Dave & Busters {Auburn WA}

 

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It seems like every time my family has ESPN on, there is a commercial for Dave & Busters!  As my boys have gotten into their early 20’s, they are always looking for a fun place to meet up with friends for great food, watch the Seahawks, and have fun!  So, needles to say, my family is so excited for Dave & Busters to open their first Washington location right here in our hometown of Auburn WA.

 

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“This 43,000+ sq. ft. location at The Outlet Collection will offer chef-crafted food like the Hawg-A-Saurus Loaded Cheese Fries and BBBacon Burger (featuring three types of bacon!), innovative cocktails like Glow Kones, adult snow cones illuminated by glowing cubes, as well as hundreds of the latest arcade games. The new location will also feature a D&B Sports Bar, making it the ideal sports viewing destination for residents to cheer on the Hawks, Sounders and more with massive HD TVs and “better than the stadium” seating.”

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So get ready, because in early December, western Washington has new destination for food, fun and games.  Stay tuned for more details as the date gets closer!  Hope to see you there!

The Outlet Collection, 1101 Outlet Collection Dr SW, Auburn WA  98001
http://www.daveandbusters.com/auburn

*Photo credits:  Dave & Busters

 

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A Halloween Tablescape

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How can tomorrow already be Halloween?  I honestly cannot believe how quickly this year has flown by!  This month has done that as well, which is why I am just now getting this Spooky Floral tablescape up for you so late!  I know you will not be able to get these particular items in time for tomorrow’s festivities, but the good news is…all of the paper goods and the fabulous gold skull centerpiece are now on sale…so grab them for next year!!

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I am a huge fan of layering in my tablescapes, so using a tablecloth, Halloween netting and a table runner gave me the look I was going for.   Another place I love to “layer up” is with my plates.  So here I used a gold plate charger, a white dinner plate from my cupboard and the Spooky Floral dinner plate.  By doing this it really dresses up the paper plate!

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(Spooky Floral Dinnerware, gold plate chargers, gold flatware, table runner)

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This gold skull centerpiece is one of my new favorite pieces.  It is much larger that you realize and there are so many things you could do with him.  I chose to run to my local grocery store and picked up flowers to coordinate, popped a vase in the center and done!  The result is stunning!

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I hope my last-minute Halloween tablescape has inspired you!  Whether you’re using what you already have, or running to your local grocery store and picking up some paper plates, napkins and a bunch of flowers…you can easily create something fun for Halloween night!

*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. 

Over-the-Top Caramel Apples

These are not your Grandmother’s Caramel Apples!  Gone are the days of giving your apples a light dip in creamy caramel….now we take them up a notch (or 5)!

I created 5 amazing creations for you to make this holiday.  Head on over to the Oriental Trading website FUN365 and get the recipe and all the details for creating each of these decadent treats!

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. 6789

I would love to know if you create apples of your own!

xoxo~Dawn

Halloween Harvest Trail Mix

Are you looking for a fun and quick snack to take to a Halloween party or serve while watching your favorite Halloween movies??

I share my yummy Halloween Harvest Trail Mix recipe over on Oriental Trading’s site FUN365!   It’s a little salty, a little sweet and a whole lot delicious!

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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You can find the recipe HERE!

Ultimate Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary’s make it perfectly acceptable to have a cocktail before noon! While you’re at it, why not just turn it into brunch! I made three versions of the Ultimate Bloody Mary and am sharing all the details Oriental Trading’s site, Fun365!

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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Breakfast:  Mini pancakes, french toast sticks, sausage, brown sugar rosemary bacon

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Lunch:  Grilled cheese, soft pretzel, tater tots, brown sugar rosemary bacon.

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Dinner:  Mini bacon cheeseburger, fried chicken, tater tots, brown sugar rosemary bacon

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Head on over to FUN365 and get the full recipe!

Enjoy!

xoxo~Dawn

 

 

Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Fall is the perfect time for Apple inspired cocktails.  Today I’m sharing a delicious version of one of my favorites, the Moscow Mule.  This is a delicious twist, perfect for those Fall evenings around the fire.  Enjoy!

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What You’ll Need:

  • 2 oz Apple Cider
  • 2 oz Vodka (a caramel vodka would be delicious too!)
  • Ginger Beer
  • Apple for Garnish
  • Cinnamon Sticks

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  • In a copper mug add apple cider and vodka and stir (or shake in a cocktail shaker)
  • Fill cup with ice
  • Top off with ginger
  • Stir with a cinnamon stick and add an apple slice for garnish

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You can read all about this gorgeous Fall photo shoot collaboration and the amazing ladies I worked with HERE (A Picnic Under the Apple Tree)

styling // Party til Dawn

venue // Dig-It Flower Farm

photography // Missy Palacol

florals // First & Bloom

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A Picnic under the Apple Tree

 

Nothing feels like more like Fall to me than a visit to the apple orchard.

I was invited by Dani Graham, owner of Dig-It Flower Farm in Duvall, WA for a day of collaborating with some other very talented ladies, whom I am now proud to call my friends!  Dani grows Specialty Cut Flowers and has a seasonal CSA for Duvall residents, offers direct sales to local florists, and can accomodate custom orders for the public.

At the time of this shoot, Dani’s boutique flower farm was overflowing with Dahlias and Zinnias, which were the base of this gorgeous custom arrangement that Florist, Tammy Myers, of First & Bloom designed for me onsite.  Tammy is extremely talented, she took a look at the props I brought with me, we chatted about my ideas,  and from that she created this perfect centerpiece.  What I love about her business is that she hand selects all of her blooms and only sells American grown flowers.

When I heard that there was an apple tree on the property, I immediately knew I had to style a picnic for two!  My vision was rustic and charming, so I gathered up an old chippy table, plaid blankets and throws, copper mugs, and a wooden crate and old tree stump for seating.  I completly lucked out with the cameos of the resident farm dog and cat who made this shoot even more charming.

All of this captured and brought together by Visual Branding Photographer, Missy Palacol, whose photography style is one of my favorites!  Missy works with small businesses and brands to personalized stock imagery.

This was such a fun day, working together with such talented ladies who each have a unique gift and shared it to create such a fun shoot!

So, join me on this gorgeous Fall day under the apple tree.

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design & styling // Party til Dawn

photography //  Missy Palacol Photography

floral design //  First & Bloom

venue & flowers // Dig-it Flower Farm