Now that it's officially Spring, I'm ready for warmer weather and look forward to entertaining with family and friends. For me, Easter has always been a signifier of Spring and this year I decided to put together a tablescape that would work for the Easter holiday but would also transition into the new season without too much hassle.
When I think Spring, I think pink. I'll admit pink isn't my favorite color to decorate with, I much prefer neutrals; however, I wanted to make sure to add a few pops of color into the design to really stand out. It works perfectly for Easter too! I chose to accent with the placemats, flowers and votives. Small touches that add big impact. The runner also ties it all together (more about that later).
My Easter decor inventory is pretty much non-existent, and so I headed to Target (naturally) to stock up. I found the cutest rabbit salt and pepper shakers, a $5 watering can to utilize as a centerpiece and egg-shaped appetizer plates.
I hated leaving these adorable egg-shaped plates bare, but I wanted you to be able to get a clear look at them! It's the perfect setting for an adorable napkin fold or a place card for Easter brunch guests.
If you know me, you know I'm all about my sweets. Cupcakes, carrot cakes, cookies - I don't discriminate. In the Target dollar section, I found these adorable mini cake stands which were the perfect size for the gluten-free cupcakes I scored at Giant. And yes, these little stands were only $1.00. I know. I'm also obsessed.
I can't forget to discuss that adorable table runner. Also from Target (I have an addiction), I loved that this would be able to withstand a couple of seasons. It's got blue, pink, yellow and is an off-white shade so it'll really be able to transition into Summer too.
Aside from the fact that this tablescape works with seasons, not just one holiday, it also works for different occasions. I set it up for a brunch with some sweet treats but it could also work well for a night with the girls, a dinner (I'd recommend adding some more blue so that it's a little less bright) or a tea party for the little ones.
We're just days away from the Super Bowl and the end of football season. As the New England Patriots take on the Atlanta Falcons on February 5, 2017, millions of people will be gathering together to watch.
Show of hands: How many of you start to get tired of the same snacks and drinks at the end of football season? We love our cheesesteaks and beer as much as the next Philly sports fan; however, by February we're ready to mix it up (Although can we bring the Eagles back? We miss you Wentz).
Today, we're sharing our Super Easy Super Bowl Sangria that everybody at the party will love. It's easy to make for a crowd, and puts a creative twist on beer this time of year. You read that right... beer!
It might sound a little different, but how good are ciders and shandy's? Those flavorful and fruity notes are even better when heightened with the fruits themselves. We're using Samuel Adams Octoberfest because it's not too sweet and the caramel flavors are the perfect cold-weather touch. You could use just about any wheat beer for this recipe, although we highly recommend a good craft beer to get the best flavor profile.
ACE's Super Easy Super Bowl Sangria
yield: serves about 4
1/2 - 1 bottle(s) apple cider (you could also use a hard cider for this!)
1 bottle wheat beer
2 apples, sliced
2 pears, sliced
1 orange, sliced
Directions: Put 3/4 fruit slices into a pitcher. Add your apple/hard cider and beer and stir. When serving, pour the sangria over the remaining fruit slices and ice.
* We don't recommend letting this sit the way you would allow a wine sangria because of the carbonation of the beer. Serve immediately.
** If you opt to use a hard cider instead of apple cider, we recommend going with something more tart so that you don't have to stir in sugar for sweetness.
I don't know about you all, but over here at Alexandria Catherine Events we're gearing up to deck our halls. I've been seeing all sorts of beautiful decorations taking over window displays at department stores and my Pinterest is flooded with fabulous DIY projects for the season. The Ornament Wreath is popping up in magazines, Pinterest and social media accounts everywhere, and it's one trend you don't want to miss out on this year. Bonus: You can put it together yourself in one afternoon!
Styrofoam Circle / Form
Ornaments (I found a tub of 50 at Michaels and mixed them with a smaller assortment)
Hot Glue Gun
Hot Glue Sticks
We started by hot gluing ornaments of the same size around the perimeter of the wreath form, careful to keep them as even as possible. It helped to keep newspaper underneath (it's messy... we had a lot of glitter!) and gently push on the ornament to make sure it's touching the flat surface below it.
Note: If you're using glitter ornaments, make sure to give them a little extra glue and time to dry.
Once you form the perimeter, work your way 'around' the wreath towards the inside. Most of our ornaments were of the same size; however, we intermixed some smaller ones as well to help cover the spots that showed through.
Ta-da! Our wreath is (almost) complete. Select a ribbon that matches the color scheme that you picked for your ornaments and weave it through any open crevices at the top so that you can hang the wreath up on a front door, above a mantel, etc. A sparkling stunner, this wreath is sure to be the topic of many conversations this holiday season.