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Converse Store in Santa Monica Boasts DIY Design

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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!

 

Coachella Fashion 2012

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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

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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.

Ingredients: 

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

Olive oil

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

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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

Must Haves:

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

 

The Orchid Show at New York Botanical Gardens

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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.

Flower Power: Beer Can Arrangment

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

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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.

 Ingredients:

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
6 matzah
2 tbl. ea. paprika and cumin
Olive oil

Directions:

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

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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

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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!

Egg Carton Flower Arrangement for Easter

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Egg Carton Flower Arrangement for Easter

After dyeing easter eggs, what does a girl do with the empty egg cartons? Make a flower arrangement! Obvi! This egg carton flower arrangement for easter is super cute, easy, cheap and unique! Add some moss and rose buds into the egg compartments in the carton and your done! Remember to cut the roses and place them inside the carton right before guests get to the party so the flowers don’t wilt.

The Hostess Handbook suggests you place the arrangement on a coffee table or the dining table as the centerpiece! So simple and too cute to boot!

Unique Deviled Eggs for Easter

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Unique Deviled Eggs for Easter

This is so weird to say but deviled eggs are so hot right now! Yup, Mama said it! This party food is making a huge come back now with the hard financial times. Serving these are definitely on your budget but can be a bit blahhh. Here is a way to take them from drab to fab!

Take an egg and cut it in half. Scoop out the yolk to use later. Drop pink neon food die (comes out red on the egg white) on a paper towel and smear the food die on the outer rim of the egg.

Voila, you have a wonderful contrast between the white top and outer rim of the egg!

Add back in the whipped yolk and garnish with some purple radicchio for more color. Sprinkle with paprika!

Ingredients:

12 egg yolks

2 Tablespoons Mayonnaise

2 Teaspoons Dijon Mustard

1/2 Teaspoons Lemon

1/2 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper

Potato Skins with Gorgonzola and Caramelized Onions

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Potato Skins with Gorgonzola and Caramelized Onions 

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

This classic bar-food dish gets a sophisticated facelift with the addition of Gorgonzola and caramelized onions.  This is one tasty treat that is super easy to make and is fabulous for any occasion: whether it’s pregaming before the ball-game or drinks and canapés at home, these potato skins with gorgonzola and caramelized onions is one dirty snack that is anything but.

 Ingredients:

15 new potatoes

1 red onion, very finely sliced

½ cup Gorgonzola dolce cheese

1 tsp sugar

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Chopped parsley for garnish

 Directions:

1-    Rub the potatoes with olive oil and bake whole for approx. 20 min or until soft at 350 degrees F.

2-    While the potatoes are baking, caramelize the onions by sautéing them in a small saucepan over medium-low heat.  When they begin to become translucent, sprinkle some sugar on top and deglaze with water.  Adjust the heat so that they don’t burn, but over low heat they should caramelize in about 20 min.

3-    When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, slice them in half.  Using a spoon, scoop out the middle of the potatoes but make sure to leave some around the skin so that it keeps its shape.

4-    Mash together the potato insides with the gorgonzola cheese and season with salt and pepper.  Scoop the potato/cheese mixture back into the potato skins and place the caramelized onions on top.

5-    Return to the oven and cook until reheated and they begin to crisp up (approx. 10 min).  Serve garnished with parsley.

 

 

 

 

Easter Flower Arrangement Idea

Flower Power

Easter Flower Arrangement Idea

 

 Easter is a big time for entertaining and   many people opt for the already made flower arrangement that is way out of their budget but “sooooo pretty.” Well, I’m going to show you how you can make a FABtastic design that usually goes for around $80 for only $20! Now, thats young, broke and fabulous style!

 This design is really easy and  wonderful for a holiday centerpiece! Take a can or flower pot, green moss, yellow roses, gerber daises and ribbon. The roses will run you about $9 a dozen, Moss about $4, Gerber Daisy about $3 and Ribbon about $3! 

Tie a bunch of roses together with the yellow ribbon. Make sure you cute some stems about an inch shorter than the others to create some levels and depth! Either take flower foam (found at any flower shop and cheap) or paper towels to create a base for the “rose tree” to fit into so that the bunch stays upright and stable in the can! Wet the paper towels so the stems can absorb some water. Place the moss on top of the paper towels so it is covering the top of the can and spilling over the edges but does not fill the entire can. Put some additional roses at the bottom with a gerber daisy or other variety of flower to add some color and texture!

 Or leave simple with just the moss at the bottom.

St Vincent Court Downtown LA

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St Vincent Court Downtown LA

St Vincent Court in Downtown LA is a must see for anyone who lives or comes to visit The City of Angels! An alley tucked away in the middle of the city, filled with restaurants and patisseries!

You feel as though you have been transported to europe when you walk down this cobblestone alleyway. Everyone sits at tables outside and fill the walkway with laughter and chatter.

It is the perfect lunch date place or quick excursion with the girls! Make sure you go when the restaurants are open which is between 9am and 6pm Monday through Saturday! We suggest you go to St Vincent Deli for Gyros and soak up the authentic fair!

You can even get your shoes shined!

St Vincent Court Downtown LA located:

 7th Street between Hill and  Broadway!

Knock Knock Indelicate Doily Coasters Winner!

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Knock Knock Indelicate Doily Coasters Winner

Congratulations to Katie from Paper TrailsYou have won the Indelicate Doilies from Knock Knock