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Colorful Spring & Geometric Inspired Drink Station

When Seagram’s Escapes invited me to be part of their Keep it Colorful campaign for spring, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to dream up something fun and unexpected!

Spring party themes almost always have lots of flowers and whimsical, garden-style details, so I decided to try out a very modern and geometric spring look this time around, incorporating cute bird elements as a playful nod to the season. Speaking of cute birds, download a free printable of the “Birds of a feather CHEERS together” Drink Sign below!

THE INSPIRATION

I have a slight obsession with the combo of pink, orange, and green/mint right now, and just happened to stumble on the perfect backdrop element in those exact colors…. in the form of a geometric print shower curtain from Target! There are also plenty of pink and orange hued Seagram’s Escapes flavors that fit this palette perfectly, so I went with Wild Berries, Peach Fuzzy Navel, and Jamaican Me Happy… which definitely lives up to its name! ;)

Colorful Spring & Geometric Inspired Drink Station

SIGNATURE DRINK STATIONS

I love to approach styled drink stations as a combo of decoration and function – meaning they pull double duty as a focal point or “centerpiece” for your party, just like a styled dessert station would. And instead of trying to pile every drink option under the sun onto one styled table, which can get crowded very fast, you can make your life easier by narrowing the focus to a signature drink station. Everyday essentials like soda cans, water, and even extra cups can easily be stored in a nearby cooler, fridge, and/or bar cart to which your guests have easy access.

This signature drink station features colorful bottles of Seagrams Escapes, which can be enjoyed on their own OR combined with the the juices and liquors on the table. Guests can pick and choose from all the options on the table to whip up their own unique cocktail! I went with Peach Juice and Raspberry Lemonade for the juice mixers here. See bottom of the post for suggested cocktail recipe combinations.

Colorful Spring & Geometric Inspired Drink Station

DETAILS, DETAILS

The color blocked bird and birdhouses pictured above started out as a plain cement bird (from the garden section at Target) and unfinished wooden birdhouses from Michaels. I loved their clean & modern silhouettes, and thought they’d fit into the theme nicely… once decked out with a little paint, of course. ;) I also spray painted a little plate holder stand silver and used it to hold the party straws.

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A Rustic Glam Wine Tasting Party at Home

I’m so excited to share this gorgeous, Rustic-Glam Wine Tasting Party with you today! And my personal affinity for a good vino only has a tiny something to do with it. ;)

This beautiful party was dreamed up by Silvia Lucena of Classy Detailed Events & Creations, and it’s absolutely filled to the brim with creativity, so get ready to drink it all in…

Silvia wanted to treat her party guests to the vibe of an authentic Italian winery, so she transformed her home into “Villa de Lucena” for the evening! I was instantly smitten with the wine-inspired floral centerpieces in particular…. they have such a beautiful mix of deep, rich reds accented by pops of bright purple, blue thistle, and greenery.

And then of course I also love that she incorporated our Rustic Wine & Cheese Party Collection from Hostess INK too! You’ll see some of the elements from this collection woven through the party pics below – from party invitations (which we customized for her event) to a flag banner & framed wine quotes.

PARTY HIGHLIGHTS to look out for:

– Wine glasses adorned with ice-breaker questions on the base (great idea!)
– Wooden wine boxes used as buffet risers + wine cork keychain favors
– DIY rhinestone accents everywhere, from glass votives & mirror stands to the custom VINO letters
– Shimmery macarons & cake pops + hand-painted wine cookies with incredible detail

A Rustic Glam Wine Tasting Party at Home

A Rustic Glam Wine Tasting Party at Home

A Rustic Glam Wine Tasting Party at Home

A Rustic Glam Wine Tasting Party at Home

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Coca Cola Cupcakes with Thirsty Game Day Toppers

Have you ever made Coca-Cola® cupcakes before? This was the first time for me, and I was VERY pleasantly surprised at how they turned out! Not that I didn’t expect them to be good, but they were seriously incredibly moist and kind of that perfect level of sweet. This is the kind of chocolate cake that would pair well with so many different frostings… but it’s even good by itself! And I’m a huge fan of frosting, so that’s a pretty bold statement coming from me.

This is also the 5th and final game day inspired recipe we’ll be sharing for the Coca-Cola “Home Bowl” campaign, and even though we’ve been super happy with how all of the recipes tasted, I kinda think we may have saved the best for last with this one. Of course, as a certifiable sweet tooth, I might be a little biased to the dessert recipe too! ;)

Free Printables – for Game Day Cupcakes (or Drink Stations)

I also designed some “Thirsty for a WIN” printable flag toppers, which you can download for free right here (+ check out the DIY info below). I loved the play on the type of cupcakes they actually are, paired with the football-watching-party occasion!

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Game Day Menu: Mac and Cheese Bites with Cracker Crust

We’re getting REALLY close to the biggest football game of the year, so I’m excited to share another fun game day inspired recipe with you today!

These Baked Mac-and-Cheese Bites star one of our all-time favorite comfort foods, paired with a tasty cheddar-and-Ritz-cracker crust. You bake everything together in individual muffin cups for a fun little appetizer-style presentation.

Added bonus: we used store-bought mac-and-cheese to make this recipe a breeze, but of course you can also use your favorite homemade mac-n-cheese if you’re feeling extra ambitious. ;)

For some added game day spirit, I also topped the finished recipe with little football themed party picks, which were designed specifically with this weekend in mind! You can download the free printable for these flag toppers at the bottom of this post.

More Game Day Inspiration

This is the 4th recipe we’re sharing in conjunction with the current Coca-Cola “Home Bowl”, which is all about game day inspiration & prepping for football watching parties at home. The Home Bowl includes Coca-Cola® and Ritz® and can be found at retailers nationwide. It’s been fun coming up with creative ways to serve these two game day staples…  and stay tuned for a yummy DESSERT recipe coming next! But FIRST, it’s all about the mac-and-cheese, so here we go…

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The biggest football day of the year is coming up this weekend – are you ready?! If you’re hosting a football viewing party yourself, I’ve got a few fun goodies to share with you today… starting with these free printable SEATTLE and NEW ENGLAND banners. Just click on the images below to download each banner… […]

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I made these DIY Painted Barn Doors for a Farm First Birthday Party project last year, and as far as easy-yet-high-impact projects go, this one has quickly became a new favorite! The doors are made from stretched artist canvases, which come in lots of different sizes and are readily available in most craft and art […]

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