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The School of Styling

August 31, 2014

A couple of weeks ago I gave y’all a recap of my recent time in Raleigh and at the School of Styling. During our time there, Emily March Payne (an extremely talented and sweet photographer), captured all of the details of the workshop including our own personal creations. They included our floral bouquet and our table setting. I just received these pictures back and had to share with you all!! Also, at the end of this post you will see the 2 dates and locations for the School of Styling events in 2015. I would highly recommend this workshop to anyone!! It was such an amazing experience! You can find out more information here. Thanks Emily for capturing our work in such a beautiful way!











Entertaining, Featured, Food, Holidays

Cheers to the Weekend

August 29, 2014


Woo hoo!!  Today is not only Friday, but also the start of Labor Day weekend!  Hopefully you have fun things planned for you holiday weekend.  Whether you’re at the beach, lake, or just staying home I have found a great cocktail recipe that will be sure to impress any of your guests.  Its called a Pear and Thyme Fizz and its oh so delicious.  I found this fabulous drink on one of my favorite bloggers sites, Camille Styles.  She created  this recipe thinking that something herbal might strike the perfect balance between summer and fall since its that time of year.  The ingredients are simple and perfect to make a large batch for your parties this weekend.  
Ingredients needed:

  • 2 cups good-quality apple juice
  • 1 ripe but firm pear, very thinly sliced
  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1/4 cup orange-flavored liqueur (I like grand marnier)
  • 1 bottle sparkling wine (champagne, prosecco, cava, etc.)

Combine the apple juice, pears, thyme and liqueur in a large pitcher. Stir together, then refrigerate for 2 – 4 hours to allow the pears and thyme to infuse the juice with flavor.  Letting this sit for awhile allows for maximum flavor for this drink.  To serve this fill each glass about halfway with the mixture and then add the champagne.  Remember to remove the thyme that has been sitting in it and replace with a garnish of fresh thyme.  This recipe will make about 6 servings.  Hope you all have a wonderful long holiday weekend and Cheers!!!


Entertaining, Featured, Lifestyle

Dinner Party for two….or twenty!

June 3, 2014

This past weekend my husband and I hosted our supper club. Through out the year a different couple hosts every month. I was thrilled when I found out we would be hosting in May because the weather is still mild and flowers are in full bloom. We decided early on we would set up the dinner table on our back porch because it is one of our favorite areas in the house. I wanted the dinner to be casual and comfortable but special at the same time. With hydrangeas in full bloom, I knew I wanted them to be the centerpieces of my table. Luckily, I have a very gracious mother-in-law who has a yard full and told me to help myself.


When I saw all of the gorgeous full blooms in her yard I was in heaven! It was like I was in the garden of never ending hydrangeas. Even after I filled the back of my car it looked like I hadn’t touched the bushes.


Needless to say, I got more than I needed for just the table but I knew of many many places through out my house where they would look perfect! I had a blast prepping the flowers and getting them into arrangements. Side note – Some of you may know this already but for those of you who don’t it will change your life. My mom taught me an amazing trick on how to get flowers to sit perfectly in a vase. You wrap a rubber band around the base of the flowers and it holds them perfectly in place! Try it next time you make an arrangement!

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Another great tip for all you Nest candle lovers out there…after you burn a candle all the way down clean the remaining wax out with some very hot water and soap and you will be left with a beautiful vase. I have been saving mine for a while now and they come in very handy for a dinner party.

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Now that I had all of the flowers ready to go it was time to figure out where all I could put them in my house. I found about every available spot and stuck a pretty arrangement! I probably went a little overboard but when it comes to hydrangeas, more is always better!

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