Once upon a time I emailed Bombshell Bar Goods and practically begged her to be best friends, and by that I mean I asked her if I could use her glassware forever and ever until the end of time — I loved it that much. Obviously I needed a fitting embellishment to go with my token white and gold go-to color combo, so I made these DIY gold drink stirrers. Technically they’re brass, but girlfriend has a strict budget…
Before anyone goes jabbing at me with food safety regulations, let me come to my own defense by saying that A) I grew up playing in creeks in West Virginia that no one has even thought of enough to name, so food safety isn’t one of my fears or top concerns in life, and B) the FDA website specifically states that brass is food safe as long as it’s not in contact with food or liquids with a pH level below 6, such as wine, vinegar, or fruit juices. There, that’s my PA for the day, now the rest is up to you to decide if you’re okay with a little brass.
Now that that’s behind us, we can move on to the cuteness that is gold drink stirrers that you can make in all of five-minutes…
photography by Kimberly Chau
One of my worst qualities in life is not being able to keep surprises. I swear the second I get excited about sharing something it’s over, I should just apologize to all loved ones in advance for never actually having anything to open on Christmas or birthdays (sorry about tomorrow Jared!). Fortunately what I lack in keeping surprises I can make up for with a whole bunch of pom pom trim loveliness, like this tabletop I styled with Kim a few months ago.
I hope everyone had a lovely, long 4th of July weekend! Some of my fondest memories growing up were having 4th of July bonfires and fireworks at my Dad’s house. S’mores were always must, but getting my Dad to let us play with fire once the holiday was over was a different story (parents, ya know?!). Alas, I’ve now spent my adult life on a long journey to continuously revive my inner child through crafts and overly sugary recipes, and now I present to you s’mores bark…
Because we all know the world needs another quick way to make a decent s’more, this recipe includes all of the ingredients you’d normally have to use four hands to finagle into one little piece of bark. All you have to do is add the graham cracker buns on each end a quick sit in the microwave for an impromptu sugar party of your very own (sans the fire). All of you city kids out there can thank me later.
In case you’re scrambling to find a quick hostess gift idea for tomorrow’s 4th of July celebrations, look no further. I already did the scrambling for your and came up with this simple (less than ten minutes!) DIY gilded bowl gift set over on the Minted blog today!
Also, be thinking of me in the midst of all of your pool splashing, ice cream eating, and firework watching as I may be trying to meet deadlines in the studio most of this week. Get this, there is Christmas colors involved, crazy right?!
Last thing, don’t forget to vote for our floral tablescape over on Better Homes & Gardens for the best summer tabletop ideas!