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

A Yummy DIY for Valentine’s : Creamy Fudge Hearts

I love to cook and I love to craft. So this DIY is the perfect combination project for Valentine’s Day or a wedding favor. Creamy Fudge Hearts are easy to make and look so pretty in a variety of packaging with your colors and themes. See the full instructions via Martha Stewart Weddings.

And Happy Friday, everyone!

candy_01394_xlImage via Martha Stewart

favorboxesFavor box kit includes 20 boxes with coordinating ribbon, $25 for 20

10-1815Sweet little dots for a unique favor box, $9 for

12407450With a large sheet of paper, cut long strips the width of your favor box to size and fold over fudge hearts. Voila! Pretty white blossom paper to line the boxes, $8 per sheet

Wedding Color Forecast : Tangerine and Violet

Pantone is the company that researches and forecasts the colors for the upcoming year. They announced a while back that Emerald was the it color for 2013. Colors like Linen are timeless and great bases to build a wedding palette around too. But my favorite on the list are African Violet and Tangerine. Can’t you just see a whole day built around those hues?

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VioletTangChiffon tiered dress with flutter sleeves, David’s Bridal  |  Violet and tangerine floral bouquet via Wedding Vibe

Jimmy Choo acrylic glitter clutch via Shopstyle  |  Lavender floral pillow, Tenereze

Marbled cake with purple accents via Pinterest  |  Custom fan program kit, Tenereze

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

Got Milk? Three Holiday Cookie Recipes I *Have* to Try

Every Christmas, my aunt from Iowa sends a beautiful fruit cake and/or cookies. It’s something that I look forward to all year. From the powdered melt-in-your-mouth chocolate pinwheels to the buttery pecan half moon delights, I don’t know what’s my favorite. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. I don’t dare ask for the recipe though, because I’ll never be able to live up to it. But a girl can dream. And eat lots of cookies in the meanwhile. Here are three that I’m going to try. Happy baking!

gingerbread-cookies-473-mld108759_vertA variation on a good thing, Gingerbread iced cookies via Martha Stewart

RX-JIF_Chocolate-Hazelnut-Peanut-Butter-Pinwheel-Cookies_s4x3_lgThey use JIF peanut butter, perhaps a plug? Chocolate hazelnut pinwheels via Food Network

29089_chocolate_crinkle_cookies_3_620This looks simply decadent! Chocolate crinkle cookie via Chow

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

Customizing Christmas Gifts on #CyberMonday with Free Shipping!

There’s an endless list of custom gifts at Tenereze and something for everyone. Happy Cyber Monday shopping!

Custom name photo frames

Mosaic Quilt with custom embroidery

Wine Bottles Pillow with initial

Monogram wine glass set

Script initial mug

Crystal initial necklace

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!