Here's an example of the invitation I used when I hosted bridal shower for Princess to be, Catherine Middleton. The designs from artist, Anna Skye, are pretty and can be used for a sophisticated tea party or special occasion. I'm a huge fan of these designs. I ran across the site while searching for ideas for my invitation. The Flower Trellis design reminds me of Victorian gardens and country roses. Here is the link for you to see all the designs for yourself:
I wanted something pretty and classic for this event. I found it and downloaded it within minutes. It is a Microsoft Word template. Fortunately I have experience working with graphic and text boxes in Word. I added the royal crown graphic. I modified the font size and added text boxes in the corner. This takes a litte bit of know how and patience. I am very happy with the results. I am sending a big Thank you to the designer. This special site saved me a lot of time. The invitation set the tone for a really fun, and elegant party!
It's apple harvest time here in Northern California. My good neighbor brought me a gift. He gave me some home grown, organic apples from his tree. I have no idea what varieties; some were green, and some were red. They were delicious. But they needed to be eaten up. The apples were crisp and not too sweet.
I asked my friends on Facebook this question: "When life gives you apples, what do you do? Apple crisp, Apple pie or Applesauce? People responded with incredible apple ideas. I can tell many people love apples! I ended up making Apple Crisp. It doesn't photograph well but it tastes magnificent. I've had requests for the recipe. So here it is. All you have to do is click the link for a copy. Let me know if you try it or make a variation. Get a FREE copy of my recipe here.
I've been working on an eBook and the subject is near to my heart. This book is about Volunteer Coordination and Event Management. Volunteer work is so important. This book talks about how to make all the time and energy that goes in to an event more enjoyable. This book will help you organize your group of volunteers whether you are planning a large or small event. Click here to download your free copy of the book in PDF format. I include suggestions for using Google Documents to build a library of reusable forms that your group can share on line for Free. Please read the book, pass it around and leave me comments. I wish you great success with your volunteer and community service work!
January is the perfect time of year to make a delicious pot of chili. Beans are easy on your wallet after the holiday spending season. It's a one dish meal that is both tasty and satisfying. I've been making this hearty Vegetarian Chili for many years. I think it's good enough to enter in a chili cook off! At least that's what my friends and family say. They come back for seconds and thirds of this fantastic dish. You can make it yourself and let me know what you think. Click the link below to download your Free PDF file of Kerry's Vegetarian Chili Recipe. Meat lovers also rave about this chili. The key to the texture is an ingredient called TVP. TVP is really Textured Vegetable Proteins. They are easy to find. Look for it at Whole Foods, a health food store, or any specialty market. TVP's are sometimes sold in the bulk bins and they are sometimes called DVP. DVP means Dehydrated Veggie Protein. We go for Bob's Red Mill brand. Serve with corn bread of course. Enjoy!
Do you know what color ribbon raises awareness for people with HIV/Aids? Do you know what the V in the V-sign (peace sign) stands for? Do you know the name of the foundation that awards a Peace Prize? These are sample questions from my Quiz. I call it the "Pay it Forward Quiz Game" because even if you know all the answers you might pay your quiz sheet forward. Get the free PDF download for answers and instructions on how to play this party game. We played it at our Soup Bowl theme party to raise community involvement and to get people to think more about social activism. I hope this post gets you thinking. Let me know if you have any more ideas or great questions for the quiz game.
A simple party idea needed a simple graphic to set the tone. See below for the invitation I designed for the 2009 event. Each year I host this party with a team of fabulous friends who have a flair for entertaining. This year the theme was based on a different idea- to do something nice for our community. So we came up with the Soup Bowl party. I also invented a quiz game- we asked everyone to put in $10 donation to go towards a good cause. It ended up being a lot of fun and it inspired some heart felt conversations. I'll put up my quiz in a another post in case you want to use it for an event. I took out my favorite Prismacolor felt pens and made the soup bowl illustration. I'm attaching the soup bowl graphic art free for you to use- click herefor PDF. Here's the wording inside the invitation:
Sunday evening, March 22
5:00 to 8:00 PM
hosted by __________
A selection of delicious soups and breads will be served
At ________ house, address
Play our "Pay it Forward" Quiz Game
To join the fun bring $10 donation
We will "gift" the donation pot to your favorite charity if you win!
Bring with you:
A spoon and a bowl
Optional- a beverage to share.
And for you foodies... here are menu ideas- we had 3 soups on the stove and we served each person using their personal bowls. A veggie red pepper and fennel, creamy cream of mushroom, and a hearty white bean, kale and sausage. Each soup was garnished and special. People came back to try seconds on their own and the whole atmosphere was comfy and yummy.
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