If You Love Wine, You’re Gonna Really Love This!

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**UPDATE** This event has been put on hold for the time being.  We’re working on the best ways to bring you this information and will update you as soon as possible.

I hope you all are ready today for a really fun announcement!  I have been so excited to share with you an upcoming project that I’m working on, that I have been bursting at the seams to share.

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You all love wine as much as I do, right?  I thought so, so I wanted to do something to include you in my next entertaining series.  Drumroll please… I’ve partnered with Cambria Estate Winery in California to launch a series this spring all about tasting, pairing, and entertaining with wine.  AND we’re kicking off the entire series with a virtual wine tasting next week! This is the part I am dying over. We’ve managed to get Denise Shurtleff – the head winemaker for the brand – to join me and all of you for a virtual meet up.  Denise and I will be sharing tips for an easy and down to earth wine tasting that will enable you to add pairings and maybe a tasting of your own to upcoming parties.
We’re featuring a couple of Cambria’s favorites, Katherine’s Vineyard Chardonnay, Tepusquet Vineyard Syrah, and Julia’s Vineyard Pinot Noir.  You can participate in a few different ways:
    1. Grab yourself these wines and saddle up to your computer to taste each one with us.
    2. Grab a few friends and do it together!  Split the cost of the wine and gather around the computer for the tasting.
    3. Join us and take notes!  You will learn a thing or two even if you didn’t get a chance to grab the wine before the event.

You only have to sign in once per computer that will be logged on, so if you join with friends, only one person has to sign up! Sign up’s will be open until 6am the day of the event, then we’ll send an email with the virtual hangout link an hour before the event.  Please know, you do NOT have to be on camera for this hangout!  You can still watch us without a camera or with your camera option off. This will not be recorded, so please be sure to join us for the live event!

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Chic & Casual March Madness Party

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skip the march madness spring party

I have a confession to make.  I hate March Madness.  Actually better put, I hate basketball.  Each year when the tournament rolls around and I get emails and texts inquiring my level of interest in filling out a bracket (zero), I remember my distaste for the whole event.  I have realized over the years, however, that I will not beat March Madness and my love for my friends and for entertaining is much, much greater than my hatred for the game.

So, being the entertainer that I am, I cannot ignore that throughout the month, the people congregating in my house will, indeed, be watching the games and I will carry on doing what I enjoy doing most, throwing a party.

When I say the word party, you should know that I say that loosely.  In my house, where three or more are gathered, a party exists and this weekend was no different.  It wasn’t necessarily planned, but that is what I love most about entertaining and with a few small tricks up my sleeve, I was able to pull off a pretty great march madness party with little prep. [Read more…]

Spread the Spring

springy limoncello blush cocktail basket

Although it doesn’t quite feel like spring here in Ohio, I did smell the first signs of it this weekend with our 40 degree weather!  It’s a cool, but fresh smell with a hint of sweetness.  Do you know what I mean?  Matt and I always talk about how we can smell a season before it arrives.

I know that spring is indeed coming, so I’m busy preparing for the sparkling sunshine and colorful flowers that are right around the corner. After returning from Las Vegas last week, I got a little dose of what’s to come, and felt a need to share it with friends who are still working to get our of their winter funk by delivering little doses of spring.

I got started on thinking about what exactly it is that makes me feel the spring.  Do you know what it is for you? I know exactly what to put into a basket to help ‘Spread the Spring’ and even made a video to show you how to do it.  [Read more…]

New Year’s Eve Confetti Poppers

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I know, I know, I know!  It’s a bit early for new years eve projects, but I need to post this early for two reasons.  First, this uses the empty insides of a wrapping paper roll (so go ahead and keep those!).  Secondly, Ill be taking a brief blog break from Christmas through NYE and wanted to get this one in before I take off!

I originally was going to do confetti filled balloons that everyone can burst and there would be a fortune inside, but I’m pretty terrified of bursting balloons, so the logistics behind that post just weren’t going to work out, but as I lay in bed and run my mind through the action of projectile shooting confetti, this simple use of a balloon came to mind. I was happy when it actually worked!

Confetti-Popper

 

confetti popper balloon confetti tutorial

ONE use a very hearty wrapping paper roll and slice it in 4″ segments using a serrated knife. TWO cut a balloon just about 1 cm above where the curve begins. THREE get your fingers in the neck of the balloon and stretch it to the size of the wrapping paper roll.  FOUR stretch the balloon around the roll, leaving about a quarter sized opening.

fill your confetti popper

Just fill up the popper with confetti, then wrap it with our pretty PRINTABLE PAPER WRAP!

It’s a pretty quick project that can easily be made with things from the grocery store.  We just made the confetti by using a hole punch on silver paper.  It worked perfectly!

Have fun with this one!

Easy Christmas Champagne

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I love a good champagne cocktail as much as the next girl, but sometimes, since they can’t be made ahead and have to be assembled on the spot, it can get confusing if guests need to make it themselves or if you’re not around to tell people how it’s made.  When I know I’ll be busy greeting people or cooking, I just love serving bubbly straight up. It’s simple, crisp, and can be beautiful too.  Dressing up simple champagne is so easy, but looks very impressive.

 

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All I do is rim a few glasses with a damp towel, then dip into colored sugar (in this case, red, but gold would be beautiful too).  Add a sprig of rosemary into each glass ahead of time and you’re done!  Not only do they look gorgeous on the bar, there is no question about recipes or proportions, friends can just serve themselves!  The added touch still makes everything look and feel so special without having to do too much prep work.  It’s a perfect balance!

Cheers!