The perfect way to start 2012...have a few friends over for a Toast In The New Year Brunch! We persuaded our friends to pull themselves together and join us on New Year's Day. I had no idea the color scheme...I didn't want it to be all glittery, that seemed too New Year's Eve. But then I spied retro appliance scrapbook paper at Michael's and with all the bright paper lanterns I have, it seemed perfect to have pops of color against silver.
Nothing says brunch like a mimosa bar...using these fruit labels from Eat Drink Chic, guests made awesome cocktails. The small bottles are just mini Martinelli's jazzed up with the scrapbook paper. The backdrop is a wonderful cloth shower curtain I found months ago on serious clearance at Target.
Glitter stickers always make a party more fun...I wanted to use numbers for a countdown, but I couldn't find glitter numbers ANYWHERE!
The kids' table had to be, well kid-friendly. When I spied these little frying pans at Michael's, the wheels started spinning...they would make the perfect place settings. I made the candy eggs and wrote their names with edible markers.
Kids can be picky and distracted at parties, so I figured cereal would be enough for most of them. They did sit down long enough to eat the candy egg but most of them didn't finish their cereal.
I made the topiaries by simply hot gluing a 12-foot garland (on after-Christmas clearance) around a large styrofoam cone. A few party blowers, hats for the boys, tiaras for the girls and we were set.
Now, onto the big kids' table...silver wrapping paper runner, check. Mini ornaments and party blowers, check. The world's most inexpensive cloth napkins...use solid color bandannas. Next to making them yourself, if you are lacking the sewing skills hit up your local craft store. I found mine at Hobby Lobby for 2/$1.
The clear chargers are actually serving trays I found at Dollar Tree. They had square ones too, so you can imagine the mental debate I had in the aisle trying to decide. If you haven't noticed, I also swapped out the paper from the large party blowers with scrapbook paper.
I even broke out our 'good' silver AKA the ones we only use at Thanksgiving. And sorry, I've had those leaf plates for a seriously long time, so I can't tell you where I found them.
Find a place that has a bevy of pre-made food and make that your friend. I'm learning that it is ok to purchase stuff like frozen quiches and French toast sticks. Why on earth would you make them yourself? Make Trader Joe's and Costco your friend. I mean it, make that your 2012 resolution...I don't have to make everything myself.
As I've said before, people will eat anything on a stick, although it doesn't take much to get one to eat bacon. We skewered strips and baked them in the oven. Not only did all the fat remain in the pan but it was the cleanest way I've ever seen it be eaten. And yes, those are said French toast sticks in syrup.
OCD party moment...the muffin liners are deliberate, blue for blueberry, brown for chocolate chip, pink for strawberry cheesecake. Don't worry, I have a bazillion cupcake liners, I do that kind of crazy all the time. Look at my hubby putting the skewers out, he made them himself! He was so proud...
I have a confession to make. I've been having an affair--with black and white. Even though I love color, and it's definitely my first love, black and white is just so clean and modern and makes a statement. I adore it. It's even creeping into my holiday decorations.
These homemade turkey favors are fun to make, fun to eat and they work up quickly. Decorate your turkey table with these fantastic favors this Thanksgiving! This packet comes with instructions and patterns on how to make these turkey friends.
I've moved around a lot as an adult-- maybe because I didn't as a kid. I'm totally jealous of my friends that were army brats and lived in Germany and Hawaii and Saudi Arabia before they could drive. Although maybe it's harder on kids than I give it credit-- at least my moves now are my choice. I can imagine leaving your best friends after 10 years together is rough. But having a great party full of treats hopefully made the good-bye all the sweeter. Great job Sweet Art!
Even as a non-cheezer, I love this simple idea for a party or shower. Cook up your favorite macaroni and cheese recipe, then create a bar of fun toppings to let you guests customize their own creation--- ham, bacon, different kinds of cheese (blue cheese for a something blue!), mushrooms, asparagus. Let your imagination run wild-- and encourage your guests to do the same!
I mentioned my friend Liza, who likes to make everything from scratch, including her own butter. So when I saw this idea of having your guests help make the butter, I thought it was a great way to get them involved with her cause.
Just put some cream, salt and marbles in a jar and pass it around. Everyone can participate in shaking the jar, passing the burden around and getting to know each other. Then everyone gets to enjoy the freshly made butter (hopefully with some freshly made bread!).