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?!

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Whip up one of these babies for your next summer gathering, and it is sure to be a hit!

P.S. How dang cute are these adorable cocktail stirrers from Two Funny Girls?! I love incorporating them into all my events!

Strawberry Mojito Summer Cocktail

Strawberry Mojito
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Prep Time
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5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup sliced fresh strawberries
  2. 10 fresh mint leaves, plus more for garnish
  3. 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  4. 2 tablespoon simple syrup
  5. 4 ounces light rum, divided
  6. 1/2 cup club soda, divided
  7. Optional Garnishes: fresh strawberries, mint, or lime wedges
Instructions
  1. In a cocktail shaker, muddle the strawberries, mint leaves, lime juice and simple syrup until the mint leaves are fragrant.
  2. Fill two glasses with ice and pour your mixture over ice in equal amounts. Add two ounces of rum to each glass and top with ¼ cup of club soda in each.
  3. Add a handful of ice to your glass and pour in the white rum, lime juice, and club soda. Gently stir. Garnish with strawberries, a lime wedge or a sprig of mint! Enjoy!
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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!

The Everyday Hostess Memorial Day Party Invitation from Kayla Zimba

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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Prep Time
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Prep Time
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!!

Mother’s Day Tablescapes

It’s no secret that May is one of the busiest months of the year. Between graduations, end of year projects, finals, trips, weddings, recitals, and Mother’s Day, May tends to be jam packed with activity!

Mother’s Day is sneaking up on us a bit earlier this year, so let’s get a jump start on preparing for it now before we get busy with all of the other commitments that are surely on our calendars!

Every mother wants to feel extra loved on this special day, so consider hosting a fun brunch or outdoor lunch for the special mamas in your life! To help inspire your Mother’s Day gathering, I have compiled a few of my favorite tablescapes!

Enjoy!

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Sugar and Charm Mother's Day TablescapeSugar and Charm

The Decorista TablescapeThe Decorista

Tory Burch Mother's Day Tablescape Tory Burch

I would love to see all the beautiful tables you set this Mother’s Day! Tag #theeverydayhostess on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed!

Happy Mother’s Day!

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

There is no dessert more classic than a traditional chocolate chip cookie. When many of us feel a sweet tooth coming on, these are our go to’s since they are easy to whip up and require few specialty ingredients! Plus everyone likes them, so if you are having guests over and looking for a quick and easy dessert, chocolate chip cookies tend to be an easy answer!

However, sometimes you want to serve something a little bit more special to your guests but still want to keep the convenience and tasty factor of this favorite treat! What do you do?!

Chocolate Chip Cookie

Da dada daaaaa! I present to you the Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie! These delicious chocolate chip cookies are baked in a skillet and taste just like your favorite pizookie from BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse! Plus, they are just as easy to make as traditional chocolate chip cookies, but look way more festive and creative! Cut it into pie shaped pieces and scoop some ice cream on top and you have yourself the perfect, super simple and guest-ready dessert!

I love including this dessert as part of a chili bar or backyard campout or BBQ, but they are excellent for any type of casual gathering and can feed up to 10 people!

Enjoy!

Photos by Beckley & Co.

Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie
Serves 10
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter
  2. 1/2 cup Sugar
  3. 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  4. 1 Egg, beaten
  5. 1 tsp Vanilla
  6. 1 1/2 cup Flour
  7. 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  8. 1/4 tsp Salt
  9. 1/2 cup Chocolate Chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350.
  2. Place an 8 inch skillet over the stove top set to low heat and melt the butter.
  3. Add sugar, brown sugar, beaten egg and vanilla. Mix well.
  4. In a small bowl, add the flour, baking soda and salt and whisk until combined. Add the flour mixture to the skillet and mix well.
  5. Add in chocolate chips and gently stir to evenly distribute.
  6. Remove the skillet from the stove and place in the oven. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool for 10 minutes.
  8. Cut into slices and top with vanilla ice cream.
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Lemon Caprese Chicken and Avocado Chopped Salad

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I don’t know about you all, but I could eat caprese all day every day. I love caprese sandwiches, pizzas, salads, and if there was a way to incorporate it into a dessert, I’d probably have it on the table tonight (but seriously, if you know of a caprese dessert, please let me know)!

I just cannot get enough of this delicious fresh mozzarella, basil and tomato blend. My mouth is starting to water just thinking about it now!

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Since this is clearly a staple in my household, I’m always looking for new ways to put a twist on a traditional caprese salad. With that, I present to you my new all-time favorite dish: Lemon Caprese Chicken and Avocado Chopped Salad! Sounds incredible doesn’t it? I assure you it is. It’s fresh and light, yet still filling and incredibly decadent. This versatile salad is just perfect for all your formal summer soirees or casual family dinners! Everyone is sure to enjoy!

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PS! This homemade balsamic vinaigrette dressing, is definitely something to write home about! So do yourself a favor and double the recipe, so you have more for other salads later in the week! Keep Reading!

Baby Bump Brunch with Maxwell + Gray!

I am SO SO SO honored and excited to be co-hosting this month’s Yeah! Mama event with Stacy of Maxwell + Gray. We are throwing the absolute cutest Baby Bump Brunch for all expecting mothers in the Dallas area and cannot wait to shower you all with lots of love and goodies!

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Come join us at Rosanne Beck Studios on April 30th at 11:30am for yummy bites, mocktails, and custom Mommy Swag Bags filled with LOTS of gifts from our favorite vendors!

Hop on over to Maxwell + Gray to RSVP today! We cannot wait to celebrate with all of you!

Featured Vendors:

M Calligraphy | Rosanne Beck Collections | Backyard Bouquet | Beckley & Co.We The Birds MacaronsShop Tee Chic | A la Mum | Fresh BiB | Minor’s Baby Boutique | Loved by Sophia Claire | Loved and Found Box | Ella Celebration | Happily Ever Alva | Half Pint Ink Studio | TableLuxe

Fresh Peach Tea

It’s only April, but down here in Texas, summer is in the air and we are definitely ready for it!   Flowers are blooming and the weather is warming up, but the clearest sign of summer are the packed parking lots at every nearby park, trail and lake! Everyone is outside enjoying the sun and getting some Vitamin D after a long winter!

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After a hot day in the sun, one of my favorite things to do is come home and enjoy a refreshing glass of iced tea. Especially down here in the South, sweet tea is a crowd favorite and is the perfect beverage to keep on hand in your fridge. You never know when you will have a last minute guest stop by or when you just want to kick your feet up on the porch with a refreshing drink.

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A brewed sun tea is always a classic, but if you want to mix up your sweet teas on tap a bit, this Peach Tea is calling your name! The cold peach slices paired with the peach syrup creates the perfect combination of sweetness and freshness.

I recently made this Fresh Peach Tea for an outdoor tea party that I hosted, and boy was it a hit! Luckily I made an extra batch to keep at home, but I assure you this did not last long either! Give this recipe a try and it will soon make it to the top of your summer favorites!

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Cheers!

Fresh Peach Tea
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
6 hr
Peach Syrup
  1. 1 cup Sugar
  2. 1 cup Water
  3. 3 Peaches, fresh and sliced
Tea
  1. 3 Tea Bags
  2. 6 cups Water
Instructions
  1. In a medium sized pot, bring the peach syrup ingredients to boil. Then reduce heat to medium.
  2. Using a fork, crush the peach slices as you stir to dissolve sugar.
  3. Turn off the heat, cover the pot, and let sit for 30 minutes.
  4. In a separate medium sized pot, prepare the tea. Bring the water to a boil. Remove the pot from the stove and brew the tea letting steep 5 minutes.
  5. Remove tea bags and refrigerate.
  6. Strain syrup through a fine strainer to remove fruit pieces.
  7. Add syrup to tea and refrigerate for 3-6 hours. Serve over ice.
Adapted from Passion for Savings
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 Decor: 

Drink Me Straw Flags: Curl by JSD | Your are My Cup of Tea Sign: Pretty Lovely Prints |

Clear & Gold Glass Chargers: Amazon | Easter Decor: Holiday Warehouse

Photography: Beckley & Co

 

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Fresh Peach Tea