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Friday, June 19

UPDATE YOUR FEEDS!

STOP BY THE NEW SITE + UPDATE YOUR FEEDS!


finally finally it's here! the new site is live!
new blog, new shop, new portfolio. all tucked into one gorgeous space now.

stop by, check it out and bookmark the new url to follow along!

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Tuesday, June 16

we've moved!

I'VE MOVED!! PLEASE VISIT AFABULOUSFETE.COM/BLOG
AND UPDATE YOUR FEEDS!


if you received my newsletter last week or follow along on instagram, you've seen little peeks of us working away on the new site for a fabulous fete! and by us, I mean myself and go live hq.

with all of the work being done over there, the migrating of blog posts, pages, info, etc., I've stayed away from updating this blog as to not lose any precious info! so, I didn't quit, I guess i'm just saving up all the good stuff for the launch;)

so stay tuned, you can even sign up for my newsletter (which by the way, i'd suggest signing up for, even if you don't care about the launch, as i'll be sending out free printables like the one above, every time!) to be notified as soon as we are LIVE! i'm so excited for you guys to see the revamped site. it'll be much more friendly, much prettier and a heck of a ton easier to navigate.

see you there!


Tuesday, June 9

celebrating the little things // entertaining on the go

Now that all of our closest friends are through some of the huge milestones of life (16th, 18th, 21st birthdays, marriage, starting a family, etc.) I notice that we tend to focus on the little things that make our lives exciting, meaningful and worth celebrating. You booked a job with your dream client? Hell yes, champagnes on me... you got your email inbox down to double digits? Let's go to Palm Springs for an overnighter. Am I right?
Today I'm breaking it down with seven tips on how to host a fun overnighter with your girls to celebrate whatever it is you have going on. These ideas will work from a bachelorette to a simple getaway just to breath. But really, who needs a reason?
 
one. Bring the flowers. All of my celebrations include fresh flowers, why would one out of town be any different? Purchase them the day before, pop them in a bucket and take 2-3 glass vases with you. Choose a full flower so you won't need much to fill in those vases. Walk around where you are staying and politely borrow some greenery to fill in the arrangements where needed.
 
two. Prep drinks for your girls' arrival. This is always the first thing I want after a road trip. A refreshing glass of Seven Daughters White Blend would ease the stress of driving and make unpacking a tiny bit more fun.
 
three. Designate one of the rooms as "home base". Set up your base with the necessities... snacks, wine, water, etc. This makes it so much easier to plan outings or meeting up (as long as that person doesn't mind constant guests!).
 
four. Give your girls a glass to use throughout their stay. Bonus points if you make it pretty with custom calligraphy.
 
five. Favors! Everyone loves a souvenir. Ya, we'll always have instagram... but these adorable printables would make the perfect reminder on everyone's desk of the fun time they had. Especially on a rough Monday. 
 
six. Bring an easy craft. Everyone might not be a busy body needing something to do, but I know there are a lot of us that like to get a little crafty while relaxing! Make it simple though, 2-3 supplies and something that isn't messy. These word and pattern rocks would be super cute for the ladies to take home for their desks after.
 
seven. Pack up a box of late night munchies, they are everyone's best friend after a night out. Give to your girls to store in their rooms for when they most need it.
 
Follow these tips and you'll have your bases covered for your next celebration. What other tricks do you guys have for taking a mini celebration on the road?
 
I'll be sharing some more details into a few of my favorite tips later this week! Maybe a printable and DIY? Check back to see;)
 
[ post in partnership with Seven Daughters ]
 
all images by dez + tam photography


Monday, June 1

rubberband calligraphy menus

wood is making it's way into almost every project these days. i love the contrast of the natural material and modern, clean calligraphy. so i wanted to share a quick update you can make to any menu, from a printed version for your wedding to a hand written cocktail menu to use at a dinner party.

trim paper to 1" - 1 1/2" smaller than your wood board, add a colored rubber band and you are set.

these are perfect for keeping around the house and switching out your menus for parties, signature cocktails, or even your weekly meal plans.

Friday, May 29

sparkling kumquat sangria // cocktails

with the summer entertaining season approaching, the search for fruity and refreshing cocktails begins. i partnered with uv vodka to create something special for you guys with their new sangria flavored vodka. i initially loved the flavor simply because it was pretty sweet which meant mixing up a tasty cocktail could be as simple as pairing it with soda water, or it could be customized with an array of fresh fruit. and lately i've been leaning towards bubbly cocktails, so i knew champagne would be making an appearance in this one as well.
i set the bar for a summer soiree to welcome the warmer weather. decor was easy to create, vases filled with fresh fruit, a cactus or two, and light colored linens to dress the table. but the focus was the fun presentation of the cocktail. i lettered mini bottles, mixed up a big batch of the cocktail, sealed them and refrigerated for guests. set out with straws in a bucket of ice for your friends and family to serve themselves!

you could really mix in any of you favorite fruit as the sangria flavor will work really well with most, but here is what i mixed in (since our kumquat tree in the yard is in full bloom!).
  • 2 fresh kumquats
  • 1/2 lime
  • 1 oz. orange juice
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 2 oz. sangria flavored uv vodka
  • 4oz champagne (or more to taste)

in a pitcher, squeeze juice from the kumquats and lime then add all other ingredients except champagne. mix ingredients then add to your bottles (recipe above made 2 bottles). this mixture should fill up about 1/4 of the mini bottles. top with champagne and seal to refrigerate.

to make your own sealed cocktails, you'll need these bottles, some caps, and this tool to attach the caps.

careful, this mixture should be sipped slowly if  you know what i mean;)

i hope this helps you get your parties started this weekend!
i'd also love to hear your suggestions, what would you mix the sangria flavored vodka with? i think we'll try it out with some flavored sparkling water next. enjoy the weekend!

[ post in partnership with uv vodka ]