Written on December 5, 2013 at 8:30 am , by BHG Guest Blogger
Hi! I’m Julie Blanner, the voice behind Coordinately Yours, a blog about effortless entertaining, do-it-yourself projects and more! I like to keep entertaining relaxing and enjoyable. As a seasoned event planner, I love an elaborate table setting, however, that requires ample storage, a lot of set up and even more clean up. Food and conversation take precedence when table settings are simple. Nothing fussy, just plenty of room for great food and drinks.
This table setting works well all winter long! I started with a few yards of osnaburg to create the perfect neutral palette. It’s my go to fabric because it’s pretty, inexpensive and looks linen without the required care. Pinecones found in the front yard grace each place setting along with washed linen napkins. You’ll notice that I used my everyday white porcelain dinnerware, making cleanup a breeze.
A velvet pillow warms the space while adding comfort to the table and is the perfect compliment to the birch wood vase centerpiece filled with berries. Branches create an easy centerpiece anyone can create. Start by determining the height you want the centerpiece to be and cut the base of stems to the desired length. Then, snip branches so that they’ll hit just above the base of the vase. Twirl them until they create a full look.
I personally enjoy hosting small, informal gatherings often versus elaborate gatherings occasionally. What’s your preference?
Happy holidays and happy entertaining!
Written on January 9, 2013 at 8:00 am , by Michael Wurm, Jr.
Can you believe it’s almost the middle of January? 2013 seems to be moving even more quickly than 2012 did. One thing I do look forward to after the holidays is the Golden Globes. It’s another excuse to get together with friends for a fun show, a few snacks, and a couple drinks. Don’t we all need an excuse to place our New Year’s diets on hold for an evening? This year’s Golden Globes Awards Show is even more exciting for me because it’s being hosted by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler. Not only are these gals amazing women, they also know how to tickle your funny bone. I think we are all in for a night of fun and laughter.
As I’ve said here, I’m a huge fan of any party that can be hosted by only serving appetizers – easy foods and small bites packed with flavor. You just can’t go wrong. While not totally ignoring everyone’s desire to lose those holiday pounds, I’ve collected some appetizers from the BHG recipe archives that are sure to please your guests. All of these finger foods are delicious and perfectly elegant for a memorable and star-studded evening!
1. Spicy Mustard Stir-Fry Bites // 2. Party Potatoes with Creamy Aioli // 3. Cheesy Mexican Fondue // 4. Hoisin-Garlic Mushrooms // 5. Caribbean Cocktail Sausages // 6. Herbed Deviled Egg Bruschetta // 7. Fresh Arugula Bruschetta // 8. Spicy Grilled Shrimp // 9. Strawberry-Goat Cheese Bruschetta // 10. Spicy Melon Skewers // 11. Jalapeno, Crab, and Corn Dip // 12. Corn Cakes with Garden Relish
To top it all off, an awards show party needs a little bling. I don’t know about you, but gold is my color this year. It’s vintage, it’s fresh, and it adds a little sparkle. I’ve found some gold accessories that will bring a bit of sparkle to your Golden Globes Party and keep your future parties feeling festive!
1. Dahlia Candleholder // 2. Gold Wishbone Napkin Ring // 3. Gold Stripe Cocktail Shaker // 4. Gold Trim Glassware // 5. Gold Flatware // 6. Gold Mercury Glassware // 7. Gold Glitter Twine // 8. Square Lacquer Trays // 9. Gold Die-Cut Masks // 10. Gold Brioche Mold // 11. Metallic Gold Taper Candles // 12. Honeycomb Glassware
What’s your favorite way to add a touch of sparkle to your parties?
Michael Wurm, Jr. – Inspired by Charm