Holiday weekends are exciting all on their own but when you add in an appearance on our most favorite morning show in all the land (ahem, TODAY Show), it kicks that excitement into overdrive. This morning, Abby Larson is chatting fun, larger than life outdoor party games just in time for Labor Day Weekend. Be sure to tune in during the 11 o’clock hour to catch all the festive DIY details.
Watch Abby on the Today Show in the 11 o’clock hour!
And sit tight because up next we’ve got the five DIYs featured in the segment. Put on your crafty hats and get ready to up your yard game this Labor Day!
These girls are my kind of people. Desperate (in the best possible way) to keep summer alive for as long as possible, and doing so by way of gorgeous dinner parties. See what I mean? We could all be besties. Hosted by The Darling Event with a cake from Sweet Fix RVA and calligraphy by Kathrine Francia, these gorgeous images from Kate Thompson paint the picture of a dinner party we would love to attend.
In true desperate denial of summer’s end, we hosted an evening of seafood, style and cocktails (of course)! Our inspiration came from a combination of elegant coastal evenings, everything raw linen, and the classic seafood bake. We are suckers for anything candlelit, so we knew the twilight would set the tone for our intimate dinner soiree.
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As stylists in the event design industry we rarely get to enjoy our own creations. We wanted to compose an evening of laid back seaside style, delicious details and friends who love to celebrate – who better than our local event industry vendors!
The focal piece was Paisley & Jade’s vintage wooden boat draped in navy striped raw linen and hydrangeas. What better use for a huge boat than to hold our Bloody Mary and champagne bar! Guests were welcomed with a drink of choice and garnishes to make any swizzle stick jealous.
We nibbled on sophisticated southern appetizers including homemade pimento cheese, a tomato tart, fresh watermelon skewers drizzled with honey, and warm herb grits. Our farm table was laid with kraft paper in preparation for the steaming seafood, galvanized metal accents, and crisp white calligraphy by Capital Calligraphy. The neutral background was the perfect palette for our bright red drinks, colorful seafood bake and cornbread! Drink glasses remained full, the table veiled in delicious plates, and chatter amongst friends. Finally, the key lime cake laced with coconut icing was presented by our dear friends at Sweet Fix – they take sweet decadence to a new level.
We couldn’t send our guests away empty handed, so we filled our favorite tiny containers full of Bloody Mary mix, Old Bay seasoning, tabasco and Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Creating our first Dinner with Darling brought to life what we envision for each event – intimate conversations surrounded by unique details, and beautiful design.
Photography: Kate Thompson | Event Design: The Darling Event | Cake: Sweet Fix RVA | Calligraphy: Kathrine Francia | Rentals: Paisley & Jade
Gray is consistently one of the most classic and elegant colors in interior design, and it’s no different when it comes to the most important room in the home: the kitchen. This simple hue is the perfect compliment to a cozy kitchen, and we’re sharing our favorite ways to use it in the video below!
With only a few more weekends left of this Indian Summer in which to properly celebrate summer’s bounty, we think this recipe is the perfect way to ease into fall. Filled with fresh muddled lemon and apricot, and topped with mint, it’s a lighter take on whiskey that the cocktail geniuses at Lauren Kelp devised to be equal parts delicious and easy to make.
From Lauren… I’ve only recently jumped on this whiskey train, and I must admit I waited way too long. I can’t say I’m tough enough to order a Johnny Walker straight up, I can definitely get behind a good whiskey based cocktail like this.
Thia LaurainApricot Whiskey Smash
- 5 fresh mint leaves
- 1/2 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 1 apricot cut into wedges
- 3/4 oz. simple syrup
- 2 oz. Knob Creek Whiskey
- Ice for shaking + serving
- 1 sprig fresh mint
- In a cocktail shaker, muddle the mint leaves, lemon juice, apricot wedges, and simple syrup.
- Add whiskey and ice to shaker.
- Shake vigorously for 30 seconds.
- Strain cocktail through a fine strainer into a cocktail glass (over ice if desired).
- Garnish with fresh mint sprig.
Recipe: Lauren Kelp | Photography + Food Styling: Constance Higley