Little Bohemian Theme from Social Couture

I adore this party theme! What a perfect fit for all ages, toddler to grown woman- I think it is fitting for all. Check out this Little Bohemian Theme from the fabulous Social Couture.

The colors and textures are amazing and the grass and butterfly centerpiece is my favorite part of this theme! You can host a laid back Bohemian Party yourself because the brilliant minds over at Social Couture have everything you need to pull it off!

Check out the mix and match Bohemian Party Supplies, or make it simple and order the Bohemian Party pack and get your party on! {Fabulous!}

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July’s Birthday Twitter Party!

It’s that time! Another #FBTbash Twitter Party has been planned, so get ready to party! 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!

July’s Twitter #FBTbash

Who:

You, Me (@hostesstori), Julie from Free Birthday Treats (@JulieFBT) and our great live guest PetSmart (PetSmartTLC)! Be sure to follow us before party time!

What:

Twitter Party to celebrating all things Birthdays. July’s Topic: Pet Birthdays, Pet Treats, Pet Saftey and 4th of July fun of course!

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). You can also learn more about Twitter here.

When:

Wednesday July 1st from 5-7 PST

RSVP:

Let us know you’re coming! Follow @hostesstori & @JulieFBT then copy and tweet the following:

RT Hey @hostesstori @JulieFBT I’ll be there! July #FBTbash Twitter Bday Bash! cli.gs/hnusEe

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Fabulous prizes given away live! Enter now and join the party to see if you’ve won!

(2) Savvy Host’s TableTop-in-a-Box *for 6* value-priced gift sets (retail valie $120 each) – one in Red and one in Terra. Enter Here!

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Also- don’t forget to stop by Free Birthday Treats and see what all the talk is about for yourself! I bet you’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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Jicama and Watermelon Salad


What you’ll need:

1/2 cup fresh orange juice, plus 1 teaspoon zest
1/4 cup fresh lime juice, plus 1 teaspoon zest
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
Kosher salt
1 jicama, cut into matchstick pieces
4 cups watermelon in 2-inch chunks
1/3 cup roughly torn fresh mint leaves

What to do:

Whisk together juices, honey, pepper and salt in a large bowl. Add the jicama, watermelon and mint and toss to coat.

{recipe and photo via foodnetwork.com and Bobby Flay}

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Real Party| Bridal Shower Red with Romance

When my best friend asked me to help her come up with a theme for a bridal shower she was hosting, I was so exicted! After all, a bridal shower is a big deal… a memorable day for the bride to be and a great excuses to focus on romance. The bride’s wedding color was was red and her flowers of choice, roses. We had to come up with a plan that did not result in the party space having any hints of Christmas or Valentines Day. I think we pulled it off! Here are some shots from the party itself and wow, did it look romantic!

To set the tone, these red botanical invites were sent out with all the pertinent details. As guests arrived they followed a path lined by white candles and dusted with red rose petals. A handmade wicker and floral wreath greeted guests at the door with the bride’s initial “M” hanging in the center. Vintage chic red table runners topped white linen cloths and each table had simple yet elegant centerpieces. Red roses and floating candles gave off a very romantic feel.

This intimate bridal shower really complimented the bride’s personality; elegant yet easy going. Good food, good drinks, great company- a perfect way to honor a bride and heck, romance itself. Cheers!

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Sizzling Party Favors and Giveaway!

Now that Summer is just about here, you can start planning that patio party or backyard BBQ. There is just something relaxing about a Summertime get together that I cannot resist! Perhaps it is the clear skies, the relaxed atmosphere, or the cold cocktails…….yeah most likely that last one. Regardless of why you enjoy a summer shin dig- I found these adorable summertime party favors and just love them!

These favors are a perfect summer touch for your next party! Loving these mini barbecue place card holders. You could also use them as a way to label your dishes at the next potluck you have, they’d look adorable on any picnic table! Fill them with candy or tealights. Be sure to add a personal touch and wrap your water bottles in these personalized labels. You could even order generic personalization (like your last name or “Summer 2009″) to keep the on hand for your next impromptu party. Oh and check out these crab wine bottle holders and personalized hot sauces, these are my favorite summer favor ideas yet!

Have fun with party favors! They are not just for baby showers and weddings- thank your guests for coming to your next Summer party! Start planning, because Favor Affair is generously giving one reader a $50.00 gift certificate to their fabulous site http://www.favoraffair.com/, how awesome is that?!

WINNER! Sandra with comment #2- Congrats!

How To Win: Contest Closed!

1. Visit http://www.favoraffair.com and check out their awesome selection of party favors. Then, come back here and leave a comment sharing which party favor you would choose for your next Summer party and who you would invite!

For Extra Entries:

  • Tweet about this giveaway and leave a link
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* Be sure to leave a comment for each entry you do so it counts! Good luck!

Contest ends 6/19/2009

one random winner will be using random.org, winner notified by email
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How to Grill Perfect Vegetables

With the nice weather, it quickly becoming barbequing season. If your barbeque’s skills are anything like mine then grilling veggies is a huge fiasco. If I manage to prevent the veggies from clipping through the grates and into the flames, they are more often than not burnt to a crisp. Not very appetizing.

So, when I came across Delish’s guide to grilling vegetables, I was very excited. Here are just a few how-to’s when it comes to tossing your favorite veggies onto the grill!

To grill one pint of cherry tomatoes

Serving Size: 4
Preparation: Thread onto skewers
Seasoning: Brush with 2 teaspoons oil
Grilling Time: 5 to 7 minutes, turning several times

8 Ears of Corn

Serving Size: 4
Preparation: Soak 15 minutes, then remove silk (leave husks on) or remove husks and silk
Seasoning: Brush with 1 tablespoon oil
Grilling Time: 45 minutes with husks on or 20 minutes, turning occasionally, if husks and silk have been removed

For 2 Bunches of Small Green Onions

Serving Size: 4
Preparation: Trim
Seasoning: Toss with 4 teaspoons oil
Grilling Time: 2 to 4 minutes, turning several times

Want more? Learn how to grill other veggies perfectly like mushrooms, onions, and eggplant. And for some fabulous grilled vegetarian entrées.
{photos via delish.com}
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