Easter Tablescape Inspiration

Happy Thursday y’all….if your week has been like mine, you are counting down the seconds until the weekend is here! We quickly went from no Easter plans to hosting dinner for 6 (maybe 8) overnight, so my mind is going into planning mode!

So, what’s on our menu?

Appetizers & Nibbles:

Deviled eggs & Mediterranean platter

Jelly beans & Jordan almonds

Main Menu:

Baked ham

Chilled asparagus,Β  roasted brussel sprouts & scalloped red potatoes

Spinach, fruit, walnut & goat cheese salad

Desserts:

Homemade brownies, coconut macaroons & strawberry shortcake

Yummy, right? We’re in charge of the ham, salad, apps & desserts. Our guests will be bringing sides and of course, lots of wine!

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{marble + wood cutting board / textured bowls / long wood bowl / wood + ceramic dip bowls}

One of my favorite parts about hosting is of course the table setting…however, living in a small 900sq ft apartment with no dining table proves to be a challenge. Luckily we have a 6′ folding table that fits directly over our coffee table so we’ll just move the sofa out back & place some chairs around it. Hey, you gotta work with what you have!

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Easter Easter Table Decor with White Hydrangeas and Tulips Cente

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How beautiful are those tablescapes? Whether you have the space or not, here are a few pieces to help you build a classic, pretty table for your guests:

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{table runner / gold flatware / wine glasses / white dinner plate/

gold salad plate / cake stand}

What’s on your Easter menu?!

My experience with Legacybox

Back during the holidays, my friends at Legacybox sent over their goods for us to try out. My parents have hundreds – maybe thousands – of pictures on slides (remember those, fellow kids of the 80s?!) that we were trying to consolidate. The hard part was that we didn’t have hours and hours to manually convert each slide, nor did we know how to do it! Talk about overwhelming…

Along came Legacybox & saved the day!

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Y’all, this idea is genius! And seriously so easy. The large box comes empty, with instructions, labels for each item & shipping labels. It’s really that simple.

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I gotta say, it was really fun going through all of our slides (we organized per year and put 20 slides in each ziplock bag & slapped a label on top), our old VHS videos & various other developed pictures, etc.

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I was pleasantly surprised how much fit inside the box! We squeezed in about 8 VHS tapes and over 150 slides.

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Fast forward about 4 weeks later and we received back our original items (which was really important to us), along with everything organized & uploaded onto DVDs and a USB. Now we are able to easily view all of our childhood photos & videos. Additionally, we have a backup copy on USB to keep in a safe place.

This whole process was very easy & user friendly. The folks at Legacybox kept me informed each step of the way with email updates and they were super responsive when I called with a few questions. All in all, I can’t recommend this enough. With Mothers Day coming up, what a fun gift this would be for the lady in your life! Pretty much every woman values photos, so help her get all of her memories organized!

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You can purchase your Legacybox here.

This post was sponsored by Legacybox, but all opinions are my own.

Favorite Christmas Cookie Recipes

Happy Monday y’all! How is this the last weeke before Christmas?! Oh my gosh time is flyingggg by. If you’re like me, this week will be spent doing some last minute shopping & baking! Let’s be honest, we all love Christmas cookies. Whether you’re a novice baker or super talented in the kitchen, I’ve got you covered. Here are 10 of my favorite cookie recipes (almost all are tried & true) along with some cute ways to package them:

  1. Coconut Cream Bars: These no bake, freezer friendly are basically giant almond joys. YUM! I’m considering making these for our annual cookie swap.
  2. Basic Sugar Cookie: It’s my family’s annual tradition to bake & decorate these (we do Christmas trees, angels, snowmen, etc). I made a batch last night & they’re quickly disappearing!
  3. No Bake Chocolate Balls: These are great to freeze & then hand out to people. I made a bunch last weekend to give to my fiance’s clients.
  4. Paleo Magic Cookie Bars: Paleo and vegan friendly, these cookies are a great option for your super healthy friends or coworkers. Disclaimer: I attempted (and failed) a batch of these; however, I’d like to try again because I think they could taste really yummy if done right (think I over-baked them).
  5. Red Velvet Shortbread Cookies : I have yet to make these, but I hope I can find the time to make some this year. Red velvet cake is one of my favorites, so I’m looking forward to these!
  6. Oreo Cookie Balls: Need an easy, delicious cookie guaranteed to be a crowd pleaser? These are for you. I made these for the cookie swap 2 years ago & people still talk about them. After all, let’s be honest…who doesn’t love oreos?!
  7. White Chocolate Dipped Peppermint Cookies: A twist on the classic, these are soft, delicious and taste like Christmas. Serve with a glass of milk & call it a day.
  8. Christmas Cookie Bark: Oddly enough, bark is one of the holiday desserts I’ve never tried to make. I’m not a huge chocolate lover (gasp, I know), but these are great because they make a huge baking sheet & good for kids to help. Throw the broken pieces in a mason jar, wrap a bow & give to any neighbor or coworker.
  9. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chunk Cookies: Okay, so these aren’t technically “holiday” cookies, but in my book peanut butter cookies are always a good idea (also, see #2: I added a spoon full of peanut butter + chopped walnuts to a small portion & made my own peanut butter cookies)
  10. Versatile Cookie Dough: If you’re limited on time or want to make a variety easily, try this idea- it’s 1 basic dough, 4 types of cookies. Genius, no?

As far as packaging goes, there are a million cute ideas out there so I’ve picked 3 I liked:

  1. Fill clear bags & wrap with seasonal decor via MaiTai
  2. Use clear tubes to stack cookies like Paula
  3. Take a tip from Tessa & decorate craft boxes

Happy Baking!

Gift Guide: For Her

First off, thank y’all SOOOO much for the kind words & well wishes! The amount of calls, texts, chats, comments, messages, etc that I’ve received over the past few days has just been insane. We are just so thrilled that everyone is being so supportive & sharing in this special time in our lives!

ps. I promise that this blog won’t become a wedding blog, although I’m sure I’ll sneak in some posts here & there and ask for your opinions!

Now, let’s talk gifts! Whether you’re shopping for Christmas, looking for a hostess gift, attending a white elephant party, or need help curating your own list, I’ve got you covered! This list covers a very wide range of gift styles & prices, so I hope you find what you’re looking for…

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  1. I’ve said it before & I’ll say it again: this is the best candle ever- stocking stuffer (small size), hostess gift, MIL gift, neighbor, coworker, teacher…it works for any & everyone! I also picked up this Christmas tree scented one. OMG. My home smells incredible!
  2. A great plaid scarf is an easy slam dunk of a gift. Every girl either has one, wants one, or needs more. With over 12 colors to choose from & next day Amazon prime shipping, this is a great option!
  3. Coffee table books are always a great housewarming or hostess gift. They’re also perfect for anyone who likes home decor, or who recently moved into a new home! I have this, this & this on my list.
  4. Perfume can be a bit personal (everyone has their preferred scent), so you may want to verify which brand the girl in your life wants. My favorite (2 years running) is Flowerbomb by Viktor + Rolf. If your girl already has her favorite perfume, pick up a travel stick for her stocking- my mom got me one last year and I use it ALL the time!
  5. Every girl loves a good watch. Lately, I’ve had my eye on these soft, feminine ones. Really loving this pink Cluse & this gray Kate Spade. Have a fitbit? Try this ultra cute band to make it look more stylish and less athletic-watch.
  6. When I came across this beanie with built-in headphones, I was immediately intrigued. It’s a great gift for the frequent traveler in your life. So curious, does anyone have one?
  7. Want a classic, stylish, timeless gift she will love? Go for this clutch from GiGi New York. My fiance (!) got me a black one last year and I swear I’ll have it forever. It’s thick, gorgeous material and so incredibly versatile. Really also love this deep green color and this convertible clutch!
  8. Nice servewear is always a solid gift for a hostess, a neighbor, or a coworker. These are safe bets, affordable & small in size. This marble & wood cheese board is so nice, as is this chalkboard one (<– great for a shower host!) A few other suggestions in this category are these kitchen napkins, this holiday wine stopper & these hand blown ornament set.
  9. Give the luxurious, comfortable gift of faux fur! I not only own this faux fur blanket, but I’ve gifted 2-3 over the past year and they’re widely adored. Everyone loves to cozy up in winter. Less expensive version here.
  10. Finally, the perfect gift for that super special lady in your life. Men, listen up: jewelry is always a good idea. I’m loving these citrine & pave studs (for any blondes, the black pair is stunning also!)

What’s on your Christmas wishlist?!

24 Hours in NYC

This past weekend, we were driving home from South Jersey to Boston & decided to spend a day/night in NYC. We’ve gone every year for my birthday (12/7) so this served a dual purpose. It’s about 2.5 hours from Jersey to NYC, and then another 4 from NYC to Boston. Needless to say, this made sense!

Luckily, we’ve both been to NYC countless times and seen all of the major “must see” attractions, so this 24 hours was about having fun! We stayed at the Sheraton Times Square, which was excellent location. Typically, I like to avoid the Times Square area, but with our itinerary it just made sense to stay there.

My favorite thing about NYC in winter is of course the holiday decorations! If you’ve never strolled through Saks or walked down 5th Avenue to see the store windows, you must! I wish I had better pictures but honestly, it was so crowded that I couldn’t get a good one.

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Rockefellar Center

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Radio City Music Hall

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My second favorite NYC activity is, of course, broadway. I’ve seen Wicked, Rock of Ages, The Rockettes & a few lesser named ones. While Hamilton was not in the cards (anyone want to give me tickets?!), we were so thrilled to score discounted TKTS to Jersey Boys! It was so good!! I couldn’tΒ  believe how many songs I knew from Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons! The music, the dancing, the acting….oh, we just loved it! If you need a broadway show to see, check it out. You won’t be disappointed, I promise.

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Of course, no trip to NYC would be complete without all of the delicious food the city has to offer. We had a fabulous pre-theatre meal at Mastro’s: beef carpaccio & a manhattan for him, tuna tartate & a martini for her, with frites to share. My perfect meal. We also popped into the ever-so-tasty Ray’s pizza on our way out of town. That place never disappoints. Not pictured: two bagels, Tao sushi & Plaza macaroons. Yum πŸ™‚

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We lucked out majorly with 60 degree & sunny weather, so we chose to take advantage and go for a run through Central Park! We entered from the South (59th & 6th) and ran up by the MOMA, past Belvedere Castle, through the Strawberry Fields & popped back out by Columbus Circle (Broadway & 59th). It was a gorgeous 4 miles and I probably took 50 pictures!

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As usual, NYC was fabulous and I left reminded of why this is my favorite city in the world. I heart you, NYC.

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Thankful

Happy Thanksgiving y’all!

Wow, I have so much to be thankful for, where do I even begin? Aside from the (very fortunate) fact that I have a roof over my head, food on my plate and shoes on my feet…

…I’ve got a loving, supportive family who I live too far away from…

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…amazing, loyal friends who have been there for me through thick & thin…

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…and the two best roomies a girl could ask for…

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Now go enjoy your loved ones, stuff your face, drink wine & shop til you drop this weekend. I’ll be taking a few days off to do just that….

Next week, Christmas countdown begins πŸ˜‰

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2016

Believe it or now, Thanksgiving is only 17 days away! If you haven’t started thinking about your plans, now is the time. And if you’re hosting, now is also the time to have your tablescape in mind. I like to have an idea of the color scheme, style & feel that I want so that I can scoop up pieces whenever when I’m shopping around. While I’m not hosting a huge gathering, my parents are coming up the weekend prior so we will be celebrating the 4 of us! Hey, any excuse to host #amiright?!

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As usual, I’m sticking with a mainly neutral color scheme- mainly ivory, gold, green and hints of purple. I’ll have a variety of textures and materials, using ceramic white, clear glass & wood. Here’s a vision board I’ve put together of a classic & easy tablescape. I’ll likely do something very similar:

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{charger // dough bowl or box <– found mine at HomeGoods for $30! //Β  flatware // table runner // scalloped bowl <– I just picked one up last week & I’m obsessed! // monogrammed napkin // wine glasses // floral arrangement}