Dessert and Wine Pairings for Valentine’s Day

Get ready to get your drool on because I’ve got the ultimate combo for you today!  Dessert and wine pairings for Valentine’s Day totally need to be a thing, am I right?!  Well I sure think so, so I’m making it one!  Truly, one of the best blog posts ever, because if has two of my favorite things!

Of course I teamed up with our friends at One Hope and Colette’s Catering to bring this one to ya!!  As a matter of fact, how about we  just forget about that whole “dinner” part on February 14th and go straight to the good stuff?!  Without further ado, let’s check these yummy combos out!

Photos by Alison Bernier

First we are starting with a delicious Cabernet Sauvignon paired with Violet & Cassis Petit Fours.  Perhaps you’re like me and saying what the heck is that?!  In short, they are delicious little bite sized cakes, and you need them… With a big ol’ glass of Cab!

Second on the list is one of my favorites, Pinot Noir.  Colette’s paired this rich and fruitful wine with their Petite Blueberry Cornmeal Cakes.  I love blueberry muffins, does that mean I should start drinking Pinot for breakfast?!  Now how do I convince my husband this is ok….   

I happened to shoot this post on my Dad’s birthday… And he happens to LOVE carrot cake and coconut… So this next one couldn’t have been more perfect!  Yep, Colette’s paired this delicious Rosé with their Petite Carrot & Coconut Cakes… My dad’s dreams were made and I’m still the favorite daughter!!  Just kidding Janna…

Obviously Valentine’s Day is a celebration, so we definitely need something sparkly to sip!  How perfect is it to pair a Rosé Sparkling Wine with Funfetti Whoopie Pies?!  After all, that’s a party right there!  These are also a great kiddo pleaser… My advice is to let them join in on the fun then put them to bed and have your own celebration… Bow Chicka Bow Wow!

Last but not least are my husband’s favorites… Now I know what to serve next week!  He was popping these suckers in like there was no tomorrow, ha!  They are Lemon Apricot Mini Cheesecakes and I think my husband loves them more than me.  Colette’s paired them with their light and refreshing Sauvignon Blanc.  The crisp finish pairs perfectly with the sweet & tartness of the dessert.

Now what will you be serving this Valentine’s Day?!  Truly, we set the bar pretty high…  But, I have faith in our readers to make this the best Valentine’s Day yet!!!  Cheers!



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A Galentine’s Wine & Cheese Night with the Best Babes

I’ve got the ultimate girl’s night out for you today with this Galentine’s wine & cheese night!!  Every girl needs a good night out with their best babes near Valentine’s Day… Certainly it’s a day of love with our men, but we’ve gotta recognize the other great loves in our lives…  Our girlfriends!!!  Because without them, where would we be?!  And for some of us, we’d rather be with our ladies than our men most days, ha!

I wanted to style and design a fun Galentine’s Night for my best girls!!  Lucky for me they are all talented fellow vendors so we got to have lots of fun and make the night extra pretty. The party was held at The Ma’amsion – aka the new amazing studio owned by Jesi of Jesi Haack Design, Carissa of JL Designs and Erica of 1011 Makeup.  I had a vision of pinks and mustard yellow for the colors and went from there!

Obviously a good girls night involves some key elements – wine & food.  That’s why I opted for a wine & cheese night!  Of course we reached out to our friends at One Hope and Smoke & Brine to make this idea a reality.  They made our dreams come true with this one, some of us had a little too much fun!  And by some of us, I mean me, hehe…

Keep scrolling to see all of the magic, or head to Green Wedding Shoes where it is also featured!

Photos by Pearl & Ash Photography

First things first, this stunner of an invite by Poppy Jack Shop.  She got the colors I wanted right, mustard yellow and pink!  Love that combo so much, and I know you will too once you scroll through these photos…

The gorgeous florals are by Rooted & Wild.  Yep, that talented lady who just showcased a DIY floral arrangement on the blog earlier this week!  Indeed, this lady knows what she’s doing in the flower department.

Equally amazing as the florals – the insane balloon installation from Wild Child Party.  Jolie, my friend and owner, was a guest and really brought it with the most amazing girly pink balloon arrangement!

The pretty tabletop pieces were from L’entramise, and the gorgeous table runners are from Party Crush Studio.  I also bought and stained individual boards and had the talented Courtney from Poppy Jack Shop add her calligraphy to each making them place cards.  Such a fun way to personalize something for your guests and a sweet gift for them to leave with!

Clearly, we had One Hope, which never fails to get us nice and toasty… Perhaps some of us a little too toasty, haha!

We didn’t have any fun at all… None, I swear!!

Feast your eyes on this beauty!  Smoke & Brine knows how to create a whole lot of pretty!!

Last but not least we got to enjoy the prettiest and yummiest treats brought by Melody, owner of Sweet & Saucy Shop all on the prettiest bed of pillows from Found Rentals! Sweet & Saucy Shop’s desserts are equally yummy as they are unique and beautiful.

Ultimately I think we all need girl time, it’s so important to have a good squad of babes on your side.  Without a doubt, these girls I get to call my friends are some of the best!



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A Stylish Super Bowl Party Gathering with Friends

The Super Bowl may as well be a national holiday as far as I’m concerned!  It’s a day where we get together with our friends and family and celebrate and eat… Sounds like most holidays to me!  Therefore I like to treat it as something special and style it up.  Who says you need to have brown footballs all over the house as decor?  Not me!
I recently styled this party for friends that would be the perfect atmosphere for that special Sunday coming up!  We’ll even let a few of the guys join, if they’re lucky!
Photos by Corrie Lynn Photo
This party is also featured on SMP Living today!

The first thing I think of for the Super Bowl is the food!!  I teamed up with our favorite local caterers Colette’s Catering and asked them to make some fun party food with a healthy edge… They delivered and everything was delicious!  We munched on things like a 7 layer Mediterranean dip, Brussel sprout chips, and chicken stuffed jalapeño poppers.  It was all so tasty and we didn’t feel guilty afterwards!  It was seriously perfect!

The next thing I think about are drinks of course!!  We had beer and champagne out because well, you have to! One Hope Wine always has the fun shimmer bottles we love so much.  But we also made a fun signature cocktail – Beermosas, and let’s say they were a hit!!

As far as tabletop, when I have an event like this I try to keep things as easy as possible on myself.  Lately I’ve been using the amazing L’Entramise, a gorgeous single use tabletop line.  Everything they have is great quality and also looks amazing.  They have multiple options so you can customize your table for any event.  I especially love their glassware options, good disposable glassware is so hard to find!  And it’s so easy to clean up after, just toss everything!

Next, you need to add florals… We’ve said this before but they make an event!  Yes, even for a Super Bowl party…  You don’t need much but if you have a few stand out arrangements like these from Rooted and Wild you are set!  Get your coffee table, kitchen table and possible mantle styled up and you are good to go!  Now after that, don’t forget the details.  My friend Courtney from Poppy Jack Shop created fun signage pieces for us to play with and football cocktail stirrers.  Plus she made the cutest invite for our guests!

Now as you can see, having a stylish Super Bowl party is pretty easy!  The only other thing you need to worry about is having fun with your guests and rooting for your team!



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A Healthy Ladies Lunch & Recipe with True Food Kitchen

With the start of a New Year most of us are in the mind set to be healthy.  Of course, it’s always a challenge, especially when going out into social gatherings.  Finding a yummy yet healthy place to eat out and get together with friends can be tricky, except if you go to True Food Kitchen!  This is one of my favorite spots to eat because of their fresh and healthy menu and their vibrant atmosphere.  I even have their cookbook in my arsenal at home and often turn to it for inspiration!

My friend Julia Wheeler and I wanted to get a few of our friends together to have a healthy ladies lunch and immediately thought of True Food Kitchen.  They have an amazing private room for events that was the perfect space for us to host!  It’s picturesque and colorful, we just had to add a few personal touches to the table to make it even better!  We wanted the colors of the table to reflect the vibrance of the food!  Special thank you to our talented friends Twinkle & Toast, Wallflower Inspiration and Hostess Haven for making this table come life!

Beautiful Photos by Dulcet Creative
This lunch is also featured on Style Me Pretty Living today!

Not only was it great to catch up with friends after the hustle and bustle of the holidays, but also none of us had to feel guilty with their delicious and healthy menu.  Plus, we even had a private tutorial on how to make the best guacamole.  In fact, it’s the best I’ve ever tasted!  And that’s saying a lot, because I LOVE guacamole!!  Lucky for you True Food is sharing the recipe with you today!  You may be saying, big deal, guacamole?!  But this one is a great way to add leafy greens and comes with a citrus twist!  Trust me, you’ll want to try it!!

Kale Guacamole 

Serves 4-6



½ cup Blanched and chopped kale 
1/3 cup Poblano peppers, roasted and peeled seeds removed
1/8 cup Cilantro chopped
1/8 cup Green onions chopped 
1/3 cup Grapefruit segments 
1/3 cup Orange segments
½ teaspoons sea salt 
4 Avocados, lightly smashed 



Remove stem from kale and blanch leaves in boiling lightly salted water until tender (approx 45 seconds). Shock in ice water till chilled, squeeze dry, finely mince and set aside. Roast poblano pepper until charred on all sides, peel skin, remove seeds, finely mince and set aside in a large bowl, lightly smash avocado. Mix in blanched kale, poblano, cilantro, onions, citrus and salt until well incorporated. Serve with pita chips and enjoy! 


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Setting our Christmas Table with Hearth & Hand from Target

Each year for the holidays I like to add a little bit more to may decor collection.  It’s always fun to add different things here and there to commemorate what was special that year.  This year I am hosting Christmas for the first time at our new home!  Our home isn’t anywhere near being done, but I still want to make it special.  Since we are on a budget (hello, home remodel and a new mortgage!!) I turned to everyone’s favorite store, Target.  

Lucky me, this year they have Hearth & Hand by Magnolia!  I’m sure you are just like me and totally love Joanna & Chip Gaines.  I’ve especially fallen more in love with them since we started remodeling our home.  There are many nights where you will find me in front of the tv, watching Fixer Upper on Hulu working on my computer.  Basically my MO these days!

Well, I also fell in love with their collection they just released for the holidays!  It’s clean, minimal and stylish all in one!  Today I’m sharing some pieces I picked up and how I plan to style them for Christmas.  I am especially thinking it would be pretty for Christmas Day brunch!!

Keep scrolling for all the pretty, and shop my picks at the bottom!

Photos by Corrie Lynn Photography

Let’s just go ahead and start with this AMAZING floral arrangement by Lily of Olive & Blooms!  I told her I didn’t want to go the traditional Christmas route, no poinsettias up in here!  But I wanted whites, greenery and soft pinks.  Plus, I really wanted to add in some cotton because it just screamed Joanna to me… Who doesn’t live their life with the motto WWJD?!  J as in Joanna…  So with this beautiful piece anchoring the table, you know we’re in good shape!

Now, I’ll start with the plates.  I really love them!!!  Hearth & Hand has them in black, green and white.  Obviously I went with the green, but was really torn with the black.  But since I had to get the amazing matte black flatware, I thought some contrast would be nice!  The green is just nice for Christmas also, I can see my family using these plates for years to come!

The glassware is also so fun and timeless.  I purchased the wine glass and tumbler in clear.  They also have a pretty green color, but I figured these were easier and could be used more frequently through-out the year!  I love the pretty detail on them…
  For the pretty details I turned to my friend Courtney from Poppy Jack.  I can always count on her to whip up something clever and fun!  Plus, this girl also has an affinity for Chip & Joanna, she even visited Magnolia last month!!!  Color me jealous…

We decided to do some cute stirrers for the glassware in a wood and white color.  We did holiday themed and Magnolia themed, because it just seemed appropriate!  Shiplap was the first to come to mind…

The white and black cross-stitched napkins are up there as one of my favorite pieces in the Hearth & Hand collection.  I added my own velvet ribbon to each napkin for that special touch and because I’m a little obsessed with velvet right now!

Other little details…  I absolutely adore these little wooden houses in the collection.  Have to say, they are my favorite Hearth & Hand piece!  They are currently on my mantle but I had Courtney from Poppy Jack personalize them to use as place cards!  I love having place cards on the table, especially for a special occasion like Christmas.

These ornaments also made the cut.  But instead of using them on the tree, I’m using them on the table!  They play off the napkins well and add another element to the talbescape.

One last look at this festive Hearth & Hand table…

Since I wont’ have this set up till Christmas Day, I am still going to enjoy these goodies!  So I set them up on my mantle, and really love how it looks!  I even got the boys stockings from the collection too!  How sweet does this set up look?!  

Shop all of my favorites from my table and decor below!!



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