November 16, 2012 | Posted by Kristen the designer
Mmmmm I can almost smell the pumpkin pie…which can only mean one thing…Thanksgiving is just a few days away! As we prepare to gather with friends and family and fill our bellies with delicious treats, why not take a moment to do something a little different this year. Try out a new and unexpected dish…or maybe create a fun fall centerpiece to impress guests (and yourself of course!) To help encourage these new adventurous endeavors, we have put together a little inspiration of gorgeous goodies.
Centerpieces al Naturale
If you want to try something new, but also want to keep it cheap, a beautiful but natural centerpiece is the way to go. Hollowed out gourds and pumpkins look great when filled with flowers and berries. Or mix it up with some very non-traditional fall colors, like purples and greens! With so many fruits and vegetables to choose from, you could really get crazy!
Fabulous Foods to Try
Now the above recipes may not be your regular Thanksgiving staples, but they might be after this year! Surprise your guests with something a little different that is sure to put a smile on their faces. Above recipes: 1- Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins, 2 – Balsamic Green Beans, 3 – Coconut Almond Cream Cake, 4 – Sweet Potato Soup, 5 – Roasted Sweet Potato and Onion Tart.
Happy Fridays everyone!
October 19, 2012 | Posted by Kristen the designer
It is one of my absolute favorite times of year…the leaves are changing color, the air is getting cooler, and Halloween is right around the corner! Halloween is one of those perfect holidays to plan a party for…it’s not too serious or formal, it can be for children or adults, and you get to dress up! Could it get any better? To get you into the spooky spirit of the season, we have assembled some inspiration boards for a ghoulishly good party
The Monster Mash Birthday
If you have a child with a late October birthday, then a Halloween-Birthday party is the perfect fit. It’s fun for kids of varying ages and a super easy theme to plan treats and favors for. Think bright colored cupcakes, ice cream sundaes with gummy worms, and eyeball light strands! And you can get the super adorable invite above from Brightside Prints!
When the kids are away to play you may want to treat yourself to a more adult Halloween party, complete with poisonous champagne and bloody marys to die for! Have a little fun with decorative place settings and crafty pumpkins around the house. And to seal the deal, send out a few of these super chic invites from Minted to spread the word beforehand.
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!