July 13, 2012 | Posted by Kristen the designer
Well this summer has certainly been a scorcher but it shouldn’t stop us from doing a little party planning! If you are looking for some new ways to beat the heat try one of the unique summer parties below:
Classic Summer Soiree
If you are looking to host something a little more upscale, maybe for a shower or birthday, the above items are a great place to start. Candle lit picnic tables, fresh made lemonade, white paper lanterns…all great components for a beautiful summer soiree.
Screen on The Green
A great way to celebrate summer with friends and family is with a little outdoor movie viewing! Have attendees each bring a set of pillows and blankets while you provide some tasty treats.
Ice Cream Social
A summer classic, ice cream socials are great for all kinds of events, and won’t put a dent in the bank either. Provide a couple different flavors and a small toppings table and you are good to go, and staying cool all at the same time!
Happy Friday everyone!
February 14, 2012 | Posted by Kristen the designer
Happy Valentine’s Day everyone! As a special treat we have a very yummy share today from the wonderful Michael Kormos of Michael Kormos Photography. Michael has put together this storybook style recipe guide for making a delicious Valentine’s breakfast for your special someone. Enjoy!
Valentine’s Day Breakfast Recipe
Here is our three-course V-day breakfast that even a three year-old can make!
– two big potatoes
– sliced bread
– sprinkles (pink)
– plain yogurt
– Cookie cutters (heart-shapes of all sizes)
Yum yuml! To see more from Michael, please visit his website here, and his blog here! Thanks again Michael…and Happy Valentine’s Day!
December 2, 2011 | Posted by Kristen the designer
December is upon us and the holiday countdown has officially begun! Over the next few weeks we will be running a few special Happy Friday posts to feature gifts for all the important people in your life. One for the hims, one for the hers, and one for the little ones too! Hopefully they will help make your holiday shopping for 2011 a total breeze
1 – For the photographer, these super cool camera lens traveling mugs from photojojo.com
2 – Very hip Beats by Dre headphones with advanced speaker design, powered amplification, and active noise canceling
3 - Modern yet vintage – have it both ways with these fun knit ties
4 – A Swiss Army Flash Drive for the techy outdoors-man
5 – Who needs a tiny Bluetooth headset when you can use one of these awesome POP Phones to answer your phone calls
6 – For the musician, a handy punch to make guitar picks from old credit cards, gift cards, hotel keys, and more!
7 – Help him keep track of his favorite concerts and sporting events with this handy Ticket Stub Diary
8 – Trouble waking up in the morning? This ingenious alarm clock will run away if you hit the snooze button!
Happy Friday everyone!
September 2, 2011 | Posted by Kristen the designer
I hope everyone is looking forward to a relaxing Labor Day weekend. The end of summer has arrived so soak up the rays while you can and enjoy the last of these wonderful long days. I’m sure many of you are putting together final preparations for Labor Day festivities and stressing over the details. The last thing you need during a holiday weekend is added stress from hosting duties. Fear not – I have some helpful tips below to make your Labor Day party easy breezy!
Labor day is a great time for using those leftover decorations from Fourth of July parties, so don’t ever throw those out! The above options are all quick and easy crafts that can be done at home and for cheap. Labor Day is typically more about the food and drinks anyways, so keep the decor simple but festive. (clockwise from top left: pinwheels, star medallions, layered candles, firework bursts)
Labor Day food is almost always some form of hamburgers, hot dogs and a side of potato salad. No need to ditch these staples, but maybe do something a little different to spruce them up. It’s also always nice to include a vegetarian option for friends not interested in a double stack cheeseburger but still looking for a full meal. Snack foods are essential so don’t forget to include a variety tasty options. (clockwise from top left: Asian Rotisserie Chicken Salad, Roasted Garlic Guacamole Dip, Perfect Veggie Burgers, Chicago-Style Hot Dog)
The wonderful Martha Stewart put together an entire list of helpful tips to save the day! The gallery includes some great ideas, a few of which I have highlighted above. The first is a method for quickly chilling a bottle of room temperature wine. The second is a simple caddy used to carry around grilling and party essentials so they don’t get lost and can stay in one place. The third are these adorable flower pots used to cover plates of food to keep them warm. And lastly, a way to windproof your table cloth to prevent guests from having to hold it down. Thanks Martha!
Wishing everyone a very Happy Labor Day weekend…and a very happy Friday!
June 24, 2011 | Posted by Kristen the designer
Summer is upon us! I know at times it may be unbearably hot, but it is still one of my favorite times of the year. In the spirit of summer, I have put together a “best of” list to help you soak in the season
1 – Lazy days by the pool – Pick up a few popular reads at the bookstore to keep you busy.
2 – Flirty feet – go crazy with some fun summer nail polish and new wedge sandals!
3 – Beachy getaways – Gorgeous modern beach bag from Monsoon!
4 – The bright colors – I love this adorable little romper from DKNY kids, plus a sweet summer dress for mom.
5 – Delicious drinks – Recipes for Tropical Ginger Punch and Hibiscus Honey Iced Tea from Martha!
6 – Tasty treats -Yummy fruity popsicles that can be tasty and healthy.
7 – Afternoon sun showers – carry one of these adorable umbrellas to outsmart those occasional afternoon showers, or to keep cool and out of the sun on a hot day.
8 – Family fun - with longer days, stay up a little later to battle it out with a game of Catchphrase or Cranium!
Happy Friday everyone!