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Archive for the ‘Party Tips’ Category

Hostess Gifts

Attending a party or gathering soon?  We know how you are looking forward to it and we know what it takes to throw a party.  Make sure you’re the guest that goes the ‘little extra’ and remembers your host with a “hostess gift”.  What is a hostess gift?  We think it is a great way to say, “Thank you for inviting me!”  We all love to be included and when we are invited to a special event we can show our appreciation with a small token.

Many guests include a bottle of wine (which we love to receive) as a gift, but think out of the box too.  What about some great chocolates, fruit from the local farmer’s market, a new read or the latest released CD?  Don’t underestimate flowers or a potted plant too. Hosts love to be remembered and appreciated.  They worked hard to make the party a celebration and your thoughtfulness will be remembered with many more invitations.

Always remember a personal handwritten thank you note is a rarity and will be greatly appreciated too.

Your appreciation, your smile and willing hand to pitch in (when needed) will make your host or hostess invite you again and again.  Of course, how could any party be fun without you?

By Kim

Glow Stones are Gorgeous!

Want a WOW FACTOR for the entry of your next fabulous event?  Use glow stones.  These little stones are a tremendous way to add impact and wow to any entry or exit.  Set a tone for your event as guests arrive with this magical path.  These pebbles are non-toxic, photo-luminescent and waterproof. Just expose them to a light for 10 minutes, and they will illuminate for up to 12 hours. (No electricity required.) Mix them with pavement or gravel for a stunning surprise.

Wow, wow, wow!

We can’t wait to use them!

By Kim

The Magic of Elegance: Owen Valley Junior Senior Prom 2011

Sweets Bar and Decor before the guests arrived.

They danced nonstop all night! We were thrilled!

We were fortunate to be asked to attend the prom this year!  It was thrilling to receive the invitation to coordinate and design the Owen Valley High School Junior Senior Prom 2011.  This would be the first year  ever that the prom would be held enitrely at the school.

To make it extra special, we went to work with fundraising events that gave the prom committee the extras they needed for a great prom.  Tons of news releases, special posters and the creation of the Extreme Pancake Breakfast plus  Little Prince and Princess Contest for a new event, the Grand March, paid off.

We had our work cut out for us and enjoyed every single second!  Transforming the gymnasium into an elegant ballroom was so much fun.  Special lighting and gobo from Evans Audio Visual transformed the room as the DJ kept EVERYONE ON THE FLOOR the entire night!  We’ve never seen anything like it and were thrilled the attendees were having such a great time plus completely exhausted from dancing so much!  The sweets bar was a special treat along with the decorated tables and fabulous entry way.

The prom didn’t stop there.  Our coordination and partnership of the Post Prom had everyone taking their chances on fun and gifts.  A DJ, casino room, refreshments and prizes all kept the attendees there until the very last minute; just in time to take a ‘breakfast to go bag” with them.

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! Owen Valley Junior Class and parents.  We already have some great ideas for next year!

Pictures by Evans Audio Visual

Get Cookin’ With These Christmas Classics

Easy Entertaining for the Holidays

Ok, ladies and gentlemen I am going to assist you with your holiday baking plans.  We all know that I can coordinate weddings and events, but I felt the need to possibly help you with a few shortcuts in the kitchen to make you the fabulous employee, neighbor and friend that we know you are.  Here’s a few classics you can make quickly.  Shhhhh do NOT tell anyone our short cuts and secrets.  They’re all yours, keep em that way!

Red Velvet Cake, this is the classic made fast and easy style.  Everyone will be thanking you for going to all the trouble and care.  Don’t let them in on our secret.  Just smile and say, “thank you”. First, purchase a chocolate cake mix.  Many claim Duncan Hines works the best.  You will need 1 box white cake mix (2-layer size) ,1 box (4-serving size) instant vanilla pudding mix, 4 large eggs , 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon white vinegar, 1 cup milk , 1/2 cup vegetable oil , 2 ounces red food coloring.

Cream Cheese Frosting, 4 ounces butter, softened, 8 ounces cream cheese, softened, 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1 box (1 pound) confectioners’ sugar, 1 cup chopped pecans.  Combine the cake mix, pudding mix, oil, eggs, cocoa, vinegar, oil, and food coloring; beat for 4 minutes on medium speed, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl several times. Grease and flour 3 cakes pans. Distribute the batter among the pans evenly. Bake at 350° for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cake springs back when lightly touched in the center.
Cool cake on racks.  Frosting: Beat the butter butter and cream cheese until smooth and light. Add vanilla and confectioners’ sugar; beat until smooth. Spread frosting over layers and sides, sprinkling each layer with chopped pecans.


Mayonnaise Cake, ok this might sound disgusting but it is an old time classic that is positively scrumptious.  Nobody will know the “secret ingredient” until you tell them.  So what if it has 500 fat grams? They won’t care, once they have a bite of this moist, choclatey cake.  How do you ice it?  Here’s the killer: chocolate peanut butter icing with recipes for both provided below.  Warning:  Get ready for some oohs and ahhs. 

Recipe for Mayonnaise Cake: 2 C flour, 1/2 C unsweetened cocoa, 1 1/2 T soda, 1/4 t salt, 1 C sugar, 3/4 C mayonnasie, 1 C water, 1 t. vanilla.  Sift flour, cocoa, soda and salt.  Cream separately the sugar, mayonnaise, water and vanilla todgether.  Add dried ingredients to the creamed mixture.  Sit unitl well blended.  Pour into grease layer cake pans or a 9×13 pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Peanut Butter Icing: 1/2 C creamy peanut butter, 1/3 C unsweetened cocoa, 2 3/4 C of powdered sugar, 1/4 t salt, 1 t vanilla 1/2 C evaporated milk.  Cream peanut butter and cocoa.  Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth, adding a little more milk if needed.

Grandma Bea’s Slushy Booze, a signature drink of my grandmother’s.  We had it every Christmas Eve and it really did keep everyone in the holiday spirits.  It is easy and you HAVE to make it ahead of time.  It will be one of your holiday classics and something you won’t mind sharing.  After the mixture has frozen, it will never be rock solid due to the alcohol content, you can spoon some in a goblet add some Sprite, ginger ale or Sierra Mist. Make sure to say “cheers”.

Recipe: 26 0zs. vodka, 2 cans frozen orange juice, 4 cans of pineapple juice, 1.5 C sugar, 8 C. water, 2 cans frozen lemonade . Boil water and sugar. Let cool. Add frozen lemonade concentrate, orange juice concentrate and pineapple juice and stir well. Add 26 ounce bottle of vodka and freeze mixture in plastic containers. To serve, add equal amounts of the frozen “slush” with soda.  

From Grandma Bea and and                                                          

Pinwheels, make them fast and furiously.  These little roll ups of chipped beef and garlic cream cheese are wonderful for an appetizer and can be made a couple of days ahead of time.  You will need Buddig chipped beef in the refrigerated section.  Each pack will make two rolls with about five pinwheels to a roll.  You will need garlic salt, cream cheese and a dash of milk. Put the cream cheese in a bowl, add about a 1 T. of milk and 1/2 t. of garlic salt. Beat to a creamy consistency.  If you need a little more milk or garlic add.  Now take the meat and lay on waxed paper.  Spread one layer of the beef out and spread the cream cheese mixture on in a LIGHT fashion.  Now add another layer until you have four.  Next roll them up, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate prior to your party.  Slice in 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices and place on a tray with sprigs of parsley. They are a safe bet to make sure all the guests like your appetizers.

Danger and Fun

Here at Kim King Smith Events, our trendsetting team have searched the racks for some fun ways for you to look stunning at your next formal or cocktail affair.  Don’t be safe with the little black dress.  Dress dangerously and be the bell of the ball!  Here are some of our favorites. Ladies, begin shopping!

 All of these fashions are from BCBG.

by Kim

Fabulous Pool Party

Have the urge to host a fabulous pool party your friends will talk about long after it’s over? Kim King Smith Events has the ideas to help transform your backyard into a beach barbecue party quickly and at an affordable price. Make sure to tell your guests to wear flip-flops, swimsuits and sunglasses and to lather on that sun block before arriving. You can use a child’s sandbox in the backyard to create sand castles and other beach-like figurines and your own beach towels to cover any chairs you have set out for your guests. You can also easily decorate the tables with seashells or fish nets that you have from home. Try using sandbox toys like plastic pails or shovels to serve hors d’oeuvres and drinks in. Serve hamburgers, hot dogs, and corn on the cob to represent the classic barbecue foods, but also make popcorn and snow cones to satisfy your guest’s cravings.  If you’re having the party in the evening, you can also try putting tea candles in mason jars and lining them along the side of the pool for an added glow.          By Laura

Shell centerpiece at

Fish net lights at

Have your party in the evening to have a beautiful glow from the fire by the pool.

Sweet Treats for You Soccer Fans

World Cup "Cakes"

Get ready for the World Cup this weekend by baking these fun “cup”cakes! You’ll amaze everybody with your frosting skills. Here are the simple instructions:

  1. Frost the cupcakes with vanilla frosting (you can use your favorite flavor for batter)
  2. With black icing pipe a pentagon in the center (fill in)
  3. Pipe lines from pentagon to edge of cupcake
  4. You’re done! Enjoy!

To add a little variation also try icing the cupcakes in your favorite team’s colors!

To view this sweet recipe and much more visit the Betty Crocker website at:

By Brittany

Red Velvet in a Jar

Oh my word!  I had to share these IMMEDIATELY!! What a fun idea from; red velvet cupcakes in a Mason Jar. 

Wouldn’t this make a great favor, shower dessert or gift?  Imagine taking these to the office as surprises for your fellow workers.  Wow, the list could go on…..

The recipe below is a tweak of Paula Dean’s recipe.  Can’t wait to try it.  Let us know, here at Kim King Smith Events, if you do and how they turn out!

– 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
– 1 1/2 cups sugar
– 1 tsp baking soda
– 1 tsp salt
– *2 1/4 tsp cocoa powder
– *1 1/2 cup canola oil
– 1 cup buttermilk, room temperature
– 2 large eggs, room temperature
– 2 tbsp red food coloring
– 1 tsp white distilled vinegar
– *2 tsp vanilla extract
for the cream cheese frosting:
– 1 pound cream cheese, softened
– 2 sticks butter, softened
– *2 tsps vanilla extract
– 4 cups sifted powdered sugar
Follow these easy directions and enjoy! Bake the cupckaes, split in half, put half in the jar, a little cream cheese icing, the next half and a big kiss of cream cheese icing on top :):):)  Put the lid on and tie a fork around the jar.  Remember, when using cream cheese, you MUST keep refrigerated (better safe than sorry).

By Kim
Thanks to and Paula Dean

DIY Strawberry Wreath Centerpiece

This is very creative and fun for spring.  From the Design Sponge, a strawberry plant wreath centerpiece you could make. This centerpiece wreath is a definite DIY project for you crafty fans. 

 If you have never seen a strawberry plant, go to a nursery this spring and take a look.  They are really pretty.  Make sure to check out this website’s other designs and ideas for decor.

 Wouldn’t this be a great centerpiece for brunch guests or when your mom and grandmother visit?  You could always invite us over from Kim King Smith Events for tea too:)

by Kim

Another Great Idea for Our Brides

Soooo cute. Soooo recyclable.  Soooo clever.  Just had to share and show this to you.  From my friends at 100 Layer Cake.

These recycled tin can numbers are such a clever way to add glow and direction to your table.  Why not try them for your next party or outdoor gathering?

by Kim

Recycling at Its Best