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Top 10 Emerging Party Trends Of 2014

Top 10 Emerging Party Trends Of 2014

We haven’t even hit the half year mark in 2014 and already some new party trends in decor, food and spirits are stating to take hold.  Below, see 10 we think would be fun to try! 1. Shibori : Japanese style of tie-die takes over Chevron and may be the new Ikat. image source: http://www.pinterest.com/gabberts/2014-trend-shibori/ ————————————— 2. Family Style as opposed to the plated dinner image source:  marthastewartweddings.com ————————————— 3. Black Tie Is Back for […]

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5 Tips To Help New Moms Save Date Night #LittleVictories

5 Tips To Help New Moms Save Date Night #LittleVictories

The best way to celebrate a new family of three (or more), is with a party for the two whose love created the third! Recent research conducted by Bravado Designs of more than 1,000 new moms showed that 72% of women think date nights with their partner are somewhat to extremely important—yet more than one third haven’t had a date night in more than 6 months (WOW).  Connecting with each other leads to the comfort and […]

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Secrets To Successful Entertaining!

Secrets To Successful Entertaining!

People will forget what they ate, People will forget what they drank, But people will never forget how you made them feel. – our spin on Maya Angelou’s famous quote This year we want to help you say YES to the party. We’ll be tagging our tips, recipes and ideas with the #PlanToParty hashtag and invite you to do the same.  Share with us the many ways you celebrate everyday and we’ll feature some of […]

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How To Be A Happy Hostess!

How To Be A Happy Hostess!

This year we want to help you say YES to the party. We’ll be tagging our tips, recipes and ideas with the #PlanToParty hashtag and invite you to do the same.  Share with us the many ways you celebrate everyday and we’ll feature some of those ideas. You can share on twitter, pinterest and instagram – we’ll keep a look out!  Let’s get started… Be the Happiest Hostess instead of trying to be the Hostess […]

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Brunch Basics

Brunch Basics

  The Holidays are here and brunch is a simple and special way to celebrate with family and friends.  They are many times a less stressful, enjoyable and budget-friendly way to entertain.  Follow our Brunch Basics Guide below and host one this holiday in your home! 3 Practical & Easy Tips For A Stress-Free and Successful Brunch 1.    Serve the right balance of breakfast and lunch foods. Why?  Your guests will fall into 1 of […]

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12 Tips for Holiday Baking!

12 Tips for Holiday Baking!

Here are some great tips for Holiday Baking from Elizabeth and her Mom! A BAKERS DOZEN Tips for Holiday Cookies (you get one bonus) ! Stock Cookie Ingredient Basics – butter, all-purpose flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, confectionary sugar, vanilla extract, baking soda, baking powder, cream of tartar, salt, eggs, chocolate chips, unsweetened baking chocolate. Anytime the mood strikes or time permits, I can whip up a batch or two – no shopping required! Maintain […]

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Simple Ideas For The 12 Days of Christmas

Simple Ideas For The 12 Days of Christmas

  Keep the Holiday Season SIMPLE and SPECIAL and you will enjoy it more, we promise!  Here is an idea for each of the 12 days of Christmas that won’t break the bank or stress you out.  Enjoy!   12. December 13th – Watch a Christmas Special ABC Family has one every night! 11. December 14th -Read THE NIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS > online here 10. December 15th – Make Candy Cane Hearts > MakesandTakes.com 9. […]

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How to Create A Thanksgiving Cheese Board

How to Create A Thanksgiving Cheese Board

The tastiest way to welcome Thanksgiving guests! Pictured above is a board Elizabeth and I created with some of our favorite cheeses.   We used a variety of sheep, cow and goats milk cheeses with quince, honey, figs and grapes to create a real harvest feel for our plate. We served the cheese with a crisp Chardonnay and enjoyed a great day! A cheese plate is a great way to give your guests a nibble […]

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10 Tips for Tackling The Turkey Day “To Do” List!

10 Tips for Tackling The Turkey Day "To Do" List! Read more

How to Entertain When Your Short on Cash and Time – Party Snack Trend Alert !

How to Entertain When Your Short on Cash and Time - Party Snack Trend Alert !

Party snacks are stepping out of the shadows and into the spotlight when it comes to menus for entertaining. Like fashion filters down from the designers on the runway to main street shops; entertaining trends filter down from the top chefs in restaurants across America, to the tables in our homes.  One such trend was noted in a recent research study by Mintel Menu Insights.  It found that “snacking is the new way to order […]

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ABC’s of Outdoor Entertaining

ABC's of Outdoor Entertaining

Outdoor entertaining can be easy as A, B, C!  Here are a dozen tips for you. • Keep Your Guests Comfortable & Clean A. Banish the bugs – 1 hour before guests arrive, light bug bomb and citronella candles. Set out individual bug spray wipes and/or spray for guests’ convenient use. B. It’s a picnic, so while you’re “roughing” it, offer your guests the opportunity to “wash up” with wipes and/or hand sanitizer – a […]

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Organize for Entertaining – Spring Cleaning

Organize for Entertaining - Spring Cleaning

While many may focus on cleaning their clothes closets this spring, strike out in a different direction and clean out your kitchen cabinets. Inventory your items and then restock them so you’re ready for some Spring Entertaining – consider the contents your “tools” for entertaining. Ask yourself questions like these as part of your inventory process: Do I have the right tools to make entertaining easy? What are my “lifesaver” tools I simply must have […]

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5 Easy and Affordable DIY Spring Floral Arrangements!

As Featured in Kroger’s Spring Mailer “MyMagazine” Supermarket floral departments can be a great resource for creating affordable flower arrangements to decorate your home. We love shopping the supermarket for a few bouquets of flowers and then seeing just how many arrangements we can create to decorate the house when prepping for a party. It’s actually quite easy to become a savvy shopper and DIY your own flower arrangements: shop the supermarket floral department for […]

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6 Tips For Going GREEN This Saint Patrick’s Day!

6 Tips For Going GREEN This Saint Patrick's Day!

It’s most definitely the greenest holiday of the year, so as you Plan to Party this Saint Patrick’s Day wear green, Go GREEN!  Try our six super tips and spread the “Luck of the Irish” to Mother Earth too! On St. Patrick’s Day, be truly green when you drink beer. Try organic, buy local, purchase a keg instead of cans and bottles, or use growlers* Go green with electronic invitations, save paper and all the […]

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“What’s Hot in 2013” – Top 20 Food and Drink Trends!

"What’s Hot in 2013” - Top 20 Food and Drink Trends!

Want a peek at the HOT TRENDS in food and drink for 2013? Below are some of the answers.   The National Restaurant Association surveyed professional chefs, members of the American Culinary Federation, on which food, cuisines and culinary themes will be hot trends on restaurant menus in 2013.  The “What’s Hot in 2013” survey was conducted in the fall of 2012 among more than 1,800 chefs. Here are the Top 20 Trends Locally sourced […]

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Food Safe Families’ Tips For A Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Food Safe Families' Tips For A Healthy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday.  Family and friends sharing a meal around the table is pure joy!  I put lots of time and love into the meal I’m serving and I want everyone at my table to savor and enjoy it.  I can’t imagine making anyone sick from it!  However this happens to many during the holidays, especially Thanksgiving.  It’s a large meal with a lot going on (a big turkey, a variety of sides, […]

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Giada’s Party Secrets! – Woman’s Health Magazine

Giada's Party Secrets!  - Woman's Health Magazine

The holiday season is fast approaching.  For many, this means stress, but it doesn’t have to.  Take it from us, you can be a guest at your own party, if you plan ahead and keep it simple ! Food Network star, Giada De Laurentiis agrees and this month she tells Women’s Health her secrets to enjoying the festivities.  In the article she “dishes” her tricks on making entertaining look easy and how she stays slim […]

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The Out Of Control Party – Tips to Avoid It!

The Out Of Control Party - Tips to Avoid It!

Parties are the perfect way for us for us to connect with the people in our lives and provide a great opportunity for fun! But what happens when the fun gets out of control?  Well, it can ruin your party and in some cases put you or your guests at risk. To avoid these “party pitfalls”, I offer some suggestions and tips for how NOT to host an “out of control” party.  There are 2 […]

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Tips for Outdoor Entertaining

Tips for Outdoor Entertaining

Entertaining Al Fresco should be casual and fun, but there are a few things you should consider before hosting in the great outdoors.  Check out our tips below – they make it as easy as the A, B C’s ! • Keep Your Guests Comfortable & Clean: A. Banish the bugs – 1 hour before guests arrive, light bug bomb and citronella candles. Set out individual bug spray wipes and/or spray for guests’ convenient use. […]

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Party Tips For When To Hire Some Help!

Party Tips For When To Hire Some Help!

When planning a party, it’s important to find the right balance between your available resources of time and money.  Knowing when to BUY and when to DIY can make all the difference to you, the host! In our book, Plan To Party, we go into great detail helping you find a strategy and plan that fits your budget and style of entertaining.  The following is an informative guest post from Nicole Steeger, the Marketing Manager […]

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Recession-Buster Cocktail Party (plus Martini Basics)

Recession-Buster Cocktail Party (plus Martini Basics)

“Not your Parents’ Potluck” Host 12 people for $80 that’s less than $7 per person! ( $50: 2- 750 ml bottles of Gin and/or Vodka, $10: 1-750 ml bottle of Vermouth and $20: for Garnishes) We’ve got a solution for those yearning for “good times” on a budget. Instead of dining out in a bar or restaurant and sharing appetizers and a big bill, bring the party home and ask guests to share their favorite […]

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The 4 Steps To Food Safety This 4th Of July – from Food Safe Families!

The 4 Steps To Food Safety This 4th Of July - from Food Safe Families!

Today, we’d like to share the below message on behalf of the Food Safe Families campaign (a partnership of the USDA, CDC, FDA, and Ad Council). Summer is the best time for grilling and entertaining lots of friends and family.  With the season in full swing, and the 4th of July just around the corner, it’s very important to know of a few basic food safety tips.  Please read the tips below to prevent food poisoning when […]

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Tips For Creating An Amazing Outdoor Party Space!

Tips For Creating An Amazing Outdoor Party Space!

OUTDOOR PARTIES can be easy and enjoyable when you are prepared and have a great plan.  At Party Bluprints we are sure of this, and when it comes to outdoor parties it’s essential to create a footprint for entertaining.   A footprint is unique to you and when creating it you need to factor in your own personal style, budget and space constraints.  To help you get started we partnered with Kmart to come up […]

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A Modern Tea Party Guide! Mother’s Day Par-Tea!

A Modern Tea Party Guide!  Mother's Day Par-Tea!

Tea Parties are the perfect way for girls and women of all ages to connect. Whether celebrating Mother’s Day, a baby shower, a teenage birthday or women’s club get-together, be inspired by the feminine spirit of the Tea Party we all loved as young girls. Mix and match modern and traditional elements to fit the celebration. Below is your guide for how to host this Par-Tea: featuring links you’ll love for menu ideas, a signature […]

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Top 5 Green Tips For Entertaining – In Honor of Earth Day!

Top 5 Green Tips For Entertaining - In Honor of Earth Day!

In honor of Earth Day… Partybluprints.com’s Top 5 “Respect our Earth Entertaining Tips”. 1. Bring the party and your people into your home and condense your carbon footprints. Forego gassing up the plane, train or automobile and create a festive environment in your home. If you want to go the distance, host a destination party and invite friends who live within walking distance. 2. Grow your own herb garden. Plant herbs, such as basil, mint, […]

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How To Make A Martini

How To Make A Martini

Here are all the basics you need to know for how to stir or shake up a great Martini.  CHEERS! Martini Making: The king of all martinis is the “basic martini”. It is a symbol of elegance and adult recreation. Those who are passionate about their martini fall into one of 2 camps: (1) those who believe there’s only one real martini and it’s made with gin, and (2) those who believe a vodka martini […]

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10 Tips For A Last Minute Holiday Party – via #HamBeach Twitter Party!

10 Tips For A Last Minute Holiday Party - via #HamBeach Twitter Party!

If you missed our Twitter party last night, here are some tips I shared with the party-goers.  Katja Presnal of the amazing company and blog: Skimbaco Lifestyle gave away 10 Hamilton Beach Blenders and the conversation was BUZZING!  Thanks to all that came and Happy Holidays to everyone! Here are the tips TWEET STYLE: TIP #1: Skip the ‘open house’ and host friends for Christmas Cocktails (2hrs).  It’s a more manageable way to share holiday […]

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7 Super Time Saving Tips For Holiday Entertaining

7 Super Time Saving Tips For Holiday Entertaining

Hosting at the holidays is a rewarding experience and can be lots of fun, so plan properly and make sure YOU get to partake in it!  Making memories for your family, friends and especially the children in your life is a gift you give each guest as a hostess but you don’t need to sacrifice your own enjoyment to give it.    Here are 7 super tips that not only save time, they allow you […]

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3 Ways To Save the Family Meal!

3 Ways To Save the Family Meal!

Dinner has the power to create family and community, whether the gathered are blood relatives, business colleagues or newfound friends. Simply put: Good things almost always happen when people share a meal. – Unknown Sharing a meal forces a time out to nourish mind, spirit and body. If you consider all three then you realize how important it is for families to eat together.  Here are 3 ways to make it happen when your budget […]

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Simple and Special Tips for A Low-Key, Low-Cost Celebration

Simple and Special Tips for A Low-Key, Low-Cost Celebration

Recently, we had a chance to share our tips for easy entertaining with Good Housekeeping Magazine.  In this month’s very special 125th Anniversary Collectors Issue, a few of them made their way into the good (enough) monthly feature on page 31.   Above are images from the article and below are some of our simple and special tips for throwing a party that’s low-key and low-cost: Host a daytime affair like a brunch verses a more […]

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5 Tips For Green Entertaining- Earth Day Ideas

5 Tips For Green Entertaining- Earth Day Ideas

In honor of the upcoming Earth Day celebration, here are Partybluprints’ Top 5 “Respect our Earth” Entertaining Tips FIVE for keeping the planet ALIVE when you party! 1. Bring the party and your people into your home and condense your carbon footprints. Forgo gassing up the plane, train or automobile and create a festive environment in your home. If you want to go the distance, host a destination party and invite friends who live within […]

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