MINT & TEAL BRIDAL SHOWER

Here’s a few shots from my soon-to-be sister-in-law, Keasha’s shower. Since I couldn’t be there in person, I helped plan long distance by sending ideas and decorations.

My mom sent out these cute mint and gold invitations. I sent some teal plates, napkins, and honey comb balls. I cut some smaller mint color honeycomb balls in hearts – love how these turned out! I also designed and printed a directional sign for the shower. My mom decorated the tables with beautiful fresh flowers in teal vases and gave out small succulent plants as favors.

Although I was sad to not be there in person, I love how it all turned out. It seemed like a perfect afternoon shower.

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MOOD BOARD: MINT & TEAL BRIDAL SHOWER

My brother is getting married this summer, so my mom and I organized a shower for his wonderful fiancé, Keasha. My mom hosted it at her church in Michigan and unfortunately I wasn’t able to make it out there. However, I helped her out long distance by sending lots of ideas and goodies. With the help of her friends, my Mom pulled it all together beautifully and it was a sweet success.

We were inspired by Keasha’s wedding palette: mint, gold, and dusty rose and we added in teal. Below is some of our inspiration for the event. Stay tuned to see how it all came together.

Mint & Gold Bridal Shower

teal accordion lantern, mint honeycomb, succulent favors, mint almonds, pink almonds, invitation, vase

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FARM FRESH INGREDIENTS: BACKYARD GARDEN

Farm Fresh Ingredients is coming back folks. This year, however, we decided to not join a vegetable CSA but instead plant our own garden! We built 5 cedar raised beds and planted a variety of veggies, greens, and herbs.

As trade for a new logo for her brand and blog, my friend Rachel from Original Organics helped us plan and plant everything. Rachel is an expert with this stuff and it was so nice to have her guiding us along. Be sure to head over to Rachel’s blog and check out her tips for organic living and homesteading. She also has a line of beautiful handmade jewelry. She was such a great client to work with and I’m thrilled with how this logo turned out for such a great company.

raised garden bedsoriginal organics logo by jessica bruggink

I made this first logo for the company and created a unified logo (below) for her blog.

this organic life logo by jessica bruggink

Now our seeds and seedlings are growing beautifully and we can’t wait to start cooking with all of this fresh and delicious produce. We also joined a meat co-op this year with a few friends. Look for summer recipes full of tasty organic goodness.

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COCKTAIL HOUR: WELL TRAVELLED

Spring and summer often involve lots of travel and activities. I know I have a lot planned this summer but I’m so excited about it – because it’s finally warm and beautiful outside! Let’s celebrate the excitement and energy that comes with the warmer months by sipping this minty fresh cocktail with a hint of spice (thanks Ross for the recipe!).

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Well Travelled

5 leaves of mint
3 cardamom pods (optional)
1/4 c. lime juice
3/4 oz cardamom simple syrup*
1 oz gin (a less piney gin like Hendrick’s)
1 1/2 oz lillet blanc

Muddle mint and cardamom pods with the lime juice in the bottom of a cocktail shaker. Add the syrup, gin, and lillet. Shake with ice and strain into a coupe glass. Garnish with a sprig of mint.

*To make the cardamom syrup: combine 1/4 c cardamom pods, 1 c sugar, and 1 c water in a saucepan. Heat until first crack of a boil, then simmer for 15-30 minutes. Let cool and strain.

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PARTY PALETTE NO. 11

Spring is here! Today feels right for this rich and bright palette. The apricot, watermelon, and royal blue feel fresh yet classic together.

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RECIPE ADVENTURES NO. 8

Recipe Adventures via Plate & Paper

Here’s another round-up of some of my recent favorite recipes. All are great for summer entertaining!

Honey Ginger Chicken Tostadas: so many delicious flavors, and that salsa is incredible!
Braised Chicken: great for a large group, this dish is pure comfort without the heaviness
S’mores Cookies: such a crowd pleaser, and the perfect summer cookie recipe
Raspberry Cheesecake Bars: the fresh raspberries really make this dessert

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INSPIRED BY: NEON YARN

This week, we’re feeling inspired by yarn. Yarn has a tendency to look a little too crafty but in neon shades mixed with neutrals, they feel really fun and modern. There are so many ways to incorporate yarn pom poms, tassels, and stitching into home and party decor. Check out our Pinterest board for even more yarn inspiration.yarnBbasket, necklace, tassels, runner, gift poms

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SETTING THE TABLE: MOTHER’S DAY BRUNCH

With Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, we’ve pulled together some inspiration for serving brunch, or better yet, the classic breakfast in bed to celebrate! Pretty florals feel fresh and clean, and the wood materials on the bed tray and Chemex coffee maker add a natural touch. Happy Mother’s Day!
Setting the Table: Mother's Day via www.plateandpaper.com

1. LINENS: use these cloth napkins with their springlike floral print
2. SERVING TRAY: breakfast in bed isn’t complete without a bed tray
3. DRINKWARE: serve warm drinks in a pretty pastel mug
4. SERVEWARE: use this Chemex pour-over coffee maker to brew her favorite roast
5. FLORALS: this arrangement from Spruce is stunning with multi-hued roses (or tulips!)

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PREFAB PARTY: CINCO DE MAYO

Prefab Party: Cinco de Mayo via Plate & Paper
It’s finally the weekend, and it’s also the perfect time to start your Cinco de Mayo celebrations! Here’s how we’d throw a proper Cinco de Mayo fiesta:

DRINK a mango jalapeno margarita
DECORATE with mini cactus pinatas
SERVE chips and snacks in one of these woven baskets
CHOW DOWN on these ultimate nachos
WEAR this pretty, patterend party dress


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PREPPY BABY SHOWER: CRAFT & FAVORS

Here’s the final details from the preppy baby shower!

I found these lovely pale pink ceramic tumblers at IKEA and wanted to find a way to incorporate them into the shower. Using this tutorial, we drew each girls name in gold sharpie. We found that doing a second round of painting and baking gave us the best results. Each girl was then able to bring home their own personalize cup. They looked so pretty at each setting.cup

cupsAs a favor, we gave each guest a little preppy navy striped favor bag filled with pink nail polish and lip gloss.

favorgiftInstead of playing games, we decided to all do a craft together. We wanted to keep the craft easy and fun. We bought 12 patterned onesies ranging from newborn to one year. We put out some fabric paint, markers, as well cut out fabric numbers and shapes with iron-on backing. Each of us made onesies for baby Evelyn for each month. She can then wear these for each months picture update. It was a fun activity to all do together.

That wraps up the details from this preppy baby shower. I hope this inspires you to try some of these ideas for baby or wedding shower this summer.

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