Ginger Vodka Cocktails

In December, we spent a day at Terrain at Styer’s in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. While there, we had the opportunity to infuse vodka with ginger. This week we tested that vodka in a few different drinks. Here are our top picks.

Ginger Cranberry Cocktail via Food Network The combo of ginger simple syrup and ginger vodka makes this cocktail super gingery


Blackberry and Ginger Cocktail via Bon Appétit


The Pear-adise cocktail from Food & Wine is refreshing and delicious. Also, we poured some of the vodka on the rocks, topped it off with some seltzer and found it to be very smooth.

If you need tips on how to infuse vodka with ginger, check on these instructions.

Washington, DC New Year’s Wedding

A year ago, we helped plan Matt and Laura’s out-of-this-world New Year’s wedding in Dupont Circle at Epic Yoga Studio. Sarah Culver took some great photos of this couple, their family and their friends celebrating and ringing in the New Year.


The Bride and Groom in Dupont Circle via Sarah Culver Photography


Quiet Moments before the Ceremony via Sarah Culver Photography



Sparkly Rings via Sarah Culver



Confetti Showers the New Mr. and Mrs. via Sarah Culver Photography



The Newlyweds via Sarah Culver Photography



Laughter and Love via Sarah Culver Photography


Constellation and Date Pillow Handmade by the Bride via Sarah Culver Photography


Venue: Epic Yoga
Date: December 31, 2013
Caterer: RSVP Catering
Florist: Sidra Forman
Photographer: Sarah Culver Photography
Event Planner: Rex and Regina Events
DJ: Mixing Maryland
Hair: Dry Bar, Georgetown
Cake: Laura Hosny, A Moveable Feast
Stationery Artwork: Elizabeth Graeber
Bride’s Gown: Custom Made by the Bride and her Mother
Rings: Custom Designed by the Bride’s Sister

Whimsical Christmas Tree

Tired of the same old decorations? Looking to spruce up your Christmas tree this year? Check out these festive and whimsical tree ornaments!


Foxy Fellows Ornament Set via Terrain


Stuffed Curly Lion via Ornaments 4 Orphans


Arctic Explorer Ornaments via Anthropologie


Rat with Christmas Pudding via Etsy


An Old Fashioned Cocktail Gift Box

We love these Old Fashioned Cocktail gift boxes we prepared as a Fall treat. They were such a great way to spread gracious hospitality. We are excited to share this gift virtually with all of you as well. Living graciously does not need to be an isolated event. Enjoy this Old Fashioned cocktail and raise your glass with us in celebration of all things classic. Prosit!










1 Sugar Cube
1 Stopper-full of Angostura Bitters
1 Part Water
1 Large Ice Cube
2 Parts Bourbon
A Twist of Clementine Rind
1 Maraschino Cherry


Place one sugar cube in a old fashioned glass. Wet it down with one stopper-full of bitters. Add water. Muddle until sugar is dissolved. Add ice cube and bourbon. Garnish with clementine rind and cherry. Enjoy!

Photographs by Lisa Marie O’Quinn of Sweet Tea Photography. Paper and print products by Suann Song of Simple Song Design.



Thanksgiving Sides

Here are two great side dishes to serve with your turkey this Thanksgiving. We’ve tested them and served them to our own guests and can tell you both are delicious. Enjoy!


Carrots with Sausage and Rosemary

Carrots with Sausage and Rosemary via Food and Wine


Crème Fraîche and Chive Mashed Potatoes recipe

Crème Fraîche and Chive Mashed Potatoes via Epicurious



Fall/Winter Wedding Shoes

As we move into the colder months, the rain and eventually the snow, consider these gorgeous (and practical) shoes for your wedding day.


High-Shine Heels

Closed toe High-Shine Heels via


Ivory Satin with Gold Heels Karolina Pumps via

Ivory Satin with Gold Heels Karolina Pumps via


And just in case there's inclement weather Tall Gloss Rain Boot in Bright Plum via

And just in case there’s inclement weather Tall Gloss Rain Boots in Bright Plum via



Peach Bourbon Cocktail

We love this peach bourbon cocktail from Garden and Gun. It’s a deliciously refreshing riff on an Old Fashioned.  We recommend trying it with ginger beer rather than club soda. Check out the full list of ingredients and the instructions here.


Peach Bourbon Cocktail via Garden and Gun

Holly and Matt|Carnegie Institute for Science

We had the great privilege of helping Holly and Matt plan their wonderful wedding. They got married at the beginning of August and husband and wife team, Steve and Bernadette Dalgetty, of An Endless Pursuit Photography captured their wedding beautifully. Here are a few of our favorites.
Getting Ready –


Portraits at Meridian Hill Park –


Pre-Ceremony –






Ceremony in Carnegie’s Rotunda –









Reception at Carnegie –