Archive for the ‘Entertaining’ Category

Country Fancy
June 29, 2009

I love all things – especially food- that are dressed up, but still downhome….just wait to you see my wedding reception! That is why this recipe in the July issue of Southern Living really caught my eye….Baked Bean Crostinis.

Photo Credit: Southern Living

Photo Credit: Southern Living

I’m pretty sure they’d be a hit back home in Tennessee, but I don’t know if these country crusts could compete against crab dip here in Maryland…Here is the recipe if you’d like to try, where ever you are!

Kenny Chesney
June 24, 2009

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It is no secret that I am a shameless Kenny Chesney fan. So, when he played just miles from my house  over Memorial Day weekend there was no doubt that a Kenny-inspired Country Meets Carribean party had to happen. Inspired by song lyrics, the back patio became pre-concert headquarters and loyal fans  joined us for food and drinks that only true followers would appreciate.

The menu inlcuded, among other things:  A Basket Full of Chicken, Greasy Cheeseburgers , Tennessee Big Star Caviar, Mac Macanally and Cheese,   My Key Lime Pie Cupcakes and Cookies.

The Good Stuff  Bar offered Beers In Mexcio, Tequila Loves Me Margaritas, Too Much Malibu and Diet,  and I Know Who Made the Moonshine Cherries, too.

What a fun time, and the show was one of the best I’ve seen….and I’ve seen a lot!

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...and a big cold jug of sweet tea!

...and a big cold jug of sweet tea!

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I loved these flowers in a Foxy's Firewater Rum bottle - think Somewhere In the Sun
I loved these flowers in a Foxy’s Firewater Rum bottle – think Somewhere In the Sun

And it goes without saying that…

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Another Baby Shower!
June 22, 2009

April showers bring….June showers? It sure seems like I have been going to, planning and anticpating a lot of showers these days, and that is fine with me  – it just means there is a lot to celebrate!

This weekend after my own bridal shower,  Dan and I joined our friends Nicole and Matt  for their baby shower.  Nicole and Matt will become parents, oh….about any time now to Baby Cambelle Jade. When the shower invite came annoucing the party would be at Ram’s Head Tavern I thought, “A baby shower in a bar?” but after attending, Dan and I have decided we want our baby shower to be at Ram’s Head…I mean, if it’s even still open YEARS from now!  Nicole and Matt’s neighbors reserved a private room that was so pretty – the food was yummy and all the cute details their hosts added made it feel really special.  It was a perfect co-ed celebration for one special Baby Girl!

Cambelle already has a fabulous wardrobe –

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A Boppy Pillow from Dan and me, which he selected all on his own –

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Here’s Dan playing the Cambelle Guessing Game….Whomever predicts most closely her arrival date (I say 6.28), weight, lenth and the amount of time her mommy spends pushing wins a prize….appropriately, the dvd Knocked Up

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Here I am with the cute Mom-to-Be –

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Here’s Nicole with one of her Martha-esque hosts, Karli –

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As if this pretty cake wasn’t enough –

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Guest left with these take-out boxes, adorned with a clever little note and filled with a chocolate chocolate-chip muffin (the mommy’s fave) topped with a either a “C” (for Cambelle, of course!) a rattle or a cute little baby foot in pink icing  –

 

 

 

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One SWEET Baby Shower
June 22, 2009

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Before Carrie showered me with bridal gifts I got the honor of showering her as she counts down the days ’til mommyhood!!! I co-hosted a  SWEET themed baby shower for my super cute prego friend, who has had quite the sugar craving as she awaits  the arrival of Miss Carragan.  It won’t be long, and this Baby Joy will arrive well equipt to stroll, sleep, eat, bathe and, of course, dress in the same sassy fashion as her mama!

Carragan's favorite colors are pink and green - like her mom and Aunt Mary!

Carragan's favorite colors are pink and green - like her mom and Aunt Mary!

Carrie with all of Carragan's excited aunts!

Carrie with all of Carragan's excited aunts!

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In case you can't tell...it's a rattle!

In case you can't tell...it's a rattle!

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Who wants fruit when there are so many SWEETS?

Who wants fruit when there are so many SWEETS?

The SWEET Bar

The SWEET Bar

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Favor Bags

Favor Bags

If I can lose enough weight, maybe Carragan will let me borrow this cute sweater!!!

If I can lose enough weight, maybe Carragan will let me borrow this cute sweater!!!

Showered With Love!
June 21, 2009

I had THE MOST fun at my very first bridal shower this Saturday. My bridesmaids, Carrie and Shannon, hosted and nearly all of my best DC friends came with such fun gifts!!! It was really all I could have hoped for and more – the girls had napkins printed with my monogram, decorated Carrie’s sassy condo in the colors of the wedding and created the most personal video montage and gift bag favors. And the food……SO yummy!!! Here are some highlights:
Blonde and Bridal - My beautiful hosts and me

Blonde and Bridal - My beautiful hosts and bridesmaids

Yummy food that is not on my wedding diet!

Yummy food that is not on my wedding diet!

I love anything with a monogram on it...especially my own!
I love anything with a monogram on it…especially my own!
Pictures of me with Dan and my friends were all over the room - this shot of Cas and me on the day before we graduated high school was a crowd favorite!

Pictures of me with Dan and my friends were all over the room - this shot of Cas and me on the day before we graduated high school was a crowd favorite!

 

I laughed and cried the entire way through this adorable video!

I laughed and cried the entire way through this adorable video!

Guests left with this cute little favor bag full of my faves - champers, candy made in Tennessee and a cd of songs I love
Guests left with this cute little favor bag full of my faves – champers, candy made in Tennessee and a cd of songs I love

Theme for Thursday – Sleepover
April 23, 2009

I don’t think I’ve ever, ever seen a cuter table!!! Honeslty, I thought about NOT posting this so I could create this table and my friends would think it was my own idea.

photo credit: Real Simple

photo credit: Real Simple

How perfect for a  kids’ slumber party…or a grown-up girly night for that matter (EstroFests as they are known in my world) especially if you plan to watch Sleepless in Seattle! Or….with some more adult linens it’d make a great table for a bachelorrette dinner or a lingerie party, as well!

Theme for Thursday – Eggcellence.
April 9, 2009

Not everyone has friends as sassy as mine who challenge them to find a perfecly pink dress to wear to a Steel Magnolias themed brunch. So, if you aren’t planning to set up a Shelby,  Drink Your Juice! mimosa bar at your Easter dinner, perhaps you should consider a more traditional theme like The Egg.  If you look beyond a dye box, there are many exciting  (I resisted…) ways to have an eggceptional (I coulnd’t help myself…)  Easter table!

Egg cups as flower vases:

photo credit: Country Living

photo credit: Country Living

Egg basket centerpiece:
photo credit: Good Housekeeping

photo credit: Good Housekeeping

photo credit: Eddie Ross

photo credit: Eddie Ross

photo credit: Hostest With the Mostest

photo credit: Hostest With the Mostest

Egg candies as favors:
photo credit: Country Living

photo credit: Country Living

 

 

Last one…
April 7, 2009

I want to sit a mimosa on top of this napkin right now. All I can say is Bridesmaids’ Brunch, Wedding Day Breakfast. Cute. CUTE. C-U-T-E!!!

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More napkins…
April 7, 2009

Clearly I am having a very napkin-centric Tuesday, but  instead of worrying about your judgement (today I have swept floors, mopped and folded laundry so I have earned some frivolous internetting…) I’m going to share what I am finding…..

photo credit: ebay

photo credit: ebay

You can buy personalized and monogrammed napkins on ebay! AND, best of all, they are CHEAP! Who knew?? A tad pricier, yes, than just a bag full of plain whites, but at less than $10 (and FREE SHIPPING!!!)  for 50 napkins – cocktail and luncheon – why wouldn’t you splurge if you’re hosting a small party or shower to celebrate a milestone birthday, baby, or bride-to-be? The price is just pennies more than buying decorative napkins  at a party store  (and easier than ironing your linen ones). Your guests will never know how little you spent to make your party look custom and fabulous.  I can hear them gossiping now…Can you believe she ordered custom napkins…fancy!   Nope…just cheap!!!  Oh, how the little things make my day……

Natty Napkins!
April 7, 2009

I can’t wait to use these!!!!  I got a Birthday Happy in the mail yesterday from Virginia, and included in the packet of goodies were these cocktail napkins:

This napkins showcases a softer, gentler version of another message  I’ve been known to offer, along with a drink, but can’t really use as much now that I call Maryland home (even though the company that designs them is in Federalsburg) :

photo credit: The Wacky Rabbit

photo credit: The Wacky Rabbit

Cheers,….Y’all!