How To Make Your Own Photo Booth
How to Make Your Own Photo Booth DIY Style
-Designate one corner of the room as “The Photo Booth.” You can do this by putting colorful duck tape on the floor outlining the set area and then writing photo booth within
-Get a Fujifilm INSTAX 210 Instant Photo Camera Kit
-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!
Party Like a Rock Star
The Pikey English Pub on Sunset Boulevard
Photos from laeater.com
Digging It Dishes:
-Lamb Shank- The Gravy is Yummazing!
-Welsh Rarebit (aka Grilled Cheese)- This will blow your childhood favorite out of the water.
-Chicken and Chips- Juicy and oh so British Roast style.
-Strawberry Ice Cream- Random but for Realzzz. Tastes like real strawberries instead of processed.
Digging It Drinks:
-Ginger Minge- Scotch and Ginger based cocktail to get your juices flowin.
-The Dandy- Tequila, Ruby red Grapefruit and Pomegranate Syrup makes this choice Darndy Good!
-Laddie Dill- Vodka, Cucumber, Dill, Lime, Salt & Pepper makes for a perfect summer sip!
Digging It Decor:
-Up scale British Pub with iconic red booths and Gastro Pub feel!
-Separated into three rooms that cater to the dinner crowd the bar crowd and the Late night/private room crowd.
-Dimly lit throughout with a Library feel in the dining room, a rustic european hunting lodge in the main bar and an ancient middle eastern vibe in the back bar
Hostess Handbook Fun Facts:
-This Pub is owned by the same people who run The Roger Room
-Executive Chef is from The Spotted Pig
-The Pikey English Pub on Sunset Boulevard
7617 Sunset Blvd
LA, CA 90046
Perfect Party Dress
H and M Pink and Beige Purse
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!
Personalized Plastic Cups
The Hostess Handbook is throwing a FABtastic party this sunday and decided to give away these super cute plastic cups to the guests! What an amazing and easy “gift bag!” These are perfect for large parties and you can print whatever design you want on them. We chose to have the graphic displayed on both sides of the cup but you can opt for just one if you prefer. I love this “gift bag” for a relaxed engagement party! You can also use them at the event and then have extras for people to take home! Such a great keep sake and so festive for the actual event!
The Hostess Handbook suggests you order these personalized plastic cups from The Promo Hut because they are a pleasure to work with and the site is really manageable. We like easy peasy here and they made the process so enjoyable! Tell them The Hostess Handbook sent you for exclusive deals and some extra Tenda Lovin Care!
The Hostess Handbook is pairing up with Spaphile and Broke Girls Guide for one FABtastic afternoon of Do It Yourself fun! Come and get complimentary champagne and bites while you make tons of crafts, get your make up and eye lashes done, take fun photo booth pics and sing and dance with a great DJ! All on a dime! Yup, the DIY on a Dime event is FREE to our readers who rsvp with the special promo code!
*RSVP NOW and get in for FREE*
Party Like a Rock Star
Converse Store in Santa Monica Boasts DIY Design
The newly opened Converse Store in Santa Monica provides you with much more than your normal shoe store! Step into their west coast flag ship store and be prepared for an experience! Bring a group of girlfriends for an activity before dinner or throw a DIY party there and have the shoes be your canvas!
You can draw and print your own design on your shoe of choice on site with a personal technician or head over over to what I like to call the DIY Station. This is where it gets really fun! The store provides tools for you to stud your shoes, stencil designs and add tons of bright and fun shoe laces. It is super fun and you leave with a personalized product! The Hostess Handbook loves the converse store as a party venue. So Fun, So Unique, So Get Going!
Have you ever designed a sneaker at a converse store?
Tell us what you think!
The Perfect Party Dress
Coachella Fashion 2012
Olivia Ethnic $209.99
Coachella is coming up this weekend for a second time. Yup, this year the famed music fest hosts two weekends! In addition to being known for great music and fun times, Coachella has become infamous for fashion. The Hostess Handbook knows you gotta look good when rockin out to your favorite bands!
*Here are some Top Pics*
for our Hot Chicks out there in the Desert!
Forever 21 Animal Print Shorts $10.50
Shaft Denim Shorts $35.00
RunwayDreamz American Flag Short $179.00
Blank NYC Studded Short $88.00
Simple White Bean Dip Recipe
Contributing Chef- Abby Reibman- Author of The Desk and The Stove
Getting a little sick of hummus?!! Try this delicious alternative. The creamy white beans provide the perfect base for the flavorful spices and herbs – and, with a bit of lemon juice adding a note of acidity – this is one tasty treat that dresses to impress. The Hostess Handbook suggests serving with pita chips, or using it as a base for yummy bruschetta – just add some sliced cherry tomatoes and chopped parsley for a middle-eastern spin on an Italian classic.
1 cup cannellini beans, cooked
Juice of ½ lemon
1 clove garlic, unpeeled and crushed
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp cumin
1 tbl chopped parsley, plus more for garnish
1 tbl chopped mint
2 tsp chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper
Blend all the ingredients together in a food processor adding olive oil as necessary. Taste to adjust seasonings and garnish with parsley. Serve with toasted pita chips or use as a spread for bruschetta.
Unique and Funny Baby Pacifiers
If your heading to a friends house for a party and they have a new baby, these unique and funny baby pacifiers are the perfect gift! You know pacifiers are always useful and a great baby gift but now they are super cute and really cheap! Bring one of these and a camera! Using unique and funny baby pacifiers will provide for hysterical photos!
Check out The Hostess Handbook’s list of
Kiss Me Pacifier $5.28
Pimp Pacifier $3.31
Milk Junkie Pacifier $5.82
Lil Piglet Pacifier $6.97
Lil Sherlock Holmes Pacifier $6.59
Explore Like a Rock Star
The Orchid Show at New York Botanical Gardens
Whether you have a green thumb or have never stepped foot in a garden, the orchid show at New York Botanical Gardens is an experience you cannot miss! The exhibit is curated by Patrick Blanc, a famous French botanist known for his innovative spirit and mesmerizing design!
We highly recommend you attend one of the Orchid Evenings at the botanical garden and savor an orchid inspired cocktail that is complimentary with your ticket!
You have two weeks left to enjoy this spectacular display! Take a friend, take boyfriend, take a parent, take advantage! The exhibits ends April 22nd.
Spring is here! Remember these from the archives? Have to revisit this FABtastic design as BBQ’s start popping up! These Maui Bikini Blonde beer cans can double as fun vases! All you need are three Hibiscus flowers per can to make these unique arrangements. It is easy and inexpensive to make a couple of these beer can arrangements and spread them around the party area for some summer flair! They will undoubtably spark conversation among your guests and be an element to remember!
Unique Date and Apple Charoset with Spiced Matzah Chips Recipe
Contributing Chef- Abby Reibman- Author of The Desk and The Stove
Meant to recall the mortar the enslaved Jews used to seal bricks in ancient Egypt, this dish should always include sweet wine, cinnamon, nuts and apples. But, why not kick-it up a notch and impress your family with this creative combination instead? By this time your probably ready to make something new! Serve this Charoset alongside the spiced matzah chips for an innovative twist! Mmm matzah never tasted so good.
16 pitted Medjool dates
4 gala apples, small dice
½ cup currants
½ cup pomegranate seeds
¼ cup sweet red wine
2 tbl. honey
½ cup ea. walnut halves, pine nuts, unsalted pistachios, all three toasted
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. allspice
½ tsp. ground ginger
1 tsp. nutmeg
1 tsp. ground cloves
2 tbl. ea. paprika and cumin
1- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
2- Puree the dates in a food processor until smooth. Add ½ the apples, all spices, nuts, red wine, currants and nuts and puree into a smooth paste. Add the 2nd half of diced apple for texture. Garnish with thin apple slices.
3- Rub olive oil over the matzah and sprinkle the spices on both sides. Bake in the oven for 8 min. Break into pieces and serve the chips alongside the charoset.
Fred and Friends Salt and Magic Shakers
The Hostess Handbook loves a kitschy hostess gift more than anything and this one takes the prize! These Fred and Friends Salt + Magic: Salt and Pepper Shakers are too cute and such a great set to start conversation with at a dinner party! Who said you can’t make magic happen? See a bland piece of food and then wave the “salt wand” over it and it magically turns flavorful! These are also wonderful for your daughter’s tea and princess/fairy tale birthday parties!
The most magical thing about Fred and Friends salt and magic shakers is that they cost $9.56!
Finally, magic that comes at a great price!
Scrabble Piece Coasters
These DIY Scrabble piece coasters are so cute and so easy to make! You can spell out words with the letters you use to assemble the coasters or jumble them up! This is a great, cheap gift idea for a friend who loves board games too! Simply take a glue gun and stick the scrabble pieces together in a 5×5 square!
You can find these scrabble pieces here! So fun, So unique, So get goin!