Hosting the Holidays

Whether you’re having the family over for the holidays or just some friends for a night of hot chocolate, Christmas music, and gift wrapping, this time of year is a wonderful time for entertaining! We love the idea of adding in elements into your home decor to give a little holiday touch, like replacing your usual pillows with some that are holiday patterned, or adding wreaths around the house to give your home a cheerful atmosphere.

A hot chocolate bar for guests is a great way to get family and friends in the holiday spirit, as well as treats topped with peppermint and festive holiday cocktails! If you’re having a casual get together, or a fancy holiday dinner, these extra touches are sure to inspire. Take a look at these photos for ideas for your holiday gathering!

Mother’s Day Brunch

Mother’s Day Brunch

This sunday, treat Mom with a brunch fit for a queen! Here is some sweet + savory inspiration for a perfect mid-morning meal.

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The Sweet

Satisfy Mom’s sweet tooth with mini donuts, mini pancakes, baked goodies or a parfait bar.

 

 

The Savory

From breakfast pies, mini quiches to bagels topped with salmon, these savory dishes have our mouths watering.

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The Flowers

Mother’s Day + flowers practically go hand-in-hand. Create whimsical centerpieces using colored glass bottles, repurpose vintage tea cups as planters or submerge a few blooms in large cylindrical vases.

 

The Toast

Whether it’s tea, lavender lemonade, strawberry limeade or a mom-osa bar with fresh fruit, make sure your glass is full and ready to toast!

 

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These honey + lemon tea spoons are perfect for a mom who loves tea!

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Cheers to you, Mom!

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Let’s Eat: Food/Drink Stations (2 of 2)

Your guests may not remember all the details of your wedding day, but creating a dinner menu with food you and your spouse love will certainly be something they won’t forget. A current exciting and yummy wedding trend that is sure to be a crowd-pleaser among guests is forgoing the usually sit-down dinner or buffet and instead incorporating food stations during cocktail hour and/or the reception. Below are some mouthwatering ideas that will leave your guests with full stomach’s and fun memories.

The fun flavor and personality of food stations can be carried over to beverages as well. Channel your creativity with drink station set ups, whether it be for a signature cocktail, Italian sodas, fresh juices, or infused waters.

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Let’s Eat: Brunch Wedding (1 of 2)

Are you and your future spouse lovers of all things breakfast, or maybe you are thinking outside of the traditional box and deciding to have a day wedding. Either way, choosing a breakfast/brunch menu is a great way to serve up some of your favorite foods, especially since it’s the most important meal of the day.

Creating a make your own omelet bar or a flapjacks station is certainly a fun way for guests to try a little bit of everything. Donuts will most definitely be on the menu (because after all they are their own food group right?), it is always nice to throw in some healthier options as well. You can easily add in some fruit toppings for waffles and pancakes or even these cute individual parfaits.

You can’t have an early riser’s meal without a freshly brewed cup of coffee. For those of your guests that aren’t coffee drinkers, cold-pressed fruit juices or a mimosa bar are other excellent options.

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Memorial Day Ideas

The temperatures are rising, kids are anxiously awaiting the end of the school year, and it’s time to celebrate! What better way to kick off summer than with a Memorial Day weekend BBQ? There are so many unique ways to incorporate red, white, and blue into any festivities you have planned for the weekend. Here are a few ideas to get you started!

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Environmentally Conscious Wedding Ideas (1 of 2)

If you’re an environmentally conscious couple, you may be a bit stressed about the ecological footprint your wedding will have.  Though it can be easy to produce a lot of waste at a typical wedding, it can be just as easy to reduce it!  In this and an upcoming post, we’ll be sharing some simple ways to minimize the environmental impact of your wedding without reducing the fun, the style, or the experience.

+Serve food that is grown and prepared locally as much as possible, and choose dishes that feature in-season produce.  This helps keeps resources used to transport food, as well as chemicals used to grow it, to a minimum.  Plus, it will taste much fresher!  Some families even choose to cater the wedding themselves.  While this certainly takes a lot of time and hard work, it can be a good option if you love your family’s cooking!

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+Just like with food, flowers’ environmental impact varies a lot based on two things: how local they are and how in-season.  Choose flowers that are naturally growing right now to reduce the resources it would take to grow naturally out-of-season flowers.  And contact local farms and florists to see how close to home you can source your flowers.  

flower+Consider having your ceremony and reception in the same location.  This drastically reduces the fuel your guests will use and the emissions all that driving would produce.  The bonus is that it can be much less stress for your guests and for you!  

Check back on the blog later this week, when we’ll be sharing a few more easy tips for reducing the environmental impact of your wedding!

 

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Edible Fall Wedding Favors

 

The days may be getting shorter, but the list of options to thank your nearest and dearest for attending your celebration is growing. Your wedding favors doesn’t have to reference the season, but when it comes to fall, it’s so tempting to pick treats that the colder months have to offer. Below is a list of some of our favorite fall treats, which can also double as a great addition to your dessert bar!

Homemade Jam

Whether you buy it or make it yourself, give your jam a unique fall favor that not only looks the part, but tastes great too. Try one of our local favorites Quince and Apple as they offer a ton of great seasonal options.

Caramel Apples

The quintessential fall indulgence; caramel apples. You can either individually package them as a to-go treat, or create an apple dipping bar stocked full of yummy toppings.

Maple Syrup 

Mini bottles of tapped maple syrup are a great way to add a local flavor to your special day. Plus, they can double as a super cute escort card.

Coffee Beans 

Miniature packages of coffee are sure to be a crowd-pleasers and are a gift your guests will actually use.

Popcorn 

Is a fail-proof favor to give your guests something to snack on. Plus with today’s vast variety of gourmet popcorn you will find the perfect flavor combination that describes the two of you.

 

 

 

 

 

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