Floats and Fun for St. Patrick’s, Tune in 6:45a Sunday CBS

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We’re sharing all our favorite St Patrick’s Party tips, tricks and trends from the new spring magazine for some good ol’ frockiling, family fun.

First up – Cocktails

Beer Floats: So fun and easy to make grocery to gorgeous cocktail desserts using Guinness, Frozen Yogurt and a glass from your pantry.

You can even go gluten free with my favorite local hard cider Virtue floats, and even Green River Soda floats for the kids, also made right here in Chicago since prohibition began!

Kiwi Cocktails: Another favorite local Chicago spirit – Real Russian Vodka.  Mix it up with fresh, organic green juice in the produce aisle, like Naked Juice or Odwalla filled with vitamins and minerals for a “healthy” cocktail this holiday.  Garnish with slice of lime and kiwi for the mixologist craft cocktail touch.

Tastes of Ireland

The hot trend this year is miniature comfort food favorites – so guests can grab and taste and walk, talk and hold a cocktail t the same time.  This makes prep easier, there’s no need for a large dining table for seating, it’s a more casual, fun, high energy mix and mingle style party.

Mini Corned Beef Bites – just add our free download printable Lucky Clover flags on debililly.com under DIYs.

Beef Wellington Pot Pies

Garlic Clovers

All right from grocery store ingredients – made in minutes. (recipes below)

Sweets for St Patty 

You don’t have to bake everything from scratch – which makes party planning a relief.  Lean on your local neighborhood bakery for fun, over the top favorites – like these from Toni Patisserie.

Mocha Irish Dreams. Layers of Mocha Irish Cream mousse, Creme de Menthe Mousse, Praline

Mini Irish Soda Bread Scones with Mint Gelato

Jameson Macaron

Irish Car Bomb Cupcakes

Rainbow Cupcakes

Or – take a plain iced cupcake and DIY it with the kids – making colorful Lucky Charm Cakes by adding treats from a box of everyone’s favorite cereal.

Festive Favors 

Send guests home with handmade gifts, combining grocery canning jars with foil wrapped “gold” Rolo or Hershey’s Nugget candies, and our free download tag at debililly.com.  Fast and fun for the kids to make with you gathered around the table – and we all need more of that together time.

Cheers to St. Pat’s, Chicago!

Recipes, by Debi Lilly

Mini Corned Beef Bites

On mini Rye Breads (Pepperidge Farm makes great one, mini size, in Deli aisle) layer sliced Corned Beef, Swiss Cheese, Sliced Pickles, Slaw, Spicy Mustard. Top with Bread.  Warm in oven, 350, for 5-10 minutes.  Skewer with toothpick, adding our free St Patricks Paper Flag from debililly.com DIY.  Serve immediately.

Beef Wellington Pot Pies

Spray muffin tin with non stick spray. Place Biscuit dough from grocery in bottom, push to form “bowl” shape in bottom of tin.  In separate bowl combine 1 pkg chopped deli Roast Beef, 1 jar of marinated mushrooms, 1/2 Boursin cheese (bring cheese to room temp for easy mixing).  Place scoop ontop each biscuit in muffin tin, bake 350 for 10-15 minutes.

Garlic Clovers

Cover cookie sheet with parchment paper.  Shape bread dough from grocery into clover shape (mimic 3 loops and a stem), brush with melted butter, garlic powder, fresh thyme, black pepper.  Bake per bread dough directions, generally 350, for 8-10 minutes.  Serve with Black Pepper Jelly, from cheese counter at grocery.

DIY Happy Valentine Fun

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Happy Valentine’s Day friends – and boy oh boy do we have your free downloadable fun wrapped and ready for your last minute gifting.

….Sweet St. Germain Cocktails!

….Vintage Boutonniere!

….Cupid Ribbon Sashes!

….Free downloads and clipcart!

Thank you dear Glossed and Found, for all the sticky sweet love.

Yep, all you need, just a click away, right here.

Cheers 2014, jump into our new Winter Wedding issue!


Debi’s DIY Haunted Halloween on WGN tomorrow, Tues Oct 29th, 9:45am

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Watch Debi’s favorite DIY tricks and treats to help “haunt” up your Halloween this week, tomorrow morning.

Tune in to WGN at 9:45am Tuesday to see our fast, easy, enchanting ideas come to life.

Mummy and Spiderweb Pumpkins…
Treat Jars from spooky Skeletons to ghastly Ghosts…
And black and orange tips to set Boo! a Bar…
You don’t want to miss a trick, do you?
Tune in tomorrow, Tuesday morning 9:45 am – can’t wait to see you then.

Happy Halloween Party Tips, Good Day Chicago, tomorrow, Friday October 18th



Tune in tomorrow morning at 9:15 am to see Debi Lilly’s happiest tricks and treats yet for Halloween.

From Candy “Corn” Treat Jars…

Tattoo Pumpkins…

Ice Cream Graveyards…

Creepy Crawly Decor…

and so much more!

And don’t worry – even outside Chicago we’ll post the clip right away to DebiLillyTV right here on the blog – so you won’t miss a trick – or treat!

Happy Mumsy Day!


Hope you are having the absolute day of your dreams…

Here’s a peek at my perfect Mother’s Day, my four generations from Gigi to Lilly, in front of the world’s perfect candy shop, La Mere de Famille, Paris.

The Mother of Family.

Happiest day to you Gigi, to my Mama, and to everyone mumsy, everywhere.

Thank you to Rosemary Fanti for making my dreams come true for Mother’s Day this year.


Tune into WGN today, Tuesday morning, 8:45 am!

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Tune into WGN today, Tuesday morning to see our DIY Perfect Dad’s Mother’s Day!

From custom kid’s artwork…

To candy bars…

To floral vases…

To handmade flowers…

We’ve got you covered.

See you this morning, live from WGN!


Happy Hoppy Easter



Happy happy…

I wanted to share my favorite Easter treat from my mama.

Well, really, Lilly’s favorite treat – her new fluffy chickadee tucked inside…

Perched ontop an oh so chic cerise spring nest…

Popping out the top of a darling french Cafe au Lait, avec le coq.

Cutest gift EVER.

Happy Easter all – cheers to spring.

A Perfect Event The Magazine. Spring 2013

Floral Friday – oh so Pretty Produce

Floral Friday - oh so Pretty Produce

Oh so Pretty Produce – reposted from theBrideScoop.com:

New Year’s Eve is upon us – who can believe?

Here’s my favorite trend forward floral decor trick for your upcoming
champagne soaked soiree – plucked straight from elegant, gorgeous, Gatsby

And best of all – this works perfectly all year long – for any type of fete
- from weddings, brunches, engagements and more.

Step 1: place a collection of bowls on your tabletop.
Step 2: fill with richly hued pretty produce like plums, apples, figs,
winter citrus.
(stylist secret – use varied size fruits, some larger, some medium, some
smaller to help make a perfectly round display).
Step 3: tuck in fresh florals, just before guests arrive, like small spray
rose blooms.
Step 4: scatter small votive candles in and around, for soft, flickering,
romantic warm light.

Voila – happy new year!
photo credit: Artisan Events

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