1. Barware wedding Gift Ideas

    Best Barware Wedding Gifts - Trays, Ice Buckets

    So your friends are getting married and you want to get them a nice gift that you know they will actually use. Where does your mind go? Directly to the bar {don’t worry, I won’t judge!}. So what’s a classy thing to get them that they will really love and keep forever? My two go-to wedding gifts are: One, a fancy tray {Love that it has multiple uses including home décor, cheese board, or serving drinks like above} or two, an elegant ice bucket. Surprisingly the options for these items are endless, both in stores that carry them and in style. So, I decided to make life easy and narrowed your options for you – simply choose the personality below that best suits the couple! Happy shopping!

    The Traditional Couple {They love Ralph Lauren, the girl carries structured purses, and they just might summer in Nantucket}: This couple will love anything monogrammed, so I love this monogrammed dome topped cheese plate, this wooden cutting board, and this stainless-steel bar tools set. Think silver is more their style? The bride will surely love a Kate Spade nickelplate tray with glossy enamel accents. Or to match their RL Polos, this Ralph Lauren ice bucket with leather handle is incredibly sophisticated and sleek.

    The Jet Setters {Their bar cart boasts Bulleit Bourbon and Veuve Clicquot, they consider a fur throw to be the perfect bedding accessory, and you never know what glamorous locale they will be visiting next}: Go for a name brand piece like this Oscar de La Renta ice bucket or this Nambe cheese board with braid-textured handles. Or, write a card reminiscent of your last ski trip together to Aspen accompanied by this Arthur Court tray.

    The Faux-Hipsters {They hang caftans on their wall in place of art, they are going on a Safari for their honeymoon, and chances are they don’t have a registry}: Rather than the usual selection of trays, choose something unique like a faceted marble slab cheese board or a lucite serving tray. Rather than your ordinary ice bucket, choose something vintage like this one I found on Etsy, or something I have never seen before – a Michael Aram option that chills bottles while simultaneously chilling glasses.

    Anywhere in Between {aka “normal”}: Some simple and elegant options include this Reed & Barton crystal ice bucket and this Sambonet stainless-steel serving tray. Not 100% sure? I added even more shopping options below at a range of prices! Good luck!

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  2. Merchandising your Baby Girl’s Nursery Shelves

    Reese Gluck and Her nursery shelvesBaby Girl Nursery Decor Inspiration by Fashionable Hostess3

    Today I am excited to share a peek inside my little angel’s nursery. Since Reese is the princess of the household, I wanted her room to reflect it. While baby’s rooms can quickly become filled with clutter and excessive amount of toys, I avoided that by placing a neatly organized {and incredibly girly} display shelf directly across from the entry to her room so guests would immediately swoon upon entering. Read on to learn what my favorite pieces were in assembling the look!

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    To start I chose a Pottery Barn Kids three tiered bookshelf {buy the bookshelf here for $299 plus free shipping!} and placed it directly across from the doorway. I decorated it with everything pink – from girly books, to our extensive piggy bank collection, to endless accessories. One thing to keep in mind is that this is a “display” shelf and is not everything we own. I hid away toys that didn’t match in the chevron bins on the bottom shelf, and books on a storage shelf in her closet.

    Once I selected which toys and books would work, I created little sections {I call them nooks} on each shelf. On the top left I placed tall stacked books and used the “Always the Princess” Piggy Bank as a book end. Then on the top right I did a cluster of different plush stuffed animals {all in shades of pink or cream} in a neat pile. As long as stuffed animals are piled together in a corner they wont look messy.

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    chevron mesh boxes from Pottery Barn KidsBaby Nursery Bookshelves - dog bookends by Jonathan Adler

    On the second shelf I placed Reese’s jewelry box with a bedazzled piggy bank on top, and then in the center I placed Jonathan Adler Dachshund bookends {which I featured in my son’s nursery here} with mini sized books in between. On the bottom shelf I stuffed tons of extra messy toys in chevron Canvas Pop-Up Totes. Right alongside the totes I stacked more books but this time used blocks {I specifically chose the girly colored ones} as a book end. The biggest thing in making the end result appear organized was 1.Sticking with one color scheme, and 2.Keeping a bit of space between each section to avoid a cluttered look.

    The end result: the sweetest room that is perfect for my little nugget! Of course Reese loves to play with the lower shelves and move things around during the day, but it’s easy to clean up before bedtime {I sometimes even think I see her design wheels turning!}. We hope this inspired you to make your little one’s room equally princess worthy!

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  3. Strawberry Gin Mojitos: The perfect Valentine’s Day Cocktail

    Strawberry Gin Mojito the perfect Valentine's Day Cocktail -2Decorations for Valentines Day

    I look for any excuse to drink girly cocktails, so Valentine’s Day will be the perfect opportunity to make one of my favorite recipes, a Strawberry Gin Mojito. Rather than following the norm of serving these in casual stemless barware, I suggest dressing them up in classy wine glasses {similar to mine}. I love them overflowing with strawberries and mint, and then the finishing touch, adding red and white polka dot straws. These cocktails will be a hit at any Valentine’s Day Party or for a girl’s night in!

    Strawberry Mojito Ingredients

    What you need to make your cocktails {serving size 1}:

    • 1.5 oz Gin {I love Perry’s Tot from a local NY Distillery}
    • 4 chopped strawberries {3 for muddling, 1 for garnish
    • 2 mint stalks {1 for muddling, 1 for garnish}
    • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
    • 1 tablespoon simple syrup
    • Diet Tonic
    • Limes for extra garnish

    Directions: Add 3 strawberries, 1 sprig of mint leaves and 5 cubes of ice to a shaker. Muddle. Add gin, lemon, simple syrup and shake. Pour over glass full of ice. Fill remaining with tonic. Top with 1 chopped strawberry, 1 mint stalk and straw.

    Thanks to Call me PMC for the recipe.

    Perrys Tot Gin for Mojito RecipeStrawberry Gin Mojito by Fashionable Hostess the perfect Valentine's Day Cocktail

    Serve the finished product alongside bowls of fresh strawberries and sliced limes, and of course a stunning vase filled with red roses. Cheers and stay tuned for more Valentine’s Day posts in my Holiday Entertaining Section.

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