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Just Darling Doilies

Key Party Ingredient: Paper Doilies

Anyone who knows me well, knows that doilies just happen in my life. Doilies aren't just for lining cookie platters anymore. This post has some of my favorite ways to incorporate these elegant little papers is mounted behind an invitation.

I love the doilies used at place cards. Scrawl your guests' names with a pretty metallic pen and sit at each place setting.

Glue a doily onto the bottom of a tag and trim away the excess doily.

Tape a doily onto a pumpkin and spray a light mist of black spray paint.

Where to find: check the baking section at Wal-Mart or the party section of the Dollar Tree to find! A pack of 20/40 is usually $1-$2.

Use doilies in a fun way? Email photos to use at or post a link in the comments so we can feature it in a future post party.

Party Inspiration: Spy-Themed Birthday

Yes, that's a "Top Secret" box you see welcoming guests to this "InSPYered" spy-themed birthday party. We love this for all ages -- it's more "Spy Kids" for a children's birthday, or a bit more "007" for an adult party. Black and White Chevron fabric makes great runners for the food and dining tables with all black candles, candle holders, and white or glass platters for the snacks.
The same Black and White Chevron wrapping paper was spray-mounted on foam boards to create a back drop, with pops of red throughout the room. I love the red and black paper lanterns hanging from the ceiling (pretty inexpensive at
Encourage guests to 007-themselves out in attire to keep the theme throughout the party!

Koulakia Koulakia

Chances are, the majority of you have not heard of koulakia before. They are a dumpling stuffed with feta cheese, typically found in Greek cuisine.

My mom made these growing up from my great-grandmother's recipe, and I'm here to share it with you.

Warning: This is not an exact measurement kind of recipe. We're going to make it like yiayia made it, eye-balling it. So know that you may need to adjust flour and water ratios along the way.

Starting off:

2 c white all-purpose flour
3/4 c water (add slowly 1/4 c at a time, kneading into the flour to make the pasta dough)
2 t salt

I toss this all into the Kitchen Aid with the dough hook on a low setting as I add the water so I can see how it's coming together.

Set a large pot of water to boil on the stovetop while we make the dough.

Once you've achieved a ball of dough (you're shooting for no crumbles and not too sticky), flour a surface and roll out flat. You may need to do this in batches depending on how much dough yo…