Fall-La-La

It is finally almost here and while it may not feel like fall tempatures outside, it is starting to feel like fall inside.  Right now, I am making simple fall, not Halloween, updates around the house.

I added some new fall pillow covers in the living room and some neutral pumpkins to the entry way.  I also picked up this tortoise vase from Pottery Barn in the clearance section last week for $28 during their take additional off clearance sale.  Score!!

imageimagePlaid Pillow , Pumpkins , Vase

In the kitchen, I simply picked up a copper basket to fill with mini pumpkins, and added my favorite Halloween snack ( candy corn & sealed peanuts). More to come for Halloween in October, but for now I’m welcoming Fall with open arms and many Pumpkin Spice Lattes!

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Copper Basket old from Homegoods (similar here)

White Sangria

This past weekend, I hosted my sister’s bridal shower and needed a fun drink for the ladies so chose to make a batch of White Sangria.  It was super tasty so wanted to share the recipe with you all!

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What you will Need:

  • White Grape Juice
  • Sparkling Water
  • Strawberries
  • Blueberries
  • Fresh Basil
  • Ice Cube Trays
  • White Wine (optional)

 What to Do:

Use ice cube trays to freeze water and blueberries.  This is not only pretty but functional.  Then combine all other ingredients and let sit for about 20 minutes. Add blueberry ice cubes and you are all set.  The grape juice and sparkling water should be equal parts.  Add as much or as little fruit as preferred.  The longer the fruit sits, the sweeter the sangria becomes!  If you want to take it up another notch add white wine!!

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Drink StandDrink Dispenser

The best part is you can make a batch for a group or a single glass for wine thirty any night!

Bridal Shower!

We are currently counting down days, not weeks, until my baby sister gets married.  This weekend, I hosted her bridal shower in my home, which was a welcomed distraction to take my mind off of IVF and put my energy into something enjoyable.  I really enjoy planning and hosting, but my sweet husband in an effort to reduce my stress, hired a cleaning lady the day before, who proceeded to ask us if we were house poor…I mean WTF!!!! Clearly, she has never paid for IVF!  A new first for me in life, being judged by the cleaning lady.  We have laughed about this all weekend.  Anyways, enough rambling and bring on the photos!

For decor, I kept things very simple with lots and lots of greenery and flowers.  I actually bought all the florals at Kroger and most of the roses were from the clearance bin, so they cost me between $6-$8 per dozen.  Not bad if you ask me.  The greenery was $4-$5 per bunch.  I used 6 bunches of greenery and 4 dozen roses.   I had made my arrangements and garland for the fireplace, which took me about 40 minutes. This is one of my favorite go tos for showers. I had countless people ask me if it was real and where I bought it…success!

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Vase old (similar here), Sofa , Kitchen Chairs , Kitchen Table

For drinks, we kept things simple.  I cut up fresh mint and cucumbers and froze them into giant cubed ice cubes, to put into a dispenser for infused water.  Then I made a batch of white virgin sangria. I’ll post the recipe another time, but it looks and tastes amazing.  For a kick you just add white wine to spice it up!  I displayed these in the kitchen to keep the sticky secluded to one area.  🙂

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Cocktail Shaker , Bar Tools , Drink Stands , Drink Dispenser

For the menu my plan was to keep it light to avoid having to provide a full meal.  We had a cheese and fruit tray, lemon and fruit tarts, blueberry infused goat cheese tarts, watermelon and feta skewers and mini caprese salad skewers.  Instead of volume , I focused more on the presentation.  I ran butcher paper down our dining room table with the intentions to creatively write around the serving pieces what was on them, but…ran out of time.  I always need like 45 more minutes then I think I do.

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imageCheese Knives , Wood Platter , Flatware , Plates , Table ,

I am a firm believer that details are so super important with these types of gatherings.  I wanted to really focus on all senses so created a playlist of sweet love songs, that were covered by unknown artists and instead of playing them through an iPad or speakers, I purchased this gramophone, which made the sound so full and kind of vintage in sound (not sure if it makes sense), but I would HIGHLY recommend this product before it sells out!  I also picked up a handful of these candles from Anthropologie.  Marcy loves the smell and they tied in with the copper accents.  I LOVE them!!!

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Maxi Dress

The day was so fun and my heart is so full watching my baby sister on her journey of love to become Mrs. Douglass!

#DefinitelyDouglass

Mother’s Day Gift Guide

There is no greater love than that between a daughter and mother.  It is a special and unique relationship of unconditional mutual love.  The older I get the more I truly value the relationship with my mother: the fun times, tough love, annoying habits, holiday traditions, emotional support, etc.  Good or bad, she helped shape me into the woman I am today, so Mother’s Day serves as a way to celebrate her.  We typically keep Mother’s Day simple over here, but this year I am seriously considering getting my mom an experience gift, like this cooking class .  I have rounded up a few of my finalist for fun gifts for mom/ MIL/ Gma.

Modern Tea Pot , Recipe Box , World’s BEST Candle , Mixing Bowls

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Here’s to celebrating a wonderful mother in a few short days!

Fiesta like there’s no Mañana!

I am so excited for next week’s celebration: Cinco de Drinko  Cinco de Mayo!  I have some plans here including a taco bar, margarita bar including this skinny girl margarita recipe, cactus and loads of guac.  I rounded up a few of my favorites for a little inspiration for your fiesta.

Mexican Blankets , Party Balloons , Guac Tee , Margarita Glasses

Hipity Hopity

…Easters on its way! We will be hosting this year, so you guessed it…planning is underway.  What I am thinking is a Sunday brunch following church versus a big production dinner.  One, I still suck at cooking and second, I need to spend Sunday evening packing for Atlanta for work.  So, that being said, for the table setting, I am thinking white casual dinnerware with touches of soft pinks, but to shake it up add some bold flatware.  Every table setting needs some va va voom!

Napkins , Dinnerware , Bunny , FlatwareFlutes

I also am planning on purchasing our kitchen nook furniture over the next 2 weeks. IF…Joanna Gaines would hurry up and release her furniture line that would be AMAZING!  I am waiting in anticipation and have already picked my table and am patiently waiting to purchase.  Below is what I am thinking for future state…

Chairs, Table Pictured but link is TBD

Finally, the menu…

*Fresh squeezed orange juice, mimosas and iced coffee

*Blueberry French Toast Bake

Breakfast Casserole

*Fruit Salad with honey and powdered sugar

Any other menu items I should add to our brunch menu?  I need easy ones…nothing crazy!

 

Super Bowl Sunday

We hosted my in laws this weekend for the Super Bowl.  This was our first mini-event in our new home.  We made tacos, salsa and guacamole ( because you know I’m all about that guac!) as well as homemade cookies rocking the Broncos’ colors!

Drink Stand , Bowl , Wood Drink Trough , hobnail glasses old ( similar here )

We also made our first big furniture purchase over the weekend from Restoration Hardware’s warehouse sale.  If you live in the DFW area you HAVE to check this out.  This $3500+ farm table was ours for $1100 and it is in GREAT condition.  (warehouse located in North Richland Hills).  As I was channeling my inner Joanna Gaines (Fixer Upper reference), I also took home an awesome chandelier for $274, that my husband will be installing this weekend.

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Light , Table

We are also shopping living room furniture currently and excited for what is in store for this space in the future.  Also needing to find some dining room chairs before Easter. (And plates, napkins, decor, blinds, flatware, etc.).  Any ideas on the perfect charcoal paint either?