June 28, 2011

Dress to Impress

Let's face it, theme parties are fun because it allows you to whip out that funky dress that has been collecting dust in your closet to rock one more time. As a guest at a themed party, it is your responsibility to adhere to the theme, dress code and all.

Weddings are one of those themed events where there is definitely a wardrobe protocol. The words "formal" and "semi-formal" to describe wedding event attire should be taken for EXACTLY what they mean.

One website that I absolutely love when it comes to picking the appropriate dress for formal or semi-formal themed events is The Rose Dress. This place is my best kept secret (well, not so much a secret anymore...lol) with dresses that range in all shapes, colors, sizes, and prices. Really, anyone can afford a dress here!

They have everything from cocktail dresses...






To evening dresses!







Remember ladies, "Your dresses should be tight enough to show you're a woman, and loose enough to show you're a lady". - Edith Head

June 26, 2011

Cake of the Day!

Some of your best creations can happen when you just sit down and work your creative juices. Today's Cake or rather CAKES of the day come from my friend, Malory Larson!

Mini cheeseburgers with french fries
Corn (cupcake) on the Cobb

Cupcake Skeleton Man


Here's a tip for you to make similar cooking masterpieces....think of an object you would like to re-create. Then, think of what food items you could buy that could most help resemble this object. Remember, anything can stick to frosting! ;-)

June 25, 2011

Must See Venue: Lee's Cream Liqueur

Whoever said grown ups can't have an Ice Cream Party?! Well now you can at Lee's Cream Liquer located in Scottsdale, AZ!



Lee's Cream Liquer is known for their unique ingredient in their ice cream....FINE LIQUER! They accept group reservations here and they cater so this would be a fun place to host an Adult Ice Cream Party theme for the summer.

June 22, 2011

Cake of the Day!


Today's Cake of the Day was inspired by Miss Lauren Conrad! The above cake, made by Sweet Lady Jane, was made for Lauren Conrad's 25th birthday.


The cake Lauren Conrad ordered was a creamy white chocolate raspberry cake with hand-painted floral frosting!


You can find Sweet Lady Jane in the West Hollywood and Santa Monica area. Also, Sweet Lady Jane cakes are now offered in Ralph's Fresh Fare Markets! YUM!

June 19, 2011

Cake of the Day!


Today's Cake of the Day came from Powdered Sugar Cakes that was located in Los Angeles, CA. They provided a fresh, fashionable take on the cake industry with their amazing custom cakes. This cake serves as an inspiration that if you have a vision, it truly can come to life. :-)

June 18, 2011

Must See Venue: Leal Vineyards


The thing I love the most about vineyards is that they are perfect for any occasion, whether it is for a wedding, wedding reception, or fun girls' trip weekend, you are sure to have a fabulous time drinking wine and simply having lots of fun.

Leal Vineyards
in Hollister, CA is one venue in which I would absolutely LOVE to have an event at. The reviews on this place are so positive and the best thing about this vineyard is that if you would like to keep your wedding events all in one place, they have a house where your entire wedding party can stay at! This is a safe and great idea if you're planning on celebrating your Bachelorette/Bachelor party at the vineyard.




Talk about the most amazing views! Click here for a virtual tour of Leal Vineyards.

June 17, 2011

Recipe of the Day: Artichoke Dip


Appetizers are great and often quick food items to have at a random function or get together. My favorite appetizer is artichoke dip! It is easy and quick to make and it can be served hot or cold with pita bread, pita chips, crackers, or french bread.

To Make Artichoke Dip you will need the following:

INGREDIENTS


1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 cup mayonnaise
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 (4 ounce) can diced green chiles

TO MAKE


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
2. Combine the artichoke hearts, mayonnaise, cheese and green chilies. Mix well and pour into a 2 quart casserole dish.
3. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Garnish with chopped green onions and chopped tomato if desired.

Recipe Taken from: All Recipes.com

June 12, 2011

Cake of the Day!


I found today's Cake of the Day off of Cake Italy and I immediately saw dollar signs!

Note to reader: If you need money please do not use this credit card cake, or you will be charged with Credit Card Cake Fraud ;-)

June 11, 2011

PARTY OF THE WEEK: Chandler Wolves Grad Party!!


This past weekend I put on my first party I was asked to do: A Chandler Wolves Graduation Party. I had so much fun helping the family prepare for their son's big high school graduation bash. Let's walk through the steps I took to make this party a success!

Decorations

Like I stated before in my blog entry, 'Plan your Graduation Party...QUICK!',you should choose the 2-3 main school colors from the school you're graduating from to incorporate in all of your decor which is what I did. Champion Party Supply in Seattle, WA was my one stop shop for most of the decor to be incorporated at the party.


I purchased everything from....
Paper lanterns...

to napkins, cups, & plates...

to unique graduation party favors...

to blue & white streamers and paper shreds...

to cute graduation signs and banners!

Display Boards
Brainstorming ideas in my head, I wanted to find a unique way to showcase the mascot of the school at the party (the Chandler Wolf) so I solicited an artist, my great friend, Lynn Sharpy, to draw the mascot on display boards. It turned out great!



Backyard Decor
As I stated in my latest blog entry, 'Backyard decorating', you must not forget about decorating the backyard. For this party we stuck to table cloth colors that matched the theme colors and designed balloon weights that served as centerpieces.

Minor Details
Minor details can really make a party standout, so here are just some of the Minor Details I incorporated at the party:

Personalized Graduation Cups

Streamers wrapped on railing

Handmade Personalized 'Chandler Wolf' & 'Congrats Graduate' Table pieces

I had such a fun time with this party! GO WOLVES!

June 7, 2011

Recipe of the Day


S'mores don't only have to be at your camping trips. At your next cocktail party bring out S'MORES MARTINIS! Using the same classic ingredients as your tasty treats at the campfire, these drinks will have your guests' saying "I want some more!"

S'mores Martini Recipe:

Ingredients
-32 oz. vanilla vodka
-16 oz. white chocolate liqueur
-64-oz. pitcher
-1 graham cracker
-Plastic bag
-Small bowl
-1 jar marshmallow creme
-Martini glasses
-1 bag of marshmallows (any size)

To Make:

* Pour the vodka and white chocolate liqueur into the pitcher and stir. Refrigerate several hours until the mixture is cold.
* Crush the graham cracker in a plastic bag, then pour the crumbs into a small bowl.
* Rub marshmallow creme around the rims of the martini glasses to lightly coat.
* Dip each martini glass into the bowl of graham cracker crumbs until the marshmallow creme is covered with crumbs.
* Pour about 3 oz. of the drink mixture into each of the prepared martini glasses and serve.

Recipe by: Group Recipes

June 6, 2011

Cake of the Day!


Today's Cake of the Day comes from Cupcake Royale, located in West Seattle, Capitol Hill, and Bellevue, Washington. What I love the most about this bakery is that you can order your cupcakes ONLINE! We're talking right down to each flavor and the quantities are all customizable.

I'm not prejudice, especially when it comes to cupcakes :-)

June 5, 2011

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