December 2009 archive

New Year’s Day Brunch Ideas

Whether you are hosting a New Year’s Eve dinner, or looking for New Year’s Day brunch ideas, check these out.

Nothing above is too fancy, in fact I suggest gathering items you all ready have in your home to create a little festive New Year’s Day brunch.

Assemble a collection of clocks for instant decor. You can even place them atop a cake stand and use a table centerpiece. If you don’t have any clocks but want to pull off this eclectic look, your local thrift store would be a great place to check out.

Prepare these French Market Doughnuts for a morning treat. Or how about a healthy version of an old favorite: french toast? Serve your champagne or morning mimosas in fun numbered glasses {via Martha Stewart}. You can achieve this look by rubbing on scrapbook embellishments directly onto your glasses. Not to worry- they come right off with a soak in warm water (really, I’ve done it).

I also love the idea of creating a tablescape using only white like this one above from Olivet. White is a symbol of a fresh start which is very fitting for rining in the new year!

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Dress up your Wine Bottle: Drink Me Tags

Gifting a bottle of wine? Add a little pizazz to your wine bottle with Drink Me Tags. With several collections, you can choose the perfect tag to complement your wine bottle and fit the occasion.

I like the idea of skipping the traditional wine bag and instead, placing one of these tags on your wine bottle.

This would be a great collection of Drink Me Tags for New Year’s gifts. Or really, just to have on hand for random occasions and hostess gifts.

If you haven’t already, check out Drink Me Tags and take a look at all of their lovely designs.

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Simple Holiday Dessert: Peppermint Bark

This oh-so simple peppermint bark recipe is a must try. Easy steps to create a festive dessert to have on hand for holiday guests or to take to take over to the neighbor!

What You’ll Need:
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound white chocolate, chopped (do not use chips)
  • 2 cups puffed rice cereal
  • 1 bag (7.5 ounces) hard peppermint candies, unwrapped
  • Directions:

    1.Spray a 10-by-15-inch rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray; line with a piece of waxed paper. Crush candies (see note below).

    2.Place white chocolate in a heatproof bowl set over (not in) a saucepan of simmering water. Heat, stirring occasionally, until smooth, 4 to 6 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in rice cereal.

    3.Transfer mixture to prepared pan; with a spatula, spread to edges of pan.

    4.Sprinkle with crushed candy; with a piece of waxed paper covering the entire surface, press in gently (paper prevents hands from sticking to candy and chocolate). Chill until firm, 20 to 30 minutes (no longer, as candy will begin to soften).

    5.Peel waxed paper off. Break bark into 2-inch pieces. Store at room temperature in an airtight container, up to 1 week.

    Recipe originally from Martha Stewart

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    Gift Ideas for your Holiday Party Hostess

    Most likely you will be heading out to a holiday party or two this season, and chances are you will need a great gift idea for your holiday hostess. Here is a short but sweet round up of some fabulous hostess gift ideas that I know I would be more than pleased to receive!

    These collapsible flower vases are one of my favorite ideas! I love them so much I am going to buy one for myself- hey that’s allowed, right?

    These wine bottle magnets are a unique idea for a wine aficionado hostess.

    Who wouldn’t like gourmet carmel sauces? Can you say YUM?!

    Skip the boring bottle of wine and bring these fabulous holiday wine stoppers. I love the bright colors!

    So check these hostess gifts out and order now so that when you are heading out to that next holiday party, you will be ready to give your hostess a gift she’ll simply love.

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    Sweet Shoppe | Candy Themed Party

    This candy themed party was created with a classic sweet shoppe feel. Designed exclusively with Kate Landers Events, LLC- this party was extra special because it was thrown to celebrate my own two little girls’ birthdays. Born just one day apart- Taylor celebrated her 9th birthday while our youngest London, celebrated turning 3. The party theme was selected because they agreed- they both loved candy. Taylor chose blue as her favorite color and London selected purple —  there you have it, a party theme was born!

    Who doesn’t love lollipops?

    And what is better than a gumball, really?

    Handmade giant lollipops lined the walk where guests where greated with a chalkboard “OPEN” sign.

    A gumdrop wreath adorned the front door {inspired from this candy wreath via Let’s Entertain}.

    These classic {and darling} party hats were desinged for us by Kate of Kate Landers Events. Each child was given a classic party hat all created within the blue and lavendar color scheme. Each paper hat was adorned in a classic pattern that just had such a charm What I loved most about these hats was the ability to create a mix-n-match assortment. They were all in the party’s colors but we had several unique patterns which lent a playful feel to the party.

    In addition to the playful paper hats, each birthday girl had their own personalized Festoon Trimmed Party Hat. I have never seen anything like these hats, darling doesn’t even begin to describe them. Double satin ribbon ties under their chin- oh so fabulous! After the party, these were still in perfect shape- I know they will be worn and cherished for years. Here is all the party hats together:

    Fun, right?

    Party decor consisted {in part} of:

    -A  homemade candy shop awning:  poster board and paint

    -Lavender and white flowers

    -Wooden lollipop centerpieces

    -Hanging pieces of candy. We had three giant candy pieces hanging from a tree outside, blue, white, and purple {shown}. To make them, I used paper lanters (I get mine here) and simply wrapped them with colored cellophane. Tie the ends with ribbon to make it look like wrapped candy.

    Tissue pom poms hung above the candy buffet {more pics of that below} and added the perfect touch.

    This designer fabric table runner was also create by Kate Landers Events and really pulled the candy table together. The lavender stripes atop the soft cream background felt so elegant and classic- Sweet Shoppe feel for sure!

    The main event: The candy buffet table. All candy was chosen for its color; blue, purple, or white. From Rock Candy to Sixlets- Old Fashioned Taffy Wands to lollipops… this candy buffet was so sweet.

    Each candy jar was labeled using printable labels that I discovered over at Eat Drink Chic. See them used in this Ice Cream Parlour Sundae Buffet and download them for yourselves.

    Candy themed games kept little ones entertained. “Pin the gumball in the machine” was made exclusively for this party {via Kate Landers Events}. Each child’s gumball was hand stitched with a number so they knew who’s-was-who’s. I loved this take on the classic pin the tail on the donkey. Lollipop Toss was played outdoors {idea via Create My Event’s Lollipop Grove}. We also played musical squares to the song “Lollipop, Lollipop.” In fact, we had “candy themed” music playing the entire time- over an hour of music!

    Personalized dotted party napkins, Pennant flag (my go-to decor item), Treat bags filled with scoops of candy, and so much more!

    Each guest left with a mini gumball machine in addition to a bag full of candy.

    Believe it or not, there were so many more photos of this wonderful candy birthday party. Thank you for taking the time to browse these ideas and I hope they inspire you to host a candy party of your own!

    A special thanks to Kate Landers Events, LLC for helping to pull off one sweet party! I’m sure you’ll be hearing a lot more about this fabulous company here on Thoughtfully Simple and elsewhere in the near future.

    Where I shopped:

    Tissue Pom Poms | Luna Bazzar

    Mini Gumball Machines | Beau Coup

    Paper Lanters (for hanging candy) | Luna Bazzar

     

     

     

     

     

     

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