Summer is right around the corner. So, the social events will be moving outdoors. Keep things cool with these refreshing cocktail trends.
Yes, champagne walls are still going strong. I love this idea because it's a double duty element. Not only will your guests enjoy a drink, they'll love posing in front of this design feature. Take things a step further by also making this display your seating chart. That's three jobs, score!
Curated cocktails can add a personal touch to any event. They're a delicious way to showcase someone's personality or represent a brand. The key is to also reference a shared experience when crafting your beverage, such as: the current season, holiday, or another element that links your guests together. Finally, give your cocktail a catchy name that ties into the theme of your party.
Cocktails To Go
My favorite parting gifts are the ones people will actually use. A good favor should also feel like an extension of the party. A to-go cocktail is not only practical, but easy to DIY. So, get out your favorite drink recipe and send your guests home with a party in a glass!
I hope this inspires you to try something new at your next event. Be sure your guests are 21 or over, and please drink responsibly.
Until next time,
Today's Valentine's Day post is perfect for my procrastinators and introverts. I've compiled a list of date night ideas you can do from the comfort of your own home. Check it out below:
1. Skill Share
Why not share something you're passionate about with the one you love? Whether it be photography, playing an instrument, or culinary gifts, the level of intimacy between teacher and student is undeniable.
2. Win Me Over
This one is a ton of fun. Especially if you love to argue a point. Prior to date night, you will select a series of topics (keep it playful). Consider subjects like, most dynamic R&B group of the 90s, best Leonardo DiCaprio movie, or the ultimate after school snack. Then, craft your argument for each topic (visual aids are encouraged). Not only do you get insight into the way your partner thinks, but, you will also, learn random, useless, trivia facts👍🏾. So, cater the topics to suit your personalities (get as spicy as you'd like) and I promise you will be thoroughly entertained.
3. Blindfolded Tasting
Are you a foodie? Can you taste the subtle notes of despair, when you've reached the bottom of your French fries? Then, you'll love this one. Get a pair of blindfolds, or use a necktie or pantyhose (a la Christian Grey). Then, prepare an assortment of foods to feed your partner. Be sure to incorporate different flavors and textures. Also, think up interesting ways to serve each item, make sure the kids aren't home😉.
This one's pretty straight forward. It's just food, and, well, the floor. Incorporate mood lighting, music, or even a movie. Make it as romantic or as raunchy as you please. Seriously, you can't mess it up. There's a reason why it's a classic.
5. Renos & Romance
This one is perfect for couples that live together. If you're good with your hands, or fancy a design challenge, try taking on a small renovation together. Create a feature wall in the family room, or reupholster that side chair in the den. Just make sure it's a project you'll work well together on (please, no power tools if you will be drinking)!
6. Paint and Portraits
Nothing says love, like immortalization. Remember that one scene in Titanic? So, break out the canvas and paint or sketchpad and get a glimpse of yourself through your partner's eyes. For some added fun, try using body paint and let your partner be the canvas (FYI this can get a bit messy).
7. Recreate The Date
A date so nice, you'd make it twice. Choose a memorable date as inspiration ( it doesn't have to be the first) and recreate a few key moments. You can get really creative, since it'll take place at home. Make the night extra special by incorporating mementos from the original date.
I hope you've found a date idea to suit you and your significant other. Remember to be creative, thoughtful and have fun! Happy Valentine's Day.
Until next time,
Is it me or did January feel extra long this year? Anyhow, we're finally in February and I'm so excited to get into the spirit of Valentine's Day. Today I'm sharing 5 things I do every Valentine's Day to cater to myself. Hopefully you'll be inspired to do something special for yourself this year!
I cannot stress how rewarding it is to honor the body in this way. There's a certain magic that occurs when we treat our vessels well. I mean the self esteem boost alone is worthwhile. Though there are endless ways to tend to the body, I focus on my nails. As someone who works with her hands, I typically don't invest in "fancy nails". However, when V-Day rolls around I make sure my fingers and toes are perfectly polished.
I truly believe that chocolate makes the heart smile (that's not medical advice 🤭). I always indulge in a sweet treat for Valentine's Day because my tastebuds deserve some love too. From gourmet goodies to decadent desserts, there's always room for a tasty delight.
There's nothing like the feeling of luxurious fabrics against the skin. Whether it be a satin pillowcase, cashmere throw, or silk pajamas, I always treat myself to a gift made of fine threads.
4. Celebrate Love
Who can resist a good love story? I'm no different. For Valentine's Day, I enjoy watching romantic movies. No matter how cheesy, I always delight in the joy a budding romance brings (even if it's not mine). Celebrating the love stories of others always helps me cherish my own.
5. Celebrate Myself
It's so easy to get bogged down by negative self-talk in this fast pace society we live in. While we should always be vigilant in quieting that voice, Valentine's Day is the perfect time to write yourself a love letter. Before I go to sleep, I write the following message (please feel free to copy):
Dear [Your name],
Thank you for...
I really like the way you...
You're so good at...
You've worked really hard on...
I'm excited to see you...
I'm proud of your...
I absolutely love your...
You have the best...
Whichever way you choose, be sure to love and honor yourself this Valentine's Day.
Until Next Time,
Hello, My Loves,
It's getting quite chilly here, in NYC, as we gear up for the holiday season. Check out these practical party trends to keep it cute and cozy during your Christmas celebrations.
1. Hot Chocolate Station
This one is tons of fun for kids and adults alike. The key is to start with quality hot chocolate and build from there. Add a few syrups and spices that compliment your chocolate flavor. Next, add some fun toppings to further enhance the experience. Lastly, create a cute display that's easily accessible for your guests.
2. Chili Bar
This one is perfect for those extra cold, winter nights. Nothing warms the body and soul like a delicious bowl of chili. Start off with a pot of your favorite chili (incorporate multiple flavor options for some added variety). Then, add an array of toppings (cheese, fresh vegetables/herbs, sour cream etc.). Finish up with an assortment of complimentary sides e.g., French fries, naan, tortilla chips or cornbread.
3. Grilled Cheese Station
I love the versatility of this one. Seriously, you can really get creative with the ingredients. Start with a selection of breads. Then, provide an array of cheeses (preferably ones that melt well). Be sure to include some fillers e.g., bacon, tomatoes, jalapeños, etc. Lastly, provide dipping options. Tomato soup, maple syrup and garlic butter are amongst the most popular.
4. Cozy Blankets & Throws
I love how cute and practical this trend is. Not only will it enhance your festive decor, but, also doubles as a beautiful parting gift. Take it a step further and have your blankets embroidered for a more personal touch.
5. "Jammy" Jam
This one is both comfy and cozy. Kin to the ugly sweater trend, matching pajamas are back in a major way. Enforce this festive dress code for a fun, laid back gathering. Not to mention the most epic party photos ever! If the PJ trend just isn't your thing, opt for festive holiday socks instead (perfect for a shoe-free home).
I hope these trends help you get into the Holiday spirit! Find more on how to create them here.
Until next time,
Hey you guys,
Spring has officially sprung, and outdoor party season is underway. Check out these 3 tips to level up your next garden party or springtime event. Find photo inspiration at the end.
1. Enforce a Festive Dress Code:
Aesthetically speaking, a good dress code is crucial to a garden party. Just picture it, a sea of bold prints and vibrant colors flooding the room. Not only does this make for perfect photographs, but it fosters a cheerful environment.
2 Fresh Flowers for Garnishing:
Nothing says garden party like fresh flowers. In addition to your centerpieces and displays, try adding florals in more unexpected ways. Fresh edible flowers atop salads, desserts, and cocktails, are always a big hit. Floral ice cubes are also a crowd favorite. It's amazing how impactful freezing fresh herbs, fruit, and edible flowers in water can be.
3. Botanical Favors:
Living plants and petite floral arrangements make great garden party favors. Not only will they make the event look beautiful, your guests will enjoy a gift they can actually use. Take things up a notch by creating an on-site flower shop, allowing your guests to create their own bouquets, and floral accessories.
I hope you're inspired to incorporate some of these colorful ideas into your next event!
Until next time,
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Hey you guys.
Today I want to get into the importance of holiday traditions. As a mom, I'm always looking for cool ways to make memories with my little one. I love hearing the excitement in his voice, as he anticipates activities throughout the holiday season. Below, I've listed some fun ways you can start making Christmas traditions of your own...
Deck The Halls
Decorating not only gets you into the holiday spirit, it's also a great way to implement family traditions. Back when I used to celebrate Thanksgiving, my sisters and I would always go to the movies after dinner. The following day we'd start decorating for Christmas, since school was out. We'd put up the tree, and switch the living room decor to match our holiday color scheme. Sometimes, we would make paper snowflakes and paste them in the windows. I always looked forward to this as a kid. So, instead of randomly putting up the tree each year. Reserve a special date for everyone to get excited about.
In The Kitchen
As a true yardie, there are two Caribbean treats I'm guaranteed each year, an Easter Bun, and a Christmas Rum Cake. I can still remember my grandmother pulling out a large jar of rum soaked fruits each holiday season in preparation for the cake. Are there any special Christmas treats in your culture? Why not try your hand at making one? Don't worry, epic fails make the best stories. But, if baking really isn't your thing, there are plenty of options when it comes to pre-made cookie dough. Gather the family, and decorate them for a fun holiday activity.
Out And About
Traditions don't have to take place at home. Ice skating at Riverbank, shopping followed by hot chocolate in the city, or driving through a Christmas village, are all awesome activities for making memories during the holidays. I recently took my little one to Holiday Lights at the Bronx Zoo. In addition to all the beautiful lights, and performances, we made s'mores, and rode the holiday train. Weekend getaways at the cabin are another fun option. But, if you simply despise the cold, Christmas on the beach also works well. You can be that family that vacations in the tropics for the holidays.
Let The Games Begin
Not only is it important to include the little ones in the activities, you should empower them to create traditions also. My little guy is really into Nintendo's Super Mario. So, when LEGO did a collaboration with the franchise, we were all over it. Now, we rebuild each set around Christmas, creating a new world each day, We end on Christmas Eve, when he's allowed to open the latest addition. We then, run through the entire course. So, let your little one take center stage and come up with a cool tradition based on their interests.
Lastly, schedule a movie marathon. Spend the day watching all your favorite holiday movies. If your schedule doesn't allow for a full on marathon, plan a few movie nights instead. With all the streaming services available, you're sure to find something to watch (Disney+ has all the good stuff). Add some gourmet popcorn and theater snacks to create the perfect viewing experience.
I hope this inspires you to create some awesome traditions, you and your family will enjoy for years to come!
Until next time,
Hey you guys.
Is anyone else a bit of a late bird?
If you tend to fall behind schedule during the holidays, then, find yourself playing kitchen door bouncer... Try this pre dinner platter to please your hungry, dinner, guests.
At the core, are three simple recipes (all linked below), bacon wrapped dated, zucchini chips, and garlic bread. Then, simply add one type of vegetable, a fruit (fresh or dried), a bit of cheese, and some nuts. Finish is off with some type of sauce, or dip, that compliments at least 2-3 items on the platter.
The concept is derived from your basic charcuterie board or graze box. However, I find that adding cooked items, takes it to another level. Also, the majority of items can be portioned out by specified amounts, which makes shopping and prep simpler. While you can create a large platter or board for serving, I prefer using smaller vessels, for each guest (as pictured above).
Recipe for Cheese Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates
I hope you give these recipes a try. I promise, they will not disappoint.
Until next time,
Hey you guys.
Today I'm sharing one of my favorite holiday drink recipes. It's like eggnog, with a twist. So if you like creamy, milk based beverages, this one's right up your alley... or chimney🥴
Hey you guys!
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas 🎶. So, I'm sharing a few tips on how to fill your home with the holiday spirit.
1. Holiday Scents
An easy way to prep your home for the holidays is to incorporate traditional holiday fragrances, Scented candles and Essential Oil diffusers are a quick way to fill the room with Christmas cheer. Another way to introduce holiday smells is with scented hand wash. Get a refreshing whiff of peppermint or pine every time you wash your hands. If you're not into traditional holiday smells, simply switching up the scents around your home will make for a pleasant surprise. I've switched from linen breeze to sandalwood and it has been quite the treat.
2. Merry & Light
Lighting is a perfect way to set the mood for the holidays. Candles add a beautiful glow to any space (try going battery operated for added safety). String lights aren't just for decorating the tree. Add them around your home for a whimsical flair. Once the sun goes down, power up the lights, and relax.
3. Cozy Up
With temperatures dropping, it's time to break out the faux fur and chunky, knit, throw blankets. Try adding them to your living room, bedrooms, and any other areas you like to get cozy in. Not only are they practical, they add warmth and texture to your space. Another way to get cozy this holiday season is with loungewear. Get out your polar fleece, and thermal knits, in your favorite holiday prints. Finish the look with some fluffy house slippers to stay cute, and cozy throughout the season.
4. Sounds of The Season
In addition to your favorite holiday playlist, try introducing some natural sounds into the mix. Nothing says Christmas like the sound of a crackling fire. If you don't have a fireplace, turn your TV into one (via YouTube). I've linked some of my favorites below. Blizzards are also right in line with the season. I've linked some of those as well.
5. Festive Treats
Lastly, bring in some holiday flavors with a few festive treats. Swap the sweets in your candy dish with some peppermint bark or candy canes. Also, try adding some holiday themed syrups and creamers to your coffee bar, to create the perfect holiday beverage. This tip is not only festive, but, delicious too.
I hope these tips get you right into the spirit of the holidays☺️
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Today we're closing out the Valentine's Day blog with this charming table for two. This simple, inexpensive tablescape is perfect for a quiet night in with your love. The understated design allows you to keep the focus on each other, and maybe ask a special question...
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