Guest Welcome Kits

If your planning a party and think you can get away with forgoing favors, think again. A simple gift to thank your guests is always appreciated and if you put a little thought into it, it can make a big impression.  It took me awhile to put together the perfect I put together a welcome box for guests of our wedding and they were a huge hit.  You can read about them here.

If your looking for something out of the box…Check out these creative suggestions.

Watered Down:

Water Favor
Etsy is a life saver! Especially when planning a wedding.  ClementineWeddings has an array of muslin bags that can be easily tied to a bottle of water for a simple gift.

S’More to Love:

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TheFavorBox is your one stop shop for party favors. The ready to fill boxes and gift bags take the stress out of gift giving. There’s lot to choose from and a theme for everyone. All you have to do is add the goodies.


Simple and Chic:

favor bag
A cute personalized bag filled with just the necessities is a perfect way to show your appreciation. It doesn’t have to be filled to the rim, just add a few well thought out items and tie it with a bow.

Happy planning! xoxo

Brioche French Toast

Last weekend I walked into Whole Foods and this happened….

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Brioche French Toast….and it was amazing.

So this is what you do.  Drive to Whole Foods, grab a loaf of Brioche Butter Bread, pay for it, go home, slice it,and follow the directions of your favorite French Toast recipe.  It’s simple and you will adore it.

Enjoy!

Just Add Water: Kodiak Cakes Review

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There was something intriguing about the brown box sitting on the shelve of aisle 7. Maybe it was the organic packaging or the big grisly bear staring me dead in the eyes. Whatever it was I grabbed the box and didn’t look back.

I found out about Kodiak Cakes from a blog called Livin with Landyn.  My sister-in-law knows the blogger from high school and I started reading her blog since she writes about two of my favorite things — fashion and food.  Thanks to a recent twitter post, Kodiak Cakes was on my radar.

I found the brand at Target and although there are a few other options to choose from that are a little less, Kodiak Cakes are worth the few extra dollars you will spend.  The pancakes tasted homemade and they were light and fluffy.

The directions were simple, just add water, and the results were amazing.  I added a 1/2 cup of chocolate chips to the mixture and cooked them until they were golden brown.  Topped with Kate’s Homemade butter and maple syrup, breakfast was complete in a little less than 15 minutes.

I highly recommend this brand if you are looking for an easy flapjacks fix.  You will not be disappointed!

Enjoy!

xoxo

 

 

 

 

Simple and Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes

Florida has two season – Summer and Fall.  Unlike other parts of the country, where seasons change by a drop in temperature and leaves changing colors, in Florida, we know it’s Fall when Dunkin Donuts introduces their pumpkin line-up. Pumpkin donuts, pumpkin lattes, and this year pumpkin cream cheese.  It’s always exciting and to celebrate the season, I decided to jump on the pumpkin band wagon and make some pumpkin pancakes.

I found this recipe on Epicurious.com and even though I hate following recipes, I pushed through and managed to make a delicious breakfast.

Simple and Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes
Recipe adapted from Epicurious.com

What you need:

1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
a dash of cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/3 cups whole milk or skim milk
3/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
4 large eggs, separated
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips (optional)

What you need to do:

Whisk first 5 ingredients in large bowl to blend.
Whisk milk, pumpkin, egg yolks, melted butter and vanilla in medium bowl to blend well.
Add pumpkin mixture to dry ingredients; whisk just until smooth (batter will be thick).
Using electric mixer, beat egg whites in another medium bowl until stiff but not dry.
Fold whites into batter in 2 additions.
Brush large non-stick skillet with oil; heat over medium heat.
Working in batches, pour batter by 1/3 cupfuls into skillet. Cook until bubbles form on surface of pancakes and bottoms are brown, about 1 1/2 minutes per side.
Repeat with remaining batter, brushing skillet with oil between batches.
Serve with syrup.
Enjoy!

Wedding Card Box: Simple and Easy

One of my biggest wedding mistakes was forgetting a card box.  Not only did it leave guests confused as to where to leave their cards but it was a hassle trying to round-up gifts.  I’m sure there is some kind of etiquette about asking for your gifts at a reception but sometimes you have to break the rules… I found this super easy idea while I was supposed to be writing a paper on ethics (grad school gets in the way of everything)…and had to share.  All you need is a wooden box-I found one at Micheal’s Arts and Crafts store, Clothes Pins, Pretty Ribbon and if you have extra time a coat of paint to match your wedding colors. It’s simple and with a little creativity you can make it pretty!

Happy Planning! xoxo