How to Decorate with Flowering Branches

Growing up Mother loved to garden.  I have vivid memories of Spirea (in the south also called “Bridal wreath”) blooming in our backyard.  Mother would clip some branches and let me play wedding — hence began my career as a party planner. While branches are a cinch to source year round, looking out your window will confirm that spring is the season for flowering branches, when trees from coast to coast are aflutter with dreamy, delicate blossoms. Take advantage of nature’s offering and bring them inside to enjoy! With their height and presence, flowering branches are statement-makers—a little bit modern and a little bit girly. Plus they’re long-lasting and require zero floral skills: Get a bundle, stick it in a vase, add water you’re all set. Insta-arrangements. The cheap and easy play is simply to target trees in your yard. Just approach the task as if you were pruning, going after the straggler branches that you’d … Continue reading “How to Decorate with Flowering Branches”

Mrs. Twist Reads This: Dumplin’

It’s time for this month’s read from our book club — Mrs. Twist Reads This — Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy.  Our book for March will surely put a smile on your face.   Written by Julie Murphy, a YA author, this beloved novel, a #1 New York Times bestseller, will soon be a major motion picture starring Danielle Macdonald and Jennifer Aniston. I hope to see you at our book club meeting the last Thursday of the month, March 29 at 7 p.m.  Tell a friend and get them to read along with us! For fans of John Green and Rainbow Rowell comes this powerful novel with the most fearless heroine—self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson—from Julie Murphy, the acclaimed author of Side Effects May Vary. With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart. Dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom, … Continue reading “Mrs. Twist Reads This: Dumplin’”

What Would Holley Wear This Weekend

Are you familiar with the word, “weekending”?  Here’s the Urban Dictionary’s definition: To be participating in the activities generally associated with the weekend.  Such activities include going out with friends, watching television, procrastinating from unpleasant tasks, etc.  Antonym of Mondaying. So, let’s get started and talk about what to wear when you are “weekending”!  My husband and I like to start the weekend off on Friday night going out to dinner or to a movie.  A pair of flared jeans, black pullover sweater, and Nike sneakers are perfect for movie night. Because the benefits of a blazer cannot be overstated, jeans and a t-shirt worn with a blazer are also perfect for a Friday date night.  Comfy and stylish! For me, the perfect start to the weekend is lying around the house on Saturday morning reading a book or magazine and drinking coffee.  A red Vineyard and Vine long sleeve … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear This Weekend”

St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail — Green Apple Ginger Martini

Here’s a lively twist on a classically chic cocktail perfect for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. When crafting cocktails we love incorporating seasonal ingredients. While apples are typically thought of as a part of the fall harvest, tart green apples offer a crispness for the sunny spring days, while ginger provides a warming flavor profile for the cooler nights. Shake this cocktail up for a cozy night in or as a dessert pairing at your next dinner party. We love cocktails that are a bit more of an experience to mix up, as it makes them all the more worthwhile. However, if you’re not feeling quite like Betty Crocker, you can easily substitute a premade simple syrup alongside a high-quality store bought apple juice — it will be our little secret! Ingredients 1 green apple 4 ounces vodka 2 Tbs. freshly squeezed lemon juice 1 cup water ¾ cup sugar … Continue reading “St. Patrick’s Day Cocktail — Green Apple Ginger Martini”

Tips for a Simple Easter Tablescape

Sharing some inspiration from the Alice’s Table blog today on springtime entertaining.  We will soon be humming “Here Come’s Peter Cottontail” before you know it! Does anyone else feel like we were just ringing in the new year and now we’re getting ready to celebrate Easter? Honestly, where has this year gone? As a group who can pretty much come up with any excuse to throw a party, holidays are our thing here at Alice’s Table. And right there on the same page is Chicago-based lifestyle blogger Rachel Geeser of An Eventful Life, who’s also a tad holiday-obsessed. Here she invites us to take at peek at her Easter table and shares guidance for pulling together a chic tableau that doesn’t break the bank. This Easter keep things simple and focused on bright colors.  Here are her top tips for planning your own Easter or Spring tablescape: Linens can make a … Continue reading “Tips for a Simple Easter Tablescape”

International Women’s Day – Behind Every Woman Giveaway

International Women’s Day is on March 8th. But a day isn’t long enough to pay tribute to all the women who inspire us.  Let’s inspire more women to share their work with more people to support one another.  Text or call a woman today who inspires you, then check out this amazing campaign from Moment and enter to win $5000 in products, art, and experiences from some of our favorite female-empowering brands. Moment launched Behind Every Woman because they’re inspired by women who do cool stuff.  They want to help amplify the voices of females—filmmakers, photographers, foodies, architects, and brand makers – to inspire more women to share their work with more people to support one another.  In celebration of International Women’s Day, Moment will be sharing about inspiring everyday women and giving away a collection of goodies with a handful of brands that share their Behind Every Woman mission.  … Continue reading “International Women’s Day – Behind Every Woman Giveaway”

What Would Holley Wear: Ladies Who Lunch

Are you a lady who likes to lunch?  I have to admit “lunching” is one of my guilty pleasures!   So two reasons I love “lunching”: …It is a great way to spend precious one-on-one time with a dear friend. …And I’m pretty sure…during these precious moments, all of the world’s problems are solved!    So let’s talk about a luxury lunch!  And I’m not talking about the place or food but about the luxe fashion accessories that complement the table setting.  It seems like everyone has their smart phone nearby in a designer-ish phone case at luncheons. If you are interested in a designer look, you can’t go wrong with a Louis Vuitton or Gucci phone case.  Though, the good news is there are so many cute and inexpensive cases to choose from. One of my favorites is the Kate Spade “Shake Things Up” case…glitter included! Stylish handbags are … Continue reading “What Would Holley Wear: Ladies Who Lunch”

Send Nice Notes Challenge — Nicely Noted

A few months ago I signed up for a monthly subscription from Nicely Noted.  Each month I receive a packet of three curated stationary cards, a glassine envelope of unique and pretty postage stamps and a nice note from Perry Nelson, the founder. “Nicely Noted was born out of my love for sending and receiving handwritten notes, as well as a lifelong obsession with stationery. My background in technology and design as Online Director at Dwell magazine, Online Editor at W magazine as well as at Dell and HomeAway only deepened my belief in the importance of sending old-fashioned, letters. Sitting down to write a note (with pen and paper!), selecting a stamp, and dropping it into the mail to a friend, provides a moment of calm from our harried lives and an opportunity to convey sincere emotions. The idea of Nicely Noted came to me while walking my newly-acquired … Continue reading “Send Nice Notes Challenge — Nicely Noted”

March Monthly Devotional and Tips for Starting a Bible Study

As an ambassador for LifeWay Women, I always enjoy sharing all the good stuff they offer on their website including this month’s devotional calendar.  You can access the free downloadable calendar here. And another favorite publication is Life Beautiful magazine.  If you are feeling called to start a Bible study, this is a terrific article on everything you need to know to Build a Better Bible Study. Have a lovely weekend!    

Blueberry Muffin Cookies

We’ve been making alot of cookies lately.  Sugar cookies to be exact for Miss Bee’s fundraiser at church.  So, when I came across this recipe for Blueberry Muffin Cookies from Sally’s Baking Addiction I thought they would be a nice treat for bookclub.  They are a soft lemon cookie, full of juicy blueberries and taste very much like the top of a blueberry muffin.  And the added touch of lemon zest icing make for a surprisingly nice cookie. Ingredients: 2 and 1/2 cups (310g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled) 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 3/4 cup (1.5 sticks; 170g) unsalted butter, softened to room temperature 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar 1/4 cup (50g) packed light or dark brown sugar 1 large egg, at room temperature 1 and 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 2 teaspoons lemon zest 2 Tablespoons (30ml) fresh lemon juice 1/4 cup (60ml) milk 2 … Continue reading “Blueberry Muffin Cookies”