Chic Paleo Brunch with The PBQ

Happy New Year! 2013 is officially here. And what better way to kick it off than with a fabulous {and good for you} brunch. The Primal Beauty Queen and I have partnered up again to bring you tips on planning a Paleo New Year’s Brunch. Dee has created some scrumptious Primal recipes {Apple Cinnamon Waffles, Omelette Cups, Pear & Walnut Salad, and a few drinks too, YUM} and I’ve created a quick and easy idea for place cards.

brunch table setting from one charming life

DIY Succulent Place Cards from One Charming Life

Here’s what you’ll need: 

1 mini succulent per guest  //  small vase or votive per guest  //  tags  //  pen

Here’s what to do:

Simply place each succulent in a small vase {I used mercury glass votives}. Write each guest’s name on a tag, and tie it around the plant {I used white calligraphy on kraft paper tags, but you can really use anything!}. Place one at each setting, and your guests have a new plant to take home with them and care for as they start off the new year.


DIY mini succulent place cards with calligraphy

teal and neutral brunch place setting

Call up your friends & family and enjoy the first few days of 2013 together. And don’t forget to visit Dee’s blog for the yummy recipes. ;)

May your new year be blessed with love, laughter & new adventures!

XO, Mariel

P.S. If you’re looking for a dinner party, check out this post. :)

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Spooky Chic Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner… how will you be celebrating? Here’s a little inspiration for a grown-up, gilded fete to help you and your bests celebrate in style.

Happy haunting!

XO, Mariel

black and gold halloween party inspiration from one charming life

Sources: Chic Lace Mask via A White Carosel ~ Black and Gold Halloween Decor from Better Homes and Gardens, photo via Little Lovable ~ Ichabod Crane Pumpkin from Better Homes and Gardens ~ Cheese Plate from A Cup of Jo, photo by Jamie Beck ~ Glittery Gold Chocolate Cake from Desserts for Breakfast ~ Mini Moet & Chandon bottles on ice via A Bit of Bees Knees

 

British Tea Party

The past four days have been super exciting. I love watching the Olympics, especially our incredibly talented women’s gymnastics team. And who didn’t love the Queen’s entrance at the opening ceremonies?

As you gather with friends to cheer on your favorite athletes, you might find yourself browsing the web for creative ways to celebrate. I’ve seen so many cute Olympic-themed pins on Pinterest lately, but most of these adorable ideas have been geared toward the kiddos. Since I’m not quite there yet, I thought I’d put something together for us ladies and gents. If I was going to throw a party in honor of the games, this would be it!

Since the big event is being held in London, it’s only appropriate to throw a grown-up tea party in honor of Union Jack. Pick your favorite blend and serve high tea with these adorable chocolate-dipped shortbread cookies. You can’t go wrong.

If tea isn’t your cup of… tea (sorry, I had to), then sip on Pimm’s, a traditional English summer drink. Follow this link for an easy recipe. Or for more guy-friendly fun, gather beers from around the world to represent the teams (like Double Diamond from England, Guinness from Ireland, Corona from Mexico, and obviously your favorite home-grown brew too).

If you’re crafty, whip up some gold, silver and bronze decorations or purchase the darling garland below from Fabulously Handmade.

Alright… let’s get the celebration started! Cheers, and GO team USA! :)

British Tea Party in honor of the Olympics - from One Charming Life

Sources:  Union Jack Fruit Pizza from Betty Crocker ~ Shortbread Tea Bag Cookies from Le Petrin ~ Gold, Silver and Bronze Garland from Fabulously Handmade ~ Fleur De Lys Teapot from Anthropologie ~ “Go for the Gold” Pineapple Truffles from Kitchen Meets Girl ~ Pimm’s photo via The Handbook, you can purchase Pimm’s at Spec’s or your local liquor store.