Baby Shower Luncheon: Pressed Sugar Bassinets

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Charming Baby Shower Luncheon How easy is it to design an elegant centerpiece for a baby shower luncheon – Just gather up old or borrowed dolls and place in a small carriage or doll’s chair. When guests arrive, offer them a glass of punch in a tall wine glass. Tie a miniature pink rose bud with a thin piece of blue satin ribbon on each

Spring Salads: Parmesan Cups

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Lemon-Basil Shrimp Salad 1 1/2 pounds peeled, cooked large shrimp 1/2 large red onion, sliced 1/2 red bell pepper, sliced 1/2 yellow bell pepper, sliced Lemon-Basil Marinade (or a simple EVOO/lemon mix) 1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped 8 cups salad greens 4 parmesan baskets Lemon Vinaigrette Dressing (or your favorite vinaigrette!) Place shrimp and next 4 ingredients in a large zip-top plastic bag. Seal and

Party with my Peeps

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“Party with my Peeps” is such a great way to turn an Easter candy into a bright and cheery party theme! Six Chicks Designs created this cute party complete with cupcakes and cake lollipops! Easter parties don’t have to be pastels and bunny rabbits – do not be afraid to use bright and bold colors to decorate! The aqua and orange really pop and the

Orange + Brown California Wedding

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When I first saw the pictures of this California wedding, I knew immediately that I wanted to showcase it.  Stefanie (a fellow Vanderbilt Chi Omega) and Matt were married in November at the Santa Lucia Preserve in Carmel, California.  The ceremony and cocktail reception were on the Event Lawn and the seated dinner was held in the Barn. There are so many elements of this

Top 10 Tips for Easter Tables

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(1)  Choose your colors! Easter is full of beautiful pastels from blues and greens to yellows and pinks. Pick a couple to be your focus, however.  A rainbow table is one thing, but for Easter, choose colors that compliment each other.  We chose sunshine yellow and peaches as our color inspiration! (2) Remember “height” for your centerpiece! Centerpieces are great ways to take your tablescape

Easter Cookie Baskets

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Tea Cookie Basket Tea cookie baskets can be made for Easter, baby showers, birthdays, and weddings just by changing the color of the ribbon, paper bottoms, and icing. They are easy to make and can also be made by leaving off the icing trim if desired. Here’s What You Need: * 6 plain hard tea cookies * Piece of cardboard, 4 1/2-inches by 2 1/2-inches,

Cakelet Pans

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I {ADORE} the new cakelet pan trend! They are popping up everywhere.  For those of you who want darling little cakes but do not have the time to bake sheet cakes, cut, stack, etc — these are your solution! You can find anything from dinosaurs and backyard bugs for children’s parties to tiered cakes and little gifts for weddings or birthday parties! Choose your favorite

Black and White Party!

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This “black and white party” was featured over at “oh, how posh!” earlier this week, but I wanted to show you here too. I have always loved Black & White together, so classic! This party was so fun to design because there are so many neat black and white accessories out there. The black and white damask plates were my design inspiration for this party.

Cocktails Before the Symphony

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Bellini champagne and delicious marinated shrimp will be the star attraction for cocktails with friends before the symphony or a night out on the town. Gather around the piano and let the good times roll! Bellini Champagne 1 peach, pureed (or 4 oz of peach nectar) 8 oz champagne dash of grenadine Pour pureed peach into bottom of tall fluted glass.  Slowly add champagne and

Country Rooster Party + Old-Fashioned Pound Cake

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Country charm rules the roost on this table setting. Do you have special memories of a cake your grandmother made for breakfast? This is my great-grandmother’s recipe for old fashioned pound cake and it is outstanding with morning coffee (or diet coke if you’re like me).  It can easily be topped with strawberries or a chocolate drizzle to jazz it up! A good recipe shared with others will live

Top 7 Easter Appetizers

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      1. Easter Plates by Sur La Table 2. Proscuitto-Wrapped Mango Bites 3. Bruschetta-Goat Cheese Cups 4. Basil-Cheese Roulade 5. Spicy Roasted Bell Pepper Pimiento Cheese 6. Curried Chicken Salad Tea Sandwiches 7. Gorgonzola Truffles 8. Beef-and-Asparagus Bundles images: Easter plates – Sur La Table, Easter Appetizers – Southern Living.com      

Pink Baby Shower

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Pink Kisses 2 egg whites, room temperature 2/3 cup sugar (we use Domino’s) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 teaspoon almond extract 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar 1 cup white chocolate chips 1 cup pecans, chopped (optional) Red Food Coloring Turn the oven to bake at 375. Next beat the egg whites until they hold peaks. Gradually add the sugar, vanilla, and cream of tartar. Add two