Happy Thanksgiving! My tablescape with Sparkle & Dine…

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Hello. I hope you all are enjoying the aromas and good food in the comfort of your families and friends. Today I share some decorating that is a collaboration with Sparkle and Dine, a company that creates themed parties in a box. I used items I had on hand and added Sparkle and Dine’s faux croc table runner, mercury glass candle holders and napkin rings (which I used to hold votive candles)…

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I wanted to create a glam centerpiece idea along the length of the runner. I added candleholders at different heights, layered different textures with a tall vase full of branches and feathers for drama.

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I wanted a color scheme that had the bright orange you see in the fall but with muted tones like gray and black and a little sparkle with silvers….

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Styling with Susty Party….

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Good morning. Ever wonder why some foods are marketed as breakfast when it’s so sweet and feels more like dessert? Donuts, most pastries and cheese danishes all feel like you’re eating dessert for breakfast.  This is some of my styling featuring Susty Party‘s straws, napkins and utensils, fun items to jazz up a table and make everything festive. You can purchase this brand at my beloved Target or sign up for up to $50 off at SustyParty.com. yes, up to fifty bucks off.

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It’s June!

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I am so excited for the summer months and any sort of travel I do. At the end of the summer I’m going to Arizona and cannot wait…

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June is definitely the kick off for a lot of things like ice cream sundaes…

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Dining outdoors…

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Outdoor weddings and showers…

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Hanging out on someone’s patio…

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Cooling off at the pool…

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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}