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Last minute Cinco de Mayo fiesta tips

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Happy Cinco de Mayo! A week of preparation and the day is finally here, we are ready to fiesta like there is no manana!

Normally, I have my whole party planned but I always find myself scrambling for just a few last minute details I discover on Pinterest the morning of my party.

Here are some of my absolute favorites that I could not throw a fiesta without:

Sombrero Sugar Cookies

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As if the dessert table wasn’t festive enough, I had to add these cute cookies into the mix. Have a sombrero cookie decorating contest or prep them before to scatter throughout the table with the oreo tacos! 

Chalkboard Art

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Who knew a simple chalkboard could add so much to a party?! No matter the occasion we are thanking the home decor gods for this accent piece. Use it as a sign in your yard or to label the food.

Glass Bottle Sodas + Sombreros= OLE!

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I love the look and taste of glass bottle soda. I’m not sure what it is but soda out of a glass bottle tastes 110% better to me. Pair with mini sombrero toppers for a festive accent that is sure to pop!

Perfect Place Settings

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With all this talk about food and party decor it is easy to over look the table settings. I’m adding spice to my table by labeling each seat with a hot pepper! The green pepper accents pair perfectly with the bright colors on the table!

Pinata Napkins

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Never underestimate the power of a clever napkin. This one is HILARIOUS and perfect to pair with a tequila bar.

I would LOVE to see how your fiesta turns out so please share images with me!

Taco bout a party! Happy Cinco de Mayo!

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Our Holiday Gift Guide!

Figuring out what to get your friends and family can be stressful (especially if you’re like me, and always try to top last year’s presents). But, have no fear. We’re here to help! Check out our holiday gift guide below – sure to have something for every personality on your list!

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The DIY-er: The Winter Trunk
For Him: Hair of the Dog Flask
For Her: Love the Wine You’re With Canteen
The Host/Hostess: Recycled Barn Metal “Gather” Sign
The Fashionista: The Campbell Throw
The Green Thumb: Terrace Carrier
Four-legged Friends: Fresh American Trimarian Striped Wouf

 

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5 Last Minute Ideas for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays, I love that families and friends all throughout the country come together to connect, feast and be thankful for all their blessings.  Thanksgiving does not get overshadowed by presents, Santa Claus and the mad rush to get it all done.  Thanksgiving is truly about people, a long meal, sipping spirits, the family nap all sprawled out through the living room in a complete turkey coma, conversations, long autumn walks.  For me, it all comes down to this…Connection. There are so many ways to connect on Thanksgiving Day so I wanted to offer up a few last minute ideas to make the most out of this thankful holiday.

 

1.  The Thankful Tree.  I am obsessed with the thankful tree. It is so simple and such a great addition to your Thanksgiving decor.  Simply collect some branches from your yard, I love Manzanita branches as they have an organic look.  Any branch will do ( you could also spray paint the branch) to  go with your decor.  Cut out fun shapes on some vintage paper and have your guests write down what they are thankful for and tie with raffia to the branches.  A great way to share what you are thankful for with all your guests.

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2.  Giving Garland- I am a little bias as I made these for our Thanksgiving Trunk.  The giving garland is made of jute twine, tied a both ends and simply attached with different questions to the twine.  Questions such as “What is something that always makes you happy?” String the giving garland through your Thanksgiving centerpiece to create positive conversation during your holiday feast. Simple. Easy. Fun.

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3.  Teepee Centerpieces- You can’t forget about the kids.  While the turkey is in the oven, have the kids get a little crafty.  All you need is card stock paper, some paints, a few sticks and a little glue.  Let your kids get creative and when they are done display them on your Thanksgiving table. It makes a great conversation starter.

 

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4.  Mini Pumpkin Succulent Centerpieces.  Thank you Living Locuroto, I love this idea so much that I had to share it. Great last minute ideas, So simple, so modern, so chic.

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5.  Dawl up the Punch Bowl- Don’t be afraid to put the Thanksgiving touches on all festivities.  All it takes is some acorns, a few oak leaves, a little twine and you have the organic touches of Thanksgiving. Dipping pumpkins and fruit in metallic paint is also a fun addition. Get your party talking before you sit down at the table, it just takes a few festive touches.

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Here’s to your last minute Thanksgiving crafts! Get inspired. Be crafty and make the most out of this Thanksgiving holiday.

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Tipsy Tuesday: Big-Batch Holiday Cocktail

The holidays bring people together to gather and be merry, finding that perfect cocktail to serve a large crowd is not always an easy task.  Thanks to the Spiced Blood Orange Champagne Punch, your holiday festivities are  not only festive but seriously merry. The flavors get you in the mood  for the holidays and your guests ready to celebrate the season.

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Spiced Blood Orange Champagne Punch
Serves 3 to 5

Ingredients:
3 cups freshly squeezed blood orange juice or store bought 100% blood orange juice
3 tablespoons sugar
1 cinnamon stick
2 whole star anise
1 cup  dry white wine
1 (500ml) bottle brut champagne, chilled

Directions:
1. Place the blood orange juice, sugar, cinnamon and star anise in a small pot and bring to a boil, over medium-high heat.
2. Once the mixture begins to boil, reduce the heat to medium/medium-low and simmer until the liquid has reduced by half, 30 to 40 minutes.
3. While the mixture is still hot, stir in the white wine until completely combined. Allow to cool before placing in the refrigerator to chill, at least 2 hours.
4. When ready to serve, place 3 tablespoons of the blood orange mixture into the bottom of each glass and top with chilled champagne (about ½ way to 2/3 of the way full). Serve!

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Crack the Baileys – It’s the holidays!

What is more seasonal than your bottle of Baileys? Right? November rolls around and the bottle of Baileys is making it into the coffee cup before 8 a.m. :) It’s the ultimate kick off to the holiday season. I only drink Baileys during the holidays and for me it gives me that burst of holiday joy. I remember when I was a child, every Christmas Eve my parents poured a shot of Baileys in their fancy liqueur glasses and sat under the Christmas tree to toast the season. The Baileys still finds its way at the end of our holiday meals for cozy memories around a crackling fire.baileys_original_irish_cream

My bottle hit the fridge this week so expect my morning coffee to be spiked and my seasonal spirit to be in full swing.  In celebration of the classic bottle of Baileys, I wanted to share with you a few twists of the tasty Irish Cream.

1.  Have you tried Baileys in your hot chocolate? Spike it up

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2.  Next time you are roasting a marshmallow, think about dipping it into a little bit of heaven.

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3.  What about adding to your brownies?

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4.  Spike up your Fudge…

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5.  Start your morning out right… don’t be afraid to get a little saucy with your pancakes.

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Hail to the bottle of Baileys!

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Tipsy Tuesday: The Drunken Pumpkin Pie

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This is the perfect cocktail to serve for your next Halloween party.  The name says it all, “The Drunken Pumpkin Pie” drink a few of these and you might find yourself drunken in a pumpkin patch. He He. :)

Here’s the Details:

Before your friends arrive, rim several martini glasses and shooter glasses with cinnamon and crushed graham crackers, and line them up on your bar. Then just scatter a few plastic spiders around and let your friends shake up their own bewitching cocktail.

Drunken Pumpkin Pie
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½ cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 tsp. powdered cinnamon
½ cup graham crackers, finely crushed
2 oz. vanilla vodka
1 oz. coffee-flavored rum
.75 oz Irish cream

1. Bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil, stirring until the sugar dissolves. Remove from heat and drop in a cinnamon stick. Set aside, and let cool. (Once cool, discard the cinnamon stick.)

2. Combine the powdered cinnamon and graham cracker crumbs in a shallow bowl or saucer. Dampen the rim of a martini glass with water, and dip it into the graham cracker mixture.

3. In a shaker with ice, mix the vanilla vodka, coffee-flavored rum, Irish cream and .25 oz. cinnamon simple syrup. Shake and strain it into the rimmed glass.

 

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Unique ways to Hang a Wreath

OK, I admit it, I am wreath obsessed.  I am the “queen” of seasonal wreaths. It’s the first thing I do when I start to decorate for the season. I think my neighborhood is quietly saying, “here she goes again, let the decorating begin!” They all know that when I hang my wreath, its game on…seasonal decorating is in the house.  So this week, I decided I was going to give y’all a dose of my wreath love!

First, I wanted to share with you my excitement. I got to design my very own wreath this season!  Whoot Whoot.  I had the vision of creating a white wreath this year that could easily move from fall to winter, my friends at Urban Farm Girls were so kind to help me with this.  We came up with this white birch living wreath that is completely unique and one-of-a-kind me.  Thank you Urban Farm Girls for listening to my vision and creating such beauty.  My wreath obsession is now at a different level. Love it.

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I wanted to share a few unique ways to hang a wreath:

1.  Burlap ribbon. You often see wreaths suspended from a beautiful piece of ribbon, but not necessary burlap ribbon. I personally love this look and adds a touch of that farmhouse feel that the fall season is all about.  The key to hanging a wreath from a ribbon is to allow for enough length, always measure before cutting your ribbon. Loop the ribbon through the back of the wreath, join ends, fold over about a 1/2 inch and secure to the top of your door with thumbtacks.

 

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2.  Hang from the side of a door.  I think this works great when hanging wreaths indoors, could be a fun entry into your bedroom.  Wrap the ribbon tightly all around the door and secure with a thumbtack on each side of the door.

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3.  Vintage Window Frame. Thank you Funky Junk Interiors for this fun idea using old windows.  I love mixing the new with the old, this vintage window is the perfect frame for this festive wreath.  All you need is a little creativity.

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4. Large Scaled Wreaths.  Wreaths can be hung everywhere to capture the look of fall.  I love this large scaled wreath hung on this barn to create the look of fall throughout this property. It can transition from fall to winter by just adding lights.

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5.  Take it to the coop. Chickens need wreath love too. Don’t limit decorating to your home, take it out to the chicken coop. Dried wreaths are a great way to dress up your coop, they last all year long.  Scatter for an assorted dried look, I especially love drying my herbs from my garden and creating my own wreaths.

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I hope this has inspired you to become a little wreath obsessed like me.

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How to Decorate with Indian Corn

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Everywhere I went this weekend, I noticed Indian Corn.  You know that fall is in the air when the truck loads of Indian Corn start rolling into town.  Usually, I pile up the Indian Corn in a wooden vessel and place in the center of my dining room table.  Although I still love that look, I wanted to get a little more creative this year with the vibrant dried grain.

You can pick up Indian Corn just about anywhere during the fall season.  Your local grocer usually carries it in their floral section alongside their pile of pumpkins.  Most pumpkin patches, farmers markets and roadside stands carry the affordable fall accent. This season don’t just load up on pumpkins, spice it up with a little more kick.

Unique Ways to decorate with your Indian Corn:

1.  Garland. How cute is that.  The husk was removed from the corn and strung along a piece of twine to create a perfect indoor or outdoor garland to welcome fall.

2.  Bird House. Now this takes a little more skill, but this is something you can keep up all year long, the birds love it.

3.  Pile up that Indian Corn in a wooden vessel. I love using old apple crates to create a rustic vibe. This looks works great indoors or out.

4.  Bunch up your Indian Corn, fluff up the husk and tie it up with some twine, you can tie it onto just about anything.  I like how it looks on this teal hutch.

5.  Decorate your harvest table with Indian Corn and a scented candle.  Remove the corn from the husk and place in a  glass vessel, I like using more vibrant colored corn to really pick up the fall colors.  Place a candle  on the corn and your harvest table is ready for its bountiful feast.

6.  Pumpkins and Indian Corn in a vintage inspired wire basket.  No need to place perfectly, throw them in for a very farmers market look.

7.  Pick the most vibrant colored Indian Corn you can find. I love these colors in the above photo collage.

8.  Get creative. Loving this pitchfork artsy take as your fall greeter.  Very unique.  Very fun.

Enjoy your creativity, have fun accenting your home with this fabulous fall treat!

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Fall Decorating 101 – Get Fall Ready!

 

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Last night I got a touch of Fall Fever.  The decorating bug took over as I climbed in the attic and pulled down those orange and black boxes labeled fall decor and went to town on my house. I laughed, I danced, I sang, I was in the zone… the decorating zone. So much fun I had to share.

Here are my tips to make fall decorating a snap this year:

1.  Pour a glass of wine, crank up the tunes, it’s time to have a little fun! Getting in the zone is my favorite part about decorating for the season.  Play festive music, light some candles, dance around the house, get your fall vibe on.  It’s all about the energy you put into it, you’ll stand back and look at your work and not only remember how much fun you had, but how much focus and energy you gave to your project.

2.  The fall season is all about warm tones, Halloween and Thanksgiving.  How do you tie all these together to create one look? I like to blend everything so when Halloween is over, it is easy for me to keep the look and add more natural accents of fall to roll into Thanksgiving.

3.  Start from the living room and work out.  The best seat in the house is usually the living room so make it your focal point and work out from there.

4.  Bring the outdoors IN.  I am all about using natural materials when decorating.  I have a large magnolia tree in my front yard, I love to cut down branches  and use throughout my home.  Birch is also a great fall material that is very trendy right now and adds a warm and natural look to your home.  I especially love the texture!

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5.  Add some sparkle.  The best way to get create a festive look is to add lighting. It is an affordable trick and adds the warm glow of the fall season.  Twinkle lights are not only for Christmas time, there are some fun fall lights out there with a orange glow, I especially love my witch hat lights, they look great with my fall decor and also Halloween ready.

6.  Get creative.  I found a big manzanita branch on my walk in the park, I sprayed it black and hung some decorative fall ornaments from the branches. Other ideas are to tie ribbon or burlap, hang photos from the branches, or even light it up with decorative lighting.  Makes for an impressive display.

7.  Don’t forget about the outside. I love to do my porch up, my porch is covered so I bring my indoor pillows that are soft and cozy outside to create a warm welcome.  I also love using hay, corn stalks and of course pumpkins to let the neighborhood know that I am fall ready.

8.  Forget the traditional pumpkin, go crazy for pumpkins.  There are so many varieties, shapes, sizes of pumpkins. Stack them up, blend them, pile them up in your yard, spread them through your house. Pumpkins scream fall and last throughout the whole season.

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9.  I like to blend the new with the old.  I happen to have some fun fall accents, but I always like to freshen things up with some new decor that works with the whole season.  Season in a Trunk is the perfect solution, always on trend, delivers to my door and works with all current decorations.

10.  Get the family involved. My kids love to decorate with me, especially my four- year- old.  It’s a great time to connect and get excited for the fall season.

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5 Steps to Transition into Fall

Labor Day weekend has come to a close which means we start to transition into my favorite season, the cozy months of fall.  Cool nights, woodsy accents, warm colors, and cozy knits make this season vibrant and full of life.  Even know fall officially does not start for another couple of weeks, its time to take down your summer look and embrace the transition from summer to winter and watch those vibrant colors of fall come to life.

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5 Steps to transition into Fall:

1.  Take down the summer accents. Pack them up in a box, label the box, store until next summer when you get to enjoy them all over again.

2.  Hang a wreath on your front door. Wreaths are so welcoming, I especially love living wreaths they make a fabulous greeter for you and your guests.

3.  Swap out those Bright whites for ivory and cream.  Bright whites scream summertime, move towards the warmer tones and sink into your sofa as fall is in the house.

4.  Accent with Season in a Trunk.  The easiest and most convenient way to decorate for fall this season.  Ships right to your door. Designer look. All the pieces you need to accent for the season. I am a huge fan :)

5.  Gather with friends and family.  Get social. Sip some wine. Entertain. Fall is the perfect season to gather, take the party outdoors, the weather is great, create your social landscape. Get cozy.

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