Archive for February, 2009

Quick Ideas For Entertaining

No one likes to be bogged down with tedious little chores before an event, no matter how large or small the gathering will be.  Here are some great tips to simplify tasks for the host or hostess while still adding a personal touch to the evening.

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Cutlery – And Presentation

Goodness knows, when you are hosting an event for a large group of people, plastic cutlery is almost a must.  Even at smaller functions, using plastic is sometimes the best plan (especially at cookouts and picnics!).  However, just because you are using plasticware doesn’t excuse you from creating an appealing place setting.  Here are some easy ideas for dressing up your plastic cutlery.

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Ultimate Icing

I’m a baker.  Cooking?  Not so much.  But baking?  Absolutely.  Give me a mixer, some flour, eggs, a pastry bag and some time, and I’ll be in a euphoric state for days.  So, when I came across this recipe for an amazingly simple buttercream frosting, I doubted how great it could be.  I’m here to tell you, IT IS GREAT.  It has the silkiest texture and sheen I can create.  And, it lends itself well to flavorings to compliment any cake flavor.

This recipe below makes 3.5 cups of buttercream frosting.  It is easily doubled, tripled, quadrupled…you get the picture.  It handles tinting with ease, too!

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Invite Nature To Your Next Dinner Party!

One of the simplest and most elegant touches to any occasion, be it an intimate gathering of friends or a banquet room full of people, is to accessorize with nature.  The world is full of color and texture, and bringing these into the decor of any event is easy and unique.  Here are some ideas to inviting the outdoor world to the table!

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Spring Book Talk – Mother Daughter Edition

Who says books are a solitary enjoyment?  Group reading is a wonderful way to forge friendships, build relationships and connections, and explore literature you may or may not otherwise attempt to read.  This love of reading and sharing can be easily shared with younger readers in a Mother-Daughter Book party.

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Truffles

I came across a wonderful and simple recipe for creating your own truffles.  How great would these be as shower or wedding favors, Valentine gifts, or baby shower snacks?  This easy recipe is perfect for any occasion!

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Go Bold For Your Wedding

In browsing through many a decorating, bridal and home-style magazine, one trend is definitely here: putting the punch into a gathering, most prominently at weddings and receptions.  While muted pastels, jewel-tones, black and white have often times been the color scheme of choice, brides these days are searching for that extra element of surprise and splendor.  Color easily creates that atmosphere.

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