1. Watermelon Cooler Cocktail

    Nothing pairs with sunshine quite like fresh watermelon, so today I wanted to whip up a delicious and refreshing watermelon cocktail to serve as a compliment to my Spring party and party menu! What I love about the cocktail is the natural sweetness which comes from the watermelon itself, and the hint of lime which comes from the fresh lime juice. Also a fab mocktail, it’s quite the crowd pleaser so I recommend making a pitcher worth to place on a bar cart. One note if you plan to serve outside, I recommend placing ice separate {ie. in an ice bucket} as not to water down the sweetness! Enjoy!

    Watermelon Cooler Cocktail:

    {Inspired by the cocktail I found on the website Toriavey.com, Below quantity is enough for one pitcher; approximately 4 drinks}

    • 6 cups cubed seedless watermelon, well chilled
    • fresh limes, juiced
    • 3/4 cup rum (optional for mocktail)
    • Optional – if you like it a bit sweeter, add Sugar (or your favorite sweetener) to taste
    • Fresh watermelon cubes, mint sprigs, and bamboo toothpicks for garnish

    Place in a blender, blend until liquid, serve over ice.

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    Photography by Yesi of Simply Lively

  2. Spring Party Menu

    When it comes to my Spring parties I am all about a healthier and lighter fare. As you saw in a recent tablescape, I created a juice bar, a delicious cheese platter, and healthy crackers rather than bread. So this party {see the table to compliment}, I decided to make create a tiered cheese platter {which takes the presentation to new heights – literally!!} and a delicious quinoa salad with a few unexpected ingredients! Ok so let’s start with the salad. A huge Spring trend is styling your salad like above. Rather than mixing all of your ingredients together, show guests everything the salad…

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  3. Outdoor Dining this Spring

    When I think of a simply elegant outdoor tablescape, this display is exactly what comes to mind. Mixing neutrals with pops of blue, accents of golds, and just a bit of texture! I can see myself entertaining with this display well into the summer. Starting with the place settings… I am in love with the texture of the Kim Seybert Jackson Placemats. They almost resemble sea shells with just a hint of gold! And then topped off with Kim Seybert Pom Pom Napkins that have amazing bright tassels in neon green and blue… I am obsessed! I paired these back to white Baroque dinner plates…

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  4. Updating my Kitchen with the Adorne Collection by Legrand

    This week I got started on my Spring Cleaning and I wanted to focus on the most popular room in the house, my kitchen. Out with the old… chipped dishes, left-over Holiday decor, the list went on. One swap that I hadn’t considered for my todo list, but quickly realized was essential, was switching out my old electrical plates and light switches. When I updated the kitchen when I moved into the house last year, I switched the pendant lights and the cabinet pulls, but I actually never thought to update the light switches, thus leaving older, chunky switches on my beautiful white walls….

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  5. Floral “Four” DIY

    So many of you asked about this “Floral Four” that we created for Reese’s Birthday Party that I had to finally share this DIY on the Blog! It really is such a cute centerpiece for any party and was the perfect backdrop to our food buffet. So get out your scissors because this is a fun one!! What you will need: A styrofoam cut-out of the number you want to feature. I bought a huge piece of styrofoam at Joann Fabric and a large card stock number 4, traced the 4 on to the styrofoam, and cut out with an exacto…

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