Wine Down Wednesday :: White Sangria

February 1, 2012 § Leave a comment

I can not get this drink out of my head! Last Friday, Tanner and I went over to our good friends’ (Krysta and Efrain) house. These people know how to entertain! There, she had the prettiest little drink and it was as yummy as it was beautiful!

White Sangria

*1 bottle of white wine

*3 cans 7up or Sprite

*3 ounces of Grand Marnier

*Seeds of 1 pomegranate (she used frozen grapes, which I loved)

*Slices of 2 limes

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Photo from I'll Have What She's Having

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TGI{DIY}Friday :: Personalized Wine Glass

January 20, 2012 § 1 Comment

This project was one of the easiest I have ever done. I love it because you can use this cute wine glass idea for so many things. It would go great as a personalized place setting at a dinner party. Or, it could be a great gift given with a bottle of wine.

I actually had all of the supplies on hand, but even if you didn’t this is a very inexpensive craft. You need…

Wine glasses. Any size or shape you like.
Chalk board spray paint
Wax paper (I used foil and it worked fine)
Chalk

1. Hold the glass, not the stem or the base.
2. Spray the paint on the base of the stem, going up the stem as far as you want. It may take about 1 1/2-2 coats.
3. Blot any excess drips under the base on the foil or wax paper.
4. Let the glass dry. Pick it up every so often to make sure it is not stuck to the foil/wax paper.
5. You are now ready to personalize your wine glass!

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Wine Down Wednesday :: Sparkling Autumn Punch

October 19, 2011 § 3 Comments

I have to share with you this delicious and beautiful drink made two different ways. I found this lovely recipe in the old trusty Southern Living. Here’s what you need…

1 Bartlett pear

3 Small apples

3 Fresh plums, cut into wedges

1/2 cup cane syrup

2 (4-inch) rosemary sprigs

1 vanilla bean, split

1 (750-milliliter) bottle Chianti

1 (750-milliliter) bottle sparkling white wine, chilled

1. Cut pear lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices, cutting from stem end through the bottom.

2. Stir together the pear, apples, plums, and next 3 ingredients in a 3-qt glass container until fruit is coated. Gradually stir in Chianti. Cover and chill 8-24 hours.

3. Stir in sparkling white wine just before serving. Serve over ice. Garnish with rosemary, if desired.

Autumn Punch, Round Two:

I recently served this at a lunch, so I decided to make it non-alcoholic. It was a hit! Here’s my little variation…

1 Bartlett pear

3 small honey crisp apples

1/2 cup vanilla syrup (found in the coffee aisle)

1 bottle of cran-apple juice

1/2 bottle peach-pear Italian soda

1 bottle sparkling white grape juice

Rosemary sprigs (for garnish)

Fun, little trick: I made little cran-apple ice cubes so the punch wouldn’t get watered down!

1. Prepare as directed in the first recipe. Serves 12-16

Look at us, with our cute little autumn punch!

The Bachelorette Party :: Decadence, Not Debauchery

October 3, 2011 § Leave a comment

Based on my title, don’t assume I don’t love a good ole’ fashioned night of bachelorette fun, cause I do. But, maybe there are other options. The main thing you should keep in mind when planning a bachelorette party/weekend is to know what the bride wants.

We are in the era of parties. Whether it’s dinner with friends, lunch with the girls, engagement parties, bridal soirees, or the wedding, a well-thought out plan, elegance, and being the hostess-with-the-mostess is of utmost importance. Why not put those party planning principles into a bachelorette party?

Here are some ideas and examples for a decadent and elegant bachelorette party…

Beachy Bachelorette

Not everyone lives close enough to a great beach, but that’s why maybe you should make a weekend of it. Get your closest girlfriends and head to the coast. What better way to spend your best friend’s last days of singleness than laying on the beach.

Photography: The Why We Love

Fruits, veggies, yummy drinks, and sun. I can’t think of anything better.

Photography: The Why We Love

The oranges, corals, and greens are a perfect accent to the blue ocean. Why not throw in some comfy beach furniture. Who wouldn’t want to lay on a pillow on the beach?

Photography: The Why We Love

Photography: Kevin & Danielle of The Why We Love / Location: Leo Carilla State Park, Malibu, CA / Barber Shop Paper Straws: Janean of Due Design Daily / Flowers: Julianne DaSilva / Food: Trader Joe’s / Hair, Makeup & Styling: Rachel Poulson

For more on this super chic and cool bachelorette party, check it out on 100 Layer Cake.

Wine Tasting

This kind of party can be pulled off on two different kinds of budgets. If you want to go away for the weekend to a place like Napa or Sonoma, you will need to budget accordingly. If you want a simple day of wine tasting on a smaller budget and don’t have access to a winery, here’s a super fun idea.

Photography: Michael Bullock

Photography: Michael Bullock

Photography: Michael Bullock

Photography: Michael Bullock

What a simple, but classy party to throw. All you need is a couple of types of wine. Here, Rose was the wine of choice. Gourmet cheeses and a couple of other appetizers and you have set yourself up for a great afternoon of yummy drinks, food, and great conversation.

Photography: Michael Bullock / Coordination & Styling: Camille Styles / Floral & Event Design: Kristen Caissie / Furniture: Liv By Design + Austin’s World of Rentals / Calligraphy: Pretty Pen Jen

For more on this fabulous party, check it out on Style Me Pretty

Spa Day

Well, there’s not a whole lot I need to say about this one. Every girl knows a day where you can walk around in a robe and slippers and be pampered is the best day ever.

Definitely check out the spas in your area and see find one that would be a good fit for your group.

Austin people, check out Lake Austin Spa Resort

There are so many fun ways you can celebrate with your group of girlfriends. Any of these ideas would be great for even a plain girls’ weekend.

Wine Down Wednesday :: The Universal Wine Glass

September 28, 2011 § Leave a comment

Crescendo Bordeaux glass, Luigi Bormioli

The classic Bordeaux glass is perfect for all different types of wine. The specific brand featured is great because it is very reasonable too. $35/4 at Bed Bath and Beyond.

Here’s why this particular glass is the perfect for someone who drinks a variety of wines, but doesn’t want to invest in several different types of goblets.

 

White – The stem is nice and long which allows your glass to stay free of fingerprints and keeps your hands from changing the temperature of your wine.

Red – The glass has a nice wide, round bowl which helps increase the rate of oxidation.

 

Try not to go too expensive when buying wine glasses. They break easily, especially the more people you have drinking out of them.

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