Australian Open Party

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The Australian Open is upon us! Believe it or not, I’m actually a big tennis fan! I started to actively watch the various tennis opens during college when my Australian and British friends would spend all day glued to the TV watching the matches. My love for tennis only furthered as I started learning to play tennis and studied abroad to London and went to the Wimbledon stadium for a game. So I think it’s safe to say, I love tennis! I’ve partnered with Cost Plus World Market to show you how to throw your own Australian Open party complete with fun snacks from Australia and a killer cocktail to sip while you watch!

Bring Out Your Tennis Gear!

Dust off those old tennis rackets and fish out all those tennis balls and use them as a fun decor option for your party! We took a fabulous linen table runner to add some more definition to our marble table and scattered tennis balls around the table and added our own tennis rackets. It took all of my attention to make sure our dog didn’t try to steal the balls off of the table!

Create a Simple and Easy Centerpiece 

Now this has to be my favorite and easiest centerpiece I’ve ever created for a party. Simply take a hurricane glass and instead of filling it with a candle or scented flowers, fill them with tennis balls! This is a tennis party after all! It makes a stunning and striking centerpiece that really brings the entire table together.

Munch on Some Australian Candies! 

No Australian party is complete without some delicious goodies to munch on! I’m not the biggest fan of Marmite, it’s simply a required taste, however I do love some Australian licorice! We picked up various flavors to treat our guests to included strawberry, mango (which was my favorite!), and various ginger chews.

Ginger chews aren’t very popular in the States but after tasting them, I’m a devoted fan! They’re a combination of sweet and a little spicy and tastes wonderfully after eating a full meal. Cost Plus World Market has an amazing selection of licorice candies from Australia in a variety of flavors that’ll wow any of your friends.

Sip, Sip, Cheer!

Now you can’t have a Australian party without an Australian themed cocktail! Even those we’re in the midst of winter in the States, that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a warmer Australian flare to your tennis party. This Elderflower Collins is both easy and delicious to make. Even better, you can make a large batch of it for your friends to enjoy while watching the Australian Open. Plus, here’s a fun fact about me: one of my hands down favorite liquors or mixers to use is Elderflower. It’s sweet and reminds me of summertime.

I absolutely adore these faceted glasses and even have them as wine glasses from Cost Plus World Market. They make such a splash and really elevate any cocktail. Take yours to another level by adding some fun straws, cheers drink stirrers, and these darling “Cheers Dears!” cocktail napkins.

Elderflower Collins 

Ingredients:

1 2/3 parts Tito’s Vodka
1 part lemon juice
2/3 parts Elderflower and Lemonade Cordial
Soda Water
1 lime

Mix all the ingredients together either in a cocktail shaker (if serving for 1-2 people) or in a large container for a larger crowd. Sip, sip, enjoy!

Since you’re ready to throw your very own Australian Open party, how about we take this up a notch?

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Australian Open Tune-In Message

Watch the Australian Open on the Tennis Channel January 16 through January 29, 2017.

For details: http://tennischannel.com

I personally can’t wait to watch the Australian Open later this week and see who takes home the trophy. Have you ever watched the Australian Open? Do you have any fond memories of watching the event? I’d love to hear all your thoughts in the comments below!

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What I’m Wearing: Christmas with Draper James

Guys, can you believe that it’s the week of Christmas?! How in the world did it creep up on us so quickly! I swear, each year it shows up faster than the year before and I’m always left scrambling! This year, I was actually fairly prepared for Christmas, thanks to my friends The Blue Root and Draper James. It’s a Draper James Christmas y’all! Today I’m showing you how to throw the best Christmas ever!

Put a Bow On It!

If there’s one thing that I struggle with each year is wrapping gifts. Thanks to the wonderful wrapping skills of my friend, Melissa of The Blue Root, my origami style wrapping is in the past! Her gorgeous wrapping skills will blow anyone a way. Plus, they’re just so pretty that I wouldn’t want to open the boxes to see what’s inside! 

One of my favorite ways to decorate a Christmas gift isn’t with bows, it’s with fun accents like ribbon, natural trimmings like holly and leaves, and fun ornaments! Ornaments are such a fun and unique way to decorate gifts for your family and friends. You can even customize each gift by decorating with their favorite items. 

Dress it Up!

It’s our tradition to open presents Christmas morning in our pajamas but on the 24th, that’s when the real dressing up is! We make our annual journey to P’s grandma’s house in Maryland where the entire side of his mother’s family joins together to celebrate Christmas. Everyone always dresses up and it’s one of my favorite days of the year! We sing Christmas songs, exchange presents, and eat until we are stuffed! This year, you’ll wow all your relatives by throwing on this adorable blouse from Draper James

This outfit is absolutely perfect for any family gathering over Christmas! It’s simple, easy, and looks amazing on anyone. I love how throwing on a cute top and heels can elevate any pair of jeans. 

Have Fun!

Blouse (Draper James) // Jeans (Lucky) // Shoes (Madora) // Jewelry (Gold Creations

Photography: Jennifer Collins // Styling: Liz Martin // Location: Beach Resort Charleston // Gifts: The Blue Root

This time of year is all about relaxing, enjoying time with family and friends, and not worrying about things! Take this time to truly turn off and worry a little less. I know we’ll be making an extra effort to turn off from social media and enjoy our time with family and friends. That’s what’s truly going to make your Christmas the best one ever. 

What are your tips for throwing the best Christmas ever? Do you have any fun traditions? Let me know in the comments!

 

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National Ice Cream Day

Happy National Ice Cream Day! What better time of year to celebrate one of my favorite desserts than in July! In honor of the summer treat, I rounded up my girlfriends, Lauren and Liz, for a fun filled day at the park with ice cream provided by Wheelie Good Ice Cream!

When it’s a million degrees and so hot that sweat is running down your back, this sweet treat is always my go to to cool off! Trust me, I’ve found sweat this summer in places I never thought possible! 

If you’ve never heard of Wheely Good Ice Cream, be prepared to be wow’d! This darling ice cream cart can be found serving up the freshest ice cream in all of Charleston at the local farmer’s market, food truck rallies, and breweries. It’s so creamy, flavorful, and well, perfect! I first found Wheely Good Ice Cream at my friend’s bridal store opening and have been a dedicated customer since! Their ice cream was the best choice to celebrate National Ice Cream Day, you’ll have to celebrate with them too!

I mean look at how perfect this is. Even better, it’s made every day with fresh ingredients! 

I ate the ice cream so fast! It was either I eat it quickly or it’d melt in this Charleston heat! Also, how adorable is this bracelet from Be the Change Boutique? If you’re ever on King Street downtown, stop in this adorable shop where they sell goods from all over the world and each product gives back to a charity. Shopping for a cause just makes shopping all that sweeter! You can find Liz’s Turkish towels there and they give back to my work, Pet Helpers, a local no-kill animal shelter. 

What better way of getting around town with your girlfriends than on a golf cart! Charleston is the best city to see by golf cart. If you really want to make an impression, just throw on your favorite throw pillows and accessorize with a tassel garland. Now you’re really set to go around town with your girlfriends! 

I hope everyone has a wonderfully delicious National Ice Cream Day! Let me know how you celebrate by telling me in the comments below. 

Photography: Clifford Pate // Co-Stylists: Lauren Miller & Liz Martin // Clothing: Escapada // Jewelry: Be the Change Boutique // Shoes: Oka-B // Ice Cream: Wheely Good Ice Cream 

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Ice Cream Pool Party

If there’s one place you’ll find us this summer, it’s relaxing by the pool! What better way to enjoy those long summer days than throwing the best ice cream pool party for two? Grab your favorite gal and head to the pool with our easy tips to throwing the best ice cream pool party. Our mother daughter duo will show us how!

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How to Throw the Perfect Picnic

It’s no surprise that spring is one of my favorite times of the year. The days are growing warmer (or in our case, boiling hot with a dash of humidity), the sun is out longer, and everyone wants to be outside. My favorite place to be! So it was obvious we needed to do one thing over the weekend, through a picnic! But not just any picnic, oh no, that’s now how we roll folks. The perfect picnic with the best vegetarian food, accessories, and friends. 

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