Holiday Wreath

This past weekend I attended a “Wreath Making Party” in Ashburn, VA. I had never heard of these Wine & Design parties but it turned out to be so much fun!

 

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The owner of Country Shabby Chic came over to my friends house with all of the supplies we needed to make our wreath and led us through the steps.

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What you will need:

  • Box Wire Wreath
  • 1 roll of Deco Mesh
  • Thick Wired Ribbon
  • Wooden Initial
  • Twist Tie (in wire form)
  • Twine
  • Optional: Jingle Bells, JOY sign, Reindeers, Cinnamon sticks etc

What you will do:

  • Fold your Deco Mesh in half and tie the end on with one of  your wire twist ties
  • Bunch the Deco Mesh in your hand and stuff through the bottom wire of your wreath, then the middle, then the top. You will do this two times in each section until you get to the end

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  • With your remaining Deco Mesh (there shouldn’t be much) you will tie that onto the top rack with a wire twist tie as well
  • Fluff your mesh
  • Make your bow (or pre-buy a bow!) tutorial here
  • Attach your bow with wire twists that go directly into the Deco Mesh
  • Tie the twine onto your wooden monogram letter and attach it to the bottom wire of the wreath
  • Hot glue gun any extras to your wreath

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If you live in the DC/MD/VA area contact Country Shabby Chic for your Wine and Design party — They do much more than wreath making. If you live somewhere else I’m sure there are Wine and Design consultants in your area.

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Throwback Thursday: My 30th Birthday

So, I turned THIRTY this year. I had a bit of a freakout realizing I am no longer in the 20-29 range when filling out a registration check box for something. Thankfully, I ended up getting over that pretty quickly. We had an amazing weekend in Maryland and we have a lot to look forward to this year so here we go, 30.

I came upstairs to the biggest balloon bouquet as soon as I woke up (I’ll spare you the picture of me in my pajamas)

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Shortly after breakfast, my grandma and I jumped into the car to pick up a sweet treat from a local bakery. These were mini cupcakes and they were VERY good! I enjoy mini cupcakes better than big ones so I can try a taste of each one.

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Adam made dinner reservations for the two of us in Baltimore at Woodberry Kitchen. If you are ever in the Baltimore area, I highly recommend this restaurant! The restaurant is not high-end but it’s charming atmosphere, skilled service and phenomenal food puts this high on my top food list.

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We started off with two appetizers. Homemade chips with a sour cream and onion dip and a sweet corn soup with lump crab meat. I wish I could recreate both!

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For dinner I ordered the chicken and biscuit dish and Adam had the seafood jambalaya. I never order chicken at a restaurant but this particular dish was pushed by our waiter. I am so glad I did because it was cooked to perfection!

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We ordered a CMP for dessert (cream, marshmallow and peanuts) and they also brought out a mini chocolate cupcake wishing me a happy birthday.

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I don’t think you can go wrong with anything on the menu here.

The next day my mom planned a dinner with our large family at a new restaurant in Annapolis, MD, Blackwall Hitch, and my Aunt even flew up from Florida to surprise me!

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My mom isn’t one for crafting but she worked hard putting everything together and it all turned out beautifully! The restaurant was very impressive getting all 20 of us all the correct food and everything tasted delicious. Adam ordered a Lilly Pulitzer theme cake from Cakes by Rachael that was funfetti on the inside with salted caramel buttercream filling. Yes, that is real life.

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It was a perfect weekend with the most perfect people. Bring on 30!

“Crack”ers (Cookie Style)

I received these “crack”ers a few years ago through a blogger Holiday Sweet Swap and could not get over how amazingly addictive something was for how simple it was to make. I’m pretty sure I ate the entire tin to myself that day and I’ve thought about making them ever since. Since we were slowly moving back into our apartment last December I skipped my usual baking spree. But this year, it.was.on. These would be perfect for a holiday party, they only take 10 minutes!

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“Crack”ers (Cookie Style)

Ingredients:

  • 1 box Club Crackers ( I only used about a sleeve and a half)
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter
  • 1 12 oz package MINI chocolate chips (<— must use mini)

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Line an 11 x 15 cookie pan that has a lip with foil.
  • Cover foil with one layer of crackers, breaking to fit bottom as necessary.
  • Heat sugar and butter together in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly for about 3 minutes.
  • Then pour and spread mixture over crackers while hot.  It will seep in and around the crackers and that is okay.
  • Bake for 5 minutes in 400 degree oven.
  • Remove from oven and sprinkle mini chocolate chips all over.  As chips melt, spread evenly with a spatula.
  • Place in refrigerator to cool.
  • When very cold break apart in large pieces peeling away the foil.  Then break into smaller serving size pieces and store in covered container in refrigerator until ready to serve.

Note:  the unevenness of the pieces makes these cookies attractive.  Do not expect to break them into the shape of the crackers.  Also, you must use MINI chips.  Regular sized chips do not melt appropriately.

Glamorous Bridal Shower

I told you I’ve been busy at Bridal & Baby showers lately! I’m a busy wedding bee this year 🙂

My sisters bridal shower was at Lakewood Country Club and it was a gorgeous spring day!

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The invitation went perfectly with our venue & theme.

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Her wedding colors are champagne and blush so we decided to play off those for the shower too. I always like to stay within wedding colors for a shower because I know the bride is guaranteed to love it.

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This was a seated luncheon so we had place cards for the guests – gold sparkles for chicken and pink for salmon. The circle garland on the above picture was bought off of Etsy as well… Etsy is my best friend when you’re a busy girl.

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Big thank you to Lakewood Country Club for alphabetizing these for me… For some reason I was not doing a good job!

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The guest book was a drawing of a tandem bicycle and guests were to leave their thumb prints in gold or pink and write their name above it.

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I bought the pink frame at Target and purchased the drawing here.

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The favors we’re so perfect for Ashleigh! Miniature bottles of Rose Champagne and a bag of chocolates. What girl doesn’t love champagne and chocolate?

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We also added a small candy table to give the guests something to snack on with dessert.

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I bought the candy at Party City who has entire sections of pink & gold candy making it easy on you. I made the pink covered pretzels because I couldn’t find them anywhere. I chose the raspberry sherbert candy topping from Michael’s and it was GOOD. I found most of the jars at TJ Maxx and tied them with sparkly ribbon I found at Michael’s.

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The take-out bags were pink chevron and polka dots that I purchased off of Etsy. I took a gold paint pen and wrote the date of the shower on each one to spice it up.

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My friend Crystal made the cake for me and as usual did an amazing job!

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She also made these pink rose cupcakes with edible gold dust. It’s great when a cake is pretty and tastes good.

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The I Do sign was perfect to go in between the windows above Ashleigh. Thanks Kelly!

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The gift table had a banner that said Bride to Be which I also purchased off of Etsy. We added flowers to the tables and Chris & Ashleigh’s engagement pictures throughout the room.

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Once the table was set with favors, pictures and flowers, we used the extra ribbon to tie around the napkins.

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You can never have too much glitter 😉

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We also added pink straws to each table for guests who weren’t drinking alcohol. The straw flags can be purchased here.

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Once the guests were seated we played the Almost Newlywed game with Ashleigh. Yes, I do this game at every shower — It’s a game that’s fun for everyone and doesn’t make anyone participate by wrapping toilet paper around themselves.

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Ashleigh did surprisingly well — but I think she cheated 😉

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 The glass Ashleigh is holding above was also purchased off of Etsy.

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Once the game was finished, lunch was served. I chose the salmon and it was cooked perfectly!

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Lastly, Ashleigh opened gifts. She got some amazing new things and I’m sure she will be cooking for her future husband verrrry soon.

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Congrats to my sissy!!

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We love you 🙂

Holiday Party 2012

 Happy Friday! I know I usually do Pinspiration posts on Friday’s but since I know a lot of us  have events on top of events each weekend this time of year I thought I’d post some Holiday Party Outfit inspirations! We actually have one to attend tonight and I’m still not sure what I’m wearing. Fitting, right?  Below are 3 outfits I made on polyvore – You can click on the picture to get the links to the actual clothing items. (It was easier than posting them all here).
Girls Holiday Party or Fun work Party
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Fancy Schmancy Holiday Party
Casual Holiday Party
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Questions: What kind of parties have you attended this year? We attended a casual one last week where I wore an outfit similar to the one above (you can see here). This week is  Adam’s company event so I’m thinking a dress or skirt!

Bachelorette Party Recap

My MOH planned the perfect trip to Miami for my bachelorette party! We stayed at a boutique hotel I had visited once before, The Clinton, in South Beach.

On the way down my fiance (now husband) hooked me up with first class seating! I told him he’s now screwed because I refuse to ever fly peasant status again.

He also sent a bottle of champagne to the room upon arrival. What a doll.

After a quick change and a mimosa or two, we went straight to the beach to soak up some sun!

When we got back to the room my girls had decorated and filled a beach bag with items for my honeymoon.

Sweetest.Girls.Ever.

Our first night consisted of dinner at a local spot on the water and continued with a cruise ride to see celebrity houses!

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After a few drinks and some running around like we don’t get out much, we got all dolled up to head to LIV.

LIV is the best club I’ve EVER been to. The music and the atmosphere made being awake for 24 hours worth it. I totally can’t hang anymore.

The next day my friend Jordin surprised me by joining us! We headed off to lunch on Ocean Drive and the place was just meh. The problem about South Beach restaurants is they automatically add 18% gratuity on every bill so they just don’t care to give good service.

We caught cabs to Perry’s Pool Party where we might have had a little too much fun?

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We headed back to the hotel for a power nap because we still had a big night ahead of us! Jessica (my MOH) made reservations at Sushi Samba for dinner, which was amazing!

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Somehow during dinner we talked our way into getting into LIV for Swedish House Mafia!

Amazing night. Amazing trip. Amazing friends.

Can we do it all over again?

Questions: Where is your favorite place to take a girls trip?