1. 4th of July Hostess List

    fourth of july party essentials by Fashionable Hostess

    This 4th of July is extra special because I will be spending it with all of my siblings and their significant others, and being one of five that all live in different cities, this is no easy task. So to make the Holiday fun and festive I have done my homework shopping for the perfect party supplies {and I am not talking tacky red white and blue!}. How stunning and unique are these round pool towels from Neiman Marcus, and these anchor ice cube moulds – dying!! And if you don’t have a bar cart yet, it’s time to cave because this one from World Market is under $200! Excited to bring in the 4th in style!!

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  2. Summer Tea Party with Melli Mello by Lenox

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    I am excited to collaborate with Lenox today sharing the cutest tea party I created with their Melli Mello collection, exclusively sold at Macy’s. With all of the casual dining that takes place during the summer time, I thought I would trade in my usual coffee shop date with girl friends for a morning at home with tea and scones! The Melli Mello vintage-inspired floral set was perfectly elegant for the affair. My favorite pieces are the oversized teapot {with its beautiful butterfly and floral designs}, the two-tiered porcelain cake stand with gold detailed handle, and the dinner plates, because I am having a serious moment with stripes!

    To throw my tea party, I made an organic green tea, served an array of classic Walker english biscuits and cookies with apricot jam, created a cheese plate with a block of parmesan and red grapes, and then a spring greens salad with a honey vinaigrette. Because the Melli Mello pattern itself is such a bright mix of stripes and florals, black and white, and endless colors, I was able to keep my flowers simple with a small arrangement of white roses and a few faux topiaries to compliment the English vibe. The end result was that the gals just loved it. We felt so sophisticated sipping our tea and eating dainty scones; we wondered why we don’t get dressed up and “have tea” more often. I am definitely making tea time a new tradition with my girlfriends!

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    Photography by Yesi of SimplyLively.com

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  3. Floral Naked Cake

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    I have been eyeing the Naked Cake trend for some time now… they are so pretty and simple, but make a huge statement at any dessert table! So when my grandmother’s birthday came around last week, I took it as the perfect opportunity to hop on board the trend and test one out for myself. {For those of you wondering what a ‘naked cake’ is… it is the latest cake trend where you skip frosting the outside of the cake, but rather focus between layers, and then go over-the-top in decorating the top layer. The top layer can be fruit, flowers, icing, the works; see this cute post with so many inspiring Naked Cake ideas on SMP Living.}.

    I knew right away that I wanted mine to be a floral cake because my grandmother loves peonies, so I headed to a local flower shop here in Miami and found the most gorgeous pink peonies and mixed with a few roses and a small stem of babys breath. The key to utilizing live flowers on a cake is to wrap the stems with floral tape so that you cover the stem completely {in this YouTube video there is a great visual at time 1:30}. I have also seen examples {ie. here} of placing the flower stems on baking paper and covering with frosting to conceal. But if you are worried, you can always buy edible flowers at somewhere like Whole Foods!

    For my cake, I went with a classic vanilla cake and whipped up this home-made delish buttercream frosting. The end product – a show stopping cake for guests! I recommend swapping this for store bought cupcakes and cakes for your next bridal shower, birthday party, or girls night! Hope you enjoy this sweet step by step photo recap of how I put it together!

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    Photography by Yesi of SimplyLivly.com

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