This party has not gone to the dogs, but rather celebrates our furry little friends in an upscaled and quirky way. Inspired by my Banana Peanut Butter Dog Treats, I put together a simple and, of course, budget friendly, dog themed tablescape.Using some plastic dog figurines that I purchased from the toy section of my local convenient store I created a great set of place card holders. All I needed was some primer, gold spray paint and an X-acto knife to transform a little piece of plastic into a classy, but unusual conversation starter.
A hot dog seemed like the logical choice for this doggie inspired party, but I upscaled the classic dish by creating a Banh Mi dog. I put a Vietnamese twist on the hot dog by using pork dogs on a baguette with pickled carrots, cucumber and cilantro. All of this is topped off with some spicy sriracha mayo. Not only do I love the colors on this dish, but the flavors are out of this world.
I put my old school brown paper lunch bags to use by creating ”Doggie Bags” for my guests. Using my patterned scissors I cut my brown paper bag in half, adorned it with a paw print stamp and filled it with some delicious sweet potato waffle fries.
I’ve been slowly, but surely, updating my apartment. This week I’ve been focusing on my entryway. A stunning entryway table would be ideal, but seeing as I live in a small NYC apartment practical storage is a must. Keeping my budget in mind, two Container Store shoe organizers side by side were the way to go. They serve as both storage and a bench. Not to mention, they are a great way to show off my shoe collection.
In addition to my shoe organizers turned bench I’ve been spending my days adorning my walls with Tempaper. I went with a modern gray and white pattern that travels from my dining room nook (photos coming soon) down to my front door. I always have to incorporate a little gold into my designs so a framed chalkboard completes my new, improved and budget friendly entryway.
Unwilling to go outside, I stayed inside on a rainy day. Anyone who knows me well knows that I cannot just sit around doing nothing. I always have to be moving. My eagerness to stay dry and stay active lead me to this very simple project.
What You’ll Need:
1. A glass vessel (Luckily my boyfriend saved a glass milk jar knowing I’d find someway to use it).
2. Rubber bands
3. Spray paint
1. Do not expect your spray painted glass to last a lifetime. Eventually, it will chip so be sure to handle your pieces with care and use them as display items only.
2. To help your spray paint stay longer try using an outdoor enamel based paint and apply your paint in light coats. Although I’ve never used Krylon Make It Last Clear Sealer it may also be a great option.
3. Let your spray paint dry for 20 minutes max before removing the rubber bands. This will prevent the paint from lifting off the glass. Cutting the rubber bands with scissors rather than pulling them off also helps.
4. Use an X-Acto Knife to clean up any mistakes.
I’ve been doing a lot of baking lately, but this recipe is extra special because I made these treats for Chip’s 1st birthday. Although Chip couldn’t tell me just how much he enjoyed them the evidence was all over his face…and my floor.
1 banana, 2 carrots, 2 tbsp. peanut butter, 7 oz. all-purpose flour, 3 1/2 oz. rolled oats, 2 oz. of olive oil.
1. Pre-heat over to 350 degrees and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
2. Grate carrots and mash banana with a fork and mix in flour, oats and olive oil to form dough. Add water if necessary.
3. On a floured surface, roll out dough about 1/2 inch thick and use cookie cutter or cut into small squares.
4. Bake treats for 25 minutes. Turn off oven and let cool in overnight in oven.
The recipe will make between 6-8 large dog treats.
I’ve been a fan of BHLDN since it launched in 2011, but it wasn’t until my friend mentioned the site this past weekend that I realized the true greatness of this online wedding shop. Created by the same geniuses as Anthropologie, BHLDN offers everything from wedding dresses to tabletop decor. You can find unique gifts, party-goer attire and reception decor. Everything they sell is vintage elegance with a hint of quirk. Here are a few of my favorites, but be sure to check out the entire website; you won’t regret it.
1.Dotted Voile Veil 2.Blooming Bridesmaid Card 3.Cendrillon D’Orsays 4.Macaron Soap Set
5.Placecard Stamp Set 6.Milk Glass Hobnail Jars 7.Dapper Bottle Stopper 8.Hovering Hot Air Balloon
Nothing goes better with a garden party than a batch of warm scones. Having never made scones before I decided to start simple with a delicious buttermilk scone. Not to mention I had left over buttermilk in my refrigerator from baking my baked cake doughnuts. What You’ll Need:
3 cups flour
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup buttermilk
I followed the Food network’s recipe here.
Serve warm with some butter and strawberry preserve and you’ll have some happy guests on your hands.