Summer Entertaining: The Goods

Summer Entertaining Essentials
  1. Blue Mason Jars – I stocked up on the limited edition blue mason jars. These blue beauties have multi-uses as vases, drinking cups, infusing alcohol (see #8), etc.
  2. Drink Tub – The tub makes it easy for guests to serve themselves.
  3. Pitcher – I prefer this stainless steel pitcher over a glass one, never have to worry about it breaking.
  4. Large Wood Cutting Board – Another multi-use item in my kitchen. I recently bought one of these and have used it as a serving piece for appetizers, part of a bar setup and as a center piece on a table. 
  5. Ikat Bowls – Add a pop of color to the table with these bowls.
  6. Ice Cream Attachment – This KitchenAid attachment has been on my wish list for awhile now. I have a bunch of recipes saved for the day when I actually get one.
  7. Kraft Paper – If you haven’t noticed I like to use kraft paper a lot. It’s a inexpensive material with endless uses.
  8. Jalapeno Infused Tequila – I’m attempting to make my own version this weekend. I’ll post the recipe on the blog soon!
  9. Myspace – I’m still trying to figure out the new Myspace interface but still digging it. Here are the songs I have on repeat this summer.

Double Duty Escort Cards

Keeping with the theme on trying to make weddings greener and not having a lot of paper waste, I really like the idea of doing “double duty” escort cards. The concept is to combine your escort cards and favors into one takeaway. These also work well for groomsmen or bridesmaids gifts, favors at bridal showers or name cards at dinner parties. Check out the video for additional ideas and have you subscribe to the YouTube channel yet? A new video posts every Friday!

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Summer Entertaining: Multi-Uses for Kraft Paper

Can you believe it’s June 1st already? I know I say this every year but I really mean it, time is flying by! Summer is rolling in and outdoor entertaining is ramping up. To keep things simple, I wanted to share some ideas on easy ways to style your summer event with Kraft paper. The best thing about Kraft paper is that it has multiple uses, is inexpensive (I picked up my roll at the Dollar Store), easy to clean-up and recyclable. Check out the video for different uses which include wrapping wine bottles with your menus, creating custom napkin ring holders or a painted table runner.

Get more inspiration and places to purchase kraft items by checking out my Pinterest board.

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Wedding DIY: Welcome Bags

I can’t think of a better way to thank guests for sharing in your big day then to create a welcome bag upon their arrival.  This week’s video will show you some easy ways to customize the bags based on your wedding’s theme or destination.

Tip: Include specific notes for your guests such as a weekend itinerary, area attractions, transportation details or other visitor information.

Resources:

  • Target – $1 section for toiletries
  • World Market – miniature versions of food and drinks
  • TomKat Studio – favor bags and twine
  • Michaels – colored paper bags with handles

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French Bag

Mexico Bag

Polka Dot Bag

Wedding DIY: Takeout Boxes

I got some requests to do more wedding DIY tutorials and I was super happy to comply!

I’m a big advocate on trying to make weddings greener and not have as much waste. For this week’s video, I saw these biodegradable kraft takeout boxes and thought they were a great way to send guests home with leftover wedding cake. How many times have you seen uneaten slices just sitting on the tables!?!

These takeout boxes are not only for weddings, use them at dinner parties to send guests home with leftovers so that you never have to worry about getting your Tupperware returned to you.

I’ve also included a recipe for my signature Gluten Free Oatmeal Cookies that you can use to fill your boxes and turn them into wedding favors.

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Materials:

  • Tags – Michaels
  • “Thanks” Stamp  -Target

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Ikea Bookcase Hack – How to Create Mercury Glass

I have a confession…a lot of the tutorials I do are because I need something done around the house. Being a homeowner means the project list never ends. Case in point, I needed a bookcase for my guest room and wanted to recreate the look of a vintage one I already own. In this tutorial learn how to master an Ikea hack and create mercury glass for the shelves. The best part about learning the mercury glass technique is that you can also use it on vases, candlesticks and much more to create additional accents for your home.

Also, I found this post from Brittany Makes extremely helpful when deciding what gold spray paint to use.

Don’t forget to post an Instagram photo of tutorials you have tried and tag me @likehearted. I want to see what you all have been making!

Materials:

Tools:

  • Damp rag

  • Spray Bottle filled with water

Mercury Glass Steps:

  1. Make sure you are in a well ventilated area.

  2. Make sure the glass is clean and dry. The paint is going to go on the reserve side of whatever you are painting. In this case, the bottom of the shelf.

  3. Lightly spray the glass with water.

  4. Spray a layer of mirror paint. Let it dry for a few seconds.

  5. Depending on your desired look, you can incorporate other colors, here I add gold and black for a more antiqued look. Spray the colors and dab with a damp cloth top get your desired effect.

  6. Let it dry completely, if it is too transparent add another layer of mirror paint.

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Fresh Herb & Onion Dip

It’s March Madness, perfect time for snacking on chips and dips. Honestly,  if I could live off of chips & dips I would, but I can’t…This dip is perfect for a party and works well served with potato chips. I made slight variations to the original recipe, adding in more fresh herbs and using Vegan mayo, but regular mayo will would perfectly.  Also, any recipes lately that ask for sour cream I’ve been substituting with greek yogurt as a healthier alternative. Sorry, I don’t have photos to post!

Ingredients: 

  • 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 cups Yellow Onions, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon Sea Salt
  • 1 1/2 cups Sour Cream (or Greek Yogurt)
  • 3/4 cup Vegan Mayo
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh Parsely, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh Chives, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh Dill, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

Directions:

  1. Add oil in a saute pan over medium heat, add onions and salt. Cook the onions until they are caramelized, about 20 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
  2. In a bowl, mix the rest of the ingredients, and then add the cooled onions.
  3. Put dip in refrigerator to chill for an hour or make it the night before the party. Serve with potato chips. 

Recipe adapted from What’s Cooking Chicago?