Hppy 4th of July!

Social Graces wishes you a very happy 4th!  Enjoy this beautiful vintage party by Celebrations at Home.  There are endless possibilities you can do for this holiday so get out there and be creative.

Images via Celebrations at Home

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Party: Father’s Day

With Father’s Day coming this weekend we thought we’d bring some inspiration.  This cute vintage Father’s Day themed party by LAURA’S little Party is perfect.  Check out her post here; most of the items belong to her grandfather or great grandfather.  How cool is that?  I love when parties are personal and have so much meaning behind the decor. 

Hope everyone has a happy Father’s Day weekend, I will be having fun celebrating my dad, my father in law and my super awesome hubby.  You men are all amazing!

Easter Party

It’s almost Easter, we at Social Graces are beyond excited for Spring and our 2013 wedding season to kick off.

We hope you get a little inspiration from this super cute Easter party by Leanne at Catch My Party.  Enjoy your Holiday weekend with your friends and family.  We encourage you to take away from a few of our inspiration pieces here and here and add a little flare to your family gathering.

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DIY: Felt Shamrocks

It has been awhile since we’ve featured a DIY…so while we continue to celebrate St. Patrick’s day, let’s get a little crafty.  These cute Shamrocks are meant to be made into little barrettes but you can use these in a number of ways.  Get creative – Pin one to a brown paper bag with goodies inside.  Glue one to a card to let someone know how “lucky” you are to have them.  Attach a few to sticks and place in vases for decoration or use those sticks to decorate a cake.  See?  There are endless possibilities.  So have fun!

Images by paper & ink

From paper & ink,

adapted from this pattern… 

 i changed the shape of each petal to have two lobes each, and flipped the flower over, preferring the shape of the bottom of the flower for the clover.

you will need:
wool felt
needle and thread
blank barrette

cut 4 leaves in the shape shown above. mine measured about 3/4 of an inch tall, and nearly an inch wide.

sew the leaves together as shown above, and tie the threads together tightly at the ends.

sew to a barrette, and clip on your little lucky charm. 

Cheers: Valentine’s Day Doughnuts

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and these little heart shaped doughnuts from Sugar and Cloth are a great and unique option for someone special.  Since they are bite-size you can have them for breakfast, a snack or even dessert after a Valentine’s dinner with your love.

Recipe: Lemon Ricotta Doughnuts
Adapted from Gale Gand

Makes about 12 donuts (2″ round)
You’ll need:
1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 cup granulated sugar
3 eggs
8 oz (1/2 lb) ricotta, whole or skim
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp grated lemon zest
Canola oil, for frying (or another oil with a high smoke point)
Confectioner’s sugar, for dusting
Deep-fry thermometer

In a medium bowl, sift together the flour and baking powder. Add sugar, eggs, ricotta, vanilla extract, and lemon zest. Mix until just combined.

Pour the oil into a deep, heavy pot. Leave at least two inches of space at the top for safety. Using a deep-fry thermometer, heat the oil over medium until it reaches 325-375 degrees F.

Fry a test doughnut: Using a small ice cream scoop or a spoon, drop a scoop of batter in and turn it occasionally. It should take 3-4 minutes to turn golden brown. Carefully remove and cut in half to check if it’s cooked all the way through. Test another if needed.

Fry the remaining doughnuts. Don’t overcrowd the pot; fry in batches. Place doughnuts on a plate lined with paper towels to soak up any excess oil.

To make the heart shapes, chill the donut dough in the fridge for about an hour. Once it’s chilled firm, roll and cut heart shapes from the dough using a cookie cutter on a lightly floured cutting board. I had the best success with the hearts keeping their shape when frying by exaggerating the heart shape dough a bit with my hands, and then popping the cut-outs in the fridge for a few more minutes before cooking them.

Ingredients for the glaze:

  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • Pink food coloring
  • Sprinkles

Combine milk and vanilla in a medium saucepan and heat over low heat until warm. Sift confectioners’ sugar into milk mixture. Whisk slowly, until well combined. Remove the glaze from the heat and set over a bowl of warm water. Dip doughnuts into the glaze, one at a time, and then place them on wax paper to set.

Images by Sugar and Cloth

Party: The Super Bowl

This weekend is Super Bowl Sunday and I’m sure most of you already have your menu planned, however, if you’re still looking for ideas…we found a few.

Kelly Senyei from Gourmet Magazine has provided some great menu options and planning tips.

Let’s start with the perfect appetizer Queso Fundidio

For the main course serve Stuffed Sliders Your Way

Finally, the dessert Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

The menu is just the beginning.  Continue reading for more side dishes and tips for your perfect Super Bowl Party.

• Throw the Flag: Don’t stop at decorating with your team’s colors; add yellow and red napkins to mimic the referee’s flag and the coach’s challenge flag. This simple decorative touch will add an element of coffee table competition to your spread.

• The Perfect Spot: Keep things simple by positioning food near the television, with sweets kept separate from savory dishes. You don’t want guests to be forced to choose between watching the game and eating. It’s a Super Bowl party, not a seven-course dinner.

• Pre-game Warm-Up: Include a mix of both hot and room temperature foods, the latter of which can be prepared and set out ahead of time. Our menu includes a Chopped SaladAsian-inspired Snack Mix andOrzo Salad that can be ready in bowls before guests arrive, giving you ample time to fire up the grill (or grill pan) for DIY sliders.

• Get Into the Spirit: Opt for more unique beer options to pair with your snacks, and don’t forget the citrus! Add a splash of fresh lime to Corona, an orange wedge to Blue Moon or a lemon twist to Ayinger.

• Call for Substitutions: It’s not all about the booze. Don’t forget to include kid-friendly mocktails like freshly squeezed lemonade or fruit-filled iced tea for those who are looking for beverages that don’t have to be shaken or stirred.

• Post-game Wrap-Up: The last thing you’ll likely want to think about after the game is more food. But bidding goodbye to your guests with a parting gift of homemade granola makes for a stress-free Monday morning with breakfast already in the bag.

Hope you guys have a wonderful weekend eating amazing gourmet food.

Photos by Chris Gentile