504 Main by Holly Lefevre: entertaining
Showing posts with label entertaining. Show all posts
Showing posts with label entertaining. Show all posts

12.02.2013

Holiday Entertaining Made Festive and Easy with Freixenet

When it comes to holiday entertaining...think festive...think fun...think bubbles!
And what is more festive than THE Black Bottle Bubbly, Freixenet.
Holiday Entertaining with #Freixenet by 504 Main

I like my gatherings to sparkle as well as my wine! I was very excited when I received two gorgeous black bottles from Freixenet - one of Cordon Negro Brut, the original Black Bottle Bubbly, and one of Sweet Cuvée, the first line extension to the black bottle bubbles in 20 years! I decided to gather my friends for a pairing party! I came up with some of my own pairing combinations...but Freixenet has a Pairing App to get you on your way!

6.30.2013

How to Build a Service Station for Holiday Entertaining: $200 Giveaway

I LOVE the 4th of July!
I love fireworks in the sky...
or in a jar, sine we don't have them in the sky anymore!
Red, white, and blue...and stars and stripes everywhere.
And celebrating with family and friends.

Usually we attend a chili cookoff but this year it was cancelled,
so I am preparing to host a small gathering at my house...
and I have to get my act together...QUICK!

504 Main Holiday Buffet Service Station


So, when I was asked to participate in this AMAZING giveaway with Joann and The Home Depot...I grabbed that giftcard (compliments of Coupons.com) and headed to The Home Depot to creating a simple service station for my 4th of July entertaining. (Be sure to check out the linky at the bottom of the post to go see the other bloggers FAB projects for the 4th!)

Here's the tutorial and be sure to keep on reading
to enter that giveaway for the $200 giftcard!

10.15.2012

Pick Your Poison! Warm Beverage "Bar"

I pretty much never turn down the opportunity to entertain
(much to the chagrin of my husband).
Fall is my favorite season to do just that- our skies here are bright and sunny, the air is crisp and there are so many reasons for having guests over.


When guests arrive for a party of event I like to "be ready."
I have found that having beverages ready and waiting eases that initial party rush.
I use my party cart A LOT for this purpose.

I just hosted a DIY Vanilla Extract Party and in the coming weeks have some ladies coming over to  DIY everything from signs to jewelry. Not to mention the Halloween chili night! 
But, I will be prepared! With a little forethought you too can create a
Pick Your Poison Warm Beverage "Bar."


PREPARE YOUR BEVERAGES
Heat water and mix or brew a selection of beverages such as:
hot cocoa, warm apple cider or a pumpkin spice latte.

Add some whipped cream, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon sprinkles,
or mini marshmallows for the guests to personalize their drinks.

But of course you must have great cups too!
Lifestyle Crafts to the rescue!
Using the drink sleeve, you cannot only dress up your cups but label them as well,
so that everyone knows what they are drinking!


I was inspired to create this "bar" by this super cute drink sleeve 
I received from Lifestyle Crafts.  
 (I think I love my Epic 6 machine (die cutter/letterpress) more than anything.)
DRESS UP THE CUPS:
  • Epic 6 or Compatible Die Cutter
  • Lifestyle Crafts Drink Sleeve Die
  • Paper/Cardstock - I used Canvas Corp. papers and black cardstock
  • Adhesive: glue stick, glue dots, double stick tape.
  • White ink pen or chalk ink or chalk
  • 12-16 oz cups

1. The whole process was simple. I ran my die through the die cutter . I choose to do one type of paper per type of beverage. Then I ran the black paper through the die cutter to make the ovals for labeling. Go visit Lifestyle Crafts for a great tutorial on how to die cut!

2. The die has a tab on the back for easy assembly and placement.
(HINT: if your cup is a bit smaller, just use some adhesive to make the drink sleeve smaller)

3. Write out the beverage choices on the ovals and affix to the drink sleeve.

NOTE: You can use the drink sleeve on many reusable coffee cups too. I happen to be using a recyclable cup because there are so many people coming over and some of the events are not at my home.

Isn't this FUN and EASY...and let me tell you, a set up like this is a huge time saver when you are prepping for the guests.

You can grab your own drink sleeve die at Lifestyle Crafts. It is a part of the new Wintertide collection and a great addition to the Fall and Winter holiday paperie!

Be sure to use the code 504main to get 20% off your order at Lifestyle Crafts!

What's your favorite warm beverage for Fall?

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This post contains affiliate links for Lifestyle Crafts. I was provided with product for review.

7.29.2012

An Exotic and "Wild" Tabletop Design


I love to shop.
I love to entertain.
I love to set a gorgeous (or fun) table!
So, I jumped at the opportunity to head to World Market to see their Kingdom Animalia Collection and then set a FAB table for a WILD Girls Night in!
(Psst...at the bottom of this post is some scoop on their very cool African Safari Sweepstakes!)

I was feeling very inspired to design a WILD night in. I had just returned from visiting a friend whose husband is from South Africa...and their homes is decorated with many exotic items. 


Heading to World Market (all by myself!) was so fun!


Look at this very cool Kingdom Animalia display right in the front of the store.
Makes me want to buy it all and have the same set up at home!


We actually shop at World Market a lot.
Back in the day - before kids - hubby and I would go to World Market just to cruise the aisles and see all of the cool merchandise. We still like to do that, we are usually just not alone any more. World Market's selection of unique food and beverages is so enticing...but you know I love their accessories, jewelry and other goodies!

Here is a quick peek at some of the pieces in the Kingdom Animalia Collection


I was working with a budget for this project, but I would have LOVED to pickup the Clyde Steamer Trunk Bar and a rug..maybe next time! Once I selected all my goods, I headed home to get ready for our WILD time!

I decided to set up a table outside under the trees. I pulled a few pieces out of my bag of tricks - lanterns, candles, tablecloths, and an outdoor rug.  Just so ya know, I own a lot of decor items from my days as a wedding planner, but you can easily find lanterns, rugs, and candles so very similar at World Market.

Then I broke into the really good stuff - the World Market Kingdom Animalia decor.
Every time I think about exotic locales, I think of rich colors and fabrics, layers of texture, and sitting on the floor atop fluffy pillows.
So I set out an outdoor rug under some trees and then decided to set a low table. I used a card table balanced on top of 2 crates (2 is important so it does not tip over!).

Here are the details of my table!
A Maru Round Paper Lantern was hung from a tree branch using twine. I added a string of beads from a necklace I bought. Metal lanterns contrasted the paper lantern nicely.
Layers of fabric, linens, and table cloths create the base for the table. I used many colors and textures, but all in harmonious tones. I could not resist the Kingdom Animalia scarf, and used it as a table topper, laying it diagonally, and just knotting the ends for some interesting.

I picked up 4 Persimmon Organic Reactive Glaze Dinner Plates. I thought the punch of persimmon would look great with the browns and blacks. As well, it complimented the colors in the scarf.
I was thinking about a zebra theme...but I saw these giraffe napkins and had to have them. LOVE! I also grabbed a very cool necklace that was on clearance. It had about 10 different strands of beads. I carefully took them apart (because I will probably put the necklace back together and wear it!) and wrapped the coral and turquoise around the napkins. I love the pop of color and the contrast.
I purchased 3 of these small globes and one larger one (I cannot resist a globe!) to place around the table. The basket was a steal at about $5...I just put a jar of water inside and added some fresh lilies. The small wood pieces were from the clearance section at a craft store, but add to the exotic look quite nicely.
An overhead view of the table.
I had to have this falafel mix and Tahini dressing. I love falafels, but have never made them myself. I cannot wait to try this. I picked up the Moroccan rub to try on veggies and chicken for the kiddos.

I tried this Mango Margarita tea at World Market a few weeks ago and finally bought some.
I had a wonderful time creating a unique and exotic space for
the girls and I to relax and have a WILD night in.
World Market made it to easy to realize my vision for this table design.


Look at this amazing World Market African Safari Sweepstakes!
or head over to the World Market Website
If you share the sweepstakes with 5 of your friends (via FB share or email) you can receive 5 additional bonus entries. This is part of the registration process when entering. Users can also enter daily for more chances to win.

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7.09.2012

Mirror Mirror Spa and Viewing Party

My daughter wears her dress up Snow White shoes around the house all day long. It was not surprising that when the movie Mirror Mirror was out in theaters, my daughter wanted to go and see it so badly. Somehow (not sure why) we never made it, so recently when I was given the opportunity to host a Mirror Mirror Spa Party
and viewing I jumped at the chance.
Mirror Mirror Party
I really wanted to see the movie…I knew this would tickle my daughter…and I was going to get to throw a party for some girlfriends! Sounds like a win-win-win situation to me!


If you have not seen Mirror Mirror here is a little about it:
“One of the world’s most beloved fairy tales takes a hilarious turn in this fresh, exciting film starring Oscar® Winner Julia Roberts. After she spends all her money, an evil enchantress queen (Roberts) schemes to marry a handsome, wealthy prince (The Social Network’s Armie Hammer). There’s just one problem – he’s in love with a beautiful princess, Snow White (Lily Collins, The Blind Side). So, the sinister queen banishes Snow White from her own kingdom! Now, joined by seven rebellious dwarves, Snow White launches an epic battle of good vs. snarky in this funny, magical movie that the whole family will love.” (taken from press release)”


One of the most interesting parts of the movie – it grabbed everyone’s attention was when the Evil Queen gets her beauty treatment – fresh bird droppings as a face mask and bee stings to the lips are just a couple of the unconventional beauty treatments the queen undergoes to stay beautiful.

The PARTY
The beauty regiment inspired the Spa Party I threw to watch Mirror Mirror with my friends. I decided to forego the bees and bird droppings, and tweak the spa theme to fit our crazy “mom schedules.” Yeah, in my my perfect world, I would have had pedicures and manicures and I would have loved an Botox party (not that my friends need it…but I want it!)…but that was not in the cards.


Instead, I opted for a magical setting complete with Spa-Inspired Menu. I had so much fun making the décor and coming up with the menu! I was pretty tricky too…my daughter also had a Mirror Mirror themed birthday party 2 days later – LOVE when I can make things do double duty!

Here’s what I did for the décor: I will have tutorials for all of this in the coming week.
Hanging “garlands” of mirrors and deep red lamp shades with woodsy florals hanging from the ceiling.– Love these! So easy to make!


The lamps and mirrors looked perfect hanging over a table dressed in reds, creams
and a touch of woodsy burlap.


Mirror and paint markers used together to let the guest know what they are eating
(this is always a “biggie” for me at my parties!).

The MENU
As for the menu…I wanted to keep it healthy, light and spa-like.
I held the party during dinner so I provided some hearty items as well.

All recipes that are not linked to follow!
What is great about this menu is that almost everything
can be prepared in advance so you can add a few thing
and toss a salad and also enjoy our guests!

Spa Sangria (make it ahead and add the ginger ale right before the guest arrive)

Lemony Lentil Salad (I served feta on the side, but you can mix it in): This salad is best when made many hours before the party or sometimes event he day before!


Thai Cucumber Salad: This salad is best when made many hours before the party or sometimes event he day before!

Kale and Avocado Salad: I purchased washed and cut kale, and right before serving chopped up the avocado and tomatoes and dressed it.

Hummus with flat bread and carrots: All store bought (thanks you Trader Joe’s!)
Chicken apple sausage (again…thank you Trader Joe’s)
AND FOR DESSERT....
Apple Crisp and Raspberry Torte!


After much catching up and chatting (we lost track of time and started the movie a bit late!) we settled in the family room to watch Mirror Mirror.

The movie is visually amazing.
All of us were in awe of the costumes created by Eiko Ishioka.
I truly could not take my eyes of the costumes.
We all enjoyed the movie…but the costumes enthralled us.

Of course there were party favors…
Mirror Mirror water bottles, a mirror (or course!),
a nail brush, and a book mark.
Of course we had shiny red apples – how could you have a snow white anything without a shiny red apple?

There were also some activity sheets…which the adults spied…and then enjoyed!

All in all the “girls” and I had a great evening full of healthy food, sangria, and a whimsical enchanting movie – I mean who doesn’t love a fairy tale!?

Be sure to grab a copy of Mirror Mirror available on Blu-ray and DVD June 26 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment.


MIRROR MIRROR DVD Special Features:

• Looking Through the Mirror
• Prince and Puppies



MIRROR MIRROR Blu-ray Special Features: All of the DVD Special Features, plus...

• "I Believe in Love" Dance-along
• Mirror Mirror Interactive Storybook
• Deleted Scenes 
• Digital Copy of the film


Have you seen the movie?
What was your favorite part?


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This post is written and created at 504 Main by Holly Lefevre
disclosure: this is a compensated post. My ideas and opinions are all original and my own