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The Summer Cocktail Recipe you Need

The Summer Cocktail Recipe you Need

The Aperol Spritz

You guys, I have the best summer cocktail recipe for you. I first learned about the Aperol Spritz earlier this year from Annette Joseph when she served them at the welcome party for the LA styling workshop I attended. I can’t believe I did not know of this drink sooner! This Italian cocktail is crisp, refreshing and anything with boozy bubbles is a win in my book. Summer is here! Forget the froze, the Aperol Spritz is the summer cocktail recipe you need!

The Best Summer Cocktail Recipe

Aperol Spritz Recipe

Ingredients

  • Prosecco
  • Aperol
  • Club Soda
  • Orange Garnish 

Directions

Just remember 3-2-1. 3 parts Prosecco, 2 parts Aperol and 1 part club soda over ice. Garnish with an orange slice. Drink and repeat. 😉 

Happy Summer! Cin cin!

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Impress your Guests with this 4th of July Party Idea

Impress your Guests with this 4th of July Party Idea

Vintage All-American 4th of July Party

Summer is here and it’s almost the 4th of July! Are you planning a 4th of July party? Today I’m sharing inspiration for a vintage all-American 4th of July party featuring a killer burger bar and tablescape with traditional Americana elements like vintage soda bottles, Cracker Jacks and motorcycle vibes.

Check out this awesome 4th of July stationery! You should know by know that I’m a big fan of sending coordinating invites when hosting a party.
What better way to celebrate 4th of July than a burger bar? To style our vintage all-American burger bar I used vintage soda crates, an American flag backdrop and vintage accessories. Burger labels coordinate with the invitations. Look at those cute motorcycle cut outs I love the idea of displaying French fries in these friers! You could even place one at each place setting for your guests. Indigo textiles, wood tones and vintage books round out the display.  Vintage-inspired condiment containers are a must! Home Depot has some, they’re awesome!
4th of July party decorating can be pretty!… Read more

A Citrus-Inspired Spring Brunch

A Citrus-Inspired Spring Brunch

Citrus-Inspired Spring Brunch Entertaining

Happy Spring you guys! Today I’m sharing a citrus-inspired spring gathering with you. Nothing says spring better than vibrant hues of orange, yellow and pink coupled with citrus!For our springtime tablescape we used sliced and whole citrus (oranges, lemons, limes and grapefruit) paired with stunning spring blooms in vintage milk glass with an airy runner. Isn’t that pink peony a STUNNER!?! If you’re taking your gathering outdoors, don’t be afraid to bring some furniture outside. For our citrus-inspired spring brunch, we used a vintage yellow hutch to house drinks and a long console table for the brunch buffet with coffee, pastries and mini doughnuts.
We hung the adorbs mini doughnuts off of a vintage bottle drying rack and used tangerines as place card holders by tapping a toothpick to the place card and sticking it gently in the fruit. Need an idea for favors or a hostess gift for your spring-themed affair? How about mini marmalade and biscuits? (Complete DIY instructions and recipes coming ‘atcha soon!)Vintage coffee sacks coordinated with the coffee and pastry bar perfectly and crates of oranges completed the look.  … Read more

PRETTY ST. PATRICK’S DAY INSPIRATION

PRETTY ST. PATRICK’S DAY INSPIRATION

Pretty + St. Patrick’s Day? YES, FOLKS! St. Patrick’s Day entertaining doesn’t have to be filled with cheesy decorations, it can be pretty too! Even to those who don’t like shamrock green. You be the judge. Check out this pretty St. Patrick’s Day inspiration I whipped up.

Pretty St. Patrick’s Day Inspiration

Can we talk about this watercolor shamrock stationery? So soft and pretty and it set the perfect tone for our concept! I love the idea of incorporating stationery for any gathering you are hosting. It makes the event feel more special and if you everyone loves receiving something in the mail. When ordering stationery, think beyond the invitation and integrate it into the evening as well. We knew we would have an Irish whiskey bar, so our genius stationery designer designed a custom card for the bar. If you have a variety of drinks or desserts, labeling them with custom cards that coordinate with the invitations is a great way to make the event cohesive.  For the tablescape I started with a soft linen runner along the center of the table.… Read more

QUICK AND EASY TOMATO SOUP RECIPE

QUICK AND EASY TOMATO SOUP RECIPE

Last month I attended a styling workshop hosted styling and blogging pros Annette Joseph and Anne Sage. You can read my recap of the workshop here. Annette is an expert in not only all things styling but is a culinary genius as well, so it was only appropriate that we spent the second day of the workshop cooking (well, mostly watching Annette cook), styling the dishes and then, of course, eating! For lunch, Annette whipped up a batch of quick and easy tomato soup so I’m sharing the recipe today! This dish is super yummy and is perfect alongside a grilled cheese. Wait until you hear how Annette prepared our grilled cheese sandwiches!

Quick and Easy Tomato Soup Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1/2 medium yellow onion, sliced
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • Dash salt
  • 3-28oz cans of crushed tomatoes
  • 1 qt (32oz) Vegetable broth
  • 1/4 heavy whipping cream
  • 1 cup loosely sliced basil, extra for garnish

Directions

Saute sliced onion in pot with olive oil, butter and salt. Add crushed tomato and vegetable broth. Let cook, do not boil. Read more

Blackberry Sage Bubbly Cocktail

Blackberry Sage Bubbly Cocktail

Hi, friends! I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! We’re back this week with a blackberry sage bubbly cocktail idea just in time for New Year’s Eve!blackberry sage bubbly new year's eve cocktail

I recently experimented with making homemade simple syrup in different flavors using spices and fruits. The blackberry sage combo was so delish I thought I’d share it with you guys. Add a splash to your New Year’s Eve bubbly to give it some extra pizazz or use it as a mixer in a spirit based cocktail. Either way, it’s a delish addition to your New Year’s imbibing.

Blackberry Sage Bubbly Cocktail Blackberry sage simple syrup ingredients

Recipe: Blackberry Sage Simple Syrup

1 cup honey (if you’re not into honey, sugar will work just as well)
1 cup water
1 6oz package fresh blackberries
3-4 sprigs of fresh sage

Directions:
Combine all ingredients in a pot and bring to boil.
Simmer on low for 5 minutes. Berries should start to release. I mashed mine up a little with a wood spoon.
Remove from heat and let cool.
Steep for at least 30 minutes. 1-2 hours is better.
Pour through a fine mesh sieve into small jars.Read more

Pink Boho Christmas Gathering + Pink Hot Cocoa!

Pink Boho Christmas Gathering + Pink Hot Cocoa!

I can’t believe Christmas is right around the corner! I’m not ready to give up Christmas music, apple cider and holiday decor just yet…and I’m certainly not ready to stop trying to inspire you guys for your holiday entertaining either! Today I’m sharing a cute al fresco concept for a holiday party, girls winter gathering or even a New Years party. How about a pink wonderland tablescape with a low boho table, poufs and pillows, sequins and pink hot cocoa???  If you guys follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the sneak peaks of today’s project on my story a few weeks back. I was inspired by a beautiful image from an Anthropologie catalog earlier this year featuring a low boho table under an oak tree with moss and lanterns hanging from it. I have the perfect oak tree so I decided to use that setting as inspiration for an al fresco, PINK boho Christmas tablescape and of course a bar cart! Huge thanks to Emily Katharine Photography for capturing the day perfectly, per usu.

A Pink Boho Christmas Occasion

woodsy gold and pink antler invitationI love these invites for a pink boho Christmas party!… Read more

Edgy, Glam Holiday Party Inspiration

Edgy, Glam Holiday Party Inspiration

OK you guys! Get ready for some glam holiday party inspiration!green-holiday-party-inspiration

Remember how I told you guys I used to own a vintage rental and styling company? Well, before closing the doors to my business, I did one last wedding styled shoot hoorah with my dear friend Emily. You guys know Emily, she snapped the pics in my post about how to host an easy Fall brunch. A “styled shoot” in the wedding industry is when a lot of wedding vendors come together and basically put on a fake wedding. Each vendor typically donates their time and services in order to network, exercise some creative freedom, push boundaries and/or experiment with new techniques, and everyone involved gets the images to use for marketing. We enlist everything you would need for a wedding, down to the “bride” and “groom.” I conceptualized and styled the shoot, and I couldn’t have asked for a better team for my last wedding shoot with my industry friends!  Annnndddd I’m so happy that my favorite wedding blog, Green Wedding Shoes, featured our work!

Glam Holiday Party Inspiration

Now, on to the shoot.… Read more

PIES & PINTS: A UNIQUE ENTERTAINING CONCEPT PAIRING PIE AND BEER

PIES & PINTS: A UNIQUE ENTERTAINING CONCEPT PAIRING PIE AND BEER

Pie and Beer…goes together like peanut butter and jelly!

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Thanksgiving may be behind us, but the season for entertaining is in full swing. Today I’m sharing a casual party idea and it involves pie and beer! What more do you need? This unique party idea is the perfect solution if you have boatloads of leftover Thanksgiving or Christmas pie, or if you just want to have a laid-back, fun evening with friends.

I recently teamed up with my friend Michelle of Sweets Illustrated who whipped up some of the cutest and most delicious pies. Sweets Illustrated is based here in Tampa and offers local delivery on all products. If you’re not in Tampa, don’t fret! Michelle offers shipping to U.S. customers on her made-from-scratch French macarons and custom cookies. Michelle is known for creating edible art, illustrating her sweets and customizing them in any way you can dream up. Her work is amazing and has the most impeccable attention to detail. Go check her out now!

In order to showcase the pies in a fun and unique setting, I dreamt up the unique idea of pairing the pies with beer.… Read more

DUMMY PROOF EASY APPLE TATIN RECIPE

DUMMY PROOF EASY APPLE TATIN RECIPE

Am I the only one who didn’t know what a Tatin is? Well, I do now, and you’re about to as well. It’s one of the most simple and most yummy thing you’ll ever make. And this is coming from a gal who doesn’t really cook. I attempt to, I just don’t really know what I’m doing. Anyway, my bestie is French and on my last visit with her we made this super easy apple Tatin. Well, she made it and I snapped pics and taste tested while sipping wine.

A Tatin is an upside-down pastry in which the fruit, typically apples, are caramelized in butter and sugar before the tart is baked. According to Wikipedia, (because it’s always accurate #amiright) the tarte Tatin was created accidentally at the Hotel Tatin in a French town south of Paris in the 1880s. 

apple tatin

Easy Apple Tatin

Ingredients:

  • 4 yellow/golden apples, peeled, sliced in half and cored.
  • 4 Tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • Pie crust

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375. In a pan mix butter, sugar and the juice from half of a lemon over medium heat.… Read more