7 Dessert and Drink Combos to Match Your Wedding Color Palette via MyWedding.Com

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I hope you had a fantastic holiday weekend! As you can see, I made and ate more than my fair share of desserts this 4th of July! And since I recently posted some advice about how to select your wedding color palette, I figured I’d share a truly inspired post I found on MyWedding.com that offers up 7 different ways to match your wedding dessert to your signature drink using your palette as inspiration… yum!

Image via MyWedding.com

Image via MyWedding.com

Image via MyWedding.com

Image via MyWedding.com

Click HERE to read the article now.  Your mouth will be watering by the end of the post, I assure you! Enjoy.
-Brian

Highlights From My Trip to Aspen: The Little Nell, Ajax Tavern and Blazing Adventures!

photo 3Hey Y’all,

I recently had the privilege to spend a few incredible days in Aspen at The Little Nell, which I might add is an incredible resort that pays attention to detail in every sense of the word.

Settled at the base of the mountain, you really could not ask for a better location to stay in Aspen.  Not only is it easy to walk around Aspen because it is so quaint and charming of a town, but from The Little Nell you can hop right on the ski slopes if it is in fact ski season or take the gondola up to the top of the mountain for lunch and take in the stunning views.

We were fortunate enough on our first night there to have dinner at the top of the mountain while enjoying a few different bands from Elan Artists and a delicious meal from the The Nell‘s chef who created culinary magic.

On our second night, we ventured down the mountain to the Ajax Tavern for amazing food, an impromptu bocce ball tournament and lots of wine.  Beyond the fine dining, for anyone planning to get married in Aspen, or thinking of a mountain wedding, I highly suggest checking out the breathtaking views (click here for Little Nell wedding testimonials).

The view alone is worth millions and the Nell has a few special places for the ceremony, as well as the reception, all right there for the perfect wedding.

Also, the rooms at the Nell are incredibly comfortable and spacious, I slept like a log. I don’t think that there is much more you can ask for in a room when traveling.

photo 2In addition to awesome accommodations, our days were packed full of fun, and there are plenty of things to do while in Aspen. I have to admit that the highlight of the trip would have to be the white water rafting trip we took with Blazing Paddles.

The two hours floating down the rapids were a complete blast and I would be open to doing that everyday if possible.  Unfortunately, we barely get rain in Los Angeles, so I am not sure a daily rafting trip would even be possible.

photo 4Our last day in Aspen we went fly fishing, something I had never done before, but I caught seven fish, so I must have some sort of beginners luck. As you can see from the pictures we were prepared for the elements, but at the stocked ponds where we went fishing, the waders were not necessary other than for an awesome photo op. The only time we got in the water was for the picture.  Also, all seven of the fish I caught were released back into the ponds.

Image of Sundeck Wedding at The Little Nell via http://www.thelittlenell.com/Information/Photo-Gallery

Image of Sundeck Wedding at The Little Nell via http://www.thelittlenell.com/Information/Photo-Gallery

Winter or summer, Aspen is stunning and has something for everyone to do.  I can’t understand why anyone would not want to go there all the time.  I am addicted and will be back!
-Brian

 

 

 

 

 

 

What to Give Your Thanksgiving Dinner Host/Hostess

Succulents make great hostess gifts! Head here for a potting tutorial: http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-hostess-gift.html

Succulents make great hostess gifts! To find out how to create this adorable potted plant gift,       go here: http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-hostess-gift.html

Hey Ya’ll,

Putting together a Thanksgiving dinner can be a major undertaking. Even hosting a potluck style dinner is a lot of work when you consider the cleaning (before and after) that goes along with inviting guests into your home to share a meal.

Hostess gift tags via http://catchmyparty.com

Hostess gift tags via http://catchmyparty.com

For these reasons, I think it’s a really fantastic idea to bring your host/hostess a thoughtful gift to show your appreciation. Below, you’ll find a few host/hostess gift ideas that go beyond the average bottle of wine or bouquet of flowers… Happy Thanks-Giving!
-Brian

Host/Hostess Gifts

Ateco cookie cutter

casa.com

The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook

barnesandnoble.com

Serena Lily kitchenware dining

serenaandlily.com

Pier 1 Imports Cake Stand

pier1.com

Cooling Whiskey Rocks

shopgrounded.com

Pier 1 Imports Snack Bowls

pier1.com

Claus Porto Soap

casa.com

Philosophy Pumpkin Pie Bubble Bath

selfridges.com

Nest Birchwood holiday candle

gifts.redenvelope.com

Uni-Sex Apron

purlbee.com

Metal and Glass Serving Tray

target.com

Sofia Coppola Blanc de Blanc ’10 (4PK with Pink Straws!)

bevomo.com

Kusmi Tea

us.kusmitea.com

Bulliet Bourbon
bevomo.com

Hazelwood Shea Butter Body Scrub

hazelwoodsoapcompany.com
* Succulent plant image (at top) and tutorial via http://eighteen25.blogspot.com/2013/11/thanksgiving-hostess-gift.html.
Related Posts:

Dress Up Your Thanksgiving Table Using Place Cards

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Image via lovelylittledetails.com – FYI, this is a fabulous blog with LOTS of great tips and design inspiration. For their full-thanksgiving post, go here: http://bit.ly/18Radki

Hey Ya’ll,

If Monday’s post about simple vs. elaborate Thanksgiving tablescapes has you feeling overwhelmed, there’s one thing you can do to make a drab table fab with little to no work: place cards!

Image via tastefultatters.com

Image via tastefultatters.com

That’s right. These tiny little name cards can add color, texture, dimension, and sparkle to your table and make your guests feel important all at the same time!

Image and tutorial via  thetwineryblog.com

Image and tutorial via thetwineryblog.com

You can get crafty and make your own by attaching a label to items found in nature like leaves, pine-cones or mini-pumpkins:

Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 5.45.54 PMYou can also make items out of paper or wire or wine corks or even add a coat of metallic spray-paint.

Screen Shot 2013-11-20 at 5.42.52 PMOr hit up your local Target for something a little more chic, like these golden elephants from Nate Berkus’ holiday collection:

618bb8c83f8fd5d0d64c701eb8b91e55Green Tip: Buy a large set of re-useable place card holders that work for every holiday/event. Or buy something seasonal that your guests can take home with them. Avoid paper-print outs, since they’ll likely end up in the trash and just create more waste!

Image via thinkgarnish.com

Image via thinkgarnish.com

Do you use place cards at your holiday gatherings? I think it’s a fun way to transform a family gathering or a friendly dinner into a more formal event. You can even take it a step further and use the place card as an opportunity to give each guest a small, personalized gift with their name on it. The sky is the limit!
-Brian

How Do You Decorate Your Turkey Day Table?

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Hey Ya’ll,

When it comes to your Thanksgiving table, do you prefer to keep your decor simple and focus more on the food or do you like to create an elaborate tablescape that incorporates your menu?

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 4.15.52 PMIn my opinion, truly great holiday table design comes in a lot of different forms. It can be as simple as beautiful food selection (i.e. colors, textures, shapes, etc.) paired with flawless presentation (i.e. container choice, placement, serving mechanisms, etc.) or so intricate that the food functions as one part of a much larger design that can include everything from place settings, place cards, menus, glassware, favors, centerpieces and more!

Visit my Thanksgiving Table board, here: pinterest.com/brianworley/thanksgiving-table/

Visit my Thanksgiving Table board, here: pinterest.com/brianworley/thanksgiving-table/

To show you what I mean, I pulled some gorgeous examples of both simple and elaborate Thanksgiving spreads from Pinterest:

Screen Shot 2013-11-18 at 4.51.16 PMWhich do you prefer for Thanksgiving dinner: Simple or Elaborate? Let me know below.
-Brian

Fun and Freaky Halloween Cocktail Idea!

Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 3.32.35 PMHey Ya’ll,

I was cruising around Pinterest over the weekend and I came across this delightful presentation idea that’s perfect for creating a Halloween cocktail!

Whether you’re serving martinis or gin and tonics or creating virgin cocktails, you can incorporate this syringe idea by either adding grenadine like Your Southern Peach did on her blog (use 7-Up to create a kid-friendly Shirley Temple) or you can infuse a cherry liquor or even cranberry juice.

Screen Shot 2013-10-23 at 3.33.12 PMYou can snag oral syringes like these at a local pharmacy or order a box online, HERE.

What’ll your poison be this Halloween? It’s almost here… who’s getting excited and who already celebrated over the weekend? Let me know.
-Brian

More posts about Halloween drinks and treats:

Halloween Party Menu: Phase 1

Halloween Party Menu: Phase 2

Halloween Party Activities: Phase 1

How to Pick Your Party’s Type and Theme 

Last Minute Halloween Inspiration!

Image via ABeautifulMess.com

Image via ABeautifulMess.com

Hey Ya’ll,

Since Halloween falls on a Thursday this year, many people will be hosting Halloween parties this weekend. Are you ready? If not, I’ve got a few ideas for anyone looking to put together a party of their own, create a last minute costume or decorate your home in time to greet neighborhood trick-or-treators.

img50Let’s start off with a little party decor inspiration via Williams-Sonoma! I love the chic, gothic-vibe of their Halloween decor this year. It immediately caught my eye when they sent out their most recent e-newsletter.

Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 5.32.36 PMClick HERE to see all of the great ideas and products I pinned via Williams-Sonoma for Halloween.

Expert Tip:Subscribe to e-newsletters from your favorite party supply stores. They may seem like junk-mail to most, but you’d be surprised how many fantastic party ideas, recipes, and amazing deals I’ve gotten all because I subscribe to (and actually open!) the e-newsletters from my favorite retailers.

Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 4.30.43 PMAnother great source for Halloween party inspiration and supplies is Koyal Wholesale (another e-newsletter I never miss!). They really hit the nail on the head this year with the perfect Halloween color palette:Screen Shot 2013-10-22 at 4.30.33 PM
If you’re not into this bright color palette, try a simple black and white theme. Here’s a mantle we designed for a YourBash! event last year:
24790f83f5c5a7209681d6c177a5565bAnd don’t forget, if you don’t have a lot of time to put up a bunch of decorations for Halloween, you can accomplish a lot with just lighting!
a12f816bb451d2eabd4cec299d42f281Try placing a few large lights in your front-yard to project green, orange or even a black and white strobe effect onto your home. It will give it an instant spooky feel without going to a lot trouble!
One of my costumes from last year!

One of my costumes from last year!

Finally, if you’re looking for a last-minute costume, check out some of my older posts for few fun ideas:

Themed Family and Group Halloween Costume Ideas

15 Clever Halloween Costumes for Your Pet

31 Days of Halloween: Let’s Talk Costumes!

And here’s another post that combines my party planning tips with my friend Ceci’s fabulous makeup tips for Halloween:

How to Plan A Halloween Party and Create A Costume Using Face Paint

So… what are you going to be for Halloween this year? Are you hosting a party or passing out candy? Let me know your plans in the comment section below.
-Brian