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Fourth Of July Party Inspo

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We love the idea of having a Fourth of July Party before the 4th. With everyone traveling and making their own plans, it's hard to get a solid group together for the actual holiday itself.  When we read that Mackenzie Horan, from Design Darling did just that, we felt inspired to do the same well, next year! 

How great are these navy and white striped directors chairs? Pssst, these are on sale!

The custom calligraphy place cards add such an intimate touch. And how cute are these coup glasses filled with raspberries? 

Playful watermelon stars on a USA cutting board - check out these great state cutting boards my cousin makes! 

Ahoy and ginger jar matches line the table with brass candlesticks, tulips and peonies. 

Again, what a great set up! Happy 4th everyone! 

Tablescape styling: Anna Rayner
Calligraphy: Jennings Ross
Photography: Kelly Christine

Mini Chicken & Waffle Sliders

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If you've been searching high and wide for an easy, fun, and delicious appetizer that your friends will rave about, and I mean, will really talk about months after your party, then you need to make these mini chicken & waffle sliders.  In this recipe, we paired crispy popcorn chicken nuggets with frozen, yes frozen, mini Eggo waffles and they are a hit. 

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There you have it! This classic comfort food is transformed into easy, portable appetizers that can be tailored to anyone's specific tastes.  For my 25th birthday, I made these sliders but with Chick-fil-A nuggets. With my birthday falling on a Sunday (when CFA is closed) I made sure to pre-order and pick up the nuggets later on Saturday and popped them into the oven with the waffles the day of the party.  They were a huge hit. Make sure to have plenty of condiments and toppings on the side for your guests.  These could include, but certainly aren't limited to:

Chick-fil-A Sauce
Mayo
BBQ Sauce (Salt Lick)
Honey
Maple Syrup
Honey Mustard
Ranch
Blue Cheese
Green Onions
Hot Sauce
Sriracha
Homemade Coleslaw


Make sure to have the right serving platters and condiment dishes for a neat and organized presentation.  I love my serving ware from CB2.  Here are just few of my favorites:
 

Friday Favorites

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Kristin Jackson from The Hunted Interior's latest blog post on DIY Upholstery is great. We've always wanted to know more and eventually practicing reupholstering furniture. The post gives great tips on how to reupholster when, and pretty much only when, you feel your technique is mastered.  Of course, everything takes practice, as Kristin notes, "If you are questioning your ability, but still want to learn I suggest going to the thrift store picking up an inexpensive chair & use a muslin to practice upholstering with.  As with anything else, practice really does make perfect." We're also loving the navy check Caitlin Wilson fabric Kristin chose for this adorable chair. 

The Skinny Confidential's recipe for Watermelon Jerky. We love dried fruits and veggies and are dying to try this. Consider this dehydrator on our next Christmas list. (It's only $50!) If you're not interesting in making your own, you can buy it from Sakara Life. How cute is their packaging? Great idea for gift baskets.

PAYDAY! Aka we couldn't not buy this Carmelita Pom Pom Clutch from Tuckernuck.
Also sold here.

This Taco Bout A Party theme is too fun. We always love Studio DIY's party theme ideas. 

 

Our friend and former classmate, Sarah McBride's Tedx Talk about her journey as a transgender woman.  So proud of you Sarah! 

 These adorable canned wine spritzers. Pampelonne’s Rosé Lime flavor is made with French Muscadet infused with all natural lime, grapefruit juice, passion fruit, and sparking water.  Perfect for the beach! Can't wait to try these out at our next brunch! 

Happy Friday Everyone!

Tie-Dye Piñata Cake

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Those who know me well know I love nothing more than making my friends' birthday cakes. I've always felt like it was the best way to show someone how much I care about them.  These cakes have included a four-layer pink ombre cake with sugar letters, a cake lined with fresh roses, and even a hysterical confetti slang cake.  I do my best to have the cake fit the personality of its recipient and this fun and whimsical piñata cake was no exception. 

Side note: How cute is this striped Las Bayadas beach towel? I got mine for summer from Waiting On Martha's Shop.  

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While you can't tell from the photos, the inside of the cake was just as fun as the outside. For the cake batter, I made a marbled rainbow tie-dye with the colors of the cupcakes using this recipe.  Definitely doing this again, it was so much fun.  This piñata cake would be perfect for a summer bbq or a Cinco de Mayo party.  And for those wondering, the piñatas are filled with one of the following: a vintage toy, a riddle, sweets, a gem, a fortune, a temporary tattoo or a quote. They're also refillable! 
 

Throwing an Easter Brunch #BunniesWhoBrunch

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It's not every day you get to host a brunch for 30 of your closest friends. Last weekend, I had the absolute best time throwing a #BunniesWhoBrunch Easter celebration at Kellari Taverna here in DC! 

This was definitely an occasion where I owed a lot of my creative thinking to Pinterest. I found the most adorable Garden Party and Easter Brunch ideas.

Source:  Style Me Pretty
Source:  Ruffled Blog

Source: Ruffled Blog

Source:  MGram

Source: MGram

I snagged the adorable #BunniesWhoBrunch rabbit cut-out idea from Miss Mustard Seed. Next time, I must make them wit the roses and carnations. They are too too cute. 

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Above all else, I absolutely loved the Free Printable Wreath Name Cards courtesy of Eleven Magnolia Lane.  It was so easy using the template and PicMonkey to write my guests' names. The best part of all, was finding these adorable Bunny Place Card Holders from BHLDN. They couldn't have been more perfect for the theme. 

I had originally planned to get these circular moss placemats, but unfortunately, they wouldn't have shipped in time.  These cabbage placemats from Pier 1 are just as perfect. 

In addition to their own wreath name cards and rabbit cut-outs, each guest had their own scallop egg cup with a hot pink hard boiled egg.  Tip: Here is a great article on the Science of Dying the Perfect Easter eggs.  Also, for those wondering, baking soda gets the dye right off your hands. 

For the centerpieces, I used a variety of vase heights and flowers to create a different look for each table. Apothecary jars were filled with water and twisted pink tulips. White hydrangeas were paired with cherry blossom branches in tall vases.  Pink spray roses and white tulips were used to add both softness and dimension.  

In addition to the floral arrangements, I found these adorable moss rabbit figurines (similar) in the $1 section for well, $3 but a steal nonetheless!  Large, medium, and small moss balls were added to the tables for whimsy. Last but not least, the stacked teacup candlestick holders from Zara Home really tied everything together.  

 

Happy Easter Everyone! 

Friday Favorites

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Studio DIY's Do It Yourself Palm Print Balloons

These Tea Rose Loafers from M. Gemi ($178) as seen on Julia Engel

Ashley Kane's San Francisco Apartment Tour on The Every Girl

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My new found love and respect for hot yoga. Thanks ClassPass
Get $20 off ClassPass with my code here: http://class.ps/dHUf4

Complexion Mist c/o Primally Pure - I love the way this feels after a workout shower

Gray Malin's Latest and Greatest from St. Barths (Starting at $249)
I'll take one of each please

The new Lumineers song, "Ophelia"
Their new album Cleopatra is out April 8

Happy Friday Everyone! 

White Chocolate Birthday Cake Popcorn

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All too often I find myself wanting something sweet before bed.  Just my luck, the other night I recalled seeing some recipes on Pinterest for birthday cake popcorn.  All it took were 4 ingredients from my pantry and voilà! Happy Birthday to Me! It also happened to be my roommate's birthday the following day so I made some extra and popped in a candle! 

Ingredients 

5 cups popped popcorn
1 cup white chocolate chips
1/2 cup white cake mix
Confetti or assorted sprinkles

Instructions

  1. Pop popcorn and spread out on a paper towel, removing any kernels or burnt pieces, and place in a large bowl.
  2. Melt white chocolate in the microwave in 30 second intervals, stirring in between, until melted and smooth. (If needed: add a teaspoon or two of vegetable oil to thin out.)
  3. Stir in cake mix until smooth, then stir in about 3 teaspoons of sprinkles. Immediately pour over popcorn.
  4. Using a wooden spoon, mix the popcorn and sprinkles
  5. Pour out onto wax paper spread into a single layer. Sprinkle with a ridiculous amount of sprinkles
  6. Refrigerate until cool and combined - I love when the white chocolate is super chilled. 
Photos: Libby Living Colorfully

Photos: Libby Living Colorfully

This festive snack would be the ideal treat for parties or events as desserts or party favors.  You can also add food-dye to the white chocolate, adding an even more colorful twist. Other great toppings include m&ms, colorful marshmallows, or mini Cadbury eggs