Apr 14, 2011

How to Make a Moss Monogram

I want to incorporate more DIY tutorials into Pretty Tasty Things, so I was searching through my favorite websites last night and found a simple tutorial on “How to make a moss monogram.” I found this on HGTV online and thought how perfect this would be for a wedding especially for the bride and groom’s initials or could even be placed on the dinner tables except with numbers. HGTV also showcased the moss monogram as decoration for the home during Easter. Either way, this is something that is affordable and can be done in advance. The steps are pretty simple, too. It’s essentially hot gluing moss to a craft letter. You can find the moss and buds at Michaels or another craft store in your area. I found the letters at Paper-Source for less than $4 each:

Materials:
oversized chipboard letter
hot glue gun
hot glue sticks
reindeer moss
ribbon
scissors
artificial sprig with buds

Directions:
1. Glue moss to letter. Preheat the glue gun. Once hot, apply glue to the letter in small sections and immediately press the moss to the glue while holding in place. 

2. Attach Ribbon. Cut ribbon about eight inches long. Apply hot glue to letter’s back, pressing ribbon into glue until dry. Loop ribbon and glue down the other end.

3. Embellish letter. Cut individual buds off an artificial sprig using scissors. Apply hot glue to the bottom of the bud and press into moss.

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Apr 12, 2011

Asparagus Fontina + Gruyere Tart

If you want to impress your friends with something so delicious and something out-of-the box, try this asparagus tart with Fontina and Gruyère cheese. This tart only calls for four main ingredients—puff pastry, Fontina and Gruyère cheese, and asparagus. It can’t get any easier? I love this tart because one, it’s incredibly simple to prepare and two, the end result is amazing. The creamy cheese, crunchy asparagus and flaky puff pastry all work so well together. All the flavors are all enhanced by baking it in the oven.

If you don’t like asparagus, try it with a medley of fresh mushrooms. I happen to love asparagus, it’s one of my favorite vegetables because it has a nice flavor profile. Even though asparagus is available all year, it’s now in season so they’re fresh and fairly inexpensive at the market. That’s what I like!

Ingredients:
1 cup of shredded Fontina cheese
1 cup of shredded Gruyère cheese
1 pound of fresh asparagus spears
flour, for work surface
1 sheet of frozen puff pastry
olive oil for brushing
salt + pepper

Directions:
1. Prep the ingredients. Defrost the puff pastry per directions on the box. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400° and then prep the ingredients. First, start shredding the Fontina and Gruyère cheese. I particularly like these cheeses because of their texture. Both are creamy and nutty in flavor. The flavors are not overpowering in taste, and perfect for dishes that require baking. Rinse the asparagus and pat completely dry. Cut the ends at the natural break of the stalk. The ends are woody and not very edible.

2. Prepare the puff pastry. On a flat surface, lay out some flour so the pastry doesn’t stick. Place the pastry flat on the board and using a rolling pin, roll the pastry keeping it the same width, but making it slightly longer to accommodate all the asparagus. Once you have a rough 10 x 16 size, take a paring knife and lightly score the dough 1 inch from the edges to mark a rectangular. Be sure not to cut through the dough. This creates an edging when baked. Using a fork, pierce the dough inside the markings. Transfer dough to a baking sheet and place in the oven to bake for 15 minutes.

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Apr 11, 2011

A Pink + Sweet 16th Birthday

There’s something about this sweet 16th birthday that I love. It’s simple, yet detailed all at the same time. I find that a lot of tablescapes are sometimes too difficult to execute if you don’t have 10 professionals working on it. This party inspiration is an actual party, a real sweet 16 in Leesburg, Virginia. It’s too adorable and seems so easy to execute. Danielle, the birthday girl, main focus was the color palette—black, white and pink. From that point on, you can see those particular colors in all the details starting from the DIY invitations. She used decorative tape, purchased at Pretty Tape, as an accent on the flat invitations and envelopes, as well as on the candy display signs and vases to tie the details together.

Everyone loves a good candy bar. Danielle put together a candy bar filled with delicious treats for her guests. She placed the candy bar underneath a tree hung with large tissue pom-poms and yard flags that she created herself,  and hung a “Hooray!” banner from Nice in front of the table.

Here are the closeups for the candy bar. Here you can see she used glass vases for the candy and straws. She used her decorative tape around the vases and added homemade signs for each vase. Finally, she supplied paper pink bags for guests to place the candy or popcorn in. I absolutely love these bags with printed labels.

She also used vintage cokes with the barber straws. Lemonade was served in vintage champagne glasses with ribbon accents.

The pom-poms were made by Danielle. They are so soft and girly. I love the contrast it creates against the greenery of the trees. It just hung so nicely and played off the sky when the sun was setting.

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Apr 11, 2011

BAGGU Giveaway winner is…

YADIRA! Lucky number 17 is the winner of the Baggu x5 Kit. Congratulations, Yadira! Thank you so much for entering this giveaway! Yadira wrote: “OMG! I would love to win these. If I do, I would like the Berries set or maybe the Greys. Hmmm tough choice!” I hope you’ve made the tough decision on what color you want! I’ll be sending you an email later today. Thanks for being a Pretty Tasty Things reader!

We’d also like to thank all the other contestants for following Pretty Tasty Things and entering our giveaway. Please continue to read Pretty Tasty Things because they’ll be more tasty giveways in the near future. If you didn’t win this set, you should still check out BAGGU because their bags are very affordable and awesome. My bestie just bought the Zipper Bag S set and she loves it!

Stay tuned later today for a party inspiration. Thanks, all!

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Apr 6, 2011

BAGGU Reusable Bags Giveaway!

Brace yourself, readers. The lovely people at BAGGU were kind enough to offer one lucky Pretty Tasty Things reader a BAGGU x5 Kit. Yes, that’s five standard sized Baggus in a compact drawstring sack. Perfect for big shopping trips, five Baggus will bring home a whole cart full of groceries. A BAGGU bag is machine-washable and made of 100% rip-stop nylon. It’s lightweight, durable, reusable, water-resistant, lead-free and ethically made. Whew! It can replace an average of 500 disposable bags yearly. I am forever a BAGGU fan. I love these bags ever since my very first purchase years ago. It’s easy to be eligible to win. All you have to do is:

FOLLOW Pretty Tasty Things’  by Facebook, Twitter or RSS
And

LEAVE A COMMENT on this post indicating what color you would love if you win the giveaway!
The four available choices are: Berries, Greens, Blues or Greys

You must leave a comment in order to be eligible to win the BAGGU x5 Kit! Deadline to enter is 11:59 EST on Saturday, April 9. Please one entry per person. A random winner will be chosen and announced on Monday, April 11. Good luck! Please make sure you leave your correct email address in the email field so we can contact you if you won.

Now, a little about BAGGU: The Brooklyn-based reusable bag company was founded by mother-daughter pair Joan & Emily Sugihara in early 2007. Unlike their counterparts, BAGGU is lead-free and every bag is ethically made with a practicality mindful of regional needs: California dweller Joan shops by car for a family of five and “wanted to make it affordable to switch from disposable to reusable shopping bags.” On the opposite coast, (former designer for J.Crew and Parsons graduate), Emily shops on food in NYC and needed a bag that fit in her purse for unexpected errands. Both loved the environmental aspect of the totes: In one year, a BAGGU can replace the use of 300 to 700 disposable bags.

BAGGU began with a collection of 8 bags whose shape and construction is modeled after the iconic plastic grocery bag. To date, the line has expanded to include over 150 styles of reusable canvas and nylon bags best known for their trademark palette of vibrant solids, neon highlighter shades, everyday neutrals, and bold strips donned on simple silhouettes.

The company’s studio is currently located in the creative, independently minded community of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. BAGGU is sold at www.baggu.com, specialty retail boutiques, and online stores nationwide including Fred Flare, J.Crew, MoMa design stores, UrbanOutfitters, and the Whitney Museum.

How amazing is this giveaway?! I’m so excited that one of my readers will finally get a chance to realize how awesome these bags are. Seriously, anyone can use these bags, boys and girls! Please share this giveaway with your friends and family. Spread the word! A special, special thanks to Jen from BAGGU for helping me coordinate this giveaway. Thank you so much, Jen! So readers, don’t forget to leave a comment indicating what color you would want!

*Giveaway is closed. No longer accepting entries. Thanks all!*

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