Hey y’all! Happy, happy Friday 🙂 What are your plans this weekend? Later today I will be traveling to D.C. for a meeting on Capitol Hill and a dance showcase that evening. If y’all know me by now, you know I will squeeze in time for happy hour on a rooftop somewhere. I am so excited for this quick trip and am looking forward to meeting a ton of new people and hopefully getting some great pictures on Capitol Hill.
So today, I’m sharing some fun pictures from the Seasons52 Blogger Summer Menu Tasting at Seasons52 in Raleigh. Y’all, let me just say, this restaurant is a hidden gem in the triangle area. All of the staff were delightful and helpful in so many ways. The presentation of the food, the decor and wine bottle filled walls gorgeous. The best part about this restraint is that ever 13 weeks, when the seasons change, their menu changes to highlight what foods are in season. How cool is that? I think that is such a cool approach to always have fresh and new items, then mix it some of the restaurant favorites that tend to stay through the year.
Here are some of these amazing items we got to taste that evening:
Drinks: Watermelon Basil Infusion, Burbon Peach Smash
Flatbreads: Lobster & Fresh Mozzarella, Garlic Pesto Chicken, Fig & Bacon, Roasted Prosciutto Wrapped Fig
Entrees: Watermelon & Heirloom Tomato Salad, Caramelized Grilled Sea Scallops, Wood Grilled Pork Tenderloin, Roasted Prosciutto Wrapped Fig
Desserts:Key Lime Pie, Michigan Cherry Creme Brûlée, Belgian Chocolate S’more
My recommendations would be: Lobster & Fresh Mozzarella flatbread for an appetizer, Caramelized Grilled Sea Scallops for the entree, Belgian Chocolate S’more mini indulgence & the Burbon Peach Smash for your cocktail.
Thank you Seasons52 for hosting such an awesome event and pulling together may local bloggers in the triangle area. Thank you to the Executive Head Chef, Chef Bryan, for crafting each of these menu items and sharing your vision with us. Seasons52 was so kind to send us each home with a wine glass, a wine bottle stopper and a coupon for our next visit.
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Well, that’s all that I have for y’all today. I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend and a great Friday 🙂 – xoxo
Happy Monday, babes. I am so excited to share this fun post with you. For those of you who have been following me for some time, you know that I have been part of Style Collective since November, which is when I started this blog. I jumped on this opportunity to learn from A M A Z I N G women and network with brands. I can honestly say, it has been the best decision in blogging that I have made. In the past 6 months, I have made so many wonderful friends and shared tons of laughs and wine with these amazing ladies. I am honored to have been nominated for the Fearless Award by the Style Collective HWIC (Head Women In Charge), Annie Spano.
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Happy Tuesday, sweet friends. I hope everyone had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend and that your week is already off to a wonderful start. Today, I am so excited to share a fun gift guide for you! One of the things I absolutely love doing is planning events and meet-ups, but what I love even more is just going to them. For all the party planners out there, am I right? It’s always so fun to get together with your closest friends, grab a drink and just enjoy your time together. However, I never want to forget the large amount of work it takes to put together events, no matter the size, especially for one person to do alone. So, one of the things I started doing not too long ago was picking up a small gift or item for the hostess. Why? Because it’s a really awesome feeling when people appreciate your hard work and also, sometimes as the host, you forget things and don’t have time to grab items last minute.
With any gift bags or gift ideas post, I have 3 tips:
- Make it personal – Handwritten cards thanking the hostess for putting together this event is such a sweet gesture that they will cherish. Seriously, a “Thank You” can sometimes make someones day, so be the person if you can.
- Make it reusable – This is a tip I have always had for giving gifts of any kind. It’s wonderful when someone gives you a gift of your favorite candy or monogrammed styrofoam cups, but, it’s even better to give a gift that someone can use over and over again. And let’s be real, a lot of those weird gifts you get from family that you can’t reuse usually go into the trash or the junk drawer to never be seen again, right? Also, reusable gifts are lovely because everytime the hostess uses your gift, they will remember all the fun times you had together. How sweet is that?
- Make is fun – Seriously, most people loving receiving gifts, especially gifts that make them chuckle or smile. So, just like the photo prop below or the margarita notepad, gifts should be a fun thing for the other person to open.
So, my first go-to gifts are party favors. How adorable is this photo prop? Props totally aren’t necessary for your party, but they are a fun addition to make the night even more memorable. If you’re feeling really crafty, you could always create a fun photo backdrop on a blank wall/space. Not only are backdrops and photo props very inexpensive, they are one of the items that people tend to forget about. Most host are concerned about food, where guests will sit, parking, etc., so I am sure fun party props would be a fun surprise for any hostess.
Second, koozies! Who doesn’t love Koozies, I mean seriously? This one is seriously so adorable and would be the perfect surprise gift. Since koozies can be reused over and over again, this is the perfect gift for your friends that love to tailgate or pregame.
Next, personalized small gifts. This notepad is my absolutely favorite thing ever! I added a magnet to the back and stuck this on my fridge to use for my grocery list. This fun “Hustle Hard Girl” mini notebook is just as adorable! I mean seriously, I can’t be the only one obsessed with mini notebooks. I keep this one my work desk for motivation to get through the day #NoShame
So, if you guys ever watch my snapchats or IG stories, you know my heart melts a little when I receive a handwritten note from anyone. I am also a firm believer in letter writing, so if you have time, write your hostess a thank you note/card for all their hard work. I can promise you they will be 110% appreciative that you took the time out to do such a sweet thing.
Next, cocktail napkins. Do y’all want to know the one thing that most people forget for any type of part or gathering? Napkins, paper towels and hand wipes. I never noticed that until early last year when I went to 3 parties back to back where either people ran out of these items or forgot to ask someone else to get them. I suggest, especially for a fun girls night, to grab a pack of funny cocktail napkins. Not only will everyone love them, but they may be the perfect thing to get conversations rolling.
Lastly, I always like to grab a gift that the hostess can use as gifts for their next party. This is where these cute wine bags come in. They are sold in packs of 6, which is perfect! The hostess now has something cute to bring their wine/champagne another time or use as gift bags. Totally a win/win.
Well, that’s all that I have for you today friends. Do you have your go-to hostess gifts? If so, let me know in the comments! I would love to hear your ideas <3