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Create the Perfect Fall Bar

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With the leaves changing colors and the air getting brisker, it’s time to put away the Coronas and fruity cocktails in exchange for some strong-tasting and soul-warming liquor. When asking some reliable sources {by which I mean, my husband and his close friends} which they preferred, they confirmed that Whiskey and Bourbon were their go-to’s. Now it was my job to make the presentation FH worthy.

When creating a Fall Bar, I recommend you start with a dark colored, textured serving tray, like a faux croc or stingray {similar here and here}. Then I recommend selecting a variety of nice liquors and placing them on one end of the tray. I chose Whistle Pig Straight Rye WhiskeyThe Balvenie Single Barrel Whiskey aged 15 years, and Bulleit Bourbon. What are the best glasses for serving liquor? I recommend old-fashioned glasses which are short tumblers, often called a lowball or rocks glass. They hold between 6 and 8 ounces, while double old-fashioned {slightly larger} hold up to 10 or 12 ounces. When serving a drink with straight liquor on the rocks {also known as a “neat pour”}, I recommend the old-fashioned glasses and for mixed drinks I recommend double old-fashioned glasses. If you really want to impress guests, be sure to buy a “king cube” ice cube tray! One cube fits perfectly into an old-fashioned glass and melts slowly for a well-chilled drink.

Now onto the fun touches that make your bar picture-worthy. I love to arrange my favorite cocktail books alongside my glasses; they can serve as inspiration for cocktails or just as decor. Also nice for the set-up is a crystal decanter {this one is one sale for $27.99 and looks exactly like mine!}. You can actually put yours to use by pouring the liquor inside, just make sure you let guests know what it holds! To finish it off, I love my ‘Reserved’ Decoupage Glass Tray from Ben’s Garden. It’s perfect for housing ice cube tongs or the bottle tops. Cheers!

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How to Make Your Flowers Last

How to make your flowers last

Lately at the Farmers Market I have found the most gorgeous Dahlias {see above for a recent arrangement}. But one thing in buying from the Farmers Market versus a Flower shop is that you are sent home without those little packets of plant food. Of course I want my flowers to last for more than a day or two so I started googling # 1 What is in plant food packets?? I wondered if I could re-create it at home, and # 2 How to make your flowers live longer because I was hoping for some new ideas. The outcome… surprising and interesting… so for you flower preserving hopefuls out there, I hope this helps!!

1. What is actually in those packets of plant food? The answer is: Nutrients to help the plants grow and bloom, and Ingredients that control pH levels which prevent the growth of bacteria. Substitutes for each of these in the simplest terms are ‘Sugar + Bleach’ {or Lemon Juice or Vinegar}.

Want to make your own Flower Food at home? Here are some recipe recommendations via Chemistry.about.com:

Flower Preservative Recipe #1

  • 2 cups lemon-lime carbonated beverage {ex. Sprite}
  • 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach
  • 2 cups warm water

Flower Preservative Recipe #2

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach
  • 1 quart warm water

Flower Preservative Recipe #3

  • 2 tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon household chlorine bleach
  • 1 quart warm water

2. What can we do to make the flowers last longer? 

  • Upon arriving home, cut your stems about one-half inch off the end at about a forty-five degree angle. If you can, cut the stems underwater because it prevents air from getting into the veins of your flower. Consider re-cutting the stems after a few days; this will ensure that there is a fresh surface from which the stems can take up water.
  • When certain flowers in your vase start to die or wilt, immediately remove them! These wilting stalks release gases and bacteria that can affect the rest of the bunch.
  • Don’t set your flowers near ripe fruit; the chemicals from the fruit (such as ethylene) will ‘ripen’ your flowers.
  • Keep your flowers in a cool room and out of sun {sorry no window sills!}. The ideal temperature for flowers is between 40ºF and 50ºF. If you bought flowers for an event, consider storing them in your fridge overnight!
  • Change the water as often as possible! Murky water means bacteria is taking over!

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Update your Home for Fall

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Back in Spring when I gave my first living room tour, my room had a few bright accent items – from my flowers to my couch pillows. But now that Fall has rolled around I made a few adjustments to make my home seasonally ready. My goal: To swap the brights for neutrals so it would still feel airy and bright when guests walked in, but have an overall warmer Fall-feel.

What did I do to make this happen? First I started by swapping my bright couch pillows for neutral couch pillows {one of my favorites here}. Next, on my coffee table I removed my Julia Knight silver tray and replaced it with a dark wooden tray. On top I stuck with white flowers rather than bright pinks. I also added some accessories like my Verlaine Candle {I love the lid!} and a magnifying glass. On my TV stand, I took my Alessi fruit holder and swapped fresh apples for woven balls in a range of brown and olive tones which I picked up at Marshalls. The finishing touch was filling a wicker basket full of comfy throw blankets for chilly nights! The end result… mission accomplished!

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