Spring Is In the Air

Even though it doesn’t necessarily feel like it, it is officially spring! As the temperatures begin to rise and hopefully stay there, it is the perfect time of the year to enjoy a special meal with your friends and family. There is no better way to do so than with an exciting spring themed party. Incorporating pastel or bright colors and pretty spring flowers is a simple way to create a beautiful tablescape. Add in some sweet treats, delicious drinks and a few personal touches and you will wow your guests!

Below are some of our favorite table setting and centerpieces designs to bring together your entire spring look. Since it is just around the corner, these ideas can also work great for celebrating Easter as well.

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Christmas Table Ideas

Tis the season of sparkling snow falls, warming up by the fire and Christmas parties. Whether it be for work, family, or friends, hosting a party can be stressful, especially with everything else going on during the holidays, which is why we have compiled some of our favorite festive table centerpiece and place setting ideas. All are perfect for a small get together or a large family event that your guests will be sure to love.

As the cold continues to creep in on us, remember to enjoy these wonderful times with loved ones. Happy Holidays!

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Celebrate Fall

Apple picking, pumpkin carving, bonfires, colorful falling leaves…these are the great times that come along with the cool, crisp fall season. Whether you like dressing up for Halloween, eating turkey and stuffing on Thanksgiving or watching football, fall is the perfect time to spend time with friends and family. So if you love this time of year, I have created a guide to have the perfect get together to celebrate fall.

Décor

These décor ideas incorporate the beautiful colors of fall. All are easy enough for anyone to do, but with the look and feel of a professionals work. There are tutorials and workshops all around teaching individuals how to create their own barn board signs and paintings that your guests will be sure to recognize and love.

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Get Creative

Tune in to your creative side with this great alternative to carving pumpkins. All the fun, but without the mess and they turn out looking fantastic.

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Sweet Treats

You can’t have a party without dessert. Create your own s’more bar or caramel popcorn station and at the end of the night send your guests home with one of these cute miniature pies.

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Drinks for everyone

S’mores hot chocolate, white chocolate pumpkin spice latte, apple cider sangria, these fall inspired drinks will have your guests asking for another. If there are children at the party, you can easily recreate nonalcoholic versions.

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Warm up by the fire

What better way to end the night, than cuddling up with a cozy sweater and warm blanket around a campfire. Roast marshmallows, eat a s’more, maybe have another one of those yummy drinks and enjoy the weather.

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Luxe Outdoor Reception Lounges (2 of 2)

Earlier this week, we shared some seriously cool outdoor lounge areas to make your reception unforgettable.  And today, we’re jumping right back in with even more tips and inspiration for how to create your own!

4Whenever possible, use rugs to define your seating space—they’re the simplest way to communicate to guests to relax and get comfy.  Make sure to place plenty of tables throughout for folks to set down drinks and hors d’oeuvres during conversation.

extra 5 if neededWe love this more casual (rustic-chic, if you will!) set-up.  Covered hay bale benches wind back toward standing tables and warm lighting creates a super cozy atmosphere.  Vintage-style lanterns, an oversized chandelier, and string lights in the branches all work together to make the place glow.  The more you can vary the level of the lighting you use (some high, some low and anywhere in between), the better illumination you’ll have well into the evening.

6So striking.  A faux fireplace helps this outdoor lounge space feel super homey and cozy, while open shelves with sparse candles define the space and allow the eye to travel all the way to the mountains on the horizon.  The antler chandelier and mirror over the mantle draw your eye up, and weathered furniture create the illusion of being right at home—the ultimate feat in making such a wide open space feel intimate.
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Luxe Outdoor Reception Lounges (1 of 2)

Don’t think for a second that an outdoor wedding has to mean sacrificing the luxury of more posh indoor venues.  This week, in a two part series, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite outdoor wedding lounge areas as well as tips and tricks to pull them off at your own celebration!

1This dreamy scene, set up on a brick paver patio, is simple and pretty.  A vintage sofa with updated upholstery adds charm and whimsy; throw pillows made from repurposed burlap sacks keep things down to earth.  Hang empty frames with cool details behind seating to create boundaries without closing the space off.

2More open seating—like these ottomans—is perfect for creating space for guests in a casual way.  Heap some pretty throw pillows up top to make things more comfy! And position furniture in vignettes like this one to separate sitting and dining areas in an otherwise open space.

3We love the glam of all these chandeliers.  Airy drapes define the edges of the space and make it feel cozy, but still open and elegant.  Low seating peppered throughout the space create movement and make the open area seem super large.  

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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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Fall Wedding Cocktails

 

The chilly fall weather is the perfect excuse to add a seasonal twist to your signature cocktails for your wedding. But, don’t think you need to save these just for your special day; they will delight your guests whether served at your shower, rehearsal dinner, or bachelor or bachelorette party. Shaken, stirred, or mulled, these fall drinks are sure to be a crowd-pleaser!

Cranberry Cosmopolitans

Take a seasonal spin on the classic Cosmopolitan by incorporating red and white cranberry juice.

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Ingredients

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) vodka
  • 5 ounces Cointreau
  • 5 ounces red cranberry-juice cocktail
  • 5 ounces white cranberry-juice cocktail
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • Fresh cranberries, for garnish

Directions

  • Pour all ingredients except cranberries into a large pitcher with ice; stir vigorously. Strain into glasses, discarding ice. Garnish with festive berries!

Mulled Wine

Is a guaranteed crowd-favorite, especially during the colder months! Plus, you can prepare it days in advance and reheat it when it’s time to celebrate. (Pre packaged mulled spices can also be purchased if you don’t want to make it from scratch)

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Ingredients

  • 1 bottle red wine
  • ½ cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brandy
  • 1 large orange
  • 2 cardamom pods
  • 4 star anise
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 6 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 cinnamon stick, plus 4 for garnish (optional)

Holiday Mulled Wine

  • Switch out the orange for ½ cup cranberry juice and ½ cup whole cranberries

Directions

  • First, zest then juice the orange
  • With the flat side of a knife, press firmly on the cardamom pods to open them a bit. In a large pot combine zest, cardamom, cloves, allspice, star anise peppercorns, cinnamon, juice, wine, water, sugar, and brandy. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until sugar dissolves.
  • Once sugar has dissolved reduce heat to low; simmer for about 30 minutes. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve; serve immediately.

 

Fall Manhattan

 Give this classic cocktail a fall shake up by adding blood orange, apples and maple syrup.

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Ingredients

  • 1 ½ ounces applejack
  • 1 ½ ounces rye whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • A few dashes of orange bitters
  • 2 ounces Champagne
  • Blood orange rind for garnish

Directions

  • Combine applejack, whiskey, maple syrup, and bitters in a cocktail shaker; shake over ice. Strain into 6 ounce martini glass, top with champagne, garnish, and serve.

 

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