The Secret Garden Tea Party

Secret Garden in Manito Park

Guest Contributer: Lina Kukharsky Lina is one of two sisters behind Bloom & Design, a floral, design, and photography company. Visit her website here. A styled photoshoot with a twist on the Secret Garden with Alice in Wonderland. This shoot was meant to bring inspiration and ideas for any event including themed parties, bridal parties, engagement parties, and ultimately weddings! We teamed up with a few of our local vendors to make this dream come to life. It was magical! The mossy elements set the mood for a whimsical mystery and a pop of colorful flowers brought the table to …

Caprese Ladybugs

Classic Rewind: Caprese Ladybugs

It’s time for another Classic Rewind! Today, we’re looking back on a viral Spring favorite that is sure to make the whole family happy. Best of all, even the kids can get in on this recipe action! So let’s rewind to our Caprese Ladybugs… CAPRESE LADYBUGS Recipe in partnership with Ritz Crackers INGREDIENTS 24 RITZ Crackers 6 bocconcini (1-inch fresh mozzarella cheese balls), each cut into 4 slices 24 fresh basil leaves 12 cherry tomatoes, cut in half 6 pitted black olives, quartered 1 green onion, green part only cut into 48 thin strips 2 Tbsp. balsamic glaze 1/4 tsp. …

Caprese Ladybugs

Caprese Ladybugs

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Mondelēz International Group. All opinions are entirely my own. My 18-month-old daughter has an (understandably) limited vocabulary. Amongst the usual suspects like ‘Mama’, ‘Dada’, and ‘bear’, there is one word that is at the forefront of her burgeoning literary vault. ‘Cracker.’ Yes, my little one has made it a priority to perfect the pronunciation of the one food item that she would gladly eat exclusively. And when the gorgeously formed word comes out of her tiny mouth, it is only referring to one particular round treat… RITZ Crackers. One …

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Winter White Chocolate Macarons

Oh the weather outside is frightful… so let’s embrace it!  If you’re looking for some cold-weather party inspiration then you’ve come to the right spot.  Onida Cruz of Petite Seats worked collaboratively with a team of vendors to produce today’s Winter Wonderland, petite-sized styled shoot.  And my, oh, my is it a gorgeous one!  Complete with angel wings, a grand table setting, and a dessert table to rival even the sweetest dreams, this is one children’s party your little munchkin wouldn’t want to miss.  Inspired by the heavenly desserts, we’ve added our own Winter White Chocolate Macarons recipe to the mix. …

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Zombie Juice

Need inspiration for a cute Halloween party theme?  Then look no further, boys and ghouls!  With a delightful black, green, orange, and purple palette, this is one gathering that is sure to rouse the spirits!  Plus we’ve included a yummy Zombie Juice recipe for your little witches and wizards to enjoy. ZOMBIE JUICE INGREDIENTS 1 cup of lime juice 1 cup of lemon juice 1 cup of lychee juice 2 liters of seltzer water 1/2 cup of granulated sugar 10-15 drops of green food coloring INSTRUCTIONS Mix all the ingredients together thoroughly in a cauldron and enjoy! Photography:  Inner Circle …

The Princess Convention

  This might sound a bit shocking coming from a woman who heads a whimsical company called The Frosted Petticoat and regularly wears crinoline to work (don’t judge, I like twirling!)… but as a child, I wasn’t really the “dress up like a princess” type.  As a swarthy 6-year-old, I fancied myself more of a female Indiana Jones roaming the known universe looking for sirs in distress that might be in the market for an equal life partner.  Dresses and tiaras only served to inhibit my tomahawk throwing skills.  Needless to say, I was a bit ahead of my time for the …