Scarlett’s Magical Unicorn 2nd Birthday

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, SCARLETT!!! As you know, I love a theme so this year we went for a magical unicorn party with the help of my party planning guru, Stefanie Cove! And, yes…I even had a real unicorn. I’m officially THAT mom. Scroll below for all the details + tons of pictures!

Event Planner: Stefanie Cove And Company

Photographer: Gia Canali Photography

Cake: Top Tier Treats

Unicorn: Uni The Unicorn

Floral Arrangement: Bloom And Plume 

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Florals: Lark Farnum Design 

Food/Drinks: The Clean Palette 

Party Rentals: Teak And Lace

DIY Cupcakes + Cookies: Little Sparks Cookies

Crafts: Poni

Face Painting: Paint On Your Face

Balloons: Nifty Balloons

Legos: Bricks 4 Kidz

Unicorn Headband: Carissa Jones of JL Designs And Events

If you want a unicorn headband of your own (+ more!), visit Carissa on her Instagram here!

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Watch: A Peek Into My Baby Shower For Baby Stuber #3

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photo credit: Erica Hampton Photography

When it’s your third pregnancy, you don’t have a shower. You have a sprinkle. Or in other words “a party for mommas who love to drink!” Even though I couldn’t enjoy a cocktail, I wanted to make sure everyone else had a good time.

Click the video below for a behind-the-scenes look into my sprinkle for Baby Stuber #3. Hope you enjoy! 

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Event: Stefanie Cove

Photographer: Erica Hampton Photography

Videographer: Mike Ambs

Chef: Michael Drabkin

Desserts: Laurel Gallucci of Sweet Laurel Bakery

Florals: Pinky Farnum of Lark Farnum

 

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#DesignInspired: Winter Plum & Brass

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In celebration of Scott and our dear friend, Brandt Joel’s birthdays I decided to host an intimate evening with friends at our home.

Whenever I’m in the mood to entertain, I reach out to Stefanie Cove for inspiration. She always adds her own personal and unique touch by doing things I would NEVER think of!

When Stefanie pitched the idea of plums and burgundies for a joint birthday for two men I wasn’t so sure. Well, I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s all about mixing the masculine and the feminine together to create the best of both.

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I’m all about a floral arrangement and it’s honestly what I spend the most time on. Alison Franchi of Le Petite Gardenia was able to get the most beautiful purple ranunculus, tulips, and burgundy peonies. Wooden vases, gold candle holders, distressed brown votives, and the mauve napkins tied in the masculinity.

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For the menu and place settings, East Six Invitations kept it simple with creme and mauve.

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Umm…can we talk about this bar piece? Alison used a wooden log to hold the ranunculus flowers within moss and privet berries. So amazing!

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So, you’re probably wondering what the guys thought of the theme of the night. The answer is…YES!!! They absolutely loved it.  Scott may not be happy about being almost 50 but he’s still lookin’ pretty good if you ask me! Love, love, love him.

Florals: Allison Franchi of Le Petit Gardenia

Food: Whoa Nelly + Katsuya Brentwood

Menu/Placecards: East Six Invitations

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A Festive Evening With C Magazine, Simone LeBlanc, & Stefanie Cove

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photo credit: Alexander Bauzon

Last month, I was honored to host a festive holiday party at my home with C Magazine, Simone LeBlanc, and Stefanie Cove. I’ve been obsessed with these photos–so I’m so glad I can finally share!

The inspiration of the night was the warmth of the holidays in a less traditional sense with burgundy, copper, and pale pinks. Simone (aka the gift box guru) kicked it off with DIY wreath-making to complement the feel of the night: fresh yet elegant.

As you know, Stefanie Cove has been my go-to girl for everything party and entertaining since…well, forever. If I can trust someone with my wedding, I can trust them with anything. She always delivers.

Once you scroll down and see this table setting, you’ll see what I mean.

Instead of traditional holiday food, we switched it up with some dim sum and ramen with the help of chef, Michael Drabkin. It was so unique yet tied in perfectly with the cozy vibe.

I mean, can a pregnant girl through a party without a dessert bar? The answer is no. I was basically in heaven.

The florals were my favorite touch–especially this wreath (from Pinky Farnum of Lark Farnum Design). All in all, it was the perfect kind of night to relax before the holiday craziness.

To see the full article, make sure to pick up the Winter 2016/2017 copy of C Magazine here

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How To Make A Rosé Slushie

Are you ready for your new summer cocktail? It’s a slushie…with rosé! Recently, it’s all I’ve been hearing about—so I had to try. And, let me tell you…it’s literally heaven in a glass. Picture the refreshing icy texture of your favorite childhood slush mixed with your favorite bottle of rosé. Yes, it’s that good!

So, grab your blenders and follow this simple recipe to make a pitcher of your own. If anyone needs me, I’ll probably be poolside with my slush in hand. Cheers!

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of your favorite rosé
  • 4 oz. of Belvoir Elderflower & Rose Lemonade
  • Ice cubes
  • Lavender sprigs, for garnish

Directions:

1. Pour bottle of rosé into ice trays and let freeze overnight (or 8 hours)

2. Once frozen, add rosé cubes, lemonade, and a handful of regular ice cubes into a blender

3. Blend until ice cubes are at your preferred consistency. I like mine a little icier!

4. Pour into glasses and serve immediately. Garnish with a sprig of lavender

For more slush cocktails to enjoy over summer, check out these links:

Boozy Strawberry Lemon Slushies // Strawberry Prosecco Slushie // Cilantro Sangria Slushie

 

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3 Casamigos Tequila Cocktails To Kick Off Your Summer

casamigos tequila cocktailThe perfect tequila cocktail starts with one ingredient: great tequila. To be more specific, it starts with Casamigos Tequila! I’ve never been a huge fan of tequila (I’m normally strictly a rosè girl!) because of the bite. I was pleasantly surprised by how smooth a bottle of Casamigos tastes and how great it blends with a cocktail.

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The next step to the perfect cocktail is the ingredients. Last week, with Casamigos Tequila, I invited a bunch of my girlfriends to our favorite spot, Au Fudge, for a mixology course to prepare for summer.

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Our mixologist, Kristin Clark, took us step-by-step through her 3 original cocktail recipes…with a twist. Yes, they were all named after the event. So fun! Not surprisingly, the “Spicy Sims” was my favorite.

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If you’re looking for cocktails for summer entertaining, try these 3 cocktails expertly crafted by Casamigos Tequila and our new mixology guru, Kristin Clark:

Spicy Sims

(Spicy Cucumber Cilantro Margarita)

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This cocktail uses the clean and crisp flavor of Casamigos Blanco. This allows the citrus (as well as vanilla) notes to come through. Elements such as lime, cucumber, and cilantro work well with this. Also, spicy cocktails are fun and come through best with a blanco.

  • 2 oz. Casamigos Blanco
  • 1 oz. Fresh lime juice
  • .5 oz. Orange infused syrup
  • 2 Cucumber slices
  • 8-10 Cilantro leaves
  • ½ Rim sugar, cilantro + salt
  • 1 Cucumber + 1 Serrano slice for garnish
  • Serve in rocks glass. 

1. Combine all ingredients into a shaker. Make sure to do tequila last just in case you mess up! It’s always better not to have to dump the most expensive of the ingredients.

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2. Muddle fruit and herbs.

3. Add ice and shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds. Chilling the cocktail and water is an important element in any drink!

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4. Before pouring, rim the rocks glass with a fresh grapefruit to add moisture for the salt.

5. Strain into rimmed rocks glass. Add fresh ice (fresh ice prevents the cocktail from diluting quickly.) Garnish with cucumber and pepper.

Momma’s Medicine

(Hibiscus Chamomile Ginger Margarita)

casamigos tequila cocktail This cocktail uses Casamigos Reposado for its agave forward flavor of caramel and honey notes. The hibiscus tea with the ginger works great with a Reposado. Lemon juice was used instead of lime because it’s softer and allows the chamomile to come through.

  • 2 oz. Casamigos Reposado
  • 2 oz. Hibiscus tea
  • 1 oz. Chamomile infused syrup
  • .5 oz. Fresh lemon juice
  • 2 fresh Ginger slices
  • Lemon wheel, candied ginger, and fresh chamomile flowers, for garnish
  • Serve in Collins glass

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1. Combine all ingredients into a shaker. Muddle the fruit and add ice. Shake vigorously for 8-10 seconds.

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2. Strain into Collins glass and add fresh ice. Garnish with a lemon wheel, fresh chamomile flowers, and candied ginger.

Au-Mazing Anejo

(Boozy Coffee Cocktail)

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This cocktail uses Camigos Anejo, which gets its richness and spice from the oak barrels. A boozy, dessert cocktail like this one works well with an anejo. The orange infused syrup and dark chocolate is a great way to bring out wood, as well.

  • 5 oz. Casamigos Anejo
  • 1 oz. Coffee liqueur
  • .5 oz. Orange infused syrup
  • 1 Orange peel, dark chocolate, sugar, cinnamon, for garnish
  • Serve in coupe glass 

1. Combine all ingredients into a mixing glass. Add ice. Stir for 30-40 seconds. This chills the cocktail without adding too much ice.

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2. Strain into couple glass and garnish. No fresh ice needed for this cocktail.

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Here’s an extra helpful tip from mixologist, Kristin Clark, to keep in mind for your cocktails:

Typically, you want to shake cocktails that call for citrus (lime, lemon, orange juice, etc.) The reason for this is that it will mix appropriately and you can get a nice frothy consistency in the cocktail. It also allows for the ice to melt quicker to cool the drink, as well as add the necessary water, which is an important element to any cocktail.

On the other hand, stir all cocktails with no citrus elements. These are cocktails that are considered “boozy.” (i.e: Tequila Old Fashioned, Manhattan.) The reason for this is you want to chill the cocktail, but not dilute it with water. There is a happy medium of not getting the cocktail too cold. If it gets too cold, it loses some of it’s flavor notes, until the cocktail warms up again.

Cheers!

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8 Tips For Mastering Southern Hospitality

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photo credit: Jeff Vespa Photography 

I absolutely love entertaining and having guests in my home. From dinner parties to birthday get-togethers, I count down the days until my guests arrive. It’s the total Southern girl in me! When I was younger, my momma knew how to throw a great event and was even better at hosting overnight guests in our home. What can I say? I took notes and learned from the best.

Whether our parents are in town, a spontaneous backyard BBQ, or even a reunion with old friends, I always like to do as much as possible to make them feel at home. It’s all about the little touches and details!

This month, over at Style Blue Print, I shared ways to bring that charm into any event or occasion:

1. Shop Prior: Do your guests have any food allergies you need to be aware of? Does your father-in-law love to have a certain type of coffee with a newspaper in the morning? Ask your guests before they come if they would like anything that would make them feel more at home. Shop ahead and have it there when they arrive.

2. Clean, Clean, Clean: Nothing is worse than staying at someone’s house that has less than standard cleaning habits. Plus, I consider it rude. When expecting guests, keeping your space in tip-top shape is a sign of respect! If you are on a time crunch and don’t have time for a deep clean, hire a service. You’ll find numerous options for trusted and affordable cleaning services in most major cities!

3. Provide A Guest Info Sheet: Include your address, home/cell numbers, WiFi username/password, and any information your guests may need to access. It’s also an option to email this information ahead of time.

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4. Stock The Essentials: I always like to keep extra toothbrushes, toothpastes, face wash, disposable razors, etc. for my guests just in case anyone forgets anything. It’s always a relief when they don’t have to worry about running out to grab something they didn’t pack.

5. Keep Them On The Schedule: Let your guests know what time you normally get up and going and definitely warn them if they should be ready for your kids to be running around early. If you have work events or some other prior commitment, let them know ahead of time so they can expect to have their own time to explore. It’s always a good idea to offer ideas or even schedule some activities if they desire to go that route.

6. Bedside Bottle Service: Keep bottled or filtered water in all your guest rooms. This may seem like common sense but it’s often forgotten. Also, adding a chilled bottle can feel like a godsend after a long day of traveling!

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photo credit: Gia Canali

7. A Touch Of Floral: Flowers are always the perfect finishing touch for any occasion…but especially for guests in your home. Not only is it a beautiful decoration piece but also a timeless gesture that shows you honor their presence. I always love roses by the bedside! 

8.Freshen Up: Nothing says “home away from home” like the feeling of fresh, soft sheets. Before guests arrive, spray the pillows and bed sheets with a nice linen spray. Anything with eucalyptus or vanilla has a calming effect and will make your guests feel perfectly pampered!

Lovin’ these “southern-isms?” Visit Style Blue Print for more.

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The Classic Mint Julep

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photo credit: O Magazine 

I don’t have to go far to get back in touch with my Southern roots. Many of my friends in Los Angeles are actually from there! It’s definitely a comfort. If you didn’t catch my Southern #GIRLSQUAD in the recent issue of O! Magazine for Draper James (www.draperjames.com), check it out here. It was such a fun day filled with fried chicken, pecan pie, and my absolute favorite—mint juleps!

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photo credit: O Magazine 

Even though the Kentucky Derby has passed, it doesn’t mean we still can’t enjoy them! Like a good pecan pie recipe, the classic mint julep is just as much tradition as it is delicious.

I’m all about my “skinny” cocktails but surprisingly this classic recipe can’t get much skinnier. It’s that fresh! But I’ll warn you—it has a kick even the men in your life will enjoy. Us Southerners know how to make a cocktail! The mixture of fresh mint, Kentucky bourbon, and crushed ice is so refreshing I guarantee it’ll become your summer staple.

If you’re preparing for your Memorial Day Weekend festivities, follow this easy cocktail recipe that’s perfect for any backyard BBQ or even a lounge by the pool:

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Ingredients:

Makes 2 drinks

  • 4 shots of bourbon
  • 1 handful of fresh mint leaves + for garnish
  • 4 cubes of cane sugar
  • ½ shot of fresh lemon juice
  1. Add mint leaves, sugar, and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Muddle all of the ingredients in shaker until thoroughly crushed and the sugar is dissolved.
  3. Add the bourbon and shake vigorously
  4. Strain mixture into glasses containing crushed ice and garnish with remaining mint leaves. To keep the tradition, serve in classic stainless steel julep cups like these from Draper James!

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TIP: The key to a classic Southern mint julep is the quality of bourbon (of course!) but it’s also about the ice. I like my juleps pretty icy so I like to use a muddler to crush. Muddling also brings out more of the flavor, too! If you prefer a lighter ice texture, use a blender.

For more traditional Southern cocktails for the summer, check out these links:

My Domaine | The 9 Best Southern Cocktail Recipes // Thrillist | 10 Southern Cocktails To Drink Where They Were Created // Yummly | Southern Alcoholic Drink Recipes

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Food Bloggers To Follow Now

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Food bloggers are to our kitchens as fashion bloggers are to our closets. If you’re in need of some recipe inspiration, check out some of my favorite food bloggers of the moment:

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Skinny Mom

(recipe pictured: Quick Tomato Bisque)

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Oh She Glows 

(recipe pictured: Superfood Crunch Salad With Homemade Balsamic Apple Vinaigrette)

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Pamela Salzman 

(recipe pictured: Mini Risotto Cakes)

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With Food + Love 

(recipe pictured: Detox Summer Slaw With Peaches + Parsley)

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Hummingbird High 

(recipe pictured: Matcha Buttermilk Chess Pie)

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Deliciously Ella 

(recipe pictured: Simple Roasted Squash)

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The Roasted Root

(recipe pictured: Grilled Salmon With Strawberry Salsa)

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With Salt & Wit

(recipe pictured: 5 Minute Bruschetta Hummus)

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Smitten Kitchen

(recipe pictured: Roasted Carrots With Avocado & Yogurt)

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Shutterbean

(recipe pictured: Lime Ginger Broccoli Salad)

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Guiltless Kentucky Derby Pie

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This month, over at Style Blue Print, I shared a family recipe straight from my Southern roots.

I’m a Kentucky girl through and through. Unfortunately, I can’t make it back this weekend for the Kentucky Derby but that doesn’t mean we can’t cook up some traditional Southern dishes to celebrate!

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Throwback to the Kentucky Derby in 2008

I instantly grabbed my family cookbook from back home in Kentucky, “Coming Home: Recipes From The Heart.” Yes, my family loves food! My Aunt, Emilie Mills Keeling, came up with the idea of printing a cookbook and gathered all the recipes together. She organized them and typed the initial draft of the cookbook. Bless her heart! I’m so grateful that I can have these recipes to pass on and enjoy these yummy dishes with my family.

I love making skinny versions of my favorite comfort foods so I decided to start with my Aunt Sally’s Kentucky Derby Pie. I’m OB-sessed with this derby staple! The funny thing about Aunt Sally is that even though she was the best baker, she was also always trying to lose weight. I still have memories of her setting up in her kitchen a 5-pound bag of sugar for every 5 pounds she lost. She would have loved to have a guilt-free version to bake, too!

Here’s the recipe for Aunt Sally’s original Kentucky classic:

Aunt Sally’s Kentucky Derby Pie

Ingredients:

Mix Together:

  • ½ cup cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup white corn syrup
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • 1 ¼ cup pecans
  • ½ cup chocolate chips

Directions:

  • Beat eggs and add corn syrup, then add to sugar and flour mixture.
  • Add butter, vanilla, pecans, and chocolate chips.
  • Pour into unbaked crust and bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until done in center.

Okay, so even though this is literally HEAVEN ON EARTH, it’s jam-packed full of calories. Here’s how I baked a pie with less guilt but just as much flavor:

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Molly’s Guilt Free Kentucky Derby Pie:

(gluten free, egg free & dairy free)

Ingredients:

Mix Together:

  • ½ cup raw brown sugar
  • ¼ cup rice flour
  • 1 teaspoon organic vanilla extract
  • 3 flax seed egg substitutes (mix 1 tbsp of flax seed meal + 2.5 tbsp of water per egg needed)
  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • ¼ cup ghee, softened
  • 1 ¼ cup pecans
  • ½ cup cacao nibs

Directions:

  • Mix water and flax seed meal to create egg substitute. Let sit for 5-10 minutes to fully thicken.
  • Add agave nectar, raw sugar/ rice flour mixture to bowl.
  • Add ghee, vanilla, pecans, and cacao nibs.
  • Pour into unbaked crust and bake at 350 for 35 minutes or until done in center.

Even though nothing will ever compare to my Aunt Sally’s cookin’, this will have to do. And trust me, not only is it a bit healthier but it’s delicious…and perfect for this weekend!

For other Southern inspiration, head on over to Style Blue Print for more.