Monthly Archives: May 2013

Vintage Themed Baby Shower!

I love planning parties!

I so enjoy the planning of the details, putting together decorations, envisioning how it will all go together and then seeing it all come to completion as we set-up! It truly is a passion of mine.  If I had unlimited money and space I would definitely have the sweetest decoration collection and throw parties all the time, but for now, this makes me happy!

My bestfriend had her 2nd baby girl in April, I guessed it was going to be a girl.  So much so, I bought yarn for the baby blanket before she was born – pink yarn! I started planning in my head some ideas, and thanks to Pinterest it all came together.  Together with her sister, we came up with a perfect themed and decoration ideas for the shower.  Vintage!! I love everything vintage, and it was the perfect theme to celebrate baby M.

Now for the fun parts :: Decorations & Food!

First, the food.  We decided to keep it simple, lemonade & water to drink, and then veggies, fruit and some dainties (scones and muffins) to eat. It was perfect, not too heavy, easy to plan, and yummy to eat.  We served most things on glass or white dishes set on a beautiful table that had a simple pink table runner and doilies (the real ones, made by my grandma).

Now, for the decorations.  Bunting banners, chalkboards, doilies, birdcages and mason jars adorned the house transforming it into a lovely looking vintage scene.  We set up a pink and white polka-dot pinwheel at the door to welcome guest in, had fresh flowers all over, and even served our drinks in mason jars.  It was perfect.  Instead of doing games, we had a craft for everyone to participate in: Maisie’s ABC Book.  We asked each guest to fill out a page which contained a letter and then it will be put together as a book for her as a keepsake.

Mom and babe were well loved and celebrated and it was the perfect sunshiney day for a babyshower!

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Food Friday’s :: Orzo Salad

I love good food.  I love that meals often bring families and friends together.  I love that great conversations are often experienced around great food.  I love the tastes, smells and variety!  So, each Friday (I know this is a day late) I am going to post a favorite recipe!

This week – Orzo Salad! A favorite for me (and all my friends). I got this recipe for my great friend Amy and have made it often.  The best things: you can make it a head of time; its great leftovers & although it takes a little bit of time, its totally easy!

Ok…. the recipe!  Enjoy!!!

ORZO Salad

500g package uncooked orzo (3cups)
1/2c. white wine vinegar
1/4c. reg. or grainy mustard
2tbsp honey
2tsp salt
2/3c. olive oil
2c. frozen peas
1/2c. chopped fresh dill
4 green onions
6oz pkg baby spinach, chopped
1c. fresh grated parm. or crumbled feta

Cook orzo. In a small bowl, whisk vinegar with mustard, honey & salt.
Then, slowly whisk in oil. When orzo is cooked drain well and place in
large bowl.  Add half the dressing and stir to coat.  Refrigerate,
stirring occasionally to cool.  Cook peas in boiling water for 3
minutes, drain, then rinse under cold water to cool.  Chip dill,
spinach & onions.  When orzo is cool, stir in peas, onions, dill &
spinach   Pour remaining dressing over salda & stir well, just before
serving.  Sprinkle with cheese. Enjoy!!

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