The Party Planner by David Tutera

Leading lifestyle expert and host of Discovery Channel's popular show Party Planner with David Tutera, will help you throw an unforgettable party on an everyday budget.

Tutera's book, The Party Planner, is lavishly illustrated and shows you his approach to ten theme parties including summer and winter cocktails, a wine-tasting gathering, a harvest feast, a Christmas dessert party, a Chinese New Year celebration, and special occasions such as a birthday party for kids, a wedding proposal, and an enchanted anniversary dinner set in a forest.

Tutera urges party planners to consider the five senses when planning an event: the taste, the look, the sound, the scent and the touch.

He has thrown in his own personal suggestions of favorite songs, cocktail recipes, and other cool ideas. There are also plenty of "Tutera Tips" for invitations, entertainment, decor, room transformation, table settings, menu ideas and floral arrangements.

David demonstrates that it doesn't take a lot of money to throw an extraordinary party. With his fresh twist on entertaining, you can throw a fabulous, yet easy, affordable party for any occasion.

Simple Stunning Parties at Home by Karen Bussen

"When the opportunity for celebrating knocks, answer the door and offer it some champagne!" says Karen Bussen. Author of the bestselling "Simple Stunning" wedding series, Bussen now directs her expert’s eye to a more intimate kind of festivity: the at-home party.

Her simple stunning credo, though, remains the same: Create menus featuring wonderful ingredients in no-fuss, crowd-pleasing preparations; combine homemade and store-bought items in fresh, elegant presentations; tailor colors, tableware, and lighting for visual impact; and limit effort, expense, and waste.

The book details 12 complete plans for four different kinds of parties—cocktail gatherings, casual suppers, formal dinners, and daytime get-togethers. Each plan includes food and drink menus (with recipes) as well as decor and music suggestions. Following Bussen’s advice, you’ll delight your guests while showcasing your personal style—which is what great parties are all about.

Chartreuse Green Purse will Brighten Your Day

Are you ready for a bright spot this winter? Add this beautiful chartreuse green purse to your wardrobe as a purse, a feminine briefcase or bookbag. Great with black or other neutrals. This fabulous color will take you through summer.

Mommy and Baby Matching Pedicures

Although I only have a boy and never got to do this, the matching mommy and baby pedicures are so cute! I love the white daisy accents on the big toes.  Source: Pinterest

Crockpot Salsa Chicken Recipe

I love one-pot and crock pot meals that are easy and tasty. This Crockpot Salsa Chicken recipe has another advantage in that most of the ingredients can usually be found in your pantry to throw together anytime. The seasonings can also be adapted or changed to what you like or what you have on hand.

1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
1 can cream of mushroom or cream of chicken soup
1 cup salsa
1 package taco seasoning
1 cup sour cream (can use nofat or light)
Cilantro, for topping (optional)
Avacado, for topping (optional)
Shredded cheese, for topping (optional)
Chopped onions, for topping or cook with other ingredients (optional)

Put chicken, soup, and salsa in slow cooker. Sprinkle taco seasoning over everything. Cook on low for 6 hours. If shredding the chicken, pull the breasts out and shred; return back to slow cooker. Stir in sour cream and heat just until everything is combined. Top with shredded cheese, cilantro, avacado, onions, hot sauce, lime wedges. Enjoy!

Step up to the Microphone Invitations

Step up to the Microphone Invitations are perfect for music party invitations, birthday party invitations, concert invitations, rock star birthday invitations, karaoke invitations and more. Teens and adults will love the edgy vibe of this fun invitation for their special occasion.

Smart Baby Monitor App

The Smart Baby Monitor is a refined glossy white case of a compact size. Easy to carry, you can take it to your family and friends. Once open, the case is of a sleek design with its overhead panel showing the camera in its fine black frame. The night light sits right underneath and can be launched directly from your IPhone or from the lower panel. There as well sits the touchscreen allowing you to use the baby phone. The elegant inner circle operates as the melody launch button, a perfect design from top to bottom.

Unlike traditional baby monitors with a parent alert and a child unit, the Smart Baby Monitor operates with the latest technological improvements allowing control from a smartphone application. The parent alert is now a smartphone feature. We have come up with a cutting edge product with a beautiful design and totally in keeping with the latest technology. The Internet of Things is the way of the world and so is the Smart Baby Phone.

Surprise Justin Bieber Wedding Dance for Bride

 I love the groomsmen in the back! I can’t imagine how many hours they practiced, but this is so fun. This video has over 3 million hits! There is something so fun about wedding dances.

Miche Bags for Cancer Research

Miche Bag's Project Hope is now in its second year, and Miche is committed to donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of every Miche Hope Shell to cancer research facilities all across the country.

The Hope Shells are available in all four of Miche's purses sizes - the Petite, the Classic, the Demi and the Prima Bag.

Your fist glance of the Hope Shells will probably focus on the printed quotes collected from individuals who have been through a fight against cancer. Their beautiful message of hope is set against an edgy background of red, black, white and yellow.

When you purchase a Hope Shell for yourself or as a gift, you'll find a tag attached to the Shell that contains a photo and a personalized quote by a very special person who has fought and won their own personal battle against this disease.

The Miche Bag team is 100% committed to Project Hope and we invite you to join them in sharing the inspiring message the Hope Shells have to offer as they strive to give back and make a difference in the fight against cancer!

Guiltless Skinny Chocolate Mousse

I looooove chocolate but it doesn't fit in my my New Year's resolution of making good food choices until I found this recipe for guiltless chocolate mousse! I know, I know, avocados? But seriously, you won't believe how good this is! Let me know what you think.

2 ripe avocados
1/2 cup honey (preferably raw)
1/4 cup cocoa powder
Dash of cinnamon

Place avocados, honey, and cocoa in a blender and puree until fully incorporated. Mix in the cinnamon. Refrigerate for about an hour. Serve chilled.

Source: Oprah

Puppy Cupcakes

How cute are these!                           From

Snowflakes on Blue Nail Polish

How fun is this snowflake manicure for when you're feeling blue on a cold winter's day? 

Detox Superfoods Salad

For all of us who have vowed to eat healthier this year, this detox superfoods salad is fabulous as is the Yummy Mummy Kitchen blog. I love her healthy, beautiful recipes and 90% vegetarian style of eating. 

Shimmery Vista Blue Stardream Favor Boxes

Beautiful shimmery Vista Blue Stardream favor boxes measure 2" x 2" x 2". Perfect for baby shower favor boxes, wedding shower favor boxes, birthday favor boxes or any special occasion.

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Baby Pink Rose Stardream Favor Boxes

Beautiful shimmery Baby Pink Rose Stardream favor boxes measure 2" x 2" x 2". Perfect for baby shower favor boxes, wedding shower favor boxes, birthday favor boxes or any special occasion.

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Super Bowl is Feburary 5, 2012 - Are you Ready?

Are you ready for some football? Some Super Bowl Football? The Super Bowl is February 5, 2012 so it's time to order your Super Bowl Party Invitations if you want a great turn out for your party.

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Beautiful Quinoa Salad Recipe

If you're like most people, eating healthy is probably number one or two on your New Year's resolution list. Here's a healthy and beautiful Quinoa Salad Recipe that also tastes great!

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1/2 cup sweet corn (fresh, frozen or canned)
  • 1/4 cucumber
  • 1/2 red onion
  • 5 sundried tomatoes
  • 1 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • pinch organic unrefined sugar
  • salt and pepper
  • handful finely chopped dill
  • handful of radish sprouts (or alfalfa etc.)
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