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
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.
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!
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?!
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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
Decorate your party table top with diamonds! Place these diamond paperweights at place setting or scattered around your table top. Light candles atop these chic diamond candle holders for the perfect bling centerpiece!
I am loving these cocktails! Perfect for your diamond themed shower, the love in bloom cocktail. Elegant and luxurious as well.
Birthday Wishes is an inspiring organization that provides birthday parties for homeless children living in shelters. There are more than 96,000 homeless children in Massachusetts alone and Birthday Wishes provides birthday parties for more than 900 children each year.
Their mission is simple: To bring birthday parties to homeless children. Birthday Wishes recognizes the importance of a birthday in a child’s life and believes that the gift of a birthday celebration provides normalcy, joy and hope in these children’s otherwise unsettled lives.
You can help by providing donations, volunteering time, sponsor a party or shelter or even throw a Birthday Wishes birthday party. We can make a difference, learn more about how to help Birthday Wishes.