Contact Us

Use the form on the right to contact us.

Need to drop us a line real quick...here you go!


Houston, TX, 77478
United States

713-858-1676

Houston's boutique event planning & styling company, Toast from the Host turns your life events into lasting memories. Attention to detail is our specialty - Let's mix, mingle and make memories!

Blog

 

 

Galentine's Gift Guide - the perfect gifts for your girls this Valentine's Day

Lauren Bazunu

If you have been living under a rock then you might have never heard of "Galentine's Day" but assuming you're clever on words, I'm sure it is easy to figure out. Spending this typically couple-y/romantic evening rather than with your significant other to spend time with your gals has been all the rage. We know we love our girlfriends and perhaps on holidays such as this, it is a great way to show them a little extra love and that they are thought about. Check out the gift guide below on how you can put a smile on your Galentine's (yes more than one) face with these super cute, super fem gifts. I definitely amazon primed these goodies and can't wait to wrap them up and gift away! 

Galentine Gift Guide

Galentine Gift Guide

1. KACO Retractable Gel ink Pens // 2.Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera - Flamingo Pink // 3. Godinger Silver Art Round Coasters Gold Edge // 4. Bad Girls Throughout History: 100 Remarkable Women Who Changed the World // 5. Besties Illustrated Book // 6. ban.do Women's Compliment Pencil Set // 7. Floral Bouquet Soap Petals // 8. Freeze The Perfect Man Ice Tray

Any of these items would you get for yourself? I did! Let's just say that I'm my own "GAL" and picked up a few of these items...I mean who doesn't love cute pens?!

 

Please note that some of these links are affiliate links, meaning I may get a small commission if you purchase these items. If you decide to "add to your cart" I'd appreciate going through the links provided. #smallvictories #giftyourself

Love Around the World - Valentine's Day Party

Lauren Bazunu

February is the month of love at least that's what all big box stores will tell you. We couldn't even get out of New Years long enough before all the pink, red and white hearts were hanging on shelves. Don't get me wrong...I love love and I love Valentine's Day but I wanted to go a more untraditional route with this love thing. So much of Valentine's Day is geared towards "couple" love...but what about the unconditional love that Christ has for us? We all have our different love languages and show how we love in our own way but imagine love across boundaries...countries....continents. In popped the idea of "Love around the world".

I love you.  我爱你 , nakupenda , je t'aime, わたしは、あなたを愛しています , te amo , أحبك ,

jag älskar dig , я люблю тебя , eu te amo

Valentine's Day 

Valentine's Day 

I tried to incorporate details that would translate internationally. From the globe meaning around the world to the magnifying glass helping you "look" for love to the map table runner, this set up wasn't your typical. Very moody and romantic and a nod to Pantone's color of 2018...can you guess? (or google it, haha)

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

I tried to make a play on the grazing boards that are so popular and opted for a "dessert grazing board". When you think of Valentine's Day, you think sweets, sugar and chocolate so what better way to showcase to your "sweet"ies (get it?) than with a dessert board?

Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day

Here are tips on how to recreate your own Dessert Grazing Board:

Dessert Board

Dessert Board

Ingredients: Various countries' desserts for example: Madeleine Cookies (France), Cinnamon Cookies (Spain), Cheesecake (Greece), Chocolate Chip Cookies & Brownies (USA), Gingersnap (Germany), Chocolate Covered Biscuit Wafers (England), Fresh Fruit - I chose raspberries, 

I used a brushed gold baking sheet platter and began to layer desserts of different colorings and textures. I began to make rows of sweets and filled in the gaps with fresh raspberries. 

Dessert Board

Dessert Board

Dessert Board

Dessert Board

One of my favorite Valentine's Day memories happens to be when my Dad would always surprise me with a Teddy Bear, heart balloon and mini heart chocolates. It was tradition for me to wake up on Valentine's Day and still be surprised and touched, even in my older age, of the sweet thought of the bear, balloon and chocolate. Now I knew that this one day doesn't determine if I'm loved but it was sure nice to celebrate this holiday with our Daddy Daughter traditions. Call me a hopeless romantic with wanting to continue fun traditions like this every year. How are you spending your Valentine's Day? I'd love to know!

Valentine's Day

PIN for later...

Valentine's Day Dessert Board

Valentine's Day Dessert Board

Valentine's Day
Valentine's Day

GameDay Guarantees - Crowd Pleasing Appetizers

Lauren Bazunu

I love an easy appetizer and these four recipes are super easy and quick to whip up for any crowd. Check them out below...

Appetizers

I knew you spotted the sliders....I found the recipe on the official King's Hawaiian Rolls website. Follow the link here to indulge in these AMAZING and GUARANTEED crowdpleaser. Come back though...I've got more tips below.

Ham & Cheese Sliders

Ham & Cheese Sliders

Another easy recipe to whip up are "pigskins" in a blanket. 

Pigskin in a Blanket

Pigskin in a Blanket

Grab a can of mini croissant rolls and unroll. I cut the perforated dough into smaller triangles to be the perfect size for the mini sausage links. You can keep them plain by wrapping the links with the crescent dough or spice it up a bit with red pepper jelly in the middle or hot sauce.

Pigskin in a Blanket

Pigskin in a Blanket

I love a good dipping sauce and a spicy dijon mustard is the perfect accompaniment to the pigskins. Grab any dijon mustard and spice it up with garlic powder, paprika, red pepper flakes and mix together and enjoy.

I must say this southwestern spicy flatbread was gone the moment I pulled it out of the oven. Pressed for time, check below for the semi homemade recipe...

Southwestern Flatbread

Southwestern Flatbread

Pick up a meat lovers pizza from your local grocer. I picked up Walmart's Marketside pizza (meat lovers). I made my way through the produce and grabbed cherry tomatoes, shredded cheese mix, bell peppers, chopped onions. Honestly, it comes down to what your taste buds are craving...add chicken pieces, bacon bits, pineapples...there's no wrong way. Before placing the pizza in the oven (12-15 minutes) top away! 

Flatbread

Flatbread

Last GameDay Winner is what I like to call a "PUNT"ch bowl drink...get it? Cheesy of course but it's sure to please. 

"Punt"ch Bowl

"Punt"ch Bowl

Start by boiling 6 cups of water with 2 large tea bags. Add 1 cup of Peach Juice to the Hot Tea and sweeten (to taste) with sugar. I typically use 1/4 cup of sugar, don't want to over sweeten with the peach juice. If this is an adult only party, I suggest adding Deep Eddy Vodka in sweet tea to kick it up a notch. 

For a fun garnish, create an ice mold out of a bundt cake. I added peaches and lemon slices and 6 ounces of sweet tea vodka and freezes overnight. The great thing is when it begins to melt, it infuses the punch with even more flavor. It gets better (and stronger) as the party goes on. 

"Punt"ch Bowl

"Punt"ch Bowl

What are some of your popular party appetizers? How do you take a regular recipe and kick it up a notch? Share your tips in the comments, I'd love to know!

PIN for later...

Football Party Appetizer
"Punt"ch Bowl Drinks

Party Playbook - A Football Gameday for the Girls

Lauren Bazunu

We all know that football is no longer an all male sport.  I like having the game on while hanging at the house, but of course, I'm no fan of a boring football set up. Hence a way to upgrade Gameday with what I like to call a "Party Playbook" set up.

Football Party

Football Party

You may not be one to go all out for the Super Bowl...especially if your team isn't in it, but this national event is always a good excuse for a get together. Check out some simple decor tips and ideas I have to upgrade your party to fit the ladies. 

Football Party

Football Party

Tip 1: I love to add flowers to any event...even if it includes football. When you think football, you think of the green field/turf but rather than going plain, upgrade with some greenery. I opted for a {cheap} version of green carnation bunches. Picked these up at the Neighborhood Walmart for less than $5. That's a win!

Football Party

Tip 2: Crowd Pleasing Appetizers are a go to. We all know to go to Pinterest for inspiration from food recipes to decor so of course I had to check out some of Pinterest food staples. I love the Hawaiian Roll Sliders and recreated the recipe. You can get the recipe here

King's Hawaiian Roll Sliders
King's Roll Hawaiian Slider

King's Roll Hawaiian Slider

Tip 3: We can't always have a stocked bar and everyone's favorite drink so that's where a crowd pleasing "PUNT"ch bowl recipe saves the day. Upgraded with an infused ice mold that made the drink more boozy as it melted. Forget the beer - grab a glass of this sweet sip.  

Football Party

Football Party

Football Party

Tip 4: When it comes to events, it's best to give your guests an outline that's obvious. Rather than traditional menus and cards, I opted to sketch on the black kraft paper. Super easy, a little informal, but very personable.

Football Party
Football Party

I encourage you to grab your girls or guys and use the "Big Game" as an excuse to get together. Make it your own event whether it's a pot luck or catered, it doesn't have to be a huge event. I'd love to see how you do GameDay. Personally, I'm ready for all the commercials! 

Football Party

Football Party

I created a fun game to keep the party going through the commercials...Party Playbook Commercial Bingo. I mean who doesn't love Super Bowl commercials? Download this freebie and have a blast. What kind of prize are they going to get? Your very own Lombardy trophy or Super Bowl ring? I think they'll be happy! 

Pin for later....

Party Playbook - Football Party Ideas
Party Playbook - Football Party
Party Playbook - Football Party Ideas
Super Bowl Commercial Bingo

Super Bowl Commercial Bingo