Back to School Wine Bag

Back to School Shopping Wine Bag with FREE Iron-On Printable

Who’s ready for school to start? Back to school shopping seems to center around kids, but what about teachers or even parents?

Back to School Shopping Wine Bag with FREE Iron-On Printable

I made my latest wine bags in honor of my sister Sarah, the teacher. She’s headed back to school and I wanted to make sure she had the essentials—red and white of course! Don’t get me wrong, she loves her job as a teacher, but let’s face it, it’s still a job. And a hard job at that. So after a long week of teaching, I know a cocktail is on her mind.

So instead of an apple for teacher, what about a wine bag for teacher? Okay, maybe it’s not a good idea to give this to your child’s teacher (although I’m thinking you’d probably earn your kid an A), but it’s a fun way to recognize your friends who are teachers. Or what about your parent friends? Back to school is an ordeal for parents too!

Back to School Shopping Wine Bag with FREE Iron-On Printable

I created two designs that you can print on iron-on paper to create your own wine bags. Can you believe it’s an iron-on? I promise you, even in person it honestly looks like I screen printed right on the linen. I feel like iron-on technology has come a long way. And it couldn’t be simpler. You just print, cut, iron.

You can use the designs on pre-made canvas wine bags or you can sew your own bags like I did. This is clearly my signature look because I’ve made this white linen wine bag for many holidays. Just search “wine bag” in my search and you’ll see all the other designs.

These would be fun for a teacher back-to-school party as well. I know my sister gets together with her teacher friends to enjoy a last summer-night hurrah before school starts. She could use these wine bags and instantly have party decor.

Back to School Wine Bag with FREE Iron-On Printable

The design is already a “mirror image” for you, so you just have to print it on your iron-on paper, cut it out and iron it to your favorite wine bag. For this exact look, just follow the below instructions to make your own wine bag.

MATERIALS

  • FREE Back to School Iron-On Printable
  • Iron-on paper
  • White linen fabric – one piece 6.5″ x 32″  OR two pieces, size 6.5″ x 16.25″
  • Coordinating cotton fabric – 1 piece 12″ x 16″ (I found the black and white print at JoAnn Fabrics)
  • 15″ piece of pom pom fringe
  • Coordinating thread
  • Sewing machine

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Print your FREE Back to School Iron-On Printable on your iron-on paper. Cut out the pieces for your bag(s).
  2. Cut your pieces of fabric according to the above measurements.
  3. If using two pieces of white linen, sew them together along one of the short sides. If using one piece of white linen, fold your piece of linen in half so your piece measures 6.5″ x 16″.
  4. Measure 4.5″ from the seam/fold line. Iron-on your Back to School Iron-On Piece so the bottom of the piece aligns with the 4.5″ mark. Follow instruction on the iron-on paper.
  5. Keeping wrong sides together (your design will be on the outside), top stitch along both 16″ sides using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
  6. Fray the edges of your linen fabric, so you have a 1/4″ fringe on all both 16″ sides as well as the top. The fraying will stop when you hit your sewing line. I used a seam riper to help.
  7. Now you’re going to do the liner and for this you need to remember to fold your fabric RIGHT SIDES together. So fold your coordinating cotton in half, right sides together the long way so your piece measures 6″ x 16″.  Sew down the 16″ raw edge and the 6″ raw edge.
    MATERIALS  Linen fabric – 1 piece 6.5″ x 32″ (Or 2 pieces, size 6.5″ x 16.25″) Coordinating cotton fabric – 1 piece 12″ x 16″ and 1 piece that’s about 4″ x 4″ (for heart) 15″ piece of pom pom fringe Heart Template (I used the small heart in my DIY Heart Ornament Pillow Template) Coordinating thread Sewing machine INSTRUCTIONS  Cut your pieces of fabric according to the above measurements. Also cut out your small heart using the template. Fray the edges of your linen fabric, so you have a 1/4″ fringe on all sides. I used a seam riper to help. (NOTE: If doing two pieces of linen, only do three sides of each piece, leaving one short 6.5″ edge not frayed so you can sew the bottom seam. Put right sides together and sew along the 6.5″ side that was not frayed, creating the bottom seam of your bag.) Fold your linen in half wrong sides together the short way so your piece measures 6.5″ x  16″. Measure 4.5″ from the fold line. Pin on your heart so the bottom of the heart aligns with the 4.5″ mark. Make sure you only pin to the top layer of the folded fabric. Unfold your linen and top stitch the heart onto your linen about an 1/8″ from the raw edge of your heart. (If you are concerned about fraying—although it’s part of the look—you can use a zig zag stitch or hand appliqué your heart.) Fold your linen in half again, WRONG SIDES together the short way so your piece measures 6.5″ x 16″ and your heart is on the outside. Top stitch along both 16″ sides right along the frayed edges, it’s about a 1/4″ seam allowance. Now you’re going to do the liner and for this you need to remember to fold your fabric RIGHT SIDES together. So fold your coordinating cotton in half, right sides together the long way so your piece measures 6″ x 16″.  Sew down the 16″ raw edge and the 6″ raw edge.
  8. Keep your liner bag so that it is wrong sides out and place inside the outer bag. Align the seam of the liner bag to one of the seams on the outer bag. Fold the inner bag under about 1/2″ and pin in place. Then top stitch together using a 1/8″ to 1/4″ seam allowance.
  9. Now all you need is a nice bottle of wine! Place your bottle inside the bag and tie shut using your pom pom fringe. Cheers!

DIY Back to School Wine Bag with FREE Iron-On Printable

Technically, these bags are reversible, so after back to school you can reverse the bag and use the pattern side!

DIY Back to School Wine Bag with FREE Iron-On Printable

So do you have a friend who would appreciate this back to school shopping gift? I hope so. If you make it, please share on Instagram and tag me: @tonalitydesigns. I love seeing what people make and I often share it on my account.

Baked Peaches à la Mode with Blueberry Sauce

Recipe for Baked Peaches à la mode with Homemade Blueberry Sauce

It looks like a melting mess and it was, but what a yummy mess! Baked peaches topped with vanilla bean ice cream and a homemade blueberry sauce. It was like eating pie without all the hassle. Sans the crust of course.

Summer fruit recipe ideas - peaches and blueberries

I keep buying peaches and blueberries and realized I had a crazy amount of blueberries that I needed to use up. I’ve been eating them for breakfast, lunch and dinner in fruit salads, savory salads and even appetizers, but I had yet to do anything with them for dessert. I’ve also been craving peach pie or cobbler but only had a couple peaches so I decided I’d just bake them and make dessert for two. Oh man, best decision. And in order to use up some of the blueberries, I created a blueberry sauce/syrup to top off my creation. Yummy! And I did it all in about 20 minutes.

Baked Peached à la Mode with Blueberry Sauce - Yummy and takes only 20 minutes of bake time!

Baked Peaches

You’ll need a teaspoon of brown sugar, a small dab of butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon (or substitute cardamom or nutmeg) for each peach half.

Preheat your oven to 400°. In a baking dish you’ll put a mound of brown sugar (1 tsp) and top it with a small dab of butter and a sprinkle of cinnamon or other pie spice. Then place your peach half face down on your sugar mound. Do this for each peach half. Then bake until peaches are soft, about 15-20 minutes. Serve as is or really treat yourself and top your baked peaches with vanilla bean ice-cream and blueberry sauce (recipe below).

Blueberry Sauce

  • 2 cups blueberries
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons lemon juice

Combine ingredients in a sauce pan and cook on medium heat for about 10 minutes. Pour over ice-cream, pancakes or anything your heart desires.

Baked Peached à la Mode with Blueberry Sauce - Yummy and takes only 20 minutes of bake time!

These photos are proof that I’m not a food photographer. I know I probably should have waited until the fruit was cold, but I just document my real life creations and I wanted to dig in while the fruit was still warm.

Baked Peached à la Mode with Blueberry Sauce - Yummy and takes only 20 minutes of bake time!

Also, these dishes look cute in the pictures, but I definitely needed a deeper bowl to really dig into the messy goodness. If you enjoy peach and blueberry pies, crumbles or cobblers, you will love this dessert. Enjoy!

Baked Peached à la Mode with Blueberry Sauce - Yummy and takes only 20 minutes of bake time!

Summer Farmhouse Table with Peach Recipes Perfect for Summer Dining

Summer Farmhouse Table with Peach Recipes Perfect for Summer Dining

Summer doesn’t just give us longer days, it also provides us with an abundance of fresh fruits, vegetables and my fav—flowers. While spending June and July in Ohio, I’ve been so inspired by the wildflowers as well as the fresh tomatoes, corn, peaches, blueberries, cherries and other fresh produce at the local farmer’s markets. And since my mom always requests that I style her dining room table, I decided for July/August we should create a summer farmhouse feel and feature all the seasonal goods as well as some classic vintage finds.

Summer Dining with Summer Wildflowers and Vintage Brass Candlesticks

My parents live in central Ohio where there is currently a variety of wildflowers growing along the freeways and country streets. Everywhere I seem to go, blue asters and white Queen Annes Lace seem to be taking over and the other day I decided we needed to bring a few of these beauties inside. So my niece and I went on a walk along a neighboring bike path and collected a few. It was a fun excursion that resulted in a very pretty and casual summer table.

Summer Dining with Summer Wildflowers and Vintage Brass Candlesticks

The wildflowers fit perfectly in small vintage apothecary bottles. When thrifting you can usually find a variety of them and the prices range from $1 to $5. Of course, some get more expensive, but I usually pass on those unless they really have a cool feature. The small arrangements lended to the casual feel of the summer table and mimicked the random look of how wildflowers grow in nature.

Summer Dining with Summer Wildflowers and Vintage Brass Candlesticks

Summer Dining with Summer Wildflowers and Vintage Brass Candlesticks

Continuing the casual summer feel, we paired the wildflower arrangements with a collection of vintage brass candlesticks. I love the mix of all the different shapes and patinas. It not only keeps the table casual, but also makes it feel elegant and perhaps a bit romantic at the same time.

Summer Tablescape with Vintage brass candlesticks and vintage flatware

The vintage apothecary bottles and brass candlesticks called for some vintage silverware. Luckily my mom has a few sets so we got out the dainty flatware and I think it really lended to the overall feel of the table.

Summer Tablescape with vintage brass candlesticks and wildflowers in apothecary bottles

Summer Tablescape with a Peach, Tomato, Blueberry Salad with Arugula and Mozzarella

The crisp white plates created a perfect backdrop for our colorful Peach, Tomato and Blueberry Salad with Arugula and Mozzarella. We had this for lunch yesterday and let me tell you, the combination of sweet and savory is oh so good.

Summer Farmhouse Table Inspiration

The recipe was inspired by one we saw in Sunset Magazine. We didn’t have all the ingredients so we used a homemade Italian Dressing instead of the white balsamic dressing the recipe called for. Plus we added blueberries. Since everything is currently in season, the flavors really come from the fresh produce.

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You can make this salad on a large platter, but we decided to plate each salad individually since it really works nice as a layered salad. Below is the basic how to, just buy enough of each ingredients so that each guest gets a few slices of tomato and peaches—the stars of this salad.

Summer Farmhouse Table with Peaches, Tomatoes and Blue Salad

Salad Ingredients: 

  • Tomatoes, sliced and salted
  • Peaches, sliced thinly
  • Blueberries
  • Mozzarella
  • Arugula (just enough to add flavor and act as a garnish, the real stars of this salad are the tomatoes and peaches)
  • Olive Oil & Balsamic Vinegar OR Italian Salad Dressing

To Make the Salad:

In small bowl dress your arugula with your Italian salad dressing or olive oil/balsamic vinegar. We used a homemade salad dressing that worked nicely. On a salad plate, place a few slices of tomato and salt the tomatoes. Then on top of the tomatoes place a small small amount of the dressed arugula. On top of the arugula add your peach slices. Sprinkle with blueberries and then top with a few slices of mozzarella. We then finished the salad with another drizzle of olive oil on top.

Peach Brushetta

My mom then requested my Peach Bruschetta that I made last year. And since we had a lot of ripe peaches, I was happy to oblige.

Peach Bruschetta Recipe

A twist on a traditional tomato bruschetta, this Peach Bruschetta is as easy and tasty as the Peach & Tomato salad. To learn more, just see the original recipe post here.

Peach Brushetta

We served the Peach Bruschetta on tiny appetizer plates from Crate and Barrel. The pressed glass cocktail glasses were also from Crate and Barrel and are a charming way to serve wine. They both lend to the modern farmhouse feel as well.

Summer farmhouse table with vintage apothecary jars and brass candlesticks

Summer farmhouse table with vintage apothecary jars and brass candlesticks

And don’t forget dessert! I love these vintage sherbet bowls we found and just had to use them too. I hope you enjoyed our summer farmhouse table inspiration. Cheers to long summer days and all the goodies that come with the summer harvest.

Fourth of July Tablescape

Fourth of July Tablescape with DIY Planter Box and Festive Treats

In my last post, I shared how I created the DIY Fourth of July Planter Box that inspired the creation of this Fourth of July tablescape. I created the centerpiece using a wood box and fabric, you can see the tutorial here. I’ll also show how with just a few changes, you can actually create two different tablescapes using the same centerpiece.

Fourth of July Tablescape

Fourth of July Tablescape

I set the table using a blue and white tablecloth, red and white napkins, white plates, clear glasses, festive paper straws and of course my DIY Fourth of July Planter Box.

Fourth of July Tablescape

I also added fun popcorn boxes to each place setting. I was inspired by Oriental Trading and all their fun Fourth of July decor and party supplies.

Fourth of July Treats: Popcorn, Rock Candy and USA Flag lollipops in a red and white striped popcorn box from Oriental Trading

To recreate the popcorn boxes, I simple put popcorn in  red and white striped popcorn boxes from Oriental Trading and then added in the red, white and blue Rock Candy and USA flag lollipops also from Oriental Trading. I thought the Rock Candy created the perfect “firework” feel to our snack.

Fourth of July Popcorn Boxes with Rock Candy and USA Flag Lollipops from Oriental Trading

As you can see, my niece was very egger to get her hands on one of the boxes.

Fourth of July snack: Red and White Popcorn boxes, Rock Candy and USA Flag lollipops from Oriental Trading

She was totally in love with the “firework” rock candies.

Fourth of July Tablescape

The popcorn boxes added the perfect finishing touch to our tablescape.

Fourth of July Popcorn Boxes with USA Flag Lollipops and Rock Candy "Fireworks"

Fourth of July Popcorn Boxes with USA Flag Lollipops and Rock Candy "Fireworks" from Oriental Trading

Fourth of July Tablescape with DIY Fourth of July Wood Planter Box

I also changed up the table to show you how with just a couple different items, you can create a totally different feel. Here I used a blue and white striped tablecloth, red and white star plates, white napkins and added USA flags to the planter box.

Fourth of July Tablescape with DIY Fourth of July Wood Planter Box

We also used beer can glasses that I also found at Oriental Trading. Easy changes that make for a different table. Proof that you can utilize what you have and probably make a pretty cute table.

Fourth of July Tablescape Two Ways


A special thank you to Oriental Trading for sending me items to use in this post. Everything I picked to use exceeded my expectations and created a setting for a fun Fourth of July celebration.

DIY Fourth of July Planter Box

DIY 4th of July Planter Box

All you need is a wooden box, some festive fabric and some Mod Podge and you can have a planter box perfect for matching your decor. In this case, I decided to make my planter box for 4th of July so I picked a blue and white star fabric and I also added wooden stars to the ends. I have the complete tutorial below.

Materials

  • Wood Planter Box (I got mine from Oriental Trading and it is 24″ x 6″ x 6″)
  • Fabric (I used a blue and white star fabric and red and white stripe fabric.)
  • Mod Podge (Gloss or Mat finish, whatever you prefer)
  • Sponge Paint Brush
  • White Paint – Optional (You can keep your box natural or paint it like I did)
  • Wood Stars – Optional (I found mine in the Target Dollar Spot, but you could find at your local craft store or cut from wood)
  • Wood Glue – Optional (You only need the wood glue if you are adding the wooden stars to the ends)

Instructions

DIY Fourth of July Planter Box

Paint your box (optional). I painted the inside of my box white, but you can keep it natural. It’s totally up to you.

Cut your fabric pieces. You’ll need two short side pieces and two long side pieces. For the short side pieces, cut them the exact size of the ends of your box. (If using the wood planter box from Oriental Trading, your short side pieces will be 6″ x 6″. ) You’ll then cut the longer side pieces a couple inches longer than the exact size of your box so that the pieces over lap the ends. (Again, if using the Oriental Trading box, you’ll cut your pieces 26″ x 6″ to give you an extra inch on both ends.)

Decoupage the long sides first. Using your Mod Podge, decoupage your long pieces to the long sides of your box. First apply the Mod Podge to the wrong side of your fabric piece. Then apply Mod Podge to the long side of your box. Place your fabric (right side out) on your box, overlapping the ends onto the short side of your box. Apply Mod Podge all over your placed fabric piece. Repeat on the opposite side.

Then decoupage the short sides. Now you can decoupage your short end pieces onto your box using the same technique as the long pieces.

Apply 3-5 coats. Allow your box to dry and then apply 3-5 more coats of Mod Podge to make sure your box is sealed.

DIY Fourth of July Planter Box

Optional Stars: If doing the extra star pieces on the ends, you’ll want to either paint them a coordinating color or decoupage with a coordinating fabric. I decided to decoupage my stars with a coordinating red and white striped fabric. Just trace your star onto your fabric and cut out. Apply your fabric pieces to your stars just like you did with the box. Once everything is dry, you can attach your wood stars to your box using wood glue. Follow the instructions on your wood glue bottle.

DIY 4th of July Planter Box

Plant your box. You’ll want to line your box with plastic before planting. You can also add gravel/rocks to the bottom of your box for better drainage or use moisture control soil. Pick the flowers you want to use and plant them in your box.

DIY Fourth of July Planter Box

DIY Fourth of July Planter Box

You can use your planter box outside or even as a centerpiece. In my next post I’ll show you how we used it as a centerpiece for a 4th of July table.


Thank you to Oriental Trading for providing the box used in this post. They have lots of fun Fourth of July decor and I’ll show you even more in my next post. 

DIY Popsicle Pouches

DIY Popsicle Pouch Perfect for Beginner Sewers

Oh the whoas of summer, you want a popsicle but the ice pop is freezing your hand. Sure you can use a paper towel like a normal person, but what about a cute Popsicle Pouch? Wouldn’t that just be so fun? I thought so. And I really thought my niece would have fun making them so we went for it and I’m so glad we did. It was a perfect beginner’s sewing project for her (she’s 9 and was able to sew these together herself) plus she was so proud of the end product. I highly recommend this for beginning sewers, I hope you enjoy.

DIY Popsicle Pouches: Ice Pop Covers Perfect for 4th of July

We used a variety of fabrics in red, white and blue so that they would match our 4th of July decor. Of course you could do them in any patterns that you like—pineapples or flamingos would be really cute.

DIY Popsicle Pouches: Ice Pop Covers perfect for 4th of July and Kids to sew!

I placed our set of 12 Popsicle Pouches inside a small wide-mouth mason jar. This is both perfect for displaying at a party and to provide easy access to them in the kitchen.

DIY Popsicle Pouches perfect for beginner sewers.

We made our pouch size based on large ice pops. If using smaller ice pops, you may want to adjust your pouch size or just know they will be slightly bigger than your popsicle.

 

DIY Popsicle Pouches: Ice Pop Covers Perfect for 4th of July

Materials

Makes one popsicle pouch.

  • Two 3″ by 7.5″ pieces of cotton fabric
  • Two 2.5″ x 4.5″ pieces of heavy-weight fusible interfacing
  • Coordinating thread color

Instructions

Please note: I forgot to take pictures of the process of making these so I’ll be sure to add pictures once I take a couple to help you better understand the instructions.

  1. Cut your fabric and interfacing per the dimensions above.
  2. Place your interfacing onto the back side of each of your cotton fabric pieces. Leave a 1/4″ border on both sides of the 3″ width and 1/4″ on the bottom of the long 7.5″ side. Iron your interfacing pieces onto each cotton piece.
  3. Next you will fold down the top of each of your cotton pieces. You’ll first fold it 1/2″ and iron and then you’ll fold it 1/2″ again and iron. This will give your opening a clean edge.
  4. Sew your folds down by sewing along the top edge 1/8″ and then along the fold edge 1/8″.
  5. Next pin your pieces right sides together and sew along the sides and bottom using a 1/4″ seem.
  6. Cut your corners and then turn out.
  7. Place an ice pop inside and enjoy!

DIY Popsicle Pouches perfect for 4th of July

4th of July Ice Pops with DIY Popsicle Pouches

DIY Popsicle Pouches for Beginner Sewers - fun summer kid's craft

Happy sewing!

Father’s Day Beer Tasting

Father's Day Beer Tasting with FREE Downloadable Printables

With craft beers being so popular I thought it would be fun to design a beer tasting for all those beer loving dads—even though my own dad isn’t really a beer fan, he’d much prefer an Ice Cream Tasting! However, I know a lot of dads who would enjoy this so let’s have a “Hoppy” Father’s Day and provide some “Hops for Pops.” Puns intended!

Father's Day Beer Tasting with FREE Downloadable Printables

Keep in mind, you could do these details for any Beer Tasting Party, just don’t use the “Hops for Pops” sign.

Creating Your Beer Flight

Father's Day Beer Tasting

Create a “tray” at each place setting. I originally wanted to have DIY concrete trays; however, my first attempt at making the tray failed and I ran out of time to try it again so instead I created a much easier idea. I set the table using black chalkboard paper and then using a white chalk pen I created a rectangle “tray” outline at each place setting. Easy peasy. Adjust the size of your rectangle based on the size and number of glasses you use in your beer flight. I recommend doing four glasses, but of course you can do more or less depending on your needs.

Father's Day Beer Tasting with FREE Downloadable Printables

Label your glasses. I got the small beer can glasses from Oriental Trading. I thought the shape was so charming and the 8 oz. size was perfect for a beer tasting. For each flight I used four glasses so we could have a light beer, an IPA, an Amber beer and a porter or stout. You basically want to provide a range of beer types from light to dark.

Father's Day Beer Tasting Tags: FREE Printable

Label each glass from 1-4. I created a FREE printable that included numbered beer bottle labels. You can download the file here. I printed the file on cardstock and labeled each glass with one of the beer bottles using Glue Dots. I didn’t have the removable Glue Dots, but I’d suggest using that type. Otherwise just use what you have, even double-sided tape would work nicely.

Father's Day Beer Tasting

Label your beer bottles.

Father's Day Beer Tasting

When buying the beer, I picked a couple local beers as well as a few beers I knew I liked. (If wondering what you beer you should buy, there are lots of Beer Tasting Tips on Pinterest, just search “Beer Tasting” and lots of beer charts will come up explaining the types of beers. I suggest picking a light, medium, amber and dark beer.)

Father's Day Beer Tasting

I labeled each bottle with wood labels numbered from 1-4. I then placed the empty bottles down the center of the table so everyone could reference what beer they were drinking.

Father's Day Beer Tasting

To make the wood labels, I started with small wood slices from Oriental Trading. I drilled a small hole in each circle and then painted an inner black chalkboard circle on each one. I added the number with a white chalk pen and attached to each bottle using twine.

Father's Day Beer Tasting

Provide a score sheet. While this is not necessary, I thought it could be nice to track which beers you liked so I created a FREE Printable Score Sheet. You can download my score sheet here.

Father's Day Beer Tasting

Create a centerpiece. Frankly, this has nothing to do with your tasting, but a table always looks better with a centerpiece. I planted flowers in galvanized pots from Oriental Trading. I placed five pots down the center of the table.

Father's Day Beer Tasting

Then using a simple clothespin, I attached a  “Hops for Pops” sign from the FREE Printable I created. You can download the printable file here. This detail is what makes this tasting “Father’s Day” specific; however, if not doing your tasting for Father’s Day just eliminate this tag and everything else is event neutral.

Father's Day Beer Tasting

Provide “bar food.” No party is complete without some food. I kept it in the beer theme and did brats and fries served in cool Kraft paper cones from Oriental Trading. I mean, what guy really wants to deal with plates or silverware. I love the casual feel of eating right out of the cone and everything spilling on to the table. So manly (insert winking face here)!

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Set each place setting. Each place setting got four glasses, a score sheet and a pencil or pen. Pour beer half way in each glass. This may seem obvious, but be sure to pour the right beer in each glass. So the beer labeled one goes in glass one, the beer labeled two goes in glass two, and so on. Also, remember to label your beers from lightest to darkest.

Father's Day Beer Tasting with FREE Printables

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Enjoy! It’s really an easy and charming set up thanks to the finds at Oriental Trading and the FREE Printables I created.

Father's Day Beer Tasting Tags: FREE printable

And if you like all of this, but simply don’t want to set up a tasting, be sure to check out my simple gift idea post. A six pack with a cute tag is a perfect last-minute gift idea.

Father's Day Beer Tasting: FREE Printable Tag


A special thank you to Oriental Trading for sending me products to use in this post. I had a lot of fun shopping on their site and creating this party using the items I found.

Father’s Day Gift Idea: FREE Beer Flight Tags

Father's Day Gift Idea: Give a Beer Flight, FREE Downloadable Printable

So in all honesty, my original DIY Father’s Day gift idea was a fail so this is Plan B and I’m loving it! I originally wanted to make a Beer Flight Tray out of concrete but the tray we made didn’t release the circle inserts. It was a total bummer. And while I plan to still perfect how to execute the tray, in the mean time I thought I’d share a simple idea for all the beer loving dads out there.

Father's Day Beer Tasting Tags: FREE printable

This is also a preview of a Father’s Day Beer Tasting Party I have planned to share on the blog tomorrow. I thought it could be a fun way to celebrate dad on Sunday.

Father's Day Beer Tasting Tags: FREE Printable

So while I finish styling my Beer Tasting Party, I figured I could share the FREE Printable for the tags I’m using. They work perfectly for attaching to a six pack of your dad’s favorite beer. Or check and see if your grocery store offers making your own variety six pack. That’s what I did at my local Kroger and I think the box is kind of perfect. If you don’t have a Kroger, try Trader Joe’s or even World Market.

Father's Day Beer Tasting Gift Tags: FREE Printable

I know I can’t be the only one who needs last-minute ideas and these FREE Father’s Day Beer Tasting Tags make for a perfect gift with little time and effort. Win, win! Just download the file here and print on white cardstock. I then attached mine to the six pack with a clothes pin. It’s available in black (page 1) and green (page 2) because I couldn’t decide which I liked best.

Be sure to check back tomorrow for the full party I have planned for dad!

2017 Top 10 Casual Wedding Trends I’m Loving

2017 Top 10 Casual Wedding Trends

I recently designed a wedding invitation for one of my friends and it had me in a wedding planning state of mind. So of course I started pinning wedding ideas on Pinterest and what I noticed is that I really like the ideas for creating a casual wedding. A wedding that is still put together beautifully, but nothing fussy. I think this happened because most of the ideas seemed centered around the guests, making the day not just about the bride, but everyone else too. So it becomes a day that’s enjoyable and memorable for all who attend.

Needless to say, I noticed 10 trends that will help anyone set the tone for a fun, casual and inviting wedding. I grouped them into Decor, Attire and Food. And even if you aren’t planning a wedding, I think these are nice tips for planning any party. So come dream with me.

First, the Decor

1: Casual Dining with Long Tables

I love me a long, rustic table, so it’s nice to see they are becoming more and more a wedding norm. Right away, it sets the tone for a casual, yet elegant, event. And why long tables? The long tables make it easier to use inexpensive items—random bottles, greenery and candles—because they can cascade casually down the center of your table and still make a big impact. That feel is harder to create using round tables that need one main focal point.

2: Succulents, Succulents and More Succulents

I love that succulents are being incorporated into centerpieces, wedding bouquets, boutonnieres and place cards. They are instantly whimsical and are a great choice if you’re trying to DIY your wedding because they are affordable and can be purchased and put together weeks ahead of time.

3: Juliet Roses for the Splurge

Have you ever met a more romantic flower than the Juliet Rose? If you don’t know which one it is, it’s the peach, multi-petal rose in the pictures above. Now, these are not cheap. They’ll cost you about $10-15 a stem—yikes, I know—but they sure do bring the wow factor. If going casual with everything else, perhaps you can find it in your budget to splurge on a few of these amazing blooms.

Now, the Attire

4: Off-the-Shoulder Wedding Dresses

There’s something so charming about the look of the off-the-shoulder strap on these dresses. It just lends perfectly to all the other casual details.

5: Suits Instead of Tuxes

Let’s face it, if everything for your day is saying, “Let’s have fun,” do you really want the guys dressed in tuxes that they dread? I say, have them rent amazing suits that may still not be as comfortable as board shorts or jeans, but a stylish compromise. I’m really loving the tan and light gray suit choices. Check out The Black Tux for more ideas and suit rental options!

6: Accessories for Men

We tend to spend most of our time thinking about what the bride and bridesmaids are wearing, but there are so many stylish details now available for men. So have fun with it and think about including patterns for the tie, bow tie or even a pocket square. And these details will pay off because when you accessorize the men, it means they will still look dapper even when the coats come off. Insuring your pictures look nice all night long.

And the Last 4 are Centered Around Food

7: Pre-Wedding Refreshments

Let’s face it, weddings don’t always run on time. Or even if they do, dinner never seems to be served on time, leaving guests starving. And having hangry guests is no bueno. Therefore, I’m all about serving pre-wedding refreshments. Greeting guests with cocktails and snacks before the ceremony is sure to have them smiling and saying, “This is the best wedding, ever!” before you even say, “I do.”

8: Wedding Food Trucks

Living in Southern California, I’ve always said I would just hire a taco guy for my wedding and now that food trucks are all the rage, that’s not sounding so crazy any more. Whether it’s for your main course, your bar or your desserts, food trucks are a charming way to not just stay casual but be hip at the same time.

9: Say Goodbye to Fondant

From naked cakes to beautiful buttercream, say goodbye to fondant and hello to gorgeous cakes that will wow with their simplicity.

10: Late-Night Snacks

Okay, maybe I’m obsessed about food, but at the end of a wedding, and after all that dancing, you know you’re starving. That’s why the late-night snack trend is right up my alley. And I must admit, I like the salty treat ideas—like pretzels, popcorn, hamburgers and pizza—a little more than I do sweets like donuts. If you want sweets, get seconds on cake 😉

So those are my Top 10 Casual Wedding Trends for 2017. What about you? What trends are you loving? Do you like these casual trends or do you prefer a more formal event? Let me know in the comments.

Cocktail Recipe: Paloma

Cocktail Recipes: Paloma = Tequila and Grapefruit!

I’m always looking for a new cocktail to try and when I was on Pinterest on Cinco de Mayo, Paloma recipes kept popping up left and right so I thought I would give it a try. I ove Greyhounds which are vodka and grapefruit juice so I figured I had to like this which sounded similar but with tequila. There are a few other differences: Palomas call for a splash of lime, a little sugar and club soda. I don’t usually have club soda, but I always have sparkling water. So I used La Croix (Is this anyone else’s favorite sparkling water?) and let me tell you, this bad boy was delicious. It’s so light and refreshing, I know I will be enjoying these all summer.

I highly recommend that you use fresh squeezed juice. I know this adds a little extra time, but it reduces the amount of sugar and artificial flavors plus I think it’s why the drink seems so light. In addition, I highly recommend the salt rim. It really added to the taste of the drink.

Ingredients

Makes 1 serving

  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) fresh grapefruit juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon agave syrup (You could also use a teaspoon of sugar or other sugar substitute)
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) tequila
  • 1/4 cup (2 oz) sparkling water or club soda (I used La Croix in Apricot and it was fab, next time hopefully I have their Grapefruit flavor on hand)
  • Margarita salt (optional rim, but highly recommended)
  • Grapefruit zest (optional rim)
  • Lime slices (optional garnish)
  • Ice

Directions

To rim glass, combine margarita salt with some grapefruit zest. Using a lowball glass, wipe a lime wedge around the rim of the glass and then dip your glass in the salt/zest mixture.

In your rimmed glass, combine grapefruit juice, lime juice and agave syrup. Once syrup is dissolved stir in tequila. Fill your glass with ice and then top with sparkling water/club soda. Add a lime slice for garnish and enjoy!