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Gingerbread House Decorating Party

December 18, 2015 } Blog, Entertaining at home, Party ideas { by Kelly | No Comments

For me Christmas isn’t about the things, it’s about the traditions and one of my favorite Christmas traditions is decorating Gingerbread Houses.  We have always hosted our family Christmas gathering and with a house full of people and lots of food prep going on, I wanted to have something fun to occupy the kids and that is when the Gingerbread house decorating extravaganza started.  I love the candy, the icing, the endless possibilities of decor and of course the fun I have with my children and their friends!

Gingerbread party by Kelly SpaldingSmarties, Twizzlers, Skittles and Starbursts are all great for decorating. I keep my eye out for the red and green M&Ms and buy them the minute they hit the shelves because I made the mistake of waiting one year and couldn’t find them anywhere. Necco wafers are a must for my gingerbread house roof and since they can be hard to find, I order them online. Marshmallows and pretzels make great roofs too and are easier for the little ones to use.

Gingerbread party by Kelly Spalding  Christmas Aprons from Kelly Spalding DesignsAprons are the perfect favor for this party. You can make simple ones that match your decorations or buy plain ones and decorate. I added gingerbread men cookie cutters at each setting. I tied a ribbon so they could use it as a tree ornament and remember the fun day we spent together.

Gingerbread party by Kelly Spalding Designs - Decorating kit I am a firm believer that you can never have too much icing. I make a huge batch and fill individual icing bags with simple decorating tips for each guest. I used bakers twine to tie the end and add a little pizazz.   I have made my gingerbread before and if you have the time, go for it. It makes the house smell amazing but if you’re like me and need a short cut there are plenty of kits available. (You can also make them out of graham crackers)   Here is a trade secret for you; I hot glue them together before everyone arrives and glue them on a cake round so they don’t slide all over the place. This lesson was learned the hard way when my boys were little and half way through the decorating process all the houses collapsed, trust me on this one.

Gingerbread party by Kelly Spalding Designs - sugarcane trees #KellySpaldingDesignsSugar cones turn into Christmas trees with green icing and colorful candy. You can also make fun ones out of pretzel sticks and green candy coating. You will need to make a lot of these because they disappear quickly…..just look for the green teeth to find the culprits.

Gingerbread party by Kelly Spalding Designs - pretzel trees #KellySpaldingDesigns

Gingerbread House party by Kelly Spalding Designs #KellySpaldingDesigns #Gingerbreadhouse #PartyThe finished projects are so fun to see and everyone is very proud of their designs.  We always give out awards for best decorated and most unique.

Gingerbread party by Kelly Spalding Designs - North Pole cupcakes #KellySpaldingDesignsNorth Pole cupcakes are easy and just adorable on the table. White icing, coconut flakes, peppermint stick and a red M&M attached on the top with a little dot of icing.
What Christmas traditions does your family cherish? How ever you celebrate I hope you have the merriest of merry and the happiest of happy for you and yours!

Stylishly Yours,
Kelly

 

 

Movie Night Popcorn

June 28, 2015 } Blog, Entertaining at home { by Kelly | No Comments

Movie night is a favorite family activity at our house and of course popcorn is a must.  I love to try out new recipes and the kids really enjoy being the taste testers.  At least one time during the summer I let the kids invite friends over and I treat them to a FUN night of snacks and of course a really good movie.

Movie night popcorn - Kelly Spalding Entertaining at HomeThe popcorn machine is always a huge hit and I like to give everyone lots of snack options.  Theater size candy and fun popcorn containers makes it more festive and adult and kids alike have fun filling up their snack boxes with all of their favorites.

Confetti Popcorn - Kelly Spalding Entertaining at HomeConfetti Popcorn is addicting and just a little bit fancy, don’t ya think?

  • 24 cups of plain popcorn
  • 1 lb of vanilla candy coating

Follow melting directions on candy coating package. Spread popcorn out on a cookie sheet and pour candy coating over the popcorn until coated. Let sit a few minutes then sprinkle with non-parells for a festive look.

Cajun Popcorn - Kelly Spalding Entertaining at HomeCajun Popcorn is one of my favorites.  I love to eat salty then sweet and repeat!

  • 24 cups of plain popcorn
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 2 T of Cajun seasoning
  • Salt to taste

 Melt butter in microwave and add Cajun seasoning. Pour over popped corn stirring until evenly covered. Salt to taste.

Salted caramel and marshmallow popcorn - Kelly Spalding Entertaining at homeMy Salted Caramel Marshmallow Popcorn was a huge hit and is now a family favorite. 

  • 24 cups of plain popcorn
  • 4 T butter
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 T light corn syrup
  • 3 cups mini marshmallows

Melt butter in saucepan over medium heat. Add brown sugar, corn syrup and stir until melted and smooth. Add marshmallows and let melt. Take off heat and add vanilla. Drizzle over popped corn slowly, turning with wooden spoon. Once the popped corn is coated, let the caramel mixture cool then add sea salt.  A party in your mouth y’all!

Movie night ideas - Kelly Spalding Entertaining at homeI love to add a little nostalgia and serve bottled drinks with fun paper straws.

Movie night ideas - Kelly Spalding Entertaining at HomeI hope this inspires you to have a fun family movie night filled with sweet memories.

Stylishly Yours,                                                                                                                                                      

Kelly

 

 

Mardi Gras

February 16, 2015 } Blog, Entertaining at home { by Kelly | No Comments

Let’s talk Mardi Gras y’all!  My Louisiana roots run deep and I always want to be in New Orleans this time of year but instead I bring a little cajun goodness to Tennessee.  Here are some easy ideas for you to do the same.

MenuGumbo, Dirty Rice, Crawfish Casserole and King Cake are always on my menu.


Mask & BoaBeads, sequin masks and boas make decorating so much fun.  I bought gold, green and purple ornaments at an after Christmas sale.  


HurricanesMy parties always pack a punch and these New Orleans style Hurricanes are no exception.

King CakeThe King Cake is a favorite….who will be the lucky one to find the baby?

Cake with baby

Dirty Rice Recipe:

1lb ground pork sausage, 1 1/2 lb ground beef, 1 med onion (chopped), 2 ribs celery (chopped), 1 medium green bell pepper (chopped), 3 cups cooked rice, 1/2 cup chopped parsley and 4 green onions (chopped) tops and bottoms, 1 T cajun seasoning, salt and pepper to taste and if you like a little more heat add 1/4 teaspoon of red pepper

Brown both meats together, add chopped vegetables to meat mixture and cook over medium heat until they are tender.  Add cooked rice, parsley and green onions.  Stir well and turn off heat.  Cover and let set about 15 minutes.

I hope you have a fabulous Fat Tuesday darling!

Stylishly Yours,

Kelly

 

 

 

Talk Derby to Me!

May 01, 2014 } Blog, Entertaining at home, Party ideas { by Kelly | No Comments

There are few things more sacred to a born and bred Kentucky girl than the Kentucky Derby.  It is the one time of year that all eyes are on my home state for the most exciting two minutes in sports.  Oh, how I love the beautiful horses, the fabulous hats, the stunning roses and, of course, the bourbon…y’all….lots and lots of bourbon!

 Derbypartybourbon1I used bright ribbons to mimic the colors of the jockey’s silks and every Southern gentleman must have monogrammed rocks glasses.

derbypartymintjulepMint Juleps are the traditional drink of choice for any Derby gathering.  An engraved pewter cup and crushed ice are a must!

2014-03-17 00.49.31Seersucker and red roses are the perfect choice for your table decor then add a big ol’ hat and some horseshoes.

2014-03-17 01.32.15Of course a world famous Hot Brown is always on the menu, it’s a favorite on Derby Day.

Stylishly Yours, Kelly

 

Host a college football Bowl game party!

December 15, 2010 } Blog, Entertaining at home, Party ideas { by Kelly | 3 Comments

Love football?  Is your team bowl game bound?  Well have a party!

 

You don’t have to do typical football food.  Glam it up a bit!

Don’t worry if you haven’t taken your Christmas decorations down…use them for the buffet table.

Make it easy for guests to eat in front of the TV….nobody wants to miss a big play!

A Pomegranate margarita is my LSU signature drink!

Enjoy the holidays and take every opportunity to have fun with family and friends.  Football is food for the soul and I am hungry! Aren’t you?  Tell me about your party plans!