The Hostess Handbook loves kitschy things and these bathing suits certainly fit the bill! They are the perfect “look at me” hostess bathing suits for a summer pool party. These will also spark a lot of conversation! Weird, Wacky, Wild fun! Would you wear any of these? We are obsessed with the Candy Lip suit from Urban Outfitters!
There are so many fun kitchen items for the summer season and The Hostess Handbook thinks they make perfect Hostess Gifts to bring to a party! These colorful and unique must have kitchen accessories are all on your budget and super useful!
TheseSparrow Clips are a great kitchen item and so useful for sealing up your food bags! These will run you $9.99!
The Hostess Handbook is obvi obsessed with flowers and this flower pot measuring set is just so darling! We want to eat it up or measure it up or something! You get the drift!
The Hostess Handbook is sooo obsessed with chalk paint! Summer is approaching and these Krylon Chalk paint serving spoons are FABtastic way to mark your food for a BBQ or backyard party! No more need for description cards at each food station on the buffet! These ‘Buffet Cards” are so simple to make and super cute to boot! And did we mention practical?
Take wooden serving spoons and paint about 3 inches in the middle of the handle. Make sure to use two coats and let dry fully before writing with chalk.
We like using these Krylon chalk paint serving spoons for specific dishes such as wild rice and lemon chicken. The serving spoons will make any dish kitschy and they are super inexpensive to make and can be used over and over again!
Try this DIY Diva project this summer and send in pictures of your crafts in action!
A newbie French bistro on 3rd St, Faux Pas Bistro, checks out to be a goodie! This restaurant reminds us of an establishment you would find in NYC! Chic and cool but still laid back and set up for a good time. The restaurant has a great big bar area in the middle with two dinning rooms on either side. One room is a bit more fancy than the other allowing guests a more upscale experience while the other room caters to a more pub crowd! A big ole rustic fireplace makes this eatery seem like home!
The menu is the same in both rooms and is oh so delicious! The presentation is great and the portions enormous! The Hostess Handbook suggests you go with a big group of girlfriends and visit the bar for a bit on your way out! This is also a great Mothers Day brunch spot!
Diggin these Dishes:
-Seared Ahi Tuna
Seared fresh red ahi tuna served with sautéed cannellini beans, chives, extra virgin olive oil and
gremolata (lemon, lime, orange zest, Italian parsley and horseradish).
Oven-roasted Scottish salmon, sautéed haricot verts and port wine reduction- They recently added a big heap of linguine and serve it on a rectangular board. Yummazing and Presentationtastic!
Roasted Brussels sprouts, applewood smoked bacon, garlic, salt and freshly-cracked pepper.
Mothers Day is this weekend and The Hostess Handbook has a great guide to activities for the the big day!
-Mothers Day Brunch at The Disney Concert Hall- Enjoy a wonderful breakfast at one of LA’s most famous concert halls! Complimentary champagne for the honored guest! Breakfast will be served in the Blue Ribbon Garden by Patina Catering. Check out the granola Parfait Station. Yumazing!
Just because Cinco di Mayo has come and gone doesn’t mean you should put away this killer guacamole – use it all summer long for the most amazingly creamy dip. This recipe was my secret weapon for college BBQ’s and is now a staple at any house party. The Hostess Handbook suggests serving it with some tortilla chips and cold salted margaritas for the perfect party atmosphere!
4 avocados, smashed with salt
2 tbl sour cream
3-4 tomatoes on the vine, concasse
1 large red onion, small dice
1-2 jalapeno peppers, finely diced
a handful of parsley and cilantro each, roughly chopped, plus more for garnish
1- Smash the avocado in a small bowl (not metal!) together with ½ lime juice.
2- Add in the diced tomatoes, red onion, and pepper. Mix together.
3- Mix in the sour cream and chopped herbs. Taste and adjust seasonings, adding more salt, pepper and lime juice as needed.
4- Garnish with a bit more cilantro. Serve with tortilla chips and salted margs! Amaze.
Jewelry is my favorite part of any outfit! It can easily make or break a wardrobe and practically make any plain item shine. Here are 3 of my favorite jewelry trends this spring and summer!
1. Blue and Green Jewelry: These two colors are bright and fun, especially because they work well with going-out dresses or jeans. The earthy tones go with all skin tones and will definitely add some jazz to any outfit. Try wearing them on their own or even together!
Great combos: Sapphire and emerald or aqua chalcedony and chrysophase.
2. Pendant Necklaces: Pendant necklaces are one of my favorite jewelry accessories. They can be short, long, big or small…..I don’t discriminate! I personally love to layer a simple smaller short necklace with a statement piece chunkier pendant. This duo goes best with your favorite LBD or jeans and a t-shirt. One tip I always give my friends is to add a long pendant necklace to a plain silk tank, skinny jeans and a leather jacket for the perfect outfit for a night on the town.
3. Layering: Layering necklaces and bracelets is something I have done since I was a young girl. Call me greedy, but who would only want one when you could have three?! My semi-precious stone bracelets look great on their own, but even better when their mixed with other colored and sized stones. If you really want to glam them up, add a champagne diamond piece…you’ll be sure to sparkle.
The Hostess Handbook is obsessed with Knock Knock stuff and is in the giving spirit! Now, you can get your fortunes without ordering in from the corner Chinese food joint. But, lets face it, that won’t stop you for a second! God we love us some Lo Mein, chicken with cashews, dumplings, egg rolls, fried rice, orange chicken, egg drop soup…..the list goes on!
The Hostess Handbook always loves a good DIY gift and Mothers Day is the perfect holiday for such a present! This Mothers day make a kitschy memory for your mom that is super easy, cheap and heart felt!
Take a picture frame from the dollar store and spray paint it with “Jade” Krylon. It is a wonderfully bright and cheery color for spring! Then, make a bow and glue it in the middle top of the frame. The Hostess Handbook loves paring a coral colored bow with the Jade colored frame. They just look so FABtastic together! Next, take a polaroid picture of the phrase “I love you mom” and do a cute play on words with “A picture is worth a thousand words.”
It’s no wonder this Romano-Jewish dish (carciofi alla guidia), has survived since Imperial times: the fried artichoke is a three hit wonder: crunchy, nutty and silky. Whilst preparing the artichoke takes some care, it’s super easy to do and totally worth it for the tasty treat that lies hidden inside. Serve with the lemon- tarragon mayonnaise for a creamy sauce that complements the dish. The Hostess Handbook recommends making extra – this is one party dish that is sure to go quickly!
1 tbl finely chopped tarragon
1 lemon, cut in half
Peanut or olive oil for frying
Salt and Pepper
Whisk together 1 egg yolk with 1 tsp Dijon mustard and a pinch of salt. Gradually add olive oil in a steady stream to create a stable emulsion. Add a splash of red wine vinegar and a squeeze of lemon juice. Add more olive oil and continue whisking until it thickens. Season with salt and pepper.
1- Squeeze ½ lemon into a bowl of cold water. Clean the artichokes by first cutting off the top end, then peeling back the outer layers of leaves until you reach the pale greenish leaves. Using a paring knife, trim the stem down, removing the fibrous part. Rub one half of the lemon over all cut parts of the artichoke and add it to the cold acidulated water. Repeat x3
2- In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat up the frying oil into it reaches 350 degrees F. While the frying oil is heating up, make the dip by combing the tarragon with the mayonnaise and a few squeezes of lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Drain the artichokes on a paper towel.
3- When the oil reaches 350 degrees, drop the artichokes into the oil and let simmer for 10 min (turning over) – this will just cook the artichoke so that it’s tender – you will fry it again. Drain on a paper towel and bring the heat up to 375 degrees F for the second fry.
4- Drop the artichokes into the hot oil and fry until the leaves begin to brown and become crunchy (2-3 min). Serve with the lemon-tarragon mayonnaise.
-Provide fun props such as clown sunglasses, feather headdresses and boas!
-Make labels and stick them to the bottom of the polaroids making a special/specific memory. The Labels could say ”Jen’s 25th!” “Merry Christmas” “Laura’s Baby Shower” or “Property of Mom” for mothers day!
We had a DIY Photo Booth at our DIY on a Dime Event! Check it out!
Yesterday was such a great event! Thank you all for coming and DIYing your hearts out! Here are some photos from the DIY photo booth we set up! Got to The Hostess Handbook Facebook Fan Page for all photos and start sharing away! It is so easy to make your own photo booth for parties and everyone always loves them! So cute, so unique, so get going!
Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what your favorite part of the party was!
The Hostess Handbook loves pink and this H and M pink and beige purse is so up our alley! It’s pink, cute and cheap. This will run you $18.00. Young, Broke and Fabulous never looked so good! Pair with pastel blue pants and your set for a very colorful night on the town!
The Hostess Handbook is buzzing over these Lady Bug Cheese Crackers and Flower Cheese Crackers! We came upon the Lady Bug Cheese Crackers on Taste of Home and are fully obsessed! What an amazing twist on the old cheese and cracker display for dinner parties. These are also super cute for spring and summer BBQs. Here’s the secret! The “spots” on the “wings” can be made by dyeing spreadable cheese black and applying with a toothpick!
The Hostess Handbook branched out a bit and designed a flower cheese cracker for all your garden parties this summer! Super cute, super easy and super cheap! Halve cherry tomatoes and take five pieces for the petals. Use a cracker and spreadable cheese for the base! We love the Athenos garlic variety! Place the “petals” to create the flower and use a black olive for the center! Voila! The Hostess Handbook suggest you make both the lady bug cheese crackers and flower cheese crackers! Yumazing party food made easy and cute to boot!