Friday, July 18, 2008

Party Favors

One of my favorite things when planning a party is deciding on the party favors! They're so much fun and add just the right panache to your affair!

Quite often, there are so many options to choose from, that I have a hard time making a decision. I love giving candy, or flowers, or candles, or anything really! I love to wrap them, display them, showcase them, you name it!
One of our divas, Diva Robin, recently gave out tin pots with gardening soil and flower seeds for her 2 year old's birthday party! Exquisite!
My neighbor just had made customized t-shirts with "got fun?" printed on them for the 220 guests attending her kids' joint birthday party (that's right, I said 220!).

Last year I gave out flowery soaps wrapped in flower paper for my sister-in-law's baby shower! (Get it, soap because it was a shower?)

There are so many ways to be creative when coming up with party favors. Tie them in with your theme and go crazy.

Here are a few of my favorites:

Monogrammed Card Holders:

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i love those ideas. thanks for posting all those links. i love the party favors! i always have to match the theme. :)

Easy Chicken Pasta

Easy Chicken Pasta

What's For Supper Ya'll?

White Beans, Pasta and Chicken
8 ounces dried cavatappi, fusilli, rotini, ditaloni, or other short pasta tubes
1 15- to 19-ounce can cannellini (white kidney) beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup chicken broth
3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
6 plum tomatoes, coarsely chopped (about 2 cups)
12 ounces cooked chicken, shredded
1/4 cup snipped fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley
1/2 to 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1/2 teaspoon salt
Fresh Italian flat-leaf parsley sprigs (optional - I usually skip it)
Olive oil (optional - but I recommend at least a little for moisture)
1. In a large saucepan, cook pasta according to package directions; drain well and set aside.
2. In a blender or food processor, combine 3/4 cup of the beans and the chicken broth. Cover and blend or process until smooth. Place bean puree in pan used for cooking the pasta; bring to boiling. Return pasta to pan.
3. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook garlic in 1 tablespoon hot olive oil for 1 minute. Add tomatoes; cook for 1 minute. Add the remaining beans, shredded chicken, snipped parsley, pepper and salt. Heat through.
4. Add the tomato mixture to hot pasta; toss to cost. Top with parsley sprigs and additional olive oil. Serve immediately. Makes 4 servings.
Posted by Stacy Nelson, Easy Dinner

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