6.29.2010

4th of July Ideas & Inspiration Boards

4th of July Ideas & Inspiration Boards

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I was searching around to create my own Idea board and came across some beautiful board, tables, recipes, and crafts from several different sites. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did. I can't wait to decorate my table for the 4th! God Bless the USA!!!
July 4th Party Ideas

July 4th Party Ideas

Custom 4th of July invitations from Posh Tot Creations Etsy Shop
Images of mason jar and Coca Cola from Adam and Eve Weddings
Tomato Watermelon Salad from Michael Erickson of Fifth Group Restaurants (recipe below)
4th of July Carnation Balls from Country Living
Handmade Fourth of July Banner from Etsy.com
Table setting from Posh Tot Events
Patriotoc chip cones from Martha Stewart Living

Fourth of July Inspiration Board

First row: Martha Stewart, Orchard Cove via Style Me Pretty, Martha Stewart; Second Row: Whipped Bakeshop via Oh Joy, Better Homes and Gardens, Green Wedding Shoes; Third Row: A Cup of Jo, Google Images, Suzann’s Shop via Etsy


The 4th of July is right around the corner. Start your preparations now by making some of these DIY elements for your patriotic-themed party:

- Red, white & blue patterned cans (could hold food, flowers, utensils, etc)

posted by Tastefully Entertaining

4th of July Fabulous Flag Treats 4th of july

By: ClassBrain.com

Supplies/Ingredients:

* Crispy rice treats
* Airheads Cherry bars
* Airheads White Mystery bars
* Airheads Blue Raspberry bars
* Small kitchen knife or scissors
* Small star-shaped cookie cutter (optional)


Directions:

1. Cut crispy rice treats into rectangles
2. Cut part of an Airheads® Blue Raspberry bar to make the upper blue corner of the flag.
3. Cut alternating strips of Airheads® Cherry and White Mystery to make the flag’s stripes. Arrange pieces on crispy rice treat. Trim to fit.
4. Using either a star-shaped cookie cutter, or by hand, cut out a star shape from an Airheads® White Mystery bar. Place star on the blue square.
5. Pack into kids lunchboxes or keep them for a great snack at home.

Tip: If Airheads are hard to cut, take them out of their wrappers and place them on a microwave-safe plate. Warm them slightly in the microwave on Low for 10 seconds.

Hostess with the Mostess has some great sweet treats that she rounded up perfect for 4th of July BBQ’s and potlucks! All treats are patriotic using our favorite colors of the flag (red, white, and blue) there are so many food options with those colors its always fun to mix things up and see what you can create using a brilliant color scheme!

Check out Hostess with the Mostess and see what else they have cookin’ up

Festive 4th Sweets and Treats 4th of july

• Red, White, & Blue Parfaits
• Red, White, & Blueberry Trifle
• Flag Cupcakes
• Summer Shortcake

posted by: twoheartstogether.com

4th of July decorations

Social Couture has a fun Patriotic Party that’s perfect for making decorating & table settings super easy if you’re playing hostess for the 4th! The full Patriotic set comes complete with eco-friendly bamboo tableware, a sparkly red table runner, USA flags, white metal pails, super-cute striped grosgrain napkin rings, and more…or you can buy just the things you need a la carte!

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4th of July Ideas - A Patriotic Picnic Table

Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches

Pretend you slaved over an open fire all day by serving this sweet-and-savory chicken sandwich. Your guests will swear you slow-roasted the bird thanks to the rich mix of ingredients including garlic, cumin, honey, Worcestershire, and chipotle chiles.

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Recipe: Honey-Chipotle Barbecue Chicken Sandwiches





Ideas and Inspirations | Photos and Galleries
In honor of the 4th of July weekend, I wanted to create an inspiration board with the popular aqua color paired with red. Hope everyone had a wonderful holiday.

Image Credits: Dress from David's Bridal, Wedding Cake with Hydrangeas from Patricia's Cake Creations, Rose Bouquet from rpslee's flickr photo gallery, Vintage Damask Wedding Invitation from Wedding Paper Divas, Mini Aqua Blue Favor Boxes from the Best Wedding Sites Store, Satin Pumps from Zappos.com, Wedding Programs courtesy of Martha Stewart Weddings


6.25.2010

Flowers

Today we are working on some arrangements for a small intimate wedding. Typically we do not get much into flower arrangements ourselves, however if the budget is tight and its something we can tackle we will try our best. These are simple submerged pink tulip centerpieces, each will have 3 tulips submerged in water and anchored with river rocks. Very simple yet beautiful.

6.22.2010

B is For Baby Breininger

BEEAUTIFUL BABY SHOWER!

We have been VERY busy over here at Elite Events! This year alone we have over 20 events and are working hard on MANY Full Planning Events for Next Year! We are very excited to share with you some FABULOUS details of an event that we have coming up in AUGUST! As you all know the Majority of the events we Design & Coordinate happen to be weddings, and although we love our brides to pieces, I do get rather excited when we get to do other types of parties, especially baby showers! There is just something about BABIES:) It's probably because I have a little one myself so I know just how excited those soon to be mommies are:)

I was smitten with Tricia right from the very start. She is a beautiful, sweet and unbelievably gracious person. She had contacted me to assist her in creating a Couples Baby Shower for her dear friend and wonderful Nanny Danielle. Tricia is one who loves to entertain, however with her busy summer schedule Tricia just does not have the time to dedicate to turning her visions into reality, which is why she called us.We could not be happier that she has decided to work with us! During our first meeting, Tricia shared with me a Gorgeous Invitation that she was crazy about! From that invitation we were able to put together a very retro inspired color palate of crisp Whites, steel grays, and accents of vibrant yellows!

Being that Danielle *Mommy to be* is choosing not to find out the sex of their little bundle of joy, we decided to keep the color scheme fun and gender neutral. The invitations were custom Designed by: Elite Events and we will be carrying the (B) Theme throughout the entire event, with custom designed dessert bags for the lavish dessert table, custom linens, lavish lounge furniture, gorgeous floral's, and many other *entertainment* surprises :)

Here is a sneak peak of the Inspiration board that we created for her!



Last but not least, here’s a peek at the {fabulous} invitation that started it all…


We simply cant wait! Thanks Tricia!

6.13.2010

The Great Cake Debate: Fondant Vs. Buttercream

Today we tackle the great cake debate: Fondant Vs. Buttercream! This debate has been raging on for decades and now we have a battle ground for the two sides to duke it out! In my opinion they both have pros and cons. While fondant is super easy to mold into whatever shape you want the taste isn’t so great. And while buttercream is delicious, it is messy to handle and not as smooth. That being said i did have both types at my weddings. We asked wedding experts in various fields to get their opinion, here is what they had to say:

Jessica Claire of Jessica Claire Photography: I WAAAAAY prefer fondant! It’s so smooth and clean looking, such a good base for elements that pop like sugared flowers, or other decor. Plus, and I know I’m in the minority, but I think it’s delicious :)

Anja of The Knot: 99% of the wedding cakes we feature in the magazine are totally fake (as in not real cake but rather a Styrofoam mold) and are covered in fondant. Reason: During photo shoots, we’re constantly moving these cakes around from stand to stand and to various boards and plates a ton. So the Styrofoam cakes covered in fondant make it much easier to maneuver and get the shot we’re looking for. But that doesn’t mean we don’t LOVE us some buttercream – honestly. (IMO, there’s nothing better than thick fresh buttercream frosting – yum!) Most of the cakes we feature in the magazine could be reproduced in buttercream, and that’s our hope — that cake bakers from all across the country will be able to reproduce these amazing designs in buttercream or fondant, depending on what their brides are looking for and which technique they feel most comfortable with.

Amy from Vanilla Bake Shop: Here is my opinion on the BIG question…We like making both buttercream and fondant cakes equally. For logistical purposes, fondant is a great option during the warmer summer months because it keeps your cake cooler. As far as transporting and assembling buttercream vs. fondant cakes, we are really careful with both. Buttercream doesn’t have that extra protective icing shell, so if I were to chose which one was easier to assemble or transport, I would say fondant. There is still buttercream underneath the fondant, so you get the best of both worlds. With that being said, I had buttercream at my own wedding because my husband is a buttercream kind of guy! Its all a matter of personal preference and where and when your wedding is going to be. Outdoors in warm weather I suggest fondant. Otherwise either choice is great!

Carissa from JL Designs: i like the look of fondant better than buttercream but its MUCH easier to add florals to buttercream :) personally i like the trend of moving away from fresh floral on cakes and letting the pastry chef create unique textures, patterns, shapes, (argyle, ruffles, polka dots, plaid) etc. with the cakes to make them stand out on their own, without having to add flowers…OR maybe doing one huge sugar flower instead of a cascade of real flowers…or even a clustering of brooches or buttons… overall i just think less is more :)

Susan of Bella Weddings and Events: I like the look of fondant, but the taste of buttercream! Even though there is buttercream under fondant, it’s not usually as thick as buttercream on it’s own.

Melody of Sweet and Saucy: I prefer using both fondant and buttercream on all of my cakes. We use swiss meringue buttercream to cover all of our cake tiers and then roll high quality fondant about an 1/8″ thin and cover the cake. Using this method I think I get the best of both worlds…I get great taste from the buttercream and then a perfect designer’s canvas with the fondant. Fondant gives me the ability to do basically anything on a cake, from handpainting to intricate sugar jewels and that is just something that buttercream by itself can’t do. As far as transport and assembly, I prefer to fully assemble every cake before it leaves the shop because I really don’t like having to decorate that much onsite. I like having all of my tools at the shop to finish off the cake and assembling onsite just wouldn’t afford me that luxury. I only assemble onsite if the cake won’t fit in my car because of the height and then I just stack as far as I can and add on the top tier or two of the cake when I get there. Transporting wedding cakes isn’t a fun job, but I do it because I love the end result!

What do you think? Are you team fondant or team buttercream?


Photo by Jessica Claire

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Photo by Leigh Miller

Photos by Jasmine Star

Photo by Stephanie Williams

Photo by Stephanie Williams

Found on The Knot

Photos by Featerlove

Found on Sweetest Occasion

Photo by Jagger Photography

Photo by Stephanie Williams

Photo by Melissa Schollaert

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