Bash / Sparkling Raspberry Cocktail

I’m not even going to pretend that I don’t love sparkling wine.  Prosecco, Cava, Champagne.  No matter here it’s from, I simply love bubbles.  The best part is that I still find drinking it special.  Every occasion where bubbles are present feels like a delightful treat.

I came across this drink recipe on Apartment 34.  I used raspberries that I froze this summer and put sugar on the rim instead of the sugar raspberries to simplify.  Let me know what you think.

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Sparkling Raspberry Cocktail

Ingredients:

1 bottle of Champagne

1 cup of raspberries

Dash of St. Germain

Sugar

Red food coloring

Saucer style champagne glasses

On a small plate, mix 3T finely granulated sugar with 1 drop of red food coloring until the sugar forms a dark pink color.  Set aside.  Blend the raspberries in a blender.  Once blended, strain the raspberries through a fine strainer to get your raspberry puree.  Wet the rim of the champagne glass on a plate of warm water.  Dip it in so just the rim gets wet.  Next dip the glass in the sugar mixture so it coat evenly around the rim. Add 2T of the puree to each glass.  Add a splash of St. Germain.  Top  the glass off with Champagne.  Enjoy!

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Happy Thanksgiving!

There is so much to be thankful for this year.  Health, family, friends, the direction my life is going, that I’m marrying my lovely man this year…and I could continue.  There is only good in my life right now and for that I am extremely thankful because I know that is not always the case.   A very happy and healthy Thanksgiving from me to you.

One of my favorite Thanksgiving tablescapes to inspire:

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Thanks Apartment 34 for these beautiful images.

Seeing it Everywhere / Gold Geometry

I’m on trend and don’t even know it.  I am in the midst of planning our wedding (!!!) and given my love of all things paper, petal and bash *wink* I’m sure you can understand how fun and difficult all the decisions can be.

I came across these gold cubes on CB2 and thought they could be a great prop for table decor, hanging behind the alter or as a general theme.

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CB2. $16.95 CA for the set.

Then my friend showed me these escort cards.

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When I saw them, it solidified my decision to use a gold, geometric pattern as a theme.  Plus wouldn’t these make a great DIY?  Here are some other goodies I’ve found that I’m excited to incorporate.

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Sphere hanging mobile.  CB2.  $39.95 CA.

The florist we’re using has this piece she used for another wedding.  Perfect, right?

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Here are a few other ideas I’m not sure if I’m using but are cute nonetheless.

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Bash / My Own

It’s the ultimate bash.  Our wedding.  R and I are excited for so many reasons – declaring our love and lifelong commitment in front of our family and friends, having all of those people in one place, a honeymoon 😉  But let’s be honest, I am pretty darn excited about the paper, the petals and obviously, the bash.  The funny thing is, for a lady who covets event ideas like I do, planning my own wedding is totally overwhelming.

We decided on a short engagement so we have a number of things figured out already:

  • Goal: a super fun party with our family and friends
  • Vibe: casual, elegant and representative of us
  • Things I care about: colorful flowers, unique paper goods, people having a good time, the whole thing ‘coming together’, DIY’s
  • Things R cares about: great food, that everyone dances, having an open bar, that the flowers are not ‘girly’, no boutonnière
  • Things I don’t care about: the exact flowers, band vs. dj, desserts, favors/welcome bags/things-that-cost-a-lot-of-money-that-no-one-cares-about,
  • Things R doesn’t care about: decor details (yes!), DIY’s (double yes!), being involved in the details
  • Details: yellow, teal, hot pink, black and white stripes, sparkly gold. Secondary colors: jewel tones.

Here is the vibe board I put together.  I use pinterest but wanted something that with one quick glance, would help anyone understand what we’re going for.

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I’m so excited to marry R!!!

Seeing it Everywhere / Decorate with Leaves

One of the most affordable ways to create fall decor is to use what we have.  I have a lawn.  My lawn has trees on it.  Thus I have free decor right outside my doorstep.  It can be as simple as putting a branch in a pretty vase or going one step further and painting or hanging the foliage you find.

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I love this image I got from Bri’s instagram.  Great idea and awesome expression.

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Bash / Craigslist Wish list

Pinterest.  Facebook.  Craigslist.  Those are my go to guilt pleasure check them multiple times daily website.  There are TONS of other site I look at too, but those three are the simple, mindless, sure things in my book.

Part ‘Bash’ is my event rental company.  I am always looking for new items folks will flip over for their weddings, birthday parties or special events.  Here are a few I am currently considering:

Morris ChairThis piece could be pretty cool as part of a lounge set up.  The yellow and grey colors are really in right now.  I might consider painting the frame white to make it a bit more modern.  $75.

shabby benchThis bench is just the type of thing I like to have on hand.  I think the $75 price tag is a bit steep.  I could get some table or chair legs, distress them and attach them to a nice piece of cedar for the same look at a quarter of the price.

ottomanThis ottoman is a steal at $20.  I would keep the wood as is but likely change the fabric to something more funky, mod but neutral like this one:

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Pine side tables

This pair of side tables would be great at a wedding for escort cards (attach a few rows of wires horizontally below the dowel) or for thank you favors.  I would change the knobs, possible paint them a smokey grey (using this chalk board paint) and see what they would look like without the doors on them.

green chairThis chair is a no brainer.  I wouldn’t do anything to it at all.  $10.

Bash / Summer Party Favors

Summer schedule fill up quickly with bar-b-q’s, parties, and events.  I wanted to come up with a few inexpensive summer-inspired hostess gifts and party favors so I never show up empty handed and my guests always leave with a little more then they came with.

Farm fresh tomatoes.  Inexpensive, unexpected and so good they might not make it home.

Wrap up sidewalk chalk in wax paper for a perfect kid-friendly gift.

I love these wood containers – they are $2.99 for a pack of 4 at Michael’s.

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More fruit to go courtesy of Martha.  Cherries in little white bags.  Use pattern edge scissors to make a plain bag special.

herbs

I received potted herbs as a hostess gift and it was such a creative gift idea I have been using it ever since.  Some garden stores have pre-made pots with 2 or 3 different herbs already planted and they go for as little as $8.99.

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Bash / Caipirinha

In honor of our upcoming trip I thought we should get our taste buds excited for the food and beverages of Brazil.  [OMG I AM SO EXCITED!!!  Sorry…side note.]  Brazil’s national cocktail is the Caipirinha which is a combination of muddled lime, sugar, and Cachaça served over ice.  Cachaça is similar to rum except Cachaça is made with sugarcane while rum is made with molassas.

Caipirinha

Take a good size lime, cut it into 8 wedges, and place 4 wedges in a rocks glass

Add two teaspoons of sugar, mash the lime and sugar with a muddler for 15 seconds

Add crushed ice up to the rim of the glass

Add two ounces of Cachaça, stir thoroughly, and garnish with a lime wedge

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Recipe: here

Bash / Cinco de Mayo DIY’s

Tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo and though historically we are celebrating the Mexican Army’s unlikely victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla traditionally and socially its a day to enjoy the rich food and traditions of our neighbors to the South.  We are having friends over tonight for a little fiesta and I made these garlands to hang around the house. Here is the DIY from Oh Happy Day!  Have a great weekend!

PS  It is also the Kentucky Derby this weekend.  Cinco de Derby!  Here is a great mint julep recipe:

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2 oz bourbon whiskey (I use Makers Mark)

1/2 oz simple syrup or a level teaspoon of sugar

2 fresh mint sprigs

Gently bruise 1 spring of mint in the bottom of glass with the simple syrup or sugar. Fill the glass with crushed ice and add half the bourbon.  Stir.  Top with more crushed ice and the other half of the bourbon.  Garnish with the second mint sprig.  Serve with a straw.

But don’t forget to use your mint julep cups!  During the year I use mine as vases.  They finally get to fulfill their mint julep destiny.

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