The Ultimate Garden Party

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As the weather started heating up and sunny days were aplenty, we knew a garden party needed to happen.

We teamed up with some of Houston's most stylish creatives to throw, what Paper City Magazine called "Houston's ultimate garden party"!

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Caroline Harper Knapp of House and Harper, Marie Flanigan of Marie Flanigan Interiors, Marcia Smart of Smart in the Kitchen, Meg Grant of Meg Grant & Co., Maria Maxit of Maxit Flower Design, and I came together focusing on each of our perspective areas of expertise.

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I focused on the table setting, drinks, dessert, and overall flow of the event. With the gorgeous backyard designed by Marie Flanigan Interiors as our backdrop, it was an dream!

The Table Setting

When entertaining outdoors, its important to bring in natural fibers. I chose to use our Signature Linen Pom Pom Table Runner and coordinating napkins from our Spring Box and accented with vintage plates and glassware. To really make the table setting "pop" I used formal silverware from a local vintage shop, Black Cat Junction, to contrast against the casual outdoor setting.

The Drinks

I went with three signature recipes, which I pulled from our current Mostess Booklet and the ingredients were from our Spring Box. Meg Grant & Co designed a beautiful rustic menu sign for the drinks. Guests enjoyed our Spring Bubbly, Day Tripper, and Spring Palmer expertly crafted by our bartender from Palace Party Beverage Co. It’s always nice and easy for guests if you choose two to three signature drinks. It keeps things simple and allows you to keep your guests interested in the party as opposed to being distracted with a full bar set up. Of course, we always recommend keeping iced water on hand as well. 

The Desserts

Nothing says garden party like a display of sweet treats! I worked with Susie Cakes Bakery to design four mouthwatering cakes for our party. We chose cakes with spring colors and fun, bright flavors. We then accented with a custom selection of matching macrons by Macron by Patisse. When displaying desserts, I love to use an eclectic mix of cake stands and serving vessels to create a eye catching design.

The Flow

Guests were first welcomed into the kitchen with a slice of cake and then directed to the outdoor bar for a signature drink. Food was displayed on both the outdoor coffee table and the dining table. It created a well-balanced flow and guests could easily mix and mingle, both inside and out.

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Between the dreamy backyard, delicious food, refreshing drinks, and beautiful décor, it was the perfect spring morning!

For more garden party inspiration, design, and hosting tips visit Marie Flanigan Interiors, House of HarperMeg Grant, and Smart in The Kitchen!

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How to Make Bright Delight Ice Cubes

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'Tis the season for poolside cocktails and beach friendly beverages! 

And you know we're all about delicious drink recipes, but did you know we're also partial to pretty and delicious ice cubes, too? 

Not only do our bright delight ice cubes add a beautiful touch to a drink, but they also add an extra pop of flavor! 

So, keep on scrolling for how to make our bright delight ice cubes, which are sure to be a hit at all your summer parties!

Bright Delight Ice Cubes

  • Fill ice cube tray half full with water.
  • Fill remaining space with either raspberries and blueberries or sliced lemons or limes.
  • For added drama, overfill the trays so the fruit freezes on top.
  • Freeze.
  • Remove from freezer and gently release cubes from the tray.
  • Add to any beverage and enjoy!
    • For a fun touch, display in a bowl for guests to serve themselves!

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How to Create a Fresh Flower Arrangement in a Few Simple Steps

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There are few things that make us happier than fresh flowers. They instantly brighten up a room and add life to any space. 

And you don't need a special occasion for flowers! 

Don't wait for when you have friends over; it's always a good time for a flower arrangement. 

But if you did need an excuse, it is Mother's Day this Sunday, so you definitely want to make sure you have flowers this weekend!

The best part is that putting together a flower arrangement is actually very easy! And here's how to do it.

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How to Create a Beautiful Flower Arrangement to Freshen Up Your Kitchen 

It's super easy to create an interesting floral arrangement that doesn't cost a lot. You can use a combination of high end flowers, lower cost flowers, and greenery!

What you need

1. Flower vessel (we recommend the pitcher from our Spring Garden Party Box)

2. A few stems of a high end/luxury/splurge flower (like hydrangeas, peonies, or lilacs - we used lilacs)

3. A few stems of a lower end/filler flower (like babies breath, carnations, or stock - we used white stock flowers)

4. A few stems of greenery. You can usually ask for this in the flower section of your local grocery store or sometimes they sell them by the bunch with names like "greenery, filler, or growers bunch."

How to create the arrangement

1. Remove any leaves along the stems and trim stems to fit the height of vase.

Mostess tip: I prefer to cut the stems so you only see the base of the flowers pop up over the vase. This creates a fuller look and hides the stems.

2. Fluff your flowers and add in greenery to one side.

3. Now it's time to style it. Add interest by adding a bowl of fresh berries or a candle. You can even set your vase on top of a cutting board for extra heights.

4. Add fresh water and enjoy!

What are your favorite flowers for spring and summer? We'd love to hear in the comments below!

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Mostess Mother's Day Traditions + Giveaway

With Mother's Day around the corner, we're excited to announce a really special giveaway...for you and your mom! 

Growing up I admired the beautiful hosting skills of my mom and grandmother. In fact, I launched Mostess to help women host as easily and beautifully as the generations of my mother and grandmother. 

This Mother's Day we are celebrating hosting traditions that have been passed down with an exciting Instagram giveaway. Details below (we're getting there!).  

One of my favorite family traditions is a post-dinner ritual. After a big family meal - Thanksgiving, Easter, Christmas, etc - my mom and all of my aunts have dessert (almost always pie) with coffee and then we go on a stroll through the neighborhood. I always look forward to winding down the evening with a sweet treat, warm coffee, good convo and a little exercise! 

Now, it's your turn! We would love to hear your own favorite tradition in honor of Mother's Day. Read below for details on how to enter!

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We are partnering with @bloomingvilleus and @jackrudycocktailco on an exciting Mother's Day giveaway!

Enter to win 2 of our linen table runners, 2 Bloomingville rose and gold enamel bowls, and an assortment of Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. bar cart staples (Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. Jiggers / Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. 17 oz. Bottles of Grenadine) -- the perfect gift for mom and to treat yourself!


To enter:
1. Follow @MostessBox @bloomingvilleus@jackrudycocktailco on Instagram.
2. Comment with two friends handles who love to host! 
3. For an extra entry, post your own photo in your feed or on stories telling us a favorite hosting tradition passed down from your mom, grandmother, or maternal figure and tag @mostessbox#MostessMothersDay
We will be announcing the winner on Monday, May 7! Good luck!

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