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Monthly Archives: December 2017
Photography by Minh Cao of Du Soleil Photographie
2018 is just days away! I don’t know if I’m ready for it yet, I feel like 2017 just started but I am excited for new adventures, opportunities and goals in 2018. Before I sit down to write my resolutions though I’m sharing a very easy New Years party idea…. a bubbly bar!
All you need is some bubbly and then a variety of fruit to garnish your drink. Did I say it was easy or what? If you’re an overachiever add to your grocery list a variety of juices as well, such as orange juice, peach and pineapple too. This is a fun interactive activity for your guests that lets them be the bartender and you as the host enjoy the party.
What are your NYE plans? Do you go all out or keep it casual at home?
Photography by Minh Cao of Du Soleil Photographie
Can you believe Christmas is over? It came and went before I could blink! I hope you had a very merry one though with your family. Switching gears to the next holiday I wanted to share some inspiration for New Years with a Prosseco Pong party!
You may have seen the Prosecco Pong kits that were all the buzz on the internet a few months ago. A super fun idea and adorable packaging but $30 for the kit?! Today I’m sharing how to DIY the kit and a party for that matter.
You see, you can buy these cups and these balls for a grand total of $17, plus free shipping thanks to Amazon Prime, while being left with a lot of extra cups and balls too. Or buy the kit starting at $25. I went the creative (or cheap-o) route, invited my friend Becca of Peaches to Pen over and put together a fun Prosecco Pong party.
For this type of party I suggest lots of glitter and sequins, after all it’s a glamorous twist on a college frat game! To amp up the glitz I used a sequin table runner, cute napkins and this colorful faux chandelier by my friend Nicole of Chandelier by NK. Her chandeliers are super easy to hang, lightweight and come in so many colors and designs. They are perfect for an party.
Do you think you’ll try this fun party idea?
Photography by Deb Putter Photography
I recently shared my Christmas decor and today I wanted to share my Christmas table setting. There’s something about this time of year that makes me want to have people over constantly and play hostess. There’s also something about this time of year that makes me want to buy everything tartan. Seriously, how many holiday tartan skirts, shirts and shoes can a gal have?
Anyways, I found this blue willow set in red at an antique mall in South Carolina and after my Aunt Brenda haggled with the vendor I knew I had to have it. Mixing the chinoiserie feel with the Christmas tartans is such a fun combo and my own take on a holiday table.
Are you hosting friends and family for the holiday? How are you setting your table?
Photography by Minh of Du Soleil Photographie
Invitations and Place Cards by Nico & LaLa, Flowers by Event Loft PA, Cookies from CupKate’s Cake Bakery, Clothing from Sail to Sable, Jewelry by Lisi Lerch and Brynn Hudson, Drinks from Sipp, Ornaments by Megan Carn, Napkin Rings, Trays & Clutches from Marley Lilly, Cocktail Napkins from August Morgan, Cookie Plate from AnnieGlass, Napkins from House of Brooke,
A few weeks ago I hosted three of my favorite blogger friends; Rhiana of Wear Bows and Smiles and Alex and Kim of The Style Chronicles for a girl’s Christmas brunch that I decided to call “Deck the Palms”.
I’m going to keep this post super short because I want you to pop over to Pizzazzerie who is featuring the full post. I was so happy Courtney of Pizzazzerie loved the shoot and was willing to feature it on her site. I absolutely adore her style and she is one of my hostess idols. The second her book came out I bought it (and I suggest you do too). Anyways, head on over to Pizzazzerie to learn more about this get together and stay tuned at 9pm EST tonight for a fun giveaway via Instagram.
Photography by Wanda of MadCris Images
Ladies, let me introduce you to the jumpsuit of your dreams! This little black number is by a Philly based company called Denara. It is the most comfy, flattering and chic piece you’ll find in you closet. The stretchy material is super flattering, hugging your curves (or giving you them if you don’t naturally have them). It’s perfect for holiday parties or date nights.
I loved working with Denara as their work with you to ensure the fit is perfect. Even on their About page they talk about how if your measurements aren’t compatible with their size chart they will work with you to customize a piece. This was perfect for me as I’m only 5’1 with a narrower waist but wider hips. Between the customizations and the top quality fabric I felt like I was a celebrity designing a piece of couture with a top fashion house. You have to check them out
Photography by Abbe Forman
One of my favorite Christmas traditions is seeing the Nutcracker by the Pennsylvania Ballet. I grew up dancing (tap, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, you name it) so my mom started taking me to see the Nutcracker when I was little. I have to say growing up my parents did a great job of introducing me to different forms of art and instilling creativity. As an adult I still look forward to seeing the ballet, even though it’s the same exact show year in and year out.
I wanted to set a kid’s table inspired by my favorite Christmas tradition. In this setting I used actual nutcracker dolls just like Clara’s, of various sizes. I included mini Christmas trees because as a child everyone recalls the growing Christmas tree in the first act. I’ve included gum drops and candy canes inspired by the various lands the Prince brings Clara to visit. Finally instead of traditional napkin rings I opted for cookie cutters, so the kids can bring a little gift home with them as a party favor.
What are your favorite Christmas traditions?
I’m full on in holiday mode. My schedule is packed with multiple parties a week, I only have one present left to buy and I’m feeling holly and jolly! This outfit is certainly helping, have you ever seen something so festive in fun. Its perfect for a party… or just meandering through a Christmas tree farm. 😉 Anyways, today I thought I’d share my December bucket list, things I hope to see and do over the Christmas season:
- Pick and chop down a real tree- growing up I had a fake tree but over the the past couple of years Will and I have been going to Varner Farms and picking out a real Christmas tree. I take pride in picking the perfect one. Are you a real or fake tree type of home?
- Listen to The Glorious Sound of Christmas by the Philadelphia Orchestra- this has become a new tradition and favorite thanks to Will’s mom and I can’t wait to attend again this year!
- Watch my favorite Christmas movies- my favorites include It’s a Wonderful Life, The Holiday and Elf. Each season I can’t wait to put on my jammies and pour a cup of hot cocoa.
- Host a Christmas party- I’m brining my annual Christmas party back this year after a 2 year hiatus, it actually is this Saturday and I’m so excited to get festive with my friends!
- Visit Longwood Gardens- I live 5 minutes away from Longwood Gardens so there is no excuse not to visit every year for Christmas. If you can make it I highly suggest a visit, it truly is the most beautiful Christmas display of flowers, lights, plants and more.
- Make cookies- I’m not a big baker (or cook) but I love making my Aunt Brenda’s “Monster Cookies” recipe each season. It’s so indulgent but a must!
- Give back- this year I’m determined to give back in some way, either by sponsoring a child to buy Christmas gifts for or donating bones and blankets to a local animal shelter. I also plan to make a little cheer box for my mailman, UPS and FedEx men.
- Celebrate my parent’s 30th wedding anniversary. My parents got married on Christmas eve so December 24th every year we have my dad’s side of the family over to celebrate Christmas and their anniversary.
- Go and watch The Nutcracker- I’m sharing more of this on Monday but The Nutcracker by the Pennsylvania Ballet was a tradition from going up I loved and I’m already looking forward to it this season.
- Christmas Jammies- when I was little my Mom-mom would always get my cousins and I a new pair of PJs on Christmas eve to wear that night. Its something I look forward to and the reason why I love matching pajama sets.
What are some of your traditions or things on your holiday bucket list?
Photography by Abbe Forman
Ready for another super easy holiday cocktail? Of course you are! The holidays always mean last minute visitors, parties on the go and with all the chaos it’s nice to have a 3 ingredients cocktails ready to go.
- Bottle of bubbly
- Sipp Ruby Rose
- Sprig of Rosemary
- Fill 3/4 of your champagne flute with chilled bubbly
- Fill the last 1/4 with Sipp Ruby Rose
- Garnish with a sprig of rosemary
Photography by Ashlee Mintz
I’ve collaborated with my friend Ashley a few times in the past as she has been our host for Main Line Fashion Week. If you’re not familiar with Ashley she is a stylist and blogger based here in the Philly burbs and also known as @mainlinefashionista. I love Ashley’s genuinely sweet personality and her appreciation for vintage fashions. A few weeks ago an idea for a vintage inspired Christmas party popped in my head. I knew Ashley was the girl I had to work with on this project.
I texted Ashley on my way to SC for Thanksgiving and she immediately said she was in. We had a week to pull it all together and with many bumps along the way, I might add! First the original venue we wanted to shoot at was booked, then we had a sick makeup artist and our go-to vintage boutique was too busy to be a part of this fun shoot. However, we somehow managed to pull it all off and ended up working with the best team ever!
Ashley styled our outfits with Revivals putting me in an Alice & Olivia number and herself in vintage Dolce & Gabbana. Her inspiration for my look was Audrey Hepburn and I’d say her look was a little more Grace Kelly (or Megan and Betty Draper as I like to think). Heather from Something You On Site gave me the most magical bouffant updo and cat eyes while styling Ashley with big curls and a bold red lip.
I decorated our table with a few pieces from White Horse Fabric & Design as well as a mix of vintage pieces from my own collection. The deep hues in the table cloth with a touch of gold accessories perfectly reflected off the candlelight to set the mood. I finished the table with some greenery to tie in the rustic barn setting.
I’d say all in all it came out perfectly, especially for pulling it together in less than a week. What do you think?