Mar 28, 2011

Shabby chic vintage bridal shower

I have something beautiful to share with you all especially for those who are planning a bridal shower this year. Jodi Miller, of Jodi Miller Photography, had one of the most creative and thoughtful bridal showers I’ve ever seen. It was like a wedding! No joke. Her bridal shower, planned by her sister and mom, was set outdoors on a warm summer afternoon in Southwest, Virginia. The shower was a team effort, but the decor was styled from her sister-in-law, Lynn of Sunshowers and Rainshine. Jodi incorporated a lot of her wedding details into the shower. She used the china they collected and the napkins, furniture, burlap and chalk boards they made for their wedding. I hope you enjoy the details in this bridal shower and use them for some inspiration.

How simple are those paper hearts? They were purchased from Paper Source and strung from trees that hung over the tables and guests. The tables were very simply decorated with touches of her style. Burlap was laid over a white tablecloth. White chairs were used. The table setting incorporated the shabby chic china, silverware, floral napkins and mason jars for glassware.

shabby chic vintage bridal shower

The flowers were all fresh from Jodi’s mom’s garden. I love the subtle colors in the arrangements with pops of purple and magenta. They also used turquoise mason jars and shabby chic tea kettle as vases. How creative!

shabby chic vintage bridal shower

A growing trend in DIY weddings is using furniture you would have your house. Jodi used a dresser drawer as the gift table. She made a “LOVE” banner tying in the blues and floral look.

shabby chic vintage bridal shower

shabby chic vintage bridal shower

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Mar 25, 2011

Burlap+Blue’s winner is…

Thank you ALL so much for participating in our second Pretty Tasty Things giveaway! A random number was selected from the number of eligible entries. #4 is the lucky number so congratulations to Amy for winning a $20 credit to Burlap+Blue’s Etsy Shop! I know you liked the French Scene Clock, so I hope you use the credit to purchase it and find a happy place for it in your home. Congratulations, Amy! I’ll be sending you an email very soon.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I don’t know about you, but I’m looking forward to doing absolutely nothing this weekend (except blogging). The only thing I’m hoping for is warmer weather. It’s suppose to be cold this weekend, blah. So stay warm! Hopefully, this won’t last long. Oh, and don’t forget to catch VCU basketball tonight! Even though I am a diehard JMU fan, I’m rooting for VCU! Good luck boys!

Mar 24, 2011

Sweet as Honey Housewarming Party

“Bee” prepared to be amazed by this “Sweet as Honey” housewarming party designed by Kori Clark of Paper & Pigtails. I’m overly excited to show you all these beautiful details of her party, plus all the beautiful photos. From the handmade invitations that included a wooden honey dipper down to the Honey Lager beer,  Lori executed this party oh-so-perfectly. Pretty Tasty Things is thrilled to start showcasing photo inspiration for your own party. Enjoy all the photos and I hope they inspire you to “bee” a little creative.

Lori had a honey tasting station on the food table. She had variations of honey, from Blueberry Honey to Wildflower Honey, in individual glass “honey pots” with honey wheat pretzels and breadsticks to taste them with. How creative is that?

Everything on the dessert bar was focused on honey. She also incorporated treats for the sweet tooth. I loved the colors and composition of it all.

Even the knives for the cheese and honey had silver bees on them!

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Mar 23, 2011

One more day for Burlap+Blue giveaway!

So, I just received my BRIDES magazine in the mail today and look what I saw on page 84! Burlap+Blue‘s write-on dessert pedestal front and center in the “Buzz Trend” feature showcasing blackboard decor for weddings. Congratulations to Burlap+Blue! Now, here’s your chance to own a beautiful, vintage dessert pedestal from Burlap+Blue. All you have to do is click here for more details. Deadline to enter is 5 p.m. EST on Thursday, March 24. GOOD LUCK! Winner will be announced this Friday.

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Mar 22, 2011

Recipe for: Flavored S’mores

From the kitchen of: Isabel Canfield

Hey, Smalls, you wanna s’more?
 Some more of what?
 No, do you wanna s’more?
 I haven’t had anything yet, so how can I have some more of nothing?
 You’re killing me Smalls! These are s’more’s stuff! Alright now pay attention.
First you take the graham, you stick the chocolate on the graham. Then you roast the ‘mallow.
When the ‘mallows flaming… you stick it on the chocolate. Then cover with the other end.
Then you scarf. Kind of messy, but good! Sandlot, 1993

So this recipe isn’t quite as simple as Ham Potter explains it to Smalls, but it’s just as good and messy. If you’re looking for a dessert to serve to a crowd of friends, s’mores are perfect. You don’t even need to start a fire pit in the backyard. All you need is an oven with a broiler. It’s that simple. It’s a childhood memory you can bring back to your friends. Have them help in the kitchen, make it interactive and fun.

What’s special about my version is the chocolate. I’ve added a twist to the ordinary s’more by the addition of chai tea and coffee to the chocolate. I purchased the instant chai tea at Rostov’s, a local coffee roaster, and the coffee was instant Starbucks VIA coffee.  Both flavors definitely enhance the chocolate leaving a very rich and decadent s’more. I have my favorite, what’s yours?

1 teaspoon of instant coffee
1 teaspoon of instant Chai tea
1 cup of heavy cream
1 package of graham crackers
8 oz box of semi-sweet chocolate
1 bag of mini marshmallows

1. Chop the chocolate. I purchased an 8 oz box of chocolate, Baker’s from Kroger. A box comes with 8 individually wrapped 1 oz squares. I used 4 squares for the coffee flavored s’more and 4 for the chai tea flavored s’more. Use a sharp knife to chop the chocolate into fairly thin and small pieces. Place the chopped chocolate in two separate heat-proof bowls.

2. Heat the heavy cream. On a medium-low stove, place two small saucepans. Pour half of the heavy cream in one and the other half in the other. Simmer until little bubbles form on the edge of the cream. Watch carefully so it doesn’t burn.

3. Add the flavor. While the cream has simmered for 5 minutes, add 1 teaspoon of instant coffee in one saucepan and 1 teaspoon of instant chai tea in the other. Reduce the temperature to low and stir constantly to prevent burning.

4. Add cream to the chocolate. After simmering the cream for a few more minutes, it should be fairly hot. Pour the Chai tea-flavored cream into one bowl of the chopped chocolate and then pour the coffee-flavored cream into the other bowl. Don’t mix right away. Let the warm cream melt the chocolate. After letting the cream sit for a few minutes, stir. At this point, the chocolate might still be lumpy. So placed the chocolate in the microwave for 5 seconds. Take out and stir. This helps melt the chocolate thoroughly. Put in microwave for another 5 seconds if it’s still lumpy.

5. Assemble the s’mores! Take a dollop of chocolate and place on top of a graham cracker square. Add mini marshmallows on top of the chocolate. Make 6 at a time. Place s’mores on a baking sheet and place under a low broiler in the oven. Be sure the rack is set in the middle of the oven or lower.

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