Archive | January, 2012

A Game Changing Party

27 Jan

I love Superbowl parties, it’s always more about the food then the game anyways! Food placement is key at this type of party. The men are going to flock to the TV and the women will gather around the food, it’s sad but so true! So I say divide and concur, put a few snacks in front of the TV and then most of the food and drinks on a buffet table or in another room. That way everyone can enjoy the party. In this blog you will find party tips and  recipes that you can make in advance so you can be be a relaxed and ready to go at kickoff!

For your New Years Resolution Friends: Lighter Buffalo Chicken Dip from Gina’s Weight Watcher Recipes. Best party of this recipe is you can make it ahead of time, key to any party.

Ingredients:

  • 4 oz reduced fat cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup fat free sour cream
  • 1/2 cup Franks hot sauce (or whatever hot sauce you like)
  • 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 2 cups (14 oz  raw) cooked shredded chicken

Directions:

Mix the first 5 ingredients together until smooth. Add the chicken and put this in the crock pot on low for 3-4 hours. Serve warm. Makes 5 1/2 cups.

Cranberry-Sauced Meatballs Appetizer – via BHG.Com

Ingredients

  • egg
  • 1/2 cup seasoned fine dry bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries, snipped, or golden raisins, snipped
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice
  • pounds uncooked ground chicken or turkey
  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 16 ounce can jellied cranberry sauce
  • cup bottled barbecue sauce
Yield: 60 meatballs

Prep: 30 minsBake: 350°F 15 mins to 18 minsCook: 2 hrs to 3 hrs(low) or 1 to 1 1/2 hours (high)
directions1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. For meatballs, in a very large bowl, beat egg with a fork. Stir in bread crumbs, dried cranberries or raisins, onion, salt, and cloves or allspice. Add ground chicken or turkey; mix well. Shape into 60 meatballs.2.Lightly coat a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place meatballs in pan.3.Bake for 15 to 18 minutes or until done (165 degrees F).*4.Meanwhile, in a 3-1/2- to 4-quart slow cooker, stir together cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce. Add cooked meatballs, stirring gently to coat. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 2 to 3 hours or on high-heat setting for 1 to 1-1/2 hours. (Meatballs may be kept warm on low-heat setting for up to 1 hour more.) Serve with toothpicks. Makes 60 meatballs.Drink Display-A super bowl party is not complete without some beverages. I love this galvanized bucket from Pottery Barn to display all of my party drinks. The best part about this oversized tin is that your guests can help themselves and you won’t spend the night serving anyone drinks. These buckets are huge you an fill these with over seventy five frosty beer bottles. An added bonus is there is a bottle opener right on the side.

Party Games Super Bowl Commercial Bingo

I found this creative take on bingo on Holiday Central. Create or purchase a 5 x 5 bingo card, these can by found at any party store. Each player can create their own card with them filling out what things they will see on commercials. Some suggestions include:  Pizza Delivery Guy, Soda Commercial, Talking Babies, Doritos, Movie Trailer, GPS Commercial, or Car Insurance Commercial, animals in a Commercial, Beer Commercial, Phone Commercial, Travel Website, etc.  Play like traditional bingo and five in a row wins. Click here for a free bingo template.

Click here to see more Holiday Central Game Ideas. 

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For The Craft-want-to-be Bride

22 Jan

Some people are natural Martha Stewart’s, I am not one of those people. I have created this post for the rest of you that like me need a little guidance in the craft department. Adding some homemade decor to a wedding adds a personal touch that allows you to express yourself as an individual and as a happy couple. As I always say “It’s all about the details!” So check out below some ideas, tips and links to get you started on your next craft. Happy crafting!

Who doesn’t love sparklers? I think they are the perfect ending to the perfect night. It’s a great way to get all guests involved in the celebration.

How to recreate:

  • The jar I picked up from the dollar store.
  • The sparklers I bought from target, but if sparklers aren’t out yet a great link to buy them from is http://www.sparklersonline.com/
  • I tied three sparklers together by ribbon in my wedding colors, I like how it brought some color to the bunch.
  • I have horrible handwriting so I used stamps on a label I traced on card stock paper. Then using double-sided sticky tape I applied tot he jar.

When the bride and groom come your way toss the buds and yell hooray!! 

How to recreate:

  • Wooden crate can be found at AC Moore or a Michael’s spray paint in any color.
  • Ribbon from Joanne Crafts
  • I used dried lavender in the paper bags, but you could easily use anything-bird seeds, flower pom pom’s, rice, etc. I bought the lavender in bulk at http://www.save-on-crafts.com/ careful that site can be addicting!
  • The bags I ordered off of http://www.efavormart.com I shopped around and these were the cheapest.
  • I used custom-made stickers from http://www.zazzle.com but I think simple double-sided sticky tape would work great.

The Ultimate Candy Table

How to recreate:

  • Apothecary Jars I collected from thrift stores and from Michael’s.
  • I ordered all the candy from http://www.candywarehouse.com/. I tried to only order a month and a half before the wedding other wise it might have all vanished! A good tip is make sure you open it up and check for broken candy this site will send you a new batch if the candy is broken.
  • The gift bags I ordered off of http://www.efavormart.com, then I just bought a thank you stamp and stamped each one. I liked the thank you on the bags as a way of showing my guest my appreciation for their participation in our special day.
  • Add a fancy banner from http://www.etsy.com and viola you have the ultimate candy table!
All photos courtesy Robert & Kathleen Photographers
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Color!

22 Jan

How much fun are these!

Orange is the perfect way to chase away the winter blues. This would be so cute for kids birthday party. They could also double as prizes for game winners.

I love blue, so I could not resist posting this fun centerpiece. It looks like it came straight out of a Dr. Seuss book!

 

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Eclectic Centerpiece Ideas

21 Jan

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These are a few of my own wedding centerpieces, taken by Robert and Kathleen Photographers.  I love the collection of vases and flowers. See some tips below on how to recreate. 
  • Go to thrift stores to collect different shaped vases. They don’t have to match in color that is part of the charm.
  • The table numbers you can find at any craft store, I used spray paint to achieve no paint strokes.
  • The wooden blocks can be found at a home depot or a lowes, they also could be painted to match your color scheme.
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