Friday, 14 December 2012

wedding blog feature



Guys, photographs of some details from my sister's wedding this summer is featured at Hostess With The Mostess today! I am majorly chuffed.

Hop on over and check it out, why don't you?
Right here!

Thursday, 24 November 2011

autumn dinner table featured

This is just a quick note to say that YAY! one of my table scapes was featured at Hostess With the Mostess last week. Since I was away I missed the day it went live, hence my late posting.

The HWTM blog is my favourite place to go to when looking for inspiration for party decorations so being featured is a very, very huge honour for me. And, yeah, the excitement when I found out was as big as the first time I was featured.

Just click on the photo to go to the post.
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Sunday, 2 May 2010

2nd annual 7 Days in May

Thought we'd had enough with a four day (i)NSD celebration? No way! We're continuing the fun by throwing ourselves heads first into the 2nd annual 7 Days in May challenge fiesta!

Everyday for seven days Liv Esteban and I will be your hosts at the JessicaSprague.com forum with a  new challenge to help you get your creative juices flowing.

Last year was a huge hit and a real blast, so there isn't any reason why this year wouldn't be the same. So come on over and join us!

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Speaking of birthdays

The fabulous diva that is Jen at Hostess with the mostess featured my birthday party on her blog yesterday. It is my second feature at her blog and I am as extatic this time as the first. Jen has impeccable taste and to even be considered is a great honour for me. You can see the specific post with just one click!

Monday, 3 August 2009

Celebrating the fact that time passes

So I have been working unbelievably hard in the last couple of weeks. With the last push at work before my holiday, with the wedding stationary, and with planning my birthday party. Last night, as the guests had left, I put my behind on the sofa and could not keep my eyes open. But it felt good because I pulled everything off. Luckily today, the first day of our holiday, has been rainy so I could spend it perched out, with the laptop in front of me. It's been a while, lol.

I thought I'd share some photos of the party yesterday. I do have a lot of other things to share as well, like Project 52 photos, a digi layout, and the stationary, but that will have to come tomorrow.

I posted about the party invite in this post. I used the invite as the jumping off point for the decor of the party. I pictured the party being colourful, cheery, and sassy.

I totally lucked out in finding the striped fabric on the clearance table at a fabric store. It matched the colours of the invite perfectly. With the fabric having so many different colours I decided to cut it to a runner and use white china. I altered hot pink and white napkins at each setting.
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I used big plates so that the guests could load up on different cakes and desserts from the buffet. I also put glasses and then altered espresso cups, larger coffee cups, and tea mugs on the table to give the guests a choice of what to drink.
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I spent three nights cutting and stringing scrapbook paper into flags that I hung across our dining area and over to the kitchen island where I had the buffet.
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I hung pink glass from the chandelier over the table to add some bling (gotta have bling).
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I saw a post a long time ago on Hostess with the mostess about a table scape from Brides magazine that I have been wanting to do for the longest time. It had a tiered cake stand full of flowers. Actually, here is the link to the Brides pic. So I got the stands from IKEA (which are ideal for flowers as the plates are deep and thus holding the water in), a bunch of fresh flowers and different coloured dotted ribbon. I am so happy with how this turned out. Thanks for the tip Jen!
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Now on the buffet I had all homemade cakes and desserts. I am so not a baker and it took me all night Friday, huge chunks of Saturday, and all morning Sunday to make everything. But thanks to delish recipes from one fabulous sweetheart; Swedish celebrity cook Leila Lindholm it all turned out amazing. I made two times too much and had to send some of it home with the guests as they left. But it's all good, lol. I think it made them happy.
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I had New York blueberry cheesecake,
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torta della nonna (which I think is my favourite ever cake). I made little labels for each item by using a digital scrapbooking label by Jessica Sprague (from her Thank Ya kindly kit),
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chocolate chip walnut brownies,
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creme brulée,
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raspberry mousse,
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fruit salad,
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and a cupcake tower (inspired by Martha Stewart's beautiful creation).
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the cupcakes were carrot ginger walnut and chocolate
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I also had glass jars with some sweets (marshmallows, M&Ms, and Toblerone chocolate).
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For drinks I served espresso, freshly brewed coffee, blackcurrant juice, pineapple juice, and soda.

Later in the evening we had hot dogs and beer outside. It started to rain so everyone was huddling under the awning. But everyone seemed happy enough anyway.

It was a lot of hard work but all worth it I think. The place looked awesome and the food was delicious. Now I have a few months to rest up until my husband turns 35 too, lol.

Sunday, 8 March 2009

Dinner party bargain style

Despite coming down with another cold - what, number 5 this year? - I wanted to do something special for the dinner with my husband's brother and his family last night since the food would be pretty fantastic courtesy of my resident chef.

The other day Hostess with the Mostess posted about her 5 best tips for hosting a party (check it out by the way, it's good) and she asked for some tips from the readers. My #1 tip for any host or hostess is to hoard, which I've talked about before, and to stock up on decorative and functional party items when they are on sale.

So to demonstrate that it is indeed possible to make a beautiful set up with inexpensive items I decided to go with a bargain style theme.

Because I'm an idiot some of the pictures have lit candles and some do not. Deal with it. :)

OK, so the base is a white linen table cloth. Bought on sale a year ago. The napkins are from IKEA. Not on sale but still not expensive. Black and silver runners were bought on sale just after Christmas. The chrystals hanging from the chandelier is from this year's Christmas collection at IKEA. Also bought on sale in January.
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Our china is from the 365+ series at IKEA. We use it for every day and special occasions. It is simple and let's the food speak. I like that. I also like the price tag. The red wine goblets are also from IKEA. I love how huge they are.
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I used white translucent ribbon with silver print to wrap the bigger plates. I've had the ribbon for ages so I can't say whether or not it was cheap or not but since I've had it for so long I think it can be defined as free, lol.
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I wrapped velum around a square vase from IKEA and put two tea lights inside to create a lantern. The light from the lantern was really soft and created a great atmosphere.
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I had my eye on the diamond shaped glass ornaments for several months last year. The place where we go grocery shopping had them in their candles/napkins section and I would pick them up every time I passed by them. But I never got them. Not until I discovered that they were on sale for about a dollar each after Christmas. I picked up the whole stock. The round glass beads and silver twine was part of plant/candle combo gift I got a few years ago. Once the candle was burned and the plant dead I picked the thing apart and kept what I thought would come in handy. Another great way to keep the costs down.
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I put floating white candles (again, from IKEA) in vintage champagne glasses that I inherited from my grandmother. I thought the champagne touch would go well with the diamonds.
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And there you have it. I got nothing for this dinner especially. Everything was in my house already and most of it was inexpensive.

Friday, 1 February 2008

Choc shock

There has been some talk about my table setting pictures from New Years Eve. Now here is something you really have to see. Talk about table setting! Who wouldn't just love to be able to sit down at this table?
Feast your eyes on this!

Hostess with the mostess is one of my favourite reads. There is always something pretty to look at and so much to be inspired by. Be sure to add this to your favourites if you are into party planning and pretty things in general.