Monthly Archives: November 2013

thanksgiving a la swoozies

After a few weeks of perusing inspiration boards and photos, I finally came up with my Thanksgiving tablescape and place settings for this year with the help of my lovely friends at Swoozies!

AND I’m bringing it to you a week early! What good is a holiday tablescape the day of anyway? Hopefully this will inspire your own table in plenty of time for next week.

 To show it off, I celebrated an early “Friendsgiving” with some of my closest friends. Georgetown Events Catering sent over a delicious feast from Jetties.  And needless to say, I am certain that this was the first of many food comas to come…

Large Chalkboard/Serving Tray – c/o Swoozies

Burlap Silverware Pockets + Chalkboard Nameplates – c/o Swoozies

(I can’t decide if the nameplates should be full name or initials – What do you think?)

“Family, Turkey, Nap, Good Times” Napkins – c/o Swoozies

Chalkboard Wine Tags – c/o Swoozies

“Family, Turkey, Nap, Good Times” Stadium Cups - c/o Swoozies

Slate Wine Bottle Topper - c/o Swoozies

Mini Chalkboard Trays – c/o Swoozies

“Turkey & Pie & Football, OH MY!” Napkins –  c/o Swoozies

“We Gather Together” Platter – c/o Swoozies

Chalkboard Food Signs - c/o Swoozies

Gold Chevron Placemat - c/o Swoozies

(Follow along on instagram to see our #whatiamthankfulfor #responses)

Don’t forget to check out the rest of the Swoozies Thanksgiving Collection.

P.S. DC area friends – If you’re around for the holiday, you can order your own Thanksgiving meal from Georgetown Events Catering for the day of or days leading up to Thanksgiving.

More info on how to order HERE.

ultimate hostess gift guide

I never show up to party or gathering empty-handed.

Even if it’s just a simple card or bottle of vino, I always have something in tote. With Thanksgiving next week and Holi-parties beginning to start shortly after, I’ve done some research and have some recommendations so you can get a head start on all your host & hostess gifts over the next few months. And hey, some of these make pretty darn cute gifts for loved ones of yourself!  (I’ve already called dibs on the new Anthropologie GOLD Monogram Mug! – perhaps an “B”, “A”, AND “C”. )

FOR THE BAR

 

(#1. Monogrammed Wine Tote by Potter Barn)
(#2 Wine Bar Set by Kate Spade)

(#3. Mini Wine Rack on Etsy)

(#4. “After Party” Wine Tote by Society Social – see others here)

(#5. Cocktail Shaker by Anthropologie)

(#6. Wine Bow Ties by World Market)

(#7. Cocktail Book by Jonathan Adler)

(#8. Wine Tags by World Market)

 

FOR THE HOME

(#1. Wine Scented Candles by Rewined)

(#2. Fabric Wrapped Soaps by West Elm)

(#3. Matches by Society Social)

(#4. Wall Hooks by West Elm)

(#5. Candle by Kate Spade)

(#6. Monogrammed Ornament by Pottery Barn)

(#7. Champagne Pop Candle by Jonathan Adler)

(#8. Fresh Flowers – image via)

FOR THE KITCHEN

(#1. Limited Edition Gold Monogram Mug by Anthropologie – my 3 fave letters above)

(#2. “Made with Love” Cookie Stamp by Anthropologie)

(#3. Chalkboard Napkin Rings by Mark and Graham)

(#4. Individual Cupcake Holders by Pottery Barn)

(#5. Fork Cheese Markers by C.Wonder)

(#6. Coasters Set by Kate Spade)

(#7. Mouse Cheese Knife by Sur La Table)

 (#8. His & Her Coffee Mugs by Shop Dandy)

 Now, you can also DIY – but we’ll save that for another post…

how-to: macarons + mimosas

When you first hear “macarons + mimosas”, you might think springtime, bridal showers or even Easter brunch. Now those are all quite appropriate occasions to indulge in macarons and sip on mimosas, but may I suggest a fall spin?  I did just that this past weekend at the Dagne Dover event I hosted at Urban Chic and it worked just as well so I had to share with you below.

Apple Cider Mimosas

These are similar to the Apple Cider Bourbon Mimosas I posted earlier this season (sans the bourbon and fancy garnishes).

Ingredients: 

  • 2 parts Bubbly
  • 1 part Apple Cider (fresh or store bought)
  • Dash of Cinnamon
  • Few pinches of Sugar
  • Orange Juice (for the rim)

Directions:

This cocktail mix is all about the taste and there are no formal measurements involved (read: easy).

  1. Dip the rim of the glass in a bowl of OJ and then into the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  2. Fill each glass 3/4 full of champagne (more or less, up to you!)
  3. Add a splash of apple cider.
  4. Voila!

Fall Macarons

For this occasion, Macaron Bee was sweet enough to send some treats our way to enjoy. However, whether you’re picking out flavors or making your own, chose ones with fall flavors in mind. We had pumpkin spice and raspberry macarons which were also orange and pink to match the overall color scheme of the day.

P.S. Pumpkin Spice Macarons = mini pumpkin pies, delish!

The Details:

As you might of guessed, this is my favorite part. You can find delicious recipes for drinks but it’s really the details that can leave a lasting impression on your guests while pulling it all together. Below are a few tips that I used for the day but they really can be applied to any celebration you host to make your guests feel that much more special. Oh and the pretty presentation doesn’t hurt either.

1. Presentation + Containers: I used glass carafes for the bubbly and apple cider and set up a mimosa bar complete with a cinnamon + sugar in glass bowls. Simple things like pouring the champagne out of its bottle and apple cider out of the pot (or store bought container) make it so much more pleasing to look at. I also used a copper ice bucket for waters, this gold serving tray for the drinks, mason jars for straws and a tiered stand for the macarons.

2. Party Supplies + Colors: If you keep your color scheme simple (1-2 colors, 3 at most), it makes purchasing supplies easier too. I chose pink and orange with accents of gold for this day. It was bright and playful but also tied in the drinks and macaron colors. For party supplies, pick items with your theme in mind too. Just like with apparel, prints + pattern mixing is totally appropriate. I chose pink polka dot cocktail napkins and used orange striped paper straws from my fave: Swoozies (it’s safe to assume I have used just about every color of these now).

3. Labels: Labeling items on display is also a great way to add a little something more to any presentation. This can go beyond placecards  on dining tables and buffet items. I tied on gift tags that read “cheers” and “cider” to each of the carafes on the mimosa bar. I also used chalkboard labels for my sugar container.

3. Finishing Touches: Last but certainly not least, the “finishing touches”. Add candles (I used a pumpkin spice one), fresh flowers (peonies) and bows around carafes, mason jars and wherever deems appropriate.  At the last minute for this occasion, I decided to purchase mini sparking san pellegrinos. I play by the rule that even when everything is checked off my list, there is normally one last detail left that might of slipped my mind. In this case, it was the waters. This is the type of detail that you might not think of at first but one that is greatly appreciated later by guests and makes sure nothing is left unnoticed.

So before we move full swing force ahead in the holiday posts, here is one last theme that is fitting for celebrating a fall birthday,  hosting a book club or shower, brunch with the girls or “just because”. Try it out! Let me know how you decide to use it!

tuckernuck holiday shop opening!

Tuckernuck has easily become one of my favorite retailers – their all-American style with brands from Barbour to Britt Ryan & Elizabeth McKay make it a one stop shop for those that appreciate classic pieces. This is also why I am uber exited that they will be having a PopUp Shop over the holidays this year. And guess what? THIS Thursday, I am a co-host for their Holiday Store Opening (along with Necessary & Proper, Society Social, Read Wall, zestt & Chubbies) – so if you’re in the DC area, please stop by Georgetown for some seasonal beverages and styling!

Here are few of the latest pieces I’m loving on Tuckernuck (#tuckernucking).

southern blog society fall meetup

This past weekend, I spent my Saturday with the Virginia + DC ladies of the Southern Blog Society. We headed out to Middleburg, Virginia via Reston Limo and were hosted by the fabulous staff at Greenhill Winery & Vineyards.

{Julie of Julie Leah}

We sipped on wine around a fire and snapped more than enough photos despite our windblown locks. I guess that’s what happens when you put a bunch of fashion and lifestyle bloggers on a limo bus and ship them out of the city – instagrams for days. Overall, we enjoyed a windy, yet lovely fall afternoon in the country.

 

{Cathy of Poor Little It Girl}

Southern Blog Society meet ups are always a delight and it’s so nice to see blogger friends and meet new faces. Special thank you to Julie and Cathy for organizing the afternoon.

Shirt: J.CREW (similar here) // Vest: J.CREW // Belt: Target // Jeans: J.Brand // Boots: Nine West // Sunnies: Anthropologie // Arm Party: J.CREWStella & Dot & Alex and Ani // Ring: c/o Blee Inara // Necklaces: DKM & J.CREW (similar here) //  Fall Paws: OPI – Just a Little Rosti

SBS recently featured H&T on their site and it was such an honor! I am so happy to be a part of this great community and if you have your own blog (and live in the South), I strongly encourage you to join!

Cheers!