May01 Summer cocktail 2013

Summer is upon us (or already here for those of us lucky enough to live in warm places!), which means that porch-sitting, backyard-barbecuing, and cocktail-drinking are top priority.

The lovelies over at Valley & Co sent us this yummy recipe for a Blood Orange + Mint Sunset. Enjoy!



What you’ll need:

blood oranges  || 1 oz. blood orange liqueur || .5 oz. gin ||  seltzer water || a handful of mint leaves || ice || fine grained sugar

Dampen the rim of a low ball glass and dip in sugar. Muddle a few mint leaves in the bottom the low ball. Add ice, blood orange liqueur and gin. Stir and top with seltzer water. Serve with orange wedges and mint leaves as garnish. Cheers!

Editor’s note: if you want a mocktail version, substitute the liqueur with blood orange juice and omit the gin.




Images and recipe courtesy of Valley & Co Lifestyle

Sep28 Fall Dinner Party Inspiration 2012

I love love LOVE Fall. I can’t get enough. Here’s a perfect little Fall Dinner Party inspiration board. The weather  begs for a fire and chunky sweaters, and the endless rich Fall recipes with pumpkin, apples, figs, and more make it the best time to share a meal with friends. Keep it simple or get detailed–either way, inviting friends into your home will be sweet!

You can see all of these ideas and lots more on our Fall Dinner Party Pinterest board!


Images: Calligraphed menus from Pinterest (original source unknown), La Tavola Sequin Chevron Linens, Table Design from Williams Sonoma, Apple Cider from Country Living, Pashmina party favors from Yadis Closet on Etsy, Honeyed Fig Crostadas from Food & Wine, Most Adorable Fall Outfit EVER from Gap, Cozy living room fire from Classy in the City

Aug21 Girls Dinner 2012

I can hardly think of anything better than eating pizza and drinking wine…except eating pizza and drinking wine with my favorite girlfriends. Not only are these girls real life besties, but they are talented and creative crafters and bloggers. So naturally, they really know how to throw a dinner party.

The lovely Tobe of Because It’s Awesome, along with her friends Carrie & Morgan from Ampersand Design, and Laura of A Girl Who Makes, plan routine dinner parties and take turns hosting in their homes. What a brilliant idea. While we’re away emailing all of our best gals to totally copy them, enjoy the wonderful details of their italian inspired fun!

PS. Come back later this afternoon for a brilliant little Leftovers Bag DIY project from Laura – complete with step by step instructions and printables! Who doesn’t love printables?!



Photos courtesy of Eric Linebarger Photography via Because its Awesome.

Jul24 Warm welcomes 2012

Having overnight guests? Gather a few simple items to make them feel at home. For starters, a sweet handwritten welcome note on the bedstand. (How simple and adorable is this stationary from Etsy?!) Tell them where to find the dark chocolate and make note of your Wifi password. Top it off with fresh flowers, which we tend to consider a necessity more often than not. No need for a full bouquet – our local market sells single stems, we’re sure yours does, too.

Be sure to leave your nicest bath towels in plain sight. Pair it with a fresh bar of organic soap. Between the lavender and the linen, your guests are sure to overstay their welcome.



Images: Handmade soap from The Little Raggamuffin on Etsy | Linen Bath Sheet from NordicLinen on Etsy | Peony bud via Casa Sugar | Calligraphy stationary from Besotted Brand on Etsy




Jul06 Happy Birthday! 2010

I love this idea for a birthday cake. How great are those candles? So unexpected!

For more of these french birthday images by Elizabeth Messina, go here!