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DIY: HOW TO MAKE A BELLINI BAR

A bellini bar is the perfect addition to a special occasion or event. Whether you’re having a bridal shower, a Sunday brunch, or even a Galentine’s Day party, a homemade bellini is the ultimate treat. And the best part about a classic bellini? It’s delicious and only requires a few basic ingredients!

That’s why Gifts.com has created a step-by-step guide on how to create a homemade bellini bar. This guide includes a list on all the materials needed, styling tips and even a sugar station for guests with a bit of a sweet tooth. Personalize your bar with a fun wall backdrop, using glittery balloons or a paper garland, and be sure to provide a variety of fruit purees on your table. Get excited for brunch and wow your guests with this one of a kind bellini bar.

How to Make a Bellini Bar

You can be sure that these are the perfect fruity cocktails to serve – that everyone can enjoy! Who knew it could be so easy? Cheers!!

- Image: via Gifts.com 

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ENJOY CHOCOLATE & WINE ON YOUR GALENTINE’S DECORATED BAR CART

ENJOY CHOCOLATE & WINE ON YOUR GALENTINE'S DECORATED BAR CART

Whether you’re single or not, hosting a fun night-in with your favorite gals for Valentine’s is a great way to celebrate friendship! “Friends are the sprinkles on the cupcake of life” – Author Unknown. 

Invite your bestie’s over for movie night and watch a romantic comedy. Since chocolate is the standard essential for Valentine’s and it pairs so well with wine – set up your bar cart with a scrumptious dessert (heavenly chocolate confections of course) and thoughtful decorative accents to celebrate everyone dear to you! Wondering what wine to pair with your chocolate? A sweet dessert wine is suggested but take a look at this helpful Pairing Guide by ProFlowers

Wine and Chocolate Pairing

A couple of basic wine and chocolate pairing rules mentioned in this post is 1. the wine should be a sweet as the chocolate and 2. Pair by color. The darker the chocolate, the darker the wine.

ENJOY CHOCOLATE & WINE ON YOUR GALENTINE'S DECORATED BAR CART

ENJOY CHOCOLATE & WINE ON YOUR GALENTINE'S DECORATED BAR CART

I gave an ordinary boxed chocolate cake mix some pizzazz by adding raspberry jam filling, covered with chocolate ganache, decorated with chocolate heart pieces, and crowned with a rose bud. Indulgent? Yes, indeed! It may not appear to be the best looking cake but I can attest to how delicious it is! I also added some chocolate covered cherries and chocolate truffles to the bar cart.

ENJOY CHOCOLATE & WINE ON YOUR GALENTINE'S DECORATED BAR CART

For those of you who may be interested – the #Gals balloon and the tassel garland was purchased at the dollar section at Target. I couldn’t find the ballon online but found something similar here.

How will you be celebrating Valentine’s day this year? Let me know in the comments section below!

Cheers!! xo

-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

It’s that busy ho-ho-ho! time of year. Last minute Christmas shopping, invitations to holiday parties, wrapping presents and preparing our home for entertaining. The holiday season inspires the entertaining spirit within me. For a casual get-together, I like to keep it easy without all the hustle and bustle. A simple Christmas party idea is to host a ‘Hot Cocoa Dessert Bar’ for family and/or friends! In today’s post, I’ll show you how you can turn your bar cart into a ‘hot chocolate & dessert bar station’. Who doesn’t love a hot cup of cocoa, right?! And for the adult version, make a spiked version. I’ll share later in the post, what I used to spike my hot chocolate.

For some holiday fun, you can coordinate this yummy holiday party idea by inviting your girlfriends over to wrap presents, or set a table and have a gingerbread making contest! Don’t forget to turn on your Christmas songs playlist and have your tree twinkling in the background.

DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

What I love about this DIY is – it’s so easy, it’s self-serve (which saves a heck of alot of time on your part) and it’s inexpensive! All the items you see are all store-bought. Between the holidays and the cold weather, this is the time of the year where all the grocery stores and home stores have so many festive gourmet confections and speciality food options from candy cane marshmallows, chocolate dipping spoons, and peppermint everything!

DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

Let’s start with the hot chocolate, shall we? While it may be easier to have individual hot chocolate packets available, I like to step it up notch and offer a decadent tasting hot chocolate. My newest favorite is Sarabeth’s Hot Chocolate Parisienne that I picked up at HomeGoods (found it online, here). It has semi-sweet Belgian chocolate morsels inside the dutch cocoa, and pure white cane sugar. All I have to do is add milk and boil! I love the brand’s preserves, so I knew this had to be good too!

DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

So how did I spike this hot chocolate, you may ask? Well, I used my favorite creamy liqueur…RumChata! I simplied followed the directions on the back of the hot cocoa tin can, poured the hot cocoa in my mug, added 1 ounce of RumChata and stirred. Your guests will have the option of pouring their desired amount into their mug of hot chocolate.

DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

These festive wooden ‘holiday cheer’ stirs from Laura Hooper are perfect for guests to use when stirring their spiked hot cocoa. Or an alternative, are these chocolate spoons.

DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

These creme filled rolled Pepperidge Farm Piroutte wafers are perfect on its own or to use as a garnish for your mug of hot chocolate.

DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

I scored these jumbo candy candy dipped marshmallows at Walmart. To satisfy your guests preference, you can display both large flavored marshmallows and plain mini marshmallows. Check out these green and white puffy poles marshmallow twists and these flavored Irish Cream marshmallows. Target also has a variety of holiday marshmallows like these dark chocolate peppermint marshmallow pops, these festive snowflake marshmallow hot chocolate toppers and these assorted hot chocolate toppers in peppermint, salted caramel, or chocolate chip.

DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

Since sprinkles are just for garnishing the top of your hot chocolate, you don’t need a lot of it. So I decided to use my mini salt and pepper shakers that I had extra pair of. I adhered my gold foil alphabet letters to identify the contents inside…’p’ for peppermint and ‘c’ for cinnamon. The chocolate shavings were a bit thicker in texture, so I housed that in a small glass votive candle holder – alongside an appetizer-sized spoon.

DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

I purchased this pretty calligraphy ‘Hot Chocolate bar’ stand, back in January from PS Weddings and Events. This Etsy store owner offers many color options. I went with the rose gold color option that mimics the hue of hot chocolate. I love that I can reuse this sign many times!

DIY: HOW TO USE YOUR BAR CART TO CREATE A FESTIVE HOT CHOCOLATE AND DESSERT BAR

How to use your bar cart to create a DIY Hot Chocolate and Dessert Bar Station:

ITEMS NEEDED: 

  • Create, purchase or download a Hot Chocolate bar sign.  There are so many free downloadable hot chocolate bar printable options on Pinterest. Not only is having a sign fun and festive, a sign will also allow your guests to easily identify your hot chocolate station.
  • Use a carafe to hold your hot cocoa. Have your hot chocolate already prepared, hot and ready for your guests to self-serve.
  • Set of Mugs. I used my vintage milk glass mugs but you can use any type of mugs you have.
  • Store your sprinkle garnishes in a shaker. No need to buy special shakers – if you have an extra pair of salt and pepper shakers, use those to house your ground cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate shavings, and/or peppermint dust sprinkles.
  • Store your liqueur in a glass carafe or decanter. Optional if offering spiked hot chocolate. This is not entirely necessary but since I like to style items in a cohesive look (wink, wink) so I prefer to pour some of the liquor out of its original bottle. You can use adhesive alphabet letters or print labels.
  • Use platters, cake stands and/or footed bowls. When using a combination of platters, cake stands or footed bowls, you are giving dimension and height to your display.
  • Use your glassware. House your dessert treats in individual glasses. Whether it’s champagne or martini glassware – anything goes!
  • Festive Beverage Napkins. I collect all kinds of seasonal, holiday, birthday, and cheeky bev naps so luckily I had the perfect pink color to coordinate with colors in the Christmas tree.
  • Appetizer plates (not to be confused with dessert plates). Perfect size for personal tasting dishes.

 DESSERT/GARNISH OPTIONS:

  • Pair your decadent and rich hot chocolate with delicious confections. I displayed a variety of six dessert treats that included cookies, chocolates, madeleines, and macaroons.
  • Some garnishing and/or toppings suggestions would be ground cinnamon, crushed or crushed or dusted peppermints, chocolate shavings, whipped cream, marshmallows, and caramel.

DISPLAY:

  • Since our bar cart is a two-tier, I prefered to keep all the dessert treats on the top tier since guests are more likely to revisit the hot chocolate station to nibble on a few more treats.
  • I used the bottom tier to hold the hot chocolate, liqueur, mugs, stirs, and additional marshmallows.
  • Keep it festive and style your bar cart with holiday decor. A few items I used are a couple of tree ornaments, some fresh greenery, and twinkly LED fairy lights.

I hope you are inspired to create your very own DIY hot chocolate and dessert bar party and may you enjoy this season, creating new memories.

Happy Holidays!

-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

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DIY: 3 DIFFERENT FLORAL FALL LOOKS USING HYDRANGEAS, EUCALYPTUS, & PUMPKINS

When it comes to fall, we find ourselves celebrating the season by adding festive decor, florals, and flowering plants that reflect our style in the interior and exterior of our homes. This season is also the beginning of many upcoming holiday gatherings. Inspired by this, I wanted to create 3 different looks using the same type of florals and incorporate pumpkins as a fall accent!

I purchased two bunches of eucalyptus and six stems of hydrangeas from the grocery store and only spent $24.00… it’s an inexpensive way to accent areas of your living space! Eucalyptus has that earthy, natural texture to it and hydrangeas have the largest blooms that when grouped together, they reflect an abundance look! The colors I chose are neutral and therefore, would showcase well in any decorated space.

Keep scrolling to see the 3 looks I created using the same items…

DIY: 3 DIFFERENT FALL FESTIVE FLORAL LOOKS USING THE SAME FLOWERS

Look #1. Fall Floral Table Runner

This floral table runner was so easy to create and it’s perfect to incorporate as part of your Thanksgiving tablescape!

  • Step 1: Starting at the center of your dining table, take the first bunch of your eucalyptus and lay it on the left side of the table.
  • Step 2: Flair out your eucalyptus to your desired width and repeat on the right side of the table. You will want both ends of the eucalyptus branches to meet at the center of the table.
  • Step 3: Cut your hydrangeas stems at your desired length and insert each stem in a water tube. This will keep them fresh for the duration of your dinner party.
  • Step 4: Concentrate on the center of your floral runner when tucking your hydrangeas in between the eucalyptus branches. 
  • Step 5: Cover up any open areas of your floral table runner with small pumpkins. Add mini pumpkins throughout your floral runner for scale.
  • Step 6: Complete the look by adding some ambiance with candlelights! I used my crystal candle holders and long white taper candles. 

DIY: 3 DIFFERENT FALL FESTIVE FLORAL LOOKS USING THE SAME FLOWERS

Look #2. Floral & Festive Fall decor for the Fireplace Mantel

Using the same concept as the floral dining table runner, I recreated the same look on our fireplace mantel. Remember my DIY message pumpkins I had created in this post? I used them here. In order to create a focal point, I placed my ‘happy fall’ message pumpkins on the center of the mantel. My mantel was not large enough to tuck six hydrangea stems, so I only used four.

DIY: 3 DIFFERENT FALL FESTIVE FLORAL LOOKS USING THE SAME FLOWERS

Look #3. Fall Floral Centerpiece

If you have a small dining table or are looking to dress up your entry table or buffet, I created this simple but elegant floral centerpiece. I used a floral foam wet brick and had it soaking in water before inserting it in my vase. Using a foam brick made designing the arrangement easier because I was able to create my desired look, stem by stem. When re-creating this centerpiece, start out with your hydrangeas. You will want to cut each of them in various heights, as shown in the picture above. I inserted eucalyptus branches to fill in the gaps of the arrangement. I didn’t want the floral arrangement to look too structured, so I didn’t cut all the eucalyptus branches….I like the appearance of free flowing movement in an arrangement.  In order to add that festive fall touch, I clustered my mini pumpkins in front of the arrangement. By placing this floral centerpiece on your buffet table, this would coordinate so well with the floral table runner in look #1!

I hope you have enjoyed the 3 different floral looks and it has inspired you to want to recreate one in your home this fall season!

Happy Fall!!

-photos + floral design by Rose Angel Lopez 

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THE EASIEST DIY MESSAGE PUMPKIN THAT REQUIRES NO WRITING, PAINTING, OR CARVING!

DIY Pumpkin Message

If you’re looking to add a few autumnal touches around your house or on your tablescape, keep reading to check out my idea to help you welcome the arrival of fall this week!

DIY Pumpkin Message

DIY Pumpkin Message

If you’ve been to big box home decor stores lately, you may have noticed a big trend of pumpkins with words on them.  My favorites are the white ceramic pumpkins detailed with words in gold font! It had me inspired to create my own DIY message pumpkin that does not require any writing, painting, or carving. You guys, it’s so simple and easy…just use large sticker alphabet letters! You have a variety of font styles and color options to choose from such as, black font, silver font, pink font, gold foil, and glitter font.

DIY Pumpkin Message

DIY Pumpkin Message

The brand stickers I used are Me and My Big Ideas – MAMBIsticks large alphabet sticker in uppercase and lowercase. I purchased mine from Michaels. I was only able to source the black glitter font alphabet stickers online but I’m sure you will be able to find them in the store!

DIY Pumpkin Message

I chose the message ‘Happy Fall’ for my pumpkins but there are so many words or messages you can add to your pumpkins that are perfect to celebrate the autumn season.

  • Hello Fall
  • Gather
  • Blessed
  • Thankful
  • Grateful

Places where you can decorate and place your message pumpkins are 0n your hall table, dining table, coffee table, kitchen counter/island, or the exterior of your front door entryway! Another idea is to purchase mini pumpkins and smaller font alphabet stickers – spell out the names of your dinner guests on the pumpkins and place each one on their dinner plate…it’s a festive way to use as a place card and a take home gift for your guests!

DIY Pumpkin Message

Have you started decorating for fall yet? Hopefully, this easy DIY idea will inspire and get you in the mood for your fall decorating!

-Photos + Styling by Rose Angel Lopez

DIY Message Pumpkins

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