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Vodka Thyme Lemonade Cocktail

Wodka Vodka, Havens Kitchen Glasses and Raffia West Elm Tray

Last week my girlfriend Morgan visited New York, so we went to grab some delicious cocktails {check out other cocktails on FH} at ABC Kitchen which is a gorgeous restaurant attached to one of my favorite home stores ABC Home in the Flatiron district. We decided to order cocktails, which I am always hesitant todo since 1. I am a loyal Pinot Grigio drinker, and 2. Cocktails often tend to be too sweet for my liking. Morgan recommended we order two to share so we could switch if we weren’t happy, so I began browsing the menu of endless intriguing options {see the full menu here}. Ultimately I chose the Vermont Gold Vodka Thyme Lemonade and I must tell you that much to my surprise the cocktail was amazing!!! The thyme gave it a nice freshness while the lemon juice added just the perfect sweetness. I was thrilled to find a cocktail I was in love with {not to mention, how gorgeous is the Thyme as a Fall garnish?!} so I couldn’t wait to run home so I could attempt to recreate it for an upcoming dinner party. After taste-testing and approving my own version {from the Martha Stewart recipe}, I decided to create a rustic-style presentation for serving. First I took out my West Elm raffia tray and then I placed my wine glasses from Havens Kitchen {similar to these} out to fill up. I laid out extra Thyme for show on a small wooden bowl {similar to this or this}, as well as extra lemons for color. Since I made the cocktail in a classic white pitcher, I tripled the recipe so I would have extra for refills and could keep the pitcher out on display. Wondering when to serve? Bring this cocktail to life by switching up your usual wine and cheese night {since it still goes great with cheese!!}. This will definitely leave your guests pleasantly surprised!

Vodka Thyme Lemonade Recipe:


  • 2 cups sugar
  • 12 sprigs fresh thyme, plus more for garnish
  • 4 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice, about 24 lemons
  • 2 cups vodka


  1. In a small saucepan, combine 2 cups water with the sugar and thyme; bring to a boil over high heat, stirring occasionally, until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat; let cool to room temperature.
  2. Pour mixture through a fine sieve into a large glass measuring cup; discard thyme. You should have 2 cups syrup. Cover with plastic; chill.
  3. In a large serving pitcher, stir together lemon juice, vodka, and chilled syrup; garnish with thyme. Divide evenly among eight tumblers filled with ice; serve immediately.

Cocktail set-up

Boil the thymeTime to filterAdd the Wodka VodkaMeasure lemon juiceCut lemonsAdd Thyme to your pitcherStir your ingredientsFill your glassesServe your thirsty guestsHappy Hour is here

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Halloween Decoration Idea

Halloween Treats in orange bowls

In the month of October I love to have candy corns and pumpkins out for guests to enjoy. Here is a cute way to do it while keeping it elegant in your living room.  First I took a West Elm Lacquer Tray and placed it on my coffee table. Then I placed four Stone Textile coasters down in a the shape of a square. Next I placed four West Elm Textured Dip Bowls {in orange} on top. I filled two bowls with candy corn and two with pumpkins. Alongside the candy I placed a pretty candle and Jonathan Adler match striker. To finish off the look, I placed orange flowers in a textured orange vase on the table.

Happy Halloween Month!

Volupsa Candle + Jonathan Adler match strikerWest Elm white Lacquer TrayStone Textile wood coastersfestive orange flowersHappy HalloweenOrange decorations compliment me living room

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FH Entertaining Essentials: Summer Party Checklist

Summmer Party Checklidt


Summer calls for lots of fun entertaining. So whether you plan to BBQ, picnic, or just host cocktails with your windows open, it’s nice to add a few new accents into your reportoire. Here are a few pieces I picked up that just scream summer chic!

Shell Pillows from C. Wonder: they look great on your couch, patio furniture (although don’t leave them outside post-event!), or even in your bedroom! White accents: I totally fell for this dual function decorative piece {art plus practical lift-off lid} Owl from Jonathan Adler. Cheese boards: although the Olive Cutting boards from ABC Home are meant for chopping, I couldn’t resist using them for serving as well. I use them for serving cheese, proscuitto, dried fruit, and nuts. Frames: all of your summer activities will lead to endless new photos, so take my lead and print out pictures {I know this concept is almost a lost novelty} and display them in a beautiful William Yeoward Crystal frame. Coffee Table: this has been by far my favorite splurge this season. My new West Elm White Lacquer Coffee Table has a sleek look and my husband loves that top lifts up (so he can use it as a table-top when eating on the couch). Linen Napkins: nothing screams summer like linen and Kim Seybert has a fabulous assortment. I chose the white with gold Greek key print, but she has so many fun colors to match back to your theme! Napkin Rings: to match your “summer” napkins, Juliska’s Bamboo Napkin Rings are a fun change from your classic metals. Cake Stand: there’s no better way to end your party than with a sweet dessert; I love my new Juliska Amalia Cake Stand (and bonus: it matches my flutes). So there you have it, just get your paperless post invites ready for your next big event, and you are summer party ready!

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