Spring is the perfect season for entertaining! There are a few holidays to celebrate and always a birthday or shower to host. One of my favorite ways to entertain is a simple brunch. The menu is less complicated than a dinner party. When it comes to styling a brunch table, I add elements that add lots of light, pops of color and a touch of gold. Keeping this trio in mind, it is very easy to create a balanced look that’s also inviting for any guest. The best part is that it doesn’t have to cost a fortune to create a beautiful tabletop design. The Better Homes & Gardens collection has many versatile dishes and accents at an affordable price. I styled this brunch table with a few of of my favorite pieces from their collection and you can too! I’m giving away two $100 gift cards to use for decorating your perfect brunch party. Details at the end of the post!
Happy spring everyone! I have another yummy cocktail featured on Better Homes and Gardens. My husband recently went to a craft beer conference and brought back these fragrant floral oils by Amoretti. I tried the hibiscus extract and immediately wanted to create a tropical cocktail recipe. Both the rose and hibiscus extract oils can be used in cocktails and baked goods as flavoring. This cocktail is perfect for summer parties like picnics, brunches, pool or beach parties. Try out the pineapple hibiscus daiquiri recipe for happy hour this week. Maybe even for Cinco de Mayo tomorrow, cheers!
Also exciting updates coming in a few weeks. I’m heading to Italy with my mom this month and when I return I’ll have a big announcement! I started working on this project a couple months ago and can’t wait to share. Planning Pretty will never be the same ;)
Hi everyone! I know I’ve been away for quite a while. I’m in the midst of contributing, planning a trip to Italy with my mom and planning for a new project. I stay the most active on Instagram and I’m also starting to play around with Snapchat! Joe and I just took a mini road trip to Phoenix to visit family and friends. Lots of cool places to share. My newest cocktail for Better Homes and Gardens is published. It’s a blood orange spritzer made with vodka and a spicy blood orange soda. It is so good! I used Sipp natural sodas which are now popping up in Targets all over. There’s a kick of jalepeno in the blood orange flavor and it pairs so well with delicious spicy or Latin foods. Definitely a good pick for upcoming Cinco de Mayo parties. Bounce over to BHG Delish Dish’s blog for the full recipe, cheers!
Hi everyone! Sharing another cocktail recipe I made for Better Homes and Gardens. This one is definitely my favorite so far. I do love sweeter cocktails, but a spicy Blood Mary wins me over every time. Joe and I had a great time finishing these off after the photo shoot was done. I chose shrimp for the garnish because I love shrimp and it’s a Louisiana staple, especially after it’s soaked in hot sauce, tomato juice and seasonings. I added about two ounces of vodka but honestly you can put as much as you like. There’s enough flavor! The full recipe is on the Delish Dish blog. Try out the Creole Bloody Mary this weekend for brunch, cheers!
Hi everyone! Quick post today, I just wanted to share that my first article is now live on Apartment Therapy. I am so honored to be one of their writers and share helpful tips for making a happy home. I love reading Apartment Therapy! When we moved into our first apartment five years ago, I read every article I could. Once we had a bigger place in Oakland, I took off with decorating and DIYing. Now that we have even more space in Long Beach, we’re starting to garden, wallpaper, paint and do even more projects. I think everyone deserves to love the home they live in no matter how much they make. Apartment Therapy is dedicated to making that lifestyle achievable for so many apartment dwellers. Here’s my article on Bright Ways to Beautify a Boring Bookcase! Share, leave a comment and let me know what you think :)