January 30, 2009

Last Minute Super Bowl Ideas

Hi everyone! So sorry for the lack of posts this week - it's been jam-packed and crazy! Please enjoy some last minute Super Bowl ideas.

1. Color coordinate your cocktails to your favorite teams! Stirrings, makers of an extensive list of cocktail mixers and bar necessities, has put together a few special cocktails to help cheer on your team. Try out the Steel Swizzle, Tumbleweed or the Shake Your Tail Feather.

2. Invite and decorate in style with downloadable ideas by Paper&Cake. Click here to view. [via Tangarang]

3. Put together a playbook of scrumptious recipes! Sargento, known for their persnickety taste in providing cheeses, has put together just the strategy to fill each quarter with a great recipe that's sure to please. See the recipes below or click here to view a PDF version for easier reading and printing.

January 26, 2009

I'm feeling the LUV

Thanks to Celebrations at Home and House Lewis for tagging Tastefully Entertaining with a blog LUV award! I'm honored to receive the award from these 2 wonderful blogs- be sure to check them out!

And now, to pass the LUV onto a few of my fav blogs...(in random order)

1. Snippet & Ink
2. head of the table
3. Southern Weddings
4. Once Wed
5. Hostess with the Mostess
6. Tangarang
7. Tip Junkie
8. Totally Tabletops
9. Misty Dawn Photo
10. Artfool Blog

Honorees please follow these instructions and share the LUV!
1. Put the logo on your blog or post. (You can highlight the photo and text of this post and copy/paste wherever you need to...start your highlight from the bottom up to get the photo)

2. Nominate at least 10 blogs which show GREAT ATTITUDE and/or GRATITUDE
3. Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
4. Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
5. Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received the award.

January 23, 2009

A Valentine's Day Wedding

Vanessa emailed in looking for inspiration for a Valentine's Day wedding. Not planning a wedding? Some of these ideas will work perfectly well for a Valentine's Day dinner party too.

- Modern and fun take on a cupcake wedding cake [via SocialDesign]
- Cute red flats by Stuart Weitzman [via snippet & ink]
- Calligraphy by Tara Jones

- Chilled tomato soup with white crème fraiche hearts
- This red drink entitled Aphrodisiac is perfect for a signature cocktail
- DIY jam is sweet favor
- A gorgeous bridal bouquet of red Gerber daisies
- Red table runners, rose petals and menu cards adorn this red and white tabletop
- kate spade dinnerware in red and white polka dots
- Fit the groom with a red tie and red floral boutonniere [via snippet & ink]

January 22, 2009

Chartreuse & Aqua Wedding

The Knot has declared that chartreuse and aqua is a 'hot new color combo' for weddings. I couldn't agree more, as this pairing has lovely potential for spring events.

- A beautiful table setting with a multi-tier centerpiece made of lisianthus, cymbidium orchids and Kermit mums alongside green taper candles
- Votives decorated with color coordinating jelly beans serve as a perfect favor
- VW getaway photo by Duston Todd [via snippet & ink]
- Beaded aqua clutch by Moyna

- A trio of wedding cakes with varied aqua and chartreuse designs by Colette's Cakes
- Metallic cream heels

- A candy buffets in hues of green [via snippet & ink]
- Colorful stir sticks from Martha Stewart
- Pale aqua bridesmaid dress by Maggy London

January 21, 2009

A Navy & Lilac Wedding

Today's post was inspired from this gorgeous navy and lilac bridesmaid dress by Siri. I just love this chic color combination, especially since it's not very common!

- Vibrant blue and lilac bouquet by Tapestry Flowers

- DIY escort cards in navy
- Lilac heels by Elie Tahari for the bridesmaids
- Navy and lilac diagonal striped tie for the groom
- Navy programs and guest books adorned with monogrammed lilac ribbon

January 20, 2009

It's Inauguration Day!

Gather friends and family to watch this significant moment in history. Consider decking out your space with a patriotic theme. Click here to view all the patriotic posts on Tastefully Entertaining.
Images above from Tangarang and flickr user di0nne.

January 15, 2009

Pink, Lime & Black Wedding

Today's post, featuring a pink, lime green and black wedding, was inspired by this fun tabletop design by Ravishing Radish. Utilizing Totally Tabletops dishes and a cake from Tallant House, this display is a great base for a contemporary wedding scheme.

- Customized pink and black coasters
- Personalized name buttons attached to stylish pink and black table cards
- Bridesmaids can wear classic black dresses while carrying vibrant pink and green bouquets
- Have the groom wear a solitary pink flower boutonniere

January 14, 2009

January Birthday Dinner in Pewter

This month's Birthday Dinner post features the color pewter. Combined with touches of gold, pewter creates an old-world glamour feel to this party theme.

- Miscellaneous pewter and gold desserts put together on a tray provides color-coordinated options for your guests (via Matthew Mead)
- Use an array of vintage pewter trays for serving food. Consider utilizing them in your centerpiece too or try pewter vases for floral arrangements (via Matthew Mead)
- A golden favor box adorned with a piece of pewter rhinestone jewelry (via Matthew Mead)
- A vintage-inspired chiffon silk dress for the guest of honor
- Pewter and gold colored dinnerware add to a lovely table setting
- Pewter candelabra with gold candles creates an old-world glow at the center of your table

January 13, 2009

Puppy 1st Birthday Party

Ronda left a comment a few days ago looking for ideas for her son's puppy-themed 1st birthday party. Here a few bits of inspiration:

- Puppy-themed tabletop decor - Though the diaper-fold napkins may be more apt for a baby shower than a 1st birthday, the set-up of this table is very cute. It features dog cookie favors at each place setting. The centerpiece can be puppy-related with a few small dog stuffed animals or maybe cylindrical vases filled with dog treats in different shapes or colors.
- Puppy-themed sugar cookies are an easier DIY dessert idea (via flickr user bumblebeegrad)
- Adorable puppy 1st birthday cake (via flickr user crafty confections)

January 12, 2009

Super Bowl Food & Tabletop Ideas

As the theme for Super Bowl gatherings remains the same from year to year, I've decided to share what I think of as the best tabletop decor idea along with a new batch of game day recipes. HWTM put together an amazing party concept for Superbowl get-togethers. Her tabletop is shown above. Check out her entire Game Day party theme here.

For your football snacking, try out the following recipes:
- Sliders with chipotle mayonnaise
- Caribbean chicken wings
- Grilled BBQ potato skins
- Soft pretzels with queso poblano sauce and mustard sauce
- Swedish meatballs
- Toffee brownies

January 7, 2009

Pretty in Pear

Be pretty in pear (green)! This hue and fruit is perfectly in season for a mid-winter wedding.

- Pear place card and favor set perfectly atop a deep brown charger at each place setting
- Lovely decor accomplished by submerging pairs under water in cylindrical vases several of which are further decorated with white florals
- A color-coordinated candy buffet serves up some fun and a choose-your-own dessert option
- Phoebe Couture pear green dress for the bridal party
- Feature a signature cocktail that fits the theme - an Absolut peartini

January 5, 2009

Winter White Wedding

Winter weddings are the perfect time to take advantage of one of the most elegant and lovely colors - white. Subtle and sophisticated, classic and chic, this color is stunning when used solo or when paired with other winter hues. Consider steel blue, black, periwinkle, silver, sage green or, as in today's inspiration board, pewter.

- Italian-influenced designs adorn this stunning white and pewter wedding cake
- Reception table with white florals, linens, dinnerware, candles and seating
- Bridesmaids in white dresses, pair with pewter-toned jewelry and heels
- A white floral bouquet is accented with crystals and pewter brunia tie into the pewter ribbon belt on the bride's dress
- A boutonniere made of a single ranunculous and a silvery dusty miller branch
- A homemade favor of snow-white vanilla meringues


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