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Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas & Hostess Tips

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas & Hostess Tips

Did Thanksgiving sneak up on you? Here are some last minute Thanksgiving ideas to help you have a stress-free and pretty Thanksgiving holiday complete with hostess tips and a pretty tablescape, obvi. 😉 Happy entertaining, friends.
Photography by Jacqui Cole Photography.

Last Minute Thanksgiving Ideas

Serve a welcome cocktail at the door. 

Welcome guests with a tray of self-serve cocktails. Prepare a large batch in advance and just before guests are scheduled to arrive, pour over ice and serve. Try a cocktail fitting for fall like a spiced pear cocktail.

Recipe: Spiced Pear Cocktail
12 oz Vodka
Seeds of 1 vanilla bean
Dash Cinnamon
Sliced pear for garnish
Blend & serve over ice
(makes 8 cocktails)

As you all know, I’m obsessed with tablescapes so here’s a last minute Thanksgiving idea for styling your tabletop.

Add an unexpected element. 
Impress your guests with a fun and unique element. We created individual charcuterie boards for each guest which is a cute alternative to a large charcuterie board. For another impactful moment, we repurposed a large round candle holder as a focal point floral centerpiece.
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Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration

Thanksgiving Tablescape Inspiration

I cannot believe Thanksgiving is next week! While I usually go all out, we’re doing a super low-key Thanksgiving this year but that doesn’t mean you have to! Today I’m recapping some of the Thanksgiving tablescape looks I put together last year to inspire you to kick your Thanksgiving entertaining up a notch. 🙂 Click on the links to check out the original blog post with a lot more photos, tips and recipes for each tablescape.

Organic Boho Thanksgiving Tablescape

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See more from this tablescape here. This Thanksgiving tablescape features a soft, organic color palette of neutrals and green. A macrame runner provides texture and gourds and artichokes act as centerpieces. Floral arrangements of white flowers and succulents alongside speckled dinnerware and silver and wood accents create an organic yet refined Thanksgiving tablescape look.

Get the look:

organic-boho-tablescape1. Le Creuset Braiser  / 2. Boho Inspired Menu / 3. Wilder Dinnerware / 4. Silver Goblets/ 5. Woven Napkin/ 6. Wood board / 7. Mini white cocotte /  8. Macrame runner / 9. Metal Dining Chairs / 10. Ceramic vase

Moody Black & Red Thanksgiving Tablescape

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My Favorite Pisco Cocktail: Chilcano de Pisco

My Favorite Pisco Cocktail: Chilcano de Pisco

Happy Friday, friends! This is my last post of my “Peru week” series. All week I’ve been talking our trip to Peru and I shared our trip report, the best things to bring home and an online shop where you can score some of your own Peruvian home goods. What better way to celebrate the end of the week with a cocktail recipe? A pisco cocktail, of course.

My Favorite Pisco Cocktail

Peru’s national spirit is pisco and the national drink is a pisco sour. Ever since getting sick from a pisco sour in Argentina I can’t seem to get past the key ingredient that creates the foamy consistency in a pisco sour – egg whites. Now, of course, I couldn’t resist my Peruvian bartenders’ insistence that I try his pisco sour, but I am just not a fan. However, I was delighted to discover a new cocktail in Peru that I do love, and that my friends is a chilcano de pisco. In case you haven’t figured it out by now, Peru is all about their pisco. Pisco is a clear brandy made from grapes produced in Peru (and Chile).… Read more

Marigold Tea Cocktail

Marigold Tea Cocktail

Looking for a unique cocktail for fall? How about a marigold tea cocktail? Have you ever had one? They’re so tasty and perfect for fall entertaining, like the dinner party we shared yesterday.
Recipe:
2 oz Marigold Tea (brewed, sweetened, cooled)
1.5 oz Gin
Champagne or sparkling wine
Marigold flowers for garnish (they’re edible!)
Brew marigold tea, sweeten and let cool. Combine gin and tea in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and pour into a coupe glass. Top with champagne and garnish with marigold petals. 
There you have it. A delish, unique marigold tea cocktail perfect for fall entertaining. Looking for another unique cocktail idea? Try this one.
Photography by Kera Photography.
Six Tips for Hosting a Fall Dinner Party

Six Tips for Hosting a Fall Dinner Party

Fall has officially arrived! In Florida, that means it’s still summer. The struggle is real. But with cooler evenings on the horizon (I’m hopeful) and the holiday season upon us, this time of year is perfect for entertaining. Today I’m serving up some inspiration for hosting a fall dinner party that merges elements of summer with those of fall for the perfect dinner party to celebrate the new season.
This project has been featured over on The Sweetest Occasion, a great entertaining blog to follow! Thank you, Cyd for featuring our shoot!

Tips for Hosting a Fall Dinner Party

 

1. Take it outside!

The beginning of fall is the perfect time to take your gathering outside and enjoy dinner in the crisp air. Backyard entertaining doesn’t have to be boring. Our use of a soft linen runner and gold flatware elevate this gathering, proving that a backyard dinner party can be elegant.

2. Serve a garden-to-table inspired menu.

A garden-to-table dinner is a great way to provide an ode to fall by featuring autumn hues and ingredients. The warm tones and autumn vegetables suggest fall while served alongside bright white dinnerware quintessential of a summer soiree, the perfect way to celebrate the end of summer and beginning of fall.… Read more
Easy Backyard Summer Picnic

Easy Backyard Summer Picnic

Summer Entertaining Idea: A Backyard Picnic

Did you know that July is National Picnic Month? Don’t worry, I didn’t know until recently. Any excuse to celebrate or create a themed event is cool with me. So, when the folks over at Pampelonne sent over some samples of their French 75 sparkling wine cocktails, I knew just what to do with them! An easy backyard summer picnic. This is a great idea for date night or an easy way to jazz up cocktail hour at home.

Pampelonne sparkling wines are delish, refreshing and perfect for a backyard summer picnic…or anytime. 😉

Backyard Summer Picnic

Can we talk about this picnic basket? It comes equipped with all your picnic essential (including a wine opener!) and the inside is a lined cooler. For a picnic blanket, I used a tablecloth. Use what you have! This orange one was a Home Goods find.
I am in love with this woven tray that has a built in net cover to keep those unwanted bugs away from your food. This was also a Home Goods find.… Read more

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