A Little Spring Fun: How to Make a DIY Modern Pillar Planter

by Alexandra Hedin

A Little Spring Fun: How to Make a DIY Modern Pillar Planter

Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’ll be here showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends. 

All week I have shown you how to host the...

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A Little Spring Fun: Steamed Mussels and Clams Recipe

by Alexandra Hedin

A Little Spring Fun: Steamed Mussels and Clams Recipe
Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’m here showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends. 

The last three days I showed you how to start the evening off right with a fabulous little cocktail hour.  On lovely nights outside like this, I like to serve an easy main course that's more of a continuation of appetizers - Steamed Clams and Mussels are perfect.  

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A Little Spring Fun: How to Make Kissing Coasters

by Alexandra Hedin

A Little Spring Fun: How to Make Kissing Coasters
Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’ll be here showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends. 

The last two days I showed you a fabulous little cocktail and an appetizer to go alongside.  But now you need a spot to set your cocktail down... a fabulous coaster!  

These are really easy and really inexpensive to make so you can create them in any color for any season.  

created at: 03/25/2012

You'll need:

  • 4x4 ceramic tile
  • Ceramic paint (available at the craft store)
  • Sticky back felt
  • 1/2 inch paint brush
  • Lip print stamp (optional)

Step 1: Paint your lips carefully with ceramic paint.  If you aren't comfortable coating your lips with paint, use a lips print stamp.

Step 2: Kiss the tile carefully leaving a print.  Or use the stamp.

Step 3: Bake tile according to paint package instructions.  Remove from tile and let cool.

Step 4: Cut sticky back felt into 3.75 x 3.75 inch square.  Apply felt to the bottom side of the tile.  Press down well.  

Step 5: Place cocktail on and enjoy!

Stay tuned this week for the rest of the party including more recipes and more crafts!

Alexandra Hedin is a Lifestyle and Entertaining Expert based in the Pacific Northwest. In Winter of 2010, Alexandra's debut book was released. Entertaining at Home features ten complete parties including menus, simple recipes, crafts and helpful tips for hosting your own event. Alexandra grew up in the bustling kitchen of a home economics teacher helping to feed a large extended family for holidays and regular weekends together. She still spends her free time cooking in her Seattle kitchen for her husband and two young children.

Learn more at alexandrahedin.com


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A Little Spring Fun: Make Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Pizza!

by Alexandra Hedin

A Little Spring Fun: Make Fig Jam and Goat Cheese Pizza!
Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’m showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends.   

Yesterday, I fixed a charming little cocktail and today, an appetizer to go with it: Goat & Fig Pizza.  A homemade pizza makes a really fast and easy appetizer.  I love making little pizzas with a homemade crust and seasonal ingredients from the garden or the farmers market.  

This super simple appetizer is really delicious and can take as little as ten minutes.  Which means you have no excuse not to entertain!  Have fun, have a party!    

created at: 03/25/2012

Goat & Fig Pizza

  • 1 recipe pizza dough
  • 4 ounces chevre
  • 8 ounces fig jam
  • 2 ounces thinly sliced prosciutto
  • handful of basil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Roll out pizza dough to create a twelve inch round.  Spread an even layer of fig jam and top with crumbles of cheese.  Spread out pieces of prosciutto across the top of the pizza.  Sprinkle basil over and bake 10 – 15 minutes on a baking sheet until crispy. 

Stay tuned this week for the rest of the party including more recipes and crafts!

Alexandra Hedin is a Lifestyle and Entertaining Expert based in the Pacific Northwest. In Winter of 2010, Alexandra's debut book was released. Entertaining at Home features ten complete parties including menus, simple recipes, crafts and helpful tips for hosting your own event. Alexandra grew up in the bustling kitchen of a home economics teacher helping to feed a large extended family for holidays and regular weekends together. She still spends her free time cooking in her Seattle kitchen for her husband and two young children.

Learn more at alexandrahedin.com


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A Little Spring Fun: How to Make a Violet Fizz

by Alexandra Hedin

A Little Spring Fun: How to Make a Violet Fizz
Hi!  I’m Alexandra Hedin – a lifestyle and entertaining expert from the Pacific Northwest.  I provide inspiration, recipes, and crafts for creating a lovely life.  It doesn’t take much to make everyday lovely – or to have fun.  And isn’t that what life is about? All week I’ll be here showing you how I threw together a little springtime affair that takes only a little thought and some good friends. 

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