Sunday, November 30, 2008

A Reason to Celebrate: Stunning at 70

This weekend I was asked to throw together a little party favor for a 70th birthday celebration. The guest of honor was a shoe fanatic in her day, so the favors were cute little “glass” slippers with 4 kisses for each guest to enjoy on their way home. The guest of honor was stunning in silver from head (literally!) to toe. Here are a few details from the party, enjoy!

The invitation was set in a shoe.

Guest of honor

Favors in the making


Wednesday, November 26, 2008

One last thing B4 Thanksgiving...

I would like to thank everyone for coming by to view my blog! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving tomorrow with your loved ones. I want to share one last thing before you think turkey... Harvest Pumpkin Butter! Doesn't this sound Yummy!?
Pick it up from Crate and Barrel for your dinner rolls!

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

10 Hostess gift ideas under $10

1. A bottle of wine is always nice, but how about this marble wine coaster for $9.95for the wine enthusist?

It can be used for more than just bottles of wine...

2&3. What goes well with Wine? Cheese!
Soft/Hard Cheese Knives$9.95 each

4. Wine Bottle Stopper..$7.95

5&6. Can you resist bling? Check out this Marquis Spreader & Bottle Opener. Your hostess will love her new tools to show off at her next party! I may purchase these as a gift to myself!

7.Travel Chopsticks, $9.95

8. Scented Candles $9.95

9.These snufflers are too cute for the candle connoisseur. $7.95

10.Crystal paperweight

#1-3 available at Crate & Barrel, #4-10 at ZGallerie,8-10

Monday, November 24, 2008

Faux but Fab Florals!

Happy Monday!! In case you are having another manic Monday, I have ready made faux floral centerpieces to ease some of the pressures of preparing for Turkey Day. No idea on what to put on you Thanksgiving table this Thursday? Pick up a faux arrangement, just because they are fake does not mean they can’t be fab. Take a look.. how pretty!

Now you can't tell this cymbidium arrangement is faux, can you?

Magnolia Pomegranate Centerpiece

Friday, November 21, 2008

A well dressed bar

Dress up your bar collection with one of these fabulous wine coolers,champagne buckets, and unique glasses. Trust me, if I had enough storage space, I would have all of these in my posession!

Pottery Barn

Monogram Champage Bucket, William Sonoma

Italian Brunch Glasses, Gumps

"Pythagore" Drinkware, Horchow

NewWave,Villeroy & Boch

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Super Duper Delicious!

So all of the Thanksgiving Dinner Party ideas are coming together nicely, now for the most important part, Food! This can make or break your party, so plan it well. Here are some ideas that are sure enough to please every palate.


Butternut Apple Soup

Recipe at William Sonoma

Asparagus Soup

Recipe at William Sonoma

Cranberry Granita


Roasted Turkey with Herbs and Port Gravy

Recipe at William Sonoma

Roasted Sweetpotato Rounds

Recipe at Gourmet

Chestnut Leek Apple Stuffing

Recipe at Gourmet

Banana upside cake

Recipe at Gourmet

Classic Pumpkin Pie

Recipe at William Sonoma

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Comfy but Cute

As a hostess, that’s how you should look and feel. Do you really want to look like you’ve been in the kitchen or setting up all day long? Comfort is key for me, especially if I was actually cooking and preparing all day. But I also want to be cute when socializing with your guests all night. So take a look at these digs, I dug up from the net. Cute and Comfy is what I call it.

You can’t go wrong with a LBD (little black dress)

Or spice it up with colors for the season…

Dresses seen on Jcrew

Monday, November 17, 2008

I'll drink to that!

Get into the “spirit”! Try a new cocktail to spice up your party. Check out these Holiday inspired cocktails. Hey why not try them all, they look yummy!

Pumpkin Martini

1/2 oz Drambuie Sylk Cream Liqueur
2 oz Absolut Vanilia vodka
1/2 oz pumpkin liqueur
1 tsp whipped cream
Cinnamon stick for garnish
Pour the Drambuie Sylk Liqueur and vodka into a shaker filled with ice and shake well. Add the pumpkin liqueur and shake. Strain into chilled cocktail glass. Top with teaspoon of whipped cream. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

Everything Nice

2 oz Modern Spirits Pumpkin Pie Vodka
1 oz Heavy Cream
2 tsp Maple Syrup
Splash of Orange Liqueur
Graham cracker crumbs
Combine all ingredients in shaker and shake hard. Strain into a graham cracker-rimmed

You gotta love pomegranate. It’s everywhere these days. I just couldn’t leave it out.

Holiday Pomtini

3/4 oz. freshly squeezed pomegranate juice* or
POM Wonderful® 100% Pomegranate Juice
1 oz. Stoli® Orange
3/4 oz. DeKuyper® Original Peachtree
1 oz. fresh orange juice
1/4 oz. lemon juice
Equal parts ground cinnamon and granulated
sugar for garnish spiraled orange
rind for garnish
Shake all drink ingredients with ice to chill.
Serve in a martini glass prepared as follows:
Mix in a bowl, one part ground cinnamon and one part granulated sugar.
Moisten the rim of a martini glass by swiping a slice of orange around the rim.
Dust glass rim with the sugared cinnamon mixture and decorate with a spiral of orange

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Seasonal Soirées

Being a fete fanatic, I seek any opportunity for a get together. So why not come up with Soirées for the Seasons! There are tons of reasons to through a party for each season. This season we already had a few. Who doesn’t love Fall? The foliage is simply stunning. The beginging of the season is one reason to celebrate ,how about A Fall into Autumn party? Then there was October Fest, and Election Day. That’s three already and Fall isn’t even over. Next up Thanksgiving! I have to start my diet from now, to save room for all of that food! So here are a few pics I came across for cute Turkey Day décor.

Photo credits
Wreath,garland & table setting
Vase & Votives

Friday, November 14, 2008

Can you please do me a "favor"?

Many hosts like to send their guests home with a little something that expresses their gratitude. There are just so many party favors out there to choose from! The host can choose items that will tie in with the occasion or the theme of the celebration. I personally prefer a practical that you can use for everyday living or edible party favor that you can eat on your ride home!
How cute are these favors for a bridal shower, bachelorette party or just a night in hanging with the girls!

Photos credits(in order from top to bottom)
Cookie Handbags
Cookie Dress
Manicure Set & Sachets
Shoe Bottle Opener