Monday, August 22, 2011

Wizard of Oz Birthday Picnic

 I was lucky to have wonderful birthday party thrown in my honor earlier this month! It was a picnic prior to an outdoor performance of the "Wizard of Oz".

The "Wizard of Oz" themed picnic basket with ruby slipper and witch paper shoes to hold our silverware and napkins.

 The blue gingham cloths hid delicious picnic fare - southern fried chicken, corn salad, mixed fruit, pickles, corn bread and potato chips.
The beautiful cake with completely chocolate design on the top - created by my sister! Dessert also include blue and white cookie lollipops with our initials and bags of candy to enjoy during the show.

Front row seats for the performance!

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Let's get cooking party!

Two friends and I threw a dinner party to celebrate our friend's 30th Birthday and upcoming wedding! She loves the color orange - so we celebrated with an orange themed Cooking Party.

The party table:

Special chef's hat for the guest of honor:
Table decorations included baskets of orange veggies and fruit, glasses of bread sticks and giant orange silverware. Each place setting was decorated with a flower straw and mini garlic grater.
Each chair was festooned with an handmade apron for each guest - tucked in the pocket was a set of recipe cards for the items on the night's menu:
The aprons!
In the kitchen, ingredients and recipes were laid for guests to work together to prepare the meal.



Guests enjoying the celebration!

The invitations included screen-printed dish towels with party details and a recipe card with specific instructions. Instead of gifts, each guest was asked to bring a kitchen utensil (wooden spoon, spatula etc.) that we combined into a "Utensil bouquet"!