Tips: August 02, 2007

Evite Eats: Cherry Cream Cheesecake

August 28, 2013

As the week winds down to Labor Day, we're focusing the blog on the "labor" at Evite through our Evite Eats series... and we've discovered that the men in our office are no slouches in the kitchen. Case in point: Shime Simmons, Manager of Customer Service. After some cajoling -- er, encouragement, Shime agreed to share his recipe for this outstanding cheesecake, which makes a great addition not only to a Labor Day celebration, but just about any get-together where dessert is a must.

Evite Eats Cheesecake
Cherry Cream Cheesecake

Crust:

  • 1 package Honey Graham Crackers
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
Filling:
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1 ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • 3/4 can of Comstock Cherry Pie Topping

Crust: Preheat oven to 300°. Mix graham crackers, butter, and sugar thoroughly. Spread mixture into pie plate and bake for 5 minutes. Remove from oven and cool in refrigerator while making the topping.

Filling/Topping: In a large mixing bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice, cream cheese, and vanilla and mix until smooth. Remove prepared crust from refrigerator and evenly distribute filling. Chill for another 2 hours. Remove and spread ¾ can of Comstock topping. Chill for one more hour before serving.

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Be sure to check back for the next edition of Evite Eats!

Evite Entertaining: Create a Foolproof Floral Arrangement

July 29, 2013

Jamie Greenspan, Evite’s Senior Manager of Marketing Partnerships, loves entertaining in her home – and since her husband is the one who cooks, she enjoys the other “fun stuff,” such as flower arranging. Take a look at Jamie’s foolproof arrangement tips below and learn how to add a floral touch of beauty to your next summer soiree!

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Color selection: “When I decide to make an arrangement, I visit my local flower shop and select a color palette that speaks to me,” Jamie said. (Jamie’s color inspiration today? Gorgeous purples.)

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Floral selection: Jamie then selects three different types of flowers with similar fullness – in this case, roses, hydrangeas, and lisianthus blossoms – all in complementary colors. “For a more modern look, I keep the flowers in ‘bunches’ by category instead of mixing them completely,” she says.

Arrangement: Jamie prefers to hide the tangled looks of stems with large banana leaves, a technique that’s as easy as 1-2-3! Note: You will need two banana leaves for a 10”x4” vase.

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Step 1: “
Bend the leaves back and fourth to break up the stems so they're pliable.”

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Step 2: “
Roll the first leaf and place it in the bottom of the vase, then release so that it unwinds to fit the circumference of the space. Repeat with second leaf, placing it to cover any remaining blank space.”

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Step 3: “
Fill the vase with water, and arrange flowers as desired, adding one bunch from each floral category at a time until the vase is full.”

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Jamie’s final tip is to assemble leftover flowers in bud vases to spread about your home. “I love carrying a look throughout the house when I have guests over,” says Jamie. “I’ll even buy additional flowers specifically for this purpose.” For smaller clusters, she prefers tulips, small calla lilies, spray roses, and/or peonies.

Tried Jamie’s techniques? Let us know in the comments section below.

 

Donut Cake: A No-Bake Stack of Sweetness

July 23, 2013

Everybody loves donuts. Whether or not you allow yourself to indulge in them is your little secret, but there's no denying the donut craze is at an all-time high. We came up with a super easy way to step up the presentation of these doughy rounds of goodness. A donut cake is simply a stack of your favorite variety on a pretty cake stand.

Try putting one of your own donut cakes together for your next party, or surprise your family with one on a Saturday morning. The best part is no baking is required! Simply stack fresh store-bought donuts on a tray or cake stand and serve.

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A donut cake works for a variety of parties and celebrations, including birthdays, bridal and baby showers, or even just a girl's night.

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For a special touch, pour milk in sprinkle-rimmed glass bottles. To make sprinkle rims,
dip the mouths of glasses in vanilla frosting and affix sprinkles onto the rim. Add decorative straws for easy sipping.

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What's your favorite kind of donut? Tell us in the comments!

sew sweet! a lalaloopsy birthday party

July 18, 2013

The story of Lalaloopsy comes to life with this adorable birthday party that features Nickelodeon's sewing sweetheart. Evite stylists were tasked with putting together a delightful kids' birthday party using Birthday Express products and creative, DIY techniques that are easy for busy parents to master (without presenting a financial challenge). The result is sew magical, sew cute, but more importantly, sew easy! Let the photos below provide inspiration for your child's next birthday party, then be sure to visit Birthday Express to get all the how-tos!

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Pair the look with a matching Lalaloopsy Evite invitation to help parents stay up-to-date.

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Click here to see the entire Lalaloopsy party!

country chic "pink cowgirl" birthday party

July 10, 2013

The talented Amanda Auer of In the Now Weddings & Events  took the Pink Cowgirl  theme and ran with it, creating a decidely girly affair that mixes practical DIY techniques with creative store-bought options from Birthday Express. Busy parents will be thrilled to see just how easy this country-chic look is to pull off. We're showcasing a new theme every week, so be sure to come back for more inspiration, y'hear?

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This Pink Cowgirl Evite invitation fits the occasion perfectly and helps busy parents stay in the loop.

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Click here to see the entire Pink Cowgirl party!

4th of July American Flag Fruit Skewers

July 03, 2013

Fruit is essential at a summertime soiree: Not only does it balance out all those salty snacks, but it's a healthy dessert option, too. Every barbecue, picnic, or outdoor party would benefit from including a fruit salad, but the 4th of July calls for something special. These bright and delicious fruit skewers were inspired by the American flag and are super easy to make. Try the simple recipe below to make a patriotic treat perfect for Independence Day. 

American Flag Skewers
Time: 20 mins.

Materials:

  • 12 wood skewers
  • 1 lb. strawberries
  • 6 oz. blueberries
  • 3 bananas
  • Serving tray

Directions: Rinse and dry berries. Chop the stems off strawberries, then cut into halves from stem to point. Cut the point off strawberries and set aside. Slices bananas and set aside. Starting with the blueberries, skewer about six on top and alternate between two banana slices and one strawberry slice until you reach the end. Place on a platter and keep refrigerated until serving.

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Check out our Festive 4th of July Décor post for more ideas and browse our collection of 4th of July Evite invitations. Share your favorite 4th of July recipe with us in the comment section below.

 

Kids Get to Work at a Construction-Themed Birthday Party

July 02, 2013

Evite and Birthday Express teamed up for this construction-themed birthday party that has fun "work zone" elements and fantastic actitvities, favors, and more. Our stylists used Birthday Express products such as kid-sized hard hats, a variety of traffic signs, and mini tool belts to create a festive atmosphere, plus DIY projects that add creativity and flair. The result is an easy-to-achieve look that'll satisfy both birthday boy and host!  

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Opt for a Construction Zone Evite invitation to get guests ready for lots of hammering.

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Click here to see the entire Construction Pals party.

Have a great idea for a kids' birthday party theme? Share it with us in the comment section below!

birthday party themes: enchanted woodland gnome

June 26, 2013

The next in our series spotlighting amazing kids' birthday parties is a magical Woodland Gnome theme (no forest required). This enchanting, gender-neutral birthday party was styled by the amazing Gianna San Filippo, owner of Chic Celebrations, a Southern California-based event planning and design company. Using  Birthday Express products, some basic rentals, and her own creative DIY touches, Gianna designed a birthday party that looks amazing but is realistic for any parent to pull off sans a huge investment of time and money. 

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Click here to see the entire Woodland Gnome party!

DIY 4th of July Confetti Poppers

June 25, 2013

Looking for a safe alternative to fireworks this 4th of July? Our DIY confetti poppers are a great way to keep kids entertained without the risk of danger. Plus, they're super easy to recreate and double as party favors. Here, we show you how to make your own kid-friendly 4th of July poppers.

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Materials:

  • Push-up pop containers
  • Star-shaped confetti
  • Confetti popper labels
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape

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Step 1: Fill push-up pop containers with confetti.

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Step 2: Download and print our free Confetti Popper Labels.

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Step 3: Cut out labels and affix to poppers using double-sided tape.

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Step 4: Display poppers on a festive platter or arrange in personalized party pails like the ones found here, which were made using red tin buckets and chalkboard tags.

The 4th of July is a great time to experiment with DIY crafts. With kids out of school, they'll be more than happy to take on a fun project like this. Pair your poppers with a 4th of July Evite invitation to prepare guests for the occassion.

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 Got a fun 4th of July idea? Share it in the comment section below, or post it on our Facebook wall.

Festive 4th of July Décor Ideas

The holiday is fast approaching, so we put together some simple yet creative 4th of July décor ideas to help make your celebration spark. From patriotic bottled drinks to unique sparkler holders, we used red, white, and blue in unexpected ways and classic American tunes to get guests in the 4th of July spirit. 

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A traditional 4th of July color scheme makes the tablescape more festive, and a mixture of disposable tableware and pieces from home more inviting. Blue-rimmed paper plates make cleanup easier and personalized party pails (look at those chalkboard tags!) keep them from blowing away. Woven placemats add a rustic flair to the red and white striped tablecloth. Picnic flatware is a nice alternative to plastic and serves as a weight for star-spangled napkins. When entertaining outdoors, flyaways are inevitable!

Apple Pie
There's nothing more American than apple pie. We updated the classic dessert with a Sweet Land of Liberty topper inspired by "My Country, 'Tis of Thee" song lyrics. Just tape the print-out onto two lollipop sticks and insert into pie for a more festive look.  

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Wondering what to do with all those sparklers? We created a holder for them by adding sand to the base of a glass jar and labeling it with more patriotic song lyrics. The result? A sparkler centerpiece that doubles as an extinguisher when lit. Our personalized red tin party pails include DIY "Star-Spangled Confetti Poppers” and pinwheels to keep kids entertained. Click here for the party popper DIY!

Let freedom ring
Display plastic light-up rings on a star-shaped platter for favors that double as décor. Our clever “Let Freedom Ring” accessories are the perfect 4th of July statement piece once the sun goes down!

Whether it's a block party or picnic, these 4th of July decorating tips will help you create a more memorable American soiree. Don't forget to try our Red, White, and Blue Berry Water recipe, which is a perfect refresher for the occasion. Get the planning started by browsing our collection of 4th of July Evite invitations.