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Social Scene | Community Builders: Canada’s Great Kitchen Party Ottawa Edition

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One of fall’s most exciting events will take place under a different format this year, but Oct. 22 is still a date to mark on your calendar. Canada’s Great Kitchen Party Ottawa Edition will be going ahead with chefs competing to move forward to the culinary championships. This year, the Ottawa Edition chefs will be judged by Anne DesBrisay, food writer and cookbook author, along with Sheila Whyte, owner of Thyme and Again.

Gather with friends, family or clients and enjoy a ready to serve three-course meal prepared by one of the local competing chefs. At 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 22, Jim Cuddy, national entertainment adviser for Canada’s Great Kitchen Party, will bring together an exceptional all-star cast for a livestreaming presentation. The event will be supporting B2Ten, MusiCounts and Canadian Food Centres Canada.

“We are impressed with the pivot from a large event to intimate dinners in

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Wedding Decor, Corporate Event & Party Rentals, Wedding Backdrops, Linen, Lighting, Centerpieces in Toronto, ON

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We represent the next generation of special event decor, lighting, and floral design. Our philosophy is to provide innovative ideas to our clients and create unique environments with our distinctive flair.

FOS Decor Center is a full service event design firm which offers turn key decor solutions for Weddings, Corporate Events, Fundraising Galas, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Theme Parties and any other special occasion worthy of a celebration. Our Creative director, Miki Klevan, travels the world in search of the latest trends in Floral, Textile, Lighting, Furniture and Interior Design in order to maintain our top priority of creating a custom look for every event.

FOS Decor specializes in floral centrepieces, specialty linens & overlays, chiavari & ghost chairs, charger plates, napkin rings, room draping, props & scenic backdrops, lighting, and contemporary furniture. For our wedding clients, we specifically designed an exclusive line of wedding centrepieces, wedding backdrops, wedding flowers

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Kitchen Fun & Craft Friday link party with Features #204

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It’s time for our Kitchen Fun & Crafty Friday link party!  We spotted so many awesome recipes &craft ideas from our last party. We had so much fun checking out your creations!

Here are some of our favorites from last party…

DIY Sea Glass Vase from Sunny Sweet Days…

DIY Sea Glass Vase

Easy Strawberry Refrigerator Cake from Crystal & Comp…

Easy Strawberry Refrigerator Cake

Toasted Ravioli from Bombshell Bling…

Toasted Ravioli

Nordic Wind Shaw Tutorial from Made by Chrissie D…

Nordic Wind Shaw Tutorial

DIY Play Tent from The Heathered Nest…

DIY Play Tent

Homemade Banana Pudding from Pink Heels Pink Truck…

Homemade Banana Pudding Recipe

DIY Rustic Ladder from Worthing Court…

DIY Rustic Ladder for under $20 Bucks!

Chicken Cordon Bleu from Cooking with Curls…

Chicken Cordon Bleu

Lets move on to the Kitchen Fun and Crafty Friday Link Party! We would love for you to stop back by next week and you just might be featured!*Please

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Late to the Garden Party

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Spring is in full force here and at this time of year it seems impossible to cover everything that’s in bloom.  I decided to focus on the blue flowers and give shorter shrift to those in other colors.  Still, be forewarned, this is a long post even for me.

Blue blooms are prominent in my garden in spring when the Iris bloom and again in summer when the Agapanthus bloom.   I seem to acquire more blue Iris every year and they’re make a particularly big splash this year.

I’ve added Dutch Iris to the garden in increments over the last 4 years.  The largest number of these surround the fountain in the back garden.

Iris hollandica ‘Sapphire Beauty’ was blooming last month but the flowers are more prolific now

‘Mystic Beauty’ made its appearance this month

The Pacific Coast Irises are going strong his month too.  This is Iris douglasiana
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Jamali Floral & Garden Supplies | Wedding | Party

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In 1997 our family opened Jamali Garden in the New York Flower Market with the mission to bring our customers unique products that would inspire them to create beautiful events. Influenced by having lived all over the world, our high design and well-curated selection of decor products comes from every corner of the globe, including: vintage-look mercury glass votive and handcrafted brass urns from India, blown glass vases from Poland, fair trade raffia from Madagascar, carved teak trays from Indonesia, exotic seashells from the Philippines, modern zinc planters from Vietnam,and hand-thrown pottery from Italy and Tunisia.

Today, Jamali Garden is a trusted, wholesale source for florists, wedding and event planners, stylists, caterers, hotels, restaurants, decorators, and set designers, for exclusive decor, floral, home, holiday, lighting, and garden products. We carry large quantities at wholesale price for every theme and style, available for shipment

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8 Tips for Throwing a Classy Backyard Garden Party

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Get your backyard glam and your guests having fun with these summer party ideas.

The sun is shining, flowers are blooming and the weather is absolute perfection. Summer is finally here! What better way to celebrate the season than to throw a garden party? Even if you have limited outdoor space you can still host a wildly successful outdoor soirée, you just have to be willing to plan cleverly and be creative.

Brew some iced tea, break out your favorite summer duds, and invite as many friends over as you like. Follow these eight simple tips, and you’re sure to have a fuss-free, classy garden party, no matter the size of your space.

1. Cover Your Bases

No matter how delicious your spread, no guest wants to share their hors d’oeuvres with unwanted insects. Protect your serving area with a hanging net, or place shoo-fly covers over platters and bowls

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Garden Party Ideas, Decorations, Menu & Recipe Tips

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garden party table settingsAs the warms in late spring and summer, there’s nothing quite like an outdoor garden party to celebrate Mother’s Day, a graduation, or to give friends or family members their special day in the sun.

Make it extra special by sprucing up an otherwise casual backyard garden with real silverware, elegant tablecloths and, of course, oversized flower centerpieces and fruit bowls for splashes of bright, vivid color.

Up ahead, check out our favorite ideas for garden party invitations, party food and activities and more ideas for hosting a fun and memorable garden party …



Hosting a garden party

Start out by sending invitations using downloadable garden clipart or garden photos, and use wording like “Roses are red, violets are blue. Our garden party won’t be the same without YOU!” And remember to include

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