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A Modern Cinco de Mayo Wedding (Margarita Bar Included!)

There are few things in life better than a margarita bar - at least in my opinion. Pair that concept with a chic destination wedding held on Cinco de Mayo, and you've got all the makings for the Best. Day. Ever. Island Style Weddings came on board to coordinate, Erin McGinn (dear friend of the bride) photographed, and you can find your...

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Snow Covered Juniper Champagne Cocktail

I think it goes without saying that I enjoy a glass of bubbly. And I also adore a good snow day. So when you bring them together? I'm the happiest girl in the land. When there is a storm forecasted, we like to put out a bucket to collect fresh snow to use as a little cocktail topper, turning a standard champagne cocktail into a the most sophisticated form of slushy. xo, Abby Capalbo...

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Packing Essentials for a Winter Getaway

When I first moved to Boston from Tennessee, I had this adorable herringbone coat I though would take me stylishly through the long New England winter. Oh my goodness, was I wrong. That first winter (one of the worst on record, btw), I learned SO much about layering and the importance of good winter gear. So if you are headed for a cozy getaway, here are some of my tried and true go to items. xo, Abby...

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Toasted, Spiked Hot Chocolate

There is no denying it, a snow day and a warm cup of cocoa basically go hand in hand. Or mitten in mitten, I suppose. But you know what's so great about being an adult? You can take that standard cup of hot chocolate and turn it into a toddy of sorts, instantly bringing out the inner kid in all of your guests.

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Making the Most of Winter Entertaining

Oh winter. It sure gets a bad rap. But you know what? It's become one of my favorite seasons to entertain. Think fires, fun cocktails, stick-to-your-bones meals - see what I mean? Not to mention, snow acts as the most perfect chiller for bubbly. So if you aren't on #teamwinter yet, check out these ways to warm up your festivities even on the coldest day. xo, Abby Capalbo 1. Keep 'em cozy This is obvious. Being cold, no matter how...

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Classically Elegant Rhode Island Spring Wedding

I've said it before and I'll say it again; there's a reason classic elegance will never go out of style. Add in a venue that feels like a French chateau, blooms by Sayles Livingston Flowers, and a...

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Classic + Nautical Seaside Garden Wedding

Get your tissues ready, because the reason this couple chose Newport's Castle Hill Inn to host their wedding is sure to bring a tear to your eye. But as soon as you see this Bride and Groom's love and all the pretty details from Eventfully Planned and Sayles Livingston Flowers, the only tears you'll be shedding...

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My Mom’s Traditional Apple Pie Recipe

Thanksgiving is a big holiday in our family. It's always been my dad's favorite, and for good reason, it's based on the things he loves the most - family, laughter and pie. Apple pie to be exact. And my mom's apple pie is that nostalgic kind of good that will leave you dreaming of it all year. So we've established a tradition - the night before Thanksgiving, my mom and I have a pie-making party. The boys retire to the living room, and my mom and I break out the bubbly and whip up all the pies...

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Classic Block Island Wedding

This is what happens when classic meets fun on the always fabulous Block Island.  Think seriously stunning ocean-inspired hues, crazy cool lawn games and a bride and groom who really know how to throw an amazing party.  Now add in a talented team of vendors and a...

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Easy Ways to Cozy Up Your Home For Fall

The minute I surrender to fall, I surrender hard. There is just something so lovely about this time of year. It's a time to slow down a bit from a hectic summer and cuddle up with a warm drink and some good old-fashion comfort food. And it never fails, my nesting levels go off the charts the minute the air gets a bit cooler. So I've teamed up with Erin McGinn and rounded up a few, inexpensive (if not free) ways to embrace your need to nest and...

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Rosé Slushy Recipe

I am in full, complete denial that the calendar is moving towards fall. Don't get me wrong, I love a pumpkin spice latte as much as the next person, but summer is my happy place. And that's partly due to my slight obsession with all things rosé. So since we still have some warm days in our future, I whipped up an amazing why-didn't-I-think-of-this-sooner rosé slushy recipe that will have you toasting to a never ending summer season right along with me. Cheers. xoxo...

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Frozen Bubbly Lemonade

We've been experiencing a bit of a heat wave in New England, and if we're toasty up here, we know the rest of you are looking for a reprieve as well. So I'm sharing one of my favorite ways to beat the summer heat, and surprise, it comes in cocktail form. Just a few simple, yet delicious, ingredients, and you'll be well suited for an endless summer. xo, Abby Capalbo...

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Flea Market Edit

At the surface, going to a flea market is a magical experience. All those treasures just waiting to be snatched up for a bargain. But when you arrive, and that treasure-induced haze turns into a full out overwhelmed panic - things get real, fast. But have no fear! I teamed up with my girls Emily of mStarr Event & Erin McGinn to help you get lazer-focused so you come away...

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Summer Sea Breeze Cocktail

Looking for a go-to summer cocktail that's delicious and refreshing (and super easy to make)? Look no further than the Sea Breeze. It's been a fan favorite in our household for years, so much so it was even one of our signature cocktails at our wedding. Best part? If you...

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Lobster Roll Two Ways

There has been a lobster roll war going on in New England for years. If you are from Maine, you like your little delicacy cold and simple. From Connecticut? Warm and buttery. Me? I just like any lobster roll I can get my hands on. So I've mastered two simple lobster recipes that will keep all the guests who pass through our house this summer happy, and giving me an excuse to keep lots of lobster on the menu... The Maine Lobster Roll Simple and classic, this version lets the lobster flavor...

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Summer Entertaining Tips

Memorial Day is the unofficial (yet somewhat official) start to summer in our house, and we may or may not start the summer count down around Christmas. It's kind of a big deal around these parts. And after the winter we had up here in New England, we are beyond ready to take the party outside for a change. So before you break out the BBQ this weekend, here are a few tried and true summer entertaining tips from casa Capalbo...  1. Keep...

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Industrial Vintage Rhode Island Wedding

I have a habit of buying fresh flowers when I need a little pick-me-up, but this florist's arrangements for her own wedding had the same effect. Lush, but with a modern, edgy vibe, the floral design at this wedding is simply stunning. Check out all the gorgeous details (flowers included), captured by Erin McGinn in...

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10 Tips for an Effortless yet Elegant Cocktail Party

I love a good cocktail party. Like in a big way. The mingling, the mixing, the excuse for that extra glass of bubbly - it's kind of my happy place. Since I adore them so much, I'll find any excuse in the book to host them, and I've learned a few things along the way. So it's time to share the secrets with all of y'all. It's my effort to bring the cocktail party back, because there really isn't anything better. xoxo Abby Capalbo...

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Sparkling Ombre Rose Cocktail

I'll find any excuse for a little bubbly cocktail. Making it through Monday, receiving the latest edition of Domino, feeling a little parched? All perfect scenarios for breaking open the champagne. This Sparkling Ombre Rose Cocktail is sweet and pretty all at the same time. It's a total win. But the best part? You can modify it to your taste or to your party's color palette. xoxo Abby Capalbo...

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Traditional Irish Coffee Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day

Just in time for St Patrick's Day, Abby Capalbo teamed up with Erin McGinn for a recipe that will leave you bright eyed and bushy tailed in a true Irish way. Meet the classic Irish Coffee handed down from an Emerald Isle bartender during an Ireland getaway. Whiskey, coffee, homemade whip cream and spices are all coming together for one...

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