Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Holiday entertaining

With Christmas right around the corner if you are hosting a christmas dinner it could seem quite overwhelming. It can be, but if you stick to a plan and stay organized it can be done. The first thing you need to consider is your guest count.  Are you considering a semi formal dinner for adults only
or a buffett for a big crowd? Will there be kids ?

For decor consider this basic formula that is a no fail for any dinner occasion.

1. A set of basic white dinner plates (these can be used for any style dinner party). They can be purchased from a big box store like Target,Walmart or Cost Plus World Market. The ones below are from pottery barn.

2. A set of basic white or decorative smaller salad plates. This is a way to inject the personality and theme of the dinner. You can choose a coordinating solid color or a fun print.This particular one is from Crate and Barrel.

3. Dinner napkins. These can also be a solid coordinated color or a fun print. The ones below are also from pottery barn but you can also get some beautiful styles if you are on a budget from TJMAXX or Marshalls.

4. Chargers to dress up your plate.
5. A table runner
6. Centerpiece elements. You can use different heights of candles, floral arrangements. ornaments. You are only limited by your imagination. Below is one example of  how using these basic elements can dress up a table.

Once you've decided on those basics its time to figure out the menu. You can create a menu for each place setting to really dress it up using cardstock coordinated to your color scheme and ribbon. You can create and format a menu on microsoft word.

Try to stick to the formula of two or three meats for variety. An example could be chicken, pork, red meat with sides to compliment each meat and make sure to include your vegetables. One example of a red meat I have had recently that is delicious I actually discovered at Publix. It is part of their aprons simple meals. Its a rib roast with a chitpotle bleu cheese sauce and mushroom brie cups.

Here's the recipe....
Rib Roast
cooking spray
8 celery ribs
1 standing rib roast (4–5 lb)
2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely ground pepper
5 oz Deli soft-ripened blue cheese, cubed
3 1/2 tablespoons herb garlic butter (1/2 stick), cubed
1 cup yogurt blue cheese dressing
2 teaspoons chipotle pepper sauce

  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Coat medium-size roasting pan with spray. Cut celery into 7-inch ribs; lay across center of pan. Place roast on top of celery (wash hands); sprinkle salt and pepper over roast. Bake 20 minutes or until roast has browned.
  2. Reduce oven to 350°F; cook 2 more hours or until roast is 145°F (medium-rare) up to 170°F (well-done). Use a meat thermometer to accurately ensure doneness. Transfer roast to cutting board; let stand 10–15 minutes before slicing.
  3. Cut cheese and butter into small cubes. Place both in medium saucepan on medium heat; cook and stir 2–3 minutes or until melted. Stir in dressing and pepper sauce; remove from heat when sauce is bubbly. Serve roast with sauce. (Makes 8 servings.)

Mushroom Brie Cups
6 frozen puff pastry cups
6 oz fresh whole portabellas, coarsely chopped
8 oz fresh whole white mushrooms, coarsely chopped
2 tablespoons shallots, finely chopped
2 tablespoons fresh chives, finely chopped
8 oz Deli brie cheese, divided, cubed
3 1/2 tablespoons herb garlic butter (1/2 stick), cubed
3/4 cup beefy mushroom condensed soup
1 teaspoon garlic powder with parsley
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper

Preheat oven to 425°F. Bake puff pastry cups following package instructions.
  1. Chop mushrooms, shallots, and chives; cut brie and butter. Combine all remaining ingredients (except pastry and one-half of the brie); transfer to 2-qt baking dish.
  2. Bake 15–20 minutes or until hot and bubbly. Use fork to remove "top" of shells and soft pastry underneath. Place remaining half of brie in center of cups; add mushroom mixture over brie. Serve.

I hope that this posts help eases some of the stress if you are hosting for the holidays.
Happy Holidays

Love, Peace & Style,
Belle Creations LLC  ;)

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Halloween! Trunk or Treat..

Treats and more treats.For Halloween I designed a dessert table that really was a treat to create. There were pies,cookies and chocolate..Oh My!

 I spooked it up with cob webs and glittery pumpkins. I used black and white as my base and used the candy for splashes of color.
 These sweets tasted as good as they looked.

 This was one of many pies.

 Brownies galore!

My spooky glam pumpkin.

Treats, friends and fun that is what it is all about!
Until next post..

Hello Kitty Birthday Party

My daughter turned the big five this year and I enjoyed creating a Hello Kitty birthday party for her. She loves hello kitty and I do to. Lets just say that I have been waiting for this moment all my have a daughter and have this party. 

I used cupcakes for my feature table. I wanted to use poppy colors likes blues and pinks and greens.

 The gift bags were filled with lots of colorful candy and hello kitty favors that were scented.

 The kids were so excited and they had so much fun! My daughter was so happy and just seeing her smile made it all worth it!

Hope you guys like it too!
Until next post.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

How to Style a Party

I love You Tube

 Thought I would do something a little different for this post. I just joined you tube and I love it. For my first post I wanted to introduce visually  exactly what I do. I have been blessed with the talent of design and styling. I can look at a fabric and theme a whole party or a room around it. Its kind of like I am the rain man for design. When I tell people I am an interior and event designer they don't quite understand what I do. It seems alot of people don't realize how they are so interrelated. An event is just a temporary room transformed. It involves the same elements as designing a room in your house. I hope you guys enjoy my first you tube post. I also posted the sweet sixteen below so please go on you tube and subscribe to my channel. I plan to post much more.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Sweet Sixteen

This was a sweet sixteen celebration I designed for a special girl. Her favorite colors are pink and orange and she wanted a V.I.P scene for her decor. The venue was in her parents basement so I had to transform the space into a loungy club atmosphere that teenagers would love and feel cool in. 

Before the party started the guest of honor wanted to have a photo shoot with a select few of her friends who were her V.I.P's. This was a coed group made up of girls and boys.

The V.I.P's were given t-shirts, V.I.P badges and flip flops so that they stood out amoung the other guests.

When it was time to get the party started these kids intended to dance the night away so there were two major spaces. The V.I.P area which and the main dance space where the d.j spun the lastest tunes.

They sipped on mocktails to quench their thirst in martini glasses with a sugared rim of crushed candy.

These kids loved their mocktails. They were a
sure fire hit...  

 These kids had so much fun and it was a pleasure designing this event.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Sweet Tweet Baby Shower

It's Summer time and Belle Creations LLC is kicking it off with a baby shower for a baby boy. I themed this shower Sweet Tweet because I incorporated baby birds into the theme. The mother to be is decorating the baby's room blue and chocolate so I found this fabulous fabric that I used as a runner and as my inspiration piece. I painted bird houses to coordinate with the fabric. Bird's nest with eggs were used as favors.

The drink area was color coordinated in the blue color scheme with a blue raspberry mocktail with blue sugar rimmed glasses.

I designated the fireplace as the gift area and decorated an arm chair for the mother to be to sit on with tulle.

For the desserts we had cupcakes decorated to look like bird's nest.

Another dessert option was a cookies, brownies and milk station.

This event was lots of fun and a pleasure to do. I always enjoy making guests feel special and transported with any party I decorate.

Hope everyone enjoyed my pics ...

Until next post stay stylish and fabulous.

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Event of the Day...Monster Birthday Party

This is a monster birthday party I did for my son's 4th birthday party. The inspiration came from my favorite store Hobby Lobby. The color scheme included red,orange,blue,green and yellow. I decorated an activity area that included activities like decorate monster picture frames and make your own monster. The kids had a blast and I enjoyed creating this party.

Hope you guys like the pics
Enjoy :)

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