Fabric-Inspired Party Theme – The perfect fabric is inspirational!

Have you found a fabric you’d love to use for an upcoming party–a party inspiration fabric? Miss Party has one in mind for a huge grad party this spring. Use your fabric to set the color scheme, style, and theme of your party! Of course, you’ll also want it to cross over to the paper realm for use in making party invitations, food and beverage tent cards, signs, borders, napkin wraps, water bottle covers, etc. It will pull your party’s decor together in a snap and look smashing in the process!

“Well, yes, that WOULD be lovely,” you say, “but where in the world would I get a paper version of the most perfect fabric ever?”

Ahhh, read on my friend, Miss Party will share the secret! Take a look at the photo above intended for a summer cocktail party. The Moroccan-inspired paisley table runner from The Pottery Barn in the back-left of the photo is divine but, naturally, it didn’t come in any paper form. So, how did Miss Party make invitations with it?

The ridiculously simple solution to solving the dilemma of wanting a coordinated look on paper with a particular fabric when one isn’t available – is to make it yourself! COLOR PHOTOCOPY THE FABRIC!! Try increasing the color intensity a bit on your home printer and print on a high-quality brochure paper. If your printer can’t quite do the trick, go to a copy center store and use a higher-quality color copier. If you need a piece larger than 8 1/2 x 11, use 8 1/2 x 14. You can also very easily reduce the pattern to get it in scale for whatever you plan to use it for. Miss Party reduced the floral pattern in the pic below to 85 percent for use in her invitation so that more of the pattern would show.

Next, is a Mexican-inspired floral fabric photocopied and cut to resemble a square Mexican tile for a Tex-Mex ‘Summer Fiesta’. It turned out perfectly and was super simple to throw together! Miss Party continued the inspiration fabric throughout the party by creating a Tex-Mex themed menu and used the photocopied fabric to make small food and beverage tent cards for the food table, a Salsa Bar, beverage bar and coffee station. Then, she pulled out the flowers in the fabric even more by using gorgeous paper zinnia and sunflower stickers.

Below is one more example using photocopied fabric to mat food signs and integrate the graphic black and white fabric pattern of the table runner into an invitation for a pre-Prom mocktail party.

Your guests will think you are amazing!! Only you and Miss Party need know how easy it was!!

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Peanut Butter & Jelly Muffins – Best friends forever!

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 baking in the oven!

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PB & J Muffins are a fun, throw-back addition to an adult brunch or lunch buffet spread; they travel well in a plastic container for a summer picnic, and are perfectly adorable party food for a retro or outdoor themed kids party. Of course, clearly label them for those with peanut allergies.

Makes 12 regular-size muffins, or 8 large muffins (large muffins pictured)

Ingredients:

Non-stick cooking spray or 12 paper cupcake/muffin liners (liners recommended)
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon Kosher salt
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/2 cup sugar + 2 Tablespoons sugar to sprinkle on top prior to baking
1 cup milk
2 large eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 cup natural or regular creamy peanut butter (stirred if natural-style)
1/2 cup Stonewall Kitchen’s Black Raspberry Jam (Miss Party’s favorite, but you could experiment with other flavors) or other high-quality jam that is mostly fruit

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

1) Spray muffin pans with cooking spray or use paper cupcake/muffin liners; set aside.

2) In a medium mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients: flour, salt, baking powder, sugar.

3) To dry ingredients, add milk, eggs, peanut butter, and oil. Beat until just moistened, with few lumps. Do not over beat.

4) Using a small scoop and a teaspoon, evenly fill prepared muffin cups with HALF of the batter.

5) Layer 1 teaspoon of jam in the center of each muffin cup (2 tsp. for large muffins).

6) Evenly divide the remaining half of the batter between the muffin cups and sprinkle the tops liberally with the 1/4 cup of sugar (raw cane sugar works nicely if on hand).

7) If making large muffins, place a sheet of aluminum foil on the rack below your muffin pans to catch jam drips. Trust Miss Party…

Bake 18-20 minutes for a medium size muffin, 22-24 minutes for large muffins. Place pans on rack positioned in center of oven.

Remove muffin tins from oven and cool in tins for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from tin and continue cooling on wire rack. When completely cool, store in plastic containers. Discard aluminum foil in oven.

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!

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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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Aloha Bread – A quick trip to the Hawaiian Islands!

Put some of the most delicious tropical flavors of Hawaii together and what do you get? Aloha Bread, of course! Pineapple, banana, coconut and macadamia nuts all roll into one scrumptious quick bread. It’s a friendly Hawaiian welcome to the Islands! 1/2 cup butter, softened 2/3 cup light brown sugar 2 eggs 3 Tblsp. milk […]

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Chutney/Pepper Jelly-Cream Cheese Spread – Easy, peasy party food!

Sometimes simple is just as good as complicated. This cream cheese spread is delicious, super easy to throw together and versatile. Miss Party always puts it into her bag of tricks for a cocktail party because it’s pretty and it gets eaten. She just changes up the sweet/spicy flavor of the chutney or jelly from […]

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Kauai Lemon Banana Bread – Light and lemony banana bread!

This lemon banana bread is a delicious combination of two flavors not often put together. The bread itself has the look of a typical banana quick bread, but then there is an unexpected infusion of lemony flavor and scent. It’s quite delicious! Recipe makes 2 loaves. Ingredients: 1/2 cup butter, softened 1 cup sugar 2 […]

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“Blue Hawaii” Cocktail Punch – Blue, fruity and delicious!

Blue Hawaii Punch

Okay, who doesn’t love a blue drink! It’s completely fun and super-delicious! The Blue Hawaii cocktail was created by Harry Yee, Bartender for the Hilton Hawaiian Village in 1957. Miss Party made this punch version of the Blue Hawaii for a “Hawaiian Christmas” cocktail party. To make 3 gallons of punch, she based her calculations […]

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Hawaiian Turkey Meatballs (Slow Cooker) – Delicious, retro hors d’oeuvre food!

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Miss Party’s friends and family went a little crazy for this sweetly retro-but-still-tasty “Hawaiian Turkey Meatballs” recipe. Meatballs have been a perfect “help yourself” party food since 1971 when Rival’s Crock-Pot came into our lives. Throw them together late morning, leave it to cook all day and then keep it warm in your slow cooker […]

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