Summer Beer Tasting Party

This summer there seem to be more shandy’s, specialty pilsners, and craft IPA’s than ever before. What better reason, to fire up the grill and have friends bring their old favorites and new discoveries over for a beer tasting party.

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Super simple to plan and execute, you will set the pace for this and the rest of the summer nights! A few quick supplies from your local hardware store will add an element that’s low on work and high and high on style.

Beer Tasting Setup

The Set-up:

DIY chalkboard table runner

Beer tasting set up

Natural fiber drop cloth with DIY checkerboard pattern as a tablecloth

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DIY green and white beer and lobster pails

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Succulents and herbs placed sparingly around the table create no-fuss pops of color.

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Lots of craft and artisan beer!

Pail DIY:

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3 aluminum pails

painters tape

neon green spray paint

white spray paint

1 – Spray pails with 2 coats of white paint

2 – once completely dry, apply tape one inch apart

3 – spray with neon green paint and allow to dry

4 – remove tape and voila!

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Chalkboard Table Runner DIY

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1 roll of craft paper

chalkboard spray paint

1 – cut sheet of craft paper the length of your table

2 – spray with chalkboard spray paint

3 – allow to dry completely, then set on table

*fun tip: use different color chalk for each different beer*

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Small but hearty bites, pair well with beer and conversation

Cheese, tomato, and bacon puffs

Small but hearty bites, pair well with beer and conversation

A summertime beer tasting is just the sort of fun and casual gathering summer was made for.

Cheers!

ps: take a look at more ideas on hosting a couples shower with a beer tasting in our feature for DIY Network

The Spring Spirit

Fresh cut flowers, pastels, and outdoor gatherings are all the things to look forward to when entertaining this spring. Take a break from those lingering winter winds and indulge in the romance of the season.

An English-style garden gathering to start of the season

An English-style garden gathering to start off the season via

pale pink roses in vintage tea tins

pale pink roses in vintage tea tins via

flowers with hints of pink peeking from teacups

flowers with hints of pink peeking from teacups via

floral inspired deserts with lace to greet your guests

floral inspired deserts with lace to greet your guests via

bright and cheerful tulips help your gathering "spring" to life

bright and cheerful tulips help your gathering “spring” to life via

even a little can go a long way this season

a little can go a long way this season via

bits of lavender to soothe the senses

bits of lavender to soothe the senses via

even formal spring gatherings create a sense of romance

even formal gatherings exude a sense of romance via

 

Rustic-Glam Thanksgiving

For those who might have missed it, here is the Rustic-Glam Thanksgiving look I created for Bright Bazaar. A mix of natural textures and seasonal colors with a little bit of sparkle.

 

 

 

I found these birch barks at my local flower warehouse and just knew I had to use them for the centerpiece. I placed cylinder vases in each and added tealights to one and holly branches to the other. The effect was magical; the warm glow of the candles accentuated the color of the berries. I scattered dried Rosehips scented with Blue Spruce Oil to bring festive fragrance to the table.

Sources to get the look:

Gold votives: Crate and Barrel | Gold triangles tumblers: Dwell Studio from Global Views  | Vintage spools: Trohv | Rust Iron chair: Trohv | Wrap Me Around You throw: Dormify | Squirrel Nut Jonathan Adler: Trohv | Silver Placemats + Napkins: West Elm | Metallic Thread Placemats (overhang): West Elm | Table runner: Crate and Barrel | Flatware: DvF  | Dinner plates: Home Goods | Dessert Plates: West Elm | Dried Rosehips scented with Blue Spruce Oil: Trohv  | Amethyst side plates: Ikea | Small Carafe: William Sonoma | Tall Carafe: Pottery Barn | Iron Blackbird: Trohv  | Tea cups + saucers: vintage/thrifted

More details, tips and a signature drink recipe on Bright Bazaar

Happy Weekend!

images styled and photographed by Manvi Drona Hidalgo

Sweet Paul Magazine’s Spectacular Holiday Issue

Holiday issue of one of the best magazines online, Sweet Paul is LIVE!! One of his biggest issues yet, Paul Lowe takes Holiday crafts, decorations, and baking to a completely new level….Loving SO MUCH!! Will’s antique Christmas {Abs STUNNER!}, Artichoke Lamp {made with old book pages!!}, ceramic bottle cityscape {bringing sexy back to ceramics!}, bottle cleaner brush tree and oodles more ideas to create and fill your home with magic for the holidays…  Here’s a peek at what’s packed in this absolutely FAB FAB issue and how to spice up a few old classics Sweet Paul style..

 

 

 

Tartan fabric cut-out ornaments…adorb overload!!

I have been a long time admirer of Paul’s work but in serious awe after flipping through this issue. Catch it all HERE.

 

images: sweet paul magazine