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15 Cocktail Recipes to Toast the Weekend

At the end of a long week, there’s nothing quite like a little R&R in the form of a delicious (read: strong) cocktail. And what better what to kick off the weekend than a celebratory sip?  Whether it’s a low-key dinner party with friends, a girls’ night with your BFFs or an outdoor affair to celebrate summer, the right drink will take the festivities to the next level and these are the party-starters to do it!

Delicious Cocktails for the Weekend
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Delicious Cocktails for the Weekend
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Home Office Tour of Hello Love Events

This little spot is where preppy accents and peonies mingle; where storage is bountiful, the bar cart is stocked to the gills and fab reading material is at the ready. It’s also where Lacoya, the wedding and event planner behind Hello Love Events, works her magic. She called upon Kathleen Mapson to craft a home office with style for miles. Have a look at the full tour captured by Andrea Pesce right here!

From the Designer, Kathleen … The inspiration for the space was based on a few key words Lacoya mentioned to me during our first conversation – Timeless, Contemporary, Clean, and Organized – and let’s not forget her love of Kate Spade. With all that in mind, I knew her office had to have an overall classic feel, while remaining fresh, airy, and bright. Warmth would be added by using smooth textures and touches of her favorite colors, navy and blush pink/coral. She also loves all things sparkly. So adding hints of gold throughout the room would add some shine and polish the space off nicely. I am in love with her space and I know she is too!

From Lacoya … As the owner of Hello Love Events, a wedding planning & design company based in Northern Virginia I wanted a home office that was both functional, inspiring, reflected my brand and where I could welcome clients. I had been working off of my living room couch prior, which offered neither function, inspiration nor a place to meet with brides. Now that it is complete, I honestly have no clue how I operated a business without this space (especially all that storage)!

Photography: Andrea Pesce Photography | Blue/White Ikat Pillow: Lily Pillow | Chandelier: Pottery Barn | Coral Pillow: HomeLiving Ideas | Desktop Calendar & Floral Print: Ashlee Proffitt | Floral Arrangements: So Lovely Weddings | Gold Sequin Love Pillow: Max And Me Homewares | Gold Stool : Wayfair | Grey Desk Chair: World Market | Indigo Diamond Jute Rug: Home Decorators | Interior Designer: Kathleen Mapson & Company | Magazine Boxes & Simplified Planner : Emily Ley Paper | Navy Table Lamp: Overstock | Sofa: Target | WHite/Gold Heart Pillow: The Indigo Summer | White Desk: Ikea

DIY Yard Games as seen on The Today Show!

This collection of yard games is perfect for whipping up come Labor Day or any day that finds you out in the backyard hosting a little get together. I mean flamingo croquet? How could you possibly go wrong with those cuties? If you missed it, check out Abby gabbing with Hoda and Jenna on the Today Show about fun outdoor games plus a few hilarious #StyleMeBlooper moments, then dive into the slideshow for all the juicy details.


DIY Yard Games
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DIY Yard Games
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Photography and Design: SMP Living


DIY Yard Yahtzee

Who doesn’t love Yahtzee!? We just supersized ours so that guests could play on the lawn while enjoying a cocktail. We used 3.5″ wooden cubes adding traditional dice dots to each using round Avery labels, then sealed them with all weather sealant so that we could enjoy them for years. It’s fun, it’s crazy simple and it will provide tons of entertainment for your guests and it also makes a really cute gift when bundled into a tin can jazzed up with gold duct tape!

est. time to make: 1 hour for 2 buckets of dice

3.5” wood blocks
Exterior paint in various colors
1/2” white circle stickers
Gold duct tape
Mod Podge
Bucket large enough for 5 blocks
Mini pencils
Printable scorecard templates

step-1 Cut a roughly 3′ long strip of duct tape in half. Wrap the tape around the bucket to form gold stripes. Continue cutting and wrapping until you fill the bucket with stripes.

step-2 Paint the blocks in a variety of colors and let dry 1 hour. Make sure to use exterior paint if you plan to use this game outdoors.

step-3 Add white dot stickers to each die (each side of the die should be numbered from 1 to 6).

step-4 Paint all sides with a thin coat of mod podge and let dry 1 hour.

step-5 Print out the scorecard template and cut out each scorecard. Toss each set of dice in a bucket.

step-6 Give a bucket of dice, mini pencil, and scorecard to each player. Standard Yahtzee rules apply- you can get the rules here.

Photography And Design: SMP Living

DIY Flamingo Croquet

Croquet is a game that everyone loves, young and old and we’re just bringing a sense of whimsy to the game but dressing up plain mallets with a pink flamingo…the kind of plastic flamingo lawn ornaments that you find gracing front yards this time of year! We think it’s a chic way to bring a smile to your guests faces. While you do need a drill to make the hole on the flamingo, it’s a one shot deal and totally easy even for the novice.

Spade drill bit (same size as the diameter of the croquet mallet handle)
Washi tape in various prints and colors
Spraypaint in coordinating colors to the tape
Croquet set
Plastic flamingos
Super glue

step-1 Wrap the colored stripes on your mallets with printed washi tape or paint. Each mallet should be a different color, one for each player.

step-2 Spraypaint your croquet balls so each ball coordinates with each mallet.

step-3 Drill a hole on each side of the center of the flamingo.

step-4Slide the flamingo onto the mallet handle and put a touch of super glue around the hole to lock it in place.

step-5Create a course in the yard with the white hoops by following the instructions that came with your croquet set.

step-6 Give each player a matching mallet and ball before the game begins!

Photography And Design: SMP Living