WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Cinco de Mayo Wedding

We all know I love any excuse to celebrate a holiday, and Cinco de Mayo is coming up! We will be having fresh margaritas and homemade salsa in the Stephenson household, that is for sure! I love all the colors and festive decorations for Cinco de Mayo and thought what beautiful wedding colors and decorations these would be. Here are some of my favorite inspiration images for a Cinco de Mayo wedding!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

I love this! This is my tablescape inspiration for a future Cinco de Mayo fiesta dinner party!

I love this! This is my tablescape inspiration for a future Cinco de Mayo fiesta dinner party!

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

Adorable flower girl!

Adorable flower girl!

 

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

 

LOVE!

LOVE!

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WEDDING WEDNESDAY: Calligraphy

Okay it may just be the design geek in me but I LOVE handlettering. It is a skill I really wish I had and am definitely going to learn! All my graphic designer friends have such a talent for this and I am so jealous! I think the most important thing about planning a wedding is the details. That is what makes an event special. Calligraphy is not just something that you should use on invitations but almost everything! It can be an amazing detail to make your special day even more beautiful. Here are some of my favorite wedding day calligraphy inspirations and a few of my favorite calligraphy and hand lettering boutiques on Etsy!

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

If you are looking for some great hand lettering and calligraphy for your big day here are some great options from Etsy!

LYDIA ROBINS HENDRIX: CALLIGRAPHY & ILLUSTRATION

LYDIA ROBINS HENDRIX: CALLIGRAPHY & ILLUSTRATION

LAVENDER CALLIGRAPHY

LAVENDER CALLIGRAPHY

HAND SWEET HOME.

HAND SWEET HOME.

MYRTLE & LLOYD CALLIGRAPHY.

MYRTLE & LLOYD CALLIGRAPHY.

HOLIDAY: Fourth of July Foods

HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY! I know everyone is probably enjoying a nice grill out and some cold beer, but here are a few amazing Fourth of July themed foods that you will definitely want to bring to a party!

What an easy way to decorate any type of dessert!

What an easy way to decorate any type of dessert!

 

Simple store bought ice cream sandies with popsicle sticks... at red white and blue sprinkles and its perfect for this hot July holiday!

Simple store bought ice cream sandies with popsicle sticks… at red white and blue sprinkles and its perfect for this hot July holiday!

 

Love this idea! How simple... just get America themed party hats, turn them upside down for great party snack holders!

Love this idea! How simple… just get America themed party hats, turn them upside down for great party snack holders!

 

Red Jello and cream topped with fresh blueberries! Love this easy and low cal Fourth treat!

Red Jello and cream topped with fresh blueberries! Love this easy and low cal Fourth treat!

Great little cake to say Happy Birthday America! Add food coloring to some vanilla cake mix and you are good to go!

Great little cake to say Happy Birthday America! Add food coloring to some vanilla cake mix and you are good to go!

 

These might be a little bit more time consuming but they are GORGEOUS! Love!

These might be a little bit more time consuming but they are GORGEOUS! Love!

 

Hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday! ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

HAPPY HOUR: Lemon Lime Mojito

Its been a rough Monday for everyone! Here is a little happy hour inspiration for you all! Cheers to a great week with this summer drink in hand!

LEMON LIME MOJITO

LEMON LIME MOJITO

 

INGREDIENTS:
1 pkt.  CRYSTAL LIGHT Lemonade Flavor Drink Mix
2-1/2 cups  cold water
1/2 cup  rum
3 cups  cold club soda
6 fresh mint sprigs
1 lime, cut into 6 slices

STIR drink mix, water and rum in 2-qt. plastic or glass pitcher until mix is dissolved.

ADD club soda and mint; stir.

SERVE over ice cubes in tall glasses. Garnish with lime slices.

 

ENTERTAINING: Wine Tasting 101

Well we all know I love vineyards, wines, and wine tastings! I can not wait to one day have a wine tasting with all of my friend! To follow up on my wine and cheese pairing posts, here are a few tips and pointers on how to throw an amazing wine tasting for you and your friends!

A wine flight party is a quick and easy way to make a fun wine night! Pick a variety of wines (whites, reds, sparklings... whatever the crowd enjoys) and pour everyone a taste, have cards set up to explain the different wines, and always have extra bottles on hand so people have pick their favorite and a full glass (... or two!)

A wine flight party is a quick and easy way to make a fun wine night! Pick a variety of wines (whites, reds, sparklings… whatever the crowd enjoys) and pour everyone a taste, have cards set up to explain the different wines, and always have extra bottles on hand so people have pick their favorite and a full glass (… or two!)

A wine and cheese buffet is perfect for a casual get together, book club night, or appetizers before a dinner party! Set out a variety of wines and pair them up with different cheeses, chocolates, and olives. Add some great crackers and crusty baguette and you have yourself a great happy hour!

A wine and cheese buffet is perfect for a casual get together, book club night, or appetizers before a dinner party! Set out a variety of wines and pair them up with different cheeses, chocolates, and olives. Add some great crackers and crusty baguette and you have yourself a great happy hour!

This is my favorite idea for a wine tasting party! If you have friends that really know their wines try this out! Take a few of your favorite bottles of wine and cover the labels, and number them. Then have corresponding cards describing the wine and mark those with letters. Have your guests try all the wines and guess which one is which! Definitely a great way to start a night full of wine drinking! I am going to try this soon!

This is my favorite idea for a wine tasting party! If you have friends that really know their wines try this out! Take a few of your favorite bottles of wine and cover the labels, and number them. Then have corresponding cards describing the wine and mark those with letters. Have your guests try all the wines and guess which one is which! Definitely a great way to start a night full of wine drinking! I am going to try this soon!

Dinner and wine party is always a great idea! I love the idea of having cutting boards full of cheese as center pieces (of course edible center pieces!) It might take a little bit of extra work but you can create a menu and pair wines with each course! Have notes or a menu prepared for each guest so they know more about the dish and the wine being served! Love.

Dinner and wine party is always a great idea! I love the idea of having cutting boards full of cheese as center pieces (of course edible center pieces!) It might take a little bit of extra work but you can create a menu and pair wines with each course! Have notes or a menu prepared for each guest so they know more about the dish and the wine being served! Love.

LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.LOVE LETTERS TO HOME.

HOLIDAY: Instant Cinco de Mayo Party

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!

HAPPY CINCO DE MAYO!

My life has been quite crazy these days! I just finished up a week long road trip/weekend in my hometown of Cincinnati with my boyfriend (many posts to come!) But of course there is never an excuse to not celebrate the holidays! Here are a few great ideas to throw together an easy and inexpensive Cinco de Mayo party (because who doesn’t love an excuse to drink a margarita!)

Make a very EASY tablescape for appetizers and drinks with a festive and wild patterned table cloth and a few colorful dishes!

Make a very EASY tablescape for appetizers and drinks with a festive and wild patterned table cloth and a few colorful dishes!

EASY COCKTAIL RECIPE! INGREDIENTS: 1 lime, cut into 8 wedges 1/4 cup sugar 2 pints lime sorbet 1/2 cup tequila DIRECTIONS: Rub the lime wedges around the rims of 8 stemmed glasses. Place the sugar on a small plate. Turn each glass upside down and dip the rims in the sugar to coat. Place 2 scoops of sorbet in each glass and pour 1 tablespoon of tequila over the top of each. Serve with a spoon.

EASY COCKTAIL RECIPE!
INGREDIENTS:
1 lime, cut into 8 wedges
1/4 cup sugar
2 pints lime sorbet
1/2 cup tequila
DIRECTIONS:
Rub the lime wedges around the rims of 8 stemmed glasses. Place the sugar on a small plate. Turn each glass upside down and dip the rims in the sugar to coat.
Place 2 scoops of sorbet in each glass and pour 1 tablespoon of tequila over the top of each. Serve with a spoon.

THEMED FOOD ITEMS! We all know these are my favorite! Click on the picture above to get the recipe for these AMAZING margarita cupcakes from HOWTOEATACUPCAKE.NET

THEMED FOOD ITEMS! We all know these are my favorite! Click on the picture above to get the recipe for these AMAZING margarita cupcakes from HOWTOEATACUPCAKE.NET

 

Ending the evening with simple and easy party favors! Find adorable bags and place individual tequila bottles, lime, and homemade margarita mix for a fun take home for your guests!

Ending the evening with simple and easy party favors! Find adorable bags and place individual tequila bottles, lime, and homemade margarita mix for a fun take home for your guests!

Hope you all have a great Sunday and Cinco de Mayo! More posts to come about the big move and the amazing road trip!