wedding wednesday: groomsmen gifts

Happy Wednesday!

With the cold weather and engagement season in full swing I have been in total wedding mode lately- Pinterest, meetings and crafts have taken over my life but I have to say- I absolutely love it!

I’ve been chatting (and writing) a lot about entertaining, decor, recipes etc. And although men probably benefit of the recipes.. I don’t want them to feel left out! So today’s wedding wednesday is for the boys! (and maybe for the girls since you will probably be doing some of this shopping).

Groomsmen gifts can be a little tricky so I collected a few of my favourite ideas for you!

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I love these personalized cufflinks- in my mind wedding party gifts are all about adding a personal touch and making those close to you feel extra special- this gift does that perfectly!

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Boat shoes! What a great gift, these are the perfect show for everyman

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Every man needs a great wedding/survival kit. A tie, some whiskey, a cigar and some steak spice is pretty much all they need!

I’ve got so many more, I may have to do part 2 ūüôā

happy planning! wishing you all a wonderful day

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saturday super bowl inspiration: the details

Happy Saturday!!

The last post in our Superbowl Party Inspiration series; today it’s all about the details

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Super simple DIY project- wrap tin cans with cardboard paper to make them themed to your party!

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How amazing is this football field table? A little fabric, white tape and cardboard cut out letters makes a statement.

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Love this. And the boys will too.

Looking for fun printables? Check out this post over at mom fab fun.

Missed our posts earlier this week?

We shared entertaining tips, party dips , flatbread pizzas and yummy game day desserts!

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We’re off to set up a very special 13th birthday today

wishing you all a wonderful day!

super bowl party inspiration: party dips!

Day 2 of our super bowl party week!

Some of my favourite appetizers are party dips! I love having a delicious dip for pita bread, crackers, chips or veggies!

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I’ve put together a collection of party dip recipes to inspire your super bowl party menu- I’ve got to warn you they are addictive!

Tuscan White Bean Dip

Goat Cheese and Artichoke Dip

Clean Eating Guacamole

Like a little more spice?

Spicy Shrimp Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

7 Layer Mexican Dip

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Entertaining tip: prepare small bowls and avoid having your guests lean over each other to get their snack, avoid double dipping and create portion control!

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These are all so yummy and easy! Make them the night before and reheat them before serving.

wishing you all a wonderful day!

champagne

Happy Friday Everyone!

Life has been crazy busy this week- December is just around the corner and everyone is starting to prepare for the holidays.

In regards to weddings and events-I have been seeing a comeback for champagne and gold- it’s a nice alternative to the burlap, rustic look that is so popular right now.

I was part of the set up for a wedding in August that has this color palette- it was such a romantic look!

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this look can be dressed up or dressed down- i love that!

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Adding some black accents to make it just a little but sharper- perfect for the winter season.

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wishing you all a wonderful day!

* I do not own any of the photos posted above. I have collected them from various sites

ballerina birthday

I was out running errands last weekend and I saw the cutest little girl wearing a birthday girl tiara and a tutu. I thought it would be a great theme to have a ballerina birthday (i’m hoping she had one!). I have to do this one day. Next time you’re planning a birthday for your tiny dancer, here’s some inspiration; simple and adorable!

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Simple touches of pink and tulle can make this birthday extra special for your girl.

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Have crafts set up for the kids. It keeps them busy and gives them something to take home.

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Get fancy with a ballerina themed dessert table and gorgeous invitations.

2 cupcake recipes to try for this party:baking

Strawberry Cupcakes with Strawberry Buttercream

Confetti Cupcakes

wishing you all a wonderful evening!

color spotlight: emerald green

welcome back to creative entertaining! Today’s post is a color spotlight on the ever so trendy emerald green. Style at Home has named it the top color of 2013 and I have to agree..

I have been seeing this color everywhere and I am loving it. It works with various other colors and adds a certain richness to any look.

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Here is some inspiration to take green from summer into the fall and winter.

In your home:

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Z Gallerie has some great trendy pieces at an affordable price.

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Pier 1 Imports has some great options as well- this deep green with blue and gold is fabulous!

In your closet:

Fall fashion is always interesting- I love the use of rich colors, patterns and textured fabrics.

Here’s some emerald fashion inspiration courtesy of Pinterest

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Having a party?

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wishing you all a wonderful day!

pirate party theme

Good Morning!

For those of you who have been reading this blog you know I try to share simple tips for everything related to entertaining. I haven’t posted much about kids yet so I will start today! For most you, birthday parties will be the reason to get creative and plan something fun for your kids and their friends. I personally don’t think you need a reason to have a party but if you do, a birthday is a pretty good one!

So, for all you moms, aunts, friends, cousins etc. who may be in charge of planning a child’s party, how about a pirate theme??

I am loving this theme right now because the young ones get so into it and it is super simple to make it look fabulous.

Here’s some inspiration:

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Set the tone for your party with a creative invitation, this has your guests looking forward to the event way in advance!

(the message in a bottle has to be my favourite- so cute!)

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Have signs and costumes there upon arrival, kids will love this.

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I always tell my clients food tables are the easiest to incorporate theme. Use simple foods and get creative, add some flags, signs, wraps etc.

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Every party needs games, print out a map or a list of clues and set up a treasure hunt for the group. Pirate ring toss looks fun too!

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Loot bags are a must. Make your own party mix or buy a caramel corn mix and add some chocolate gold coins to the bags. Setting them in a box or chest ties in the theme.

All of these ideas are so simple to do! Check out your local craft store, dollar store, Target. Or contact me and it will show up at your door in one pretty package ūüôā

Stay Tuned- tomorrow’s post features some great party appetizers.¬†

wishing you all a wonderful day!

* I do not own any of the photos posted above. I have collected them from various sites and brought them together for inspiration.

wine & cheese

Good Morning Everyone!

I have been trying to get all my closest friends and family together this summer for a wine and cheese party. The weather is now perfect for this to happen outside without anyone being too hot and I cannot wait to relax, enjoy their company and taste a few great wine and cheese pairings.

I’ve done some research and thought I would share my findings with all of you:

First you will need some “tools”

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This is a great set from Bed Bath & Beyond.

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Williams Sonoma also has nice options!

Less fancy? Try Ikea or even Costco. They have a good product at a low price.

For more info on cheese knives, read this article.

Next, the wine glasses

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Thank you to Crate & Barrel for this handy chart!

My favorite looks right now?

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Wine charms are a cute accessory and are helpful when hosting a big group. These are personalized charms found on Etsy. You can also find charms at any food, entertaining, craft or department store.

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You can never have too many napkins!

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West elm, of course.

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Paper napkins work too, I have these from Target.

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wishing you all a wonderful day!

flatbread pizzas

Good Morning Everyone!

Today I am sharing one of my favorite entertaining recipes-one that can be done in so many ways. We’re talking about flatbread pizzas, these are what I like to think of as the gourmet pizza. They use a different base, different toppings but the same concept. Next time you are entertaining prepare these in advance to pop in the oven and wow your guests with your laid-back attitude while the work is done! Having a sit down meal? Why not have your guests make their own flatbreads, my family loves this style. Everyone can make their own then we try some of each!

Here is some flatbread pizza inspiration!

My Favorite Flatbread:

I use naan bread from the store, I spread homemade spinach dip, chopped chicken, pieces of bacon and some mozzarella.

sauce ideas:  bbq sauce, alfredo, pesto mayo, artichoke spread, spinach dip

 topping combinations:

goat cheese, caramelized onions & basil

chicken, bacon, havarti

salmon, dill, mozzarella

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ground beef, peppers & your favorite cheese

asparagus, mushroom & mozzarella

gorgonzola, prosciutto & chopped artichoke hearts

kale, garlic & ricotta

buffalo chicken, blue cheese & green onions

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Ok, time for breakfast now. I’m getting hungry!

wishing you all a wonderful day!

tea party

Good morning everyone and welcome back to creative entertaining! Today’s post is so exciting to me because it’s soft, girly and timeless. Who doesn’t love a great tea party? This theme is fun at every age.

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Here are some tips and inspiration to host your own!

If you are traditional and looking to host a classic tea, go for a soft color palette- pinks, whites, peach.

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Feeling a little more modern? Add some grey tones or go for a mint palette.

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Your decor: you don’t need much to create a girly atmosphere- your food and tea cups will do a lot for you.

DIY idea: blow up balloons in different sizes and simply tape them to the wall- inexpensive, easy and fun to do!

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If you want to add floral, I love hydrangea. It comes in almost every shade, it is in expensive and it is sold in large heads meaning you don’t need a lot of stems to fill a vase! It also looks amazing paired with any other flower.

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Accessories:

Adding wood frames is easy because you probably have some around the house or can buy them inexpensively. They add a nice texture to the over all look.

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Menus and place settings also bring a nice touch and personalize your event- these are easy to make at home or can be purchased.

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Simple Menu Ideas: 

tea sandwiches (egg salad, chicken salad, cucumber or assorted meats)

lemon poppy seed muffins: I use brown eyed baker’s recipe¬†http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2011/04/04/lemon-poppy-seed-muffins/

cinnamon Pecan Spirals: http://www.countryliving.com/recipefinder/cinnamon-pecan-spirals-recipe

ham & cheese scones: http://abeautifulbite.com/ham-and-cheese-scones/

almond-cinnamon butter: http://greatist.com/health/superfood-almonds/

macaroons

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Looking for wedding inspiration? It’s Wedding Wednesday over at Catherine’s Corner

wishing you all a wonderful day!

*I do not own any of the photos posted above. I have collected them from various sites