I adore Easter decor and wanted to try something a little different with my table this year for Easter brunch. I found this fun floral Kate Spade table cloth and black and tan striped runner and ran with it! I layered the two linens with sweet bunny place mats and added blush pink linen napkins to adorable wooden bunny napkin rings. For place settings, I layered my favorite rattan chargers with classic white beaded dinner and salad plate. To top the setting, I added blush crystal coupe glasses filled with gold foiled eggs ( tutorial here) . I love mixing metals and added gold flatware to my galvanized metal peices for a chic touch. Next, I gathered straw reeds from a field nearby our house and created a simple center piece with an oversized galvanized bucket. Our brunch menu will include all sorts of yummy treats including waffles and my favorite frittata. I added some cranberry orange scones to a blush crystal basket. I fell in love with this metal and wood, wheelbarrow salad bowl. I just think it's the cutest little addition. I layered a variety of bagels on a scalloped metal cake stand for some height contrast. I find with creating a table space you want to keep an eye on your heights and make sure to have a variety to make the table interesting. For an extra Easter touch, I added the cutest little straw bunny.
Valentine's day is almost here! I decided to invite some of my favorite ladies over for a little celebration of my love for them with a Galentine's lunch. I am so blessed to be surrounded by such special, smart, kind and amazing women. They inspire me daily! I wanted to make sure I was able to love on them as they have loved on me!
I started my table with a girly color palette of pinks, blue and yellow. I layered my table with a Hearth and Hand striped table runner and pieces like sweet bud vases, drinking glasses and striped pitchers from the newest Hearth and Hand Spring collection. I filled each vessel with different fluffy roses. I added little sweet treats to heart shaped ramekins and added my favorite Chandon Rose Mini's for some festive bubbles.
For our place settings, I layered simple blue and white placemats, straw chargers and pretty coral Hearth and Hand hand towels as napkins. Next, I added crisp white chargers and dinner plates and topped the setting with beautiful floral china. I received these beautiful dishes as a wedding shower gift and I still feel like they are the prettiest addition to the table. Goes to show that you can incorporate any piece into a setting and make it feel fresh and new.
I added little notes on each setting for each of my friends sharing three of my most favorite things about them. Nothing like a love note to cap off a girly lunch!
As I sit and gather pictures for this post my house is still full of glitter and balloons are still floating. We had the best time ringing in the new year with some sweet friends!
If you follow me on Instagram you saw my story about not having much a decor meter. I either go full out and have a whole styled decor situation or I do nothing. Not great at the middle ground. I decided to keep my crazy down to a normal level and do a festive drink station and only a couple other sparkly accents. I love how our little champagne bar turned out!
I wanted to keep the vibe celebratory but super comfy and simple. We had each family wear their comfiest pjs and bring a little something to eat. I put together some sparkly cupcakes and a charcuterie board along with a handful of pizzas and sipped on Chandon.
The kids started the night with a round of Twister while us adults got into my pile of games. I have been really wanting to start hosting game nights so this was the perfect excuse to bust out the games. Us girls broke open What the Meme and the boys joined us for Telestrations, Left Right Center and Cards of Humanity. I had never played Telestrations but it quickly became my favorite! My tummy muscles hurt today from laughing so hard.
We were hoping to pop our poppers and do an early East Coast ball drop to keep it an early night. We quickly ditched the idea of turing in early and kept the fun going until 11:30. I had a handful of poppers for the kids and some super big crackers for us adults. Our house was quickly full of glitter! I have to say it doesn't bother me one bit!
Cheers to you and a sparkly 2018! I can't wait to share new content, videos and travel with you this year!
It's a sparkling fresh new year and time for new goals and dreams! One of my best friends is a major promoter of vision boards. I make pretty thorough goals for myself throughout the year but never have made a vision board. We thought how fun would it be to do our vision boards together and have a couple more of our favorite ladies play too. It became a thing! Goal Gathering! I like a name for get togethers!
We kept our gathering small and intimate with just 4 of us. I put together a Charcuterie board with yummy snacks and we sipped on mini Chandon splits.
A couple of the girls have done intense courses on goal planning for their businesses and helped create a format for both our big goal lists and our vision boards. We broke down the goals into categories.
Here is how it looked:
Family: to encompass anything family or relationship related. This would include family camping trips, quality time with each child, date nights or getaways with your hubby, lunch dates with parents, special notes and coffee dates with friends, etc.
Spiritual: faith based goals like incorporating a daily devotional into your morning routine, attending a women's bible study, making Sunday's a priority to attend church, read faith based books, etc.
Physical: this could be the obvious like getting back to the gym or cleaning up your eating. This category could also be things like bleaching your teeth regularly,trying that new haircut you have been eyeing, doing weekly at home masks or practicing yoga daily.
Educational: this category could be business related or personal development related. I am going to take an official photography class to learn more about my camera. You could make it a goal to go back to school, attend conferences in your field or reading educational books like biographies or biz books.
Business /Work: this category can include your work goals for promotion or even little goals like keeping your office drawers organized regularly.
Material things: this is a bigger category. This would include the material things or projects you are aiming to gain or finish in the year. This category can also include getting debt free or adding to your savings. Some of my material goals this year are to add built ins and a powder room to the house. I also want to create my garden this year.
Then you get to my favorite part! The vision board making! I am super visual person and really get inspired by beauty. We chose our most powerful goals for the year and found inspiring images for each from Pinterest. We all found the most inspiration from pins we have already gathered on our boards. We then used Canva.com templates to upload our images and create our beautiful vision boards.
I hope you are more than inspired throughout the year to attain your goals and dreams! I am a huge goal setter and believe in 1, 5, 10 year goals! I'd love to see your vision boards too! If you create one add it to Instagram and tag me in it! Cheers to a gorgeous 2018!
I love Champagne and can't wait to ring in the new year with my favorite people! In order to pop only the best bubbly correctly, I asked my adorable sorority little sis and champagne professional ( no really!! it's her career! ) Alissa to help me guide you through the best champagne for your 2018 celebration. She rounded up the best champs priced from lowest to highest, gave us the scoop on each selection, food pairing and party tips for how to make sure you are prepared to be the perfect hostess! Don't miss the best champs fun facts at the end! My favorite part!
Domaine Chandon Brut Classic
A great choice if someone is a fan of buying local. This amazing winery was opened by Moet & Chandon in Yountville, CA in the mid 70's. They create their sparkling in exactly the same fashion as it's French Cousins and have a very playful side. Their we bite features cocktail recipes as well as entertaining tips and tricks. They even release special limited edition holiday bottles and this year the bottles were designed by the incredibly talented Rebecca Minkoff
Etoile by Domaine Chandon
Etoile, French for Star, is the Prestige offering from Domaine Chandon. A hugely food friendly sparkling and presented in an exquisite bottle with long neck and simple gold writing. this is an awesome, esoteric offering and one that is splendidly priced for gifting.
Moet & Chandon Brut Imperial NV
Veuve Clicquot "Yellow Label" Brut
Champagne Ruinart, Blanc de Blancs
Dom Perignon, Blanc Vintage 2009
When selecting your Champagne for this holiday season, it is definitely a good idea to look around for the best price available. Champagne and sparkling are an affordable luxury and if you are going to splurge a little ….. now is the time to do so. From Big box chains, to your local grocery store, to independent wine and spirits shops, and yes even online only stores…. everyone is offering their best foot forward when it comes to pricing and availability this time of year. Some helpful hints and tips: Above is a list of some of the world's most loved bubbles. Including the oldest Champagne house, as well as the very first Sparkling Winery from Napa and of course Champagne Royalty …. KRUG and the beloved Dom Perignon.
When looking for Champagne for your holiday gathering it is a good idea to keep a few things in mind when shopping around on price.
1) Number of people in attendance- each 750ml bottle of Champagne will provide approximately 5-6 glasses. If you are having a small party of 2 or a large gathering of 100 there is a Champagne for you and a size to match. Sizes include individual "mini" bottles in 187ml (Moet & Chandon and Domaine Chandon) "Half Bottles" 375ml (Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart, KRUG) or Large formats such as the "Magnum" 1.5L or the equivalent to 2 regular 750ml bottles(Domaine Chandon, Moet & Chandon, Veuve Clicquot, Ruinart Blanc de Blancs, Dom Perignon, and KRUG)..
2)Who is your audience and what is on the menu?: will your guests be simply toasting to the New Year or do you have a home filled with wine aficionado's? Champagne LOVES food so if your group falls into the later category…. your menu will be a huge help in your selection. If you are having lighter fare such as Turkey, Fish, Vegetarian or Vegan…. a brut or Blancs de Blancs will be the true companion to your spread. Should your menu include items such as red meat, lamb, pork, or items with hearty sauces…. then Rose will truly be the perfect choice to wow your guests whether they be Sommelier's or first time Champagne Sippers.
3) Have FUN! Champagne is a beautiful way to not just celebrate the holidays but the everyday and the people you are with. It is truly unique in that it can be carried from welcome, to appetizers. Main dishes, desserts and of course ringing in the New Year.
- there are approximately 49 million bubbles in a 750ml bottle of Champagne
- Marilyn Monroe is believed to have taken a both in over 350 bottles of Champagne
- There are approximately 100 calories in a single serving of Champagne
- The velocity at which the cork leaves the bottle can garner speed of up to 100 mph
As I curled up with my Fall Magnolia Journal, I came upon their article talking of soup gatherings. A simple meal for your dearest friends to gather and enjoy each other's company. The whole mission is to create a standing date of soup, gathering and quality time No fuss ! I of course don't mind a little fuss so I decided to create a lovely tables cape to accompany my launching of the monthly " Soup Sioree" ( yes I gave it a name). I have so many incredible friends and wanted to mix up my group a bit and grab some of my most dynamic. I have 3 girlfriends coming over for lunch tomorrow. One is a fine art photographer, one a self made bad ass attorney with her own practice and another attorney with the most impeccable home decor taste I have ever seen! Just interesting, cool, funny ladies. Some of us know each other better than others and some not at all. Love that part! I can't wait to see where our conversations lead.
I am prepping an easy Ablondigas soup which is hearty and all things yummy. I created an airy table filled with Fall feels yet kept things coastal like I love. I topped my layered grass cloth and striped runners with straw chargers and beaded plates that we received as wedding gifts. I love how simple pieces can be refreshed over and over. I added more texture with a simple plaid patterned napkin and an adorable vessel for our soup. For my runner, I grabbed pumpkins from our porch and foliage from our yard to bring nature in. I added Hearth and Home pieces to make things personal and warm.
Cheers to amazing, inspiring, funny friends!
My cousin Jenna has a bun in the oven and we couldn't be more excited to share her gorgeous baby shower from a couple weeks back. My mom and I adore throwing parties and we we so giddy to get to dream up the perfect shower for baby Duke! We envisioned a seaside feel with fresh white blooms and succulents scattered amongst driftwood. We topped the table with burlap and layered on a frayed edged runner and a blue and white striped searsucker runner. The straw chargers where topped with white china and blue and white napkins in mix matched patterns to create some interest. We sipped custom mimosas and noshed on handmade crepes. I was a piggy and had two because I couldn't decide if I wanted a sweet or savory crepe. I went with a California Sunrise which was made up with avocado, egg, bacon and sun-dried tomatoes. For my second option, I chose a Cinnamon Apple crepe with carmel and mascarpone cheese. I mean!!! Now you know why I had two! We kept the games simple and opted for baby bingo. As we ate and mingled, each guest could drop a sweet message to the mama to be in our message in a bottle station. As Jenna, opened up presents we cut the gorgeous succulent topped cake which was chocolate with a raspberry filling. It was heaven!
Thank you to all the amazing vendors that helped create our vision for the day!
My dress: Rent the Runway
Photography: Gina Diaz photography
Floral: Bottles n Blooms
Table and Chair rentals: All Occasion rentals
Chargers and Napkins: Pottery Barn
Crepe station: Crepes Bonaparte
Mimosa bar: Bottles n Blooms
I love the summer ease of the 4th of July. Cutoff shorts, tanned skin and summer dresses are donned as the smell of BBQ fills the air. The day is so patriotic and so fun! We adore summer BBQ's and I've put together some of my favorite 4th of July entertaining decor picks. You will no doubt have a great time but the guests will be wowed by your effortless hostess skills.
In the spirit of Mother's Day I am so excited to share my sweet sister in laws baby shower. We can't wait to welcome baby Wesley in a couple weeks! I am an aunt to both my niece and nephew on my husband's side but I am so eager to meet my baby brother's son!
We noshed on the most decadent, fluffy Belgain waffles prepared at our interactive waffle bar from 24 Carrots. Talk about endless waffle toppings! A colorful mimosa bar made for the perfect libations. My littlest lady won baby Bingo via my mother in law and was giddy to find the prize being the yummiest B. Toffee. Capri and Peyton wanted to give Wesley something special from just them. The nursery is " Under the Sea" themed with bright orange and light blues. We made sweet " hand fishies" for his room and the girls were beyond excited to share their goodies with Brittany.
The gorgeous mama and sweet babe got spoiled rotten and we can't wait to see him in his sweet outfits.
We can't wait to meet you little guy!
It's been warm enough to eat outside here in So Cal and this mama has been craving tacos! We decided to invite some friends over for a little Taco Tuesday and to add to the fun I made the table extra festive.
I whipped up my favorite Pine Nut and Mango guacamole and threw together an easy Sangria to sip on.
Add lots of bougainvillea to your table for a pop of color and throw some limes and oranges on the table to complete your centerpiece.
Photos: Corey Morgan
And the Oscar goes to…... I love award show season and sit with my favorite snacks and bubbly devouring the red carpet fashion before each show. I've decided to throw my own simple little soiree this year with all my fashion and movie crazed friends. We will sip champagne and nosh on popcorn and soft pretzels in true movie style.
Who's got your vote? Throw on some sparkles and cast your picks on Fandango's printable Oscar Ballot like we are.
There is nothing sweeter than Valentine's day and to kick off the month of love, I decided to throw a girl's only "Galentine's day" soiree to celebrate some of my dearest girlfriends and their little ladies. While the mommy's adorned handmade Valentine's cards, our littles made friendship bracelets for their friends or their mommy's. It was perfect occasion to celebrate with our little sweeties.
Each mommy had a personalized scrap box ready for crafting along with a plethora of sticker and rhinestone embellishments and markers.
Our " I love you more than wine" printable was my favorite!
The little ladies noshed on heart shaped PB & Js, pink lemonade and strung beads to make their friendship bracelets.
Photography: Paul Schaefer
With the busiest of school schedules and the hustle of the holidays upon us, we decided to host a "Friendsgiving" playdate to take a moment and celebrate some of our special friends before Thanksgiving. We adorned a mini picnic bench with fluffy burlap, the most precious straw woodland creatures, fluffy cotton and birch wood pillars. We used galvanized tin pales filled with toppings for to decorate our carmel apples.
Decor and tables cape: Life with Lipstick On
Photography: Corey Morgan
Papergoods: Joie de Vie Paperie
Goodie bags: Simply Made
Spring has come and gone but and I have been craving fresh herbs in my cooking! Spring is my favorite time of the year to try my hand at my black thumb and attempt some form of fresh produce. I decided a while back to get together some of my closest girlfriends to share the love of fresh herbs. I wanted to add fun and sweet little touches to make the afternoon even more personal. I started with my hunt for the perfect mini clay jar label that would be water resistant and adorable. Enter Kidecals!! Their labels are not only super cute and versatile but totally water-resistant! My kind of deal! I froze fresh blueberries and added them to lemonade for a fun pop of color and added chill.
Each of my girlfriends were given mini water cans as a thank you for joining me in the fun of the afternoon. The cans were adorned with my favorite and super simple recipe Caprese salad using their newly planted fresh basil. I adore the simple ease of these precious "From the Pantry of" labels to give them an extra personal touch.
I grabbed mini planting pots that are just the right size for a window sill and slipped on these great chalkboard labels so we could label our herbs in the most adorable way!
Photos: Dana Grant
We had so much fun putting together this fiesta for Cinco de Mayo featured last week on Inspired by This! The girls love any chance to celebrate anything! They were my helpers as we made our churros, chilled our mocktails and garnished our guacamole. My hubby threw some steaks on the bbq and we enjoyed our snacks before dinner. We wish you a safe and fun filled Cinco de Mayo!
Photos: Corey Morgan
Goat Cheese, Mango and Pine nut Guacamole
you will need:
3 roma tomatos chopped
2 -3 T red onion finely chopped
1/2 Jalepeno pepper finely chopped
1 mango chopped
2 T cilantro roughly chopped
Juice of one lime
salt and pepper to taste
1 T toasted pine nuts
2 T crumbled goat cheese
Mash avoados. Mix in tomatos, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice salt and pepper.Garnish with mango, goat cheese and pine nuts
My sweet baby P is turning three in a couple months and I've started mulling about her next party plans. Thinking about my sweet girl makes me revisit her when she was still baking in my tummy and we couldn't imagine life with another baby. Now almost three years later, I can't remember a life without her. I had very clear ideas of what I wanted for my second little lady's baby shower and enlisted the help of my great friend and wedding planner Blair Britt. Sometimes you need a second hand on things to add just the right touches and Blair did just that. My main requirements were, no presents and I didn't want any games. We were circling the idea of baby girl number two and knowing that I wanted a perfume bar we landed on Chanel No. 2. The fun sign still adorns P's wall in her room. I wanted the non- baby, shower baby shower. I basically envisioned a sweet luncheon for my most dear friends. I adored the idea of a custom perfume bar and reached out to the best Kamilyin for the extra special touch of this fun favor! We nibbled, laughed and created our own custom scents in the most perfect celebration of my lovely baby P! I was so honored to have my extra special shower feature on Hostess with the Mostess shortly after which was icing on the cake!
Photography: Alice Hu
Venue: Private Beach house, Balboa Island
Coordination: Blair Britt events
Catering: Jay's Catering
Floral: Floral Elements
Invites: Tiny Prints
My dress: Badgley Mischka-Rent the Runway
So blessed to be featured on: Hostess with the Mostess
I am really guilty of throwing big kids parties! Working in the wedding industry for years has created a monster! I love parties and love to put personal touches and make them really fun and exciting for my little ladies! This month is my Capri's fifth birthday and she is obsessed with the new Disney move "Frozen" . So "Frozen" party it is! Here is some of my inspiration for her soiree!
It's party time! It's time for the shimmer and sparkle of the holiday's to come out and make itself shine in our table decor! I love a gorgeous party and beautiful tables cape. I added to the already nautical feel of the dining room by adding red pops of color as well as sparkly sea horses and silver accents. By using the silver and white, it created a neutral shimmery pallet that allowed to keep the nautical feel yet still feel Christmassy.
Photos: Corey Morgan