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Sipping on Sunshine

sipping on sunshine

I’ve been so happy to get so much use out of our patio in just the little bit of time it’s been warm and summery outside.  This weekend provided a few occasions to get festive and believe me, we took advantage.

Last night we had some family and a few friends over to enjoy some of Matty’s smoked pulled pork (which is awesome) and sip on some summery cocktails – Sangria and Mojitos.  Now, it isn’t quite summer yet, but the temps are escalating and something about outdoor cooked meats just gets me in the spirit.

I decided a sort of Caribbean, or mexican style would go well with the smoked pork and be really festive.  I served chips with two types of salsa, some garlic and cilantro grilled corn on the cob, an avocado and black bean salad, and of course, the meat.

outdoor cocktail party - mojitos

outdoor cocktail party - dip tray

It was a great time and the food and beverages were simple, mostly make ahead, and it allowed for a lot of chatting and relaxing.  Chips and salsa were kept cool atop ice in this chip and dip tray. The two beverage recipes both take help from some store bought beverages, ginger ale in the mojitos and good old fashioned (ha) Arbor Mist in the sangria (it really is the best for making sangria).  I served the sangria in a stemless wine glass and the mojitos in a double old fashioned glass, both with block ‘S’ inscriptions, from Red Envelope.

summer cocktails - sangria and mojito

outdoor cocktail party - drinks

We lingered on the patio until it got dark and the bugs started taking too many liberties and then we retreated indoors, but the few hours we spent outside were warm, wonderful, and very sweet!

The Red Envelope items in this post were provided with their complements, but could not recommend them more.  I use the glasses for ever occasion I can because I just love the modern block monogram.  I definitely think I know what I’m getting as wedding gifts for this summer’s weddings!

I hope you all have a great week!

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Splurge & Save: Summer Entertaining

splurge and save - summer entertaining

 

SPLURGE woven sea grass party tub from Williams-Sonoma SAVE oval seagrass galvanized party tub from World Market

 

I’m all for a good party tub that doesn’t scream ‘plastic cooler’ so when I saw these seagrass versions, it was love at first, wait… second sight.

What do you use to keep bottles and beverages cool during the summer months?  Have a great Thursday guys!!

 

 

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Candlestick Floral Centerpiece

floral candlesticks

I had so much fun creating these little mini bundles of blooms that I currently have them sitting all around my house.  I love how sculptural and impactful a burst of color is coming out of a thin, tall candlestick.

I had been spotting candlestick floral arrangements in more formal events and have been pinning them here, here, and here, but I wanted to move on the idea to something a little more casual and suitable for our everyday lives.  I used a cluster of these guys in my Mother’s day tea, but one by the bedside, one in the bathroom and a couple on the table means your whole house can be filled with the freshness of flowers with just a few stems.

candlestick flower diptych

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It seems so easy, but with the weight of these flowers’ heads, they’d all fall out of the candlestick if it weren’t for my one little trick.  Continue Reading…

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Easy as tea

mothers day tea

The notion of a Mother’s Day Brunch isn’t new.  It’s probably even the first thing most people think of for Mother’s Day since women love brunch and all mothers are women.

But, I’ve devised a casual tea-party type brunch with lots of color and pretty elements that not only will be a departure from the quiche and fruit salad of most brunches, but consists of fun, girly food that goes perfect with a spot of tea…

Speaking of tea, since it’s now officially the height of spring, I’ve put together three different types of iced tea beverages for everyone in your group.  Fruit tea is unique here in the north, while a premixed Arnold Palmer makes for easy serving and classic iced tea with lemon is just that – classic.

mothers day tea - brunch

mothers day tea and brunch

mothers day brunch menu

When entertaining in my home, I like to keep things super easy so that I can join in on the fun, so all of the dishes can be premade and served at room temperature.  Each dish doesn’t have more than 4 ingredients and that makes things even easier.

Keep reading for the full recipes and more photos!

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Sippin’ in Spring – giveaway closed

corksicle giveaway

I was so excited to debut my patio redesign yesterday, that today we’re celebrating outdoor festivities and hosting a fabulous giveaway. Just in time for the springy-summery drinks that make sitting on a patio, porch, or deck so enjoyable, we’re giving away a Corksicle to keep your beverages nice and chilly.

I’m going to blow your mind here, but we don’t have air conditioning, so a bottle of red wine in the summer months around here gets pretty warm.  I used to (gasp) put an ice cube in it, but I don’t have to do that anymore – and neither will you!

corksicle directions

corksicle give a way - house of earnest

The folks at Wine Enthusiast don’t want you to drink warm wine and to show you how much they care, they’re going to throw in a set of the break resistant (perfect for outdoors) glassware to go along with your Corksicle.  Exciting!

Join in the fun and enter by leaving a comment below telling me about your favorite summer beverage! For an additional entry, you can also share this giveaway on facebook or twitter.  Something like “wow, @HouseofEarnest is hosting the cooooolest giveaway” would work lovely!

Ready? Go!

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Watercolor Ombre Cake

ombre watercolor cake

I know it might be a little taboo to say that I love something that I’ve done, but I can’t help myself here.  I LOVE this ombre cake.  Everyone who has come to my house in the last 24 hours has gotten the pleasure of me pulling this cake out of the fridge to show it off.  Up until this point, I haven’t been able to cut it, but I love cake for breakfast, so this morning might just be the morning to dismantle the masterpiece.

watercolor ombre cake diptych

fondant workflow

My history with fondant was a little rocky.  I’d never actually decorated a cake with it, but it was much easier than people have let on.

(side note, my rocky experience was that I did make fondant from scratch one time in college during a food chemistry lab and it was sheer torture, so after the fondant was made, I was so sick of dealing with it that I threw the whole ball away.  Don’t try it, I beg of you.  Just buy it.)

When it comes to covering the cake with fondant, it was actually quite easy: ONE roll out the fondant to about one eighth inch thickness using powdered sugar to keep the fondant from sticking to the rolling pin. TWO loosely roll the fondant up on the pin to carefully unroll it over the top of your cake. THREE very gently smooth the edges of the fondant.  Your hands’ heat will help to relax and smooth the fondant. FOUR cut around the base of our cake with a sharp knife.

Now that you have a fondant covered cake, you’re ready to ombre!  Keep reading for the watercolor cake how-to!

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Bright Pop of Tropical

tropical centerpieces wedding - house of earnest

The Saturday before I left for China, I did the flowers for a beautiful wedding reception with a bright, poppy, tropical twist.  It was not only such a welcome surge of brights for spring, but it was a new challenge for me to work with tropical flowers.

I was a little nervous, but as soon as the blooms arrived, I was so overtaken by the texture, dimension, and color that the whole process just took on a life of it’s own. I wanted to arrange them the day of the event, since orchids are a little sensitive. I woke up super early, put on some music, drank my coffee and got to work.

I absolutely loved the entire process and working with such unique blooms.  I added some lemon to the bottom of several arrangements to give them a little pop of yellow and add to the cheery, tropical attitude.

Smith Reception - 1

tropical wedding - flowers by house of earnest

tropical wedding - house of earnest

It’s definitely different than the other weddings I’ve done, but I think that is why I love it so much!

Give me your thoughts?  Love tropicals?  Too modern for you?  Tell me!

I hope this brightens up your Tuesday!

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More than Sweet for Spring

blueberry basil lemonade cocktail

I spent this weekend breaking in the new patio with some friends and although the weather isn’t entirely springy (yet), I did find that a fresh, sweet drink really helped.  The best part about this spring concoction?  It’s super low calorie.  I’ll admit that the recipe came from a friend who calls it the ‘fat-burner’.  I put a slight twist on it by adding in fresh blueberries and muddled basil.  I love the added dimension of the herb and who doesn’t love alcohol infused fresh fruit at the bottom of a drink?

Blueberry Basil Lemonade

blueberry basil lemonade cooler

blueberry basil lemonade recipe

The drink is light, fizzy, a little fruity (but not too sweet), and will go down smoothly, so be careful!

I know it’s just Monday, but lets take advantage of the longer days and sip away!

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Spring Wrapped

easter dinner decor table setting

Despite the amount of DIYs I do on a regular basis, there are plenty of readers who also want the simplest way to bring a bit of handmade holiday to their tables.  These twig napkin rings are almost as easy as they come and they add a beautiful touch of nature and whimsy to a spring dinner.

All you need is a pair of wire cutters and one artificial blossoming branch.  Cut each stem off, twist it around a napkin and you’ve created something that brings a new life to your table.

Floral Ring Workflow

twig rings 2

Twig Napkin Diptych

Sometimes it’s the simplest things that can make you whole day (and show your family just how wonderfully resourceful you are).  What do you say?

 

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An Easter Basket for Grown-Ups

grown up easter 1

Last year, I started putting together the idea of a grown up Easter basket partly because I don’t have kiddos, and partly because everyone loves a little indulgence in the spring, and not always in the form of sugary sweets.

Last year’s basket was a spring cheese and mimosa spread, but this year (maybe it was all of the hard outdoor work I did this weekend) I was itching for something quiet and understated and solitary, but still feminine and pretty.  Some Zonin Prosecco and a Corksicle to keep it cold over the span of a relaxing afternoon eating macaroons and reading a book or catching up on magazines is just what I have in mind.

grown up easter diptych

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grown up easter 2

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The best things to include are a mixture of practical, indulgent, and beautiful things that the recipient would not only love to receive but also put to use.  Whether it’s for yourself, a parent, an adult child, or a hostess gift for the lady hosting Easter dinner, I love the idea of encouraging those you love to take a little time to themselves.

What would you include in your grown-up Easter basket?  Some bubble bath? A new tin of tea? That afternoon doesn’t sound bad either!

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