Monday, November 30, 2009

Holiday Card Pics!

I just finished up these super lovely holiday cards for my F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S web designer and thought I would share some pics before I ship them out! What do you all think?!? I just love these Christmas Cupcakes, the colors are just wonderful...

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Survived Turkey Day... Holiday Inspiration

Gosh, its been almost a week since I have posted- sorry! Hope everyone had a lovely Thanksgiving! Turkey Day was fabulous at our home... great food, great wine, great company, and some ubbbber yummy desserts!

Still offering FREE SHIPPING..... so make sure you check out all of our holiday cards! Can make matching custom decor as well!

Anyhooooo, check out these gorgeous holiday decorating ideas from Country Living!
I seriously adore the ribbon with card placement! What a fabulous way to display all those lovely holiday cards!

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Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tuesday Already...

Gosh, Thanksgiving has really crept up on me- and Christmas is like a month away- ahhhhhh! No worries, as I am the most organized last minute hostess you will ever meet- seriously!

Sleep is definitely over rated- right!?! 1:00am table setting is super common!

Anyhoooo, my grocery shopping is complete- only a few last minute items need to be purchased- and the house, well that needs a bit of spiffing up. Example: The dining room table looks like a craft store threw up-lol! Party Box Headquarters, the dining room table! Thank goodness my assistant(hubby) will surely lend a helping hand!

Soooo what does any good hostess need to "assist" her through the holiday rush... a super fabulous cocktail!?! How about this one!

Pear and Cranberry Bellini, courtesy of Martha!

I also like a little mixture of grand marnier, rum, and apple cider! No set recipe, just make to your likings! I made this cocktail at my Halloween party and it was a hit!

Alright... off to clean up PBD Headquarters! Pin It

Monday, November 23, 2009

Party Box Design HOLIDAY Special...

Spread the news pleeeaaase...

Free Shipping for ALL my facebook fans/BLOG Followers!!!! Just contact me, and I will give you the coupon code!

Happy Holidays!
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Sunday, November 22, 2009

tick toc tick toc...

Thanksgiving is less then a week away, and this last minute chef better get moving! As previously mentioned we are hosting and I have yet to purchase a SINGLE menu item from my ever expanding grocery list(no worries though).

Party Box Design is keeping me busy, not to mention my day job, being a mom, wife, oh and I have two smushhyyy faced doggies! Can someone please invent time- seriously!

Anyhoo, this weekend was busy and lovely at the same time! I had a wedding reception order for 3 dozen cupcakes and 12 toppers- which was awesome! The cupcakes were a hit, so that's always great! I have been creating Holiday cards left and right... and of course some great Sunday family time! Phew... and Sunday night is already here- BOOOOO!

If you are still in need of some inspiration(you may be last min like me)check out this FABULOUS table decor from the always wonderful Country Living!

Oh and how I LOOOOVE this!
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Thursday, November 19, 2009

Spinach Balls...

OK... I KNOW this is waaaay late on the posting list, but this mamma has been ubbbber busy! This is my second favorite holiday app! In fact, spinach balls just smell like Thanksgiving, the aroma that comes from your oven will be seriously mmmmm mmmm mmmm!

2 (10 ounce) packages of chopped spinach, thawed and drained(set aside)
2 cups of stuffing
1 cup of grated parm cheese
1/2 cup of butter(oh yes, that much)
1/2 cup of finely chopped onions, sauteed in butter(set aside)
4 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tsp of garlic powder
1 tsp of black pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a a large bowl combine/mix all ingredients. Then start rolling balls and placing them on a large baking sheet. Bake in oven for about 12-15 minutes.

THE BEST PART... you can freeze them and re-heat!!! Make ahead, and save yourself time on the big day!

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What better way to say thanks then with a CUPCAKE!

Made these cupcakes for the local Mini Dealership! They are hosting an event for their customers as THANKS!

PBD is sponsoring their dessert table!
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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Buttercream Recipe...

Buttercream icing is by far my most favorite to make and use! It's simply delicious and travels well. I can get serious height, helping to create a ridiculously indulgent treat!

As requested by my awesome blog readers, please enjoy this fantastic recipe!

Jess's Deliciously Simple Buttercream Icing
1/4 c. organic butter
2 tsp. bourbon vanilla extract
4 c. confectioners' sugar
2 tbsp heavy cream

Soften butter and combine vanilla and confectioners' sugar. Mix on medium speed until creamy. Add heavy cream to desired consistency(may add more than 1 tsp). Color may now be added.

I tend to use really large icing tips!

okeeee doookeee off to make 40 cupcakes for the hubsters work event! Pin It

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Motivational Letter to ME...

Dear Jess,

You are going to make it! All those late nights, circles under your eyes, strong coffee- all worth it- because you are working towards your dream. Your dream of living your life to its fullest will come true. Keep pushing up that hill, reaching for what you know is well worth all the sweat and tears. Make your little girl proud and inspire others to follow their dreams!

Success after all is not an end result, it's a destination- one filled with personal growth and self worth. If you want something, then go get it! Follow your passions! You have one life- don't let it pass you by. Show Charli that you will continually jump the hurdles life throws at you, setting an example and giving her the tools to follow her very own dreams.

Find inspiration in her smile, in her laughter!

Move over Martha, this lady has got talent! Pin It

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Party Box Design Gourmet Cupcakes are beyond your sweetest, most decadent Imagination!

Each cupcake is truly a work of art, deliciously sophisticated and made with the freshest ingredients! Party Box Design will work with you to create fantastically decadent cupcakes for your special day.

Celebrate your next event with a one of a kind PBD Gourmet Cupcake!

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Saturday, November 14, 2009

Duke is turning 4!

Wanted to share these quick pics of how the decor is coming along for Duke's party! It's really just so cute...
Will be working on the party banner next!
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Friday, November 13, 2009

Baked Brie w/ Candied Pecans

Ok lets be realistic, cooking for Thanksgiving is A LOT of work- loads actually, so why not cut corners when you can(your guests will have no idea)?!? The above mentioned corner cutting will not compromise taste- I promise!

I would like to share 2 of my most favorite apps ever! They are no fail- simple- tasty- and perfect for the holidays!

Baked Brie w/ Candied Pecans(my recipe title)

1 Round Brie(any kind will do, wholefoods always has a great selection)
1/2 cup Brown Sugar(add more if you like)
1/2 cup of chopped pecans
1 box of fresh raspberries
2 tart apples( I like granny smith)
1 Box of assorted crackers

Heat oven to 355 degrees. Remove the thin white film off the top of the brie with a knife and place brie in a pretty baking dish(no need to transfer once heated as who needs more dirty dishes on turkey day). Spread the brown sugar and pecans over the top of the brie- then softly place fresh raspberries on as well. Bake approx 30 minutes, or until center is a gooey yummy mess.

While the brie is baking, cut the apples into thin slices(but not too soon, as the apples will turn brown, so shortly before its ready).

When the brie is done, remove and surround with apples and crackers!

Soooo beyond simple- and ridiculously delish! So yummy, my camera can never catch pics fast enough, otherwise this mouthwatering app would have a pic!

Will share my famous spinach balls recipe tomorrow, as this momma needs some sleep! Pin It

Monday, November 9, 2009

Flying Anxiety...

Anyone else have this?!?

Bottom line, I HATE FLYING... and I love traveling to new destinations! Although, I must say flying w/child takes my anxiety to a whole new level! BUT...we arrived safely and Charli was wonderful, well maybe a 7 out of 10! Why a 7 & not a 10 you ask...well, this child didn't sleep one iota- even though we purposely booked an evening flight(never again). She also thought it was quite humorous to continually kick the seat in front of her....ahhhhh anxiety kicking into over drive.

Thankfully Florida is less then a 3 hr flight!

Anyhoo, we are off to the pool and then South Beach! Woohoooo!

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Sunday, November 8, 2009

PBD is off to Florida!

We leave tonight and are hoping for the best weather! My grams recently turned 75, and we thought what better birthday gift then us! :)

Looking forward to the warm weather, the beaches, and family time!

Have a great week everyone!

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Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Thanksgiving is right around the corner...

Where has the time gone, is it really November 4th? How is my baby almost 17 months old- it feels like just yesterday she was itty bitty(tear)?!?! Now she is a walking, temper tantrum throwing speedy lil bugger... but my beautiful bundle of joy nonetheless!

The Holidays are upon us, and this lady better start planning!

Every year we host Thanksgiving dinner, which I truly love. Well, really I would happily host anything- but Thanksgiving is very special. It really is a time to give thanks, as we are all thankful for so very much.

OK Enough babble here... lets get down to the nitty gritty! There are lots of things on my mind- Menu for one! Table setting, wine, cocktails, and floral arrangements! So much to do, so little time.

Within the next few weeks I hope to share my favorite family recipes, beautiful table decor, floral arrangement ideas/suggestions, and money saving tips! Please stay tuned, I promise to share so many of my faves with you!

To kick of the season, here are 2 pictures of last years simple yet pretty- Thanksgiving table decor! It's also an example of both saving money & working with what you have. I had lots of people, and 2 tables that didn't match- however, worked nicely together by adding similar colorful touches on both tables.

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Monday, November 2, 2009

Baby Bella is on her way....

Baby showers are oh so fun...check out our new cake and cupcake toppers!!!

Hope everyone had a lovely weekend & a fantastic Halloween! Pin It

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Pink-a-Licious & Green Party Box

Check out the latest party box design... inspired by my recent thank notes. Pink & Green work so well together... so well!
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