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spring party prep.

Hello, spring! After two weeks of unseasonably freezing temps, it’s beginning to warm up again. The weather has us in the mood to entertain, so we’re sharing our spring party essentials today. Because who’s not in the mood to throw a little party at home?

sparkling glassware and blue and white plates

We like to serve wine in short old-fashioned glasses, like these and these. Colorful plates (mine are Blue Italian Spode Dinnerware) perfectly complement spring’s colorful blooms.

 

Antique table (similar here) paired with reproduction mid-century chairs

Ice down beer and wine in a blue and white planter. Mine is on loan (permanently? eek) from my mother-in-law, but this one is super similar.

colorful cocktail napkins // well-loved tray

Display glassware and cocktail napkins (these and these from H&M are adorable and stupid cheap) on a pewter tray. I received this one as a wedding gift almost twelve years ago – it’s still available on Wayfair! – and we also like this simple one. A reptile tray would add sophisticated texture to a lacquered table, and this cute little pineapple tray is perfect for a cheeseball and crackers.

I’ve been using a basic acrylic ice bucket forever. This one by Kate Spade would be a nice upgrade! I’d also love this gold corkscrew (Mother’s Day is coming up…right?).

these monogrammed drink stirrers by entertaining maven Emily McCarthy were a gift from Jennifer

Check out more of our loves here. What are your favorite entertaining essentials? Tag us in your pics on Insta!

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review: beauty + essex brunch.

Today we’re flashing back to J’s bachelorette party in New York City to bring you a restaurant review. On the recommendation of our girls at BCBGeneration, we booked a Sunday brunch reservation at Beauty + Essex, a bi-level, chandelier-lit restaurant and bar on the Lower East Side.

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B+E has a retro vibe and features a pawn shop entrance (cool but also a little confusing).

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random pawn shop goodies.
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shine bright like a diamond.
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stairway to…champagne. photo: newyork.citypudding.com
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this is what happened when we told maggie and mary to “act natural.”

After cocktails at the bar, we moved into the main restaurant for brunch. The real scene at B+E is the champagne brunch upstairs (which was just getting cranked up by the time we left)…but we were in the mood for something more chill after our flights the day before. If you’re looking for great people watching, definitely request to go upstairs!

We enjoyed brunch at a large round table (great for conversation) under a pretty skylight.

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imagine us right there, in the center.

What We Drank + Ate:

Plus mimosas, of course.

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delish roasted potatoes. photo: fitnessnycblog.com
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more brunch deliciousness. photo: you made me like you.

What We Loved:

Everything tasted seriously great, especially that biscuit. We also loved the quirky, speakeasy-ish atmosphere.

What Was Just Okay:

Our service was competent but not amazing.

Our Verdict:

Brunch was great, but if we ever have a chance to go back we’re going for dinner. We can’t stop thinking about the dinner menu – Lobster tacos, anyone?

What’s your favorite brunch spot?

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behind the scenes: j’s wedding weekend.

Okay, this is our last post about J’s wedding weekend. But we really wanted to share some behind-the scenes pics. Enjoy!

FRIDAY

bridesmaids brunch + bubbly at the ritz carlton.
bridesmaids fueled up on brunch + bubbly.
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l + j at brunch.
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l made this practice bouquet for j from hydrangeas (picked up at the local publix) and finished with satin ribbon from several of j’s wedding shower gifts. nail polish: essie bachelorette bash.
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bridesmaid kati made these adorbs champagne glasses, customized for each member of the bridal party. on the table: crafting materials (from ikea!) for the rehearsal dinner centerpieces. we all pitched in!
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jay’s mom karen assembled 100+ gift boxes for the cocktail reception guests. inside: georgia peanuts (in mason jars – cute!), bottled water, golf balls and customized koozies and golf tees.
the ritz carlton presidential house, the site of the rehearsal dinner and cocktail reception. also our home away from home for the weekend. 
bridesmaid mary + brendan on the patio at the rehearsal dinner.
bridesmaid mary + brendan on the patio at the rehearsal dinner. loved her maxi dress! 

SATURDAY

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the bridal party got dolled up at The Spa at the Ritz Carlton. j gifted each bridesmaid adorable h&m pajamas to wear while getting ready. also pictured: vintage-y earrings, another gift from j.
bridal attire from head (j's mother's veil)  to toe (christian louboutins). photo: the willets.
bridal attire from head (j’s mother’s veil) to toe (nude peep-toe christian louboutins). photo: the willets.
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rain showers didn’t dampen j’s mood. her photographers were great sports, too! pictured: the pool at the ritz presidential house. our home away from home for the weekend.
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j’s something borrowed: an antique bracelet from l. the bride also borrowed gorg diamond earrings from her aunt.
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one of our favorite pics from the weekend. we snapped this selfie minutes before walking down the aisle!
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presenting mr. and mrs. james murray baker, iv! j’s dress: winnie couture.
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bridesmaids, post-ceremony. from l to r: annie (maid of honor), l (matron of honor), maggie, mary and kati. dresses: alfred sung via weddington way. bouquets: findlay rowe designs.
bridesmaid maggie + talmadge. photo bomb: brendan.
bridesmaid maggie + talmadge. photo bomb: brendan.
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j’s bouquet of peonies wowed everyone. bouquet: findlay rowe designs. cake: the ritz carlton.
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honestly one of the best meals we’ve ever had: filet of beef tenderloin, seared sea scallops and braised veggies. catering: the ritz carlton.
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the happy couple snapped a pic before digging in to dinner.
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j + maid of honor annie.
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l + joe at the reception. loved the handy pockets on our bridesmaids’ dresses!
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…and that’s a wrap! #jjb2015 was one for the books. photo credit: the willets.

 

 

 

 

 

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instagram diary.

Here’s what we we’ve been up to as of late!

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perhaps the best burger in ATL… Grindhouse | J SAID YES TO THE DRESS at Winnie Couture | beachin’ | amazing shrimp and grits at Firefly Panama City | Baby Joe working his chopsticks | L’s fresh veggies | the most amazing flowers L sent J while dress shopping | a little bar cart rearranging.

 

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weekend instagram diary.

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L to R: J gets a warm welcome from the westin savannah harbor // L is fall-ready with a new centerpiece // L & Joe kicking off the weekend at mellow mushroom statesboro // fall fashion shoot for shopsocialdish.com // pit stop for J + Jay on the way home from Savannah // L + J REUNITED at Locos // heading over the talmadge bridge // lunch at vinnie van go go’s // DANCE PARTY // J and her childhood friend Kari catching up // baby joe picked out pumpkins // J + Jay relaxed by the fire with cocktails from Midnight Sun Bourbon Bar // Joe enjoyed a pineapple bowl from The Orchid Statesboro.

J and Jay swung through Statesboro on their way to Savannah this weekend. Did you catch up with any old friends this weekend? Tweet us @glitter_blog_xo!

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friday five: things to try.

Weekends are the perfect time to break out of your rut and try something new. Read on for our suggestions for a fabulous summer weekend, starting now!

1. Make a Golden Girl Cocktail. We love, love love trying new cocktails…especially when they’re easy to make. And ESPECIALLY when they’re named after one of the most fantastic sitcoms of all time. Click here for the recipe.

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image and recipe: a beautiful mess

2. Have Dinner Somewhere New. J and Jay dined at at Atlanta hotspot The Optimist for the first time last week and absolutely loved it. Their menu changes daily, and if you’re lucky enough to dine there when bank scallops are an option,  DO IT. You’ll be glad you did.

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dress: h&m // ring: ann taylor loft // nails: essie- dj play that song.

3. Try a Waterfall Braid. We’ve been dying to try a waterfall braid, but um…it doesn’t look easy.

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must…learn…how to do…

We’re going to attempt it though, using this helpful video tutorial from Hair and Makeup By Steph.

4. Bring on the Bling. We love the idea of a simple white dress paired with amazing statement earrings for the weekend. These Kate Spade beauties fit the bill.

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color + sparkle.

5. Style Your Coffee Table. The weekend is the perfect time to tackle one area of your home and re-style it. If you’re like us, you’re more creative on the weekends, and you have time to run out and scoop some new accessories if you need them. Plus, tackling one area at a time keeps us from getting overwhelmed. So dust off your table and clear away the junk (and the remotes). Add some pretty books (check out Lauren Conrad’s list of favorite coffee table books here), a scented candle, and a few of your favorite random objects. We also love these inspiring links: the every girl, cupcakes and cashmere, and house beautiful. Re-styling this oft-neglected area can really change the feel of your home.

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image: the every girl

Send us your weekend pics (or videos!) on Twitter and Instagram at @glitter_blog_xo.

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how to style: a bar cart.

Whether you’re a budding mixologist or just need somewhere to keep your favorite champagne, every girl needs a bar area in her home. We love the idea of a bar cart rather than a stationery bar – it’s so much easier to take the party outside when weather allows.

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image: the glitter guide

We also like this cart and this cart.

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streamlined elegance. {williams-sonoma “beckett” bar cart}
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perfect on a patio, and the price is NICE. {Pottery Barn “Jacquelyne” Bar Cart.}

Stock your cart with what you like, but keep guests in mind. You don’t have to store EVERYTHING in the cart – stash extra (or ugly, or nearly empty) bottles in the pantry. Add accessories like cocktail books, pretty napkins, framed art, etc. Style your cart just like you would style your bookshelves.

More inspiration:

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vintage re-do by The Life Styled. love the pop of pink!
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varying  heights make for an interesting tableau. image {and following images}: hgtv
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color-coordinate: group together bottles and accessories of the same color.
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use trays or dishes of various sizes to organize your cart into zones: garnishes, tools, glassware, etc.
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add whimsy with random objects and/or framed art.

Three more tips:

  • Consider the addition of a framed cocktail recipe. It’s nice to give guests a guide!
  • Glassware is key. Check sites like C. Wonder and Kate Spade for cute options. We also love vintage glasses – yard sales and flea markets can be gold mines.
  • Fresh flowers. Always.

Which cart is your favorite? Do you have a bar cart? Tweet us @glitter_blog_xo.

PS – Don’t forget to shop our Stella & Dot trunk show! Proceeds will benefit the American Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts in the midwest.

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