I love having pretty flowers on the table, but ordering arrangements from a floral shop gets expensive so I started making my own. I hit a corner flower stand (or two) to pick up my supplies and then arrange them myself. It’s fairly simple and isn’t as hard as it looks: About 15 minutes of shopping and 30 minutes of trimming/ arranging. For the flowers pictured here, it translated into a savings of about $85 (3 arrangements at $40 each from a local florist, compared to my $35 worth of flowers – I own the vases so those aren’t included in the cost savings equation). Here’s how I made these 3 flower arrangement for a fall party. (more…)
DIY Fall Flowers: How to Make $35 Flowers Look Like $120 October 30, 2012
Apple Cider Sangria October 23, 2012
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Sangria is the perfect party drink. You can make it in advance, vary the ingredients for whatever theme you have (like apples for a fall/ harvest dinner party) and it serves a crowd. If you like hard cider, you will love this sangria. There’s just enough apple flavor without it being too strong or too sweet. It makes about 6 servings when served over ice, which was just the right amount for 4 of us. It isn’t the type of drink you want to sip all night, but it’s a great way to start off. Double the recipe (or more) for larger crowds. This is a nice signature cocktail to serve on Halloween or Thanksgiving. (more…)
Rosh Hashana Favors September 24, 2008
A jar of honey is the perfect favor for Rosh Hashana. Wish your guests a “sweet” new year by buying local jars of honey from your farmer’s market. Attach a honey dipper to the bottle with a ribbon tied around the lid of the jar. Add a homemade label, if you like, with the year (the Jewish New Year is 5769 for 2008) and a greeting. These are also super practical favors, as your family and friends will have local honey to use throughout the year.
Honey dipper are available at many stores. Crate and Barrel sells simple wooden honey dippers individually for under $2 each – http://www.crateandbarrel.com/family.aspx?c=752&f=12956.