star Hilary Duff
hosts get-togethers with friends, she always has a few party tricks up her sleeve.
Actress Hilary Duff. (Courtesy Photo)
"I like to brighten up my home with some eye catching décor to make it feel more festive. These adorable flower letters are a great way to display fresh flowers and so simple to make," shared Duff. "Once you gather your hollow craft letters, insert lightly moistened floral foam into the letters, and stick the flower stems into the foam making your own arrangement. To make a lasting display or a gift for someone special, use silk flowers."
She likes to let guests capture the moment and then display their cute pics with a DIY Polaroid banner. "Whenever I have friends over, I always have a Polaroid camera or two available and encourage people to take photos throughout the night and commemorate their shots on a cute string and clothing pin display," Duff explained. "Guests can take their favorite photo home at the end of the night, and the strung-up print outs make a cute Instagram moment too! Customize by creating or purchasing colorful clothespins and use a ribbon or string that matches your color scheme to help set the mood and match your other party décor."
As for food, the actress' Sing Bite Shrimp Scampi Spiadino, paired with Callie Collection Pinot Grigio, is always a party hit.
Sing Bite Shrimp Scampi Spiadino, paired with Callie Collection Pinot Grigio:
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 5 leaves of chopped
• 1 large lemon
• Grated peel and juice of 1 large lemon
• 6 cloves garlic
• 15 large prawns
• 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
• Lemon pepper
1. In medium-size bowl using fork or wire whisk, beat together oil, lemon peel, lemon juice, and roasted garlic. Remove 2 tablespoons marinade to small bowl; set aside. Place prawns in medium-size bowl, tossing in marinade.
2. Scatter the lemon wedges and shrimp in a sauce pan. Cook shrimp for about 3 minutes or until opaque on each side, turning once. Brush with remaining marinade; serve on an attractive dish and sprinkle with chopped parsley and fresh basil. Garnish with whole parsley and/or basil leaves to add a touch of spring.
Nicole is the Editor-in-Chief of Hamptons.com where she focuses on lifestyle, nightlife, and mixology. She grew up in the Hamptons and currently resides in Water Mill. www.hamptons.com