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Make the Most Out of Used Citrus with Candied Orange Peels

Make the Most Out of Used Citrus with Candied Orange Peels

One of my goals for the year was to make an effort to reduce household waste and get the most out of what we buy and eat. Like making homemade broth from the carcass of roasted chicken, for example. I make fresh squeezed orange juice just about every day (with the help of my cute juicer) so I often have an excess of orange peels. Orange peels are not great for compost so I use them to make homemade cleaning solution or feed them to the neighbor’s horse (she loves them!) but we go through a lot of oranges and I feel guilty throwing them in the trash. My friend gave me the idea to use the peels to make candied orange peels and I had to try it!

Candied Orange Peels

Because I use my oranges for juicing, I started with juiced halves of oranges. I saved up a batch of orange peels (and grapefruit) in the freezer until I had about a dozen. The first thing you want to do is remove any remnants of the fruit so that you’re left with the peel and pith.… Read more

A Simple Easter Table on the Patio

A Simple Easter Table on the Patio

Easter is right around the corner! If you need an idea for a simple Easter table check out this one I put together. The weather has been so nice so consider taking your Easter gathering outside and set up on the patio or another outdoor area in your home.

A Simple Easter Table on the Patio

I used the outdoor dining table on our patio. To elevate the look of the dining table, I covered it with layered tablecloths. I used a light weave nude cloth over a white tablecloth. I happened to have two vintage folding garden chairs that fit into the color scheme so I used them in place of two of the stools. Use what you have, friends!

You don’t need much to make a beautiful tablescape. In my simple Easter table, I used a gorgeous floral arrangement as my show-stopper moment (thank you Florist Fire) and used what I have to create the rest of the table decor.

If you’re hosting an Easter brunch, consider mini smoothies for everyone. Not only are they cute but smoothies are delish and perfect for a spring gathering.… Read more

A Surprise Rustic Backyard Party for my Hubby!

A Surprise Rustic Backyard Party for my Hubby!

If you follow me on Instagram then you may know that a couple of weeks ago I hosted a surprise rustic backyard party for my hubby’s 35th birthday. I started planning a few months ago and keeping the secret was BRUTAL and exhausting! The One Room Challenge back patio makeover was partly a disguise so I could have a reason to hurry him along to help me finish the patio in time for the party!! The joke’s on him! 🙂 About 10 family members flew in from up north as well as friends from South Carolina and Kentucky totaling about 50 guests. We successfully kept it a secret and when he pulled in the driveway home from work, he was completely shocked! I love planning a good surprise, and this one is my best yet!

Here are some fun shots from the day taken by my amazing photographer friend Ashlee!

Waiting impatiently for his arrival! The money shot! Look at that face! Too surprised to close the car door 😉 That’s his mamma he’s hugging there. Be still my heart. … Read more

St. Patrick’s Day Table Centerpiece Ideas

St. Patrick’s Day Table Centerpiece Ideas

Looking for a St. Patrick’s Day Table Centerpiece Idea? Impress your guests with these ideas for unique St. Patty’s Day entertaining that are anything but cheesy.

St. Patrick’s Day Table Centerpiece Ideas

Remember our pretty St. Patrick’s Day tablescape? We’re so excited to have it featured over on Pizzazzerie today! Head over to Courtney’s blog to see the entire feature.

For our soft, elegant St. Patrick’s Day table centerpiece we used a minty green linen runner with white and green florals in a large urn as the focal point with smaller flower arrangements along the table.

St. Patrick's Day

This St. Patrick’s day table centerpiece was inspired by an Irish garden and features a living runner of moss and florals along the length of the table.

St. Patrick's Day table centerpiece

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I love the idea of incorporating green cabbage for a St. Patrick’s Day table centerpiece. Use the cabbage as a vessel to hold a small floral arrangement or use small heads of green cabbage mixed in with florals to create a unique centerpiece.

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I love the use of the green handled tin in this example.… Read more

A Sparkly NYE Rosé and Dessert Party

A Sparkly NYE Rosé and Dessert Party

NYE Rosé and Dessert Party

Ladies, what better way to ring in the new year with your girlfriends with a NYE rosé and dessert party? For NYE inspiration this year we created a heck of a party, right in the Daly Digs dining room, proving you  too can deck out a space at home for some festive entertaining. For our celebration, we took a traditional approach to New Year’s Eve and created a sparkly, confetti-filled NYE rosé and dessert party with an edgy twist. Check out all the shiny details, you’re not gonna wanna miss this one.
Huge thanks to Courtney for featuring our shoot on her fantastic entertaining blog, Pizzazzerie! Head over to see more from the feature 🙂

If you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you know my number one tip for entertaining starts before the actual party with stationery. Sending an invitation not only makes your friends feel special but is a great opportunity to set the stage for the party while keeping an organized head-count and encourages your friends to take your party seriously!… Read more

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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See more from this moody black and red tablescape here.Read more

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.