Lauren’s Bridal Shower at The Vig

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I’m playing catch up a bit, but wanted to share with you some pictures from my sister-in-law’s bridal shower. I’m head-over-heels happy that she found such an awesome guy to spend the rest of her life with. Kelsey and I attended her bridal shower at The Vig Uptown … it was such a memorable day and a great way to kick off the wedding festivities. In one month, she’ll be a bride!

phoenix bridal shower - mom blogger

phoenix bridal shower - mom blogger

phoenix bridal shower - mom blogger

Little tid bit: Years ago (before us kids), my father-in-law sold his ’57 Chevy to buy my mother-in-law this turquoise necklace. Aaaaand, she rarely wears it (doh!) so Lauren decided to wear it at her bridal shower. What a statement piece! Don’t you think? It’s beautiful and she looked great wearing it.

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I wrote about how to make these little succulent party favors here.

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One more month! I can’t wait for their wedding.

Holiday Cocktail: Peppermint White Russian

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holiday cocktail - white peppermint russian

It took me a long time to figure out what welcome cocktail to make at our family Christmas party. I ended up with this Peppermint White Russian. It’s a festive spin on a classic White Russian and it was a huge hit at the party. It’s not super minty – which is nice. And it definitely hit the ‘holiday theme’ over the head. The first sip is a little strong (it’s kind of like drinking a martini through a straw) but after that … it’s smooth sailing.

Recipe is below 

holiday cocktail - white peppermint russian

holiday cocktail - white peppermint russian

holiday cocktail - white peppermint russian

Here’s how we made it (makes 1):

Garnish the rim of the glass with agave honey & crushed peppermint*
Fill the glass with ice
3/4 ounce Vodka
3/4 ounce Peppermint Schnapps
1 ounce Kahlua
Fill the rest of the glass with half & half
Stir & serve!

*To crush the peppermint, we put candy canes in a Ziploc bag and took a hammer to crush them into itty bitty pieces. Enjoy!

The cookbook every hostess needs

Kitchen Revelry by Ali Larter
Kitchen Revelry by Ali Larter
Kitchen Revelry by Ali Larter
Kitchen Revelry by Ali Larter

“A Year of Festive Menus from My House to Yours”

I’m more excited than I probably should be about Ali Larter’s cookbook, Kitchen Revelry! It’s amazing! If you like entertaining, and agree that presentation is just as important as taste, than this cookbook is for you. Ali Larter fills the book with so many great recipes. The book is organized by month and category –  which means you get food and cocktail recipes for nearly every event you can dream up from Christmas Eve to July BBQ’s to movie night meals. If you love to entertain, love to cook and are keen on trying new things … get this book!

The Mommy Hat: Kid Party Prep

I can’t help it. I am prepping for her 4th birthday party and I am super emotional about the entire thing. She is almost four years old! It’s just not possible. Our conversations are getting much more ‘deep’ and we actually talk like friends. I can’t wait to see where the rest of our years take us.

In the meantime, I’m taking a vacation day from work so I can prep for her party. I was in Chicago for work all week and didn’t have time to get everything done that I wanted to. Plus, I want her to feel extra special at her party tomorrow! The day after her third birthday party she said she wanted “A Little Mermaid Party next” … so that’s what we’re working on over here.

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The Hostess Hat: I love/ hate these straws

Ready for the most random, most insignificant thought of the day? I have a beef with party paper straws. I told you, this was dumb. But it’s really bothering me!

On one hand, I think they are super pretty. They jazz up any cocktail and in fact – I bought some for my office kitchen and use them more as decoration than anything else. But, lately – I use them and I hate them.

The tip gets soggy after a certain amount of time and actually “pinches in” or rather starts to dissolve so you can’t use it anymore. And, if you put ice in your drinks (and who doesn’t), the straw will start to dissolve in the area where the ice surrounds it most. Annoying, right?

It’s a straw! It should work. This post really has no relevance to your life but seriously – these things bother me! I keep using them because I love them (and they are crowd pleasers) but then I curse them out and throw a fit every time they “close up” on me mid-sip. I can’t quit these.

paper strawsImage via SmashandCakeCo.com.

The Holiday Hat: Jingle Bells Board

My Pinterest board is going crazy with so many holiday ideas! I kept the same board as last year (I used so many of those recipes and decorating ideas) so you know there is good stuff. You can follow my “Jingle Bells” board here – chances are, I’ll be pinning like a crazy person in anticipation for the season! So, be warned.

The Hostess Hat: Outdoor Cinema Party

I’ve always wanted to do this! Since the weather is amazing where I live in the winter, I think a kids version of this outdoor cinema party is in order. Perhaps a little Disney movie, while the kids kick back in the backyard.

Hmmm … the wheels are in motion.

Photo credit: Brandon Kidd Photography / Design Sponge

The Hostess Hat: Cake Pops!

If you’re a hostess, then you know about the importance of good presentation. Thus, you’ll understand my obsession with these cake pops. Just look at them! They are a party presentation pleaser.

My child will eventually turn one and I need to have these cake pops at her party. I just have to. There is only one problem: I am horrible at baking!


Here is my goal:
Within the next 30 days I will choose an item from Bakerella and I will make it. Bakerella has step-by-step instructions on how to make these cake pops. With photos! From one hostess to another, these adorable pops are way too cute to not have at your child’s party. Maybe I’ll start with the Cheesecake Pops. They look easier.

Cheesecake Pops

Photo credit: Bakerella.com