I was contacted by Lesley Stowe Fine Foods recently, and they wanted me to try out her Raincoast Crisps, a delicious cracker that comes in a variety of natural flavors. They looked so rustic and natural, but also fancy–I thought it would be the perfect thing for the Fairy Tale-inspired party I wanted to throw.
I wanted the vibe of the party to be fancy, yet whimsical. Rustic, yet magical. The type of party where you and your friends wear flowy dresses and wings and spend your time talking and singing while making flower crowns and small, delicious meals.
I wanted to showcase the raincoast crisps and create some fun pairings. These included:
Original Raincoast Crisps with white cheddar, prosciutto, and spinach
Cranberry and Hazelnut Crisps with brie, honey, and a thin slice of a honey crisp apple
Oat and Rosemary Raisin Crisps–these were put out for those who wanted to try another flavor on its own, or for the gluten free folks. (I love that some of the crisps are gluten free and nut free!)
I was concerned about finding fancy enough pairings for these crackers, but the ones I put together were actually very simple, and quite delicious! The original crisps acted like mini sandwiches with the spinach, cheese, and meat, and the cranberry crisps were sweet and refreshing with the brie, honey, and apple. I paired the snacks with loose leaf tea (because it was gorgeous and matched the tone of the party) and a pale ale (which Lesley Stowe recommends pairing with the Cranberry Hazelnut and Rosemary Raisin crisps).
As mentioned above, I wanted to keep the atmosphere “rustic yet whimsical.” I decided to work with woods, greenery, and metallics for that magical touch. The greenery and table decor was accented with fairy tale books.
I purchased a light-up twig garland to place around the main dish, and placed candles around for a bit of extra twinkle. Silverware sets were tied up with some greenery and twine. (Plus, look at the silverware! Silver twigs! I’m obsessed.)
You don’t have to spend a lot on flowers–a lot of baby’s breath can look really cool (and adds to the fairy feel). All of the flowers on the table were purchased for less than $10–just buy the items florists usually use as filler.
You can also use leafy greens and vegetables as decor in place of your flowers. This bunch of spinach wrapped in twine cost me less than $1.
And, of course, show off your fairy tale collection. It’s decor and entertainment in one!
As mentioned above, you can share your favorite fairy tales at the party. But here are a few more activity ideas to pair with your beautiful table full of food:
- Host a creative writing session where everyone needs to create their own take on a classic fairy tale
- Play “Werewolf“
- Make fairy wings and flower crowns
- Marathon your favorite fairy tale movies
- Host a “Once Upon a Time” or “Grimm” premiere party
What would you include in your Fairy Tale-themed party? And have you tried Raincoast Crisps? (Be on the lookout for more info from them as I meet Lesley Stowe in person in a week!)
I was provided compensation and product in exchange for this blog post. All thoughts, opinions, and ideas are my own.
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Temporary tattoos have a magical way of making every party more fun. They instantly turn adults into kids, giddy over which design they’ll wear. And while the cheap ones you can get from 25 cent machines or party stores are fun, they’re not necessarily something you can wear around the next day. Dottinghill, however, comes to the rescue with fun, quirky, geeky tattoo options that are all beautifully designed. They sent me some over the summer, and I’ve been taking them to parties and on road trips, making my friends model the tattoos for me. (Thank you Jenn, Joe, Justin, Kina, Meagan, and Liz!)
People can submit and vote on designs that will be turned into temporary tattoos on usa.Dottinghill.com, which results in a collection of tattoos that will make any geek, fashionista, or graphic designer swoon. The tattoos themselves range from $3-6 per sheet (with multiple tattoos on most of the sheets). They’re great for a party, photo shoot, or any time you want to try out a new tattoo.
Want to place an order? Use promo code “GeekyHostess” for 15% off an order of $15 or more!
Which of their designs do you love? (I’m obsessed with the “Love Life Bar” design, as seen above–you can cut out the individual hearts and make your own life bar!) Will you be sporting a temporary tattoo anytime soon?
Sure, baking is a science, but do you know exactly what’s happening to make your delicious baked goods? Check out this Ted Ed video to find out!
See? Cookies are delicious AND educational!
Today, Espionage Cosmetics launched their second Kickstarter. If you missed out on their nail wraps the first time, need to refill your stock, or (like me) just can’t wait to get the new designs, you’ve gotta pledge now.
The nail wraps are geeky, beautiful, and easy to use, and this time many of the designs are licensed. This means you can fangirl even harder with official products from your fave creators.
I’m particularly excited for Baker Street, Lunar Phase, Mermaid, and Treasure Map wraps, and the “Glitter is the New Black” t-shirt. Check out all of the initial new designs below and let me know what you’re excited for in the comments! (More wraps may be unlocked if and when they hit stretch goals, so keep checking in on their page!)
What are you waiting for? Go pledge now!
PAX Prime begins tomorrow, and I’m already tired! I’ll be working the whole time, but luckily that means that you’ll always know exactly where to find me!
On Friday, Sunday, and Monday, you’ll be able to find me in the Cards Against Humanity space at the ACT Theatre (connected to the convention center). Hours are 10am to 5:30pm!
On Friday night, I’ll be helping with the Cards Against Humanity panel at 8pm. Get there early if you’re hoping to get in!
On Saturday night, I’ll be running the Cards Against Humanity show at the Triple Door at 8pm. Standing Room tickets are still available!
And, of course, I’m still manning the @PAXParties twitter handle. This is the place to go if you want to know about all of the public parties happening this weekend!
If you see me, please say “Hi!” It always makes my day when I get to meet a new reader!
Will you be at PAX Prime? What are you excited to do/see?
Photos by the always lovely Liz Leo!
I’ve known AMI Clubwear as a site that has tons of really, ridiculously hot dresses and (you guessed it), clubwear, but it wasn’t until they reached out to me that I found they also carried some fun geeky items.
When I go to cons, I often pick a couple of tiny little dresses like this for after parties, and this is one of the first I’ve seen with long sleeves. This means that I can pair it with leggings and boots in the winter and actually stay warm! Plus, having all of the Adventure Time characters makes it ridiculous and fun. It’s definitely a conversation starter!
AMI Clubwear wants to give one of you a $50 gift card so you can splurge on some awesome partywear as well. The Cartoon Dress I’m wearing is only $32.99, so you’d still be able to treat yourself to something else if you got it! They also have an incorrectly labeled Ewok dress, a Corpse Bride dress, a Lumpy Space Princess dress, a South Park scarf, costumes, and more.
Wanna win? Enter below!
My lovely friend Mallory tagged me, so I thought I’d finally make a video!
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Missed my Geeky Sprinkle Kickstarter? Now’s your chance to order sprinkles! I opened up the pre-order page today so non-backers can place orders before the initial shipment arrives.
You can purchase bottles of lightning bolt, blue policebox, steampunk gear, or meeple sprinkles as well as accessories like the Geeky Hostess apron, themed recipes, and cupcake pins.
Go here: http://bit.ly/sprinklepreorder or click through the widget above to visit the pre-order page! (And let me know in the comments what you’re planning on making with your sprinkles!)
I work hard. And in the Summer, most normal people take some time to relax and rejuvenate. So when Robert Leonard Salon & Day Spa asked if I wanted to come in for a cut and a color, I decided to make a mini “Treat Yo Self” day. No, I didn’t spend tons of money on fine leather goods or drink any mimosas, but I did some small things that made me feel great. I wore my favorite fuchsia lipstick, I walked around Downtown Seattle, I took the time to read a bit, and yes–I got my hair done.
I don’t normally color my hair, so the prospect was a bit scary, but as soon as I met my stylist, Cara, I knew I was in good hands. I even said the scariest words to utter in a salon: “Do whatever you want!” She put in a subtle ombre that is absolutely perfect for the color-shy. It’s not glaringly obvious that my hair is much lighter, but the colored parts catch light and create more bounce overall in my hair, and I’m in love with it. She then gave me a cut that got rid of some weight in my hair while keeping the length, and styled it with tons of volume.
The treating didn’t end there. I left the salon with two amazing new products, so I can continue to feel glamorous even after my hair is washed and re-styled. I got Oribe Royal Blowout, which helps your hair dry faster and smoother (like you got a blowout at a salon), and Oribe Apres Beach, which was lovingly referred to as “Gisele in a bottle” by Cara. (Apparently it’s what’s used on the Victoria’s Secret models to give them that perfect shiny, tousled hair.) I can’t wait to play around with my hair and the products!
So, by spending some time on myself, I ended up happier and more energized for the rest of the day. Treating yourself is an important thing! What do you do on your “Treat Yo Self” days? Watch a favorite movie? Eat a cupcake? Visit a friend? Get a message? Sleep? Leave a comment below telling me what you do when you want to treat yourself, and you’ll be entered in to win a $25 gift card from Robert Leonard salon! (Still want to comment but you’re not a Seattleite? Just let me know and I won’t pick you!) I’ll pick a winner on Wednesday, August 20th and will mail out the card!
EDIT: The winner is Deedee! Congrats!
I challenge you to do something this week just for you. Whether it’s big (a new cut and color, buying a Batman suit), or small (making your favorite lunch, wearing your favorite shirt), I promise it will change your mood for the better!