December 4, 2013 | by cyd
For the longest time I just didn’t get the Bloody Mary fascination that seems to run rampant among my family and friends. A few years ago though I finally tasted one that I deemed tolerable. From there it became my personal mission to figure out the best way to mix and sip a Bloody Mary so that I too would “get it.” Now, get it I definitely do. In our town the classic Bloody Mary is a New Year’s Day staple, served up at bars and restaurants all over town. That said, I also love the idea of treating family and friends to brunch this holiday season complete with a make your own Bloody Mary bar. That’s where Andrea, Samantha and Jade and Matthew come in today! They created this amazing Bloody Mary bar to help inspire a little holiday cheer at your next brunch.
- Tomato juice
- Clamato juice
- Lemon and lime wedges
- Cherry tomatos
- Tabasco sauce
- A variety of olives
- A variety of pickled veggies
- Fresh cracked black pepper
- Vodka and gin
- Celery salt for glass rim
Set up a table or sideboard loaded with all the ingredients for the ultimate Bloody Mary and invite guests to help themselves. A variety of juices, liquor, veggies, Tabasco sauce and garnishes will allow guests to mix their drink to suit their own taste. For a bit of extra fun, consider playing with different kinds of ice, too. Think ice made with Tabaso or celery leaf for an extra punch of flavor!
Stay tuned tomorrow for more delicious brunch ideas and recipes to round out your holiday brunch festivities!
[Styling by Andrea Harper of Gray Harper Event Maker | Photos by Jade + Matthew Take Pictures.]
December 3, 2013 | by cyd
I feel a bit as though I should have warned you that we’re face planting right into all things Christmas around here. Because my house smells like Christmas pine and we’re working our way through our holiday shopping list and, well, that’s how it goes in my world. I’m literally a freak for Christmas. My mom always made it so much fun for us kids and now well into our late 20s and early 30s, our family still keeps many of those same traditions alive. Last night we dug out all our bins of Christmas decorations and I delighted in unwrapping everything. Old ornaments that were once my grandmother’s, the spun glass star ornaments I bought for the first tree I had of my own, and velvet stockings soon to be overflowing with goodies. So this color palette perfectly captures where I’m at these days. Daydreaming of fresh pine, sugared cranberries and enjoying every bit of this holly jolly season.
[Photos, from top: Kimberly Genevieve for Design Love Fest | Sugar & Charm | Jenny Haas Photography.]
December 2, 2013 | by cyd
It’s been a while since the last installment of The Weekly Dozen, so it seems rather appropriate today. Following Thanksgiving, this weekend was all about starting to get ready for Christmas! (Insert cartwheels, excessive holiday music and exuberant jingle bells here.) We made gingerbread ornaments, baked Christmas cookies, tackled a bit of shopping and watched National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Yesterday we went on a little Christmas adventure, meeting up with B’s family at the Christmas tree farm to cut down our respective trees. All I can say is that two trees, a flurry of snowballs and a bunch of hot cocoa and cookies later and we were one happy gaggle. Plus, I’ve decided that a Christmas tree farm is essentially heaven earth – I’m convinced it gets no better!
[Photos by Cyd Converse.]
December 2, 2013 | by chelsea
by Chelsea Costa
In case you can’t already tell, I’m into tiny things right now. I’ve also been trying to think of projects that are simple and cost-effective for the holidays. Sometimes with all of the excess of shopping and sales and the holiday madness, I enjoy keeping things small but beautiful on the DIY front. These little mini holiday wreaths are almost free and can be used to dress up your holiday table, mantle, or just a lonely doorknob. With a little creativity and an eye for useful pieces that you can probably find right in your backyard, you can whip these up in no time.
- greenery, berries, twigs, etc. (All of mine were found on a neighborhood scavenging expedition with my 3-year-old niece!)
- binder clips
- baker’s twine
Start by gathering various types of greenery, twigs, and berries. The branches or twigs that work best should be somewhat thin and flexible. If your branches are dirty or a little stiff, soak them in warm water for a few minutes. Then wind them into a wreath shape and secure the ends together with a binder clip while they dry and take shape. My mini wreaths were 3-4″ in diameter.
Once the greenery is dry, tie a short length of baker’s twine right at the spot where the binder clip is holding the wreath together. Remove the binder clip, being sure that the twine is tight enough to hold the greenery in place. Tie a small bow.
If your wreath needs a little something extra, insert some berries into the top of the wreath by sliding the stem through the knot in the baker’s twine. Adjust until the berries are situated to your preference. Finally, if your branches are a little wild, feel free to give your wreath a little haircut!
That’s all! I think these would be so sweet at a holiday place setting, or hung in a row all together. You could even string them onto a longer piece of twine and have a whole garland of mini wreaths! Tiny is good — happy holidays! xoxo
[Photos by Lovely Indeed for The Sweetest Occasion.]
Gold baker’s twine - Kawaii Goodies
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November 29, 2013 | by cyd
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