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Come Party With Me: Housewarming Party - Invites

Posted By partysugar on Jul 16, 2007 at 6:01AM

A housewarming party is a fabulous celebration where you invite friends and family into your new/remodeled/just purchased/first home. This type of party is also great for newlyweds who may be feeling a little down after the excitement from the wedding has ended and the tan from their honeymoon has faded. A housewarming allows you the chance to show off your home and after the tour is over, gather guests into a few friendly rounds of old school games like Monopoly, charades, or Taboo. For step-by-step instructions on how to make fun house shaped invitations to a game night housewarming party,

To make an invitation similar to the one seen here you will need:

  • polka dot ribbon in 2 colors (I used chocolate brown and turquoise)
  • Cardstock
  • scissors
  • glue
  • satin ribbon
  • computer and printer
  • hole punch


To assemble an invitation similar to this one:

  1. Start by creating a new document on Microsoft Word. To ensure that the invitation is small write out the text in 1 side of a column. Add all of your party details - including the time, place, and reason for the celebration (your new house!). I used the font Euphemia UCAS Italic in regular size 12. Here is what the inside of my invite says:

    Julie & Scott are finally settled in! Join them for game night
    in their new home!

    8:00 pm
    Saturday July 21

    Home sweet home is at
    5 Main Street in Washington D.C.
    Please rsvp to PartySugar 415.555.5555

  2. Print out a test sheet and read for mistakes. Once satisfied with the text, print out on to cardstock. Set aside.
  3. Make a house shaped template by taping together a rectangular piece of paper and a triangular piece of paper.
  4. Place the house shaped template over the printed text on the cardstock. Repeat, tracing another house shape on a portion of the cardstock that does not have text.
  5. Cut out the shapes.
  6. Glue small strips of ribbon to outline the shape of the roof, the windows, and front door.
  7. Punch a small hole in both house shapes (the front piece & back piece) in the exact same spot.
  8. Tie a piece of satin ribbon through the holes to connect the two pieces together to make the complete invitation. Make an elegant bow.
  9. Send in an envelope that matches the color scheme with the names of guests in your best handwriting.

Come back and party with me all this week for more tips, ideas, and inspirations for your housewarming party. Not moving anytime soon? Tell us how you celebrated your current home!

Come Party With Me: The Rehearsal Dinner

Posted By partysugar on Jun 6, 2007 at 1:58PM

The rehearsal dinner is a dinner party held the night before the wedding. Usually it occurs after the wedding party has gathered, in order to have a practice run at the ceremony location. Like the wedding and everything else involved, the bride and groom have full creative liability for the rehearsal dinner. Traditionally it's hosted by the groom's parents, but nowadays anyone can host. It can be an intimate dinner at home or a big bash at a restaurant. For my ideas on the rehearsal dinner,

Invites: The guestlist should definitely include all of the people in the wedding party, family members, and intimate friends. If you are having a small dinner call or send an email instead of sending invitations. If you want a lot of people to come, send a small note with the standard wedding invitation providing the time and location of the dinner. If you have a small destination wedding, consider inviting all of the guests to the rehearsal dinner. Also if many out of town guests will be attending the wedding, think about inviting them to it as well.

Menu: Choose a menu depending on your location, theme, and style of your wedding. If your wedding is super formal, a casual dinner is a good idea. You could have a big barbeque grilled by dad in the backyard, a hot dog party at a rented box at your local ballpark, a Mediterranean feast at a back room of the place where you had your first date, or a wine, cheese, and tapas at the garden of a nearby winery. Having the dinner at a restaurant is an excellent choice because you can leave the food, drinks, and flowers up to the waitstaff. To cut costs, serve appetizers, cocktails, and desserts instead of a full service sit down meal.

Drinks: Offer guests wine, beer, and champagne, but not a full open bar. It's customary for informal toasts to be given at the rehearsal dinner, so get enough champagne to go around. The atmosphere is much more relaxed than the wedding so allowing anyone who wants to stand up and say a few, quick words is fun for you and the guests. Give guests plenty of time to mingle during the cocktail hour because this may be the first time that new family members are meeting.

The Look: It's not necessary to go over the top with elaborate decorations - save those for the wedding! Simple yet stylish floral arrangements, glowing votive candles floating in water, white linen tablecloths, etc. Think chic, elegant, timeless, classic.

Music: A band or DJ is great for the wedding but too much at the rehearsal dinner, so put together a playlist of you and your fiance's favorite songs. Current hits and old favorites so there is a little something for everyone.

What was your rehearsal dinner like? Please share your inspirations and experiences with us below!

Come Party With Me: Bachelorette Party - Music & More

Posted By partysugar on May 18, 2007 at 7:08AM

The clock is ticking for the soon-to-be married Julie. She has time for one last fling before she faces the ring and this week I'm helping her maid of honor with a complete bachelorette party plan. It's going to be an amazing and memorable event, complete with a strip class, finger foods, slutty cocktails, and a boa-laced look (hopefully without much of a hangover!). Having a great soundtrack of girlie songs will only enhance the entire experience. Burn copies of your playlist onto a cd and include them in the goodie bags for all of your gal pals. To see my musical suggestions along with a few fabulous favor ideas

.

BuzzSugar has created a bachelorette party playlist with a no boys allowed theme. A few years ago I helped my bff Melissa put together a bachelorette party for her older sister. Melissa made a special cd with girl power songs like Cyndi Lauper's classic, Girls Just Wanna Have Fun, the Beastie Boys Girls, Lil' Kim's Ladies Night, Black Eyed Peas' My Humps, Pussy Cat Dolls Don't Cha, Destiny's Child's Independent Women and Bootylicious, These Boots Were Made For Walkin, Like A Virgin (or your favorite Madonna), and I Know What Boys Like. Use your creativity and include all of the songs that make you feel empowered as a female, make you and our gals sing at the top of your lungs and make you a dancing machine.

For the favors provide girls with items they can use throughout the evening and those they can enjoy in the future and lovingly remember the party. Besides the cds discussed above (make a cute label with the date, location, and colors of the party) and a bottle of Bitch Wine, great goodies for the goodie bags are:

  • lip gloss
  • packs of gum
  • fragrance samples
  • Simple pretty drop earrings: give each girl a different accent color (it's fun when each bag has different colored things because then people trade around to get the one they want)
  • matchbook of mini nail files
  • lighters
  • at least one sexy gag gift like a handblown glass dildo (all different sizes and colors)

What songs that make you think of a bachelorette party? Have a great favor suggestion? Share with us below!

Come Party With Me: Bachelorette Party - The Look

Posted By partysugar on May 17, 2007 at 7:01AM


It's rock and roll time for our beautiful, blushing bride Julie and no I'm not talking about walking down the aisle, I'm talking about walking down the bar, it's her bachelorette party! The stage is set for a rowdy (yet chic) bash: we've invited all of the girlfriends, planned a finger food menu, concocted a few naughty cocktails, and called up a professional female stripper to teach us a thing or two. The party will start at my place with the class and continue out at a hip hot restaurant and packed, happening night club. Since it begins at my place, I've got to transform my living quarters from everyday to bachelorette party day. To find out how I'll do it,



  • Set up an area for the dance class. A large garage, private outdoor deck, or rented dance studio space is ideal.
  • Shades of pink and silver are the colors so I'll use these to decorate.
  • Silver vases will be filled with hot pink flowers.
  • Pink candles will float in small clear bowls of water and be placed among the appetizers for cool collected centerpieces.
  • Stream/hang feather boas and streamers along windowsills, banquets, railings, and bars.
  • Create a mini bar with pitchers of sex on the beach and plenty of shot glasses for shooters.
  • Fill a large silver bin with ice, mini bottles of champagne, and plenty of cold water.
  • Place pink and silver straws at the bar along with customized cocktail napkins.
  • Gather large bunches of silver balloons and place in each of the corners of the room.
  • As a favor give each girl a bottle of screw cap Bitch wine.
  • For one tiny slutty decoration sprinkle the tables with penis shaped colored confetti.
  • Order a few games if you want to really get the party started.
  • Dress the table with a pink satin tablecloth, silver plates and silverware.
  • Got a great bachelorette party decorating idea or crazy game? Tell me about it below!

Come Party With Me: Bridal Shower

Posted By partysugar on May 16, 2007 at 11:03AM

Although this week I am all about the Bachelorette Party, I thought it would be helpful if I also discussed my bridal shower ideas. While the bachelorette party revolves around the bride's best girlfriends, the bridal shower involves all of the important females in the bride's life (mother, grandmother, aunts, cousins, etc.). Like the wedding, the bridal shower should reflect your personal style, attitudes, and preferences. Love to cook? Have it at a cooking class. Crafty? Host a knitting, pottery, or painting bridal shower. Pamper you and your ladies with a spa shower. Other ideas are a picnic, outdoor activity (horseback riding, white water rafting, etc), psychic reading, salsa dancing, sleep over, and tea party. Themes make planning the event much easier and so will my party tips so

Invites: Keep the invites chic and simple. Make them yourselves with pretty baby blue and yellow cardstock. I like the cards on Paper Style for easy, original pre made invites. Write a message along these lines

PartySugar invites you to join her
in honoring the bride-to-be
Julie Barber

Saturday May 19, 2007
5:00 pm
PartySugar's House, San Francisco

Rsvp 415.555.5555

Guests are invited to bring presents, as the point of the event is to shower a bride with love, gifts, and attention. Don't forget to invite the important females in the groom's life as well: his sisters, cousins, mother, grandmother should all be in attendance.

Menu: Depending on what type of party you host the menu will vary. Keep things relaxed by choosing a few scrumptious appetizers for guests to nibble on throughout the event. Yum's
Rosemary Crackers

are buttery and tasty. Pair with an assortment of cheeses, olives, and fresh berries for a chic wine party. For dessert slice up a
Lemon Cake

. Bowls of
Curried Vegetable Dip

with
Homemade Potato Chips

are perfect for an outdoor gathering when paired with
Apricot-Nut Turkey-Salad Sandwiches

. For dessert
Chocolate Dipped Shortbread Hearts

are adorable and yummy.


Drinks: Female friendly Champagne or sparkling wine are wonderful choices for this girlie event. Buy a case of regular white wine and chill several bottles. For pregnant friends or those who simply don't drink offer faux champagne and
Near White Wine

. Not into wine?
Mojito

s can be made by the pitcher and poured as guests arrive. A
PomTea Spritzer

is another good choice if you prefer vodka.


The Look: Decorate with smooth fabrics, warming colors, and glowing candles. Fill every vase you own with the bride's favorite flower in her favorite color. This will fill the party with a beautiful floral fragrance. Create texture by covering surfaces with various shades of the shower's colors. Usually a shower involves some sort of activity or games however I enjoyed what the bride did at the last shower I attended: it was a luncheon where we all sat in a big square facing each other. Instead of playing a game we went around the room and each guest said something special about the bride. Whether it be a funny story from her past, why they loved her so much, everything that was said was genuinely heartfelt, honest, and memorable. It really made the party much more intimate and I left feeling much closer to everyone who was present. Afterwards the bride said her teary thanks and opened her presents.

Music: Keep things light and comfortable by playing a mixture of the bride's current and classic hits. A variety of styles: classical, jazz, soul, pop, r&b is a good idea to ensure that the music doesn't become boring. Have it playing low in the background throughout and turn down when the games, speeches, or presents begin. If playing a game that involves a certain song be sure to have it ready and waiting so there are no jerky transitions during the event.

Got a great tip for a bridal shower? What was your bridal shower like? Please share your thoughts and experiences with all of us below, as they can be truly inspiring!

Come Party With Me: Bachelorette Party - Drinks

Posted By partysugar on May 16, 2007 at 6:01AM


The funnest part of planning any bachelorette party (after picking out a male stripper of course!) is picking out the specialty cocktails. I wanted to find ones that will allow Julie and her best friends to lose their inhibitions and really party hard. I've been keeping the party as classy and chic as possible with a strip class (so Julie can give Scott a little dance on her wedding night!), lingerie gifts, elegant invitations, and a tasty menu. But even I have to add a little bit of sleazy slutiness and I'll do so with the alcohol. To see what I'll be serving up to wash down the savory finger foods,

Girls can choose from the classic
Sex On The Beach

cocktail or the fabulously fun
Blow Job

shooter (watch out these tasty shots go down too easily!)


Sex On The Beach
From Bachelorette Party Drinks

1 1/2 oz Schnapps, peach .
1 1/2 oz. Vodka
2 oz. cranberry Juice
2 oz. orange Juice
2 oz. pineapple Juice

  1. Combine ingredients in a cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. Shake and strain into a highball glass filled with ice.

Serves 1.

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Blow Job
From Bachelorette Party Drinks

3/4 oz Kahlua
3/4 oz Bailey's Irish cream
Whipped cream

  1. Layer in order in shot glass. Drink without using your hands. Expect to make a few of these during a bachelorette party.

Serves 1.

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What crazy cocktails would you serve up at a bachelorette party hosted for your best friend? Share your cool concoctions below!

Come Party With Me: Bachelorette Party - Dessert

Posted By partysugar on May 15, 2007 at 2:28PM

Having a wide assortment of snacks is a great idea for a bachelorette party not only because you have something to munch on while you mingle, gossip, and open gifts, but also so there are leftovers when you come back hungry and tired after a night of dancing and drinking. I'm planning Julie's bachelorette party (no I am not her maid of honor but who ever is should take a look at this week's party!) complete with a strip class and the usual ladies night out revelries. Some of the savory finger foods have meat and others are vegetarian friendly, but one that all the girls will be able to nibble on are the sweet bars I'll be making: a delicious chocolate caramel shortbread bar with three yummy melt in your mouth layers. Even if you aren't hosting a bachelorette party anytime soon, this is a great recipe to have in your repertoire so get reading now and


Chocolate Caramel Shortbread Bars
From Joy Of Baking

Shortbread:
3/4 cup (1 1/2 stick) (170 grams) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated white sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (210 grams) all purpose flour
1/8 teaspoon salt
Caramel filling:
1 - 14 ounce (396 grams) can Dulce de Leche or sweetened condensed milk
Chocolate topping:
6 ounces (170 grams) semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate, cut into pieces
1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (177 degrees C) and place rack in center of oven. Grease with butter (or use a cooking spray) a 9 x 9 inch (23 x 23 cm) pan.
  2. For shortbread: in the bowl of your electric mixer, or with a hand mixer, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Beat in the vanilla extract. Add the flour and salt and beat until the dough just comes together.
  4. Press onto the bottom of your greased pan and bake for about 20 minutes, or until pale golden in color.
  5. Remove from oven and place on a wire rack to cool while you make the filling.
  6. For caramel filling: if using Dulce de Leche then simply warm the caramel in the microwave or in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water.
  7. If using sweetened condensed milk, pour the milk into a heatproof bowl and place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water. Cover and cook, over low heat, stirring occasionally, for 45 to 60 minutes or until the milk has thickened and has turned a light caramel color. (You can also do this step in a microwave oven. Place the sweetened condensed milk in a large microwaveable bowl and cook on medium power for about 4 minutes, stirring halfway through baking time. Reduce the power to medium-low and continue to cook for another 8 to 12 minutes, or until the milk has thicken and has turned a light caramel color. Remove from microwave and beat until smooth.)
  8. Remove from heat and beat until smooth.
  9. Pour the caramel over the baked shortbread and leave to set.
  10. For chocolate topping: melt the chocolate and butter either in the microwave oven or in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water.
  11. Pour the melted chocolate evenly over the caramel and leave to set.
  12. Cut the shortbread into pieces using a sharp knife.
  13. Store the shortbread in the refrigerator to keep the chocolate nice and firm.

Makes 16 - 2 inch (5 cm) squares.

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What did you snack on at your bachelorette party? Share with us below!

Come Party With Me: Bachelorette Party - Meaty Appetizers

Posted By partysugar on May 15, 2007 at 10:01AM

So you were just asked to be maid of honor at your best friend's wedding and are horrified at the thought of planning her bachelorette party. Well have no fear all this week I'll guide you through the steps of creating a memorable and wonderful send off for your bff. Start by picking a date and sending the invitations. Next decide on the activities (I chose a stripping class and lingerie shower) and plan a menu of delicious appetizers. Earlier today I wrote about the vegetarian friendly finger foods and right now I'll reveal the recipes for the meat-lovers' hors d'oeurves. All of the appetizers are healthy, but a little heavier in order to soak up the large quantities of alcohol that will be consumed during the course of the night. So please

Scrumptious
Crab & Pork Spring Rolls

are the perfectly chic snack for your girlfriends. A French
Alsatian Potato and Bacon Tart

will round out the menu of savory finger foods.


Crab & Pork Spring Rolls
From Gourmet magazine

1/2 oz dried wood ear mushrooms (about 2)
6 oz ground fatty pork (from shoulder)
1/4 lb jumbo lump crabmeat, picked over
1 whole large egg, lightly beaten, plus 1 large egg yolk, lightly beaten separately
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
1 scallion, finely chopped
2 small garlic cloves, finely chopped
Rounded 1/4 teaspoon salt
30 Vietnamese rice-paper wedges*
About 6 cups peanut or vegetable oil
Special equipment: a deep-fat thermometer
Accompaniment: nuoc cham dipping sauce, recipe below

  1. Cover mushrooms with hot water by 1 inch in a bowl and soak 20 minutes (mushrooms will expand). Drain in a fine-mesh sieve and rinse thoroughly, then drain again. Trim off and discard any hard parts from mushrooms, then finely chop. (You should have about 3 tablespoons.)
  2. Stir together mushrooms, pork, crabmeat, beaten whole egg, cilantro, ginger, scallion, garlic, and salt in a bowl until combined well.
  3. Line a tray with wax paper. Put a double thickness of paper towels on a work surface and fill a shallow baking pan with warm water.
  4. Discard any rice-paper wedges with holes. Soak 1 wedge in warm water until pliable, 30 seconds to 1 minute, then carefully transfer to paper towels, arranging it with curved side of wedge nearest you.
  5. Put 1 tablespoon filling in middle of curved side about 1/2 inch from edge and shape filling horizontally into a 2 3/4-inch log. Fold left and right corners of wedge over filling, overlapping slightly and aligning bottom edges. (Wedge will resemble an open envelope.)
  6. Dab top corner with some yolk, then tightly roll up wedge away from you, making sure ends stay tucked inside. (Be sure to roll up wedges tightly or air pockets will prevent rolls from browning evenly when fried.) Put roll, seam side down, on tray and loosely cover with plastic wrap.
  7. Make more rolls in same manner, transferring to tray and arranging 1/2 inch apart. Keep loosely covered until ready to fry.
  8. Heat about 1 inch of oil in a 5- to 6-quart pot over moderately high heat until it registers 365°F on thermometer.
  9. Fry rolls in batches of 5 or 6, keeping rolls apart during first minute of frying to prevent sticking and stirring occasionally, until golden brown and cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes.
  10. ransfer as fried with a slotted spoon to paper towels to drain. (Return oil to 365°F between batches.)

Make ahead: Rolls can be assembled (but not fried) 1 month ahead and frozen on a tray in 1 layer, 1/2 inch apart, about 2 hours, then transferred to an airtight container or sealed plastic bag and kept frozen. Thaw in refrigerator, uncovered, in 1 layer, 1/2 inch apart, then pat dry before frying.

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Makes 10 hors d'oeuvre servings.

*Found in Asian markets and at Adriana's Caravan

Nuoc Cham Dipping Sauce
From Gourmet magazine

1 tablespoon sugar
1/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup Asian fish sauce, preferably nuoc mam
2 tablespoons rice vinegar (not seasoned)
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1 fresh Thai chile (2 to 3 inches; preferably red) including seeds, thinly sliced crosswise

  1. Stir together sugar and water in a bowl until sugar is dissolved. Stir in remaining ingredients and chill, covered, at least 2 hours to allow flavors to develop.
  2. Bring to room temperature before serving (this will take about 1 hour).

Makes about 1 cup.

Make ahead: Sauce can be chilled up to 3 days.

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Alsatian Potato and Bacon Tart
From Food & Wine magazine

6 ounces meaty slab or thick-cut bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1 medium baking potato, peeled and coarsely shredded
2 teaspoons sherry vinegar
2 teaspoons snipped chives
1 teaspoon chopped sage
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 pound prepared pizza or bread dough, thawed if frozen
1/4 cup crème fraîche
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

  1. Preheat the oven to 500°.
  2. In a large, heavy skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat until lightly browned around the edges, about 3 minutes; drain.
  3. Add the onion to the skillet and cook over moderate heat until lightly browned, about 2 minutes.
  4. Add the potato and cook, stirring, for 3 minutes; add a little water to the pan if the potato begins to stick. Stir in the vinegar, chives and sage and season with salt and pepper; remove from the heat.
  5. On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough to a 10-by-13-inch rectangle.
  6. Transfer to a lightly floured baking sheet, stretching it back into the rectangle.
  7. Stir the crème fraîche and nutmeg into the potato mixture and spread it over the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border all around. Scatter the bacon on top. Bake the tart for 12 minutes, or until the edges are browned. Cut into squares and serve hot.

Make ahead: The tart can be baked earlier in the day; reheat before serving.

Makes about 24 squares.

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Wondering what sweet treat I'll be serving alongside all these savory appetizers? Come back this afternoon to see my serving suggestion.

Come Party With Me: Bachelorette Party - Vegetarian Appetizers

Posted By partysugar on May 15, 2007 at 5:58AM


Although you might not generally associate food with a bachelorette party, I can't plan a party (no matter what kind) without offering guests a little something to snack on. The bachelorette will be no different and I'm making an assortment of tasty finger foods for the gals to munch on throughout the afternoon. Following the details on the invitation, Julie's gal pals will be arriving at 5 pm. A stripper will be giving an informal dance class at 6 so the girls will have time to snack before and after the class. As heavy drinking is most likely a part of the night, my appetizers are heavy on dough, cheese, and yummy fillings. I'll start with 2 vegetarian bites (that can both be made in advance!): creamy mushroom phyllo triangles and Greek cheese squares. To get the recipes,



Creamy Mushroom Phyllo Triangles
From Cooking Light magazine

3/4 cup dried porcini mushrooms (about 3/4 ounce)
1 pound button mushrooms
1 large onion, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 8 ounces)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
6 ounces 1/3-less-fat cream cheese
1/2 cup finely chopped flat-leaf parsley
24 (18 x 14-inch) sheets frozen phyllo dough, thawed
Olive oil-flavored cooking spray

  1. Cover porcini mushrooms with boiling water in a bowl. Let stand 1 hour. Drain well; chop.
  2. Place half of button mushrooms in a food processor; pulse 8 times or until finely chopped. Remove from processor.
  3. Repeat procedure with remaining button mushrooms.
  4. Add onion to processor; pulse 8 times or until finely chopped.
  5. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion; sauté 5 minutes.
  6. Add button mushrooms; cook until mushrooms are tender and liquid evaporates (about 10 minutes).
  7. Stir in porcini mushrooms, oregano, salt, pepper, and nutmeg; cook for 2 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat. Add cheese; stir until cheese melts. Stir in parsley.
  9. Preheat oven to 375°.
  10. Place 1 phyllo sheet on a large cutting board or work surface (cover remaining phyllo to prevent drying). Cut sheet in half lengthwise; lightly coat with cooking spray. Fold each phyllo piece in half lengthwise to form a (3 1/2-inch-wide) strip.
  11. Spoon a level tablespoon of mushroom mixture onto 1 short end of each strip, leaving a 1-inch border. Fold 1 corner of edge with 1-inch border over mixture, forming a triangle; continue folding back and forth into a triangle to end of strip.
  12. Repeat procedure with remaining phyllo, cooking spray, and mushroom mixture.
  13. Place triangles, seam side down, on baking sheets coated with cooking spray. Lightly coat tops with cooking spray.
  14. Bake at 375° for 20 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.

Makes 48 triangles.

Make ahead: Assemble and freeze up to two weeks before the party. Don't thaw the triangles before baking; just add seven minutes to the baking time.

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NUTRITION PER SERVING CALORIES 49(37% from fat); FAT 2g (sat 0.8g,mono 1g,poly 0.2g); PROTEIN 1.5g; CHOLESTEROL 3mg; CALCIUM 7mg; SODIUM 97mg; FIBER 0.5g; IRON 0.6mg; CARBOHYDRATE 6.2g

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Greek Cheese Squares
From Suite 101

1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole milk
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 cups flour

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease a jelly roll pan or large baking sheet and set aside. (Ideally the pan should be 10x10 inches, but use whatever is on hand or a combination of pans.)
  2. In a large bowl, beat the butter with an electric mixer until light and fluffy.
  3. Add olive oil and beat on low for two minutes.
  4. Add milk, baking powder, and cheese; beat for one minute more. Add half of the flour and beat until smooth.
  5. Add the second cup of flour and mix dough by hand until smooth. Knead dough for three to five minutes.
  6. Spread the soft dough evenly over prepared pan. Dough should be about 1/8-inch thick. Using a sharp knife, cut through the dough to create 1-inch squares.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, or until tops are golden brown. Remove from the oven and allow to cool completely on wire racks.
  8. Store in airtight containers for up to 10 days.

Makes about 100 squares.

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Be sure to check back later today for the rest of the menu!

Come Party With Me: Bachelorette Party - Invites

Posted By partysugar on May 14, 2007 at 10:59AM

Welcome back to the extended wedding coverage here on the Sugar Network. I've already planned an engagement and wedding and now it's on to more important matters: the bachelorette party! This week I'll be racking my brain for the best bachelorette party ideas to help you plan your girlfriend's, sister's, and soon to be sister-in-law's final fling before she faces the ring. You know I'm not a fan of anything over the top tacky and cheesy so there will be no dildo headbands in sight. Instead I'm planning an entire afternoon for Julie and her gang of gal pals to have a fabulous and memorable time. The fete gets kicked off at 5 with a stripper (who will teach Julie a few moves to use on her wedding night), followed by dinner, drinks, and dancing until dawn. Oh and it's also a lingerie shower so only gifts in the form of lingerie will be accepted. I'm really excited about planning this one so let's get the party started by making the invitations and

To make this invitation you will need:

  • cardstock (I'm using hot pink and silver-which will be the colors of the party)
  • fun decorative paper (I found bachelorette party paper at my local scrapbooking store)
  • scissors
  • glue
  • ring image
  • bikini bottom image
  • bra image
  • martini glass image
  • computer & printer

To assemble this invite:

  1. Start by printing out one each of the little images (bra/panty, martini glass, engagement ring). Cut out. These will serve as templates.
  2. Carefully trace the cut out images onto one of the pieces of cardstock (I used silver). Repeat with each image until each shape is cut on cardstock. Set aside.
  3. Create a new word document and type the details of the invitation. Here's what mine has to say:

    You’re Invited To Celebrate Julie’s
    Final Fling Before The Ring!

    A Bachelorette Party
    Saturday May 19th
    5:00 pm Stripper Class
    8:00 pm Dinner
    10:00 pm Drinks & Dancing

    PartySugar’s House
    San Francisco, CA
    Rsvp 415.444.4444

    *Please bring a gift in the form of lingerie to help jump start Julie’s career as a sexy new wife*

    I used Bradley Hand ITC TT-Bold size 12.

  4. Print out a test copy of the details and once satisfied with the layout print out on the cardstock (I used hot pink).
  5. Cut down to size. Cut the decorative paper down to size to fit just inside the cardstock/text.
  6. Glue the decorative paper to the back of the text, this will serve as the front of the invitation (with the text/party info on the back).
  7. On top of the decorative paper on the front side of the invite, glue the silver martini glass, engagement ring, and lingerie shapes.
  8. Send in pretty pink envelopes addressed in your sexiest black ink handwriting.

How would you design a bachelorette invitation? Share your ideas below!