With thanksgiving right around the corner, I have been obsessing over tablescapes and the idea of a fall dinner party! Being in Texas and loving the mild weather here I love the idea of an outdoor fall dinner party, here are some of my favorite entertaining inspirations.
Through the process of registering for our wedding I have come to realize how many incredible options that are out there for flatware! I mean as I was looking at them all I could plan a dinner party in my head for each table setting. We chose a classic silverware place setting, The Monogrammed Hampstead from William Sonoma, we wanted something timeless. Though we chose something more traditional, a girl can always dream about crazy tablescapes! I have been seeing more and more pictures of gold flatware! This stuff is genius! Perfect for a funky dinner party out in your backyard, a bridal shower, every day life with funky and eclectic dishes, and it even goes with classic black and white! Here are some of my favorite home-spirations images for gold flatware and a few great options for your own table!
Here are some great options for everyone!
So in recent months I have done A LOT of outdoor fire pit and patio posts. I think it is due to the fact that having recently moved to Dallas I am realizing how many months of the year outdoor spaces can be utilized here! I mean its October and today the high is 90 degrees! Yes I do miss the leaves changing and bundling up for fall activities, but I definitely do not miss the snow and cold! I love the idea of an outdoor fireplace for these late fall months in Dallas. It does get cool at night and I can imagine me and David having a place in the future with a gorgeous outdoor space, drinking wine and enjoying an outdoor fire. Here are some of my favorite home-spirations…
Weddings are an incredibly fun and joyous occasion, no one can deny that! I think the best way for guests to have a good time at an event is to get them involved and there isn’t a better way to get people interacting that games. No not cheesy coordinated games, but casual fun and self starting games. Here are some of my favorite wedding game inspirations to keep your guests entertained for hours!
Over Labor Day weekend David and I went to visit our good friends in Victoria, Texas. They just moved in to a gorgeous house, and put a pool in! So we spent the weekend eating amazing food, drinking cocktails, and lounging in the pool. Now I grew up at house with a pool that no one ever used, and never thought of myself as someone who would love to have a pool. After spending the weekend lounging by the pool in a private backyard oasis, away from screaming kids, floaties and squirt guns, I realized how nice it would be to have a private, adults only pool right in your back yard! Here are some of my favorite home-spiration images of my dream backyard oasis.
Many (well lets be honest a majority) of my followers don’t realize that this weekend is The Masters, but in the Stephenson household it is somewhat of a week long holiday! This happy hour post is dedicated to a famous golfer, Arnold Palmer, and his delicious drink of choice. Now a regular Arnold Palmer is Sweet Tea, Lemonade, and, if you’re of age, Vodka. Here is a great recipe with a little twist.
Sweet Tea Vodka (my personal favorite is Firefly)
1 Cup of Sugar
Fresh Mint Leaves
This recipe starts with a simple lemonade. You can always buy lemonade, but this is quick, easy and delicious!
The key to good homemade lemonade is making a simple syrup first. Just dissolve the sugar in water in a skillet on the stove. Next add the zest of three lemons and gently simmer for about 5 minutes, whisking occasionally to help the sugar dissolve. Remove from heat and let cool. While it’s cooling, squeeze the juice from the rest of your lemons into a bowl. Strain into a pitcher, strain the simple syrup on top and stir.
Fill a glass with ice and pour your sweet tea vodka in (about halfway up the glass– don’t be skimpy!) Next, fill the rest of the glass the fresh lemonade you made, add a sprig of mint leaves, and ENJOY!
I am so lucky to have fallen in love with a lover of wine. I have learned so much in just a year, and have been spoiled to have some amazing bottles of wine. Not only do I love drinking and learning about wine, but I love all the amazing accessories that go with wine drinking! Here are some of my favor wine accessories that have made my life so much easier.
If you’re looking for perfect pairings to go with your wine don’t forget to check out my post on Wine and Cheese Pairings!
David and I are in Texas this weekend. Our final trip back before we officially move back home. We miss a lot of things about Texas, great tex-mex, margaritas, warm weather! I told David this weekend I need to sit on a patio and drink a margarita, so here is my Easiest Margarita recipe in case any of you want to join in the fun!
1 can frozen limeade
1 empty limeade can Tequila
1 empty limeade can of water
1 bottle Corona
Mix together in a pitcher and pour over ice! Enjoy!
Here is a delicious dessert we encountered on our adventures in Charleston, South Carolina. It is so simple and delicious and is great for entertaining. I called it a dessert, but really it could be a sweet and savory appetizer or small plate!
1 Green Apple
Slice the green apple very thin using a mandolin or just a sharp kitchen knife.
Layer the thin apple slices at the bottom of the plate. Cut the wheel of Brie cheese in
to quarter inch strips. Layer the strips over the green apple slices. Sprinkle
Whole walnuts (or small pieces of walnut) over top the cheese. Drizzle
with honey and serve with thick crusty bread slices.
So recently David has realized if I haven’t tried something I just say I don’t like it. So he is now forcing me to try all sorts of crazy things I have never tried, mustard, ketchup, ham. Crazy things!! And I love them all of course. I recently tried a Bloody Mary for the first time and fell in love! One of our favorite brunch places in Dallas, Hattie’s, has the BEST Bloody Mary of all time. So here is the ultimate bloody mary recipe and some of my favorite bloody mary add ons!
1.5 ounces of Vodka
4 ounces of Tabasco Bloody Mary Mix
Kosher Salt & Pepper Mixture
all your favorite Bloody Mary fixins
Rim your favorite glass with the Kosher Salt & Pepper mixture.
Combine the vodka and the Tabasco Bloody Mary Mix and ice in
a martini shaker. Mix well. Pour over ice in to your rimmed glass. Add your fixins.
Here is the EASIEST candied bacon recipe to bring your Bloody Mary to perfection…
10 strips of thick cut bacon
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Position a cooling rack over a foil- or parchment-lined baking sheet. Lay the strips of bacon on the rack and place in the oven to bake for 6 to 8 minutes.
Sprinkle each strip with brown sugar and bake until the sugar melts and caramelizes and the bacon is crispy, another 6 to 8 minutes. Be careful not to let them burn. Remove from the pan and lay on the cooling rack to solidify and come to an eat-able temperature.