Glitter Easter Eggs

Yesterday I attempted some glittered Easter eggs, and let me tell you, they are not as simple as you would think.

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The pink glitter is from the Target dollar bin and the bronze glitter is Recollections fine glitter from Michael’s.

These came out better than I expected them to, but only because I spent about an hour and a half completely covered in glue while Jack listened to me whimper.

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My best advice on the glitter and glue front is to use less glue than you think is necessary. I used way too much, which smeared when I then tried to roll the egg in the glitter. Also, if you have the time, try doing one side of the egg at a time, to let them dry more fully. I think you can tell why a couple of those bronze eggs are not fully covered!

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Happy Glittering!

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Event Planning Update

I have been having a blast interning at the Olde Mill Inn in Basking Ridge! Everyone is so friendly and the weddings are really creative. I thought I would share some pictures of what I’ve been helping to set up!

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This bride was obsessed with purple! She even had it in her hair and on her dress. For this wedding, I set up my first escort card table; it is a lot harder than you would think to correctly line up all the cards, but my Maitre D’ thought I did a good job.

I also got to create the chalkboard sign for the card table! I even added a little purple to my “fauxligraphy” so hopefully the bride liked it.

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The wedding after that was crazily detailed! I spent most of the time working with the admin trying to figure out the right amount of water to put in a fountain so that it would start flowing as soon as the bride and groom poured in the water for their unity ceremony! It was very complicated and eventually we rigged it so that the officiant could step on the button to the power strip.

These escort cards were made by the bride, and they were a very unique touch to this one of a kind wedding!

Wedding Fest!

The Bridal Show was a huge success and I feel like I have learned so much during this internship. Here’s more of the paper flowers and the tassel garland that I made! Check out my video for simple instructions on how to make your own. (Sorry it’s so awkward, it was for my public speaking class!)

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And here’s the video!

Fourth of July

Last weekend was so much fun! I went to a barbecue at Jack’s house and we made red white and blue margarita’s for his family.

While our margaritas did not quite look like the pinterest picture, they were still delicious and we got a lot of compliments. I think we may not have used enough fruit… the recipe was a little confusing, or maybe we just used too much ice… regardless check it out!

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I got the straws from the dollar section at Target!

We wore the super cute Shop Bracket headbands that I posted about earlier, and I wore a top I got on sale from Anne Taylor with white lace shorts that I’ve actually had since early high school… (from abercrombie how embarrassing)

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How did you celebrate the Fourth?

Valentine’s Day: Ready to Fla-mingle

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away, so I put together a sweet treat party inspiration featuring table wear from Target.

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The Pink Metal Tray, Floral Plates, Striped Napkins, and Glitter Champagne Flutes are all fromΒ Target! Everything was so colorful and fun, but also not dripping in hearts. They also have other patterns to choose from and many more decoration options! I was unable to find these pieces at target.com, but they should be with the other party supplies in your local store!

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I had previously bought the paper straws and the flamingo stirrers. Drink accessories are always a great thing to have on hand. The tassel garland is also from Target’s regular party line, and I had it hanging in my dorm room. The hearts are foam stickers, and I also tried my hand at some floral arranging!

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I hope this inspires your next V-day event! Whether it’s a girls night in or a flirty date, it’s sure to be sweet!

New Year’s Eve Dinner

Before I begin this post, I would just like to admit that I have never cooked chicken before. I’m not a huge fan of cooking and I’m not a huge foodie (unless its covered in chocolate). So, here, on December 31st, 2014, I will chronicle my first chicken cooking experience.

But to start, I finally made something I have been wanting to try for forever: Mac and Cheese Grilled Cheese. Basically you make Mac and Cheese, and then put it with another piece of cheese to make a sandwich. It is a sandwich of awesome.

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The Recipe:

Baked Chicken with Onions, Potatoes, Garlic and ThymeΒ 

Serves 4 but I made it for 2; Takes 1 Hour

Ingredients: 1 whole chicken cut into 8 pieces, 1 lb white new potatoes halved, 1 large red onion cut into eighths, 1 head of garlic cloves separated and unpeeled, 6 sprigs thyme, 1 lemon quartered, 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil, 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper

*I used the same amount of everything except chicken. I only put in two breasts and two legs and it turned out fine*

Directions:Β Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place chicken, potatoes, onion, garlic, lemon and thyme in a 12 by 16 inch roasting pan. Whisk together olive oil and vinegar and drizzle over chicken and veggies. Toss to combine and season with salt and pepper. Turn chicken skin side up. Cook until browned, about 50 minutes.

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This whole thing actually turned out a lot better than I thought it would! My mom laughed at me while I was touching the chicken, but it ended up being very juicy and pretty good!

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Wishing you all a year of great times!

New Year’s Glamour

The boyfriend and I decided to forgo the partying this New Year’s and have a fancy dinner at home! I’ve been setting up all day, so I can start cooking while he’s on his way from work.

I got a whole bunch of fancy table decorations at Target and Party City, and a lot of it on clearance.

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The plates, placemats, and metallic shred are from Party City. I didn’t want to get too cheesy with the New Year’s decor so I opted for a kind of Kate Spade inspired color palette instead. The glassware, sunglasses, and the Nate Berkus tray are from Target, which I got on clearance.

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These cupcakes from Wegmans added the perfect touch of sweetness to the table. And a little (or a lot) of champagne never hurt anybody!

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I turned the napkins into bows by pinching them in the middle and tying them with a bit of ribbon. To make it a little more glamorous, I made napkin rings of card stock that I had, which matched my color scheme perfectly. I wrote out 2015 in an Art Deco style and added some glitter glue for sparkle.

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Now it’s time to get ready and get cooking before Jack gets here!