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Our New Favorite Way to Drink Tequila

There’s no question that a margarita is my absolute favorite cocktail. But really, anything that involves tequila is a winner in my book, and this Mango + Blackberry Tequila Cooler? Is giving the classic margarita a run for it’s money. Get the recipe from Anna Foushee below!

Mango and Blackberry Tequila Cooler
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Serves 4Ingredients
  • (for the Mango Simple Syrup)
  • 3 small ripe mangos, peeled and sliced
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 8-10 leaves of fresh mint, plus more to use as garnish
  • (for the Tequila Cooler)
  • 4 shots of Tequila
  • 10-12 fresh blackberries
  • 1 bottle of sparkling water/club soda
  • crushed ice
Instructions
  1. Puree the slices of mango in a in a food processor or blender.
  2. Bring sugar and water to a boil in a medium-size sauce pan over medium-high heat. Cook until the sugar is dissolved. Off the heat, add in the pureed mango and mint leaves and let the mixture cool for 10-15 minutes. Strain the syrup into a pitcher and discard the solids. Let it cool completely before using.
  3. Fill glass with crushed ice. Divide the mango simple syrup in between four glasses. Pour 1 shot of Patron Silver in glass. Top off with club soda. Garnish with fresh mint leaves and 2-3 blackberries.
  4. Serve! P.S. For our friends who preferred Vodka, we also made this drink with a shot of vodka instead!

See all of our cocktail recipes here!

Photography: Blue Barn Photography | Design: Anna Foushee | Calligraphy & Design: Milk & Honeycomb | Rentals: Cottage Luxe

3 Easy Ways to Throw a 20+ Person Party on a Budget

This stunning outdoor party is proof that you don’t need a huge budget to wine and dine your loved ones. With three easy tips plus gorgeous inspiration from Rachel of Blue Barn Photography + Anna of Twenty-One Films, pulling off an unforgettable evening is as easy as backyard, batch cocktails and foraged greens. See even more of this pretty evening in the VAULT.

Instead of spending big bucks on renting an event space, consider hosting at home and utilizing that free backyard of yours. Don’t have extra seating for all your guests? Fear not! Renting a tables and chairs will be much more cost effective than renting a whole venue.

 

When it comes to food and drinks, create a big batch signature cocktail and offer appetizers and ask each guest to bring a larger dish.

Forego expensive floral arrangements and go for lengthy foraged greens that run down the center of your table paired with candles for a simple yet crazy gorgeous look.

From Anna of Twenty-One Films… Dear friends for over a decade, Rachel and I longed to host a summer gathering (#asummersoirée) for our closest friends. The kind that goes down in the books and shapes our summer memories as much as each friendship has shaped our hearts. The tables were adorned with simple candles and olive branches. We wanted to create a clean and natural setting, so that our friends could focus on meaningful conversations with each other, rather than the decor. We decked Rachel’s backyard with twinkling lights, fresh herbs and our favorite summer blooms. The evening included soft music, LOTS of laughter, and mouth-watering farm-fresh Italian cuisine. The subtle Italian influence was intended to emulate a culture that focuses on slowing down and enjoying conversation with friends over good wine and delicious food. We couldn’t have done this without Cottage Luxe, who partnered with us to seat all twenty-four of our closest friends. It truly was an unforgettable night.

Photography: Blue Barn Photography | Design: Anna Foushee | Calligraphy & Design: Milk & Honeycomb | Rentals: Cottage Luxe

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5 of the Sweetest Nursery Paint Colors that aren’t Pink or Blue

We go a little crazy for nurseries. They are just so dang cute and designing that dreamy space starts with the perfect paint. We teamed up with Home Depot and Behr to show you five gorgeous options for your little one’s nursery without a lick of pink or blue in the bunch. Check out our 5 favorites and get the matching Behr paint look below. And for even more nursery inspiration, click here.

 

Bright White

Bright white is one of our favorite ways to design a nursery. It’s a total blank canvas perfecting for adding a pop of color and pattern with decor and accessories. Get the look with Behr Ultra Pure White.

Creamy Neutrals

Not on the modern white bandwagon? Then a creamy neutral shade that’s soft and plays well with blushing hues is just what the doctor ordered. Get the look with Behr Snow Day.

Barely there Gray

Somewhere inbetween white and dark gray lies this barely there shade that compliments any and all spaces and is a homerun when designing a gender neutral nursery. Get the look with Behr French Heirloom.

Warm and Cozy Gray

For a warm and cozy feel try using a deeper hued gray like this gorgeous shade. It’s soft and comforting but still makes a statement. Get the look with Behr Best in Show.

Fresh Pastel Green

If a non-neutral paint color that doesn’t fall into any gender specific catagories is what you’re after then this fresh pastel green is a winner. Get the look with Behr Pale Cucumber

For more paint ideas and home inspiration check out…

20 Colorful Front Door Hues
White Walls that Pop
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