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Sweet Valentines

Julia and Paul Child always sent Valentine’s Day greetings to friends and family. Take a leaf out of their book and spread the love with any of these sweet Valentines.

 

Valentine's Card with Tiny Envelopes Card and Custom Messages via LemonDropPapers on Etsy.com

 

Hedgehogs Valentine Card Kit via Paper-Source.com

 

DIY Affectionate Seed Cards via MarthaStewart.com

 

Valentine's Day Mad Libs via PinwheelPrintShop on Etsy.com

 

 

“Valentine cards had become a tradition of ours, born of the fact that we could never get ourselves organized in time to send out Christmas cards.” Julia Child, My Life in France

Simple Wardrobe Update

You don’t know need to invest in a completely new wardrobe this Fall. Simply bring your closet up to date by adding some dark red pieces.

Everly leather pumps

Everly leather pump in vintage mulberry via J Crew

 

Dark Red Pant via Intermix

 

Ruffled coda cardigan in red via Anthropologie

Travel Humidifier

Occasionally, the climate control in a hotel room can leave a lot to be desired. Ideally, staying at a hotel should feel like a comfortable home-away-from-home. This travel humidifier could be a genius solution to creating a more comfortable climate on the road. It would make a great gift, too, for travelers in your life.

travel humidifier via Amazon

The Essence of Hospitality

I just returned from a trip to London where I had great fun touring the sites and eating surprisingly good food (who knew London was such a culinary goldmine?!).  One of the sites I visited with a friend while there was the Tower of London. We took the Yeoman Warder tour, drooled over the Crown Jewels, and toured the grounds.

While touring the Tower, I saw mention of how kings and queens used to entertain. Feasts, feasts, and more feasts. Fine china, well-dressed tables, delicacies of all kinds. It sounded so luxurious and decadent and must have been an incredible treat for those guests that were able to attend.

I do not promote the exclusivity and classicism that occurred in the days of those great feasts. I am struck, however, by the general hospitality that was extended.  Every detail was carefully planned so that each guest would have a memorable experience. In fact, when these kings and queens used to entertain, their guests — usually the royal court — became an extension of their family.

In many ways, that is what Rex & Regina Events is about. Showing gracious hospitality to one’s guests. It could be a casual BBQ at your home, a special occasion like a wedding or graduation, a corporate event to entertain clients, or a non-profit fundraising event with donors. It doesn’t matter the style or scale of the event, guests should feel cared for and appreciated. From start to finish, their experience should be seamless, cohesive, and comfortable. They should feel like part of your family.

Here’s to gracious hospitality — royal or not!

Uses for Rosemary

Yesterday I did some long overdue gardening. The herb garden in particular had gotten way too unruly, most especially the rosemary bush. So I took my clippers and chopped away. When finished, I had a garbage bag full of rosemary sprigs and I could have trimmed even more.

I thought it would be a shame to throw it all away so I tried to come up with some uses for it. I made a bouquet out of some and then decided to also make a rosemary simple syrup. I used this recipe from The Kitchn. I plan to use the syrup to make rosemary lemonade or maybe a cocktail of some kind. The simple syrup will keep in the fridge for up to one month so I have time to figure it out.

Have excess herbs you don’t know what to do with? Try drying them, making herb butter, a simple syrup, flavored olive oil… so many options!

What to Wear to a Spring Wedding

Spring is in full-swing — as is the start of wedding season! Have wedding invitations stacked up in your mail inbox? Here are some fashion ideas for looking fabulous at Spring weddings — particularly daytime or outdoor weddings. Thanks to Refinery 29 and South Moon Under in particular for some of the inspiration.

Stella Mccartney Neon floral jacquard dress from Net-a-Porter

Parker Cassia Ruffle Wrap Hi/Lo Dress from Intermix

Free People 'Rocco' Cut Out Back Lace Dress from South Moon Under

Envi Chevron Stripe Maxi Dress from South Moon Under

Beautiful Orange and White Arrangement

I simply adore this arrangement featured on One Charming Party. As they suggest, it would be perfect for Mother’s Day. I could also see it as part of a Spring tablescape, a ladies’ tea, a bridal shower…. The bright orange color and the pops of citrus make it a happy addition to any table!

orange centerpiece via One Charming Party

Craft Beer Hostess Gift

I can’t take credit for this idea which I found on Pinterest. Wouldn’t this make for a great hostess gift for a BBQ or a craft or microbrew beer fan? Galvanized bucket. Craft beers. Two pint glasses. Optional ice. Done!

 

craft beer hostess gift via Pinterest