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PARTY PLANNING MADE EASY… MRS. PEASY RENTS TABLEWARES IN A BOX

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Former Fashion Blogger and Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) founder Jennine Jacob has left the world of blogging to start Mrs. Peasy… the party in a box service that makes hosting beautiful parties easy peasy.

Planning a picture-perfect party has never been easier with Mrs. Peasy, which removes the hassle of having to figure out which plates coordinate with which napkins and includes matching silverware and glassware to boot. You can choose from a curated collection of design focused tablewares and your party in a box will be delivered right to your door in time for your party.

Seriously, how GENIUS!!!

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Inspired by trying to solve the problem of using disposable items for entertaining and events, Jacob sought to create a business that helped people get over the fear of hosting beautiful parties and events by packaging everything they need to impress even their most discerning guests in a ready-to-use box set.

With an easy to use booking and payment system, Mrs. Peasy makes event rentals easy. Choose plateware from artisan pottery from Heath Ceramics, iconic British Falcon Enamelware and Japanese inspired handmade ceramics from WRF labs. The Mrs Peasy collection is peppered with flea market finds and treasures sourced from vintage dealers. Jacob also adds some of her own designs and creations into the mix. Prices start at $25 and range up to $600.

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Mrs. Peasy focuses on design, eco-consciousness and quality to provide clients with an easy to use, luxurious experience all the while providing them with a great value. Jacob hopes to offer a range of additional services like furniture rentals, and ecommerce rent or buy services and resources like floral/centerpiece delivery, catering and venue suggestions/booking to take a client’s event to a whole new level.

At the moment, Mrs. Peasy party rentals are only available in the San Francisco area but I can’t WAIT until they branch out to more cities, because I’m guessing Los Angeles would be in the near future!

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RUSTIC CHIC THANKSGIVING TABLE DECOR USING TARTAN PLAID

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I am loving this Rustic Chic Thanksgiving Table Decor by Svitlana Flom for Art De Fete using a red tartan plaid backdrop!

I rarely think of plaid for Thanksgiving, and never, ever think of red tartan, mostly because it reminds me of Christmas. However, by simply adding rustic, old world touches like heavy metal dishes, antlers, feathers, natural Fall leaves from outside, and warm floral tones in the centerpiece, it creates a really warm Thanksgiving feeling that I love. The crystal glassware and candlesticks really lighten the mood by adding texture and reflective glimmering facets.

I think what’s best about using this tartan plaid is that you you can easily transition from Thanksgiving to Christmas décor by simply changing the floral arrangement to something more wintery and including pine-cones, magnolia leaves, whole walnuts and berries, and twigs of pine needles {which prior to living in a forest, I would just snip off the back/bottom of my Christmas tree}. Adding a little shimmer in gold and silver is always festive for Christmas as well and will play off the plaid nicely. In the end, using a plaid tablecloth will save you time and money… and if red tartan plaid is a little too traditional for your style, green or navy variations would work just as well.

Notice how the muted brown napkins add to the Fall/Thanksgiving feel where a little touch of shimmer would send it to Christmas-town.

A great plaid print is not too difficult to locate… though some can look a little cheap. You can find a great redClassic Tartan Plaid Tablecloth in red/black/white {like the one seen here} to fit almost any table at Williams-Sonoma from $109.95 – $129.95 {which is a bit pricey, but nice quality} OR this similar plaid tablecloth {in 3 sizes} at Amazon for around $33-40 OR this Holiday Tartan Tablecloth from JCPenney, which is even more affordable, and still quite nice looking from $19-30. It includes greens and yellows woven throughout, which in many plaids can look a little too much like Christmas, but this one feels neutral enough to work for both holidays.

Though the one at JCP is relatively affordable, I’d still check my local fabric store for more plaid varieties and just have fabric cut to the desired table length to save a little more money and feel a little more unique. You can leave the edges raw or finish them with a fun trim like this Easy Tablecloth DIY I did a few years ago and still use today. Just find a matching black or navy to blend well with your plaid.

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When I go to Italy, you are always exposed to a variety of pasta dishes that leave you craving for more. Each one encompassing it’s own vey unique taste created with love and tradition.

One of the most traditional pastas’ is La Carbonara, with its simple ingredients: guanciale, egg, pecorino cheese, and black pepper. But the secret to a great Italian plate of Carbonara is in how you mix the ingredients together. You want to make sure that the eggs don’t scramble when you pour it onto the pasta, but leave a creamy texture along with the pecorino cheese.

Check out one of my favorite Italian cooking sites, Giallo Zafferano, with a vast selection of traditional Italian recipes. The one for Carbonara is simple but a traditional Roman recipe. However, the one I made at home is with whole wheat pasta since I wanted to feel less guilty… 😉 You can choose the type of pasta that you love the most for this plate.

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WEEKEND COCKTAILS: EYE SWOON’S PEACH, STRAWBERRY & BASIL SUMMER SANGRIA

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I love the cocktails, made whit fruit cool in the summer and are colored and decorated!!

Not sure about you but I have had one very long week! An afternoon of unwinding with friends and cocktails is on the agenda and this sangria courtesy of my best friend sounds like just what the doctor ordered.

Here’s how to make it:

You will need:
1 bottle chilled Cava or Prosecco
4 oz Cointreau
1 cup sliced strawberries
1-2 peaches sliced
1 cup (250ml) chilled sparkling water
A few sprigs of basil leaves & lavender
Ice

1. Pour your sparkling wine into a pitcher, add your Cointreau, fruit and basil.
2. Just before serving add sparkling water, stir and add ice as needed.

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