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If you’re on the hunt for some serious eye candy, I can promise that you came to the right place. Because this right here? Well it’s a collection of our most popular posts this week. Though we’ve got one totally mouth-watering recipe, the rest is more or less stuffed to the brim with interior envy of the most beautiful variety. So sit back, relax, and let’s get our inspiration on!

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Glamping Dinner Party

We’ve all been well versed in the art of glamping over the years. So this glamping dinner party that one of our adorable readers sent in? Umm, definitely a spin on a classic that we’re loving. But first, check out our round-up for perfecting glampy inspired dinner party accoutrements. Hot Chocolate included!

Glamping Essentials
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From the hostess…For my 30th Birthday, I decided to take the risk to do a party outdoors dinner party in mid-January. It was a sit down dinner party for 18 people. Living in Southern California we lucked out with perfect weather, and clear skies. I loved the idea of glamping, and doing a party under the stars only seemed suitable. And who doesn’t love S’mores.

THE TABLESCAPE

The two large picnic tables which were actually hand made and stained by my good friend and amazing event planner Heather Ransom, she also made the tent, where we placed all the desserts under, which consisted of a homemade Pumpkin Spice Cake and S’mores. (She also made my cake. She is pretty spectacular.)

I found an amazing plaid material at Joanne Fabrics and Heather sewed each napkin. The table centerpieces were a collection of spray painted white and gold bottles which served as candle holders. We used an assortment of branched from Mother Nature herself, which we had collected the week prior.

I hand dripped mason jars in gold which we used for drinks, we used vintage silver which we borrowed from a close family friend. I designed and printed the dinner menus on kraft paper to give them a rustic look, then we had a table set for hot cocoa, coffee and tea.

It was a great day, surrounded by loving family and friends. Couldn’t have asked for a better way to welcome in my 30’s.

Photography: Shea Taylor (My Husband)

Strawberry Balsamic Smash

There are two things that I think we can all happily agree on around here. Number one: Fridays. Number two: a really great cocktail. And when you combine the two? Well amazing things are simply bound to ensue. Especially when said cocktail is concocted by none other than Garnish Cocktails and contains both strawberries and peppercorns!

Strawberry Balsamic SmashStrawberry and lime combine perfectly to create this delectable beverage
prep time
2 Minute/s
cook time
total time
2 Minute/s
Serves 0Ingredients
  • 3/4 oz fresh pressed strawberry (or muddle a whole, ripe strawberry)
  • 3/4 oz fresh pressed lime
  • 3/4 oz simple syrup
  • 1/2 oz water
  • 1 1/2 oz gin
Instructions
  1. add all ingredients to mixing glass, shake well.
  2. Garnish with cracked black pepper and a strawberry leaf.

Photography: Trish Barker Photography | Craft Cocktails And Styling: Garnish Cocktails