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…

  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…

  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….

  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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