It's hard to believe Easter is less than a week away! This is always one of my favorites holidays filled with so much tradition, family and hope. Every year for as long as I can remember, we've gone to church as a family and then had an elaborate brunch. While I've never hosted my own Easter brunch, I have a feeling when I do it will look something like this! There's nothing I love more than a tablescape filled with bright colors, unexpected details and lots of sweets!Read More
It seems like just yesterday we were ringing in 2017 and now spring is already here! This is my favorite season - I love eating al fresco, the bright flowers blooming and the extra hour of sunlight! Spring is also the perfect time to gather friends and host a casual but color brunch or dinner party.Read More
For most schools in Texas, spring break kicks off today! Even though I don't get the week off, this time of year always symbolizes the start of so many fun waterside activities. This is such a fun and super easy project perfect for all those days spent by the pool, at the beach or lake.Read More
I know in some parts of the country it's still winter but in Texas, spring weather is already here! Our flowers are blooming like crazy and spring break kicks off this weekend. Things have been crazier than usual around here so it's been a little more quite but I'm getting back into the swing of things this week and I have some fun posts coming your way!
First up, the most perfect springtime sangria and floral bar cart inspiration. This was part of a collaborative shoot with a group of local creatives at The West Studios and I love how the bar cart really makes a statement. Phuong from Mibellarosa created the lush greenery piece and Jenny with A Fine Flourish hand lettered the cocktail signage on a watercolor print. I love how everything turned out! I've used edible flowers in cocktails before, but I mixed it up this time with a colorful white wine sangria. It's super easy to make and will without a doubt impress your drinking companions! ;)
FLORAL INFUSED SANGRIA RECIPE
Makes four servings
1 bottle of semi dry white wine. I used Sauvignon Blanc but Pinot Grigio or a white blend would work too! Just don't use something too oaky like Chardonnay or too sweet like Moscato
2 ounces rose infused simple syrup - I found this at Central Market but any upscale liquor store should have it
Juice from half a lemon
Three mint springs
The day before you plan to serve the sangria, you'll need to make the floral ice cubes. I used square silicon ice cube molds for a more modern look but regular ice cube trays would work too. You'll want to boil the water first to ensure the cubes aren't cloudy like standard ice. After the water boils, let cool for a few minutes then transfer to the silicon molds filling 3/4 to way to the top. Then add an edible flower into each mold and freeze overnight.
When you're ready to make the sangria, put the mint leaves in a pitcher and muddle with a long spoon. Fill the pitcher with the floral ice cubes, white wine, lemon juice and rose simple syrup. Stir until combined and well chilled. Fill wine glasses with a few additional floral ice cubes and pour the sangria over ice. Add a couple edible flowers for garnish. Cheers!
Photos by Michelle Able Photography
You could look at my Instagram feed for 2.5 seconds and tell that I have a serious pink obsession. Even when I try to branch out and incorporate other colors, I always come back to pink. So it's no surprise Valentine's is my second favorite holiday! I love love of course, but I'm more in it for the sweets, pretty flowers and an excuse to wear an obnoxious amount of pink all month! Earlier this week, my good friend and super talented photographer, Michelle came over to shoot inspiration for a Valentine's/Galentine's party that's overflowing with all my favorite things. If you follow along on IG stories, you might have seen the behind the scenes craziness that was happening on my screened porch. As much as I would love a studio space for shoots like this, it's amazing what a huge roll of white paper can do!
When I setup tablescapes or parties, I always make sure to add a lot of layers and almost crowd the table. I like things a little messy when I style because I think it makes everything more interesting visually. Plus who doesn't love confetti sprinkled everywhere?!
I'm going to let the photos do most of the talking in this post, but I'll share little tidbits on how I pulled together the details throughout!
I've had the chance to work with Sydney, the talent behind Okie Doughkie multiple times over the past few weeks and she always does such an amazing job! I asked her to design cookies for the shoot inspired some of my favorite enamel pins and to create a more modern take on the traditional conversation hearts. I chose three fun phrases, "you're magic, heart of gold and hey cutie" and I LOVE how they turned out. If you're in the Houston area and looking for unique cookies for a party or gift, you must to reach out to Sydney!
After a few failed attempts to add brushstrokes to macarons, I've learned it's best to leave this to the professionals! I found these raspberry macarons at Central Market on Sunday and I knew they would be the perfect addition to the table. This particular party is centered around sweets and bubbly drinks so I wanted to make sure I had a fun assortment of pink desserts.
I found these festive wine glass charms in the Target dollar section. The tassels and the acrylic LOVE charms were originally separate but I love how combining them creates a layered look. Then I used die cut foam hearts from the craft store instead of coasters. This was a last minute addition to the table but it really compliments the other details!
For the drinks, I served berry flavored sparkling water with floating frozen strawberries and coupes filled with sparkling brut rosé garnished with a heart shaped Peep! I originally chose this garnish because of the cuteness factor and not for taste, but since Peeps are sticky in the middle, it stayed put on the glass when you're sipping. Functional AND cute!
How cute are these love letter and pencil cookies?! The envelope was inspired by this enamel pin and I love how it turned out.
Whether you're celebrating Valentines or Galentines, I hope this inspires you to make it a little sweeter this year!
Styling, design & flowers by Me | Photos by Michelle Able Photography & Cotton Weddings | Cookies by Okie Doughkie | Donuts from River Oaks Donuts | Table, chairs & pink plates from IKEA | Champagne coupes | Pink scalloped table & wine glass charms from Target | Macarons & heart shaped Peeps from Central Market