Christmas Series: Desert Tables

My favorite part of hosting a chic party has to be the desert table. It’s fun, usually the center of attention + can be themed to match whatever occasion you’re wanting to create. In our case, we are celebrating Christmas (YAY) so I’ve shared some desert table inspiration in preparation for this holiday season.

133982157635799644_tcSHpoEI_c Choose a (realistic) number of treats you’d like to serve – no need to overwhelm yourself! Less is usually more

268808671479040756_DH8qJrnn_cUse decorative platters, cake trays + dessert stands to beautifully present your sweets

265360603013545116_1he9UJVj_cAdd an element of fun by incorporating a Candy Bar (my personal favorite), perfect for kids + adults alike

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145100419213921900_ZN1VYNVR_cCustomize your color palette to your party or event, pink is perfect for a girls afternoon of sweets + champagne

For more holiday entertaining inspiration, you can also visit my pinterest page here

Christmas Series: Holiday Treats

Christmas is synonymous with decadent sweets + treats, so it’s important that whether you’re entertaining or simply a guest to bring your A-game when serving up holiday treats. Something as simple as a variety of home-baked sweets, beautifully assembled with champagne is more than enough to make your guests swoon.

I’ve shared some yummy holiday recipes below:

Gingerbread

White Chocolate Peppermint Cupcakes

Recipe

Caramel Toffee Cupcakes

Recipe

Candy Cane Cakepops

Recipe

Caramel Topped Shortbread Bites

Recipe

Peppermint Bark

Recipe

Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies

Recipe

Cranberry Bliss Bars

Recipe

My next Series will cover: Dessert Table Styling!

Healthful Options for Clean Eating

I’ve had a lot of you asking me about my diet (I hate that term, I prefer to think of it as nourishing my body with what it truly needs) and healthy alternatives that I like to indulge in. I say indulge because I truly enjoy eating healthy. On the other hand, I also have a sweet tooth + I find a good balance by trying to eat healthy 80% of the time + allow myself little ‘treats’ 20% of the time.

Like I’ve mentioned before, once you can allow yourself to find balance + to look at food as fuel instead of only what you ‘can’t’ have, it makes the process that much more enjoyable + easy to stick to. We’re going for long-term health here, I’m not one who believes in fads or crazy diets. I’ve shared some healthy alternatives below to hopefully inspire you to make small changes everyday!

Healthful Alternatives + Recipes

Quinoa + Kale Patties

Crispy Chicken Parmesan

Crispy Brussel Sprouts w/ Garlic Aioli

Almond + Flaxseed Granola

Shrimp Tacos w/ Cilantro Lime Sauce

Pinterest is a great resource to find healthy recipes + inspiration, I encourage you to check it out

Keep Warm with these Hot Drinks

It’s starting to get chilly out! Whether you’ve just gotten to the office or winding down after a long stressful day, indulging in a yummy hot drink can help take you out of that winter funk. If only for a moment. I’ve shared some recipe links below of some hot drinks I’m excited to try!

1. Mexican Hot Cocoa

Recipe Here

2. White Chocolate, Hot Cocoa w/ Coconut + Rum

Recipe Here

3. Chocolate Espresso w/ Cream

Recipe Source

4. Pumpkin Spiced Latte

Recipe Here

5. Hot Chocolate On A Stick

Recipe Here

Cinco de Mayo Party Guide

First things first, Happy Friday!! I hope you all had a great week, I know I am looking forward to some fun + relaxation this weekend! Speaking of the weekend, Cinco de Mayo is only 1 sleep away! Time to create the perfect little party for friends + family! I love Cinco de Mayo, what’s not to love? Margaritas, Mexican food + colorful decor. Whether you prefer to take your party outdoors or opt for a fabulous fiesta inside, I’ve included some staple must-haves to complete your celebrations:

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1. Fun + stylish invites
2. A great, colorful centerpiece. Party City has loads of fun, festive decor just for the occasion
3. A Tequila Bar! Celebrate over Margaritas
4. Mexican-inspired appetizers – include a taco station, where guests can fix their own trimmings to their taste buds content!
5. Tequila-infused popsicles – makes for a sweet treat to end the night

Champagne Cocktails + Cotton Candy

The sheer thought of the weekend sends excitement through my veins! With the weekend only hours away, it’s time to start thinking about entertaining! To inspire your girls-night, I’ve included this adorable guide to champagne cocktails!! This weekend calls for sun, sun, sun so grab a few of your best girlies + have them over for champagne cocktails + chic cotton candy for a night not to be missed!

Fashionable Foodie {Comfort Food}

I loove this modern take on the classic rainy-day staple: Tomato Soup + Grilled Cheese Sandwhich. There’s really nothing better on a gloomy rainy day than this! But just because we’re dealing with food, doesn’t mean that we can’t still be chic. As I’m sure you already know by now, I’m a bit of a perfectionist, and I like everything I create to have a very carefully crafted look to it! These are some great examples of how we can {without too much time + effort} take something as simple as a grilled cheese + soup + turn it into something spectacular! Enjoy!