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Host A Fabulous New Year’s Eve Party For Less!

Host A Fabulous New Year's Eve Party For Less!

We have a fun and festive way to host and toast the New Year on a tight budget. Host 12 people for $80 that’s less than $7 per person with this Swanky New Year’s Eve MARTINI BAR. 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 […]

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New Year’s Eve Good Luck Grapes!

New Year's Eve Good Luck Grapes!

Add a conversation starter to your New Year’s Eve Bash and bring your guests some good luck for 2013. This interesting food accessory is a healthy dessert representing “Good Luck”.  Simply, thread 12 grapes on bamboo skewers and then display them on a simple white rectangular tray.  At midnight let guests help themselves to some good luck!   You can also try it the way we did in the above image, and serve 6 red […]

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New Year’s Eve Cupcake Decor

New Year's Eve Cupcake Decor

I love the idea of these party printables.  They are affordable, ready same day, and they make simple cupcakes special for your New Year’s Eve celebration.  These come from Esty’s PaperScissorsCake.  For details or to order visit here> Vanilla cupcakes will look great with this color theme, but if you really want to glam it, try going gold!   We found the trick to making gold icing!  It’s Luster Dust and it’s what professional pastry chefs […]

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Winter Bubbly Bar – Cocktail Party Idea!

Winter Bubbly Bar - Cocktail Party Idea!

This season try something different and host a Winter Bubbly Bar! This luxurious and festive party idea is actually an easy, inexpensive and stress-free way to entertain.  Consider it a “time-out” for the grown-ups to toast life. Plan To Party Free time on the weekends is rare for most people these days, putting the squeeze on home entertaining for both hosts and guests.  Modern living, which includes work and family commitments create busy schedules for […]

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Champagne Cupcakes – Boozy Baking!

Champagne Cupcakes - Boozy Baking!

  We love boozy baking at the the Party Bluprints Blog and think these Golden Blossom Honey‘s Mini Champagne Cupcakes are perfect for New Year’s Eve celebrations.   Hope you enjoy and Cheers to 2014! Mini Champagne Cupcakes Ingredients Cupcakes: 2 1/3 cups all-purpose flour 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup shortening (softened butter can be substituted) 1/2 cup granulated sugar 3 eggs 1 cup GOLDEN BLOSSOM HONEY 1/2 orange juice […]

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Top 15 Songs For Holiday Classic Music Mix!

Top 15 Songs For Holiday Classic Music Mix!

  Disclosure: Party Bluprints Inc. was compensated to develop special seasonal content for Collective Bias.  Slow Down and Get in the Spirit with a “Scent-sational” Soundtrack! Whether you’re hosting a party, decorating the tree, wrapping gifts or simply driving the car, music is a must at the holidays. Here’s our top 15 holiday song picks to help you ring in the holidays. “Last Christmas” – Taylor Swift “All I Want for Christmas is You” – […]

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Peppermint Recipes For The Holidays!

Peppermint Recipes For The Holidays!

     Peppermint is one of the most popular holiday flavors and one that both kids and adults enjoy.   Today we are happy to share four delicious recipes that feature peppermint from Target’s Bullseye View.  We hope you try one or all four this season! Bullseye View is an online magazine, updated regularly to bring Target to life. It is a behind-the-scenes look at Target’s most exciting partnerships, initiatives, events and innovations. Visit us on […]

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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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Easy New Year’s Eve Party Idea!

Easy New Year's Eve Party Idea!

Add a conversation starter to your New Year’s Eve Bash, and bring your guests some good luck for 2014 with GOOD LUCK GRAPES! This interesting food accessory is a healthy dessert representing “Good Luck”.  Simply, thread 12 grapes on bamboo skewers and then display them on a simple white rectangular tray.  At midnight let guests help themselves to some good luck!   You can also try it the way we did in the above image, […]

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Traditional English Christmas Dinner Menu and Recipes!

Traditional English Christmas Dinner Menu and Recipes!

If traditional is your cup of tea this Holiday Season, try this elegant and very English menu by William and Sonoma. The well thought out and delicious dinner offers a selection of two main courses: a juicy beef roast with Yorkshire Pudding or a bone-in pork roast glazed with Seville orange marmalade accompanied by glazed parsnips and carrots with sherry . Whichever entrée you choose, your guests will be treated to a taste of the […]

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Candy Cane OREO Santa Hat Cookies

Candy Cane OREO Santa Hat Cookies

Whether you’re a twister or a diehard dunker, you’re going to love this OREO Cookies recipe. Made to look like Santa’s iconic red hat, they are almost too cute to eat. Almost. Made from OREO Cookies with Candy Cane-flavored Crème—available exclusively at Target stores this holiday season for $2.99—these Christmas cookies are a blissful blend of chocolate, cream cheese, strawberries and a hint of peppermint. Lay them out for Santa, bring them to a holiday […]

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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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Winter White Bridal Shower Party and Recipes!

Winter White Bridal Shower Party and Recipes!

Host a Winter White “Marry Me” themed  Bridal Shower with these simple and special instructions! This How To Host Post has everything you need to know for a modern take on the traditional bridal shower.  We kept it simple and special – YOU CAN pull this off with ease and enjoy a great night with the girls while treating the bride-to-be to a night she will always remember! The color theme for this “Marry Me” […]

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Family Favorite Holiday Dessert Idea – Strawberry Santa Hats #KraftEssentials

Family Favorite Holiday Dessert Idea - Strawberry Santa Hats #KraftEssentials

Can you imagine your kids’ faces when you bring this to the family table? My Mother-In-Law Laura has been making this dip since I met my husband ( we’re talking 20+ years now)  and it’s always the crowd favorite.  I can’t wait for you to try it! PLUS It’s SO GOOD and SO EASY to make… No Bake Dessert Only 5 ingredients Takes minutes to make  Strawberry Santa Hats & Elf Dip Ingredients 12-20 large […]

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Holiday Vegetable Wreath & Dip #KraftEssentials

Holiday Vegetable Wreath & Dip #KraftEssentials

Disclosure:  Party Bluprints Inc. was compensated to develop special seasonal recipes for Kraft This Holiday Veggie Wreath & Dip is the perfect Make & Take Holiday Dish! So simple So affordable So festive So good for you Ingredients 1 head of broccoli, washed and cut into florets 1 container cherry tomatoes, washed 1 bottle KRAFT Classic Ranch Dressing Instructions Arrange broccoli in a rimmed circular dip dish. Decorate with cherry tomatoes (these are the berries […]

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2 Awesome Recipes For Leftover Turkey from Bobby Flay!

2 Awesome Recipes For Leftover Turkey from Bobby Flay!

Don’t know what to do with the leftover turkey from Thanksgiving?  Well here’s your answer, 2 totally delicious recipes from Celebrity Chef Bobby Flay for Hellmann’s® Holiday Tips.  Happy Holiday and enjoy! This paella is delicious!   I love it, because it’s a hearty one pot meal that has loads of flavor and is easy to make.  This will be an addition to my menu repertoire all year long! TURKEY PAELLA WITH LEMON-SMOKED PAPRIKA AIOLI […]

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Smashed Apples and Sweet Potatoes

Smashed Apples and Sweet Potatoes

We had to share this scrumptious recipe for Smashed Apples and Sweet Potatoes in time for Thanksgiving.  Hope you dive into some this holiday! Smashed Apples and Sweet Potatoes from  http://www.sweetpotato.org This is a simple recipe that makes a sweet side dish. It tastes like apple pie, but its healthier! Ingredients: 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 2 tablespoons butter 1/4 cup white sugar 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice 1 Granny Smith apple […]

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FREE Thanksgiving Leftover Printables From Three Monkeys Studio

FREE Thanksgiving Leftover Printables From Three Monkeys Studio

Top This Thanksgiving Leftover Idea! We just had to share these awesome {and FREE} Thanksgiving Leftovers Labels from Gretchen, the talented owner of Three Little Monkeys Studio .   They’re the perfect printables for decorating our Thanksgiving In A Jar!  What a fun way to send leftovers home with friends and family.  Head on over to Three Little Monkeys Studio to print> HERE!   Thanksgiving in a Jar (Makes 1 jar)  Ingredients “The Thanksgiving Leftovers” 1 […]

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Thanksgiving Smoked Turkey On The Grill Recipe!

Thanksgiving Smoked Turkey On The Grill Recipe!

Grilled Turkey is our Favorite here at the Party Bluprints Blog.  To kick off November, Elizabeth is sharing her Father’s recipe for the perfect Thanksgiving Turkey! Posted by Elizabeth My father has always loved to grill. He would experiment with different types of wood chips, techniques, meats and poultry. When I was in high school, he decided to smoke our Thanksgiving Turkey on the grill. We take our Thanksgiving Feast very seriously and there was […]

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Host a Holiday Dessert Party

Host a Holiday Dessert Party

  Did you know STRESSED spelled backwards is DESSERTS?  It makes perfect sense! When you entertain this season think about skipping right to everybody’s favorite part of the meal… dessert! Host a dessert party instead of a more traditional open house or sit down dinner.  It’s the perfect way to simplify your party yet keep it special.  Dessert only parties take less preparation and time so they are easier and can be kinder to your […]

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Thanksgiving Menu Ideas!

Thanksgiving Menu Ideas!

Here is the line-up for 5 SUPER SIDE DISHES for your THANKSGIVING menu – Enjoy! Triple-Corn Spoon Bread Triple-Corn Spoon Bread is always a big hit at our holiday table and is powerful comfort food for any time. The first time I had the dish was at one of my friend’s dinner parties.  My husband loved it so much, I had to leave with the recipe.  Since then, I have added it to my Thanksgiving menu.  I […]

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu!

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu!

  We have created the Ultimate Thanksgiving Menu for you! Enjoy and give thanks this holiday with family and friends. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate with those you love than by sharing a beautiful meal around the table. We are thankful for you, our readers and wish you a very special Thanksgiving celebration this year!  RECIPES Appetizers and Starters: Display American Cheese Plate> Bread Cornucopia and Crudite> Serve Hot Butternut Squash […]

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Burlap ‘Barn To Mansion’ – Hot Trend For Holiday Decor!

Burlap 'Barn To Mansion'  - Hot Trend For Holiday Decor!

BURLAP IS BIG: The rustic material is hot this holiday season. Update burlap for Holiday 2013 with a Barn to Mansion look. The Barn to Mansion look provides the perfect opportunity to introduce some of this season’s hot trends, burlap and owls, into a more modern decor. Here we created a Barn to Mansion inspired Holiday “Milk & Cookies” Bar. Using a modern dining room buffet as the foundation (we cleared everything but the crystal […]

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Cool Blue and Green Christmas Table

Cool Blue and Green Christmas Table

 FRESH CHRISTMAS COLOR: Blue-green fresh air Christmas Last year’s trend of  ‘White is Right’ gives way to color with cool blue and green, modern hues.  It leads the way to newness as this years biggest trend.  Christmas 2013 is very clearly taking its cue from fashion.  The new ‘must’ for the trendy Christmas lover are shades of turquoise, ice-blue, pistachio and new creations such as the ‘Caspian green.  These colors in combination with silver, glitter […]

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Sparkling Cranberry Blush Cocktail

Sparkling Cranberry Blush Cocktail

Here’s one of my favorite Holiday punch recipes: The Sparkling Cranberry Blush.  I love it because it combines two of my favorite flavors: lemon and cranberry. The flavor combo makes a refreshing teaser for the meal ahead, plus the addition of Champagne gives this punch a special, sparkling holiday touch. When hosting a bunch or trying to put out a meal like Thanksgiving or Christmas, punch is perfect.   It looks festive and pretty, plus […]

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Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Recipe

Bourbon Pumpkin Pie Recipe

This Thanksgiving, put a twist on the traditional pumpkin pie with some spirit! Try this recipe for Bourbon Pumpkin Pie from Rave Review!™ Original Culinary Spirits™.   They are the world’s first spirits designed for cooking, because some regular spirits just don’t hold up to heat in the kitchen.  I love the surprise of a traditional recipe infused with spirits for the holiday – it makes a simple pleasure even more special! Bourbon Pumpkin Pie […]

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Thanksgiving in a Jar

Thanksgiving in a Jar

Disclosure:  Party Bluprints Inc. was compensated to develop special seasonal recipes for Kraft Here’s an idea for a  “Grab and Go” family meal that they will gobble up!  After the effort of hosting Thanksgiving, take a night off with this make-ahead meal – the bonus is you avoid the hassle, fuss and cleanup of reheating a full meal.  The great thing about this recipe is that it can be eaten right out of the fridge. […]

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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 Create A Thanksgiving Bread Cornucopia with Crudité !

How To Create A Thanksgiving Bread Cornucopia with Crudité !

  Feature this amazing edible art appetizer at your Thanksgiving Feast! This festive appetizer welcomes my guests every year.  It’s my labor of love for my son – it’s his one and only request every Thanksgiving.   Here’s how to create your own Bread Cornucopia with Veggies & Dip Make a cone form for your cornucopia using aluminum foil. (see image below) Stuff it with aluminum foil and give the “tail” a slight twist. Spray entire […]

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Fresh Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Fresh Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Fresh cranberry sauce is a must-have at the Thanksgiving holiday table.  This very simple, yet special recipe is fantastic and a family favorite!  Make extra to send home with your guests, so that they can enjoy it with leftovers in their home.  Double or triple the recipe and put the extra in mason jars with a sweet note and ribbon that say  “We are Thankful For You!” Fresh Cranberry Sauce Ingredients: 1 cup sugar 1 […]

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The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes

The Best Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipes

Stuffing is such a personal choice and defines so many Thanksgiving tables.  I find tradition dictates this holiday side dish more than any other – everyone likes it their way. My Mom always made a classic stuffing that was simple.  That’s the way I like it – with plenty of gravy!  It will always be on my table, but  I am up for adding a second version too – it’s a feast right?  My Recipe […]

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Star of David Staircase with Command™ Brand

Star of David Staircase with Command™ Brand

A Stairway to Heaven, Hanukkah-Style.  We love this simple and special way to celebrate the festival of lights! Star of David Staircase Create the Star of David with painted blue Popsicle sticks (make 8 for the 8 nights of Hanukkah) and hang each from the banister railing of your stairway with Command™ Clear Mini Hooks. In honor of the “Festival of Lights” string little blue Hanukkah Lights with  Command™Clear Decorator Clips down the banister to enhance […]

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Three Thanksgiving-inspired Hanukkah Recipes

Three Thanksgiving-inspired Hanukkah Recipes

Thanksgiving-inspired Hanukkah Recipes for a once in a lifetime celebration. For the first time in almost 100 years, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah will overlap. This has only happened three times before and will not happen again until 2070.  We love any reason to celebrate, and this rare occasion is definitely worth celebrating in a special way.  So to provide us with some inspiration, Miriam Szokovski – the Australian-born editor of Chabad.org/food, has three unique “Chanukah-Thanksgiving” recipes […]

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DIY Thanksgiving “Give Thanks” Tree with Command Brand

DIY Thanksgiving "Give Thanks" Tree with Command Brand

We have a wonderful way to show your attitude of gratitude this Thanksgiving.  Create and display a DIY “Give Thanks” Tree – it’s a fun activity for your holiday guests, especially the little ones; and it’s a festive decoration for your celebration! Instructions Invite children to gather skinny sticks and twigs from your yard or park with no leaves; you’ll need a bunch to create your Thanksgiving Tree. Once you have collected enough, lay them […]

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The Ultimate Thanksgiving Kids Table!

The Ultimate Thanksgiving Kids Table!

photo credits – Alexandra Mascali Some of the most impressionable and important guests you will host this holiday are children.  You have the opportunity to make memories for them that will last a lifetime!  So with this in mind we created the Tots Turkey Table – perfect for your Thanksgiving Holiday! TOTS TURKEY TABLE – “HOW TO” Start with the foundation, a tablecloth – this Spiced Pumpkin Colored Tablecloth works perfectly with all the colors, […]

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