Sunshine and Whiskey

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September is here, but that doesn’t mean we need to pack up the sweet tea lemonade and whiskey for good! One of my favorite cocktails this summer was one that we made for my friends’ afternoon tea themed engagement party. The sweet tea was in honor of the bride-to-be (a North Carolina gal) and the whiskey was the no-brainer complement. Although this was a refreshing summer concoction, leave out the lemon and garnish with a cinnamon stick for an autumnal twist. You could serve it hot or cold and you most likely already have most of the ingredients at home!

Jackietara blog - Sunshine and Whiskey Jackietara blog - Sunshine and Whiskey

5 ounces sweetened iced tea
2 ounces bourbon
1/2 ounce triple sec
1 mint sprig
1 lemon wedge

Photography by Traci J. Brooks Studios

Jackietara blog - Sunshine and Whiskey
Jackietara blog - Sunshine and Whiskey Jackietara blog - Sunshine and Whiskey
Jackietara blog - Sunshine and Whiskey

Event Trends for Fall 2013

Last week my colleague and I attended RSVP Catering’s Fall and Holiday Open House Tasting at the Anderson House, D.C.  The “house” is more of a mansion with it’s grand staircases, marble structures, and statues fit for a museum and, in addition to the delicious food and “Lavender Louvre” cocktail, the decor was beautiful inside the house, and out.  Navy and aqua blues filled the backyard garden and complemented a serene reflecting pool.


And blue is just the beginning!  Here are some other popular event themes that have been trending lately:

Pink and Gold

Hints of gold have been popping up everywhere on Pinterest and in several blog posts from The Wedding Chicks and Style Me Pretty.  I’m loving this feminine look that can be used for showers, weddings, or even a backyard party!

Pink, Mint & Gold Wedding Inspiration #mintweddings #mintandgold #mint #gold #goldweddings #goldweddinginspiration #weddinginvitations #weddings

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Creative Cake Toppers

I tried my hand this summer at making a cake topper for my birthday cake.  It didn’t come out perfectly, but it was an easy and cute way to jazz up a dessert.  Check out these beautiful and intricate toppers featured on The Wedding Chicks.


pink and gold whimsical cake topper

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Polka Dots

A classic fashion style turned event decor staple.  How is is that dots and confetti make things seem that much more fun?!  Creating Couture Parties has a great blog post on polka dot party inspiration.

polka dots

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What trends are you seeing so far this fall?  Please share!