Friday, November 19, 2010

Fall Themed Party

Want to make a big impression with a little budget?  

This fall themed party is for you!

With just a few inexpensive items...ribbon, mini pumpkins, fresh flowers, crepe paper and balloons, you can create a beautiful party space.  

Take a look: 



Not bad, right? 

And it was all so easy to pull together! 

Glass votives and vases from the Dollar Store housed some gorgeous fall flowers...




Mini pumpkins adorned the room here and there for a splash of the season...





And pretty ribbon in fall colors was cut into lengths and taped to the wall behind the cake table...(this is one of my favorite decorating ideas right now)!



Gold balloons and crepe paper hung from the ceiling to add a little depth to the party room, and I used a little bit of the crepe paper and left over ribbon to create a fun little garland for the table.



And last but not least, the birthday cake. 

This party was for my sister-in-law's 50th birthday celebration, and she is a big dachsund fan.

I decided to make her a two-tone, two-tier chocolate cake to match the party's color scheme, and top it off with a custom chocolate doggie cake topper.

She loved it!




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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

10 Things that Every Party Girl Should Have on Her Christmas List

Hello, party peeps!  :)

The countdown to Christmas is on! 

And since you've got so much to do to get ready for the holidays, I thought I'd help take a little pressure off of you by showing you what should be on YOUR Christmas wish list this year

Here are the Top 10 Things that Every Hostess with the Mostest MUST Have...
(and WHY you must have it...for those of you that are forwarding this list to the lucky folks that drew your name this year) 

Click on the titles of each item for more details...then get your forwarding finger ready!

1.  Kitchen Aid Stand Mixer

A stand mixer might seem extravagant to some, but it is an absolute necessity for the multi-tasking party girl! 

Time is of the essence when we're in party mode, and a lot can get done in the three minutes that it takes for a cake batter to mix, right? 

And, I saw a segment on TV about what  and what not to splurge on, and they said mixers were definitely a splurge! 

That's right.  We NEED one!  :) 


2.  A Nice, White Cake Plate


You need this for many reasons, but here are two biggies:

First, white is versatile and can be used for any theme, so if you invest in one nice plate, you're all set!

And secondly, this piece adds height and dimension to a table.  Tablescapes are a lot more visually appealing when items are sitting at different levels. 

Use the plate to not only showcase fabulous cakes, but virtually anything!  This will definitely become your party "go to" item! 


3.  Wine Glasses

 

I'm not a wine drinker and I learned the embarrassing way that this is no excuse to not own wine glasses! 

It was quite funny to me that I had plastic Solo cups to offer my wine-bearing guests, but it certainly wasn't very classy. 

Learn from my mistake and have some wine glasses on hand. 

They even make drinking punch look sophisticated.  :)

4.  A White Platter

Yep, here we go with the white again, but I'm tellin' ya...it works! 

You can use it for everything!  In fact, you will, so you may want to add two of these to your list. 

Being the perfectionist that I am, I always like two for symmetry on the table. 

5.   A Good Camera

 
As far as I'm concerned, if you're going through all of the hard work to throw a shindig that will knock their socks off, you darned well better have pics to document it! 

I absolutely LOVE my Nikon.  It takes fabulous pictures despite the inabilities of the person behind the camera!  (Yes, that would be me).

It takes such great pics that you will be taking pictures of everything!  This will be your new best friend!  :)



6.  Bose Sound Dock


Ohhhh yeahhhh!!!  Now we're talking! 

I'm a firm believer that my best work takes place when the music is cranked on HIGH! 

My Bose has amazing sound, and can handle the loud volume that tends to result in me starring in my own little show in my kitchen. 

Crystal clear music, I'm telling you.  And it really does help you become more productive.  Get one. 

7.  Bakerella's Cake Pops Book



Well, if you're gonna be cranking out the goodies while you're jamming to your Bose, you're gonna need some good things to create!

These cake pops from Bakerella are definitely good things.  {Wow, I just completely sounded like Martha Stewart}! 

Seriously, make them.  You will be addicted!

8.  Perfect Party Food














And here are some more good things.  Lots of them.  Over 600 pages worth. 

The best thing about this amazing cookbook?  Every recipe has do-ahead instructions! 

Yep, every single recipe can be made ahead of time, getting you out of the kitchen come party time and actually allowing you time to enjoy your party!  Woohoooo!!!  Love it!

9.  A Fondue Pot


I also love fondue pots.  And so will you. 

They are sooo easy, another great time-saver tool for party girls! 

Just pour your fondue into the pot, heat it up, and it will keep everything good and yummy for you while you enjoy your soiree! 



10.  Keurig Coffee Maker



And last but not least, this magnificent coffee maker! 

Not only does it brew steaming hot cups of coffee in a flash, it brews them individually so that each cup is exactly the flavor and strength that each person wants. 

Perfect for party guests, but even more perfect for YOU!

After all of that hard work planning your party, you deserve to sit down and enjoy a nice cup of coffee!

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So there you have it! 

Now hit forward and send this to your lucky loved ones so they can get busy on your wish list! 

Send it to your party friends, too!  Everybody wants to be the Hostess with the Mostest! 

Happy Celebrating!
Jen

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Easy Thanksgiving Decorating Ideas

Does your Thanksgiving "To Do" list seem never-ending, no matter how early you start your planning?

I know mine does! 

There's so much to think about...organizing the menu, shopping for food, cooking, cleaning the house before everyone comes over...and of course you need some gorgeous decorations to set the mood! 

Let BHG.com help take a little bit of the pressure off of you with these super easy, incredibly pretty decorating ideas that you can whip up in no time.

Seriously!  These are ALL do-able and EASY...and they'll give you the "wow" factor you're looking for...with time to spare.  :) 

How nice will that be?!!

Click on over to BHG.com for pics and how-to's. 

Happy Celebrating!  :)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Thanksgiving Treats

Want a little something fun to serve to the kids this Thanksgiving? 

I've found some really cute ideas to help you out with that!  Take a look:


Of course you all know I'm a sucker for cake pops, so the little turkeys had me at hello.  (Or "gobble").

But how great are the little pilgrim hat and Indian corn cookies? 

And I love the fruit kabob turkey!!!  Whip up some fruit dip to go along with it and you've got a fun snack that's festive and healthy! 

Follow the links below for instructions.  Happy Celebrating!  :)

Turkey Fruit Gobbler Source:  Family Fun
Pilgrim Hat Cookies Source:  Woman's Day
Corny Cookies Source:  Family Fun
Turkey Cake Pops Source:  Bakerella
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