Sunday, August 18, 2013

Grilled Pizza... amazing!

The hubs and I entertained this weekend and we wanted to have a fun, interactive meal...

It's literally so beyond delicious and the toppings are endless! We decided to make margarita, Mexican, Greek, and sun dried tomato pizzas! WOW is all I can say.

To make grilled pizza, we purchased dough from Trader Joes!
Then separated the dough in half, essentially 8 oz each. I let it rise for about 1 hour, then rolled and brushed it with an olive oil blend. The blend included extra virgin olive oil, sea salt and fresh garlic. This needs to be done so that the dough doesn't stick to the grill. 

Place your grill on medium high heat and spray the grill grates. Slide on pizza dough and cook for about 60-90 seconds... until pizza bottom browns and the top bubbles!

NOW turn your grill temperature down, to LOW heat.
Once the dough is cooked, flip it over
and cover the cooked side with anything and everything delicious.
 Then bring the pizza back to the grill and spray the grates again with an olive oil spray.

You will need to turn the pizza about a 1/4 turn EVERY TWO MINUTES until the cheese melts.
No one likes burnt pizza! We cooked our pizza's for about 8 minutes each.
Our guests loved each pizza, it was hard to pick a favorite.
It was really fun to have 4 different options... even the kids enjoyed the pizza!

I must admit that this was one of the best meals we have served this Summer and we entertain a lot.

The pizza was sooooo good... we joked about opening our own grilled pizza food truck!

Cheers Y'all!
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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Engergizing Smoothie: Eat, Drink and Lose Weight!

I love smoothies... for many reasons.
Mostly because they have helped me lose weight and begin living a healthier life... a lifestyle change.

In fact, I have lost about 27 total body inches.

I had to get past the idea that FAT.... DOES NOT make you FAT! Processed foods are horrible, the words fat free mean chemical city, and carbs you just can't eat that many.

This smoothie, was interesting... insanely healthy, but you can definitely taste the avocado.

I combined chia seeds, pineapple, avocado, spinach, banana, honey and almond milk!
After all those items were blended, I added ice and blended again.

This smoothie is filled
with the most amazing ingredients for your body.
Avocados are SO good for your heart, loaded with a variety of antioxidants
and promotes blood sugar regulation!
Pineapple helps make you less bloated.
Chia Seeds offer omega-3 fatty acids PLUS are rich in antioxidants.
Bananas protect against type II diabetes, aid weight loss, are high in fiber and the list goes on and on.
Spinach is an excellent source of iron.
Local Honey contains pollen that is specific to your area, helping with seasonal allergies.
Almond Milk has a high nutritional content, is low in calories and is an excellent food to consume if you are concerned about managing your weight.

Overall, it's a smoothie I will make again... not totally for the flavor, but for the health benefits.

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Sunday, August 11, 2013

Sip and See Baby Brunch on a Budget

Y'all are invited to the most darling
Sip and See...
fabulous invitations, great colors, ikat and more!

Including a super cute cereal bar, delicious mini blueberry bagels,
pink lemonade + adorably affordable party favors...
Creating adorable events doesn't have to be over the top expensive...
for example, a cereal bar at your Sip and See!
Ridiculously simple, personalized fun and crazy cute!
Of course, we couldn't help ourselves and added some extra fabulous-ness!
Mason jars filled with pink lemonade, delish.

Still easy to pull off, and won't kill your budget!
We love sending guests home with fun favors, such as these cute
donut filled favor bags...
created with DIY bag toppers plus some sip and see water bottle labels.

I promise, anyone can host affordable events, especially with DIY printables. Just decide where to spend the bulk of your budget. Invitations really set the tone for the event, so if you spend most of your funds there... then save with some great printables, personalized stickers or straw flags.

You can find these sip and see invitations and decor at Party Box Design.

The tassels are from The Flair Exchange and the fun tissue poms via The Polka Dot Market!

Happy hosting Y'all!
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Sunday, August 4, 2013

Entertain with Affordable Style: An Engagement Party

You're invited to a fabulous engagement party!
A party anyone can host... filled with fabulous style and easy entertaining!

First up... POPCORN + BEER! A crazy fab combo... amazingly easy and delicious.
I love to make my own popcorn on the stove with coconut oil!
Then I season with a little sea salt... delish! I literally have popcorn at all our events.
 With any celebration, especially bridal showers or engagement parties there are lots of cheers, congrats, etc. So there must always be fabulous spirits, including these lovely wine labels! We also made the water look gorgeous, with coordinating water bottle labels! Perfect for your guests to take on their ride home, discussing how lovely your event was.
Signature drinks at events are always fun and these shooters are exactly that!
Plus... so incredibly simple, but you guests don't need to know that right!?!?!
Tequila + Watermelon + Simple Syrup
add a touch of fresh lime juice and fresh mint! 
Wine Sparklers are a total fave of mine...another SIMPLE cocktail! Wine + Seltzer.
Plus how darling are these drink flags?!?! Affordable + adds that lovely personal touch.
 I LOVE to entertain, really any chance I have. BUT I love simple affordable recipes and cocktails.
Basic, delicious foods. Flavors that pop, and colors that are bright.

Watermelon + Feta ='s pretty crazy amazing!

Soooo in this very post, you have 4 drink options and 2 simple appetizers...
with a grocery list under 10 items.  
Just like the blog title, Entertain with affordable style!

Would also like to give some vendor love to The Flair Exchange for the lovely tassels, which make the perfect backdrop to any entertaining space!

The engagement party invitations, and other decor may be purchase at Party Box Design!

Cheers Y'all + Happy Entertaining!
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Thursday, August 1, 2013

A Beach Life

We live 5 minutes from the beach.
Just over 2 years ago, we sold our house in Baltimore, MD... my husband went back to college
and I pursued my dream, Party Box Design.
We grabbed the bull by it's horns and changed our lives with a few VERY big decisions.
Yes, it was hard. Very VERY very hard.
Today, my hubs has a college degree in computer science, a phenomenal job
and life is pretty darn good.
If you have a dream, follow it.
"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
Eleanor Roosevelt
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