Miss Party’s U.K. invasion!

Miss Party has lived and loved another amazing whirlwind of warm and friendly people, amazing sights and delicious meals! Scotland and London were a brilliant complement to each other and yet, a contrast in lifestyle, history and landscape.

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In Edinburgh, our group toured the towering Edinburgh Castle, enjoyed a glamorous and unforgettable evening in an ancient castle, had a very educational Scotch whisky tasting at the Scotch Malt Whisky Society, and saw the cafe where J.K. Rowling wrote the Harry Potter series. Later in the week, we visited beautiful Glamis Castle where Queen Elizabeth and Princess Margaret lived as children (along with several spirits who regularly haunt their halls) and the legendary, St. Andrews Golf Course (which had the hubby positively giddy).

For the second half of our trip, our group trained to London and kicked off our arrival with a champagne toast on the London Eye. Over the next week we enjoyed several great London restaurants and theatre shows. We also toured Westminster Abbey, the Tate Modern Museum and the Churchill War Rooms and Museum. We allowed lots of time for some really fun shopping time in the many neighborhoods of London from Soho to Regency Park and popped over to Abbey Road for some fun pictures in the crosswalk. We even managed to get a reservation at Jamie Oliver‘s restaurant, “Fifteen“, which was a delicious meal. The topper, however, had to be Sunday brunch with Bloody Mary’s in a modern speakeasy located underneath a popular breakfast place in Soho where we entered discreetly through a 50s refrigerator door, “Narnia“-style. Yes, it was very awesome!

Miss Party adores traveling to new places and meeting new people. How about you and your family? Where have you been this summer?

The great thing about having travel as a hobby is that it never grows old!


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Green Tea-White Chocolate-Almond Cookies – Amazing matcha!

These cookies are amazing! The matcha (green tea powder) makes the dough an incredible green color and the white chocolate chips and almonds are the perfect complement to the subtle green tea flavor. This cookie is the perfect little ‘trendy’ sweet to serve with an afternoon tea. Baking with matcha is quite the rage at the moment and this recipe hits the sweet spot!

Green tea-white chocolate-almond cookies


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
1 cup light brown sugar
3/4 cup granulated white sugar
2 large eggs
1 Tablespoon pure vanilla extract (not imitation vanilla)
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 Tablespoon Matcha powder (used Matcha Powder from “Teavana”)
3/4 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 cup white chocolate chips or chunks
1 cup chopped or slivered almonds

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

1) Grease or line cookie sheets.

2) Beat butter on med-to high speed with mixer until pale and fluffy, about 2 minutes.

3) Add both sugars and beat until incorporated. Then, with mixer on a lower speed add eggs one at a time, then vanilla extract. Beating until all is well incorporated.

4) Into a separate bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt and matcha powder.

5) Slowly add dry ingredients to the wet ingredients with mixer on low speed. Hand stir in the white chocolate chips and almonds.

6) Scoop a generous teaspoon full of dough per cookie. Leave space between cookies for the dough to spread as it bakes without touching each other.

Bake 11-13 minutes. Leave cookies on the cookie sheet for 1-2 minutes after coming after the oven and then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely. Best used in 1-3 days. Store in an airtight container for up to a week. Cookies can be frozen for 1-2 weeks.

Depending on the size of your cookies, makes 5-6 dozen.

This recipe has been adapted from BonAppetit.com.

NOTE: A word about matcha green tea powder. There is a variety of price points and quality levels available for matcha powder. Though it has long been used to make various tea drinks, it has also become quite popular to use in baking. Less expensive, baking-grade matcha powder can be found at gourmet grocery stores. Tea specialty shops sell higher quality matcha powder for tea drinking. Miss Party used matcha purchased at “Teavana” which is of a very high quality and can only vouch for that particular matcha in this recipe.


A Summer Party – Celebrate the long days of summertime!

Summer Party

Miss Party does love her some good friends, good food and good drinks. Put them all together on a lovely, long summer evening and you’ve got some good times. Try throwing a casual summer party for you and your friends and see for yourself! Miss Party’s ‘Summer Solstice’ party (held on Saturday, June 21st, which […]

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Miss Party Goes to School!


Just thought I’d post a few pics of my final project from my “Graphic Systems and Structures” class at Rhode Island School of Design. It was a really challenging and interesting project. The project started with each student deciding on a small object that one could get in multiples. I chose to use the simple […]

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DIY Whimsical Ribbon Topiary – Party table decor that is bursting with color!

Whimsical topiary

Here are a few pics highlighting the whimsical curly ribbon topiaries that Miss Party created for the “On Cloud Nine” grad party. They turned out so cute she could hardly stand it! Basic supplies needed for 1 topiary: 1 large Zig Zag Pot or other base container of your choice, in color of your choice […]

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins – Best friends forever!

Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins

Miss Party is a HUGE peanut butter lover and has eaten more than her fair share of PB & J’s over the years. Thanks to her darling daughter, she has added these delicious Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins to her running list of favorite ways to consume more peanut butter. Boy, do they smell delicious […]

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Miss Party goes to the Grammy’s!

Grammy's statue

Wow! What a whirlwind weekend! Miss Party has just arrived home from a crazy, exciting weekend of event after event filled with celebrities and the best and brightest stars of the music industry. She has to pinch herself to be sure it really happened! The weekend started off with a bang at the Music Cares […]

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Crock Pot Chicken Tortilla Soup for a Crowd – Hearty and delicious!

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This yummy, spicy soup is just as perfect for warm, summery weather as it is for cold, football-watching weather. For the hostess, it’s easy to put the soup together in your crock pot in the morning and have it ready in the evening for guests to help themselves. Couldn’t be less of a fuss! Make […]

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DIY Customized Paper Lanterns – Unique and inexpensive party decor!

paper lanterns

Need that one really, “Wow! Where’d she get those?” party decor idea? Then, here’s one for you! Customize your paper lanterns. Yes, it can be done with a relatively simple technique –decoupage! Look closely at the floral/white paper lanterns and the party linens in the images above. You’ll see they are the same floral graphic. […]

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Requests, anyone?

Miss Party's ruffled streamers

Just a quick note to say, if you find you CAN’T find the idea, recipe or info you’re searching for or have a general question, make a comment on a similar post or email me at ChrisMissParty@yahoo.com. I’ll reply quickly with the link to related posts, if available, or other response. With over 400 posts […]

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