Notes on a Party

Archive for the ‘Bright Idea’ Category

April 3, 2013 | Bright Idea, Photo + Video

“You guys give good ‘gram,” was a compliment that I paid to some photogenic friends the other day.  Of course, I was referring to Instagram, the current digital photography app that has obsessed users documenting each funny, pretty and precious moment of their lives through fancy filters for all the…
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December 10, 2012 | Bright Idea, Games + Activities

A favorite childhood tradition has been reinvented by Jouer Cosmetics just in time for the holidays. Wrapped in delicate pink paper and filled with gold confetti, Sparkle & Pop is a limited edition Christmas cracker styled for the beauty lover. Inside this party favor you’ll find five festive surprises including…
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kaleido trays
October 8, 2012 | Bright Idea, Tabletop

For those that like to entertain, the tabletop becomes a kind of blank canvas for all types of artistic food presentation and elements of decor.  These geometric Kaleido Trays, that come in 5 different sizes and a range of delicious colors, would inspire endless creative configurations and combinations. Designed by…
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Obsessed with Instagram?  Here’s a way to free all of those vintage Polaroid-like photos from your iPhone.  Stickygram is a personalized printing service that converts your Instagram pictures into little square magnets for your fridge.  All you need to do is create your pack of nine magnets online and have…
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City living might mean that garden space is rare but we all have a window sill that could be put to good use.  Sagaform, the Swedish design company that makes innovative kitchen and table accessories, offers a beautiful and space-saving solution that will let you have fresh cilantro, basil, rosemary…
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March 1, 2012 | Bright Idea, Tabletop

It’s a box.  It’s a tray.  It’s for serving and for storing.  No matter what you call this Alessi creation, we think it’s a bright idea!  Designed by Koskinen Harri, the bamboo wooden box has a lid that doubles as a serving tray for breakfast in bed or afternoon tea. …
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February 1, 2012 | Bright Idea, Tech + Gadgets

Dreaming of a home theater?  We’ve discovered an ingenious gadget that lets you turn your iPhone 4 into a movie projector and any white wall or smooth surface into a screen. The Pocket Projector ($229.99) has a super-bright 15-lumen LED projector lamp that delivers clearer, more brilliant images than other…
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January 11, 2012 | Bright Idea, Food + Drink

Think your peels are destined only for the composter? An innovative creation by Dutch designer, Rianne Koens, Peel Pride includes a series of kitchen tools that capture the aroma infused in the top layers of fruit and vegetables.  The top peeler cuts off the very thin fragrant layer of the…
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November 11, 2011 | Bright Idea, Food + Drink

Golden apples are usually found in only in fairy tales but with Food Finish, they can be served on your dinner table. Created by The Deli Garage and a small factory that produces high quality food coloring for fine European pastry shops, Food Finish is a spray on color that…
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Greeting your guests at the door is an example of good hosting etiquette.  For a client’s holiday party in Chicago, Jung Lee of Fête went one step further and staffed three “cigarette girls” to welcome party-goers as well as present escort cards. Dressed in 1920′s costumes, the flirty girls addressed…
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colored flame candles
August 17, 2011 | Bright Idea

Make your birthday celebration a little more special with these ingenious birthday candles.  The patented design uses organic salts and metals in a citrate form to create a bright, colored flame.  It’s a cool party trick that will distract your guests just long enough for them to forget to ask…
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allergy riders
June 22, 2011 | Bright Idea, Food + Drink

It’s hard to be the life of the party when the buffet table can potentially send you to the ER.  Hosts don’t have it any easier – not only do they have to please everyone’s palettes, they now have to worry about a whole range of food allergies and dietary…
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