Archive for December, 2010

Christmas Decoration Ideas

Saturday, December 25th, 2010

By now the presents have been opened and everyone may be sitting down to eat or out at the movies.  Tomorrow the bargain hunting begins but here are some Christmas decoration ideas to think about for next year that are easy to do and take no time to make.

Substitute a picture on the wall with a wrapped present.  Simple, just take a shirt box or other box of any size, wrap it and then hang it on the wall is just one of many fast and festive Christmas decoration ideas.  Or just wrap a big bow over a mirror as seen below.

Just remember to store all of your holiday decor items for next year and of course, there will be new Christmas decoration ideas to add to those you already know.  Enjoy the holiday and until next time remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, stylish, fun and economical to all!

Christmas Decoration Ideas for Your Holiday Decor

Tuesday, December 21st, 2010

Here are a few simple Christmas decoration ideas for your holiday decor this weekend.  Decorate a wall with fabric and add some foil snowflakes.  Tie a knot at one end of the fabric and then gently pleat it using small pins or tacks to adhere it to the wall.  On your holiday buffets, use colorful fabrics and ribbons for decor as well.

Other inexpensive Christmas decoration ideas for your holiday decor include picking up mini pre-fabricated trees and placing them on counter-tops whether it is a ledge, bar counter or kitchen counter-top.  I was at dinner last night and these cute little trees were all over the house including the dinner table, guest bathroom and living room.

Enjoy the holiday season and I hope I sparked some Christmas decoration ideas for your holiday decor.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, stylish, fun and economical to all!

Finger Food Ideas for Holiday Party Foods

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

It’s not too late to throw together a holiday party for friends and family.  There are a variety of finger food ideas for holiday party foods that you can try.  Here are some suggestions for easy finger foods that will look great on your holiday buffet and take no time to make.

First, decide how much time you have in the next two weeks and how many people you want at your party.  Since there is so much to cram into these next two weeks, make it simple by offering easy finger foods that your guests can munch on while visiting.  Here is a menu that is easy-to-serve and fits right in with offering your guests holiday party foods.

Brie and Pear Quesadillas filled with Freshly Sliced Pear and Brie Cheese

Array of Imported European Cheeses, Artichoke Bruschetta and Olive Tapenade with a selection of Whole Wheat Pita, Vegetable Chips and Sourdough Toasts

Mini-Turkey Sandwiches accompanied with Cranberry Chutney Relish

Ham & Celeriac Remoulade Canapés served on thinly sliced white bread

Cucumber Cups filled with Salmon Mousse and Red Pepper Humus

Assortment of Holiday Cakes and Cookies

Hot Coco and Coffee Bar

The recipes for the quesadillas, artichoke bruschetta and the olive tapenade can all be found in Budget Bash. However, this is just a sample of some finger food ideas.  Now let’s discuss the holiday party foods prep.

Two days prior to the party, shop for the ingredients and pre-set your buffet using various fabrics, dried flowers and holiday ribbons for decor.  On party day, if you get the chance, pick up some fresh flowers as well.

One day before the party, start to prep the holiday party foods.  Make the artichoke bruschetta and olive tapenade and place in air-tight containers.  If you don’t buy your cranberry chutney relish, then prepare that as well along with the salmon mousse, red pepper humus and remoulade.

Morning of event, assemble the easy finger foods.  Be sure to use plastic wrap to keep the quesadillas, mini turkey sandwiches, ham canapés and cucumber cups fresh and tasty.  Place the chips, pita bread pieces and toasts in baskets and cover with plastic.  Set in serving bowls the bruschetta and tapenade, cover with plastic wrap and place back in the refrigerator.

2 hours prior to guest arrival, stuff the cucumber cups and place the tray in the fridge wrapped with plastic to keep fresh.  30 minutes prior to guest arrival, dab a bit of the remoulade on the ham canapés, spread the chutney on the turkey sandwiches and then set out the holiday party foods.

Finger food ideas for the quesadillas – you can either lightly pan fry them or for a more low-cal alternative bake them in the oven.  Be sure not to forget to set up the desserts and your hot coco bar.

I hope you picked up some finger food ideas for your holiday party foods this season.  Remember, either buying or making easy finger foods will allow you to enjoy the party as well.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra:  make it simple, stylish, fun and economical to all!

Holiday Party Ideas for Your Holiday Party

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

‘Tis the season and the countdown has begun for corporate as well as private holiday parties.  What I thought I would do is share some holiday party ideas that can be used for both a private as well as a corporate holiday party that you may be throwing this season.  I will touch upon both fast and simple decor as well as easy-to-make appetizers for parties.

Let’s first look at holiday party decor.  Colors to use can vary from the traditional green, red, gold and silver to a more modern look playing upon those traditional colors but instead using apple green, fuchsia and yellow.  White is also fun to work with especially when creating a winter wonderland themed event.  Some holiday party ideas using these decor colors as part of your theme are apple green linen with red napkins tied with gold rope as pictured below.

On a budget? Use Christmas tree bulbs, pine cones, winter fruit such as pomegranates  and apples or garland in tall glass cylinder vases instead of flowers.  You can also use those red and gold colored candles you bought after Christmas last year and add some colored garland in a glass hurricane vase for table centerpieces as well.

Hosting an open house cocktail holiday party? Create small floral centerpieces with easy-to-find flowers such as dahlias and roses and for a twist, use tall grass and other greens instead of the traditional holly, ivy or cypress.  For other easy-to-make flower arrangements check out pages 59 to 65 in  Budget Bash.

Keep your appetizers for parties around the holiday season easy as well.  Make your appetizers healthy and hearty by creating anti-pasta stations.  There are a host of easy-to-make appetizers that you can use for these stations including fresh or grilled vegetables, various selections of cheese, dried fruits, cured meats, crackers and small toasts.  Since so many people are traveling from one holiday party to another, try serving fruit kabobs to keep it light and nutritious.

Some other holiday party ideas to help cut costs are hosting a dessert buffet complete with small cookies, cakes and fruit cups.  Make available hot fudge and butterscotch sauces accompanied by marshmallows, pretzels and other fun food items for dipping and create a serve yourself fondue station.  Instead of serving alcohol, provide a hot coco and flavored coffee bar instead.

Small finger sandwiches are another path to go when thinking about appetizers for parties.  You’ll be amazed as to how filling and hearty these mini-sandwiches can be.  I hope I sparked some easy holiday party ideas for you to think about in the next couple of weeks for your personal or corporate holiday party.  Next time, I will share with you some easy-to-make recipes for holiday party appetizers.  Until then, remember the Budget Bash mantra:  make it simple, stylish, fun and economical to all!

New Event Space in Los Angeles

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

As an event coordinator, I am always looking out for the next great event location, especially in Los Angeles.  Last night, I was invited to preview a new event space in Hollywood called supperclub Los Angeles.

What I liked about this event space and what makes it work for corporate event planning is the abundance of options for corporate signage.  The main dining room is surrounded by white drape and has a white dancefloor which makes it perfect for an event coordinator to use gobos and other lighting effects at this event location.

The bar area as well has an all white floor allowing for another opportunity for corporate signage.  Plus all of the seating at this venue is made up of white couches.  Thus, with just a touch of decorative lighting, this event space completely transforms without the added expense of additional design and decor.

The event location is a total experience meaning you have dinner and a show all at once.  Dinner is a delicious  four-course gourmet meal and as an event coordinator, I don’t have to worry about bringing in any entertainment.  There is a DJ plus incredible entertainment all evening.  Last night we were treated to the following acts: aerialists, a hula-hoop performer and a contortionist to name a few.  There is an in-house entertainment coordinator who will work with you during your corporate event planning stages and select the appropriate entertainment for your special event.

The room itself is unique in that all of the seating area is comprised of beds.  Yeap, just lay back and relax, take off your shoes and enjoy what the senses offer in terms of food, fun and entertainment.  There is no other place like in in LA and supperclub Los Angeles is quite the experience.

I hope you get a chance to take a look at this new event space in Los Angeles.  As an event coordinator, I found that the space provided new ideas for my client corporate event planning.  Next time you are in the Hollywood area, check out supperclub Los Angeles, the latest Hollywood event location.  Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra:  make it simple, stylish, fun and economical to all!