Partyin' in the Garden


When you're extra AF, your cohabitation celebration has to follow suit. When your bedfellow doesn't exactly settle for "Cheese and crackers," one quickly realizes you've both met your match and the bar has been set high. I've never been one to turn down a challenge, so when we decided on a garden party, we focused on bringing spring to our space in East Nashville. Watch it all bloom below! See what I did there? 

"The weather is so predictable in Nashville," said no one ever. Given this fact, it was decided that a tented area was a must-have! Wood pallets were used to create the flooring and walkway of a tent which housed a heater, pillows, candles galore and buckets of champagne. No detail was spared from the multiple charcuterie boards, spring-inspired desserts, countless floral bouquets and floral ice cubes. A personal favorite of mine!

You're probably wondering with such a theme if there was a dress code? The answer would be yes and if you've seen that episode of The Office, you're familiar with Connecticut Casual

The best part of celebrating, no matter how amazing the scenery, is the company you keep. I'm thankful to have shared such a special moment in my life with so many OLD and NEW friends. And one would think 30+ bottles of champagne would suffice, but one would be at a different party. 


Finger Sandwich Recipes

  Ham, Brie & Apple                     Butter French Bread, add Black Forrest Ham, Brie,  Green Apple and Dijon Mustard.       

          Prosciutto Fig                        Butter Baguette Bread, add Fig Jam, Prosciutto, Bibb  Lettuce, Salt and Pepper. 

    Roast Beef Horseradish         On Rye Cocktail Bread put Horseradish Cream and add Cucumber, Roast Beef and Salt and Pepper.   

      Smoked Turkey Apple            Butter Baguette Bread, add Smoked Turkey, add Apple Jelly and Salt and Pepper.


Potted Plant Chocolate Pudding

Mix Ghiradelli Bittersweet Chocolate Chips with Guittard Semisweet Chocolate on the stove. Pour into shot glasses and set on a baking sheet in fridge to cool. Crush up oreo crumbs and place on top of pudding. Place piece of mint in each shot glass and you're done!






 You can also use Snack Pack Pudding if like, you run out of time like some people I know...


Floral Ice Cubes

Boil distilled water then let it cool. Add water to ice cube trays filling half way, add edible flower facing down and freeze. Add more water to fill tray and freeze. Boom! You've got frozen blooms. If you can't find edible flowers, use roses, violets, pansies, nasturtiums, calendula, daylilies or lavener. Just be cautious that the flowers you are using haven't been sprayed with pesticide so none of your guests get sick!

Spring is nature’s way of saying, ‘Let’s party!’
— Robin Williams

What's in your meatball?

Herby Fontina-Stuffed Meatballs in Romesco sauce? Yes, please. If you haven't joined Club W yet, you're missing out on more than great wine, but recipes personally paired with said wines. Now listen, you don't have to be a sous chef to prepare these recipes, which makes them even better. Everything from appetizers to sweets arrive on recipe cards perfect for saving and using again later. And trust me, you will use again. Cheese that spills out of your meatballs resting in a homemade Romesco sauce paired here with baby scallops and the chosen wine Chommie, is worth having more than once. So hop on the bandwagon and have 3 bottles of wine of your choice sent to you monthly with recipes that will make you a crowd favorite. 

Prep Time: 25 minutes Cooking Time: 20 minutes Servings: 10

Homemade Shower

The traditional thought of "No Boys Allowed" at bridal showers has been thrown out the window. In preparation for a friend's (your beauty contributor) fast approaching wedding in September, we couldn't help but have our favorite guys. Also, venue schmenue. Have it at a friend's beautifully decorated, extremely comfortable, you-have-to-see-this home. Intimacy. Shower's lack intimacy, And also, depth, they lack depth. Listen, I know what you're thinking, how intimate does she need a shower to be? I just think you should never go into any experience and know the outcome before you step your foot in the door. You would never have expected Iggy Azalea to be blaring as you enter, now would you? The typical scenario is tired: arrive + give gift +awkward shower game = that's all folks. C'mon we can do better than that. So we did. You have a few men you love and want invited? Done. Home-cooked (partially) appetizers?  You got it. A personally named theme drink that might have caused a few (or multiple) slurs in the afternoon hours of a Sunday? It's all yours (pour at your own risk). You could gather at a restaurant, get your gifts and send out your thank-yous like everyone else or you could do it yourself and live a little. Do watch out for the "Blushing Bride" drink or you'll end up the "Hungover Misses." 

Recipe: Blushing Bride Punch

1 Serving: 3 oz Bison Grass Vodka/ 3 oz Ruby Red Grapefruit Juice/ 1/2 oz Black Pepper Simple Syrup/ Ice, add lots of ice...