Archive for April, 2008

Accent Your Next Party With Modern Decor

At a recent tradeshow in Dallas, I came across a brightly lit store called Accent Decor, with lots of modern vases, pots, candles and fun accent pieces that I thought would be great (and very versatile) for many of the parties I throw. Since I’m still in the process of building my inventory for Elements of Entertaining, I’d love to know which items on their site you’d like to see me carry!

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April 29, 2008 at 6:09 am Leave a comment

Modern Cakes & Treats

I’ve spent the past 3 hours of my night watching the cake challenge shows on Food Network (love those)…some of these people amaze me with their creativity and talent. I told my husband one of these days (in my spare time…lol) I’d love to take some pastry classes and see what a few techniques and tips can do for my baking skills (or lack thereof). I can barely frost a cupcake!

All of which inspired me to share with you an extremely talented cake designer in Long Beach, California, Erica O’Brein. Erica’s designs are modern and full of bold, beautiful colors. Here are some of my favorite cakes that she’s made.

Also, if you haven’t checked out the blog, Bakerella, then you’re missing out on the most amazing cupcake cake bites you’ve ever seen. Now I’m just waiting for the day when she starts selling these(and many of her other adorable products) online for us to buy! I know the orders will come pouring in.

April 28, 2008 at 6:44 am 1 comment

What Kid Doesn’t Love a Slumber Party?

After living overseas for many years in Paris & Japan (I know…how lucky am I) my family became a regular at the European based store, Habitat. They offer modern, clean-line products that are bold, fun and affordable…go figure! So you can image my delight when I came across Kim Vallee’s recent post about their new outdoor kids line. Check out their colorful tents, picnic benches and chairs which are perfect for a kids birthday or slumber party!

April 24, 2008 at 5:23 pm Leave a comment

Stick It With Style

Stacy Claire Boyd has some of the cutest return address labels that I’ve seen. They’re modern, fun and will save your hand from cramping up after writing all of those thank you or miss you cards to your friends (Emily…this one’s for you)!

April 24, 2008 at 7:49 am Leave a comment

Party Animal…Sneak Peek

Here’s a sneak peek at some of the adorable party collections you’ll soon find at Elements of Entertaining. We’re featuring our “Party Animal” decor below….perfect for kids birthday parties!

April 23, 2008 at 6:00 pm 1 comment

The Invisible Hostess…To Your Party Rescue

I love entertaining & hosting parties in my home but one of the biggest challenges I often face (as I’m sure many of you do as well) is the struggle to maintain my hosting duties (cooking, cleaning, greeting family/friends, etc) while truly enjoying the company of my guests. There’s always just too much to do and it never feels relaxing. Which is why I LOVE the idea of hiring, The Invisible Hostess.

Sheena Kalso created the The Invisible Hostess two years ago, inspired by her own passion to throw intimate in-home parties. She recognized that others, just like herself, were faced with the challenge of not getting to spend quality time with their guests because there are so many details of entertaining that need to be tended to. The Invisible Hostess eliminates these factors by offering the ability to pass off your day of party burdens to an assistant, allowing you to sit back and enjoy your party along with your guests.

You can hire The Invisible Hostess for an affordable hourly or full day fee.

Many of the tasks The Invisible Hostess often performs is:

  • Light Housework
  • Errands
  • Decor Selection & Setup
  • Kitchen Prep
  • Food & Drink Replenishment
  • Post Party Cleanup

Pricing starts at $30/hr which is well worth the cost for you to enjoy spending time with family and friends.

April 22, 2008 at 9:07 pm Leave a comment

A Modern Approach to the Photo Booth

Usnaps.com has come up with a truly modern & unqiue approach to the photo booth that’ll soon be available for rent in many cities across the U.S. Instead of the old-school mall photo booth that you have to climb inside and wait forever for your strip of photos to print…Usnaps created a small white (& tall) box that you’re able to pose in front of and with the click of your finger (on a really long cord) take your own photos.  You can then view your photos online (in digital quality) 24 hours later. Now that’s what I’m talking about!

Plus you get to see everyone else’s photos…which I’m sure will be good for some laughs!  🙂  

Also, check out Usnaps in action on Access Hollywood:
http://video.accesshollywood.com/player/?id=82421

April 21, 2008 at 5:20 am Leave a comment

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