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Teacup Cakes For Mother's Day

Add an element of surprise to your Tea Party, brunch or luncheon with Teacup Cakes. Disguised as a cup of tea, guests will be thrilled with the sweet treat that awaits them in their teacup. Not only are the teacups exquisite, but the personal-sized cake prepared especially for each guest will make all feel as grand as the Royal Family. Whether you’re hosting a Mother’s Day Tea Party, an “Alice-esque” Tea Party or a Cocktail Tea Party, guests…


Added by Dawn on April 25, 2010 at 5:30pm — No Comments

Big News for Tabletop: The Women of Marchesa Design for Lenox!

April 14th, Lenox unveiled its new couture tabletop collection by Marchesa at an exclusive cocktail party during the NYC Tabletop Market Show. We are thrilled to be able to share this Insider Scoop and a Sneak Peek with you both in images and video. The Marchesa By Lenox collection will be available in stores this fall. For Brides wishing to pre-register, stay in touch with…


Added by Dawn on April 21, 2010 at 3:30am — 2 Comments

Quinoa: Questions Answered and A Delicious Recipe for Cooking It Up!

I went into the grocery store and had to ask the clerk if they carried a rice like product that begins with the letter “Q”. If you’re like me and want to learn more about Quinoa and try it at home, not just when you are dining out, here’s help from Elizabeth. She’s been cooking, eating and enjoying Quinoa for months now at home with her family. Thank you Elizabeth, love you friend!

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Added by Dawn on April 10, 2010 at 4:30pm — 4 Comments

Host a Super Simple Kentucky Derby Party!

And they're off! Together these words start what has come to be known as the most exciting two minutes in sports. Saturday, May 1st, 2010 will mark the 136th "run for the roses". The Kentucky Derby is the perfect time to gather family and friends for some fun. Host a party but keep it simple by inviting guests over to enjoy the race and a cocktail, 2 hours is perfect. Make it special by serving Mint Juleps, the mandatory Derby cocktail and…


Added by Dawn on April 5, 2010 at 7:00am — No Comments

An Easy Guide for Brunch Basics!

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Celebrate Spring, Easter or any occasion with a simple brunch. Everyone loves brunch. As a host, brunches can be an extremely fun and enjoyable way

to entertain if you follow…


Added by Dawn on March 29, 2010 at 8:10am — No Comments

How to Make An Easter Bunny Cake in 5 Easy Steps!

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Everyone loves the Mr. Bunny Cake. We’ve been making it for the past 2 generations – Mr. Bunny Cake is a staple at our Easter Dessert Table. Growing up, my mom was always whipping up a cake for an occasion. One of our favorites was the beloved Mr. Bunny Cake. Each year we’d have fun reinventing the cake by using different types of candy to give Mr. Bunny his annual…


Added by Dawn on March 24, 2010 at 3:00am — 2 Comments

Expert Lorie Marrero's Tips For Turning Clutter Into Cash!

This post is written by Lorie Marrero

Certified Professional Organizer® Lorie Marrero is the author of The Clutter Diet: The Skinny on Organizing Your Home and Taking Control of Your Life. She is also the creator of ClutterDiet.com, an innovative program allowing anyone to get expert help at an affordable price. Her organizing books and products are sold online and… Continue

Added by Dawn on March 17, 2010 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Dine without the Whine!

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We came across this cute and clever product at the 2010 NY International Gift Fair and thought it was a great product for home entertaining. Holidays in most homes include the kids’ table and keeping them busy here means a more enjoyable meal for your adult guests.

Do everyone a favor at your next party and provide a quiet activity for the kids, like coloring. 9 Spot Monk has come up… Continue

Added by Dawn on March 15, 2010 at 5:00am — No Comments

The Coolest Cupcakes For Saint Patrick’s Day!

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Added by Dawn on March 14, 2010 at 4:30am — 5 Comments

Giving away 3 Hersheys Kisses Cookie Jars filled with Kisses!

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Here is some great news! Hershey’s has new site for Moms, Bakers and Cookie Lovers and it’s all wrapped up in a Kiss!

For more than 100 years, HERSHEY’S KISSES Chocolates have been a fun, delicious and essential ingredient in baking goodness.…


Added by Dawn on February 28, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments

Embrace Your Birthday This Year!

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In honor of Birthday week at the Partybluprints Blog (I was 2/22 and Elizabeth is 2/25) here are some wise words from Elizabeth on birthdays. We also thought you would love this cupcake idea from Hershey’s. Who wouldn’t want an extra kiss on their birthday, I know I did! Recipe…


Added by Dawn on February 24, 2010 at 5:30am — 2 Comments

How To Make a Muffuletta for Mardi Gras!

February 16th is Fat Tuesday, the culmination and last day of the Mardi Gras celebration. Just because you can’t make it down to New Orleans, doesn’t mean you can’t party Mardi Gras style. You can easily turn a regular weeknight into a special one! Here are a few ways to celebrate what is often referred to as America’s Greatest Party at home.

1. Make a Muffuletta for Dinner this…


Added by Dawn on February 14, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

DIY Felt Fortune Cookies for Valentine's Day!

Here is a very simple and special way to send your Valentine a message. Since Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year are both February 14th this year, create your own Felt Fortune Cookies! Each one can house a special message and 2 Hershey's Kisses. The kids will love making and receiving these!

Here's how:

1. Pick up some red felt at your local craft store.

2. Cut out a circle, 4 inches in diameter.

3. Fold in… Continue

Added by Dawn on February 9, 2010 at 6:30am — No Comments

Red Hot Tips for a Romantic Valentine's Day at Home!

Make this Valentine's Day a romantic celebration for two by creating your own intimate retreat at home. Valentine's Day and Chinese New Year are both February 14 this year. So follow the three tips below to create a red hot Chinese-inspired party for two and surprise your loved one with a romantic escape for the night. Setting the stage is as easy as 1, 2, 3…

Hot tip #1—Get romantic with a Chinese Cocktail

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Added by Dawn on February 2, 2010 at 4:30am — No Comments

"Y" Water for Kid's Parties - in the bottle that's a Toy!

If you are hosting a party with children this season, you are going to be faced with the same old question: What beverages should I serve the kids?

I know the dilemma, it’s a party and kids don’t want to drink water but you just can’t bring yourself to serve unhealthy soft drinks and sugary juices. Plus we all know the result of too much sugar on kids at a party! Ughhh…

Thanks to a great tip from a good friend in LA, I have the… Continue

Added by Dawn on January 21, 2010 at 11:33am — 4 Comments

A Guide To Organizing Local Donation Drives for Haiti

This post was written by Elizabeth. Photo Credit www.freedigitalphotos.com Photographer: Danilo Rizzuti

Partybluprints is all about connecting with others in a meaningful way – usually it’s by hosting a party in your home. Based on our philosophy, “LIGHT” – Live, Inspire, Give, Hope, Thrive -… Continue

Added by Dawn on January 19, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Shake the Winter Blues With A Dinner Party! (Simple "How to Host" Post)

Looking to shake the winter blues? Try inviting some friends over for a winter dinner party. Keep it simple, by going with rustic food and a bistro look on your table and put the focus on sharing time together.

When guests arrive put out a cheese plate. Let everyone relax, unwind and catch up with each other after the holidays. For dinner I recommend serving a dish like Rosemary – Baked Chicken and Potatoes. Let me count the things I… Continue

Added by Dawn on January 9, 2010 at 6:30am — 5 Comments

Host A Super “Super Bowl” or Playoff Party For Lots Less!

Economic woes shouldn't keep you from hosting a Super, Super Bowl Bash or NFL Playoff Party this year. The fun kicks off this weekend, January 9-10 with the Wild Card Round and continues January 16-17 with the Divisional Round, January 24 with the Championship Round, right on up to Super Bowl Sunday - February 7. With so many opportunities to party, here are a few clever, money saving tips to help you get (and keep) the celebration… Continue

Added by Dawn on January 4, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

WHAT’S HOT IN FOOD for 2010 - Chef Survey

This time of year brings all sorts of "What's Hot" lists for the coming year. My favorite is the National Restaurant Association's "What Hot in 2010 - Chef Survey". I find it to be a great predictor of what will be the hot themes for parties, food and entertaining at home. In the survey, more than 1,800 professional chefs, members of the American Culinary Federation, rank nearly 215 food and beverage items, preparation methods and culinary themes to… Continue

Added by Dawn on January 2, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

3 Must-Haves For Your New Year's Eve Party

Here are my 3 must-haves picks for a New Year's Eve celebration. I love the back to basics feel of each and they are a great way to start out the New Year in a simple and special way.

1. Pop the Prosecco

Keep the cork on the champagne and pop the Prosecco this year. Prosecco is an Italian wine – generally a dry sparkling wine – made from a variety of white grapes of the same name. The name is derived from the… Continue

Added by Dawn on December 27, 2009 at 7:00am — 3 Comments

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