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Lemon Bars with Edible Sugared Flowers

When life gives you lemons…make your favorite Lemon Bars!

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This recipe is a family favorite, and adding the edible sugared flowers makes them the perfect dessert for your next girls soiree, baby or bridal shower, or just to spoil your family.

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I partnered with Oriental Trading Company to share my family recipe for these delicious squares of perfection on their FUN365 website.  I will also show you how to make these easy sugared flowers to give them that little something extra.

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#AgelessinSeattle {Kendra Scott Event}

A year ago as I attended an event in Seattle, I looked around and I realized I was one of the oldest women there.  The bloggers in their 20’s were adorable and so gracious, but I as I stood there with girls the ages of my children, I knew there had to be women out there my age who were bloggers, on instagram, or just wanted to connect in this very social world.

That night I came home and put up an instagram post reaching out to women in their late 30’s and up who wanted to connect…and they responded!  Since that night, I have dreamed of hosting an event to gather us all together, to meet one another and be inspired by each other.  That night finally happened.

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Kendra Scott Bellevue was our gracious venue host.  They have such a heart and desire to bring women together.  Not only is their jewelry one of my favorites, their store is GORGEOUS…and let’s be honest, the lighting is perfect for aging skin!

My sweet co-host for the evening is my gorgeous friend, Christina of Christina Skally Styling.  We met on instagram, and the friendship was instant!

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Look at these gorgeous ladies.  We have marriages that span 25 years, collectively we have 20+ children, we have careers and have started buisnesses…the life experiences in the room were vast!

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One of the best parts of the evening was playing dress up with all the amazing Kendra Scott jewelry.  I love these pictures of each of us trying on pieces and helping one another find what they were looking for!

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One of the best parts of hosting an event with bloggers, is that no one thinks twice when you pull out your phone to take a “selfie”!

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My heart is so full…this night truly was all I hoped it would be, and I know that this is just the beginning for this amazing tribe we have created!

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(*all photos by the amazing Lauren @ dit_ell.org )

xoxo~ DawN

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Marshmallow Bird Nests

Marshmallow Bird Nests are a sweet Easter treat!  I am such a sucker for these chocolate eggs, that I start the hunt for them right after Valentines Day!  They fit perfectly tucked in these nests, but how cute would a Peep look as well?

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These cute little nests look so cute displayed on a cute tiered tray, or use them as part of your place setting during your Easter celebration.  They are a fun and unexpected little suprise when your guests sit down to dinner.

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You can find the step by step instructions over at Oriental Trading Company HERE!

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Chinese New Year~Year of the Dog

Over the weekend we celebrated Chinese New year with family and friends.  For the past 10 years we have either hosted a party or head to our favorite Chinese restaurant.

This year, a friend and I decided to host our party for 80 friends!  We also decided to accept donations for the organization that cared for one of our friend’s daughter while she was in China, International China Concern.

Our party was held in a church gymnasium, so you will have to forgive the bad lighting.  It is extremely hard to get pretty pics in such a “hard” environment, but overall we were pleased with how it turned out.

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I was able to get so many fun Year of the Dog decorations from Oriental Trading…my go-to for party decor!

 

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I think one of my favorite elements were our simple and easy table centerpieces.  We took just a take out box, plopped in a primrose, and some chopsticks.  The fabric on the tables, are from a pair of curtains that we cut to make table toppers. Red envelopes were on every table for our guests to place their donation for ICC.

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Our highlight of the evening, were our Chinese Lion Dancers.  This is so fun, and everyone loves it!

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We will definitely call this party a success!  It is so important to out families that we celebrate our girls’ heritage and traditions, so they will always feel proud of their birth country, and it means so much to share it with family and friends.

Xian Nian Kuai Le!!

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Modern Floral Baby Shower (or any occasion)

I love the idea of creating parties and tablescapes not in the traditional style.  Take this Baby Shower for instance, I wanted to show how you could shower the Mother-to-be without decor full of teddy bears and pastel colors.  This decor could easily be a bridal luncheon, a birthday dinner or just a fun girls night in!  You can see all the details on Oriental Trading’s Fun365 website!

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If you’re looking for a couple of  easy and delicious recipes, look no further than my Goat Cheese Honey, Pecan and Honey appetizer or my Mini Cookies and Cream Trifles.

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Serve your guests a Sparkling Water Spritzer done three way!  You will love these recipes!

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Disclosure: As an OTC blogger, I received compensation and/or products in exchange for my styling and crafting services. As always, all opinions are my own. 

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New Year’s Eve 2018

What’s your New Year’s Eve plans?  Since we have had kids, our NYE celebrations always include our children…because there will be many more to celebrate once they are all grown and on their own!  We seemed to alternate from spending the evening with friends or a cozy night in.

This year our NYE will consist of going out for a movie and dinner, and home before midnight to toast in the New Year, and honestly I could not be more excited!

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I set a fun casual table with some of the cutest paper goods from Design Design, Inc.  I love LOVE the mix of stripes and polka dots with the touch of metallic gold!

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I love mixing high and low’s in my decor, and in this case, the paper plates and napkins mixed with crystal and candlelight.

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Whatever your plans are this year, I wish you a 2018 full of good health and many wonderful memories!

Cheers!

xoxo

Dawn

*I was provided product free of charge, but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.”

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Simple & Rustic Hot Cocoa Table

One of my favorite little set ups during the holidays are hot cocoa/coffee stations.  I am getting my coffee station together this weekend, but wanted to share a fun little hot cocoa table idea I styled with some cute buffalo plaid cups and napkins I got from Oriental Trading. 

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The first place I headed was out to my porch to gather my props.  These cute snowy trees and lantern were perfect for my rustic vibe.  The tall white stump I actually use as a side table in my family room, and I love it…plus it makes a perfect extra little seat!  I recently just made the tassel garland after being inspired by something similar at Anthropologie.

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So you see, you really don’t have to over think it.  Start with some cute paper goods that set your theme, and then just go from there!

 I was provided these samples free of charge by Oriental Trading to provide my honest review.   In addition, some links in this post contain affiliate links and I will receive a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking on my link (Amazon links).  All ideas and opinion are my own