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. :)

Fall {Paleo} Dinner Party

I am so excited to share something new with you guys today. Earlier this year, I had the joy of meeting Dee, the lovely lady behind The Primal Beauty Queen. I love her blog and tweets because she shares two of my passions, beauty and healthy eating. We both follow a Paleo-style diet, which you can learn more about here and here.

When Dee asked me to collaborate on a blog post, I was so excited. We began talking about ideas, and both agreed that there isn’t much inspiration out there for the modern day Paleo hostess. So we decided to put together everything you need to host a Paleo-inspired dinner party this fall!

Now that Thanksgiving is over, this is great inspiration for a casual evening with friends. Find all the delicious recipes on Dee’s blog, and keep reading to learn how to pull all the details together!

Fall Paleo Dinner Party Inspiration

Start off with a few appetizers… I’m in love with Dee’s delicious and simple recipes for Sweet & Spicy Nuts and Italian Stuffed Mushrooms. Find free printables for the labels at the bottom of this post!

Sweet & Spicy Mixed Nuts - Paleo Dinner Party Appetizer from Primal Beauty Queen

Print out a menu for each place setting so your guests know what’s in store {Look for the link at the bottom of this post!}. Paleo Fall Dinner Party Menu {Free Printable!} from One Charming Life

Use a red apple as a simple and chic place card. To put it together, just follow these four easy steps.

1) Cut small rectangles out of black cardstock.

2) Write each guests’ name with a white gel pen.

3) Punch a small hole in the corner of the cardstock.

4) Tie it around the apple’s stem with a piece of twine.

And there you go! A unique and affordable (not to mention totally paleo) ;) way to seat your guests.

Fall Dinner Party Red Apple Place Card from One Charming Life

Let us know if you try any of the recipes. Happy entertaining!

XO, Mariel


Menu Printable        Appetizer Printables


1) Right-click on each image to download and save it to your computer.

2) Print onto white card stock using the high-quality print settings on your home printer.

3) Using a paper cutter (or scissors), carefully cut each piece following the grey dotted lines. Be sure to trim inside the guide lines.

4) Fold the appetizer cards in half and place them next to each dish.

5) Place a menu at each place setting.

6) Let the party begin!


8.5″ X 11″

*Printables are for personal use only, not for commercial use.  

© 2012

Pretty Place Cards

Kraft paper bracket place cards with white lettering and pearl detail

A while ago, I had the chance to create these simple yet charming place cards for a good friend of mine. She was hosting a vintage-themed brunch and asked me to help out with styling the table. I was more than happy to lend a hand!

After purchasing the bracket-shaped squares from etsy, I decorated them with a white pen and added a tiny adhesive pearl. They were rather quick to make but I love how they turned out. I have quite a few squares left over, so I’m thinking they’d be great to use as tags on a gift or party favor… look out for these in a future post. :)

Want to make something similar for your next party? You can find the supplies I used below. Etsy is filled with pretty paper tags in countless colors and styles that would be perfect for a project like this.