Flip and Flop Into Spring!

Have you flipped into a pool or flopped onto a beach lately?

If not, it’s time to start considering a way to do so to help us beat this seemingly endless winter. So, vacation is clearly on the mind!

As the weather becomes more and more gorgeous, surrounded by sweet azaleas and newly blossomed green grass, feel it between your toes (with wine and food in your mouth) with outdoor entertaining at its best with my FUN acrylic tableware!!

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Not only is it dishwasher safe, it is so festive and no need to decorate in any other way. Perfect for the pool, beach, and backyard, even in the kitchen it will liven up a rainy day. Get the whole collection!!

Pick a sunny day to celebrate the oncoming warm days. Or, if it happens to be raining on the day you picked, you can still celebrate in your kitchen!

Throw a casual get together with yummy appetizers, fresh decorations, and of course refreshing drinks! This party can be only your closest friends, or it can have a large guest list! It’s up to you!

Atmosphere:

Whether your party space is indoors or outdoors, decorate with some fresh flowers of your choice to further show that spring is in full bloom! Set flower arrangements on tables, around food… you name it!

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Another nice way to embellish the “flower theme,” is to decorate with flower garland! You can either do it yourself or buy it! Here is a nice example:

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Set up tables with pretty, bright, and fun tablecloths.  Have an appetizer table and a drink table so that way guests can easily snack and get drinks at their pleasure.ImageImage

It is really your choice on the type of serve ware you provide, but our Oops-A-Daisy tableware would be perfect for the occasion.

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As far as food and drinks go, make sure there are fun appetizers and light refreshments so party-goers can stay cool during the first warm days they will be experiencing since last year, unless you live in Florida of course… but do not worry the following recipes will still have the same effect! Mangoes, limes, oranges, pineapples and strawberries are all in season during spring! Use those delicious fruits to your advantage and include them in your party appetizer and drink menu!

Mango Salsa
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Ingredients

The directions for the following recipe can be found on chefinyou.com

  • 1 large ripe yet firm mango
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, diced into small pieces
  • 1 medium Jalapeno, seeded and diced into small pieces (if you can take the heat, add the seeds to the salsa)
  • 1 small red onion, diced finely, about 1/4 cup – 1/2 cup depending on sharpness
  • 1 -2 tbsp lemon/lime juice ( +/- depending on your taste )
  • Salt to taste
  • Little sugar to sprinkle if your mangoes are not sweet enough
  • Few sprigs of cilantro, chopped
  • Few mint leaves (optional)

Serve with your favorite tortilla chips!

Spinach Strawberry Salad
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The directions for the following recipe can be found on cedarcirclefarm.org

Ingredients

  • 8 cups mixed greens (spinach, arugula, and lettuce; mixed, cleaned, and spin-dried)
  • 8 T goat cheese crumbled
  • 4-8 baby Portobello mushrooms sliced thin
  • 1 1/2 cups strawberries leaned, capped and sliced thin
  • 4 T balsamic vinegar
  • 2 T oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Chicken and Bacon Shish Kabobs
The directions for the following recipe can be found on food.com
Ingredients

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 10 large mushrooms, cut in half
  • 2 green onions
  • 3 boneless skinless chicken breasts, filets cut into chunks
  • ½ lb sliced thick cut bacon, cut in half
  • 8 oz of pineapple chunks

Hydrangea Cupcakes
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The directions for the following recipe can be found on glorioustreats.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups all purpose flour
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Pineapple Upside-down Cake Cocktail
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The directions for the following recipe can be found at allrecipes.com

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup pineapple juice, chilled
  • 1/3 cup vanilla flavored vodka
  • 1 dash grenadine syrup
  • 2 pineapple wedges
  • 2 maraschino cherries

Strawberry Sangria
The directions for the following recipe can be found at wine.about.com
Ingredients

  • 1 bottle of Rose Wine
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 ½ cups strawberry lemonade
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries

Activity:
A fun activity for the ladies might be to decorate your own pair of flip flops! Set out pairs of cheap flip flops, glitter, mini fake flowers, beads, and whatever you feel the ladies might want to wear on their feet!

Now, allow your party guests to sit back, relax and enjoy the springtime! P.S. Wearing flip-flops are a requirement!!

Time For a Mother’s Day Luncheon!

Whether you’re celebrating your own motherhood or your own mom, it’s still a perfect time to celebrate! Mother’s day is obviously the day to commemorate everything to do with moms!

Moms basically know how to do everything, and they are there for their kids through anything. No matter how many times moms say, “Because I said so, that’s why” or “Go ask your father,” you know they deserve to be celebrated!

This Mother’s Day put together a luncheon for your own mom, for yourself, or all of the moms in your extended family! Whether you’re a new mom or a grandma, this luncheon is perfect for every mom. Not only will this luncheon be celebrating moms and everything they do, it will give moms the chance to realize how amazing they are and to relax. Obviously, our #1 Mom Wine Glass would be a hit!

Atmosphere and Decoration
If it’s nice outside and if you have a porch or backyard, you can set up a pretty and sweet luncheon space outdoors. However, if the weather is not appealing or if you simply just don’t have the outdoor space, set up the same pretty and sweet space inside! Set up one table or a few tables depending on how many moms attend this soiree! If there are many moms coming to the celebration, set up a couple of tables with beautiful flower arrangements as the centerpieces! If you want to have an accent color prominent for the luncheon, make the flower arrangements associated with that color! (For example, if you have a light green accent color, add light green hydrangeas to your arrangement!) Here’s an example of a lovely flower centerpiece you can use:
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Drape the tables in tablecloths made from a lovely patterned or solid-colored fabric! Set picture frames in front of the flower arrangements. These picture frames can hold quotes praising moms or pictures of the moms you’re celebrating! This will visually show them how much they are appreciated. Here’s an example of a picture frame showing a quote that could be set on a table:
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Set up the luncheon space with pretty paper lanterns, strings of fake flowers, and some sort of banner that reads “Happy Mother’s Day”. If you have an accent color, make sure you associate that accent color with the decorations! Here’s a nice example of a mother’s day set up that could inspire your own!
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Food and Drinks
Good food is always an essential for any celebration. Taste buds need to be pleased with a light yet delicious menu for this luncheon! If there is a larger attendance for your luncheon, a buffet option might be easier to serve food. Set up an attractively decorated buffet table that sticks with the theme of your luncheon. However, if it is just your immediate family, bring the food to the table. Have a wine and cocktail bar set up (you can simply use a table draped with a pretty tablecloth topped with ice buckets, soda, juice, your favorite wines, and other alcoholic beverages…make sure there is something for the kids!)

Drinks:
The Ladybug (Watermelon Cocktail)
The directions for the recipe below can be found at: epicurious.com
Ingredients:

  • 4 cups of half frozen cubed watermelon
  • ¼ cup of lime sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • ¼ cup vodka

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Kids Version: Watermelonade
The directions for the recipe below can be found at: epicurious.com 

  • 1 (12-pound) watermelon (preferably seedless)
  • 1/4 cup sugar, divided
  • 4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice, divided
  • 16 cups ice cubes, divided

Food:
Start off with a yummy and light salad to serve. Here is a perfect salad recipe to use for this special occasion:

Roquefort Pear Salad
The directions for the recipe below can be found at: allrecipes.com
Ingredients:

  • 1 head leaf lettuce, torn into bite-size pieces
  • 3 pears—peeled, cored and chopped
  • 5 oz of Roquefort cheese—crumbled
  • 1 avocado—peeled, pitted and diced
  • ½ cup thinly sliced green onions
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • ½ cup pecans
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons prepared mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • Fresh ground black better to taste

Now for some lunch entrée options:

Spring Basil Linguine
The directions for the recipe below can be found at: myrecipes.com
Ingredients:

  • 9 ounces uncooked fresh linguine
  • 1 cup shelled fresh green peas
  • 4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 2 ounces shaved fresh Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese

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Chicken Parmesan Burgers
The directions for the recipe below at epicurious.com
Ingredients:

  • 10 1/2-inch-thick slices French bread (4 inches in diameter); 8 slices toasted, 2 slices (crust removed) diced
  • 1/2 cup finely grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons minced fresh basil, divided, plus 12 large basil leaves
  • 3/4 cup purchased refrigerated marinara sauce
  • 12 ounces ground chicken (white meat)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 tablespoon grated onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese, thinly sliced
  • 4 large radicchio leaves

Serve asparagus as a yummy side!

Roasted Garlic Asparagus
The directions for the recipe below can be found at: epicurious.com
Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 8 cloves fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons fresh finely chopped parsley
  • 2 pounds thin asparagus, ends trimmed
  • Fleur de sel or coarse sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Now time for some yummy dessert to please those taste buds!

Strawberry Shortcake
The directions for the recipe below can be found at: chow.com
Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds strawberries, rinsed, hulled, and quartered
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice (from about 1 medium lemon)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine salt, plus a pinch
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 4 tablespoons cold unsalted butter (1/2 stick), cut into small pieces
  • 2 cups heavy cream

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Of course, this Mother’s Day soiree already shows a huge appreciation for all moms, but to give them something they can keep forever to remind them is just as great!

Whether it’s a grandma or a new mom you can shower them with our Mom related glassware just so they are reminded—and hey! They get some relaxation out of it too. Shower the moms with our “Love you Mom Wine Glass”, “#1 Mom Wine Glass”, and our “#1 Grandma Wine Glass”. They will sure appreciate being able to have their wine in a glass that says it all!

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Be sure to check out our Mother’s Day Luncheon Pinterest board for more ideas for your Mother’s Day Luncheon! Cheers!

Magical Holiday Soiree: Miniature Lemon Tart Recipe

Adapted from Joy of Baking

Ingredients:

  • 5 ounces of cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed Meyer lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon zest
  • PRE-MADE MINIATURE TART SHELLS

 

Directions:

  1. HEAT oven temperature to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a food processor or the bowl of an electric mixer, place the cream cheese and process until smooth. Add the sugar and process until incorporated. Add the eggs and process until thoroughly combined. Add the lemon juice and zest and process until well blended and smooth.
  3. Using a tablespoon, I spooned the mixture into the individual tarts, filling to the top.
  4. I baked the mini tarts for about 10 minutes.  The tarts are done when the filling is set. It took my oven about 10 minutes.

Let cool for about 15 minutes, then gently remove them from the pan.  I sprayed the pan well so the tarts released very easily.

I like topping with homemade whipped cream.

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