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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Diamond Themed Bridal Shower {Bling}!

Throw a luxury diamond themed bridal shower! Perfect for any bride to be! This is a bridal shower theme that is chic, classy, and still fun! Bring on the bling!

Set the tone with this classy draped diamond invitations.

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.

Want to serve up some bling in a glass? Check out this new pink sparkling vodka, gorgeous!

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Special Celebrations with Birthday Wishes

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.

{Thanks to Julie from Free Birthday Treats for sharing this organization with us!}
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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 you’re coming! Follow @hostesstori & @JulieFBT then copy and tweet the following:

RT Hey @hostesstori @JulieFBT I’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- 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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