My DIY semi success semi fail with a tassled geronimo balloon attempt

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So I am obsessed with these ginormous geronimo balloons and the tassles. They are so incredibly fun and festive and so expensive. So I browsed many sites and kind of created my own tassles. See below.

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Had a date night in Friday with a Chocolate fountain…

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So I have been craving fondue eating for a while now. Here in Milwaukee we have a restaurant called The Melting Pot that seems like a ball of fun. With a little patience you can have the same experience at home. For a date night in, I used frozen bananas, strawberries, pineapples, ice cream flavored mushrooms, Special K Pastry Crisps in cookies n cream & Ritz crackers with peanut butter filling….

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I like chocolate fountains because it makes people get up from their seats at a party and mingle. It’s a fun idea for any dinner or birthday party for kids and adults and great as a treat during wedding receptions…

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I used YescomUSA‘s chocolate fountain. I hear some come with up to four parts. I like that this one only came into two parts which made for an easy installation. I used gheridelli chocolate which I first melted over the stove top. Once melted I spooned it into the base and heated the chocolate for a couple minutes before turning on the fountain.

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A Pink Grapefruit Vodka Cocktail Recipe for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Sparkling ICE has created a specialty “Sip Pink for the Cure” Cocktail using its Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE flavor. From October 1-31st, Sparkling ICE donates 1¢ per bottle of its Pink Grapefruit Sparkling ICE to help find a cure for Breast Cancer and the proceeds go directly back to the community where the product was sold.

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They were kind enough to send me some free samples so Saturday I tried the recipe below…

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Ingredients

3 oz.  Grapefruit Sparkling ICE
1 ½ oz.  vodka
1 oz. lime juice
Lime wedge
Sliced fresh jalapeño
Chili salt for rim of glass (Kosher salt mixed with chili powder)

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Directions

Use a lime wedge to rub the entire rim of a chilled martini glass, and dip into chili salt mixture. 

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Combine vodka and jalapeno slices with ice in a shaker.

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Strain and pour into the chilled martini glass.

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Top with Grapefruit Sparkling ICE. 

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Garnish with a few Jalapeno slices

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And viola! It was a light tasting drink perfect for afternoon showers and parties but….I’d add more vodka for a night shindig ;-). Sidenote: my martini glasses pretty slick huh? Scored ‘em at the Goodwill. BOOM!

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The chili salted rim gave it a kick that would pair well with Mexican foods. This would also be great as an alternative to a margarita. It’ll save you some calories. A pink drink that’s for a good cause without the guilt?….

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….I’ll drink to that!

{All images by me…..I don’t have a really good camera so don’t judge my phone and filter apps}

Wedding brunch ideas…perfect for a Sunday morning ceremony

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Today I’m going to a morning wedding followed by a wedding brunch so figured I would show you pretty brunch ideas. Breakfast is my absolute favorite meals so this is right up my alley. This could also be used as a last departure get-to-gether for out of town guests when doing a destination wedding, bridal or baby shower, mother/father’s day, a sleepover or morning after bachelorette slumber party…

Beverage Stations

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Have a Mimosa and a Bloody Mary station as well as hot chocolate and coffee area (one serving hot and iced coffees)…

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Small bowls and utensils for garnishes and ingredients…

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Carefully label items on craft paper…

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Use chalkboard spraypaint to cover glass in frames to write menus and details…

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Place books and boxes under tablecloths to give a multi-layered look…

Food Stations

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French toast sticks in small glasses with syrup are pretty displays…

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Anything on a kabob looks fancy like this fruit and donut hole skewer…

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You can have fried chicken wings and waffles already made in warming containers with small bowls for syrup…

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Cupcake tiers will hold smaller items like mini muffins and pastries (store bought ones are fine, guests won’t know)…

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Yogurt, granola and omelette stations will encourage guests to mingle…

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Whether fresh, frozen or canned, fruit can easily be grabbed by the stem as guests arrive so they can have something to munch on until their table is called…

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Whether you do different flavored waffles or just different syrups, this is sure to be a hit…

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If you have a biscuit bar, have a variety of jams and jellys as well as butters and gravy. You may want to include sausage patties, eggs and cheese for those who want to make a biscuit sandwich..

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Cinnabons on skewers and pancake station are a must. As a favor think about homemade granola in mason jars. Oh and don’t forget the dispensers for cereal.
Did I miss anything? See if your find more inspiration here or from this vintage brunch

Now I’m hungry…

{All images via my party foodie board on Pinterest}

Impromptu party and not enough vases? Use drinking glasses…

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You can always run to the nearest grocery store for flowers but buying vases? Costly and expensive. So pull out those glasses and separate the flowers for a quick and easy centerpiece.

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{Via Nycia Emerson for Belle Maison, Style Me Pretty and Mochatini}

Tuesday’s Tips: Don’t Sleep on Dollar Sections of Stores for Party Planning

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I love looking through the dollar sections of Target and Michael’s because for $1 and under $5 they always have decor and organizational needs for a home office and great party supplies. Lately I have been buying all things beach related for when I take my niece and god-daughter to the lake (Michigan). So if you want to have a beachy gathering, Michael’s & Dollar Tree arr the ways to go. They all sell buckets and shovels and sandmaking gadgets, beach balls, frisbees, chalk and other outdoor games…

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Freeze fruit in ice cube trays to jazz up drinks for Memorial Day

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This is a fun way to add color to water or punch bowls. Pour 3 parts diet lemon line soda to one part vodka with fresh mint leaves and you have a low cal refreshing adult beverage. For a graduation party, try to use fruit of the schools colors. This can work well for a beverage station at a shower or anything.

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Some ideas:  Blueberries and champagne or Cherries and vodka with red bull 

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Tuesday’s Tips: consider a curtain, scarf or sheets for dressing a tablescape…

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From bedroom interior to tablescape. Yes I know it’s not the same blanket. However the purple hue made me think how easily we could use a scarf, sheets or curtains with a bold pattern for transforming a tabletop.

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Have you repurposed something for dressing a table?