The Ultimate Valentine’s Brunch

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I could pretty much eat it for every meal with all the savory and sweet offerings. So celebrating Valentine’s with my loved ones with a celebratory brunch seems like the best way to show them how much I adore them! Here are my perfect details with my sample menu:

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Ina Garten’s French toast bread pudding recipe is for the sweet lovers

Mario Batali’s Chorizo and Monchego strata recipe is for those that want to start with a savory treat

Valentine’s tablecloth, Sears, $62

Flower burst mug, Tenereze, just $8.40 through Valentine’s Day!

Foil dot napkins, Anthropologie, $24

A luscious red velvet cake, Williams-Sonoma, $70 *You could make one yourself too!

Personalized cylinder toasting flutes, set of 2, Tenereze, $25

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Must-have for the New Year : Monogram Glassware

How was your Christmas? I hope everyone got what they wanted. All I really wanted was snow and some time with the family – and that’s exactly what I got! Now we’re looking to New Year’s and a night in with our closest friends. I’ll be pulling out the monogram glassware to impress the guests 🙂 What are your New Year’s plans?

a91037Custom pint glass set, $20 for 4

a91039Red wine glass set, $34 for 4

A Few of My Favorite *Red* Things

I really love this time of year. It’s festive and fun and there’s too much eye candy to handle. While I’m shopping for others, I’m taking in all kinds of inspiration for the upcoming year too. Lately I’ve been curating a lot of red. Enjoy the rich colors and themes! Happy Friday, everyone. 12Graphic and modern cake via Project Wedding

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Toms Vegan Wrap boots

verona_albumVerona memory book with Austrian crystal brooch via Tenereze

ft_wrapping02_xlJust like Julie Andrews sang, “brown paper packages tied up with string…” via Martha Stewart

 

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Red Rose & Anemone BouquetAnemones and roses. I’m in love! Via Fleurology

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Bud vase favors, multiple colors via Tenereze

void(0)-1For the man in your life: Thomas Mason J. Crew slim shirt

The Perfect Present : Personalized Christmas Presents

initial-round-ornamentFor your sister: Monogram round Christmas ornament, just $10

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For your best friend: Candy cane personalized frame, $24

star-christmas-tree-ornament-1For your parents: Family name Christmas tree star ornament, $10

23knFor your mom: Crystal initial necklace, $14

14033na_1For your guests: A great wedding favor and keepsake ornament! Snowflake frame, set of 4 just $12

baby-s-first-christmas-round-ornamentFor the new parents: Baby’s first Christmas personalized round ornament, $10

#MuseMonday : 5 Minute Do-It-Yourself Projects

These DIY projects are so simple, I don’t know why I didn’t think of them myself!

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garlandfeatureaPaper circle garland via Curbly

bowl-ornaments-lPutting ornaments in a fancy bowl? Done! Via Southern Living

Best #BlackFriday Deal of All! 50% off everything :)

Get all your shopping done today with custom, monogram gifts including photo frames, quilts, mugs and more! Simply use code: fri50 for half off everything. Happy shopping!

A Few of My Favorite Things…at 50% off

There’s no need to wait until Friday (because that’s when the sale ends). Everything’s half off before Thanksgivings! (but only through Friday, Nov. 23, 2012)

For your best friend : Custom batik quilt set and pillow sham. Originally $84 for the quilt and $24.50 for the sham – now just $56.25 for both. Now through Friday, Nov. 23rd, 2012. No code or coupon needed. Yay!!

Housewarming gift : A monogram pillow in various colors – now just $14.50!

Three DIYs for Holiday Decorating

With Thanksgiving and shopping season right around the corner, there’s nothing to get you into the holiday spirit like a little home decor – especially if it’s homemade. Here are three that I’m loving at the moment.

I just stumbled across this wreath and it looks too frilly and sweet to pass up. Thanks to Bon Temps Beignet for this very do-able DIY.


Do you love the expensive look of large, metal zinc letters? Achieve the same gifts with some paper macher letters and some metallic paint! See the full instructions at 346 Living. Pop them over the living mantle or hand out monograms to your friends as favors. So simple and inexpensive!

 

Are you having people over for dinner and feeling a little shy in the decor and objects department? Don’t fret! Here’s a fabulous recipe for luxurious looking enamel glass from Sugar and Charm. Groyup small vases together in varying sizes and pair with a contrasting color object like piles of fruit.

These also make wonderful housewarming or hostess gifts. You never have to show up empty handed! Happy Friday and crafting this weekend! xo

 

Thanksgiving Entertaining Like a Pro : Four No-Fail Tips

Place things out for your guests to explore. That makes them feel comfortable and more apt to mingle. Chips and dip or a self-serve bar are easy to do on a tray. West Elm, lacquer tray, $32 Beer flight, personalization available, $49

Make things in advance and wrap them in the bowls they’re going to reheat in. Ovenware products like Le Creuset go from fridge to oven and serve mismatch beautifully.

Easier than keeping flowers alive and pretty enough to eat, place pumpkins or other hearty fruits and vegetables that can double as centerpieces, and later be used for tasty dishes. Pumpkins via The Party Dress

If you’re having more than a handful of people over, doing a seating chart can really help the conversation flow of the evening. You’ll be able to relax more, knowing that your shy cousin isn’t getting bowled over by a boisterous coworker.

 

 

 

 

Four Great Uses for the Glass Cylinder

Flowers, ornaments, water, candles. What ever you decide to fill it with, a glass cylinder is a simple way to make a big statement on your entryway table or as a centerpiece. I like to keep a few handy under the sink to pull out for all types of occasions. They’re a lifesaver when you need an extra vessel and can serve multiple purposes at a wedding or shower. Here are four of my favorite looks with the inexpensive glass cylinder, in all different sizes too.

Place trimmed floral, slowly add water – voila! Lots of bang for your buck. Image : Martha Stewart

Take advantage of your palette and use multiple cylinders to include all your colors. Image : Added Touch Catering

Skip putting anything in the cylinder. Simply use its height and transparency as a beautiful stalk for arrangements. Image : Wedding Bell Talk

Cover the cylinder with decorative paper and group them together for a totally different effect. Image : Lansdowne Life