Dinner Recipe Inspiration

Weekend Dinner Night Go-to's: A look at my Favorite Bloggers1. Kat Tanita Recipe2. Arielle Haspel Recipe3. Katie Manwaring Recipe4.  Katie Meyers Recipe5. Julia Dzafic Recipe6. Amanda Gluck Recipe

While I love to entertain and cook regularly, my repertoire can get old fast. I decided to ask some of my favorite bloggers what their go-to recipes are so I could get some inspiration. Get ready to start cooking because these all sound fab!! {Oh, and I decided to include myself!}

Thanks Kat, Arielle, Katie, Katie, and Julia for sharing! If you don’t follow their blogs, get ready to swoon!

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DIY Champagne Party Favors

DIY Baby Boy Shower Party Favors

Whenever I throw a party for someone, I love incorporating a personalized take away that guests will enjoy. So for today’s post I am sharing a little DIY treat I created for my baby boy Brooks’ bris. I know what you are thinking… champagne for a baby celebration? Well, after 9 months, trust me the first thing on your mind is a glass of bubbly!

I wanted to pair together two of my favorite things… champagne and cookies. So then the search for the right presentation began. I had seen Pommery POP mini champagne bottles at the liquor store {aka. mini blue champagne bottles}, so these were a must! Then I wanted a customizable dessert, so I remembered from when I had used Eleni’s cookies in my Easter Table presentation that they had the option todo so.

After seeing all of their cookie options, it was a done deal. We took their adorable elephant cookies and had ‘Brooks’ written across the top, and since my husband is a die hard Tennessee football fan, the orange {for his team’s color} was the perfect outline. The last step was buying white ribbon to tie the cookie to the bottle; I made sure to secure the cookie just high enough so you could still see the cute champagne label. **Note: this is also an adorable and executable idea for a Baby Shower {just write “Boy” or “Girl” rather than a specific name on the cookie}, a Bachelorette {write the bride’s name on the cookie, or an image of a bride and groom}, or a Birthday, and don’t worry because Pommery makes pink bottles too!

The gifts turned out so cute we decided to place them in clusters on the tables instead of centerpieces, which was fabulous because we would no longer needed flowers - Cheers to a double success! Guests admired the favors as they ate and shmoozed and then they were thrilled to take them home at the end of the day. It was the perfect adult party favor treat! {See my full recap from the event here.}

Baby Boy Baby Shower DIY centerpiecesMini Blue Pop Champagnes + Elenis Cookies

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AERIN x FIRST BOOK Book Bundles (1)

As a mom, I find such joy in reading to my children as well as seeing them develop their own love for books. I’ve always been a passionate reader and consider myself very lucky to have had access to books both at home and at school my entire childhood. Unfortunately, many children don’t have these same luxuries and lack the resources to access quality reading material. Literacy is crucial to a child’s future and success, so in today’s post I’m excited to support two organizations that are intent on making children’s literacy a priority!

AERIN, a global luxury lifestyle brand {which sells home goods that I swoon over on a regular basis}, has teamed up with FIRST BOOK, a non-profit organization whose mission is to elevate the quality of education for kids and to provide children in need with access to new books and quality learning resources. Aerin has created Book Bundle Sets {sold on Aerin.com} where 100% of the proceeds go toward FIRST BOOK. So if you are planning to stock up on books for the new school year, here is your chance to support while scoring some great reads for the kids.

The FIRST BOOK Children’s Bundle Age 0-3 includes some of my favorites like Dorothy Kunhardt’s Pat the Bunny and P.D. Eastman’s Are You My Mother? while the FIRST BOOK Children’s Bundle: Ages 4-8 includes fun ones like Duck & Goose by Tad Hills and Leo Lionni’s Frederick and His Friends.

So what’s the best way to get involved?? Give the gift of reading to a child by visiting AERIN.com to purchase the two adorable sets of book bundles {links right above}, or if you happen to be in the Long Island area, drop by AERIN’s Southampton boutique and pick up a copy! I hope you will join me in supporting this great cause of helping to further their mission in ending knowledge poverty.  

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