When I give cash for a gift I always try to find a way to present it with a little flair. My groovy friends just said “I Do” and instead of just a card filled with the green stuff, I took a simple silver pail, a bottle of champagne, chocolates, the couples initial, and a wedding hand towel I found at the very creative Anthropologie. I rolled up the cash tied with ribbon and inserted in the pail. I enclosed all of it in clear celophane and tied with ribbon and added a ‘LoVE’ flag as the card. What a festive way to say ‘Congrats you 2 Love Birds’! I always strive to create fun ways to give cash to the graduates so they can feel a little more excitement than with just a card and the green stuff. For my guys, I found a clear pail and stuffed it with luggage tags, water bottles, techi stuff and anything that you think may be needed for their future. For the ladies, I love finding a cool bag with a message and filling with a book or journal, luggage tag and the sorts. For Birthdays I love sending homemade treats all wrapped up in a cool bowl or container with cash inserted and special homemade tags and ribbons. I do the same for a big thank you to that person who deserves a big shout for going over the top for you, but perhaps without the cash. It is fun to put your special mark on everything you send.
Presentation is everything. xo
What a lovely stroll through the Denver Botanic Gardens! Thought you might enjoy a lovely flower tour after the holiday weekend. Chihuly exhibit on display now through November 30th is a beautiful sight to take in. Can’t wait to view it lit up in the evenings.
Happy Tuesday. xo
For my hubby a deviled egg is a delicious little morsel and he requests them for every holiday. He has been known to devour a dozen of these in one sitting. I especially love them in the summer months. I was curious to learn, to be considered deviled, a food has to have a kick from something like Dijon mustard, hot sauce, cayenne pepper or chopped hot peppers.
Hard boil 6-12 eggs. Peel the eggs. Using a sharp knife, slice each egg in half, lengthwise. Gently remove the yolk halves and place in a small mixing bowl. Arrange the egg white halves on a serving platter.
Using a fork, mash up the yolks and add dijon mustard, mayonnaise, sour cream, finely chopped green onion, kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Spoon egg yolk mixture into the egg white halves. I thinly slice green onions for a garnish and crumble bacon all over for extra deliciousness! Add or subtract ingredients to your liking and taste to your liking.
Bacon added to ANYTHING makes people happy. xo
Happy Fourth of July
I love the 4th of July and all that it is–the picnic food, lounging by the pool, the big fireworks display and especially hanging with all those you love to celebrate with. Of course I found my inspirations on Pinterest. All of these are creative ideas that I would love to recreate for my celebration.
Mondays are a wonderful start for party planning. xo
Get out of your Comfort Zone today…..xo
If you are making pulled pork anytime soon, you will need a delicious cole slaw side (or on it, like I like to serve my pulled pork).
Shread white and red cabbage in a food processor with the thickest slicing blade. Next, fit the food processor with the grating blade. Cut the carrots in half and place in the feed tube so they are lying on their sides. Process in batches and mix in a bowl with the grated cabbages. (you can purchase already slice cabbage and carrots in bags and add red cabbage) Thinly slice a red onion and add to cabbage. Tear up a bunch of cilantro and mix in with cabbage. For the dressing: In a medium bowl mix together 1 cup good mayonnaise, 1 cup sour cream, 1/4 cup Dijon mustard, 2 Tablespoon red wine vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon celery salt, 1 teaspoon poppy seeds, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper. First, moisten the cabbage mixture with a sprinkle of red wine vinegar. Add your desired amount of dressing to cover cabbage. DELICIOUS!
Here are some great ideas for Spring & Summer giving! I would love any and all of these lovely tokens and there is really something for everyone. 1). Brunch in an ice bucket is perfect for a visit to your favorite Sunday pal. Mimosa anyone? 2). A handwritten note is a lost art but there are those of us (Me) who still love to send a letter to someone far away. This is the pefect package and I love that the stamps are included. 3). It’s beach time, pool time! YAH!!! Pefect tote full of all the goodies you need for a day in the sun. 4). Calling all gardners! Giving all the tools all placed in a pretty watering can is such a fun way to give this gift. I know a lot of these people! And I love adding a great hand lotion to slather on after the work is done. 5). Ahhhh relaxing and reading! I love the presentation in the magazine holder. It just says sit back and take a break! Ideas: via Martha Stewart
I am going to get busy and get these together for some of my favorite peeps….you know who you are!! xo
I had this wall that was staring at me everyday. It was drab and plain and needed something. I decided it was a perfect space for family photos. So I chose a variety of frames and photographs of my hubby and kids. I decided on a ‘happy’, ‘Colorado’ and a ‘black and white’ theme. The frames I chose do not match but flow together on this wall of LoVE. Lay out your frames on a table or floor before you hang them to make sure you like your arrangement.
Photographs make a house a “HOME”!! xo
I hope ya’ll had a WONDERFUL Mother’s Day! Mine was full of flowers & LoVE and it made my day. I wanted to share with you some pretty ways to arrange flowers and all the beautiful varieties that are available. My daughter picked her favorite stems at Whole Foods and they put together bouquets for your choices. How clever! My hubby made me this adorable card. It’s the simple things in life that touch you the most.
Happy Monday…lets make it a great week! xo