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A French-Inspired Satellite Party November 1, 2007

Filed under: Creative Inspiration & Projects,Holidays & Entertaining — Melissa @ The Inspired Room @ 11:15 pm
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Photo: Southern Accents Design Assistant via Cottage Living online

There are definite advantages to making

something big out of a lot of little things — Chuck Close

Come on in! The big 100th post day is finally here. WELCOME! I’m so glad you came by because I really wanted to THANK those of you who have been such warm and generous blogging friends over these past few months, and to welcome those of you who are just joining us!

Tis the Season to be thankful! (pssst, do I look alright?)

photo: splash news

Some of you are new here, and some of you have been with me for most of my blogging days. Janet, Becky, Terri, Cherry, Beck, Abby to name just a few early visitors! It makes me happy to see both the familiar friends, and the new faces! So thank you, all of you, I have been blessed by some wonderful, insightful, caring, inspiring and hilarious blogging friends!

Before we move on to the festivities, I wanted to say I have had my share of fun and foibles with this blog so far! I began not having a clue what I was doing (ah, well, I still don’t), having few if any visitors (which was really for the best anyways!) and no plan or strategy for how my blog should look since I began it all on a whim. It has been a work in progress to say the least.

At times the “blog” has once or twice nearly become a four letter word at my house with my late night and early morning attempts at formatting and creating a post, my poor husband downstairs pining away for the days before I knew about blogs! Actually, it has cut down on the sheer volume of words spoken to him per day, and for that I am sure he is eternally grateful to all of you. His ears must be happy for some peace and quiet at long last.


Through my naivety and lack of planning during the life of this blog, I once caused some bloggers to double over in laughter at my faux pas in titling one of my posts with a word that apparently also means wife swapping in some parts of the world (Thank you for pointing that out so I could redeem my post, Sophie, LOL!), I’ve nearly caused myself to shut down my blog in shame when a particularly dull and artistically void post listing boring facts about myself was visited by interior designers, I’ve called bloggers repeatedly by the wrong name (Sorry, Rhoda!) I had other bloggers (Manuela) correct embarrassing typos for me in their comments to avoid humiliation, I didn’t visit dear Pat for months after she first visited me because in trying to visit her I would accidentally find myself on someone else’s “back porch” (and he wasn’t all that friendly), oh, I could go on forever with my blogging foibles! It is a wonder I’ve made to today to celebrate! Somehow I’ve managed to keep a few of you coming back, likely out of pity! Thanks to all of you for whatever reason you continue to visit!

Now, to the P A R T Y! Let’s get festive!

Please, let me take your coat and do make yourself at home. Here, have a sweet!

Treats catered by Taste via a fabulous wedding blog Style Me Pretty!

As you may know, we are attempting to party across the miles with The Blissful boutique as they are kicking off their holiday season with a French-inspired glittery extravaganza! As Murphy’s Law states, if something can go wrong, it probably will! Here is a highlight of what happened to poor Abby just two days before her party:

We won’t be surprised ever again if we pull up to our shop at 8 in the morning two days before the premiere of our biggest event of the year…and find a crew of roofers tearing off our roof. No joke. One frantic call to the landlord later, and the roofers are fast-tracked to finish our side of the building by dark last night, and the entire building by early Thursday morning. Please, God, let it be so. Last time I checked, we did not invite Din and Debris to A French-Inspired Noël.

LOL! Indeed not, I would never invite Din and Debris to a holiday party! Oh I do hope that all worked out and they didn’t have to step over roofing debris in their party outfits!

Ok, in all seriousness now, because we are on the cutting edge of blog parties, we will now attempt to connect via satellite to The Blissful to see how things are shaping up in Canton, Ohio for their party!

Abby? Abby? Can you hear me? Abby, are you there?


Ok, well, moving right along! Heh. Alright. Eh hem. Ah, word is that the “connection” is still being set up for us to see snippets of the big party there, so if you are joining us early in the morning Friday, you will have to tune back in a bit later to our satellite feed right here at The Inspired Room! Satellite Party Take Two! Come on back, we’ll get the connection working I promise … Murphy’s Law aside, we will get this satellite party started!


Photo: Victoria Magazine online

Meanwhile, enjoy the food, have a drink, mingle, talk amongst yourselves, laugh and share your ideas for hors d’oeuvre and hostess gifts! Don’t forget, everyone who shares a favorite hors d’oeuvre or hostess gift idea will be entered into the drawing! And if you come back and comment on Satellite Party Take Two once our satellite connection is up and functioning, before the party ends, you will be entered into the drawing again! woo hoo!

photos: Room Service Home

What? You want to know what the prize is before you participate? Oh, yes, I haven’t yet revealed that! Oops! I’ve left you hanging. So, without further ado, check out the formidable prize, courtesy of The Blissful! How chic are these?

But wait, there’s more! As if those chic little Eiffel Tower earrings were not enough to make you swoon, I am adding a gift certificate for a 1-year magazine subscription. You can choose a subscription to any one of the following magazines: Southern Living, Cottage Living, Coastal Living, Southern Accents, Cooking Light, Sunset, Health, All You, or Real Simple!

So, if you are the winner of the drawing, you get both the magazine subscription AND the tres chic earrings! That is right, two prizes for one fortunate winner!

But wait, there’s even more! If you are attempting to gain status as my BFF (Best Friend Forever), just invite your blog visitors to my party via a link to The Inspired Room on your blog, and you will be entered in to a special BFF drawing as well as the main one! Few will enter, but the lucky winner will receive a French delicacy, beautiful little chocolate truffles just like I promised you from the world famous Moonstruck Chocolates! Ooo la la! Handpicked by me, for you. Only the best for the winner of the BFF drawing and odds are good the winner could be YOU ! You will get extra bonus entries into the main drawing too, just for being such a BFF!

Ok, one last announcement before I let you party on, dude…I put the names of each person who left me craft ideas (for the Pay It Forward fun) into a hat and drew out one lucky winner! That fortunate person will be the recipient of my fourth attempt at a crafty gift! That person is none other than:

Meg Duerksen

Congratulations Meg! Be prepared for your own mass of tape, glue, glitter and yarn otherwise known as a handmade ornament from yours truly! (just kidding, there will be no yarn involved!)


Party on! And don’t forget to come back later to check in with our satellite party!




The next posts in this series can be found by clicking here and here.



112 Responses to “A French-Inspired Satellite Party”

  1. Judy Says:

    My favorite hostess gift is one I just gave a friend: I call it “soap on a rope,Judy-syle”.
    I use crochet cotton and turn a facecloth into a pouch, complete with drawstring to hang over a faucet or hanle. I also included a scented, silky bar of “girly” soap!
    My friend said I really should sell them! …never thought of that – and I wouldn’t know what to charge, if I did! LOL

  2. Alice Says:

    I do love a good party, and yours surely looks devine. I love all of the delights that you have shown and I do believe I’ll indulge in the chocolate extravaganza! I enjoy reading your blog, you always make a smile appear upon my face. Congratulations on your 100th!

  3. Congratulations on your 100th post! What a party! All that chocolate is making my heart palpatate! As to hostess gifts, most the the dinners we go to are casual where I always ask if I can bring something etc. Sometimes the host/ess says “just bring yourself” and sometimes it’s can you brings some ice, soda, wine, dessert etc. In the summer I like to bring something from my garden – some fresh tomatoes or herbs in a pretty thrifted bowl or basket. Sometimes I bring flowers already in a vase (thrifted). But really I don’t have a standard gift. I guess if it was a fancy dinner party at someone’s home that I didn’t know I’d bring a bottle of wine(but not expect they open it that night!)


  4. Seeb Says:

    When I started my weblog, months ago, I felt lonely, just like a first-day-in-school girl who has no friends in new world.
    But your warm “classmate like” welcome helped me learning about the wonderful new digital world around me and make many new friends via your list of friends.
    Your blog has a friendship soul which affects all your words, the words that appeal every reader.
    Wish you luck and congratulation on your 100th and hope you 100000000000th.


  5. Hi Melissa! What a grand party! Congratulations on your 100th and on surviving all the errors that go with beginning. When I began I couldnt figure out how to post a picture for about a month, now I can edit my HTML! My favorite appetizer is baked brie with crackers. Warm gooey cheese sometimes we top it with dried cherries and pecans, but I love it plain! I will be back to see the second half of the party, Thanks for a great time:>)

  6. Vee Says:

    What a beautiful post, Melissa! So festive and so appropriate for a 100th…hearty congratulations!! I’ve been in love with your blog since I first found it and have been delighted to share it. It’ll be my pleasure to announce your party myself.

    I love to take a box of chocolates from Lindt chocolatiers for a hostess gift.

    As for hors d’oeuvres, this doesn’t qualify, but a friend just arrived last night with this yummy treat…definitely in keeping with my Velveeta style ;>

    Spicy Dip

    2 softened packages of cream cheese
    1 jar of hot, medium or mild salsa
    1 small can of sweet corn

    Combine first two ingredients folding in the sweet corn last minus the juice from the can. Chill and serve with crackers or chips.

  7. Hi Melissa , oh we made it!! Thank goodness, running late getting ready, Hamish and Miss Pene had to be fed before we left !! What a delightful party you have for us, and you do look gorgeous! We always bring a box of chocolates, a bottle of wine and a specially selected bouquet of flowers as a hostess gifts. One of our favourite appetisers is petite potato rosti cakes topped with smoked salmon, creme fraiche and dill. It seems we too will have a few too many choclates tonight and maybe a glass or two of champagne with you! Maybe one glass for Jacqui, she’s 17! Sincere congratulations on your 100th post, we love your Blog and wish you hundreds more! Jenn and Jacqui xo

  8. Congratulations on your 100th post Melissa!
    Your party is such fun! I love the sweets, they are delicious and unfortunately I feel them travelling straight to my thighs. Oh gee I can’t win even cyber eating!
    For appetisers I’ll suggest some things from my family’s background on both sides. On the Italian side I love bruschetta, just plain tomato/red onion/oregano on crusty bread drizzled with the tiniest bit of extra virgin olive oil (no cheese necessary), and on the Slovenian side I love pickles with pickled onions, home-made-on-the-farm cheese, little pieces of canteloupe on toothpicks and the Slovenian equivalent of prosciutto…. mmmmmmmmm all washed down with some Champagne, then we’re ready for the entree!
    Enjoy your party, thanks for inviting everyone!
    Natasha : )

  9. Adla Says:

    Hello Melissa,

    Happy to be invited to the party.The decor is stunning!I usually bring a personalized concocted bottle of perfume oil for the hostess. I’m also known to likely bring dessert. In this case , I’ve decided to bring a tray of Mango and Raspberry trifle specially decorated and chilled in champagne glasses just for you. Cheers to your 100th post. Hip Hip Hurrah!I shall go mingle with the crowd now…


  10. Happy 1ooth Melissa!!! Go check out my blog to see the present I left for you………..I hope you like it sweetie! Have a wonderful party!
    Amanda (aka Cottage Contessa)

  11. All the Best Says:

    Happy 100th! BEAUTIFUL POST!!! I love all of the photos, but the first one is just spectacular!

  12. Cre8Tiva Says:

    happy 100th my dear…my favorite hostess gift is a handmade book/journal style thtat everyone at the party can write their thoughts in…then i take poloroid pix thru the night to lace in the book…it is fun and a conversation starter ice breaker…blessings, rebecca

  13. Ruth Welter Says:

    Congrats Melissa on your 100th post. Beautiful photos as always. Lets see, if I’m bringing something it would be a home made apple pie.

  14. Julie Says:

    Melissa your party is just delightful! Everything is so neatly and prettily displayed and the food looks delicious. I’m so thankful to be on the guest list!

    My favorite appetizer is bacon-wrapped crackers straight from the Paula Deen kitchen. I use saltines which I think is slightly different than her cracker-of-choice but who can’t find saltines?? Take a half strip of bacon and wrap it around the cracker on which you’ve already placed a teaspoon of Parmeggiano cheese. Place on a baking sheet and bake for 2 hours at 250 degrees or 40 minutes at 350 degrees. Believe me, they are the simplest things to make and go like hotcakes!

    The hostess gift can vary. If I’m going to a Christmas party I bring food and an ornament. If I’m going to a house-warming party I follow the “It’s a Wonderful Life” theory: Bread, so the house may never know hunger. Salt, that life may always have flavor and Wine, that joy and prosperity may reign forever.


  15. Sandy McTier Says:

    Oh, I caught myself almost licking the screen! What a delightful YUMMY party you’ve thrown here. I have to make those napkin rings too! Love the bling.
    Have a fantastic weekend.
    Sandy 🙂

  16. Dawn Says:

    Wonderful giveaway goodies!!! Wishing you Congratulations on your 100th post and that you’ll give us many, many more! Such a beautiful post and party, thank you for the invitation, sweetie! xxoo, Dawn

  17. phyllis Says:

    Oh I’m laffing so hard!! Too bad that satelitte didn’t get us a clear channel…and I’m dying to know what was the blog title that meant ‘wife swapping’??? Hilarious I’m sure!
    The treats look lovely and I’m going now to put a link back here on the post I’ve already written for today 🙂
    Oh my fav appetizers…whole fresh mushrooms wrapped in bacon and baked until crispy!

  18. Robin Says:

    Oh How Divine!! I am just going to seat myself next to the desert table……you may want to whip up some extras so the other gals can have some….LOL
    I LOVE your photos….and your blog…Happy 100th and Thanks for all the inspiring ideas!

  19. Pat Says:

    Melissa what a fun post!! I love all the photos. How breathtaking is that mantle in the first photo! WOW! I might have to try that one in the hearth room.

    One of my favorite hostess gifts is a bottle of Missouri wine. Another is Bankhead’s Chocolates. These are handmade chocolates from a locally owned business. I took a box of these chocolates along on a train trip, my daughter, granddaughter and I took to Chicago, yummy! One of the hostess gifts, I gave most recently, was a Mary Carol book mark from Nell Hill’s. It’s silver metal with a bee motif. It was among the things I gave my friend JoAnn, in honor of our school mascot, the Yellowjacket.


  20. janet Says:

    Here I am for the “first round”, so much delicious food I will have to come back later. I don’t want to make a pig of myself in front of my new friends:). The hostess gift I brought is from here

    OMG, I think my ignorance is showing again, even worse than having your slip show at your chic event. But the gift is an ornament for your tree: delightful cotton, vintage mittens made by Dawn. I know you will love them.

    Thank you for all your help and for making my foray into blogdom less stressful. I will be back with my elastic waist pants on later.


  21. Welcome everyone! I am glad you are enjoying yourself! I have caught a glimpse of The Blissful and all I can tell you is it caused me to gasp with delight! Enjoy the first part of the party, then part two! Leave a comment at each and you get entered twice into the drawing (no need to give another idea for Party Take Two, just marvel at the festivities at The Blissful!)

    Thank you all for being here! Enjoy some more treats!

  22. Elzie Says:

    It’s just me peaking in a bit. And what pictures!!! It kept me silent for more than five minutes and that’s not bad (to be me!!) LOL. I hope you’re having a wonderful party and that you will continue giving us all these different ideas and pictures.
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    Love Elzie

  23. Congratulations on your 100th post! Our favorite hostess gift is this tiny yummy Nantucket basket that holds napkins….we tie them up with a ribbon and a holiday spreader…then they can use the gift right then! Congratulations also to “The Blissful” you have a beautiful shop and a great friend in Melissa!

    Smiles, kari and kijsa

  24. Happy, happy 100th post, Melissa! I wouldn’t miss your beautiful party for anything! Everything looks positively delightful, and whatever shall I wear?

  25. Rhonda Says:

    Hi, Melissa! Lovely party. I am so enjoying the wonderful treats brought by fellow guests:) I have posted a link on my site today, so that everyone can join us. I hope you like my recipe for Smoky Chipotle Hummus, it is one of my favorites.

    Congratulations on your 100th post!


  26. karen Says:

    Hi Melissa, What a wonderful party. My favorite hostess gift is for this Christmas season. I am making tussie mussies with the Nutcracker as the theme. Inside each red and green tussie mussie are chocolate nutcracker candies wrapped in foil, and a ballet slipper Christmas ornament.

    Congratulations on your 100th post.

    Blessings, Karen

  27. shelbi Says:

    well isn’t this the most lovely party! melissa, you have inspired me this morning beyond belief! what a contrast to the very uninspiring diaper i changed this just this morning!

    oh this party makes me feel like a very elegant woman! (and sooo not the dead-tired mommy having a bad hair day with one child on the ‘naughty spot’ and the other on the ‘potty spot’ :::wink:::)

    ok. for a hostess gift, i love to take a jar of homemade pumpkin butter….i tie raffia around the lid, and will add a homemade vintage ‘button’ magnet to the raffia…the buttons look so pretty on the fridge.

    and for the appetizers…my all time fav is to take dates, stuff them with spanish cheese, wrap with bacon and broil. yumm-O!

    also, i am vying for that BFF status! so i have created a post this morning on my blog, with a link to your amazing and most sparkly and wonderous of parties…!! everyone must see this! you are truly brilliant! this has been such a treat for my eyes today!

    my 3 yr old daughter is sitting here ‘ooohing’ and ‘aaaahing’ over every picture…and when she saw the chocolates she exclaimed with delight…’OHHHH!!! mommy! can you make me that for my birthday????!!!’

    i will be back for more Melissa!

  28. gebah Says:

    friends recently finshed an ivy-inspired kitchen reno…i filled a thrifted basket with her favorite chocolate truffles, a few assorted ivy salad plates (for display ontop of their cabinets) and a fabric wrapped ivy plant–i popped their favorite bottle of wine into a hand-sewn fabric bag and added it to the repainted basket whicch was tied with beautiful silk ribbon bow & silk ivy streamers…they really loved it!

  29. beachy Says:

    Congratulations on a FABULOUS blog and 100 posts! I found my way via Phyllis of Shabby In The City. What eye candy you have here!!! For little gifties, I love to use old silver demitasse and coffee spoons wrapped in a bow of antique laces, add a teensy holiday millinery (and what fun to put a little marzipan fruit or other little confection in the “bowl” part of the spoon! =)

  30. Annechovie Says:

    Congratulations on your 100th post! Quite a milestone! Wishing you continued succes and joy in your life AND blog!

  31. Sweet Cottage Dreams Says:

    Well, I have to tell you that I have never been to such a wonderful party dressed like I am right my fuzzy blue robe with a towel wrapped around my wet hair! ahem! Pardoooooon me, please! ha.

    This was so much fun Melissa! I have the little box with the house and deer on it..bought it last year for my collection and love it!

    Lets see…I like taking Vanilla Scented candles as a gift or a gift of my homemade biscotti in a jar that has been tied with twine and an ornament. Some friends like food, others like pretty candles.

    Off to see what today’s post is all about. I will have to do another posting to refer friends to you!

    Have a great weekend and please enter me for the drawing. BTW, how sweet to mention me…hugs to you sweetheart!!


  32. Your party is jaw-droppingly delicious!!!! Thank you for the invite!! A room filled with eye-candy! I like to give my gifties as wine glass charms that they take home after using first :o). A great appitizer for casual or fancy is pumpernickel bread hollowed out with the vedgie dip in the center, then surround with any kinds of crackers and the bread from the middle and some small finger sized can get fancier on the dip too if you like. I am enjoying the party and can’t wait to see more!!

  33. Terri Says:

    Wow, what a busy party. And I am so busy at work I hardly have time to read, um, I mean chat here at this lavish affair!! My favorite hostess gifts are luxe gourmet things that we never buy ourselves (or at least I don’t), like fine vinegars and oils, gourmet chocolates and tapenades, that kind of thing. Topped with a gorgeous bow and you are set!

    Congrats on your 100th post. I feel like I’ve known you forever and it’s only been 100 posts. You are such a lovely addition to the blog world – someone spirited and talented and beautiful inside and out, and so kind with your words and compliments. You should start your own motivational company!! Wish I had more time to hang around and read everything…

    Love the party!

  34. Thank you so much , Melissa , to have invited me to this wonderful party . I love it.
    I’m going to cook all this night long..and tomorrow I will be ready for the best party.
    Congratulations again for your 100 th post

  35. Congrats on your 100th post! This is a lovely party. I have brought some Crostini with Warm Artichoke Dip. You can find the recipe on my blog. I have also created a link to your blog inviting everyone of my friends to the party! Can I be your BFF?

  36. LaTeaDah Says:

    You have outdone yourself! What a totally awesome party and such a gracious hostess you are! Great post! I will be linking your party to Gracious Hospitality — and sending some of my friends your way.

    Party on!

  37. LaTeaDah Says:

    So. . .here is my idea for a hostess gift. . .

    . . .rolled beeswax candles that are homemade and sprinkled with prisma glitter. Sometimes instead of glitter I like to press old buttons into the wax instead. . .or stems of dried lavender.

    🙂 LaTeaDah

  38. Barb Says:

    I always like to bring a hostess gift “for later”. It might be sticky buns for the next day’s breakfast, or a nice bottle of bubbly. But it’s something special, just for my hosts.

    And congratulations on your 100th post! Great party!

  39. I’m late…I’m late..but I am here now. You have out done yourself with your beautiful party. What a feast for the eyes. Everything is soooo beautiful! Here’s a sweet appetizer that is a killer and wildly popular. I’ve know people to actually hide this dish so they can have it all for themselves.

    Chocolate Chip Cheese Ball

    1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, softened
    1/2 cup butter, softened
    1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
    3/4 cup confectioners sugar
    2 tbsp. brown sugar
    3/4 cup miniature chocolate chips
    3/4 cup finely chopped pecans
    graham crackers

    Beat the cream cheese, butter and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add sugars; beat until combined. Stir in chocolate chips. Cover and refrigerate 2 hours. Place cream cheese mixture on a large piece of plastic wrap: shape into a ball. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Just before serving roll cheese ball in pecans. Serve with graham crackers.

    Now I am off to put a link on my blog to your fabulous party. Hugs, Lynn

  40. Rebekah Says:

    Lovely blog. Lovely pictures. You crack me up. Did anyone ever tell you that you look a little like Demi Moore?

  41. rhoda Says:

    Woo-hoo, it’s a Friday parteeeee! Hi, Melissa, how fun this is. We can all get excited about Christmas together. OK, hostess gift would be hydrangeas clipped from the garden. That would be a fun thing to give & get!

    Congrast on 100! You’ve been talking a lot, lady. I just hit 100 and I’ve been at it since February. LOL


  42. Sharly Says:

    Hi Melissa! I haven’t commented in a while, but I’m here! Things are looking great. As usual, your site is a feast for the eyes 🙂

    Take Care!

  43. You can say that again, Rhoda! That is why I say my husband has a love-hate relationship with my blog! The love part is now I just ramble on to all of you and he can go watch TV! LOL!

    So glad you are all here! You have such great ideas, I am thrilled that you are sharing them here! I will be all set for my next party when I need an idea!

  44. Veronica Says:

    Wow…I will have to go some to make my 100 th look even a teeeeensy bit like this

    congrats on your blog….

  45. Barbara Says:

    You are so funny in your writing Mellisa. Very enjoyable. I think all us bloggers identify with you.
    Hostess gift for a lady, a sweet candle wrapped in a beautiful box. Mostly we take wine and chocolates. That is what I like, the wine for my husband and the chocs. for me.
    Hors D…… Tiny smoked salmon rounds topped with a French garlic and herb cheese. Good party. I am so full just looking at all those treats.
    Congratulations on your 100th. I am soon coming up to my 200th. Never would have believed it when I started in January.

  46. Well, It seems like I am always the one hosting the party, and I don’t ever get gifts. LOL…I wouldn’t expect them either. We usually like to bring a bottle of wine with one of those cool wine bags or some wine glass trinkets. Very lovely stuff here!

  47. debraknpa Says:

    Party time! My fav appetizer is Jezebel sauce over cream cheese, I love it! My fav hostess gifts are pretty picture frames, home made food…relishes, pickles or anything sweet that can be enjoyed later.
    Nice party!

  48. Debe Says:

    This will be long but it is my favorite appetizer..
    Marinate Cheese
    1/2 C Olive Oil
    1/2 C White Wine Vinegar
    3 T Chopped fresh parsley
    3 T minced green onion
    1 t sugar
    3/4 t dried basil
    1/2 t salt
    1/2 t fresh gr pepper
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 2-oz jar diced pimentos, drained
    1 8-oz 5 1/2x2x1 ince block sharp Cheddar, chilled
    1 8-oz pkg cream cheese, chilled
    Combine first 10 ingredients in a jar, cover tightly & shake generously. Set aside. Cut block of cheddar in half lengthwise then cut cross-wise into 1/4 inch th ick slices, set aside. Repeat w/cream cheese. Arrange cheese alternately in a shallow baking dish, standing slices on edge. Pour marinade over cheese slices and cover. Marinate in frig for 8 hours. Transfer to serving plate, pour remaining marinade over and garnish w/parlsey springs.
    This is long for a blog response but it is really good and if you are having a party!!!, it will be a big hit! After all it is from Southern Living. Hope I get into the drawing, I never win…
    Great party! Rock on!

  49. Gail Says:

    Congrats on your 100th post! you went all out girl!

  50. jean @sweet nothings Says:

    Golly, there’s a lot of pretty things here.
    I love this party idea!

  51. sondra Says:

    Congrats on your 100th!!! My favorite is artichoke dip = any artichoke dip really. Usually an equal mixture of artichokes, mayonnaise and parmesan will do the trick. Love it and can probably eat an entire dish myself, though I’ve never tried!

    I want to join the contest/s and I will link to this on my blog.

  52. Mrs.E Says:

    This is my first time here and I am so enjoying my visit. So much to see and read….wow! Thank you for including me in your giveaway 🙂

  53. Linda Says:

    Congratulations on your 100th post. The party is fabulous!! One of my favorite appetizer is Bacon Wrapped Water Chestnuts. In 1/4c soy sauce marinate 1 can(8oz)drained water chestnuts for a hour. Wrap 1/3 slice bacon around chestnut and fasten with toothpick. Bake at 375 for 20 mins. or until bacon is done. Delish. My hostess gift is always candles of the season..Linda

  54. Lady N Says:

    My favorite hostess gift so far was a tea party theme lunch that I had where I bought pretty teacups and saucers of all different kinds from thrift stores and used them as a part of the table setting. Then when it was time to go – all my guests got to rinse and take home the pretty teacups and saucers. It was a nice surprise for everyone because they weren’t expecting that!

  55. GardenGirl Says:

    What a fun party! I found you when I visited

    I love to bring a bouquet of fresh flowers as a hostess gift.

  56. Liberty Post Says:

    The best hostess gift I ever gave was a card that said ‘Don’t fuss about the clean up…I’ve hired someone to come by and do it.’. That was a big hit.

  57. Congraulations on your 100th post. To the party I would bring my homemade chicken salad served on buttery crackers. So much fun I have had must go take a nap. Mary

  58. elizabeth holder Says:

    I love bringing serving dishes or cake plates as hostess gifts, sometimes it’s nice to get different serving dishes to jump start your creativeness –
    and sometimes they can be expensive and you mite not feel like it’s worth the splurge – so I like to bring them – something they love but wouldn’t normally splurge on themselves.

  59. I think one of the most apprecaited hostess gifts I’ve given was for a friend who I knew had gone to sooooo much trouble with her dinner party. I left an unexpected hidden thank you gift with a note saying how much I apprecaited her friendship, under her pillow for her to find at the end of the evening – she told me later it made her cry….happy tears of course.
    Just love your party – congrats on the 100th post.

  60. KJ Says:

    Wow! I am going to be copying down some fabulous ideas here! First of all, thank-you for including me and for hosting this wonderful celebration! Secondly, I have posted a hard to miss advertisement for this gala event on my blog! Oh yes, I want to be on that special FRIEND LIST! {{GRIN}}

    My hostess gifts are usually things like elegant candles, Godiva chocolates, something gourmet, or an ultra-pampering gift that the hostess may not take time to buy for herself.

    Here is an appetizer:

    Three Cheese Hot Artichoke Dip
    Paula Deen

    • 1 (8 ounces) block cream cheese, softened
    • 1 cup mayonnaise
    • 1 (14 ounces) can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
    • 2 green onions, sliced thin
    • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
    • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
    • Dash hot sauce
    • Dash Worcestershire sauce
    • Salt and pepper

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

    In a large mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese with a hand held electric mixer until smooth. Then beat in the mayonnaise until smooth. Add remaining ingredients and stir together until combined. Transfer the dip to a pie plate or shallow gratin dish. Bake in a preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes until the top is golden brown and the dip is bubbling. Serve hot with crackers, tortilla chips, crostini or veggies.

    Blessings galore,

  61. Howdy Melissa – what a great party – what a great idea!! Everything is so GORGEOUS! Congrats on your 100th post, but more than that, congratulations on having such an inspiring and fun and informative blog – I love it!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderfulness with all of us!! As to a hostess gift, a personalized hand-painted ornament would be a nice touch. As to appetizers, the simpler and tastier the better – we do a dip that is devine and EASY – brown a package of hot pork sausage, add 8 oz of cream cheese and either a jar of salsa or a can of Rotel tomatoes – stir together until it’s all well blended – it’s best kept warm and served with tortilla chips. It may not be the prettiest dip, but it disappears the fastest!

    Thanks again – party on – we’ll stop by tomorrow and see what’s up! Get some rest!

    Becky S

  62. Melissa, I’m giggling as I read this post-especially remembering your faux-pas!! Congrats on your 100th post, and what fab posts they’ve all been!! Looking forward to 1000’s more!xxx

  63. Marsha Says:

    Thank you for such lovely inspiration! Every time I come by for a read I leave with a new idea to make my home more lovely and comfortable.

    My favorite hostess gift is homemade seasonal potpourri, if I know that the house in question has no allergies or whatnot. Otherwise, I also like to take a delicious, rich, fair trade coffee called Bishop’s Blend from Episcopal Relief and Development and maybe some homemade scones – this is especially nice for overnight visits or for the hostess to use the morning after a big to-do when the last thing she wants to do is make more dishes by getting breakfast going.

    Now, as for my favorite little nibble, I’m torn between three. My friends have all eaten these about 8,000 times each over the years, and none (neither the nibbles nor the friends) will ever let you down:

    1) Olive cheese balls (from the Colonial Williamsburg cookbook): a butter, cheese and flour pastry wrapped around regular old green olives and baked. A few with a glass of wine is a right proper start to a festive dinner.

    2) Garlic puffs (from the New Basics cookbook): roasted garlic mushed up and layered in between puff pastry and baked under an egg wash. I use teeny tiny cookie cutters to make stars (for Christmas or Fourth of July), hearts (Valentine’s), and so on.

    3) Chorizo skewers (from my very own little mind): rounds of cooked chorizo layered on a toothpick with a bit of manchega cheese and a sundried (or, really, a dehydrator-dried) cherry tomato replumped in warm balsalmic vinegar.

    Oh! And then there’s sundried tomato garlic spread atop a pastry cutout. And little steamed dumplings. And vodka tomatoes dipped in seasoned salt. And…

    I just LOVE “little food”. I wish cocktails was a real meal.

  64. What a wonderful party!Those chocolates look simply divine!And what beauty is to be seen in your photos!Great post!

  65. Cecilia Says:

    My favorite hostess gift is something everyone could use. Usually I whip up a batch of homemage scented bath salts. Place them in a pretty jar, and add bows or holiday specific decorations. A very pretty accent for any party!

    BTW, I just love your party pictures! All the indulgences that I just love! Glad I could make it!

    Also, I blogged about your party.

  66. karla nathan Says:

    I really enjoyed this post and laughed at your early blogging foibles, they sounded very familiar! I think we’ve all been through similar problems.

    As far as a tip, here is something I do for parties I attend:

    I always make up a fruit or veggie tray and put it on a vintage platter or serving plate from a garage sale, something pretty but inexpensive and leave the plate as a gift for the hostess. Its great to not have to worry about gathering up your dishes to take home after the party and it looks so much better than using something disposable.

  67. karla nathan Says:

    ps- I forgot to say that Eye-dylic told me about this soiree

  68. Maureen Says:

    It looks like your party is a hit! One of my favorite hostess gifts is a pretty wire holder filled with monogrammed paper guest towels for the powder room

    Here’s an appetizer that is sure to please, and one that always goes over well around here. Enjoy, and Congrats!

    Bacon and Tomato Appetizer Cups

    One 10 oz. can Grands Flakey Biscuits (* must be flakey)
    8 slices of cooked bacon
    One ripe tomato; diced
    1/4 small onion, chopped
    3/4 cup Swiss Cheese; grated
    1/2 cup Mayonnaise
    1 tsp dried or 1 TBL spoon fresh chopped Basil

    Divide biscuit flakes in sections and form into *muffin pan to make 24 cups
    (must use mini muffin pan)

    Combine remaining ingredients. Spoon a small amount of mixture into each cup. Bake at 425 for ten minutes of until golden brown. Makes 24 mouth-watering cups!

  69. My Melange Says:

    Congrats on your 100th post! I am gobbling up all the party ideas….especially the food 🙂 Lovely prizes you are giving away. Chocolate is always a crowd pleaser 😉

  70. Nancy Says:

    I don’t want to leave – everything is absolutely gorgeous!

  71. Brenda Eason Says:

    So glad I found your awsome site. Pat at Back Porch musings sent me your way. Love it so far.Will be back.

  72. Sharon Says:

    Happy 100th post! Your photos are amazing!

    God bless you and may you have your 200th post before you know it!

    I laughed at your comment blog is becoming a four letter word around your home….my family can relate! LOL! :0)

    Blessings! ~Sharon

  73. Erica Says:

    WOW, how wonderful does everything look! Im only in Michigan, Im taking a drive down to see everything in person!!!!

  74. What a party!! The scenery is ideal, the food–magnificent, and the guests–WOW! What a great idea. Congratulations on your 100th post.
    Depending on the occasion, my hostess gifts vary tremendously. I like to bring Merlot Rosemary Jelly. It’s simple and can be used in a variety of ways. Enjoying the party…

  75. Michele Says:

    I haven’t been to a party for years… I was like a bee round a honey pot in my youth buzzing around some fabulous parties and gatherings..
    I would bring my mother’s clementine cake.. she was a fabulous cook and this cake is divine with cold creme fraiche..
    The cake is made with pureed clementines that have been simmered in water for an hour, skins and all, add ground almonds and eggs and sugar.. no flour. Mix and cook to perfection! Eat warm with cold creme fraiche.. Heaven on a plate !

  76. Shay Says:

    Ooo, Thank you so much for inviting me to the party! I have not visited before, how lucky to walk in during all the festivities… I loved every moment. Blessings, Shay

  77. I’ve had some technical difficulties but I’m so glad to be back. Looks like you’ve been having some fun!!! I’m going to go catch up on everything I’ve missed. Blessings… Polly (p.s. love this idea)

  78. P.S. I’ve attempted BFF status by linking to the party site.

  79. JO Says:

    Contratulations on such an absolute blast of a party… I enjoyed all the goodies… and the decorations… stunning!!! Simply stunning!

  80. sherry Says:

    I’m glad I came to the party..even if I came at it back to front…it was well worth it!! Blissful doesn’t even come close to how I’m feeling right now!!
    Merci beaucoup!!!

  81. wow melissa. i am winner. how very cool is that?
    and not only that but you and i are now BFF’s.
    i invited all my blooger sto your party.
    i don’t have hostess gift! i feel like a terrible guest. but i am guessing i can’t win again anywya. being your BFF is gift enough.
    that store is the prettiest place i may have ever seen. i wish i lived in ohio…anywhere in ohio just i could go. happy holidays.

  82. Pam Webb Says:

    Congratulations on your 100th blog–I’ve only reached 51. And, due to that, I’m not even certain I’m completing this correctly!!!

    The party is great–what a novel idea–a party you can visit again & again!!! Could be the perfect party–lots of enjoyment & no weight gain!!

    I like to take a hostess gift that consists of something for the kitchen–spices, dip mixes, cheese knives, etc. I guess that stems from the fact that I do catering on a small scale & love anything even remotely related to the kitchen.

    Again, congratulations!!! Hope I make it that far!

  83. Karen Says:

    Congratulations on your 100th! Melissa please enter me in the drawing and I’d like to be your BFF!! I’m posting a link on my blog for you!!

  84. Penny Says:

    What a fun party and so beautiful. I didnt even have to get out of my fav jammies. Oh, I like that. Congrats on the 100 post. Have a great weekend

  85. gotta leave a comment so I’ll be included. 🙂

  86. Melissa, Congratulations on your 100th post…I will be rereading this one (as I have arrived fashionably late) because you have given me so much wonderful eye-candy and so many beautiful words. From there I will move on to your next posts. As a hostess gift, I would bring homemade cookies in a vintage tin wrapped with a satin ribbon and a bottle of wine also with the same satin ribbon. Thank you for such a wonderful post and blog. Susan

  87. Sharon Says:

    100 posts, will I ever see that day?

    I love to give or receive a good bottle of wine. It works well weather it’s a host or hostess your gifting. I’m adding your party info to my blog.

  88. katiedid Says:

    Congrats to you both! Well, I didn’t go through all of these many, many comments to see if I have duplicated an idea, but here goes:
    Hostess Gift ideas: a basket of Meyer Lemons from our tree in the backyard. They are perfect during the Holiday season, with a recipe for Meyer Lemon Vodka Martini’s.
    Here’s another great idea: Greeting Cards by the wonderful artist Anne Harwell! Check out her blog:

    Hors d’oeuvre: Brie cheese with Fig Jelly on warm baguette.Yummy!

    Great Party. Having a fantastic time!:)

  89. Mary Says:

    Hi Melissa, Congratulations on your 100th post! What beautiful pictures!!! I think I’m drooling on the keyboard. 🙂 Hostess gift ideas: Homemade chocolate chip cookies in a basket with pretty ribbon, fresh baked bread with homemade jam, or scented soaps with a vintage linen hand towel…

    Wonderful party — thanks so much!

  90. Posey Says:

    Love the pics, they are gorgeous!! Congrats on the 100th post. I enjoy reading your blog and getting decor ideas. An appetizer we like is ham roll-ups…

    take a slice of packaged ham (rectangular shaped kind), spread cream cheese evenly onto it, take a green onion and lay on one edge and roll ham around. Plece in freezer for 45 min to an hour. Remove from freezer and slice about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch thick. (they look like pinwheels) Everybody loves these!!

  91. naturegirl Says:

    Whew!! I had to fight the crowds to get closer to the champagne!! Holy Moly what inspiration I see here! Let me catch my breath as I look around at all the gliz glam and sparkle..not only in the bubbly I finally got to!!

    ((((( Congratulations on your 100th post!))))))
    ((((((WHOO HOO)))))…taking a sip of bubbly..ummm…
    my hostess gift of late has been a sweet little bag of 3 aromatic lavender guests soaps…all tied up with the prettiest satin lavender ribbon with a sprig of my own
    home grown lavender!!
    Nice to meet you and the best of luck..I’ll browse on my way out!
    Come by my place …hugs NG

  92. Lady N Says:

    Wow! It was fun to read all the comments – I do want to also share that I love to make miniature brownies for hors d’oeuvres. I just think they are delicious and I love the color.

  93. Terri Says:

    Love those peppermint cones! A beautiful site!

  94. Jen Says:

    My favorite hostess gift around the holidays would have to be my homemade peppermint bark packaged up very festively. It’s addictive. Congratulations to you on a fabulous party! Jen

  95. Beck Says:

    Oh Melissa,
    I feel so priveleged that I made it into your post! Thankyou for thinking of me… I’m so glad that I stumbled across your blog when it was just a wee baby! You’re growing so well and this is quite a 100th celebration!
    I was at my family beach house this weekend taking photos of my best friend and her kids when we stumbled across a gorgeous mini Eifell Tower ornament- made from creamed wire- it would suit your place to a ‘t’ :). Meanwhile I returned from the market with pressed iron hearts and a divine cream and green wreath. SO delighted- just need to eat from the pantry this week as I spent my grocery money to fund the interior decorating! Oh well… so worth it!!!
    May your next 100 posts be as delightful as the first. You inspire and uplift me- thankyou so much.
    Blessings all the way from Beck in Australia 🙂

  96. diana Says:

    I’m showing up to a Friday-night party on Sunday morning – yikes!! Glad I found you, nevertheless. I enjoy bringing a plate of Greek pastries on a vintage plate or platter. But I do try to offer something very special that speaks to the particular tastes and interests of the host/ess (book, bath treat, exotic cooking spices, etc.)

  97. Sue Says:

    Congrats on your 100th post! This party idea looks so yummy and fun, please include me!

  98. marita Says:

    well, there is so much to see and experience over here :O everybody is talking about this fabulous satelite party. well, thank you so much for the invitation and congratulations to your 100. i have celebrated it laterly as well yet not in such a grand style as your party. it will be a great event and i would not miss it. concerning a unique decoration of your party tables i can make some suggestions to you dear melissa! i could bring some of my handpainted linens to celebrate the occassion. see you there!

  99. Joy Says:

    Happy 100th! It’s so beautiful here Melissa, you’ve done a great job!

  100. Ok, I just kicked off my heels, propped up my feet on my desk and am lounging back in my comfy chair saying OH MY GOSH! How come I havn’t found you before!?! I am sitting here saying I want that, and I want that, and I want that….”It reminds me of when I was little at Christmas time and the Toy Catalogs came in the mail and I proceeded to circle almost everything on every page for my christmas list!!”
    I havn’t even had two seconds to pull myself away from the pics to look and see where you gals are located but I would love to come and visit SOON!
    If there is a way for you to let me know, please do!
    I also just started a BLOG and would be honored to be added to your list of great shops. I do have a website as well,
    Thank you so much for all of the eye candy! I want to be just like you when I grow up…XO, Alys

  101. LaTeaDah Says:

    Melissa, I already left a comment, and I’m not leaving one to ‘double up’, but thought of this and so just make this a post script to my previous comment.

    Finger foods for parties can be exotic and yummy, but this note is a reminder to consider those with special dietary needs. It’s always nice to have something they can eat. Although it’s probably impossible to meet everyone’s dietary concerns, I thought I would advocate for those with celiac disease. Wheat, rye, barley, and oats all contain gluten and they can’t eat evey a tiny amount. Having finger foods made from other ingredients is easy and helpful. Here are a few ideas:

    ~ corn chips (blue ones are neat) with fresh salsa or pico de gallo

    ~ mini rice cakes with a creamy spread on top, then decorated with tidbits of colorful veggies or olives

    ~ rice or nut crackers with cream cheese spread or a nut butter

    ~ veggies and dip or cheeses cut into fancy shapes

    ~ fruit slices with chocolate

    Party on!

  102. Junebug Says:

    Congratulations on your 100th post! I was sent here by Pat and I must say it is a beautiful blog. Oh my, I would love those Eiffel Tower earrings!!!

  103. Lynne Snyder Says:

    This is the most beautiful shop I have ever seen. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world. I’m pretty sure that decorating should be considered a fine art.

  104. Lorrie Says:

    I’m a little late to the party, but enjoying myself nonetheless. Great food, great decor and the company can’t be beat!

    I love stuffed mushrooms for a hors d’oeuvre – chopped stems, a little onion, some bacon or sausage all sauteed in some butter until soft, then seasoned with sage, stuffed back into the mushrooms and topped with a little (or a lot) of finely grated swiss cheese. Bake 20 minutes at 350 and serve hot.

    One of my favourite hostess gifts is to wrap 2 candle tapers in pretty paper and ribbon – layering the paper and embellishing it with a charm or other trinket. I often combine the candles with pretty paper napkins and wrap the two in clear wrap tied with a fat ribbon bow.

  105. laurie Says:

    I always serve marinated mushrooms. You either love them or hate them. But mushroom and garlic lovers love them. MARINATED MUSHROOMS
    From ‘The Working Person’s Cookbook by Charlotte Erickson1979
    1 pound mushrooms
    3 teaspoons salt
    1 cup olive oil
    4 cloves garlic, minced
    ½ cup vinegar
    About 6 drops onion juice
    Finely chopped fresh herbs (optional)
    Select only very fresh, firm mushrooms. The best are the large fat ones with short stems. Do not select mushrooms with flattops and dark gills showing beneath, as they discolor. Soak mushrooms in cold water for 5 minutes to loosen any soil. Put them into a plastic bag and fill it with sufficient water to generously cover the mushrooms. Hold the bag closed with one hand and agitate vigorously with the other. Drain in colander. If they are not completely clean, repeat. Trim stem ends if needed and place mushrooms in a large heavy skillet (no shortening is needed). Sprinkle salt over the mushrooms and simmer, covered, over moderate heat for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and drain. Meanwhile, mix the remaining ingredients and pour into the glass container in which you are going to store your mushrooms. Add warm mushrooms, cover, and allow them to marinate at room temperature overnight. Stir occasionally and refrigerate.
    Cream cheese stuffed into a jalopeno with bacon wrapped around it is also yummy but HOT.
    My hostess gift would be a seasonal dish towel and coordinating knitted dishrag.

  106. lizzie Says:

    my favorite hostess gift is handmade lavander sachets!

  107. Melissa, congratulations on your 100th post! 🙂 Sorry I’m late to the party but I am so glad you extended it! All this food and you look fantastic! 😉

    I don’t have a standard hostess gift but I do like to give a nice bottle of wine, we have a vineyard right in the area so it’s nice to support them and to intorduce someone to a wine they may have not tried before.

    I love seeing all these recipes and ideas shared, it gives me some help in the food area since that’s not my strong point. 🙂

    Congrats again!

  108. bluemuf Says:

    I have come via Jenn & Jacqui blog and I have been going through all the party posts. Just fantastic. I need to keep coming back as there is so many beautiful displays and items to see.

    My favourite hostess gift is a elegant package of napking with candles tied up with a pretty bow.

    Thank you again for hosting this amazing part


  109. Teah Barrow Says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your inspiration and talent with us! I want to move in or be adopted!!

  110. Amber Says:

    Hi, I love your blog. My favorite hostess gift is either monogrammed cocktail napkins, or bottles of wine with custom made labels ( As for hors d’oeuvres, I always love bacon wrapped shrimp and jalapenos.

  111. Andi Says:

    Amazing!!! Your party is “to die for”!!! I’m so glad I arrived here by way of Pat’s blog. Everything is so festive and beautiful.

    I like to take pretty guest soaps and embroidered fingertip towels as a hostess gift if staying overnight. If going for a luncheon embroidered cocktail napkins are a favorite.

  112. heidi Says:

    congratulations on your 100th post! looks like a delicious party! i would like very much to have one of each of those sweet reats! best wishes!

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