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Oreo Taco Cookies- 7 Days of Cinco de Mayo

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Day 5:

I love to play with my food and I believe your food can be just as creative and unique as the decor at your party. Plus for this Cinco de Mayo bash I need a little substance to help soak up all those margaritas.

With my kids it’s all about dessert so I have found a treat that is as appealing to eye as it is to the stomach!

Oreo Cookie Tacos 

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Here’s what you’ll need:

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This recipe is so simple because there is no technical baking skills involved. The process is extremely similar to making real tacos. Except way more fun and yummy.

Get the step by step directions from Erica’s Sweet Tooth

I can’t say that all together this recipe was delicious… I mean hot tamales do not really go with lemon starburst or truffles but the visual effect is more than worth it!

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Get out there and honor your sweet tooth! This fiesta is a great excuse to indulge a little!

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Cerveza Por Favor! – 7 Days of Cinco de Mayo

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Day 4: 

There is nothing more refreshing on a warm May afternoon than a cold cerveza! Yesterday we celebrated a great bottle of tequila, now let’s hand it off to a great beer. If you are looking for an awesome centerpiece for your Cinco de Mayo party look no farther than the cold beer in your hand!

Coronas make both the perfect beer to pair with a fresh taco and the perfect bottle to create a variety of centerpieces, here’s two options to WOW your guests:

Colorful Water in Corona Bottles 

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This way is easy and quick! Perfect for a last minute centerpiece. Just add some food dye to the water, pair with some beautiful flowers and you’re done! It takes longer to drink the beer than it does to create and you would not believe how many compliments I got!

Now on to the dificil (hard) way…

Painted Corona Bottles

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Painted Corona bottles takes your centerpiece to the next level. This version of the centerpiece just takes a little more time and patience!

Step 1: Pick out your favorite paint colors to match your party decor. Then drip paint inside, turn and roll bottle around until all sides are covered.

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Step 2: Place the bottles upside down so the excess paint can run out. Let the paint dry, this may take a few hours, then add a few more coats. Add as many or as few coats as you would like, the more coats the brighter the colors!

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Once they are all dry, add some water and flowers!

Now go out and FIESTA!

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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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Pomegranate Orange Sangria

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As soon as the calendar turns November, its all about the pomegranate! Anything pomegranate makes us smile.  Combine a little orange, wine and cinnamon and you have the beginning of holiday spirits! So let’s kick off this holiday season with a Pomegranate Orange Sangria that will be sure to get you in the festive mood.

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We love the bright seasonal colors of this holiday treat.

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Add a splash of Brandy and you will be singing FA LA LA LA LA

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle (750 ml) of red wine, like a Cabernet Sauvignon
  • 1 cup (237 ml) brandy
  • 1 cup (237 ml) pomegranate juice
  • 1 cup (237 ml) freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 1 pomegranate, arils removed
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Instructions

  1. In a large pitcher, stir together the wine, brandy, pomegranate juice and orange juice. Add orange slices, pomegranate arils, cranberries and cinnamon stick. Chill in the fridge for 2 hours.
  2. Serve with ice cubes.

 

Cheers to the Season!

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Feeling Festive for St. Patty’s Day!

Check out St. Patrick's Day Reef, or just to add a little green to your front door! St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner! Add some  holiday fun to your front door. This boxwood wreath not only dresses up your house for St. Patty’s Day but is also a great introduction to Spring!  Check out this reef at Always Bloomin Designs on Etsy!

 

St. Patrick's Day Decorations on Outdoor Trunk! We're feeling festive. Another creative option from Etsy, check out this moss and burlap wreath from Privileged Door.

For more creative ideas and finds, visit our St. Patty’s board on Pinterest!

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Purple Love

Today is one of my favorite days of the year, I am such a sucker for “love.” I am totally in love with love (my friends who know me, don’t laugh out loud). I have always been the girl that draws the little heart by my name.  It’s my gig and I LOVE it! So, with that said, how about sprucing up your outdoor space with a little valentine love? I’ve got the perfect thing, a purple heart! It’s totally me, but I’m thinkin’ you might like it too.

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Check out this Purple Outdoor Candy Heart Sign by Ivy’s Wood Creations on Etsy
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