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Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

28 Sep

It’s finally Fall and to me, that means a lot of pumpkin spice overload.  I am truly a sucker for pumpkin spice anything!  I don’t think I am the only one, either.  Walking into my local grocery store I am bombarded with all kinds of products jumping on the pumpkin spice trend from Cheerios to pop-tarts!

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While you can always visit your local Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte, I have a homemade version that’s really delicious.  If you’re having people over to carve pumpkins or love to host a Halloween trick-or-treat gathering, you should whip up this great recipe for your guests.  I love adding our personalized napkins as your guests can take them home to make their own Pumpkin Spice Lattes!  Our “A Lot of Text” Napkins are really perfect for any party where you can share recipes from cocktails to your famous chili recipe.  I think they’re perfect for holiday cocktail parties and make great conversation starters, too.

Pumpkin Latte Ingredients

 

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

2 Cups Milk

2 Tbsp Pumpkin Puree

3 Tbsp Sugar

1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp pumpkin spice

1/2 Cup Strong Hot Coffee

In a saucepan, heat milk, pumpkin and sugar and whisk.  Do not boil.  Turn off heat and add vanilla, spice and coffee.  Whisk!  Pour into cup/mug and top with whipped cream and a shake of pumpkin spice.

Let me know if you make my Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe in the comments below.  Would love to hear from you!

Best,

Jennifer

Milestone Birthday Dessert Table Ideas

22 Aug

My Mom just celebrated her 70th birthday with her family and closest friends.  She loves sweets and we decided to do a huge table full of her favorites to celebrate her milestone birthday (Since it was an outdoor party and the weather wasn’t cooperating, we quickly had to transfer everything to the garage). To make it even more fun, we added personalized touches to the table.  I put together photo collages as a backdrop for the table.  I used black foamboard and had pictures printed on cardstock so I didn’t damage the originals.  I attached them with clear glue.  I used a pink banner kit to add some fun to the boards.

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We served her favorite ice cream in personalized stadium cups.  The cups featured a crown and said, “KEEP CALM … Susan is 70!”

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Her friends and family could make their own ice cream sundaes with different syrups, whipped cream and of course nuts and cherries.

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My aunt made an old fashioned doll cake to remind her of her childhood which was a big hit with her friends!

My brother brought one of her favorites, a tres leche cake with fresh mango and peaches.

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So many choices for dessert!  We also had personalized napkins for the sweet table to add another personal touch and they complimented the personalized stadium cups.

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Hope these ideas inspire you!

xoxo,

Jennifer

 

Whimsical Napkins Perfect Even for Formal Weddings

9 Aug

Wedding CoupleThe family wedding I attended recently, in honor of Carly and Jason Bradford, was one of the outstanding weddings you can imagine. From the flowers to the table settings to the absolutely gorgeous bride and groom, the entire night was magical.  And I had the pleasure and privilege of helping with the printed napkins for the rehearsal dinner and the reception.

The rehearsal dinner was at Manny’s Deli in Chicago, a family tradition for over 70 years.  It’s not unexpected to run into Chicago politicians, mayors, visiting presidents and celebrities there, plus the who’s who in the city.  A true highlight for visitors to Chicago, it’s located in the south loop and is a “must see”.

Manny's DelicatessenThe rich history surrounding Manny’s is shown in their dining room with walls decorated with news clippings, reviews, snapshots, and memorabilia demonstrates how deeply Chicagoans treasure this historic restaurant.  This is an institution in Chicago serving up daily doses of stacked corned beef, potato pancakes, brisket, soups and all the traditional deli extras that you would expect.

As a selection for a wedding rehearsal dinner, there were napkins featuring fun phrases that were a bit unexpected but uniquely fun and indeed perfect for this union. The fun napkins were used for the appetizers, drinks and desserts.  Napkins featuring expressions like “Nosh Drink and Be Married” and “One Day Away” make a fun accent to a wedding celebration!

aug-wedding-napkinsThe next night, The Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing was the setting for the wedding and unlimited doses of romance.  The famous and gorgeous works of art provided backgrounds for photographs that will be cherished for years.  Some of the memorable photographs include the stained glass windows by Marc Chagall, who infused his landscape of familiar American icons, references to Chicago, and symbols of the fine arts with an ethereal approach.  And there is the famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte painted in 1884 by Georges Seurat, not to mention the many sculptures ideal as artistic backdrops.

aug-wedding-artInstituteThe truly romantic evening featured absolutely gorgeous flowers and candles which enhanced the beautiful ceremony, not to mention the exceptional wedding gown and grooms tux, wonderful music, plus a ceremony intertwined with a story of love, romance, and family history.
Wedding CeremonyThe table settings enhanced the wedding reception and was a masterpiece of style and sophistication.  Both the monogram and duogram with wedding date were selected to be used on many of the printed wedding essentials featuring the artwork used on the wedding invitation, itinerary, wedding program, place cards and more.  This monogram was created in a romatic typestyle featuring the intertwining of the bride and groom’s initials representing their love and union.

Cutting the Wedding CakeHalf the napkins and guest towels provided featured a formal traditional approach, featuring the monogram and duogram.  The other half used at the wedding bar and appetizer stations, were a bit more on the fun side and unexpected, but lovely!  They added a dose of whimsy to printed napkin at this formal affair.  These napkins were also ideal for the couple’s bar during the reception and made for a relaxed yet upbeat and still perfectly elegant presentation.

Wedding Cocktail NapkinsFor your next occasion, consider a variety of traditional and whimsical printed wedding napkins to be used in various locations within your special occasion!

Have fun planning and enjoy all the beautiful events in your life.

Best regards,

Renee

Photo credit:  Carasco Photography