Saturday, October 30, 2010

A Give-Away from the Shy Socialites

Do you love scrapbooking, card-making making and paper-crafts?  You could get a FREE paper or digital set from the Shy Socialites of their set "Ornament Sensation".

We are looking for 10 readers who would like a paper-kit mailed to them and 5 readers who woudl like a digital kit emailed to them.  In return we are asking you to answer a questionnaire evaluating this snazzy set. 

Interested?  Write to and let us know which you prefer.  We will get back to you if you are chosen.

Daisy, Bobbie, Marina, Strafe, Davenport and Les-the Shy Socialites!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Decorate your fireplace with pumpkins

Decorate with pumpkins! Do you have a non-working or ornamental fireplace that you just don't use? Are you tired of the same old dusty white candles that you put in there years ago to spruce it up? Well, I am. Quite some time ago I moved into a lovely home with a non-working fireplace that I had every intention of doing something with, eventually. Years later it is just a black hole in my family room and has always been a bit of an eyesore. I've tried candles, mirrors and flowers in there to give it some pizazz. Alas I came across this great idea to fill it up with pumpkins! Pumpkins come in so many shapes, sizes and colors. They are super duper affordable this time of year or you can grow your own for free. And the best part is, they last for months! Just fill up your fireplace with a myriad of pumpkins. Don't be afraid to stack them on top of one another and have a few spilling out the front onto your hearth. Have fun with it, add candles and foliage. For an all out fall theme you can add a bail of hay and a scarecrow!

Pumpkin Planter

Greet your guests with whimsical pumpkin planters on your porch steps or make bring them inside and add that wow factor to your dinning room table scape at your next autumn dinner party. And its so simple to do, here's how...

1.)Gather up some seasonal flowers from your local garden center or supermarket. Keep them in the containers you purchase them in.

2.)Find some pumpkins big enough to accommodate your flower containers.

3.)Cut an opening in the top of your pumpkin just big enough to fit your flower containers and scoop out the pumpkin guts and seeds (save those seeds for roasting!) Drill or carve a small hole in the bottom of the pumpkin for water drainage.

4.)Drop your flowers (still in the container) into the pumpkin, if they sit too low you can use rocks, crumbled newspaper or packing peanuts in the bottom to give your flowers a boost. Voila!

Pumpkins will last longer if kept out of direct sunlight.

You can fill the pumpkins with potting soil and just plant the entire arrangement (pumpkin and all) in the ground once the pumpkin starts to rot, although this method does not last as long as the pumpkin will start to decompose from the soil.

Use a variety of flowers and leaves such as drapey vines, tall wispy grasses and colorful flowers.

Paint or draw faces on your pumpkin for a Halloween flair. Group several pumpkin planters together for a bold look.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hallows Eve Vegetarian Chili

Serve up some smiles this Halloween with delicious vegetarian chili that is sure to keep the growling bellys of your ghosts and ghouls at bay. This free printable recipe card is formated to print on a full size 3 hole punch page so it stores away for easy refference in your recipe or party planning binder. The Shy Socialites wish you all a safe and happy Halloween. Enjoy!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Soup Tureen

This classy white soup tureen will add the finishing touch to your dinner party and can be used year round!

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Free Printable Shopping Lists

Celebrate Fall with a Soup Soiree!

Coconut & Sweet Potato Soup

Warm and delicious soup is the perfect compliment to a chilly fall day. This yummy recipe is our free gift to you. It can be printed on a full sheet and then stored in a 3 hole punch binder for easy organization. Enjoy!

Have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear?

Those jeans that are too snug, that blouse that is too big, that cute sweater that your aunt gave you for your birthday but you've never worn because it's not quite you. Whatever the reason is we all end up with clothes in our closet that we just don't wear. Well now is the perfect time to gather your girls for a Fashion Swap!

Hosting your own Fashion swap can be easy and a lot of fun. Here are some tips to make your swap a success:

  • Send out invitations a few weeks in advance. Keep a list of the people who rsvp and call them a day or two before the party as a friendly reminder

  • This type of gathering can work well with just a few of your closest friends or if you've got room you can invite as many people as you wish. Just make sure you have plenty of space for all those clothes!

  • Serve cocktails and appetizers. Or make it a potluck and have everyone bring a dish of their favorite bites.

  • Make it a formal affair if you choose. Ladies love to dress up, however sweatpants, t-shirts and comfy attire are easier to change clothes in so keep this in mind if you decide to set a dress code.

  • Have a few dressing "areas" set up around your house. Bedrooms and bathrooms work well of course but you can also set up a folding screen in your living room. Make sure you have at least one full length mirror available.

  • If you want to make the exchange fair, hand out tickets or pennies to your guests when they arrive. Give 1 ticket for each item of clothing they bring. 1 ticket is good for 1 exchange. 2 or 3 tickets may be given for high end designer labels.

  • Have separate piles for different types of items ie: tops, bottoms, shoes, accessories.

  • After socializing and having a few cocktails its shopping time! Have everyone dive into the piles and pick out their favorite items. You can all go at it at once or you can pick names out of a hat and shop in an orderly fashion. However you do it you're sure to have a blast. Have a fashion show to show of your new looks.

  • Donate leftover clothing to a women's shelter, goodwill or other charity.

These parties are a hit every time and a fun way to trade out your unworn clothing for FREE! Host a party when the seasons change or whenever you think your closet could use an update.

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