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Home Made Fried Oreos

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Home Made Fried Oreos

This carnival food is a summer favorite and one that guests will swoon over at your next dinner party. Who makes fried oreos for dessert? You do! Cause your young, broke and fabulous! They are super easy to make and such a fun dessert!

I recently went on a family vacation to North Carolina and we were fried obsessed. These fried oreos were one of the many items we made while on our trip and definitely Hostess Handbook Tasty Tip worthy!

The Secret? Freeze the oreos for at least 30 minutes before dipping them in pancake batter! Yup, your run of the mill pancake batter will do and tastes delicious!

On our trip we went all out and brought a mini deep frier to make these babies, however, most people don’t have a deep frier just lying around. Thats ok! I don’t expect you to! You need to make a DIY deep frier. Take a pot, like one you would use for boiling pasta, and fill it half way with your choice of oil. Let the oil heat up until it is super hot and drop the pancake dipped oreos inside. Cook until the outside is a light brown! Voila!  YUMmazing home made fried oreos!

LA Cocktail Classic

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LA Cocktail Classic

This weekend Drink Eat Play is hosting a FABtastic Boozy event at the Vibiana in downtown LA. The LA Cocktail Classic will have an array of  top mixologists whipping up their most YUMazing drinks. Basically, a wine tasting amped up on Vodka and sugar! I’m in! The event will also have live music and boasts to be an epic time.

Don’t think you can show up in casual LA gear though. Nope! The LA Cocktail Classic is for the swanky crowd who likes to get dressed up to get sloshed! So get your GLAMtastic dresses out for a fun night on the town!

The tickets to the event are a bit pricey, running you $75.00 but I have been to some of their other events and they are super fun and totally worth it. Maybe a birthday celebration will justify it? Also, lets face it, going out is expensive anyway so might as well splurge Friday night and stay in Saturday. Will probably even out!

The LA Cocktail Classic takes place this Friday June 8th! Get your tickets Here!

Details:

Tickets- $75.00 each

Vibiana 
214 South Main Street
Los Angeles, CA
Friday, June 8, 2012 at 8:00 PM - Saturday, June 9, 2012 at 12:00 AM (PT)

Wine Glass Markers

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Wine Glass Markers

Summer equal tons of pool parties with crisp, cold white wine. At least in my mind! But what also comes to mind is forgetting which glass is yours and yada yada. Now, you can bring these kitschy wine glass markers as a gift an ensure that you will be never loose your yummy white wine!

These Fred and Friends ”wine lines” are so FABtastic and so Hostess Handbook style. They come in three different varieties to cater to your crowd! Choose from “Vintage,” ” Cheers,” “Nutty with a Kick” and “Woozy.” Gotta love those names! Our favorite is the “Cheers” collection which has the lines, ” Mazel Tov,” “Down the Hatch,” “Bottoms Up” and “Salud!”

This hostess gift will get everyone talking at the party and be an item to remember! The young, broke and fabulous are always FAB and never DRAB! Good thing these wine glass markers are super cute and super cheap! Only $5.98! Yippy, get tipsy in style!

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How To Design a Plant Room

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How To Design a Plant Room

 I love flowers and gardens and nothing makes me happier than seeing a home with a plant room. These garden rooms immediately make one feel more relaxed and add a unique flair to any house!  They are also great in the winter when you are dyeing for a piece of summer and vibrance! Luckily, this look is super easy to make yourself with Hostess Handbook tips on how to design a plant room.

How To Design a Plant Room:

First- Paint your walls with a dark coral or rose color. Pick something that you really like and will look good paired with white!

Second- Get white garden lattice and 2 inch wide molding from any Lowe’s or Home Depot in the length and width of your wall. You will probably have to get a couple panels for each wall as it will be much easier to install and transport home. Nail the Lattice to your wall and frame with the molding!

Third- Finish the look by adding plants and shelving to create a complete look with differing colors, textures, heights and depths!

 

Celebrity Summer Beauty Secrets

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Celebrity Summer Beauty Secrets

People.com

Taylor Swift-  Uses Cover Girl Flipstick lip color in Cheeky to create a bright coral look!

Natalie Portman swears by- Dior skin Shimmer Star to give her cheeks a nice summer glow!

People.com

Jessica Biel- For a Boho hair look use curling iron and then separate and run Alterna Bamboo Style Moldable Texture Paste throughout!

 

Caprese Salad with Burrata

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Caprese Salad with Burrata

Contributing Chef- Abby Reibman- Author of  The Desk and The Stove

This classic Italian summer salad gets a facelift with the substitution of Burrata. Made from a mixture of mozzarella and cream, this cheese is a staple from Apulia.  If you can’t find it, use buffalo mozzarella for a smoky and creamy flavor that will enhance the tomatoes.  The Hostess Handbook suggests you pair the salad with a light-bodied Chianti or crisp Sauvignon Blanc.

Ingredients: 

4-5 ripe tomatoes on the vine, sliced
1 large ball of burrata or 2 balls of buffalo mozzarella
8 basil leaves, chiffonade
balsamic glaze
olive oil
salt and pepper
 

 

Directions:

1-    Drizzle the balsamic glaze on a large white plate. Arrange the tomato slices on top and season them with salt and pepper and a dash of olive oil.  Sprinkle the basil chiffonade all over the tomatoes.

2-    Place the large ball of Burrata in the middle of the tomatoes and season with salt, pepper and olive oil.  Or, if using buffalo mozzarella, cut into slices and place on top of the tomatoes.

Chalk Paint Decor

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Chalk Paint Decor

Forget wall paper, mirrors and signs and discover chalk paint. We love this kitschy decor which is becoming all the rage inside the home. Most people have only seen chalk paint art in restaurants and stores but no more! It is making a huge leap into the home and we are obsessed!

 

Paint a portion of your wall in your kitchen with chalk paint and draw bowls, pitchers and silver wear. You can also write down a menu or recipes on the chalk board as if you had a little restaurant in your home! So cute!

The Hostess Handbook thinks this design is beyond FABtastic! How amazing is this door? What a great idea and fantastic way to add a unique element to you kitchen. You could also do a door like this for your office, linen closet or bathroom!

Memorial Day at Fiesta Hermosa!

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Memorial Day at Fiesta Hermosa

The Hostess Handbook loves this arts and crafts fair! It is such a great time, with tons of live music, beer and a variety of carnival food. Umm, did someone say funnel cake? Yes, it was us and we want five funnel cakes stat!

The arts and crafts fair takes place the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day in downtown Hermosa Beach! There are two music stages with bands playing cover songs from classic rock artist like Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac! The food court features 18 different ethnic options which are all amazing!

Check out the jewelry and home decor booths..they have really unique and well priced options for the young, broke and fabulous! Happy Memorial Day! Send us pictures from you outings!

Statement Sunglasses Under 10 Dollars

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Statement Sunglasses Under 10 Dollars

The perfect summer party accessory is a great pair of sunglasses! Make them fun, funky and fresh to spiff up any outfit! These statement sunglasses under 10 dollars are definitely on your budget and too cute to boot! These southwest inspired shades will heat up any party!

Play the referee at your next pool party with these black and white striped sunglasses!

Jump into the “Everybody Gone Surfin” style with these cool blue shades!

 

Roasted Broccoli and Ricotta Spread

  Contributing Chef- Abby Reibman- Author of  The Desk and The Stove

This easy and delicious spread is fantastic with toasted baguette.  It’s a creative way to eat one of my least favorite vegetables (seriously, what kid didn’t struggle with this one). Now, I can’t get enough of it – and neither will you and your guests once you try it.  Dip into this tasty treat at once! You won’t regret it.

Ingredients: 

1 head of broccoli, trimmed and cut into small pieces
1-2 cloves of garlic, peeled and crushed with the heel of your knife
squeeze of lemon juice
½ cup ricotta cheese
½ cup gruyere cheese, plus more for garnish
chopped parsley for garnish
20 small black-pitted olives
olive oil
salt, pepper and red pepper flakes
 

Directions:

1-    Season the broccoli with salt, pepper, a pinch of red pepper flakes, a squeeze of lemon juice and olive oil and put them into a baking dish with the crushed garlic clove. Roast in the oven at 350 degrees for 15 min or until very soft and tender.

2-    Blend together the broccoli, garlic and Gruyere cheese in a food processor until smooth.  Add in the ricotta and mix together. Taste and adjust seasonings.  Garnish with chopped parsley and the black-pitted olives.

Z Gallerie Home Decor Favorites

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Z Gallerie Home Decor

The Hostess Handbook is loving these multi color sand hour glasses!

You don’t have to pay a decorator to make your home special and unique. The Hostess Handbook is at your side and providing you with super cute home accessory options from Z Gallerie to glam up your home without gouging your purse! DIY Divas rejoice! Z Gallerie home decor favorites are here!

This Bolo Hat Wall Hook is to die!

We swoon over this FABtastic Vase!

Book Decor

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Book Decor

Spruce up your book shelves, entryway tables and coffee tables with this Hostess Handbook DIY book decor. Simply remove the book covers from your hard back copies and you have a vintage style that is simple and unique. Arrange the books from biggest to smallest or vice versa and clump them together according to color.

There is a variety of  book spine colors so make sure to include a wide rang to add some depth to the decor. If you are going to use three books on a coffee table we suggest you take three different colored books of varying sizes to make your display. We just love this book decor because it super easy and too cute too boot!

 

 

The Skype and W(H)INE Girls Night

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The Skype and W(H)INE Girls Night 

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 Hostesses with the mostestess rejoice! Ellen Clifford, actress and blogger over at Scrumptious Gruel (http://scrumptiousgruel.wordpress.com) is here to share a wonderful party idea for a girls night with your friends who live in different cities.

Allow me to introduce you to two recipes. One is for the Campari Champagne Cocktail. The other is a recipe for maintaining long-distance relationships and your bank account:

The Skype and W(h)ine Date

Or, if you are not into vino and venting:

The Skype and Cocktail

 

The Skype and W(h)ine or Cocktail Date

Ingredients:

1) Friends you will love forever

2) Drink of choice

3) A computer and webcam or camera phone with Skype

Method:

1) Decide via text message(or email if you are going to be old-school about it) on a matching cocktail recipe, or a particular grape or region of wine.

2) If you want it to be a nice girl-date you can have pink cocktails.

3) Set a date and time keeping in mind time difference betwixt you and your chum.

4) When the time comes, skype each other up! You can open your wine or mix your cocktail in advance though I like to do this with my friends. Now, before the first sip the most important factor: the camera toast-this is my best girl back in St. Louis:

Then sample drinks and discuss. Just as good if not better than being at a loud, overcrowded bar. The initial layout for some of the booze used in cocktails may be high but hey, you’d easily spend that much on one night on the town, whereas you get literally dozens of drinks out of one pricy bottle at home. And it’s certainly less expensive than a plane flight.

 Now, to take your mind off the money I give you:

The Campari Champagne Cocktail

(from the Ultimate Bar Book)

1 oz. Campari

3-5 oz. chilled champagne(its ok to use a less expensive one since it’s being mixed)

Orange peel twist

Add champagne to your glass, Slowly pour in the bubbly, stirring a bit. Run orange rind around the rim of the glass and drop in.

Delightful. These may look like girly drinks but due to the Campari they pack a saucy bitter kick.  These are not just girl drinks, They are Woman Drinks.

Enjoy!

Unique Hipster Bathing Suits

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Unique Hipster Bathing Suits

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!

   H&M Black Top will run you $18!

Urban Outfitters Skeleton Suit-  This unique hipster bathing suite will run you $150.00

Must Have Summer Kitchen Accessories

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Must Have Summer Kitchen Accessories

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!

 These Sparrow 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 also loving this yellow flower kitchen gloves and brush set from World Market! They are so FABtastic and now the gloves are on SALE! Oh how we love that word! $4.99 for the gloves and $7.99 for the brush. Get on it my budget babes!