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Picnic Party


One of my biggest pet peeves is when the weather report reads that the weather is going to be amazing all week, EXCEPT Saturday and Sunday.  Luckily, this particular weekend was just the opposite.  After some showers and clouds, the skies parted for sunny, 80 degree weather.  And what better way to celebrate than with a picnic?!


We grabbed some of our favorite people and made our way up to our favorite, local winery – Testarossa. We were able to wine taste, sun bathe and picnic… all at the same time!! Does it get any better?


Here was our menu:




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I am a HUGE proponent of no dairy/mayo based foods at picnics.  Between the sun and lack of refrigeration, the whole thing freaks me out, so we did a lot of olive oil based items. Even the sandwiches went sans mayo, using pesto instead!  In warm weather the key is having light yet satiating menu items.

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

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For some St. Patty’s day inspiration click here, here and here!

Blood Orange Gin Fizz


Blood Orange Gin Fizz

  • 1 oz Gin
  • Juice of 1 Blood Orange
  • 1/2 tsp powdered sugar
  • 4 oz Club Soda
  1. Mix gin and blood orange juice together in a collins glass.
  2. Add powdered sugar and club soda for an instant fizzy treat!
  3. Indulge 🙂


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Valentine’s Day Cards


Looking for a last minute card idea for your Valentine?   Look no further!


All you need is:

  1. Fold card stock in half.
  2. Use a white crayon to write a note, dray a symbol, whatever comes to you! – the tricky part here is you can’t see what you are writing… so I recommend the shorter the better 🙂
  3. Using watercolor paints, I did an ombre design on top of the crayon to reveal the sweet design!
  4. Let dry and gift to your favorite valentine(s)!

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I also made some homemade friendship bracelets for my sisters with some colored cord, fun beads and an adjustable knot.


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Birthday Bar


When celebrating Kendall’s birthday this past weekend, we wanted to make a special space to truly honor her and act as a “party hub” for our group.  I wanted to share some of our set-up ideas, as well as some 21st birthday gift suggestions (I’m always trying to figure out fun gift ideas)…


For the “birthday bar” area, we went with a pink theme and bought some cans of Sofia Blanc de Blanc for sipping, Kendall’s favorite pink sugar cookies (and a birthday cupcake) from Icing on the Cake, and Rose Macarons from Miette in the city.  We had some waters on hand to help with some necessary rehydrating, and had other snacks and treats available for late night munching.


I made this banner using this sweet template from and colored string.


My mom had M&Ms custom made with “Happy Birthday” and “Happy 21st” phrases on them… as well as HER FACE!!!  I couldn’t get over how amazing they were!


We also framed one of our favorite pictures of the birthday girl to adorn our birthday set up!  It was a nice little keepsake for her to take home at the end of the weekend.


We also framed the weeks itinerary (so everyone knew what was going on/when they needed to be ready).  We also had to have some crowns available to properly kick off the birthday celebration! 🙂IMG_5094

For her birthday gift, I put together a little “drinking kit” with a fun little poem that explained the contents.  Here are some fun things to include:

  • A beautiful tray to set up a bar area in her home from Home Goods
  • Some great martini glasses from Cost Plus World Market
  • A gorgeous decanter from TJ Maxx
  • Homemade pomegranate infused vodka (to put in the decanter)
  • YSL lip gloss (to wear downtown)
  • Taco Bell gift cards (a favorite late night stop for Cal Poly college students)
  • Bottle of water (to hydrate after a night of drinking)
  • Card games/drinking games
  • Cab money
  • Fun cocktail napkins for entertaining
  • A cute monogrammed clutch to carry for a night out


What are some other fun 21st birthday gift ideas?!


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