Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Sunday, November 27, 2011
Lately I have been reading a great book, one that I would highly recommend, “Entertaining Simple” by Matthew Mead. In his book he not only gives a list of basic necessities for the at- home hostess but also recipes and party ideas for “every kind of gathering.” I found particularly useful the list of essential elements for parties. In this section he gives examples of different flatware, plates, and cups, etc, and information regarding how to store or display your collection. (Lots of inspiration for any party planner’s pantry!)
One piece from the list of essential elements that caught my eye was the non-traditional use of glass milk bottles. They can be used as glassware or even interesting centerpieces (LOTS OF OPTIONS!) You can find glass milk bottles online for purchase but that option didn’t fit in my budget. Instead, I figured out how to repurpose my glass Starbucks Frappuccino bottles into classy party décor and I wanted to share it with you all!
Here is how to make Glass Milk Bottles from Starbucks Frappuccino containers.
Bill of Materials:
Glass Starbucks Frappuccino Containers
Soap and Water
Nail Polish Remover
First: Empty the Starbucks Frappuccino containers (I drank mine!)
Second: Rinse them inside and out by letting them soak in hot water for a few minutes.
Third: Peel off Starbucks label (it might leave behind some sticky residue). Use a little elbow grease to scrub the sticky residue off the bottle with a wash cloth.
Fourth: Use nail polish remover to clean off any stubborn adhesive and the date from the bottle.
Now use as a cute way to serve drinks at your next party!
Ta-Da your very own milk bottles!
TIP: Keep the caps, you can decorate them and use them again!
Now go have fun using these awesome glassware are your next party!
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
I got this idea from making Witch Hat Cookies for Halloween. If you change the candy and color of the hat’s band, they are PERFECT for Thanksgiving (and super fun for kids to make too!)
Here is a “How To” for Pilgrim Hat Cookies!
Bill of Materials:
Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies
Mini Reese's Cups
Yellow Food Coloring
Ziploc Bag or Icing Bag
First: Gather up your supplies and make space for your project on your kitchen table or counter.
TIP: When buying supplies, make sure you buy extra cookies than what you need. Sometimes the Keebler Fudge Stripe Cookies aren’t in one piece by the time you get them home. (Or you might have little fingers steal one or two in the process!)
Second: Mix Icing with a few drops of Yellow food coloring and put into a ziplock bag (or icing bag if you have one).
Third: Take wrappers off Reese's Cups
Fourth: Lay cookies upside down on your work place
Fifth: Put a very thick circle of icing around the circle in the middle of the cookie.
Sixth: Place Reese's Cup on Cookie
Option 2: If you aren’t a big fan of Reese's you can use Rolos instead (or mix it up!)
Saturday, November 12, 2011
Hello Classy Event Organizers!
I have to apologize for my short absence! I have been a bit busy due to the addition to my household: A beautiful kitten!
I have never had a pet (other than my betta fish) before, and if you have or ever had a kitten, you know how much work they can be! But she loves to give kisses and cuddle.
During my absence I’ve spent the last two weeks re-arranging my townhouse to better suite my new kitten, as well as thinking about planning (you guessed it...) a “Welcome to the Family” party!
As you can imagine my fur-baby is a Classy Kitty, so she is going to need a classy party for an introduction to her new family and friends. I decided to begin organizing the event by using the Party Planning Basics Worksheet (you can find this worksheet here) as a starting point for planning the shin-dig.
Here are my notes so far:
As you can see the details are a bit sparse, so I decided to log onto one of my favorite websites, Pinterest, to get some inspiration for my theme “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”.
If you have never used Pinterest before, it is a virtual pinboard website, where you can save your favorite “things” via a virtual pin board. If you want to learn more about this awesome resource go here.
I use Pinterest to track not only my favorite products and recipes, but also my personal style as well as (you guessed again!) party ideas!!
When I have a new party to plan, I first create a new pin board, and then search a few key words and start pinning what I like. Once I have a decent amount of pins collected to a board, I look them all over to reflect and start making decisions!
Here are some pins I have gathered so far:
Stay Tuned as the process unfolds....