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Party Planning

Fourth Of July Party Inspo

Events, EntertainingLibby RasmussenComment

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

Entertaining, FoodLibby RasmussenComment

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:
 

Throwing an Easter Brunch #BunniesWhoBrunch

Entertaining, EventsLibby RasmussenComment

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! 

How to: Hanami AKA Picnic Beneath the Cherry Blossoms

EntertainingLibby RasmussenComment

Today we read that the cherry blossoms here in Washington DC are very close to their peak and we can't think of a better idea than to plan for a picnic at the Tidal Basin.  So grab your girlfriends, some snacks & rosé and enjoy spring!

Fun fact: Hanami means "cherry blossom viewing" or enjoying the blossoms, in Japanese. 

Gold Pineapple Paper Plates 
Blue Marbled Paper Plates and Cups 
Gold Foil Straws 
Kate Spade Grass Blanket 
Picnic Basket

Target Gold Plastic Flatware 
Goddess Garden Sunscreen
 Fruit Party Picks 
Kate Spade Floral Picnic Blanket 
Buzzed Cocktail Napkins 

We're loving all of the great home decor items that Tuckernuck has right now! The cups, plates, and embroidered buzzed! napkin were a fun find as well.   

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White Girl Rosé  Lobster Roll Recipe Cherry Blossom Georgetown Cupcakes 
Fruit Salad Cheese and Crackers San Pellegrino

Toucan Hats Fedora 
Persifor Bluebird Dress
Persifor Tilly Pants
Gretchen Scott Turquoise Cashmere Scarf

Blaque Label Full Print Skirt 
Southern Proper Striped Caroline Flats 
Finders Keepers Stripe Playsuit 
Mar y Sol Crocheted Clutch 
KREWE du optic Toroise Sunglasses

Tuckernuck's Spring Lifestyle Guide Launched this week and is full of fab spring and summer pieces.  This Full Print Floral Skirt is on my wishlist. Check out the dress too!  

Now, sit back and enjoy the beauty of the Tidal Basin! One note: while picnics take a little more effort to plan, it becomes easy when everyone brings 2-3 items, and even better, it's typically cheaper than brunch! Tip: To avoid the crowds, here are some other great spots in DC to enjoy the blossoms. 

Happy Spring! 

PS - If you're as obsessed as I am about Tuckernuck, be sure to follow them on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

 

  

Lastly, can we talk about how amazing this Instagram is? Make sure to check out more of @someguy's amazing DC photography!

Fantastic sunrise this morning at peak bloom of the Cherry Blossoms 🌸👌 #igdc

A photo posted by Andy Feliciotti 🔥 (@someguy) on

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