great idea for dressing up signature cocktails and mocktails at any type of shower or celebration!

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New cocktail recipes are up in The Recipe Box! A few favorites pictured above include: French Martini French Kiss (cute for bridal showers & weddings) Basil Grande Chambord & Champagne (super easy – just like it sounds!) More newcomers: Raspberry Manhattan, Midorita, Midori Melon Ball Punch, and Chambord Margarita.

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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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St. Patrick’s Day is less than a week a way, so it’s probably time to start talking about celebrations for this fun, super-lively holiday – and we know there will be a lot of them! Today on Real Simple: Celebrations, I posted some tips & ideas for St. Patrick’s Day drinks – from the all-important […]

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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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Speaking of wine…wine tasting parties are always a fun excuse to entertain – and great activity ideas for holiday or bachelorette/girls’ night parties. Throwing a wine tasting party is easier than ever these days – with ready-made wine tasting kits you can have delivered straight to your door. For example, this "Tasting Party Time " […]

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One of the great things about the start of a new year? Some of the exact same products you lusted after in 2007 just might have a shiny new {a.k.a. "lower "} price tag in 2008! There are tons of great sales going on right now; here are some of my favorite price-slashed picks from […]

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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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