A Patriotic Fourth

Long time, no post! So, what better way to get back in the swing of things than with a 4th of July party? ūüôā

Decorations: Red, White, and Blue Banner

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Supplies:

  • Red, White, and Blue Bandannas
  • Twine
  • Hot Glue

Directions:

1. Cut the bandannas into triangles or rectangles (whatever shape you desire).

2. Hot glue the tops of the shapes onto the twine and hang inside or outside.

Food: Red, White, and Blue Parfaits

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Ingredients:

Red layer:

  • 1 (3 oz) package of strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • ¬Ĺ cup cold water
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries

White layer:

  • ¬ľ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) of unflavored gelatin powder
  • ¬Ĺ cup boiling water
  • ¬Ĺ cup sugar
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream, liquefied

Blue layer:

  • ¬ľ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) of unflavored gelatin powder
  • ¬Ĺ cup boiling water
  • ¬Ĺ cup sugar
  • 1 ¬Ĺ cups blueberries
  • 6 Mason Jars
  • Whipped Cream

Directions:

Strawberry layer:¬†Stir 1 cup of boiling water into the strawberry gelatin until gelatin is fully dissolved.¬†Add¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of cold water and the chopped strawberries.

1. Arrange the jars at an angle in a muffin tin.

2. Put flour or uncooked rice in the wells to hold the jars in place. Gently spoon equal amounts of the strawberry gelatin mixture into each of the jars. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 to 45 minutes.

White layer:¬†Once the strawberry gelatin is firm, begin making the white ice cream layer. In a medium bowl, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the unflavored gelatin evenly over 1/4 cup of cold water (allow the gelatin to absorb the water for 2 minutes). Then, stir in ¬Ĺ cup of boiling water until the gelatin is completely dissolved.¬†Mix¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of sugar, then stir in 1 cup of the melted ice cream until smooth

1. With the jars still at an angle in the muffin tin, spoon equal amounts of the ice cream mixture into each of the jars.

2. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Blueberry layer: Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin evenly over 1/4 cup of cold water in a bowl. Wait 2 minutes to allow the gelatin to absorb the water. Add¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of boiling water. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved and¬†then mix¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of sugar. Lastly, add the 1 ¬Ĺ cup of blueberries.

1. Refrigerate the blueberry mixture in the bowl until it thickens to the consistency of a gel .

2. Take the jars out of the muffin tin and set them upright.

3. Spoon equal amounts of the blueberry mixture into each of the jars. Refrigerate until firm.

4. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.

Enjoy!

Source: http://www.ehow.com/info_12340443_red-white-blue-patriotic-parfaits.html

Game: Test Your Patriotic Knowledge! 

Quiz your friends on their Patriotic Knowledge. Person to get the most right wins. (Answers below.) 

1. What is the capital of Colorado?

2. The Mardi Gras celebration is held in the French Quarter of where?

3. Which state became the 50th state, admitted on August 21, 1959?

4. Name the six states that make up New England.

5. Coca-Cola was founded in which capital city?

6. Which state capital name means ‚Äúprotected bay?‚ÄĚ

7. Which state is famous for earthquakes?

8. What state is known for having crocodiles?

9. Also known as Mary Hayes McCauley, what woman carried water to men in the Battle of Monmouth during the Revolutionary War in 1778?

10. Who was the leader of the Underground Railroad, which brought many slaves to freedom?

Answers: 1. Denver 2. New Orleans 3. Hawaii 4. Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island 5. Atlanta, Georgia 6. Honolulu, Hawaii 7. California 8. Florida 9. Molly Pitcher 10. Harriet Tubman 

Quiz Copyright 2015 Country Belle Chic

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A Patriotic Fourth: My Stars and Stripes Extravaganza

The 4th of July is right around the corner. As one of my favorite holidays, I thought I would share with y’all a little bit on how I’m celebrating, starting with decorations, food, and a game. Check back tomorrow for the final additions to the party!

Decorations: Red, White, and Blue Banner

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Supplies:

  • Red, White, and Blue Bandannas
  • Twine
  • Hot Glue

Directions:

1. Cut the bandannas into triangles or rectangles (whatever shape you desire).

2. Hot glue the tops of the shapes onto the twine and hang inside or outside.

Food: Red, White, and Blue Parfaits

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Ingredients:

Red layer:

  • 1 (3 oz) package of strawberry gelatin
  • 1 cup of boiling water
  • ¬Ĺ cup cold water
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries

White layer:

  • ¬ľ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) of unflavored gelatin powder
  • ¬Ĺ cup boiling water
  • ¬Ĺ cup sugar
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream, liquefied

Blue layer:

  • ¬ľ cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon (1 envelope) of unflavored gelatin powder
  • ¬Ĺ cup boiling water
  • ¬Ĺ cup sugar
  • 1 ¬Ĺ cups blueberries


  • 6 Mason Jars
  • Whipped Cream

Directions:

Strawberry layer:¬†Stir 1 cup of boiling water into the strawberry gelatin until gelatin is fully dissolved.¬†Add¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of cold water and the chopped strawberries.

1. Arrange the jars at an angle in a muffin tin.

2. Put flour or uncooked rice in the wells to hold the jars in place. Gently spoon equal amounts of the strawberry gelatin mixture into each of the jars. Refrigerate until firm, about 30 to 45 minutes.

White layer:¬†Once the strawberry gelatin is firm, begin making the white ice cream layer. In a medium bowl, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of the unflavored gelatin evenly over 1/4 cup of cold water (allow the gelatin to absorb the water for 2 minutes). Then, stir in ¬Ĺ cup of boiling water until the gelatin is completely dissolved.¬†Mix¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of sugar, then stir in 1 cup of the melted ice cream until smooth

1. With the jars still at an angle in the muffin tin, spoon equal amounts of the ice cream mixture into each of the jars.

2. Refrigerate until firm, about 20 to 30 minutes.

Blueberry layer: Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of unflavored gelatin evenly over 1/4 cup of cold water in a bowl. Wait 2 minutes to allow the gelatin to absorb the water. Add¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of boiling water. Stir until the gelatin is dissolved and¬†then mix¬†in ¬Ĺ cup of sugar. Lastly, add the 1 ¬Ĺ cup of blueberries.

1. Refrigerate the blueberry mixture in the bowl until it thickens to the consistency of a gel .

2. Take the jars out of the muffin tin and set them upright.

3. Spoon equal amounts of the blueberry mixture into each of the jars. Refrigerate until firm.

4. Garnish with whipped cream and serve.

Enjoy!

Source: http://www.ehow.com/info_12340443_red-white-blue-patriotic-parfaits.html

Game: Test Your Patriotic Knowledge! 

Quiz your friends on their Patriotic Knowledge. Person to get the most right wins. (Answers below.) 

1. What is the capital of Colorado?

2. The Mardi Gras celebration is held in the French Quarter of where?

3. Which state became the 50th state, admitted on August 21, 1959?

4. Name the six states that make up New England.

5. Coca-Cola was founded in which capital city?

6. Which state capital name means “protected bay?”

7. Which state is famous for earthquakes?

8. What state is known for having crocodiles?

9. Also known as Mary Hayes McCauley, what woman carried water to men in the Battle of Monmouth during the Revolutionary War in 1778?

10. Who was the leader of the Underground Railroad, which brought many slaves to freedom?

Answers: 1. Denver 2. New Orleans 3. Hawaii 4. Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island 5. Atlanta, Georgia 6. Honolulu, Hawaii 7. California 8. Florida 9. Molly Pitcher 10. Harriet Tubman 

Quiz Copyright 2015 Country Belle Chic

King Cake

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Enjoy a New Orleans’ favorite-King Cake!

Ingredients: 

1 16 oz. container sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/4 oz. envelopes active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
6 to 6 1/2 cups bread flour
1/3 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Small plastic baby
Glaze:
Purple, green, and gold sparkling sugar sprinkles
Directions:

1. Cook the sour cream, sugar, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan over low heat, stirring often, until butter melts. Set aside

2. Stir together yeast, 1/2 cup warm water, and 1 tablespoon sugar in a bowl and let stand 5 minutes.

3. Beat sour cream mixture, yeast mixture, eggs, and 2 cups flour at medium speed until smooth. Reduce speed to low, and gradually add enough remaining flour (4 to 4 1/2 cups) until a soft dough forms.

4.Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth. Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top.

5. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until dough is doubled in bulk.

6. Punch down dough, and divide in half. Roll each portion into a 22- x 12-inch rectangle. Spread 1/3 cup softened butter evenly on each rectangle, leaving a 1-inch border. Stir together 1/2 cup sugar and cinnamon, and sprinkle evenly over butter on each rectangle.

7. Roll up each dough rectangle, jelly-roll fashion. Place one dough roll, seam side down, on a lightly greased baking sheet. Bring ends of roll together to form an oval ring, moistening and pinching edges together to seal. Repeat with second dough roll.

8. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 20 to 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

9. Bake at 375¬į for 14 to 16 minutes or until golden. Drizzle Creamy Glaze over warm cakes; sprinkle with colored sugars, alternating colors and forming bands. Let cool completely. (Don’t forget to place the plastic baby inside the cake before serving!)

Enjoy!

Source: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/traditional-king-cake

It’s Mardi Gras time!

New-Orleans

Happy Fat Tuesday!

Mardi Gras can be dated back to medieval Europe in the 17th and 18th centuries¬†with¬†Rome, Venice, and the French House of the Bourbons. Today, this festive holiday is celebrated with parties, parades, music, and lots more. No wonder New¬†Orleanians call it the “Greatest Free Show on Earth!”

To help you honor the festivities, I have put together a list of everything you need for a perfect New Orleans style party!

1. King Cake (Recipe to follow)

2. Purple, Green, and Gold Beads

3. Masquerade Masks

4. Jazz Music

5. King Cake Cocktail (Recipe to follow)

Happy Mardi Gras!

Source: http://www.mardigrasneworleans.com/history.html

A Country Belle Chic’s 13 Days of Halloween: Day 13

What party is complete without games, music, and an activity?

Halloween Bowling

Supplies:

Orange Ball

Toilet Paper

Black Permanent Marker

Directions:

1. Draw spooky faces onto the toilet paper with the black permanent marker.

2. Set up like a game of bowling and enjoy!

Music

halloween hits

I’m in love with this cd! Perfect for any Halloween party! Available on Amazon and other retail stores.

Decorative Halloween Plates

Supplies:

White Plate

Orange and Black Permanent Markers

Directions:

1. Decorate the white plate however you would like with the orange and black permanent markers.

2: Bake at 350 degrees F for about 15-20 minutes.

A Country Belle Chic’s 13 Days of Halloween: Day 13

The first thing for any party is setting the mood. In the past, I have used these simple and fun Halloween cup lanterns as decorations and to help create that Halloween-y feel!

Supplies:

Orange Plastic Cups

Black Permanent Marker

Battery Operate Tea Lights

Directions:

1. Turn the cup upside down and draw a spooky face with the black permanent marker.

2: Place a tea light underneath and enjoy!

Another fun way to create a Halloween mood is with your costume! You probably have figured out by now that I like simple and easy DIY projects.

Here is my version of a simple and easy Rosie the Riveter Halloween costume:

What You’ll Need:

Denim Overalls or a Denim Long-Sleeve Shirt

Red Bandanna

Red Lipstick

Make sure to wear your hair in a bun or 1940’s hairstyle!

Southern Hospitality: Dress to Impress

It’s Southern hospitality series day! Below are some tips to help translate tricky dress codes. As always, remember pearls go with anything!¬†

Black Tie Optional: Black tie is only optional for men (Sorry ladies). Women should invest in a floor-length gown in a dark hue. Keep accessories simple with a small clutch and some strappy heels.

Cocktail/Festive Attire:¬†Wear an above-the-knee dress or skirt. Cocktail attire sometimes implies you will be standing…for a long time. Invest in a good pair of kitten heels or flats. Fun tip-during the holidays, this can imply wearing Christmas sweaters‚Ķheavens to Betsy! Southern belles don’t wear tacky Christmas sweaters!¬†

Business Casual: Look professional, but not too corporate in a knee-length dress. Carry a structured tote with sport-demure peep-toes. Keep accessories simple and wearing a watch never fails.

Garden Party:¬†Appear ladylike without “glistening” in an outdoor setting. Some options include an A-line, tea-length dress in lightweight cotton. Wear wedges and finish with some sparkling jewelry.

Come as You Are Party: Try a little black dress number. Dress it up or down with a few key accessories, such as a bold necklace or a bold pair of earrings. 

 

Southern Hospitality: Party Etiquette

Sorry this post is one day late! To be honest, I planned it that way, to make a point about arriving on time to a party. Is it acceptable to arrive early or just how late is “fashionably late?”¬†

Here are some tips that can help you decide when the right time to arrive to a certain function is.

A dinner party:
The general rule of thumb is arriving on time to arriving 15 minutes late. It’s rude to arrive early or to arrive later than 30 minutes.

A restaurant date:
No matter who you are having lunch or dinner with, it’s disrespectful to arrive more than five minutes late.

A movie or play with friends or a date:
Try to arrive at least five to 10 minutes before show time. 

A wedding ceremony:
Arrive at least 10 to 15 minutes early. ¬†If you arrive after the bride’s and groom’s mothers have been seated, come in the side aisle and sit in the back. If you’re so late to the point where you are walking down the aisle with the bride, wait outside until her processional is under way.

A cocktail party or large reception:
Usually people are invited to come and go at these events, so a delay of 10 to 15 minutes is fine. 

Parties at a Private Home: 
Always arrive on time.¬†The reasonable arrival time is within eight minutes of the appointed time. Arrival time is less strict when the invitation clearly states the event is an “open house.” In this case, it is best to arrive no later than within an hour of the ending time.

 

Southern Hospitality: Party Etiquette

Have you ever been planning a party and have no clue when to send out the invitations? They can‚Äôt be sent out too early or sent out too late; they have to be sent out at just the right time. Sounds kinda like the three bears, doesn’t it? ¬†Hopefully, the list below will help give you an idea of when is the best time to send out those invitations.¬†

Anniversary Party- 3 to 6 weeks

Bar/Bat Mitzvah- 1 month

Bon Voyage Party- Last minute to 3 weeks

Casual/Informal Party- Same day to 2 weeks

Charity Ball- 6 weeks to 3 months

Christmas Party- 1 month

Cocktail Party- 1 to 4 weeks

Debutante Ball- 6 weeks to 3 months

Formal Dinner- 3 to 6 weeks

Graduation Party- 3 weeks

Housewarming Party- A few days to 3 weeks

Informal Dinner- A few days to 3 weeks

Lunch or Tea- A few days to 2 weeks

Thanksgiving Dinner- 2 weeks to 2 months