May 2009 archive

Refreshing! Watermelon-Berry Sparkler


This is the perfect refreshing drink for your summer entertaining or backyard BBQ get together!
What You’ll Need

-2 cup(s) watermelon, cubed and seeded
-1 container(s) (6 ounces) red raspberries
-2 tablespoon(s) superfine sugar, use 3 tablespoons if too tart
-Cold brut champagne or prosecco (dry Italian sparkling wine)

What You Do
  1. 1. Puree watermelon and raspberries in a blender. Scrape mixture through a fine sieve into a bowl; discard seeds. Stir sugar into puree (adding more if too tart). Puree can be made up to 1 day ahead and refrigerated.
  2. For sparklers, pour 2 tbsp puree into each champagne glass and top with 4 oz cold brut champagne or prosecco. For a nonalcoholic version, use club soda or seltzer instead.
{Recipe and photo via delish.com}
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Tiny Two Party Theme

I totally think that 1st birthdays are attention hoggers. Sure they are important milestones– but come on, how often does the 2nd birthday get complete attention and an awesome theme? Time for a change parents because Michelle from The Creativity Room is sharing this spectacular Tiny Two Party theme that will have you looking forward to that #2 milestone year.

Of course this “tiny” party theme idea can be used for birthdays other than the 2nd, however like Michelle says “everything is cuter tiny” and I think that goes for kids to :). At two they are like tiny big people and I think this theme is so fitting.

Michelle designed her own “Tiny Two” party invite, sharing how she did this over on her blog. You can easily make your invite in any format, just as long as it is tiny! I love the pink and teal color scheme she used throughout this tiny event, however you can select any colors that suite your desires.

For decor, the color scheme was carried through in every detail. From the hanging paper lanterns (not so tiny- but really cute), to the mini water bottle labels.

This tiny food is perhaps my favorite party theme detail! Adorable mini hot dogs and hamburgers (the tiny buns were homemade) are perfect for a tiny toddler’s hands! You can serve up any menu you fancy, just be sure to shrink it.

Tiny party favors were made up of mini activity pads, coloring books, crayons, and tiny candies.

Sweet birthday treats in tiny party fashion! Mini cupcakes baked using mini baking cups and bite size ice cream cups. The birthday girl had her own special birthday cake… a tiny one of course!

Check out all the tiny party details I left out over at The Creativity Room where Michelle is coming up with new fabulous ideas on a regular basis!

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June Birthdays and BBQ Celebrations! #FBTbash

Great news! Thoughtfully Simple and Free Birthday Treats are teaming up again, once a month in fact. Our #FBTbash was such a huge hit that we have decided that a monthly birthday bash is in order! Each month, we will be bringing you new topics, a fabulous guest, and some pretty impressive prizes. This is an open party– so bring all your Twitter Friends and let’s celebrate together!

June’s Twitter #FBTbash

Who:

You, Me (@hostesstori), Julie from Free Birthday Treats (@JulieFBT) and our great live guest:

Leslie Haywood (@GrillCharmer), Inventor of Grill Charms and fabulous party girl!

What:

Twitter Party to celebrating all things Birthdays! We’ll be talking BBQ Birthday Celebrations and helping June birthday tweople celebrate as well!

Where:

Where else? On Twitter! Join the party by using hashtag #FBTbash in every tweet! Don’t have a Twitter account? Get one here (it’s simple).

When:

Wednesday June 3rd from 5-7 PST

RSVP:

Let us know youโ€™re coming! Follow @hostesstori & @JulieFBT then copy and tweet the following:

RT Hey @hostesstori @JulieFBT Iโ€™ll be there! June #FBTbash Twitter Bday Bash! http://cli.gs/nvGs67
Have you entered for a chance to win some of our fabulous prizes?

#FBTBash Door Prize: 16 oz. Honey Bee Vanilla scented jar candle from Serene Moments

#FBTbash Fab Prize #1: (1) White Plasteramic Watch by ToyWatch (Retail Value: $225)

#FBTbash Fab Prize #2: (2) $100 1-800-Flowers Gift Certificates

Also- donโ€™t forget to stop by Free Birthday Treats and see what all the talk is about for yourself! I bet youโ€™re dying to know what you can get FREE for your birthday!

P.S. Be sure to leave your twitter handle in a comment below so others can follow you too!
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Artsy Partsy! Get Inspired and Create Your Own!

Do you have a little art lover in the family? Check out this art inspired party idea!

Set the tone for your colorful party, with these fun art party themed invitations! They are a perfect fit for this party theme, right?

Let your little artists decorate their own edible art using food coloring and sugar cookies, Martha gives you the how-to here. Cover table tops with white butcher paper, and then provide a rainbow selection of crayons. The party guests will be able to create multiple masterpieces and your table will stay clean too. Is there a birthday girl? I think this crayon apron would be the perfect party attire!

Keep party guests occupied (and intrigued) by having them help make crayons from broken pieces. You can even ask guests to bring broken crayons to the party. Check out the scoop on safely making your own crayons here. Once they have cooled, wrap crayons in small plastic bags, tie with a bow and send home as party favor! Aren’t they cool looking?

Don’t want to make them at the party? You can buy them premade and still have adorable favors.

Another favor idea is to send guests home with mini sketch kits so they can continue their artistry once home.

Don’t forget the cake! This rainbow cake is the perfect addition to any art themed party. Yes, you can make this! Get all the instructions over at the Omnomicon Blog and get started!

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Twitter Party Dessert!

Not sure why it has taken me this long to share these adorable Twitter cupcakes with you. I guess Twitter party food is on my mind since I just hosted a fabulous Twitter Party with Julie of Free Birthday Treats. It was such a hit that we’ve decided to do this shin dig monthly (details coming soon)! Now if we can just get Bakerella’s yummy and tweet cupcakes to serve each time. Regardless, enjoy this virtual cupcake and follow the baking goddess herself at @Bakerella (you won’t be disappointed).

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Lavender Baby Shower Theme

To be honest, I am not a big fan of anything in the purple color family. However, I was creating this inspiration board for a lovely lavender shower and have come to love it. The soft sophisticated color scheme shouts romantic and classy in the same breath. I encourage you to consider lavender as your next party theme- whether it be a baby shower, bridal shower, or even Sunday brunch. Go ahead, try it!

My first thought was this would be a perfect palette for a baby shower. More modern than your traditional pink or blue theme, this lavender color scheme is soft enough for the baby aspect, but classy enough to make the mom-to-be feel really honored.

Above from left:

  • Skip the baby or bridal shower cakes and serve these petite brownie bites from Martha Stewart, iced with a simple purple flower.
  • Simple yet sophisticated table scape featured on The Knot keeps it comfortable and still with a formal feel. Setting a nice table is a great way to honor the mom {or bride} to be.
  • Serve guests champagne with a sprig of lavender for a romantic aroma {Martha Stewart}.
  • A fun treat for party guests, a purple fortune cookie soap favor.
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