Thursday, April 30, 2009

Excited to Bake

Swirl Baking Cups 

Tulip Muffin Papers 

I was recently given King Arthur Flour - the baker's catalougue and after flipping though every page and seeing all the amazing gadgets are out there in the culinary world I felt inspired to bake. The tulip muffin papers and the swirl baking cups are among the goodies in my order. I have not ever seen the tulip muffin papers anywhere before and love the presentation and love the fun & playful swirl baking cups! They have a great blog too with delicious recipes. 

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Heather's Baby Shower

Celebrate Today! 
"It's Almost Thyme" - Potted thyme favors for each guest 

Lisa & Heather, the mom to be!

Beautiful cake made by Sara Bitterling 
The table overlooking American Lake 

Last weekend we celebrated the upcoming arrival of Heather & Danny's baby girl. The shower was held at Tacoma Golf & Country Club. We enjoyed a brunch on the deck overlooking American Lake - it was a beautiful setting. Heather is an outdoor girl who loves the water so this was the perfect spot to celebrate her upcoming bundle of joy! The shower theme was built around the fabric that Heather had selected for the baby's room - the fabric is beautiful and has a bird in the pattern. I LOVE birds right now! Lisa and I - my co-host selected the invites around this theme. I have a few pieces around my house that went along with the theme that we used in the decor as well. The "Celebrate" favors were created around the theme...I found cute small nests at Beau-Coup, filled them with Jordan almonds, dropped them in a clear gift bag and created the tags in my mom's card studio (aka her downstairs). The favors for each guest was an individual pot of thyme with a cute flag that read "It's Almost Thyme" these flags were also created in my mom's card studio. The pots were easy to make and everyone loved them. Heather's favorite flowers are peonies - I bought the flowers from J.Robbins Florist - we used peonies & roses on the tables in clear vases and mercury vintage vases from Calla Lily . Sara made the most amazing cake for the shower - she also used the fabric as inspiration for the cake. It was a fun afternoon with friends that all gathered to celebrate Heather & Danny's upcoming arrival! 

Thursday, April 23, 2009

Rootbeer Vodka - what a treat!

A new addition to the bar is 3 Olives Rootbeer Vodka. I love rootbeer so was anxious to try this product and was surprised how tasty the rootbeer flavor is! I have yet to try an actual rootbeer float dessert with this but below are 2 tasty drinks that are a must try! 

Rootbeer Cocktail 
Fill a 9oz rocks glass with ice and pour 1.5 oz 3 Olives Rootbeer Vodka over ice. Fill glass with coke and a splash of cream

Rootbeer & Cream 
1.5 oz 3 Olives Rootbeer Vodka 
.25oz Sambuca 
 splash of cream 
Combine all the above ingredients in a 9oz rocks glass filled with ice 

Monday, April 13, 2009

Meet Captain Johnathan & The Crew of The Time Bandit

Tickets to the Private Captain's Dinner are selling fast, this is going to be a one of a kind dinner experience! We are featuring a seafood dinner and viewing of the 2nd episode of the Deadliest Catch on April 21st! Come join us!

Saturday, April 11, 2009

Happy Easter!

I was at work yesterday and my good friend, Jennifer of J.Robbins Florist brought by me the most thoughtful Easter gift. It made my day! I had never seen Lily of the Valley before yesterday or smelled it. It is the most fragrant flower! She put these flowers in a small clear vase. It was given in a vintage strawberry basket along with some great chocolates. 
Thanks Jen! 

Friday, April 10, 2009

Circus Tini

graphic design by Jon Tartaglia 

We are always excited at the restaurant when a big act comes into town. Yesterday I came up with a martini to tie in with the Britney Spears concert. It was a yummy drink and the best thing about this martini was the garnish/rim. We rimmed the martini glasses in POP ROCKS! 
It was a huge hit!

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Captain's Dinner with Captain Johnathan

Above is the ticket that we created for the Captain's Dinner at Varsity Grill coming up on April 21st. Captain Johnathan & crew of the Time Bandit as seen on The Deadliest Catch will be appearing at Varsity Grill for a meet & greet, and viewing party of the 2nd episode of Season 5 of The Deadliest Catch. 
Instead of just creating a standard ticket for the dinner, we made ticket badges for the dinner. These are really simple to make and create a VIP feel for your guests with their event tickets. 
All you need is business card size cards with your artwork, laminating pouches, laminating machine, hole punch and lanyards.