Wedding Wednesday – Our Proposal Story

Today is the very start of a new fabulous series that I am SO excited about! WEDDING WEDNESDAY!!!

Yes, it certainly is wedding season, so it’s fitting, but the real reason I am starting it this year is because…

Landon and I just got engaged!!!!

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We are over the moon happy and so excited to be starting this next chapter of our lives. Thank you to all of you who have sent us such sweet words with your love and support. We are so grateful.

To start off Wedding Wednesday, I thought it would be most fun to start with our proposal story! So here goes!

Landon surprised me with a birthday trip to Nashville (my favorite city ever!) and while I, of course, wondered if this could be THE weekend, I naturally talked myself out of it. So I went thinking this would be an incredible weekend filled with fun tourist activities, hiking, and naturally lots of country bars with good cocktails and dancing. Little did I know it would be the most amazing and incredible weekend of my life.

We spent the first day walking around and exploring the city and all the hot tourist spots. Landon had never been to Nashville before, so it was fun showing him around this lively city.

The second day, we decided to take the scenic route down to Franklin (if you haven’t been, go! It’s just the cutest little town with a picturesque Main Street and some incredible art festivals!) via the Natchez Trace Parkway. Of course we stopped at Loveless Cafe, because how do you go all the way down there and not stop for their world famous biscuits?! We continued down the parkway checking out the beautiful views and stopping at all the overlooks.

We finally came upon a map, which led us to Jackson Falls. We planned on making a sort of “nature walk” part of our outdoorsy day, so this was the perfect spot! We strolled down the paved walkway to an absolutely gorgeous waterfall where kids were playing, sliding down the natural rocks, and enjoying their picnic lunch with their parents. Landon was looking for a quieter and more remote location (little did I know it was so he could propose!) so we walked back out and hiked to the other overlook at the top of the trailhead. We arrived at Duck Creek overlook and realized we had already stopped there during our drive so we headed back to the waterfall in hopes of a more solitary environment!

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As luck would have it, literally all the families were gone! There were just a few scattered couples but they were all off on their own having their own romantic moments so we felt like we had the serene setting all to ourselves. We sat on a bench overlooking the waterfall and just talked about our relationship and life and how much we loved each other. It was just perfect.

I must have been in my own little world because as we were talking he was setting up a GoPro on the other side of him to capture the next few life changing moments, and I did not even realize it! He then started playing one of our favorite romantic country songs and asked me to dance. Well duhhh! I love to two step, especially with my favorite dance partner. We sang and danced and the moment was just beautiful. The song started to fade and Landon started telling me how much he loved me and got down on one knee and proposed.

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It was absolutely perfect and so is he. This was the best moment of my life and of course I cried, said yes profusely, and jumped into his arms. We called our family and friends to share the news from Franklin and spent the rest of the evening celebrating!

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To cap off the most incredible weekend EVER, Landon threw a surprise engagement party at our new apartment when we got home the next day. Even my family flew in from Colorado and California to surprise me! It was the absolute best way to top off an amazing weekend and celebrate with our loved ones.The Everyday Hostess Engagement - Kate Jolliffe and Landon Haaf Proposal

Y’all, I am one heck of a lucky girl. We are so excited to be starting this chapter of our lives together and planning our wedding.

Over the next year, I will be sharing our favorite wedding tips and tricks as well as featuring my favorite vendors and companies that we are using for our Colorado destination wedding! I hope you enjoy following us on this adventure and get some good advice and tips for the next big wedding in your life whether it’s your own, your daughter’s, or your friend’s!

Xoxoxo

Kate
PS. Did I mention how lucky I am?! Landon made this amazing video to capture the whole weekend! 😍

Strawberry Moscato Lemonade

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This Strawberry Moscato Lemonade is one of my all time favorite cocktails to serve at summer bashes of all types! It’s refreshing, it’s bright, and oh so tasty! What more could you want in a summery sip?!

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This festive beverage is simple to make and only requires mixing 3 ingredients, which means it’s super easy to make in bulk! For larger parties, I always love having at least one pitcher cocktail like this one, so I can spend more time enjoying my guests rather than spending time at the bar crafting custom cocktails….don’t get me wrong, I do LOVE a good craft cocktail, but they are definitely easier for smaller and more intimate events!

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Whip up a batch of this little delight, and your guests will be in heaven! It’s always a crowd pleaser and an absolute summer favorite!

Note – For the kiddos, just leave out the moscato and vodka. Garnish the lemonade with the same frozen strawberries and lemon slices, and they will still feel like part of the party!

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Strawberry Moscato Lemonade
Serves 10
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Bottle Pink Moscato
  2. ¼ Cup Strawberry Vodka
  3. 6 Cups Lemonade
  4. Frozen Strawberry Slices
  5. Fresh Lemon Slices
Instructions
  1. In a large pitcher, mix all the ingredients. Allow to chill in the refrigerator and serve over ice! Enjoy!
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How to Host a Summer Soirée

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Summer is officially here, so it’s time to dust off the patio furniture, bring out the lawn games, and prepare for your summer soirée! Whether you’re looking to host a formal seasonal dinner or casual pool party, these tips and tricks will help to ensure your summer gathering goes off without a hitch!

Choose a Theme – The theme will dictate every step of the party prep process, so it’s important to determine it early on. Do you want a laid back family pool party, formal summer dinner party, or even a backyard luau? The possibilities are endless! For my summer bash, I opted for a more casual picnic gathering with some close family and friends!

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Guest List and InvitationsA well-done invitation gives your guests a glimpse of just how classy your summer soirée will be. It’s the first chance to sweep them off their feet, so make sure your invitations help portray the theme and experience you want to create. If your event is more casual and you want to send electronic invitations, I always love Paperless Post or Evite. To create a more formal atmosphere, send some good ol’ fashioned snail mail! Swoozies is one of my favorite custom invitation shops. I also love Etsy for predesigned printable invitations! Check out my friend Tara with PrintSmitten who designed this beautiful and festive invite for our summer soirée

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Decor – Decorations turn a simple gathering into its own little world for your guests and set the ambiance and formality for the entire evening. Select a simple and bright color palette and incorporate it into all aspects of the decor. I am a firm believer that it’s all in the details, so be sure to add a few extra special touches to completely transform the party. For my backyard summer picnic, I went with a yellow, coral and aqua color palette, which helped create a light and airy atmosphere. The yellow picnic blanket with the decorative pillows, paper straws, gorgeous floral arrangements, and table settings all helped create a casual yet sophisticated summer soirée.

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Menu – No gathering is complete without the perfect menu! Summer is all about highlighting fresh foods, so try and incorporate some seasonal ingredients. I always like to provide easy, servable and bite-sized dishes such as watermelon, my favorite Bacon Cheeseburger with Onion Ring Sliders, and chips and guacamole.

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Entertainment – It’s always fun to have an interactive element to a party to encourage mingling, especially if your guests don’t know each other that well. For a casual backyard party, I love the idea of lawn games like croquet or bocce ball. For those inspired by graphic design, cute scorecards could be added here! You could also set up a fire pit so people can make s’mores! Make sure to have a fun playlist going in the background to help set the mood for your party as well!

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Finally, relax and enjoy your party! Don’t worry about cleaning while your guests are still there. That can wait until they leave! Have a cocktail or two and enjoy! You’ve worked hard!

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Florals: The T Shop | Photography: Lindsay Davenport Photography

Bacon Cheeseburger with Crispy Onion Ring Sliders

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These Bacon Cheeseburger with Crispy Onion Ring Sliders are one of my all time favorite summertime recipes! They are so incredibly juicy and delicious and are just perfect for an outdoor BBQ party with your friends or a tasty family dinner at home.

We have taken a classic cheeseburger and topped it with our favorite Sweet Baby Ray’s Brown Sugar Sauce to give the perfect saucy sweetness to the dish and topped it with our crunchy thin onion rings and bacon! Could this get any better? I am craving it just thinking about it, so it may need to make another appearance on our dinner table tonight! Keep Reading!

Bachelorette Watching Party with Hotel ZaZa

ABC is back at it again with the new season of The Bachelorette, and we are all about Team Jojo right now! To kick off the new season, we had the honor of hosting the most amazing Bachelorette Season Premiere watching party with Hotel ZaZa for the lovely Circle Seven Five members! 

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Set in a private room in the Dragonfly at Hotel ZaZa, this watching party was nothing short of luxurious and over the top! The Hotel itself exudes opulence and grandeur, which made it the absolute perfect venue for our classy and extravagant evening. From the signature cocktail coined “Boyfriend Material”, to the open bar, passed hors d’oeuvres and macarons (yes, you read that correctly…macarons!), luxurious lounge furniture for our viewing pleasure, and of course our Bachelorette brackets, no detail went unnoticed! The team at Hotel ZaZa was absolutely wonderful to work with and was so generous by providing the space and our tasty snacks and beverages. Their royal treatment made this event a night our members will never forget! Keep Reading!

Sparkling Strawberry Mojito

Strawberry mojitos are the ultimate summertime cocktail! They are light and refreshing and feature some of summer’s freshest fruits to give it an added bit of sweetness!

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I recently made this delicious cocktail as the signature beverage for the Memorial Day party I hosted with Glitter and Spice and boy was it a hit! Plus, with only a few ingredients, it’s easy to make for large crowds as well! What could be better?! Keep Reading!

Memorial Day Party

What sometimes gets forgotten about Memorial Day is that it’s dedicated to remembering those who died serving our country.  So first and foremost, a sincere thank you to our service men and women as well as our veterans.

But, as American culture would have it, it’s also one heck of a time to throw an outdoor dinner party that your friends and family will never forget!

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My friend Amanda from Glitter and Spice and I styled the most adorable Memorial Day dinner party to help celebrate the holiday, the warm weather, and the start of summer for a few of our close friends! It was the absolute epitome of patriotic with red, white, and blue everywhere, plus a few bursts of gold!

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To create a classy and patriotic look, we started with a simple white table cloth and adorned it with a navy and white striped runner, the cutest gold sparkly chargers, white beaded place settings and festive red napkins. The T Shop designed a beautiful arrangement of red and white flowers in our favorite gold vases from The Shabby Chic Party to pull the entire look together!

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To make the evening extra special, we dressed up in our Sunday best provided by Kate Spade and Dry Bar and Blushington designed our hair and makeup. It was the perfect (almost) summer evening filled with lots of laughs, good friends, and delicious food!

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Thanks to all the wonderful vendors who made this event possible!

Styling and Coordination: The Everyday Hostess and Glitter and Spice |

Photography: Beckley & Co. | Florals: The T Shop |

Clothes: Kate SpadeHair: Dry BarMakeup: Blushington |

Invitations: Kayla Zimba Designs |

 

Decor:

Chargers and Cutlery: The Fulfilled ShopPlates and Napkins: Bed Bath and Beyond |

Vases: The Shabby Chic PartyPaper Straws: Outside the Box Papers |

Camp Out Date Night

The sun is out and the weather is warming up, so we can finally ditch those movie theater date nights for some fun and creative outdoor dates!

My boyfriend and I have found ourselves repeating many of the same types of dates lately, so I have made it my mission to come up with some unique ideas that everyone can do in their own city and on any budget. So grab your honey and jump in with us as we explore our city and even our own backyard and create easy yet flirty and romantic date nights this summer!

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Growing up in Colorado, camping was a regular summer activity for us. Now here in Texas, the campgrounds and scenery are a bit more limited, but I still love the idea of a summer camp out date night! So! We created our own little camp out here in our backyard! You can do this with any type of tent or teepee, or if you don’t have these, you can also make your own fort (who doesn’t love a good fort?!) out of the blankets and pillows you have laying around your house!

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We set up this beautiful teepee thanks to my dear friends Gold Dust Vintage (if you are in DFW – you HAVE to check them out!) for our weekly date night. Fox and the Fleur created the most incredible floral arrangements to give my teepee a more whimsical and romantic feel. She draped the entire 12 foot teepee in a gorgeous garland filled with peonies, tulips, roses, and poppies! Could this be any prettier?! I am still swooning just looking at it! She even created a beautiful matching bouquet for the centerpiece of our table!

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I brought out my favorite sheepskin rug and piled the inside of the teepee with some of our comfiest and fluffiest pillows, to create a romantic atmosphere for stargazing.

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And of course, no date night is complete without a tasty meal or snacks! I put together a delicious Mediterranean spread with some of our favorite dips and bites which paired perfectly with our refreshing moscow mules. (I also brought out some chilled white wine to enjoy while stargazing). We enjoyed our meal on our little floor height coffee table provided by Gold Dust Vintage, which was perfectly set for the occasion.

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This outdoor camp out was the perfect way to end a long week and kick off the start of summer! Plus it’s always nice to do something a little different than the typical evening out. The food was delicious, the setting was impeccable and the company was even better! And, of course, the stars that night were absolutely incredible!

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So grab your leading man and surprise him with your own camp out date night! I promise it will be a night to remember!

Stay tuned throughout the summer for more inspiring and interactive date nights!

 

Styled by: The Everyday Hostess |

Photography: Cottonwood Road Photography |

Teepee and Table Rentals: Gold Dust Vintage|

Floral Arrangements: Fox and the Fleur |

 

Outfit Details: 

Dress: Shoshanna (similar) |

Male Shirt: Brooks Brothers |

Watch: Fossil |

When to Write a Thank You Note

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Never underestimate the power of a handwritten thank you note. It’s a lost art, which according to Emily Post, “reflects your appearance, taste and character.” In a world filled with text messages, emails, and social media posts, a little handwritten note can go a long way. It is tasteful and demonstrates a genuine gratitude.

As you can all tell, I am pretty passionate about thank you notes! So! How do you know when to write a thank you note? My best advice – when in doubt write one, but here are a few factors to consider!

When You Receive a Gift – No matter the size of the gift, always write a simple thank you note within 3 days of receiving the gift. My mom always told me to write the note before I used the gift, so to this day, I still write a thank you note either before I use the gift or within 3 days…whichever is first. The main exception is wedding gifts. Etiquette suggests you have 3 months to send thank you notes upon receiving the gift.

Get Well Gifts – Thank you notes should be written by the patient or a friend or relative as soon as the patient recovers. You can also call or email closer friends to thank them rather than sending a formal note.

Condolence Notes or Gifts– A thank you note should be written by a close friend or relative of the recipient for each gift whether it is in the form of flowers, notes, or donations. THANK YOU CARDSKind Act – Always write a thank you note after a kind act. If someone invites you over for dinner or to stay with them, it’s proper to send your host a little thank you note telling them how much you appreciate their hospitality.

Interviews – Emails are the most popular way to thank potential employers for an interview; however, I highly recommend sending a formal handwritten note thanking them for the opportunity and their time. This will help you stand out from the rest of the candidates. However, if the employer is making the decision within the next few days, an email thank you is appropriate for the sake of timing.

If you’re not currently in the habit of writing thank you notes, that’s okay! Not many of us are! But start small! If your friend’s parents take you out to dinner or invite you into their home, send a short little note! Nothing lengthy, just a simple display of appreciation. As you start doing this, it will come much easier and will soon become a habit! You will be amazed at the impact it has on the recipient 🙂

 

Mango Jalapeño Margarita

Margaritas are the perfect complement — or focal point, let’s be honest — of Cinco de Mayo festivities everywhere.

This mango jalapeño rendition of the Mexican staple is the perfect way to spice up your celebration!

Mango Jalapeño Margarita
Serves 2
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10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 oz tequila (mixologist’s choice)
  2. 2 oz Grand Marnier
  3. 2 oz jalapeño simple syrup
  4. 2 oz lime juice
  5. 3 oz mango juice
  6. Sliced jalapeño to taste
  7. Sugar or salt for the rim
Instructions
  1. For the uninitiated, simple syrup is made by boiling water and adding sugar an equal amount of sugar. Once water is at a rolling boil, add the sugar. Let the combination cool in a separate jar, and add jalapeños to infuse. The longer it sits, the more jalapeño flavor will infuse in the simple syrup -- we went with 24 hours for a nice kick.
For the drink
  1. Add sugar or salt to the rim (coat the rim with lime juice first to help it stick).
  2. Muddle a couple fresh jalapeño slices in the bottom of the glass in which you plan on serving the cocktail. If you don’t have a muddler, the back of a thick spoon or spatula will work -- the point is to crush the peppers to get the juice out!
  3. Add the tequila, Grand Marnier, simple syrup, lime juice and mango juice in a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake thoroughly and pour over ice/jalapeño in glass.
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Now it’s time to kick back and enjoy your Cinco de Mayo with friends! Olé!!