“All the single ladies, all the single ladies, now put your hands up!“ Beyoncé wedding jokes aside, we’re busy cooking up some gettin’ hitched ideas that just may make all you single ladies out there start dropping hints. I’m engaged and in the midst of wedding planning myself, so when I got the opportunity to collaborate with one of HGTV’s stars on some wedding DIY videos for the site, I was already well-armed with many hours of bridal mag and Internet research. And let me tell you, these gorgeous, budget-friendly ideas are like your fantasy Pinterest board (or mine) come to life. Just take a look at my behind-the-scenes snapshots.
We’re talking easy table settings that will blow your guests away and wedding arches/chuppahs you can make yourself. Not to mention elegant wedding invitations, posh edible favors, luxe bridal accessories and more projects you can DIY for much less money than you’d spend through boutiques or vendors. If I wasn’t so far along in my planning already, I’d be grabbing my bridesmaids for some serious Crafternoon sessions.
And if you’re wondering who the mysterious HGTV personality behind all of this beauty might be, you’ll just have to check back in June when the videos hit the site. Until then, whet your appetite with some of our favorite wedding ideas from our friends at DIY Network.
This popular no-bake peanut butter pie is divine. It’s also an incredibly easy recipe.
Pinterest pinners love peanut-butter-everything and I’ve seen several versions of this dessert pinned. My recipe is one of the most simple to make.
This crowd-pleasing chilled pie is perfect for warm-weather parties. I brought it to work and received rave reviews. The highest praise was from Deanne Revel, fellow Pinterest Pin Boss (HGTVRemodels, FrontDoor and DIYNetwork): “You are a pie god.”
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Are you a bride-to-be looking for unique wedding cake ideas? Look no further than Pink Cake Box! Listen, I’m a dude with no wedding on the horizon and even I can’t stop looking at these cakes.
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In honor of the season 6 premiere of Mad Men this Sunday, co-founder of global design company Teroforma, Andrew Hellman, shares his top tips and essentials for creating a retro bar that would even bring a smile to Don Draper‘s lofty (yet attractive) face. So, grab a whiskey on the rocks and take notes. Oh, it’s only 10 a.m.? Who’s counting.
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Decorating eggs is an Easter rite of passage for me and my sister. We’re not doing it “for the kids” since neither of us have any (yet); we just love sketching, coloring and creating our own designs. If you use real eggs like we do, there’s a secondary benefit: Once you’re done admiring your tie-dyed handiwork, you can eat your art (well, you know, the inside part.)
At best, hard-boiled eggs are tender and delicious; at worst, they’re overcooked and rubbery with a greenish tint. Whether you’re making egg salad or deviled eggs this Easter, try this simple technique to get hard-boiled eggs that are delicious every time.
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Hippity, hoppy — Easter is upon us! And oh my goodness, could this paper towel holder from Alessi BE any cuter?
If you’re a baker, you’ve likely had that moment of panic in the middle of a tedious decorating project. Since I’m a late-night gal, mine usually happens about 2 a.m. when I’m, say, painstakingly weaving lattice crusts for 100 mini apple pies. Most times, it’s worth the extra effort in the end (who doesn’t love a mini apple pie?!), but when you’re entertaining, simpler is usually better.
That’s why I set out to simplify my Easter cupcakes this year: You can start each of these designs with the same lemon-scented cupcake recipe and vanilla buttercream frosting, and all of the toppings are things you’ll likely find at your local supermarket.
These bite-sized mini cupcake chicks, for instance, start with a layer of robin’s egg blue frosting. Add a couple of mini chocolate chip eyes and turn two triangles of fruit leather into an edible beak, then tuck them into a “nest” of shredded paper or Easter grass.
This next cupcake is an ode to our March Color of the Month: a mini garden plot of carrots! Dip a frosted cupcake into crushed chocolate graham crackers, then push chunks of coconut-peanut butter candy as carrot stand-ins. Top the “carrots” with a dollop of orange frosting and add a few pieces of green licorice as leaves. I used half of a craft stick as a crop marker, but you could also write on Easter guests’ names and use the cupcakes as tasty place cards.
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OK everyone, brace yourselves for a batch of cuteness. Entertaining expert Kim Stoegbauer from The TomKat Studio hosted a kid-friendly Easter shindig exclusively for HGTV.com and as you can tell from the picture below, the kids loved it. We have all the tips, free (yes, free!) printables and projects you need to throw an Easter egg decorating and hunt party of your own.
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With St. Patrick’s Day out of the way, we’re hopping right into Easter. Let’s start off the countdown with these deliciously adorable pancakes made with Easter-themed molds from Williams-Sonoma.
This might be the most fitting post I’ve ever written for Design Happens. Yesterday, I returned from an eight-day vacation to Chile where their most famous cocktail is the Pisco Sour. And today, I received some oh-so-delicious recipes that incorporate Chilean Pisco from the Elqui Valley with egg whites to create some refreshing, spring-y cocktails. If I can’t be in Chile, I might as well bring that South American feel to my kitchen.
2 ounces KAPPA Pisco
1 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1 egg white
Angostura bitters, for topping
Combine KAPPA Pisco and remaining ingredients into a mixing glass filled with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into a small champagne flute. Top with half dashes of Angostura bitters.
KAPPA Blue Star
2 ounces KAPPA Pisco
1 ounce lemon juice
1 ounce simple syrup
1 egg white
In a shaker, muddle blueberries with simple syrup. Fill the shaker with ice, add KAPPA Pisco and remaining ingredients. Shake vigorously and strain into a small champagne or martini glass.
Photos and recipes courtesy of KAPPA Pisco