Wedding Wednesday | 1.14.15

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Year Gone By

1.1.15

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Happy New Year!

 

2014 has gone as fast as it came. Looking back, I have to say it was a decent year. Busy, but still good. I wanted to take this time to thank my readers and say I appreciate your comments, views, and shares. I hope that with all I have shared with you that you found something inspirational.

I wanted to share with you the top posts of this year. The ones you felt that were the most intriguing and got the most of your attention.

1. Mad Monday 3.3.14

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2. Throwback Thursday | Return of the 80’s

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3. Vintage Living in a Modern Age

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4. Fall Color Paint Palettes

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5. Stylish Saturday | Kentucky Derby 2014

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2014 was full of collaborations and wonderful posts. I only hope that this year brings all of you much joy and prosperity. I hope to continue to inspire and that you will continue to support Ke Event Designs.

Vintage Living in a Modern Age

I love being creative with everything from food to decorating my surroundings. I love patterns and color and texture. Using different mediums while decorating any space can give it a big boost. One thing I love using is color in a room to give an accent. A muted color with maybe an accent color on one wall or bold wallpaper is one way to incorporate color in a room.

When looking for furniture, I prefer to find unique things that fit my personality and overall style to go in a room or the house. Resale shops and consignment shops are great places to start. You are sure to find some gems there. Estate sales are also great resource for great finds. There’s also a great online option for vintage finds, Chairish. They have a wide variety of vintage furniture and decor accessories that are sure to add character to any space in your home, and can be easily styled.

Vintage George Nelson Walnut Spike Wall Clock
Chairish Vintage George Nelson Walnut Spike Wall Clock

This vintage George Nelson Spike Wall clock is a key example of a popular 50’s decor item that still goes perfectly with any modern decor.

Chairish Golden Velour Three Seat Sofa
Chairish Golden Velour Three Seat Sofa

This golden three seat sofa is just the pop of color to add to any family or living room. Has a vintage comfort and modern flair to it. I love the shape of this piece. It’s stylish without really having to try too hard.

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Benjamin Moore – Veil

This Benjamin Moore Veil shade would be a great base color in any room of the house. You should have a base color that you use throughout the house to build color off of. It helps to ground and connect the house design.

Art Deco Unique Burled Walnut Tall Dresser
Chairish Art Deco Unique Burled Walnut Tall Dresser

In any room you need a statement piece. Something that truly grounds the room’s design. This Art Deco dresser from Chairish definitely makes a bold statement. It’s classic and the shape is easy to incorporate in to any size room also. The scale of furniture is important. Can’t have a piece that won’t fit, no matter how great the piece is.

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Benjamin Moore – Cinder

Gray is a great color for a bedroom or living room. Maybe even a kitchen. Benjamin Moore Cinder is a great shade to add to one wall or all four. I love this shade because it’s warm and goes with pretty much any color.

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Ballard Designs Fretwork Trellis Wallpaper

Now I love a good pattern, and this Fretwork Trellis Wallpaper from Ballard Designs is a good example of a bold and chic pattern that can add to the design of a room. I think adding this paper to one wall as an accent would be enough to make a statement in a room.

1940s Chartreuse Slipper Chair
Chairish 1940s Chartreuse Slipper Chair

This vintage chartreuse chair would definitely be a great pairing with the fretwork trellis wallpaper. I love the contrast of a bold dark wall color with a bold piece of furniture.

I love adding vintage pieces to a room because it gives new character and style to the space. You don’t have to add a lot of things, just make sure that what you add means a lot to the space and you. Shop Chairish for more vintage finds for your home.

Fall is Here!!

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Fall began at 10:29pm last night. I am so excited and love this season so much, that I can’t wait to share the plethora of things I love this season. The colors haven’t began to change yet, but the hues are so magnificent. They began to contrast with the tree bark and grass they fall on.

Our fashion begins to change and evolve into thicker fabrics, more layers, and richer colors. The beautiful sweaters and the thick wool fabrics. They make me excited to get dressed! I love a warm sweater, colorful scarf, and a pair of jeans. With a pair of nice boots or ballerina flats.

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Plaids are also great for fall. Especially in rich colors like grey, wine, or wheat. A skirt or dress in plaid is great, but growing up going to Catholic schools, plaid became a favorite for me all year round.

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Wool coats are great! Warm and stylish. Paired with a lovely tote or satchel, they become fashion statements. Any length will do, but add your favorite scarf and your daily wear is all set.

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Home decor also changes a little during the cooler months. We use more candles to decorate or provide ambiance for a dinner party. The subtle light adds a bit of warmth to that fall gathering of friends.

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Choosing candles that use natural tones and materials in their holders just adds to the seasonal flair. Of course, richer scents like patchouli and bergamot are more common in fall, you can also choose scents like vanilla, musk, and spice.

OPI Fall Polishes

 

We also change our nail colors to match the season. OPI is one of my favorite brands of nail polish, and their Fall 2014 collection doesn’t disappoint.

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Adding some outdoor elements to your home can help bring the season indoors. Gourds, apples, and a blend of grasses help bring warmth to your fall decor.

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Decorating your door with a fall colored wreath helps welcome your guests to your home. Choosing flowers in fall hues can make a big difference.

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Or you can use ornaments to create the same effect. Wreaths are a simple way to make your home ready for the fall season.

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The fall colors outside are so warm and inviting. The brisk air makes it a necessity to drink warm beverages and eat warm dishes.

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Wrapping up in a warm blanket by a fire with a good book, or enjoying a morning cup of coffee or tea is a weekend must.

Fall Foliage

The scenes of fall can be so captivating and beautiful, as they represent a change in our environment.

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Take a walk and enjoy the views and colors. Enjoy this season as much as I do.

Happy Fall!

 

Fall Paint Color Palettes

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Fall is quickly approaching, and if you are like me you love to immerse yourself in the colors of the season. Decorating the house can be fun and choosing colors for the walls is like choosing a new nail polish. Color is important because it can change, enhance, or disturb your mood. Choosing wall paint is something that you should do with care.

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There are a lot of things to consider with paint. What the room is used for? How much sunlight the room gets? Where are the windows? What color to paint the ceiling? Do you have moldings? Wainscoting? Chair rails? You have to think of the little things to make sure you choose the right color for your space.

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No matter if it is indoors or outdoors, color is important. Always go with what goes well with your home and use of the spaces. No matter what, choose what is comfortable for you. You have to live with paint for a while, so be sure to make certain it is a color you can live with.

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Color isn’t just for the walls. You can incorporate fall colors on your furniture and the accessories you choose to accent your room with. Upholstery can add an element of color as well.

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This Benjamin Moore color, Sioux, is calm and can enhance neutral and muted tones. The color on the wall is subtle but packs a punch as far as color. The off white furniture just helps the wall color stand out.

Fall Dining room

This neutral color on the wall helps to accentuate the floors and makes the white furniture pops. The piping that matches the wall color helps to connect the two colors to the space. I may not always be a fan of white furniture, but when paired with a bold and dark wall color, it works perfectly.

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These coastal colors are muted and represent the fall season on the coasts. Our coasts in this country have different shades of green and blue, and paired with the muted colors of the foliage they create this wonderful palette.

Orange color schemes

Now the orange fall palette may seem a little bold for an indoor room, but there are ways to incorporate shades of orange effectively. Add orange accents to the room, paint an accent wall with a lighter and neutral tone. Paint a built in a bold color so that the books and accessories help break up the color, and that way the bold color won’t overpower your room. You can also take bolder colors outdoors.

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Darker colors are best done in small dosed inside. If you take these bold colors outside, use them on a front door, window frames, or shutters. Using such dark colors outside also will help your house look like it’s one with nature as the leaves change throughout the season.

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Fall colors are also those you can find in some foods and preserves. These tend to be colors more suitable for inside the home and in most rooms of the house. They easily go well in any kitchen of course, with the exception of peaches and orange-like colors. Those don’t do well in conjunction with food.

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Another interesting place to take color inspiration from is food, mainly vegetables. Fall vegetables are rich with color. Eggplant, tomatoes, squash and gourds, greens, and root vegetables. All have an array of colors that can work in any home.

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Use nature as a guide to choosing colors for your home, but use nature and the things around you as inspiration. Once you find a palette that fits your lifestyle and needs, you can get your paint and get started with transforming your home. Adding paint to a room will give any room a boost, and maybe even boost the use of the room.

So use the outdoors to inspire the indoors, and share that inspiration with your friends and family who come to visit your home. Add a little paint to your home to keep the fall feel all year round. Color can go from season to season, so be adventurous. Enjoy the colors of the season and Happy Fall!

 

The New Shower | Wedding Wednesday

9.17.14

Bridal showers were once seen as a formal event that required fancy food, toilet paper games, and an awkward gift opening session. These days, brides are choosing more personalized and unique ways to celebrate their upcoming nuptials with their girl friends and wedding party. Here are some ways to throw tradition out and have a creative and relaxed shower.

Invitations/Stationery

You have to get the guests there, so choose stationery and invitations that compliment the colors the bride has chosen for her big day. Be creative and less formal.

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Location, location, location

Choose a location that is unique and special to you and your groom. I love historic spaces and gastropub type restaurants. The kind that serve craft cocktails and have communal seating. Places with character and culinary fare that goes beyond bruschetta and cheese and crackers.

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Wright & Company | Detroit, MI

Centerpieces

Menus

If you are having your shower at a restaurant or public place, use their menu to your advantage. Takes that task off of you. You can usually get a restaurant to create a prix fixe menu for your guests, or a special variety of menu items just for your party. They will usually give you a deal with that type of set up, but don’t be afraid to ask them.

If you are having your shower at a private home, think of doing a family style set up or creative appetizers that people can walk around and get. That way they can get to know others at the party. One thing to do is to have the appetizers placed around the room and not in one spot because it will make your guests get up and mingle.

Decor Items

Your decor can help bring all the elements of your shower together. You can choose a theme that is either personal for you, or if you have a theme for your wedding day use that. It makes everything seem cohesive.

Chose things that aren’t fussy or formal as to keep the vibe relaxed and engaging for your guests.

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Table Setting

Setting the table is nothing formal either. Unless you are having a high tea, there is no need for formal seating charts…unless you want to do so to mix up the guests. Be reasonable, you will be using the table a lot. So nothing fussy is really going to be functional.

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Signature Cocktail

Choose a special cocktail to represent some of your favorite flavors or a make up of your favorite cocktail. This is all based on preference. You can always have a non-alcoholic option for your child guests or designated drivers.

Display your cocktails in a manner that is easily accessed, classily displayed, and decorative. Try a drink dispenser or decorative glass pitchers.

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drink table decor

Try one of these:

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Grapefruit + Mint Mojito

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh mint leaves, plus sprigs for garnish
  • 1 ruby-red grapefruit
  • 3/4 cup white rum
  • 3 cups ice
  • 1 cup seltzer

Bring sugar and water to a boil in a small saucepan. Remove from heat, and add mint leaves. Let steep 10 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve into a small bowl, and discard mint. Let cool.

Using a vegetable peeler, remove zest from grapefruit in long, wide strips. Place in a large glass, and add rum. Cover, and let stand for 30 minutes. Strain through a fine sieve into a large glass measure, and discard zest.

Cut away remaining pith from grapefruit. Cut between membranes to release segments. For each drink, place 2 to 3 segments in a glass. Top with 3/4 cup ice. Stir 3 tablespoons infused rum, 2 tablespoons mint syrup, and 1/4 cup seltzer in a glass measure, and pour over ice. Garnish with mint sprigs.

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 Sour Cherry Old Fashioned

  • 24 frozen sour cherries
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3/4 cup whiskey
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons kirsch
  • Thin lemon-zest strips (from 1 lemon)

Place cherries in a heatproof bowl. Stir water and sugar in small saucepan to dissolve sugar. Bring to a boil, and pour over cherries. Let cool completely. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

Drain cherries, reserving syrup. Thread 4 cherries onto each of 6 skewers. Make 3 drinks at a time: Pour 6 tablespoons whiskey, 3 tablespoons kirsch, and 4 1/2 teaspoons reserved syrup in a cocktail shaker 3/4 filled with ice. Shake and pour into chilled glasses. Garnish each with a skewer and 2 to 3 strips lemon zest. Repeat for the second batch.

Social Media Buzz

Encourage your guests to use social media apps like Instagram, or the specialty app called the Wedding Party App. This app will allow your guests, at both your shower and wedding, to share their photos with other guests. This will create a great collage of photos and share the memories of others and your guest’s experience sharing in your festivities. Create a unique hashtag to distinguish your event and that way your guests can look back as well under that definer.

Gift Alternatives

For your guests, try an alternative idea and ask guests to bring handmade, small, or specified gifts (i.e. preserves, favorite food items, wine, etc) for things you may want or need.

Guest Favors

Lastly, give your guests something to remember the day by. Give anything useful and small, but something that says ‘thank you for coming and sharing that moment’ with you.  Again, be creative, but practical.

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Whatever type of bridal shower you have, enjoy your friends and family, and be in that moment. Have fun!

Wedding Wednesday | Spring Palettes

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There are some unique color palettes for spring weddings. I like different shades, but some of my favorites are bright tones and deep jewel tones.

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Pantone Spring Fashion Palette

Pantone, a trusted source in color choices and development, has thousands of colors and blends of color to choose from for any occasion. You can put different color combinations together from their database.

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Orange and Blue Table

Orange and blue are a great spring color combination that is vibrant and lively. Something that works wonders for any special event. The more lively the decor, the more that will be passed along to the guests and attendees.

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Lime Green Theme

I love bright colors with white. It makes the color pop and stand out, but still makes the event look clean and vibrant. Lime green goes well with most other colors, but with white it sticks out. For spring, lime is a great color to express the new growth of the flowers and trees.

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Bright Wedding Palette

Now bright colors combined together can also make for a vibrant affair. Bright blues, yellows, pinks, and oranges together make for fun options for decor. Bright peonies and gerbera daisies with turquoise and persimmon color bowls, add in gold silverware and gilded glasses. Just seems regal and extra special.

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Try this varietal palette for a garden wedding affair. The palette includes multiple colors that are found in gardens everywhere. These colors are subtle and they all compliment each other. It’s just pretty and simple, but invigorating.

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Lastly, my favorite combination of bright and neutral is chartreuse and gray. The contrast between the two colors is clean and drastic, but beautiful.

However you see spring through color, try something different. Try different combinations, whether you’re getting married or just going out with friends. Be daring with your color choices.

Happy #WeddingWednesday!

Fabulous Friday | Glitter + Bubbles

4.25.14

Today is Fabulous Friday!! It’s been a while since I have written a post on this, but I figured the new season changing is a perfect time to start back to talking about things that make you feel awesome and fabulous.

It doesn’t have to be the holiday to celebrate a special occasion or a new year for champagne or glitter. Sometimes you just want to see something sparkly and bright.

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Glitter + Champagne

This DIY project from Handspire will add some sparkle to your champagne bottles for any event. Whether it’s a birthday party or a special announcement event, you want a little shine to your tables.

Try adding glitter to champagne flutes. It’s really simple and uncomplicated, and it only requires a few steps and tools.

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Glitter Flutes

 

These instructions from Sheknows take only one minute! Seriously, one minute!

You can use the same technique on wine glasses, Mason jars or your favorite style of glass. We grabbed a pack of eight basic Champagne flutes from Wal-Mart for just $24. You can check your local dollar store for glasses, too, or use what’s already in your cupboard.

Using Scotch blue painter’s tape, tape around the stem of the glass where you want the glitter to end — in this case, about a finger’s width below the bottom of the glass. Next, apply standard Mod Podge with a foam brush, being sure to cover all of the stem and base of the glass — especially the edges. Then sprinkle basic gold craft glitter all over the stem. Twist, and sprinkle some more! Set the glasses on wax paper to dry and voila! A super glam look for about $3 a glass, if not less.

 And of course you have to have something to wear. Maybe not for an everyday outfit, but adding some sparkle for a special occasion try this site for affordable dresses for any event.

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For everyday uses, glitter can be added to something small like your manicure. I love OPI and China Glaze polishes.  Glitter manicures are just cool to look at and really can make you feel happy any time you look at your hands.

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Whatever you choose to make you feel fabulous, make it your own. Enjoy your weekend and enjoy being fabulous!

Mad Men Final Season | 4.12.14

4.12.14

It’s time again for the new season of Mad Men to begin, and this is the beginning of the end. The final season comes on tomorrow night and it’s definitely cause for a celebration.

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What better way to celebrate than to throw a little themed party to start the new season off. We’re going to share with you some retro inspired treats and some classic cocktails, as well as fun decor touches to add to your party.

1. Pink Deviled Eggs – Something that I haven’t seen in a while are the colored deviled eggs that were prominent at a 60’s dinner party (via The Year in Food). Thought of as chic and modern back then is still classy and fancy today. Their pink hue comes from beet juice!

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2. Printable Coasters – These coasters are sure to add a little conversation at your party (via Second City Soiree)

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3. Homemade Bitters – If you’re a little more adventurous, try these homemade crafted bitters recipes. They will surely make your classic cocktails stand out (via How Sweet it Is).

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4. Swedish Meatballs – These meatballs are always a good go-to for an appetizer. They are timeless and go with any theme party (via Bon Appetit).

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5. Classic Old Fashioned – The Old Fashioned is one of the most classic drinks from the 50’s and 60’s, you can’t go wrong with an original (via Food52).

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6. DIY Chalkboard Martini Glass – These custom martini glasses are great for guests to keep track of their drinks, and can also serve as a party favor (via Something Turquoise).

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7. Dyed Simple Syrups – These simple syrups aren’t just pretty to look at, they add unique flavors to any cocktail (via A Subtle Revelry)

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8. Advertising – Of course you can’t have a Mad Men party without advertisements. This ad shows the culture of advertising at the time of the show.

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9. Mad Men Masks – Set up your own photo booth for your guests to have a little fun before the show, or between commercials. These printable masks are like an instant costume, or you can just use them as decorations (via AMC).

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10. Classic Martini – You can’t have a Mad Men viewing party without a martini. This is a classic martini recipe. It’s simple and just perfect (via AMC).

mm-cocktail-classic-martiniI’m sad that this is the last season of Mad Men, but I will be sure to watch the madness of Sterling Cooper & Partners. Who is your favorite character? What’s your favorite cocktail? How will you watch tomorrow?

Wedding Wednesday | Christmas Weddings

12.18.13

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With Christmas around the corner, weddings have not slowed down. Sometimes having a themed wedding can make things easier planning wise, and more fun. It can also make the planning simpler. There’s a built in color scheme and all kinds of decor choices that are simply there because of the holiday. Sometimes choosing a set color scheme can be over done, but we’ve found that there are ways to do a color focus classy and effectively.

Check out this board of ideas we pulled together. Let us know your thoughts or share with us your suggestions and ideas. What do you think is good for a Christmas themed wedding?

~Enjoy!

Merry Monday | 12.16.13

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Today is Merry Monday!!! Pretty soon the holidays will be over and things will go somewhat back to normal. But if you’ve been procrastinating in decorating your tree, here may be some help with how to make it go by a little smoother and more merrily.

Have a tree trimming party! Invite your friends over to decorate with you, bring an ornament, or just join in songs of the season. It’s a good time to have those you don’t see often or haven’t seen in a while around to share in the joyous holiday spirit.

Serve hot cocoa with marshmallows and chocolate shavings. Try the snowflake shaped marshmallows from Williams-Sonoma and the monogram mugs to add a personal touch to your gathering.

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Or mulled wine for the adults: [recipe here]mulled wine

The menu should be simple. Ask your guests to bring a favorite dish, one that isn’t fussy and is easy to prepare and carry. A vegetable and fruit tray is always a great staple for a gathering. Try with this ranch dip sauce:

Ranch Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 Tbs. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley, or 1 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. minced shallot, or 1/2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 garlic clove, minced, or 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt, plus more, to taste
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground pepper, plus more, to taste
  • Dippers for serving: raw cucumber spears or slices, carrots, snow peas, celery sticks, jicama sticks, cauliflower florets, broccoli florets, zucchini slices and bell pepper strips

Directions:

In a bowl, combine the mayonnaise, buttermilk, parsley, shallot, garlic, the 1/2 tsp. salt and the 1/4 tsp. pepper. Stir until blended. Taste and adjust the seasonings with salt and pepper, if needed.

Transfer the dip to a serving bowl. Serve cold or at room temperature with your favorite dippers. Store any leftover dip in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Makes about 1 cup.

This salad is also a good side for guests.

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Sonoma Chicken Salad

Ingredients

Dressing
1 cup mayonnaise
4 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
5 teaspoons honey
2 teaspoons poppy seeds
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Salad
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
3/4 cup pecan pieces, toasted
2 cups red seedless grapes
3 stalks celery, thinly sliced

Method

In a bowl, combine mayonnaise, vinegar, honey, poppy seeds, salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to dress the salad. This can be prepared up to 2 days ahead.

Preheat oven to 375°F. Place the chicken breasts in one layer in a baking dish with 1/2 cup water. Cover with foil and bake 25 minutes until completely cooked through. Remove cooked chicken breasts from pan, cool at room temperature for 10 minutes, then cover and refrigerate.

When the chicken is cold, dice into bite-size chunks and transfer to a large bowl. Stir in pecans, grapes, celery and dressing.

The good thing is, all these things can be prepared ahead of time, and don’t take a lot of time to make. So this holiday share time with your friends and family and be merry together. Trim your tree and hang your stockings. Happy Holidays!

Be Merry!

Merry Monday is back! | 11.30.13

11.30.13

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Thanksgiving is over and now the holiday season has officially began. Our  Merry Monday posts will return on Monday!  Merry Monday is when we share  holiday ideas and inspirations pertaining to food, holiday decor, crafts, and events. We hope you enjoy our posts and check out our blog as well for recipes and event inspiration.

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We hope you enjoy our posts this year. We plan to share more with you and would love to hear your suggestions for topics or questions as well. If you have any thing you’d like to see, let us know. We will also start other weekly posts this year for the holidays, and hope to share our love of the Christmas season with you.

To inspiration and holiday cheer!

**~~** Cheers! **~~**

2013 Fall Weddings | 9.10.13

OK, so it’s been a while since I’ve talked about weddings, but I have been immersing myself in colors for the graphic arts program I just finished.  I learned about colors, the ‘science’ colors and their spectrums. Color can insite energy, feelings, and emotions.  I know I have discussed before colors and how they play an important role in weddings. People are starting to be more bold with their color choices for their wedding.

One palette that I have become fond of is chartreuse, gray, and white. The bright punch of color with two simple colors that go with everything, gray and white. With the summer coming to an end, using a bright pop of color with two simpler subdued colors is like throwing one last summer sunshine in the middle of your wedding.

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I love pops of color that can shake things up. A bright and fun color added to a wedding will give your special day a little twist. A color like chartreuse is one of those colors that adds a little burst of sunshine to a wedding, an already cheerful day. Adding gray and a simple white palette to such a punch of color will just create a great foundation for the chartreuse.

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I love the contrast of a bright color with a dark color, or a simple white. The bright color can accent your special day just like you will in a bright chartreuse dress….

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Ok, well maybe you don’t want to go that far, but hey live a little. Do something special that represents you and your new spouse. Take a canoe ride between your ceremony and reception, or ride your bike to your reception. Riding a tandem bike will help pedal you to a beginning of working together.

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You can also use the food or other elements of your day to infuse color into. Individual cakes in a bright chartreuse will definitely be a conversation starter with your guests. Wouldn’t a chartreuse cake make you want to say something. If you aren’t going to have a cake or grand 5-tier spectacle, go the simple route with cupcakes. They’re fun, easy to eat, and just plain old economical. Chartreuse icing would definitely be an interesting food experience.

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So, where you eat also is important. Adding a bright color doesn’t have to be overpowering. You can use the more subdued colors in your palette and take the route of using the bright color as an accent. This table focuses on the white and gray, using chartreuse as a pop of color in the centerpieces.

Chartreuse flowers maybe…

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A very fancy and extravagant table setting…

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How about getting people there. You have to have invitations. Color will definitely get some attention.

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Be creative in your invites. Give the information plainly and clearly. State the details, the basics, and use a little graphic design in the layout. Try something other than the plain scripted fonts and traditional layout.

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Make sure your invites represent you and your spouse-to-be, your personalities and something fun and eye-catching.

Ok, so lastly…the way to get any party going, cocktails. Color can be infused into cocktails/beverages as well. So, in case you didn’t know, there is an actual liqueur called Chartreuse.

Chartreuse

Chartreuse is a French-made liqueur made by Carthusian monks since 1737. It is made of distilled alcohol, aged with a variety of 130 herbs, plants and flowers. The name Chartreuse comes from the name of the monastery, Grande Chartreuse, which is located in the Chartreuse Mountains.  It is one of the few liquors that continues to age and improve in the bottle. Chartreuse would be an acquired taste by itself. It tends to be very sweet, and becomes spicy and pungent. But have no fear, the color of this liqueur (which comes in both yellow and green, as well as a white chartreuse) can add that special touch to your wedding day cocktails.

last word cocktail
last word cocktail

One of those cocktails is something I love the history on:

The Last Word cocktail was created back in the time of Prohibition in the lovely city of Detroit. Created by a Vaudeville director at the Detroit Athletic Club during Prohibition, “The Last Word” was essentially forgotten until recent years. It consists of a seamless blend of gin, lime juice, green chartreuse, and maraschino liqueur. Makers of the masterpiece are told to shake well with ice, shut up, and drink. Cliff Bell’s is one of the few places you can imbibe the drink in Detroit. So the next time you’re, out check out Detroit’s very own “The Last Word” and, as the bartenders of old used to say, shut up and drink – because no matter the era, Detroit always has its final say.

This is a simple way to add a bit of chartreuse literally and visually to your special day. Something classic and timeless, with a little bit of history to it.

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And with that, however you choose to use color in your special day, enjoy the moment and those around you to share in your moment. Take your shoes off and dance, or keep them on if you have comfortable shoes.

Our Last Word, Have fun!

Holiday Fun! | 7.1.13

The country’s birthday is in a week or so, and the patriotic colors will probably be all the rave for people who want to celebrate the 4th of July. This holiday is commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States.

Flag Memorial Day

Celebrating the birthday of the country has grown into a big business when it comes to party decorations, and the colors are simply the colors of the United States…red, white, and blue.

These three colors have been placed on plates, cups, banners, cupcakes, and even people. Many of us have parties with friends and family. So here are some decoration and food ideas to have for your patriotic party.

Patriotic printables
Patriotic printables
Patriotic fans
Patriotic fans
Cotton candy + Red hots
Cotton candy + Red hots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are some cocktails that can go along with that family bbq or gathering.

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1/4 oz. Lucid Absinthe
1 oz. Blueberry Vodka
1/4 oz. Simple Syrup
Splash of Lemon Juice
Drizzle of Raspberry Liqueur
Ginger beer
Fresh Blueberries

Muddle fresh blueberries and add syrup, Lucid, juice and vodka. Add ice and shake and pour into highball glass. Drizzle Liqueur and top with Ginger Beer. Garnish with one sugar cube.

4thjellymoldVariegated Jelly Shot Mold
Blue Layer
2 boxes berry blue gelatin dessert mix (3.1 oz)
1 1/2 cups water
2 envelope plain gelatin
1 cup flavored rum or vodka
Red Layer
2 boxes raspberry, strawberry or cherry gelatin dessert mix (3.1 oz)
1 1/2 cups water
2 envelope plain gelatin
1 cup flavored rum or vodka
White Layer
2 ¾ cups water
6 envelopes plain gelatin
3/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
1 cup flavored rum or vodka
1/2 cup white crème de cacao (or white chocolate liqueur)
Directions:
Lightly spray  bundt pan or gelatin mold (10 cup volume) with non stick cooking spray.  Wipe off the excess spray with a paper towel.  A slight residue should remain, just enough to help unmold your gelatin, without affecting the taste or appearance.
Have 9 clean bowls ready to prepare your layers.
Prepare the red and blue layers, in separate pans.  Pour the gelatin dessert mix into medium-sized bowls.  Pour the water in a small saucepan, and sprinkle each with the envelope of plain gelatin.  Allow to soak for a minute or two.  Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes).  Pour the warm water/gelatin mixture into the bowls containing the gelatin dessert mix.  Stir until dissolved (about 2 minutes each).  Remove from heat.  Pour in the liquor, and stir well.  Set aside and prepare the white gelatin.
For the white gelatin, pour the water into a saucepan and sprinkle with the 6 envelopes of plain gelatin.  Allow to soak for a minute or two.  Heat over low heat, stirring constantly, until the gelatin is dissolved (about 5 minutes).  Stir in the sweetened condensed milk.  Remove from heat, and stir in the liquors.  Set aside.
Grab the 9 clean bowls, and prepare the layers by mixing gelatin as shown in the chart below.
Layer
Mixture
1
1 ½ cups blue
2
2/3 cup blue & 1/3 cup white
3
1/3 blue & 2/3 white
4
1 cup white & 1 tbsp blue
5
1 cup white
6
1 cup white & 1 tbsp red
7
1/3 cup red & 2/3 cup white
8
2/3 cup red & 1/3 cup white
9
Remaining red gelatin
Add the first layer to the prepared mold.  refrigerate about 15 minutes or until gelatin is set but not firm (it should stick to finger when touched.)  Gently spoon the gelatin for the next layer over the set gelatin, and return the pan to the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.  As the layers progress, the setting time will become shorter as the pan and gelatin becomes colder, and the layers become thinner as more are added to the mold.
Repeat steps with remaining gelatin layers, for a total of 9 layers.  If you find the gelatin is setting up before its ready to go in the mold, just microwave for 5 to 10 seconds and stir well before adding to the mold. After completing all the layers, refrigerate the gelatin overnight.
To unmold, fill a larger container or clean sink with warm water (not too hot!).  With clean fingers, loosen the gelatin around the edges of the mold cavities.  Next, dip the mold almost to the edge into the warm water for just a few seconds (10 seconds worked for me). Dry the bottom of the mold with a towel and check the edges to see if they are loose, if not, repeat the dip for just a few seconds. Place your serving plate on top of the mold and invert.
Serves 24.
Working with three colors actually make planning a party pretty simple. Celebrating with family and friends means having fun and creating memories. So whatever you plan or do to commemorate the independence of the country, enjoy!
Have a safe and fun holiday!

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Fall Wedding Trends | Ke Event Designs

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09.05.12

Fall is approaching and weddings do not stop, the inspiration just changes. There will be more earthy elements and natural textures used, and more subdued and warm color palettes will be chosen. The fall is my favorite season, so I welcome the change to the weather and wardrobe. Grabbing a cozy sweater or jacket will become the norm now.

Some wedding trends for fall are common: orange and brown color palettes, branches, and cider drinks. Recently, there has been more exploration in color and design when it comes to weddings, beyond the seasonal touches.

Pink + Orange Table (via fusion bollywood inc)

There are bolder themes and untraditional rituals being started, and it makes for a fun and memorable day. Fall is a time to gather the harvest and wind down from the summer, so a wam and earthy wedding would be truly fitting for this time of year. Using warm colors and mute tones does not mean you have to have a boring color palette or design.

Elegant Rustic Table

The set up can be as simple or as extravagant as you prefer it, but whatever you choose will be a representation of your style and vision. You can take something that is meaningful to you as a couple, and make it the focal point of the event. Something simple as:

Shell Centerpiece

Shells in a glass bowl

 

Tropical Centerpiece

Or a simple themed centerpiece

Orchid Cake

A cake with your favorite flower

Black Lace Wedding Gown

A vintage, period wedding gown

Scrabble Place Setting

Or a favorite board game

Whatever elements you choose for your fall wedding, make it memorable and make it yours. No matter how extravagant or how demure, it is your day and the fall season is a great time to include personal touches from the heart and home.

~Drink and Be Married!~

~KeEventDesigns