Girlfriend Galas featured in HGTV Magazine

We were thrilled to have our hot pink melamine cake stand appear in this month’s HGTV Magazine! Rumor has it, we may be in upcoming issue as well. We’ll keep you posted! In the meantime, here is the feature!

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Have a very Happy St. Patrick’s Day! Cheers, Janna

Mardi Gras & Masquerade Party Ideas

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We love everything about Mardi Gras and are so excited to share some fun ideas for Mardi Gras and Masquerade parties. This is a great theme that can be used throughout the year – not just on Fat Tuesday!

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As you prepare, think bright, bold colors and rich textures! Mardi Gras colors are traditionally gold, deep purple and bright green. I add touches of hot pink and fuchsia too! I love to use velour or velvet fabric swatches, sequined table runners, feather boas and beads. Add some inexpensive masks, feathers and props and you have decadent and rock star cool party decor!

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 If you are unfamiliar with Creole or Cajun cuisine, the menu might seem intimidating but is actually very easy. Almost any grocery store will have the necessities! Zatarain’s makes boxed side dishes that you can whip up in 30 minutes or so. My fave is red beans & rice but they have jambalaya and gumbo mixes also. Add onions, peppers and andouille sausage and it makes a great meal.  A seafood gumbo (stew) is another simple one pot option! If you want an authentic Southern vegetable dish, greens are easy to cook too. You can usually find bagged collards or turnips in the salad section. Pour the leaves into a big pot over about an inch of water, add some bacon or ham for seasoning and let them cook until soft.  Click HERE for Paula Deen’s recipe. A purple and green leaf lettuce salad matches the color scheme too!

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I prefer petite dessert selections like cupcakes, cookies and mini pecan pies to a traditional king cake. Cake by Heather is my go-to for baked goods but HERE is a great recipe for king cupcakes. Gold metallic cupcake liners, glittery disco dust and a gorgeous cake or cupcake stand and you have an oh so glam presentation! 

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Now for our favorite part – the wearables! Boas, beads, hats & headbands, sunglasses, masks and crowns all make wonderful take-home favors or photo booth props for your guests! Put out some festive options and let them get into the spirit! This is definitely a fabulous theme for photo ops and selfies!

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Daiquiris and hurricanes are delicious Mardi Gras party drinks but wine and beer are fine too! Drape the serving area with more fabric, boas or feathers to pull the look together. Wrap beads around water bottles, sodas and other beverages and you’ve got a simple, inexpensive, fun and playful presentation!

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Voila! You’ve got a spectacular soirée! Hope these fun little party tips, tricks and recipes are helpful to you this Fat Tuesday and beyond! Happy Mardi Gras y’all!

Happy Heart Day!

My love affair with black and white stripes continues! The crisp contrast just speaks to me! I also had lots of black and white (referee stripe) bags, tags and treats left over from the Super Bowl Party (I know, I know, I haven’t posted pictures yet, but I hope to get them up before NEXT YEAR’S big game!)

It made sense to continue the theme this Valentine’s Day. I had SEVERAL projects that I completed just in the nick of time – TONIGHT! So I wanted to share in case you’re scrambling at the last minute for some easy ideas. You know, I’m all about EASY!

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I got assigned the fun task of putting together the teacher & staff Valentine goodies for the elementary school. Here is my little display that I will set up in the teacher’s lounge tomorrow morning. The black and white bags are filled with black and white candies – salt water taffy, licorice mints and spearmint life savers (love that smell). I love that the black and white makes it seem a bit more sophisticated.

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Next up  – the munchkin’s teacher and family gifts! They get the good stuff – ban.do baby! This line of headbands and accessories are just AWE-SOME! We are anxiously waiting for the 2014 new arrivals but you can get most everything pictured here immediately!

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The ban.do sequin heart pins are on my list of favorite things! ♥ them! They come in 2 sizes and several colors and are just SO perfect. I use them everywhere – to dress up packages or cakes or a sweater! My munchkin has a young, hip teacher so I attached a ban.do heart bobbie pin (more coming soon). I had no problem poking a hole through the Target dollar bin card to stick the bobbie pin to the front!

It’s too late to get them NOW but take my advice: stock up and save them for later! You won’t be sorry! They make life so easy!

In the meantime, hope that YOUR heart day is sparkly and happy.  xoxo, Janna