Monthly Archives: July 2012

5 Places to Find Pictures of Artistic Party Food Ideas

When you’re looking for artistic party appetizer ideas, it’s easy to look in all the old familiar places. The same bookmarked websites. The familiar recipe book. Your ‘favorite’ party chips and dip. Yawn. Boring. What you need is an artistic party food idea wake up call. You need pictures of food with vibrant colors and textures. What’s needed is change. Online text recipes don’t cut it. You want pictures. Here are 5 Places to Find Artistic Party Food Ideas. 1. Pinterest & Foodgawker Foodies everywhere love these two popular sites. We love Pinterest for artistic food ideas because that’s precisely … Continue reading

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How to Entertain in a Small Space

When you entertain in a small space your options for the grand are limited. You want your party guests to enjoy themselves without feeling cramped. Instead of thinking big, think scale. Photographers use scale to highlight a particular subject. There are 3 specific elements you can use to conquer the challenge of a small space. Color is used to brighten a room, to create an ambiance or to shine light in a specific way. A darkly painted wall feels closed and constrained. A brightly colored wall gives the illusion of space. When you’re entertaining for a party, choose the brightest … Continue reading

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Quick and Easy Entertaining With Finger Foods For Parties

The clock is ticking. It seems almost as if the minute hands are spinning. You just got home and have guests coming in one hour. The panic sets in. What you need in this moment are some quick and easy entertaining ideas. One simple solution is serving finger foods for parties. The Rush If you have decided to throw a last minute event, or are rushing home from a previous engagement that went too long – no worries. Panic doesn’t help anything. As long as your home isn’t in complete disarray, don’t worry about cleaning yet. Food and drinks come … Continue reading

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Entertaining Ideas with Healthy Snacks

The invitations have been sent. The guest list is set. In a few hours your guests will arrive and you’ll serve gourmet snacks. You know they deserve healthy snacks. You want to make sure the foods you serve are healthy, hearty and will make your guests happy. Here are three ideas to make your next event as healthy as it can be. 1. Fruits and Vegetables It’s no secret a lot the food we eat is loaded with unhealthy fat and sugar. Our bodies are showing the consequences of such food abuse. Let’s choose healthy snacks! When you’re selecting the … Continue reading

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How to Entertain with Gourmet Food without Ruining Your Budget

My sister Beth is a self-proclaimed master of the art of entertaining- gourmet entertaining to be precise.  As both an amateur chef and single mom however, her caviar dreams don’t always align with her Cheese-Its budget. And yet her dinner parties are the stuff of legend: a combination of elegant presentation, delicious and unheard of appetizer creations mixed with crowd-pleasing favorites.  Somehow Beth is always able to keep to a tighter than tight entertaining budget while making her guests feel like they’re getting the full gourmet entertaining treatment. I asked Beth recently what some of her entertaining secrets were and … Continue reading

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Bypass the Boring: Healthy Snacks You Will Want To Try

I’m not sure about you, but I actually have gotten used to the idea of eating healthy. Making well-balanced, low-calorie meals is becoming a way of life. Where I have trouble though, is when it comes to healthy snacks. What is a Healthy Snack? A healthy snack is one that provides nutrients, is low in calories, and serves to fill you up just enough until mealtime. I’m also going to add “…is satisfying enough to your taste buds that you don’t overdo the snacking in search of satisfaction.” In other words… I want something healthy that at least feels a … Continue reading

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The Art of a Gourmet Café Conversation

Step into any gourmet café shop and your senses are immediately stirred. The aroma of fresh coffee makes its way to your nose. Your mouth begins to water for the perfect espresso. You can practically taste the hints of the requested cinnamon on your tongue. You’ve come to the right place. The History When you think of classic cafés what image first comes to your mind? Are they the famous Parisian cafés filled with the likes of Ernest Hemingway, Gertrude Stein or F. Scott Fitzgerald? All were known to frequent La Rotonde in located in Paris’ 6th Arrondissement. Perhaps you … Continue reading

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Baked Snacks Provide a Sweet Twist on Desserts

So many of us are trying to be healthy, and it isn’t easy with all the tasty temptations out there. There is good news, though. Baked snacks can help relieve the guilt without losing the crunch and the flavor, even when it comes to making dessert. That’s right! There are some items that, when used with a little creativity, can turn your sweet treats into something special. Frankly, I can’t imagine anything better than a dessert made with a fresh baked item, can you? From a simple kids treat, a twist on a traditional favorite, or a sweet dessert with … Continue reading

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