HOW2 >> The Ultimate Fall Dinner Party Menus & Cooking Videos

HOW2 Video Guide to Cooking The Ultimate Fall Dinner Party >> Chris-Pandel's The Perfect NY Strip Steak

HOW2 Video Guide to Cooking The Ultimate Fall Dinner Party >> Chris-Pandel’s The Perfect NY Strip Steak | Best NY Strip Delivered to Your Door

HOW2 >> The Ultimate Fall Dinner Party Menus & Cooking Videos

Courtesy of Shylie Rimmer from Panna on Tue, Oct 11th 2016

Ask my grandmother what help she had when she’d throw a dinner party back in the day and her reply will be: “Absolutely none. I’d start from scratch with a few old recipes my mother scribbled down into a notebook.”

Thankfully nowadays, we have apps like Panna to make our dinner party experience that much better. Panna is the video cooking app that allows you to stream and follow step-by-step recipes from master chefs across America—all the while in your own kitchen. Sounds too good to be true? Guess again!

Here are a few reasons why our favorite Panna master chefs—like Rick BaylessMelissa ClarkHugh AchesonNancy Silverton—will soon be your best dinner party mentors.

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Celebrate With Cookies >> 19 Favorite Cookie Decorating Designs

Celebrate With Cookies- 19 Favorite Designs

Celebrate With Cookies>> 19 Favorite Cookie Decorating Designs

Celebrate With Cookies >> 19 Favorite Cookie Decorating Designs

We always envy our friends who can whip a plate of delicious AND gorgeous cookies that somehow capture the essence of whatever party or event they are hosting. For Ashley's baby shower, Vicki managed to create darling intricately decorated baby carriage cookies and always has a plate of fabulous football field cookies at the entrance to her legendary college football viewing parties.

I always chocked up Vicki's baking and decorating talents to the “things her mother taught her” category. Much to my surprise, Vicki recently revealed her secret to me. She sprung the $40.00 to take Anne Yorks online Celebrate with Cookies – 19 Favorite Cookie Decorating Designs Craftsy class! Yep! I guess we now have no excuse to serve plain rather than decorated cookies! And it turns out Vicki not only watched Anne Yorks' class, she has been enrolling in Craftsy cooking decorating classes for years! According to Vicki, each class helps her practice and perfect her technique.

Online Cookie Decorating Classes

Online Crafty Classes >> Cookie Decorating

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HOW2 Create Stunning Succulent Arrangements

How to Create Stunning Succulent Arrangements

HOW2 Create Stunning Succulent Arrangements

HOW2 Create Stunning Succulent Arrangements

We, like many of you, are obsessed with air plants & succulents. A stunning succulent arrangement can transform a room from fine to fabulous, instantly. Yes, to some extent all plants and flower arrangements add color and life to a room, but succulent arrangements also add a modern sensibility. The muted colors and multiple textures work to create a warmth and serenity whether used in a party centerpiece or in the form of a wreath gracing your front door. So today, we want to introduce you to an online Craftsy class on HOW2 make stylish container compositions with gorgeous succulents! Learn to make your own bouquets, terrariums, wreaths and more. Continue Reading →

FREE Cake Decorating eGuide >> Buttercream Cake Decorating Ideas

FREE Cake Decorating eGuide!

Based on our last post about assembling Edible Teddy Bear Race Cars, you can tell it is time we stretch a bit and not rely solely on a cut and paste approach to party treats & desserts.  We think it is time to finally hone our cake decorating skills by at least brushing up on the tricks experts use to create  incredible & unique buttercream cake designs. We plan to download this Craftsy eGuide now while it’s free and hope you do to >> Let's learn together! eGuide: Not-So-Basic Buttercream Decorating Ideas

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Learn to Make Perfect Pizza at Home >> Think Valentine’s Night In!

Learn to Make Perfect Pizza at Home

Overly stuffy expensive restaurants with pre-fixed Valentine's day menus? Us too!

Get creative this year and make Valentine's a do it yourself romantic night in.  Picture you and your loved one making your own Valentine's Day Pizza and snuggling up to eat it with wine and a blanket.  What could be more relaxed and romantic than that?

If you are like us and you are worried that you aren't Mario Batalli and your pizza will end up looking more like a kindergarten play-doh disaster than a masterpiece? Brush up on your pizza skills with a quick Online Food Craft Class at Crasfty.com.

These quick informative classes are awesome for learning anything from knitting to the art of cake design.  You learn from the best in the comfort of your own home. Your new found pizza skills won't just come in handy for your romantic night in , think about “make your own pizza” station at kids birthday parties, as a dinner party theme, or even at this years super bowl party.  There isn't anybody who doesn't like pizza, so you will fast become the favorite party host in your circle!

Party Hearty! 

Beading & Jewelry Making Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

Beading & Jewelry Making Party Planning, Ideas & Supplies

This morning as I was watching the morning news shows, sipping coffee and enjoying our incredible San Diego summer, I felt almost saddened that many Americans will be forced to spend these last few weeks of summer vacation indoors due to inclement weather. So of course this got me thinking. I called the Party Idea {Pros} gang together and posed today's challenge – Let's create a fun indoor end of summer gal party that can be tailored to kids, teens, college coeds, or even moms needing a break. After a bit of brainstorming we unanimously decided upon

A Jewelry Making & Beading Party

Jewelry Making Party Goals

Create playful, stylin' back to school jewelry or get a jump start on creating DIY holiday gifts

Keep the actual crafting fairly simple so there is plenty of time for sipping, socializing, and nibbling.

Bead Party Inspiration

Before we even began thinking about the party details, we immediately turned to Shopbop (our go to shop for all things trendy) for inspiration. We quickly pulled together this jewelry inspiration board so that when we went looking for beading supplies, invitations, and centerpieces we had a clear direction.

Once we looked at the latest in jewelry designs, we turned to Amazon to see if we could replicate or approximate some of the design features currently being sold by top designers often for hundreds of dollars.

In preparation for the party you might also consider taking a jewelry crafting class in the comfort of your own home

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