I fell in love with Morgan + KTs Picnic Engagement Party the first moment I saw the pictures.
What speaks to me about it is that it's homemade, low key, beautiful, fun, and all about love. What could be better?
What was your inspiration for the party?
I can't remember my exact inspiration for the party but I know it was just coming out of winter and I wanted to get outdoors and into the sunshine! Also a lot of our friends were also having night time engagement parties and we wanted to do something a little different.
We wanted to create a laid back picnic feel, where people could dine on the grass, enjoying the sunshine and where we could spend a lazy Saturday afternoon with our friends and family. Unfortunately the weather didn't co-operate for us and we ended up having to bring in shelters and no-one really 'picnicked' on the grass (instead on chairs) but we had fun just the same. I created a mind map for the event and starting listing all the ideas that came to mind when I thought of a picnic party - and it kinda grew from there.
Here is what i wrote on my blog: “simple a little country (to compliment our wedding which is being held in the country) picnic style a red & orange colour theme and a M+K= <3 theme (which many of our guests cleverly used too!)”
I love "Top Chef Masters," so how psyched was I to watch last week's episode and see that it was "Wedding Wars."
I wish I could have tasted the food. How many times have I been to a wedding where the food was just adequate, or not even that great. What would it be like to be at a wedding and eat food prepared by awesome chefs?
The desserts made by Govind Armstrong where quite impressive, but I have to say I was happy when Jody Adams won the challenge. She seems modest and hard working, no showboating, which I like.
But I've got a couple questions... How do they pick the couple to feature on the show? Are they foodies, because based on the episode they didn't seem like it. And what's it like to have a reality show filming at your wedding?
Even though I think of myself as a slight foodie, I'm not sure I'd welcome the cameras, even for the free food. Any thoughts?
Vicky of the City Cradle blog has a goal. She wants to throw 30 parties by the time she turns 30. She has until March 2011 to do it, and so far she's thrown 6 (way ahead of schedule).
On her blog she shares everything that goes into the planning of her parties, from inspiration, to design, to the actual event. And what I love about her posts are all the details and DIY projects she includes.
Plus, you can see by her designs how beautiful, warm, and unique they are. You'd never know she does this on a budget.
Her six parties so far:
The other impressive thing about Vicky is that she also has twin babies! You can check them out on Tuesdays when she adds her Tuesday Twin Snap. Adorable.
Can you believe I've never tried a cake pop? I know... the insanity. And yet, I'm obsessed with them, and with the blog Bakerella where it all began.
For those of you late to the game, like myself, you might be asking what's a cake pop? Well, it's just crumbled cake combined with frosting, rolled into balls, covered in chocolate, with sticks attached. Simple, but oh so delicious, and incredibly cute.
Many of the parties on our site feature them, because they look so great on a dessert table.
Here are my favorites from Bakerella.
And here are two variations on the theme from Bakerella, macaron pops and pie pops. Genius.
If you want to make any of these above, check out the Bakerella blog because every pop comes with detailed directions.
I can't promise they will look as beautiful as these, but I bet they'll sure taste good.
Given that I just did a post on how to throw a Sex and the City 2 themed party, I've had shoes on the brain.
Since I can't afford a new pair of Louboutins, I can at least look. So here are a few of my favorite designer shoes for spring.
My new favorite site for Mother's Day e-cards is Ojolie.
The cards are both beautiful and understated.
Here's what the artist/owner of the site, Frederikke Tu, says about her work:
"Our ecards are my work of passion, taking weeks of painstaking - but fun and satisfying - work and attention to detail to complete. First I hand paint many parts, and then the scanned images are combined with Flash animation to create a visually stunning story."
The ecards are not free, but for a 1 year subscription it will cost you only $10.
My favorites are definitely the animated origami cards, but so many of the them are absolutely gorgeous.
Now that Sex and the City 2 is premiering on May 27th, I thought it was time to write about how to throw your own Sex and the City 2 themed party.
First off, you can always start old school.
- For drinks serve cosmopolitans, Manhattans, Long Island ice teas, or appletinis
- For food, Chinese food and sushi are two show favorites
- Send fancy invitations and ask your guests to dress as their favorite character
- For atmosphere, put out boas, scarves, gloves, sunglasses, flower pins, and jewelry
- To create a NYC backdrop, hang twinkle lights and blow up some pictures of the New York City skyline
- Play the show DVDs, the first movie, or the movie soundtrack during the party
- Play the Sex and the City trivia game
But now to make it more current, add some Middle Eastern flavor.
- Serve some middle eastern dishes like hummus, tabouleh, falafel, baba ganoush, and kebabs
- Decorate with sand, blow up palm trees, and toy camels
- Provide colorful scarves for your guests and have a belly dancing contest
- Create a game to see who can point to Abu Dhabi on a map
- Get "Team Aidan" and "Team Big" t-shirts made to give out as party favors
Just 21 days until opening day... but who's counting.
A bunch of users have mentioned using a Cricut to add details to their parties. So of course I had to ask, what is a Cricut?
It turns out it's a pretty cool electronic cutting device to cut out shapes and letters for scrapbooking and craft projects.
Here's what one looks like. No computer necessary.
They seem to range in price from about $100 to $350, but where it can get even pricier is when you add in the cost of the cartridges you need to make the cool shapes. These run anywhere from $25 to $80 each.
So the question is... is it worth it?
And the answer is... if you are a "crafty" person, yes! There's really nothing like it. Take a look at some of the things you can do with a Cricut.
In fact, they even have a new food Cricut for cake and cookie decorating. Check out this cake.
Since it's almost Cinco De Mayo, I thought a couple margarita recipes are in order.
Here are a few of my favorites!
Traditional Margarita courtesy of Drink of the Week
Take a cocktail glass and rub the lime wedge around the rim, dip rim in the salt.
1 1/2 oz. Tequila 1/2 oz. Triple Sec 1 oz. Lime Juice or Sweet & Sour Bar Salt Garnish - Lime Squeeze
In a shaker with ice combine Tequila, Triple Sec, & Lime Juice. Shake well a strain into the cocktail glass.
On the Rocks - Fill a salted bucket glass with ice. Build this 'Maggie' right in the glass.
Frozen Margarita - Blend ingredients with a scoop of ice, serve in a salted large stem 'Margarita' glass. Frozen Fruit Margaritas can be made by adding a scoop of fresh fruit (strawberries, peaches, pineapples, etc.)
Cadillac Margarita courtesy of Drink of the Week
1 1/2 oz. Gold Tequila 1/2 oz. Cointreau 1/2 oz. Grand Marnier 1 oz. Lime Juice Bar Salt Garnish - Lime Squeeze
Rim a margarita or highball glass with lime and coat with salt. Next, fill the glass with ice and set aside. In a shaker with ice combine Tequila, Cointreau, & Lime Juice. Shake well a strain into the glass. Float the Grand Marnier on top, and squeeze the lime and drop it in.
Frozen Strawberry Margarita courtesy of Food Network
3 cups strawberries 1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur 1/3 cup fresh lime juice 3/4 cup tequila (preferably anejo) 2 tablespoons honey pinch of salt
Puree ingredients in a blender. Add 3 cups ice and blend until smooth. Divide among 4 stemmed glasses. Garnish with strawberries dipped in sugar.
Watermelon Margarita courtesy of bfeedme.com
4 cups watermelon, seeded & cubed 1 6-ounce can frozen limeade concentrate 1/2 cup tequila, your pick 3 tablespoons sugar & lime wedges for garnish
In a large zip-lock bag- place watermelon cubes inside & freeze for 8 hours. Take out your watermelon bag & get your blender ready. In the blender combine half of your watermelon cubes, limeade & tequila. Process until smooth. Repeat with the remaining half.
To garnish: Place the sugar in a wide, shallow bowl. Moisten the rim of a margarita glass with a lime
Arizona Margarita courtesy of Drink of the Week
2 oz. Tequila 3/4 oz. fresh lime juice 1/2 oz. prickly pear juice 1/2 oz Cointreau Kosher salt Ice Lime slice for garnish
Shake liquid ingredients with ice in a martini shaker. Strain out ice before serving. Serve in margarita glasses rimmed with kosher salt and garnish with a lime slice.
Chambord Margarita courtesy of Drink of the Week
Tequila 1/2 oz. Triple Sec 1/2 oz. Chambord 3 oz. Margarita Mix
Combine all ingredients in an electric blender with 1 cup if ice. Blend for 30 seconds. Serve in a margarita glass. Garnish with a lime
Cherry Sling Margarita courtesy of Drink of the Week
1 1/2 oz. Agavero Licor De Tequila 3/4 oz. Cherry Blossom Sling Margarita Mix (substitute equal parts of Cherry & lime juice) 4 oz. Sparkling Water
Add all ingredients in to a Collins glass filled with ice. Stir and garnish with an orange wedge.
Blueberry Lime Margarita courtesy of Food Network
2 cups ice 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 cup blueberry nectar 1/4 cup seltzer 2 tablespoons frozen limeade 1 tablespoon lime juice 3 ounces tequila, optional 1 lime wedge Coarse salt
Combine ice, blueberries, blueberry nectar, seltzer, limeade, lime juice and tequila, if using, in a blender and blend until smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in salt. Divide the margarita between the prepared glasses and serve. smooth. Rub rim of 2 glasses with lime wedge and dip in salt. Divide the margarita between the prepared glasses and serve.
Enjoy! And Happy Cinco De Mayo!!!
I just stumbled upon Tail Waggin' Celebrations, which is an actual party supply store for dogs.
If you want to throw your dog a party, this is your one-stop shop. They've got invitations, dog party hats, cakes and treats.
They've even got supplies for cat parties too.
If anyone throws a party for your dog or cat, I'd love to feature it on our homepage in our Party of the Day and blog about it.