Tea Party Ideas + Scone Recipe

Tea Party Ideas from Thoughtfully SimpleAre you hooked on Downton Abbey like I am? I confess to catching on late and then bin-watching season after season (there could be worse things to binge on, right?). As the finale of season 5 is approaching (it’s Feb 22!) it’s time to start thinking about hosting a finale party. Because, why not? If you’re a fan of the show, it’s a must. If you’re not into the show, you can find any reason to gather the ladies in your life for a little tea … I’m sure of it.

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Entertaining Simplified :: Pizza and Beer

Entertaining Simplified :: Pizza and Beer

It’s no secret that I love to entertain … but that I also love to keep things simple. The most memorable part hosting friends or family is the company…not the two hours you spent in the kitchen (am I right?). One of my secrets to stress-free entertaining is to order in for part of the meal. Maybe it’s the main course, or perhaps a store bought dessert –pick one part of your meal and agree not to make it yourself.

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Sip It :: Rosemary Lemon Sparkler

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We spent the past weekend up in a cabin (in an effort to find some post-holiday downtime and just chill) which resulted in several amazing things: long hikes, snow sledding, making our own dreamcatchers (check them out on Instagram here!), and the development of a wonderful new cocktail.

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I was tempted to call it the “Cabin Cocktail” but that really only means something to me. It would make no sense to you. So, let’s call it what it is —a Rosemary Lemon Sparkler.

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Work It :: Practice Isn’t Overrated

Quote: Practice Makes Perfect

I spoke at a conference January 2014 as a tandem keynote speaker. I shared the stage and dual presented with someone really brilliant. And then, I bombed it. Like BOMBED. I was so nervous that it didn’t matter what great insights I had to share. My delivery of the content was all that the audience could focus on (and no, this wasn’t just in my mind because the post-conference survey respondents spoke loud and clear about it).

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Make It :: Watercolor Note Cards

melissa_shower-image-revisedToday I have the pleasure of joining in an online baby shower honoring the adorable mom-to-be Melissa of Melissa Creates. If you don’t know Melissa’s work, pop on over to her blog for fun crafts, entertaining tips, and recipes. You’ll be glad you did!

Inspired by this gorgeous invite created for Melissa (above), I decided to make a set of watercolor notecards to have on hand. It’s so nice to have pretty notecards on hand when you want to pop a friend a note or send off a thank you card in the mail. And who knew it was so easy to make your own watercolor palette (see the recipe link below)?

how to make watercolor paintUse watercolors to paint any design your heart desires onto blank notecards.

how-to-make-watercolor-paintI mixed things up with some lines of different widths and also with a few phrases like “hello” and “thanks.” Get as creative as you’d like.

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