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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

 

 

Star Spangled Picnic

July 01, 2014 } Blog, Party ideas { by Kelly | No Comments

Summer means gathering in backyards, on patios and on park lawns to dine al fresco with family and friends.  And with the 4th of July just a few days away, there’s no better reason to pack a picnic for the fireworks show.

I just love 4th of July festivities.  My entertaining articles in Southern Exposure Magazine are all about celebrating stylishly with food and fun.  This month I focused on a red, white and blue “Star Spangled Picnic”

Kelly Spalding Designs 4th of July picnicI love to make things pretty and functional!  No one likes to have a huge mess after the party is over, especially after the fireworks.  I will confess that I am addicted to chips and salsa but it can get messy when serving a crowd outside.  These boxes are great, easy to load up snacks and then toss when done.  Who wants their chips to get soggy?  Cupcake liners are just the thing to keep that from happening.  Clever right?

Kelly Spalding Designs 4th of July patriotic picnic.  My 4th menu must include hotdogs and potato salad….just like my mom’s and grandmother’s did.  I always serve it in a bowl on ice to keep it fresh and delicious.   Sliders, wings, deviled eggs and fruit kabobs are my family’s favorite items so of course they are on the menu too.

Kelly Spalding Designs 4th of July patriotic picnic.  Fruit kabobs.These kabobs are super easy but make a big impact on your guests.  I do these first thing in the morning on the day of the picnic and cover them tightly in plastic wrap to keep them fresh.  Plus it’s not really a summer party without watermelon!

Kelly Spalding Designs patriotic picnic.  Firecracker marshmallowsDon’t forget dessert.  These little firecrackers are a crowd pleaser and they add a lot of pizazz to your table decor too.  I found some great cardboard star cut outs to serve them on.

Kelly Spalding Designs patriotic picnic.  Poptail, ice pop with sparkling wineThis summer my favorite beverage is what I like to refer to as a “Poptail”  A twist on a childhood favorite.  I have tried lots of combinations (for research y’all), this one is a pomegranate ice pop with sparkling wine.  You’re welcome!

Kelly Spalding Designs patriotic picnic  Poptail, lime ice pop with Corona So pull out your picnic basket and make it a portable party.  Food just tastes better when it is served on a quilt during a warm summer night.  Don’t forget a lighter, citronella candles, bug spray, wet wipes, salt and pepper shakers, ziplock bags, flashlights (very important when cleaning up in the dark) chairs, blankets and of course some sparklers!  Have a wonderful 4th of July.

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

 

Valentine’s Day Decor Giveaway

January 29, 2014 } Blog, Inspiration, Party ideas { by Kelly | No Comments

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Kelly Spalding Designs is excited to be spreading the love this week.  In memory of my Mom’s birthday on February 6 we are having a fun giveaway. Paper straws, Bedazzled Bon Bons, Love gift bag, and a few other surprise goodies.

Lots of ways to enter:

1.  Leave a comment below, we love to hear what you think!

2.  Leave a comment on Kelly Spalding Designs Facebook page on any #ValentinesDayDecor post

3.  Tweet “I entered to win @KSDinFranklin #ValentinesDayDecor”

4.  Follow me on Pinterest and  repin all #ValentinesDayDecor pins.

Winner will be announced February 6.

Make sure to get the new issue of Southern Exposure Magazine for lots of ideas and recipes for celebrating Valentine’s Day with your sweetie and children.

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!