This time of year, I’m always looking forward to seeing hints of green starting to sprout up and more sunshine to start pouring through my windows. I’m surrounding myself with natural elements, in bright, light colors to transition a bit into a springier frame of mind even though spring is still a little ways off.
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I’ve been talking about our Valentine’s day dinner party for a few weeks now, and this weekend it went off without a hitch. I’m here today to show you a few key ways to throw your own Spanish party, and no need to do it on Valentines day – this would make a wonderful summer party idea as well.
Sure, a Spanish party is a bit obscure, but that is the reason I love it. People often wonder what Spanish food is and are overwhelmed by making the choices to throw a unique bash. Think of Spanish food as more Mediterranean than Mexican and you’ll be on the right track. Cured meats, olives, cheeses, almonds, and seafood are all great staples. I made this party about communal eating, flowing wine, lots of flavors and small bites to create a great and interactive party (please excuse my grainy photos – it was dark!).
When it comes to the food, it’s easier than you think to carry out. You don’t need to be a master chef, just pick a few recipes and try them out! I followed a few different tapas recipes from this site, including the Paella. The best thing about Paella is that you don’t have to serve it with any sides! It has rice, sausage, seafood, some veggies…. it’s a one pot wonder meal. If you’re not familiar with spanish wine, you can’t go wrong with a Rioja or Temperanillo
And for the fun stuff – the decor! Keeping the party palette in red, gold, and black is expected, but it helps to really support the theme. You don’t have to go overboard or buy anything cheap from a party store, all you have to do is add a few quirky touches – red roses, black pom poms, rich wood, and gilded gold. I created two easy and quick little DIYs to add personality to my party.
The entire night was rounded out with a sweet treat – heart shaped churros! The churro recipe I used was from Sweet Society and it worked perfectly (photo above)! We nibbled on churros and drank our mexican hot chocolate (obviously not spanish, but I couldn’t resist not serving it with the churros)! Loading up on sweets might have been the fuel keeping us up until 2am playing card games.
I’ve clearly been talking about the Spanish party for the last week now, but I haven’t heard too much from you guys! Is it a type of party you think you’ll try?
ONE a pretty amazing site with a plethora of vintage goodies, Hunter’s Alley, is home to this gold beveled mirror that is just my style – classic and a bit modern. $275. TWOhow amazing are these agate cabinet pulls from West Elm? I don’t even have words for them. At $49 each, they’re a bit pricey, but boy are the gorgeous. THREE this whole light and airy white collection from target is toying with my emotions. I want ever piece, but especially these side tables with leather drawer handles. And it’s just $63. I almost can’t resist. FOUR a pretty scalloped planter by Susan Simonini has me thinking ahead to spring. FIVE graphic french windows make a cute little illustration on this ceramic coaster from Wandersketch, $12. SIX during the ‘month of love’ this is a cute doormat to remind all who enter just what a pair you are, $45. Aside from the obvious association with the holiday, it’s a really darling piece all year and the amazing team at Lulu & Georgia would like to offer you a discount this weekend on their entire site with the code HEARTDAY20
Happy Valentine’s Day! Whew, it’s been a busy week! I feel like my heads going to spin off there is so much going on, but I kind of like it that way! I am preparing for my first ever tradeshow in just three short weeks where I’ll showcase my Grandiflora product to buyers from all over and hopefully they’ll all love enough to sell it in their shops. I’m both nervous and excited! Have any of you done a trade show before? Tips?
I’ll be preparing most of the day today for our Spanish Tapas party tomorrow and I am excited to heat things up with lots of friends and fun since we’re still dealing with utter cold temps and I’ve resisted going out to dinners.
As I was beginning to set out the pieces and parts today for the Spanish party I told you guys about a couple of weeks ago, this little theme came together quite nicely and is sure to be pretty once it’s all together.
I want the party to reflect the passionate romance that comes to mind when I think of flamenco, but the warm, communal, rustic sense that you’re in the spanish countryside (side story, I actually went to a flamenco in Spain 15 years ago and didn’t appreciate it nearly as much as I would now… hindsight…). I’m going to make a centerpiece entirely of red roses, which is very ‘Valentine’s Day’ but it’s also what I think of when I think of flamenco – see the correlation?
Onwards… I want my friends and guests to be relaxed, comfortable, and in the robust Spanish mindset. What I love so much about planning parties is trying to create a feeling. To transport someone from the usual and to almost instill an unawareness of what lies outside of the event… to transport someone for a night.
To do this, I’ll go overboard on the red roses, cue the spanish guitar music, pour glasses full of temperanillo, and create a table full of approachable, communally served tapas and paella.
Let’s try this again! My apologies that this giveaway went awry last week. I had some issues and was at a photoshoot all day without my computer, so I had to take it down until it could be revamped. Anyways, we have an even better prize for you today, so let’s get started!
Before I went to Alt, I had a bit of an issue with space on my phone. It was all taken up with photos, none of which I wanted to delete from my phone, or download to the photo abyss of my hard drive. So many of the photos I love are on Instagram (do you recognize these?) but I wanted to get them off my phone and get them into my hands.
In this digital age, we share, tweet, and tag photos online, but how often do we actually print them out? When’s the last time you’ve printed photos? I can honestly say that (until now) I hadn’t printed out photos since college (wedding prints excluded).
We’re going to change today, however. The folks at Printic were kind enough to offer me some free prints, so I wanted to extend the offer you guys also (yay for really fun free things)! You can simply comment below to win a full box of 50 free prints… AND there will be TWO WINNERS and everyone else will get 1 print free with their next purchase with the code: 757369 (minimum 3 print order).
For our Valentines Day dinner party this year, I’m going with a bit of a Spanish flare – paella, tapas, flamenco fan style garland, spanish wine, and so on. The exception to this is the Mexican hot chocolate dippers that I’ll be making to accompany the heart shaped churros I plan to make for dessert. I love the mixture of spicy and sweet in mexican chocolate, so I thought it would make a really cute addition to the party to melt some chocolate onto the honey dippers from my Esselle hostess box.
The attached message, “Love and Chocolate are best served hot” is actually a spin on a german proverb (“love and coffee are best served hot”), but I changed the words a bit for this quirky valentine treat. The back of the tag could easily host a custom sentiment for my guests as well.
The best part is, with the exception of the honey dippers (which you can also find here), you might just have all of the ingredients on hand. Keep reading for the step by step instructions, recipe, and the printable tags! Continue Reading…
We definitely had some exciting news this weekend, our home and our lives as Grandiflora owners are featured in 614 Magazine. It’s a wonderful article about how path to living in this home and the history of its life before we moved in.
To tell you all a secret, even with the rich history of this home, our time in this house is limited. We’ve made improvements and renovations, but all were with the understanding that we wouldn’t be here long-term. Some of the changes we made were cosmetic, just to get us by living in a place we loved living. Other changes were totally functional. We needed to replace a beam under the kitchen floor and put on a new roof. We love this house and it’s such a big part of the family (read the article for more on that!) So what’s the plan? Continue Reading…
ONE hand lettered gold XO print would be a perfect gift for her, $28 from Rach Illustrates. TWO carved wood shape salt and pepper shakers are interesting, but classy from Crate & Barrel for $25. THREE I’ve always wanted a moroccan wedding blanket, and I like the darker colors woven through this one from Urban Outfitters, but it’s still a little pricey at $799. FOUR If you’re having a hard time adding a textured tribal look to your home, this striped hemp pillow is a nice place to start. $65 from Nomadic Trading Company. FIVEbrass votives from Furbish are the kind of thing you can use or your table or move to your bookshelves or style in a hallway vignette. They’re totally versatile and quite pretty. $26.50 each. SIX I love this gold triangle wrapping paper. It’s a great option to have on hand for that ‘pop-up’ party you need to attend. $7 for two sheets.
It’s really been a great week here in our corner of the world. I got my husband back after his man-cation, I had a wonderful dinner with a friend who had moved away, and I’ve been doing some really fun styling work for a local company’s website (I’ll share soon!).
I have a few meetings this weekend and then I’ll be working on my master bedroom closet (details to come)! My sister is coming up from Nashville, so I’m excited to see her in between my work.
What’s on your agenda this weekend?
p.s. I sincerely apologize for the confusion with my post yesterday. I put up a giveaway, but then had some issues with it, so I had to pull it back down to revamp. It will come back soon!
Well, guys, I have some fun news for you! Today is the day I publish my very first video tutorial! It’s a bit rough, but I’m pretty proud of it for my first attempt at shooting and editing my own video. It was 100% done by me and my trusty tripod, so have some mercy, but I hope you enjoy it!
For the abstract paintings, I used watercolor, but maybe not the watercolor you’ve used before. If you go to your local craft or art store (I went to Michaels) you can buy tubes of watercolor paint. They work a thousand times better than the stuff you used when you were a kid. I bought a kit with 24 colors for about $18 bucks. This one is on sale right now at Utrecht. That is really my only big trick. Just get the good paints and you’ll be shocked what a difference it makes!
I do encourage you to try it on your own if you’re feeling creative. Making a pattern is easy – here are some tips:
First, start out with a couple areas of large, concentrated dots. sprinkle a few smaller dots within that cluster. Then gradate the size and frequency of the clusters out toward your blank space. So as the dots move further from the large cluster, they should become smaller and less frequent. If you still doubt your ability, I’ve created a little template! Just print this onto your watercolor paper and paint over the dots. It doesn’t get easier than this.
I’d love to hear your thoughts on the video and if you like it better or worse than my little photos I usually do!
In matters of house and home, I have an embarrassing confession to make. As resourceful and cheap as I can be in some areas, in other areas, I am downright irresponsible.
Let’s back this up… I pinched pennies for so long through college and afterwards, I used coupons, compared prices, bought generic, you name it. Then, when I started making decent money at my first ‘real’ job, I splurged. I splurged on everything from trash bags to Louis Vuitton bags. Obviously, I saved a lot for those bigger purchases, but the problem came when I did little shopping – groceries, various sundries – I didn’t even look at the prices. I just grabbed what I thought was better… the name brands.
Yesterday, I went to the store to pick up normal things – paper towels, toilet paper, coffee, cereal. Being in the recent self-employed state that I am, this time, I really looked at the prices. I thought about the fifty-cent or dollar differences between brands and thought – is it worth it? Continue Reading…
Hi, I'm Erin!
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