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2.25.2011

Fiesta Friday - Fiesta Inspirations #8

Before we launch into today's musing, it's time to post the winner of my Shop Sweet Lulu giveaway!! Drumroll, please....
Comment #33 - Stacy @ She's {kinda} Crafty said...I was drooling over this shop just yesterday! I NEED the dark pink polka dot straws for my daughter's first birthday. NEED!

Sounds like someone is getting pretty cool straws...the winner has 24 hours to contact me otherwise an alternate will be chosen.

Didn't win this time? Don't worry, we are at 470 GFC followers which means an 'Every 100 Followers' giveaway is coming up soon!

It's time for another Fiesta Inspirations, soirees guaranteed to make you run out and throw one of your own!
30 never looked so good! Posh Pixels' very man-friendly party fab like tree stump cupcake stands and a s'more bar is stylish and cool!
Jack's Birthday Pawty from Dinner Bells; don't you love the tennis ball runners?
A cityscape backdrop! Comic book paperware! Decoupaging! Life Frostings' comic book theme is so much fun and easy to recreate.
Sweet and simple, a Paris-themed party from Stephmodo. I love her parties because she makes a serious effort to keep it budget friendly but fabulous!
I absolutely love this table from Lemonade Making Mama...looks like it is a page straight out of Pottery Barn, but at Kmart prices.
Taking off with an airplane party from Buggy And Bean; a doughnut control tower? Why didn't I think of that for our party?
Cutest Little Things' Art Party has so many fun party elements...and I'm crushing on the candy paintbrushes...hmm...could I find that mold?
Have a football lover? Planning for Super Bowl next year? And Everything Sweet has a sweet spread that is full of DIY ideas.

Batter up! A perfect inspiration from Charm Event Design, especially if you are planning something for the upcoming season!
She's Ready To Pop baby shower from Kojo Designs; how in love are you with the POPcorn buffet, cake POPS, and POPtarts...yep, they ran with it!
It always hurts my feelings to see pretty pink tea parties, OK, envious...but that doesn't mean I can't share when I come across them. Wouldn't you have love to been invited to this princess tea party from TSJ Photography. What I love is the fact that it looks over the top, but mama worked her DIY magic and shared lots of great tips and her vendors.

Need even more inspiration? Check out Fiesta Inspirations #1, #2, #3, #4, #5, #6, #7.

2.24.2011

Random Acts Of Garnish Pt. 1

It's always nice to do something for someone, just because. It's even nicer if you can use cute containers and tags and other pretties. But it's nice to do something just because.

The lovelies that are Garnish want you to commit Random Acts Of Garnish. They'll send you a discount code to purchase some of their lovely products; they provide free tag downloads and all you have to do is put it all together and make someone's day. If you visit their blog, they've lots of fun ideas that would make anyone feel super special!

We've been snowed in and I couldn't get all my goodies out, but I couldn't wait to share what I've done so far. I took a Random Act over to my neighbor. She has two little girls and is on the countdown for her husband to return home from a deployment. I figured she needed something to coat her tummy with all the wine she's been drinking. Which is funny, because when I went over there, she WAS drinking!

Ever since I did these cupcake containers for Christmas I've been dying to do them again. This time I made jumbo lemon cupcakes...I cut one in half and added to Garnish's 16 ounce deli container...A swirl of whipped cream and sliced strawberries...Top off with the other half of the cupcake and pipe a generous dollop of cream cheese frosting.
A bit of baker's twine plus a wooden fork...
...equals one happy neighbor! Stay tuned for my next Random Act Of Garnish!
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2.23.2011

We Go Wednesday - Pier 1 Tasting Party

I avoid several places like the plague during the holidays, especially with the boys. One of those places is Pier 1. I know they aren't going to break anything but still... So when I finally made my way there, imagine my surprise when I saw this......their Tasting Party collection...insert happy party planner dance. I sure did snap a picture with my camera phone, all thinking I was going to break this fabness to you all.

Until I asked how hot is this new collection for spring and would probably carry through summer (party wheels turning), and she gave me the 'ugh' face. Apparently, I'm so 2000 and late, since it's been in stores since late October.
Oh.

So how did I possibly miss this?
Plus, everyone apparently was blogging about it, but once again, lots going on during the holidays.

So, I would suggest if you haven't already, get yourself hence. Can you see the possibilities? Not too bad on the prices if you are building up your collection, and those white porcelain spoons you've been seeing everywhere, like this dessert table? .75 each; I sure did by 10 of them to get myself started.I also purchased the mini bowls set (the sets holding the sliced pickles/jalapeños and shrimp), which is 12 bowls and 12 appetizer spoons for $29.95. I know, trust me, I've been looking for this size bowl forevah, even IKEA didn't have them. Ramekins can do the trick, but I like clear so the pretty layers of your food show through.

Oh, did you spy the tall domed cupcake pedestal? Yup, I'm so glad they are popping up everywhere!

2.21.2011

Unicorns, Rainbows and Ribbon

We are heading towards St. Patrick's Day and if you need a push in the rainbow direction, I've got just the inspiration for you!

Juicy Bits always has the most amazing home parties and this Unicorn And Rainbows Party is clearly no exception! So many amazing details...yarn balls! Rainbow mobile! Pretty treats! I'm absolutely in love! Visit her for a ton more of pictures from Evan Foster Photo and party details.






This soiree from Cake Ink was inspired by a ribbon garland and the rest is 'Rainbow & Ribbons' party history! I'm loving the cloud favor bags and drink bottle labels, it's part of her latest party collection available in her shop.



Check out the beautiful spread from Bird Crafts, showcasing her latest Rainbow collection, available in her Etsy shop. How cool is the tablecloth made from layers of crepe paper and plastic baubles filled with tissue?

2.20.2011

Drink Of The Week - Oscar Cocktails

Fiesta Friday was all about Oscar viewing party ideas and here are a couple of signature libations sure to win top honors with your party guests! Bring Hollywood closer; the Silver Screen Punch will be served at the Governor’s Ball immediately following the Academy Awards. Recipes courtesy of Moët.com

The Starlet
4 mint leaves
3/4 ounce good-quality silver tequila
1/2 ounce elderflower liqueur
1/2 ounce simple syrup
1/2 ounce lime juice
3 ounces Moët & Chandon Imperial
1 slice starfruit


1. In a cocktail shaker combine simple syrup, lime juice, and mint leaves. Use a muddler or a wooden spoon to muddle the mint leaves.

2. Add tequila and elderflower liqueur and fill shaker with ice. Shake vigorously for 20 seconds.

3. Strain into a glass and top with Moët & Chandon. Garnish with starfruit.

The Silver Screen Punch
1 (6 ounce) can pink lemonade concentrate, partially thawed
8 ounces pineapple juice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1/2 teaspoon grated ginger
1 cup Belvedere vodka
1 bottle Moët & Chandon
1 pineapple, cut into rings and frozen

1. In a blender, combine pink lemonade concentrate, pineapple juice, strawberries, and ginger. Blend until smooth.

2. Pour into a punch bowl. Add vodka and stir to combine.

3. Just before serving, pour in Moët & Chandon. Add frozen pineapple rings.

2.18.2011

Fiesta Friday - Oscar Fiestas

The 2011 Oscars are next weekend and I know some of you are having viewing parties! There are a few fabulous ideas out there that are fresh, and some classics from years past to share to get you inspired...
The Hostess Blog has a fabulous spread and free printables to share!
How about channelling classic movie glamour with the CPN West Coast movie themed table at Little Shindigs?
Pottery Barn movie nightLast year I shared some great party ideas inspired by Pottery Barn's movie watching party....

...and Twig & Thistle's party has been graciously updated for this year!
Loving the great ideas over at Everyday Celebrating like these spraypainted Barbie doll centerpieces and foamcore clapboards.

Take a cue from the nominees for your menu and decor. Every year, Epicurious shares movie-inspired menus based on the Best Picture nominees; recipes include a proper English tea for The King's Speech and meatball sliders and brownie cupcakes for Toy Story 3.
Don't Bakerella's statuette cookies look like so much fun? She shares a great step-by-step tutorial that makes almost feel inspired to try to make them. Almost.
How about The Decorated Cookie's 'popcorn' cookies?

Decorate your tabletops with Twister and other classic toys (Toy Story 3), hang ballet slippers (Black Swan) and wrestling gloves (The Fighter) on the wall. Craft store giant Michael's has Eiffel Tower crafts and decor right now, perfect for Inception.

Step up your party game and have your guests decorate your party by having an Oscar costume party; sure Woody and Buzz are givens (yes, they make grown-up versions), but Western wear (True Grit), geek chic (The Social Network), suits and ties (Inception), hikers (127 Hours) and of course boxing shorts (The Fighter).
Food Network shares pretty and easy-to-make centerpieces and placesettings.

Come back on Sunday for inspired libations....

2.17.2011

Tuesday Tip (On A Thursday) - Shop Sweet Lulu Giveaway

THIS GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED.....

Looking for milk bottles and striped straws for your next party's beverages? Need polka dot candy cups? Running low on pink bakery boxes? Then Shop Sweet Lulu is where you want to be! After all their tagline is ~Pretty Your Party~ Couldn't you just get lost here?





Are you hooked yet? Of course you are, so I'm gonna get you started with your shopping by giving one of my dear readers a $10 gift certificate to their shop!

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Giveaway ends next Thursday, February 24, at 11:59 p.m. PT. Winner will be chosen by Random.org, and contacted by email. Winner will have 24 hours to respond otherwise an alternate will be chosen