Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Watermelon-Tequila Cocktails...

Can we please discuss the amazingness of this cocktail... I mean really, how can you not make this on the 4th?!? I will be sipping this cocktail and pretending Bobby Flay made it for me, not only made it for me- but is sitting next to me enjoying it as well! Bobby Flay, I love you!

Ingredients
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup granulated sugar
8 cups diced seedless watermelon (1 pound)
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 3/4 cups blueberries
3/4 cup lightly packed fresh mint leaves, plus 8 sprigs for garnish
1 1/4 cups silver tequila
Ice

Directions
1.In a small saucepan, bring the water to a simmer with the sugar and stir over moderate heat until the sugar is dissolved, about 1 minute; let the sugar syrup cool.

2.In a blender, puree the watermelon until smooth. Set a fine-mesh strainer over a bowl and strain the watermelon juice, pressing gently on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the pulp.

3.In a large pitcher, combine the sugar syrup with the lime juice, blueberries and mint leaves. Using a wooden spoon, lightly muddle the blueberries and mint. Add the watermelon juice and tequila. Refrigerate until chilled, about 2 hours.

4.Pour the cocktail into tall ice-filled glasses. Garnish with the mint sprigs and serve.

Courtesy of Food & Wine AND my chef CRUSH... Bobby Flay!

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Monday, June 28, 2010

My Sunshine Designs Give Away...

Charlotte is starting pre-school in the Fall, and while doing a search on etsy... I found this crazy cute shop offering reusable snack/lunch bags, and oh so much more! PERFECT, right?!? Plus the cutest patterns for you to choose from!

I am so super excited for this give away from
My Sunshine Designs!
THE GIVEAWAY:
A set of 6 mini crayon rolls and a snack bag! PLUS you pick the fabric! Perfect party favor for the kiddos!

TO ENTER You Must first be a PBD Follower!
1. Become a Party Box Design LIKE IT Fan!
2. Become a My Sunshine Designs LIKE IT Fan!
3. Blog about this Give Away!

Deadline to Enter: July 5th, 2010 12PM EST.
Please leave an extra comment for each entry and your E-Mail address. Winner will be chosen by True Random Number Generator.

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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Black Bean Salsa...

The first time I had this amazing salsa was at my best friends house, her sister made it. WOW, the BEST black bean salsa ever... like out of control good! Made it two times this weekend good! So perfect for your 4th of July parties!

After tasting this, I just had to share...

2 15oz cans black beans, rinsed & drained.
2 TBS chopped pickled jalapenos or fresh jalapenos
4 cloves minced garlic
3 TBS olive oil
1 10oz package frozen corn(I use Trader Joes roasted corn)
1 cup diced onion
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1 large tomato seeded & diced
3 TBS chopped cilantro
3 TBS fresh lime juice
1 TBS chili powder
2 tsp ground cumin

Cut and combine all ingredients and serve with tortilla chips. So simple and sooooo yummy! Ooooh I also like to kick up the heat, so I add extra hot peppers, any variety will do.

P.S. Let me know if you all make it and what you think!

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Friday, June 25, 2010

The Party Blues...

Charli's party has come and gone, and I think I have a tiny case of the party blues.

Do you all ever have this?

Maybe Brad and I should have 4 children, one for each season- lol! JOKING here, if you know me- pregnancy and I don't work well. "Well" in the sense that I feel like I could die each moment, spending hours hugging the porcelain- ahhh the joys of pregnancy.

Anyhoo, the blues won't last long because we have our annual Halloween Party AND I am so blessed to plan parties each week for lovely clients, and create fabulous party decor(THANKS to all those who shop PBD)!!!

PLUS... it's FRIDAY and we have a great weekend ahead of us- hope you all do too!

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Thursday, June 24, 2010

Cocktails, please...

This weekend we are having some of our neighbors over for drinks and apps! If you haven't already noticed, I love cocktails. Well, I mean lets be honest... I love cocktails and any excuse to entertain!

Anyhoo, I am always searching for new cocktail recipes and wanted to see if you bloggers had any good ones, which I am sure you do!

Soooo, PLEASE SHARE some of your favorite cocktail recipes with me!!!

Thanks!

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Picky Sticky Winner!

The winner was chosen via random.org.

NUMBER 4... is Cindy! Congrats Cindy, look for an email from PBD!

Thanks to all who participated, more give aways to come!

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Monday, June 21, 2010

Party Vendor List and Reviews...

1. Bottle Your Brand: For the second year in a row I have used this company for Charli's water bottle labels. This company is beyond fabulous. The labels never bleed, it's amazing. They have a variety of options for you to personalize and I will forever use them. The ink is so bright, and printed so well. I really feel they are the best at what they do.

2. Swanky Bakes: I love Swanky Bakes! I ordered 4 dozen small round cookies, as toppers for some of the cupcakes I baked. I had asked for 3 colors, and the colors were spot on, total perfection. PLUS, they tasted really yummy. If you are looking for decorated cookies, I would surely check out Swanky Bakes!

3. Fort and Field: Fort and Field offers a variety of fun party goods and I used this company for Charli's straws. I could not have been happier! Customer service was fabulous, and the straws arrived super fast. Will use this company again for sure.

4. Pinwhirl Parties: Beyond cute party hats! This was a really fun addition to the party. You can choose from a super large variety of colors and patterns. Great company, with fabulously fun party items.

5. One Life Photography: New photographer on the scene, recently starting out. Contact Info, onelifephoto@yahoo.com

6. HomeGoods: Amazing as always, great finds from the drink dispenser to the large glass cylinders used for the water bottles. Picture frames and candy jars were also purchased there.

7. Flowers: I purchased the white hydrangeas from Trader Joes, and the pinkish ones were from my side yard!

8. Bubble Marchine & Metal Candy Scoops: Purchased from amazon, and both were a fabulous addition to the party!

If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact me, or comment in this post! Again, much thanks to all these fabulous vendors. Finding great companies is sometimes a challenge, which is why I feel vendor reviews are so important.

Hope you all had a fabulous Father's Day weekend!

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Saturday, June 19, 2010

FREE Shipping ALL Weekend!


Happy Father's Day Weekend!

Enjoy free shipping at Party Box Design all weekend long!

Coupon Code: cupcake

P.S. ALSO be sure to enter our give away! ENDS Tomorrow!


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Friday, June 18, 2010

Second Set of Party Pics...

Hope you are all able to find inspiration within this post and use some of these ideas for your own parties!!!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone!

P.S. Time to start planning for her 3rd birthday-lol!

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Charlotte's Party Pics...


Happy Birthday my sweet baby girl!

As promised, LOTS OF PICS and MORE to come! I will also include a great vendor list!

P.S. There are no watermarks on these pics, so if you share this party(which I so love AND appreciate), please link back!

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