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February 25, 2010

Entertaining | Everyday | Inspiration Sketch for Event in The Park

This morning I'm working on a proposal for a Client that plans to host a luncheon in the Shelter at Loose Park. I developed the following sketch to help express my vision for the decor...

Whenever I'm planning an event, whether it be a birthday party, cocktail event or wedding, I find it so helpful to create a sketch like this. Not only does it help my Client understand my vision, it helps to ensure that the other vendors I'm working with are all on the same page and headed towards the same goal!

Here is the proposed menu... on this cold winter day, it is so fun to think of fresh spring menus!


Sandwiches wrapped in Parchment Paper :

*Croissants filled with Dijon Chicken Salad

*Roast Beef, Cheddar & Horseradish Sandwiches

Chinese Containers Packed with :

*Tomato, Pesto & Fresh Mozzarella Pasta Salad

*Creamy Dill Fingerling Potato Salad

Bountiful Platters of :

*Crudites with Fresh Spring Herb Dip

*Berries & Melon

Cupcakes :

Lemon with Vanilla Buttercream

Chocolate with Raspberry Buttercream

February 18, 2010

Home | Indoor Garden | Growing Seeds for an Herb Garden | Starting Seeds for Spring

This Spring we're hoping to do a lot of work to the exterior of our house and lawn... painting the house, building a fence, planting a ton of flowers and having a garden.

Flowers can be super expensive, and I LOVE masses of flowers... so, I'm growing my own from seeds. In addition to flowers, I want to be able to go out into the back yard and pick my own produce for dinner... not to mention, I would hate to add up the amount of money I have spent on fresh herbs and heirloom tomatoes!

So, the process starts as an "indoor" garden placed by a sunny window, then I will transplant the plants outside in the Spring - early April.

I started with some lacquered trays I had from catering and inserted "Jiffy-Strips" biodegradable seed trays from Lowes.

Next, I filled the trays with seed-starter potting soil. Then, water the trays to moisten.

I poked holes with my fingers to ready the trays for seeds.

I planted heirloom tomatoes, bibb lettuce, cucumbers, basil, thyme, chives, italian parsley and impatients.

I added the labels so I don't forget what I've planted!

Recipes | Casual Favorites | Mini Slider Burgers & Buffalo Chicken Satay

I prepared simple and casual sliders and satays that could be easily enjoyed without leaving the TV! Football season may be over, but these recipes will be perfect for those March Madness games...

It is very simple to prepare, both the sliders and the chicken can go into the oven at 425 degrees on baking sheets at the same time! I had them prepared ready to go into the oven before the party. When guests arrived, I had a crudites platter and a creamy spinach dip with tortilla chips, then served these about 1 hour into the game.

Mini Burger Sliders :

To make 24 mini burgers...

2 eggs
2 tablespoons of ketchup
1 tablespoon of dijon
2 teaspoons of salt
1 teaspoon of pepper
3 pounds of ground beef

Mix together eggs, ketchup, dijon and salt & pepper.

Add the ground beef and mix together with a fork - fluffing to keep mixture light.

Form burgers with a 2 ounce ice cream scoop. Lightly forming and placing them on a baking sheet. Bake the burgers at 425 degrees for 6-7 minutes, until slightly pink inside.

Above : photo from - I forgot to take photos during the party!

Buffalo Chicken Satay :

These are great healthy alternatives to buffalo wings... they are skinless and baked!

2 pounds of skinless chicken tenderloins
1 tablespoon of olive oil
2 tablespoons of Franks Red Hot
1 tablespoon of parsley, chopped
Salt & Pepper

Mix together oil, franks red hot & parsley.

Cut chicken tenderloins in to 2 pieces and toss them in the hot sauce mixture. Skewer them on mini bamboo skewers and salt & pepper. Bake them on a baking sheet for 10 minutes at 425 degrees.

I serve these with ranch or blue cheese dressing!

Do you remember these Salmon Sliders from my Easy Hors d'oeuvres post? They are a great way to add a special element to your party!

February 17, 2010

Home | Kansas City | Fairway | Sharyn Blond Linens

One of Fairway's very own boutiques, Sharyn Blond Linens, is the perfect spot for wedding registries, bridesmaids gifts, hostess gifts... and any gift that would be coming my way.

The shop is a tiny nook filled to the brim with delicate linen cocktail napkins, framed embroidery, unique place mats, luxurious bed linens, and special table linens.

I love this sweet monogramed napkin.

The pomegranate cocktail napkin is such a fun gift!

I'm a fan of anything bee's. My favorite is the white on white.

Who wouldn't want to stay in a guest room that boasts this embroidered pillow?!

This is pure vintage whimsy. Love it.

Visit Sharyn Blond's Boutique :
2718 West 53rd Street
Fairway, KS 66205

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February 01, 2010

DIY | Entertaining | Table Setting from Dolci Odille on

I stumbled upon this adorable place-setting idea on created by Dolci Odille... Enjoy!

"I love it when the most mundane items can be transformed into something useful and practical. Cake icing tipsare one of those items! They come in all different shapes and sizes and can be transformed to coordinate with your wedding with just a coat of spray paint. Add your place card, and this project takes about 5 seconds to complete, shopping time not included. To add an extra element, gather up colorful glass containers and add some simple flowers. I bought spray roses, stock, hyacinth, and hydrangea all from Trader Joe’s.

-Ashley of Dolci Odille

Supplies: Cake icing tips (can be found at your local Michael’s or cake supply store), spray paint, paper and pen.

Step 1: Spray paint your cake icing tip and let dry.

Step 2: Write name on paper with a pen or paint marker.


Thanks to Dolci Odille!

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