Jun
30
2016
The Design Confidential x Target Summer Soiree and Party Inspiration Swap via @thedesconf

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Summertime soiree’s are officially in season, and I couldn’t be more excited to let my hair down and have some fun! Nothing sounds more perfect than lounging on a beach blanket, enjoying the breeze and basking in the cooler temperatures the evening brings. The only things missing are the hula dancers and a live band serenading me with the sounds of a tropical vacation.

 

The Design Confidential x Target Summer Soiree and Party Inspiration Swap via @thedesconf

Melamine Serving Tray /  Solid Plates / Melamine Serving Bowl / Bar Cart / Picnic Blanket / Jumbo Inflatable Ball / Plastic Highball Tumblers / Cutting Board

For this party, I was partnered with Jessica from Little Baby Garvin and together we were challenged to providing each other with inspiration for our respective parties. So fun! She pulled together some fabulous items from Target, to help me decorate for a Palm Springs-esque Tiki Tropical backyard bash - and I ran with it!

The Design Confidential x Target Summer Soiree and Party Inspiration Swap via @thedesconf

The fabulous thing about decorating for an event with items from Target, is that I can always rest assured they will have anything and everything I could possibly want or need. I can pull in pieces I already own from past seasons, and everything will coordinate beautifully.

The Design Confidential x Target Summer Soiree and Party Inspiration Swap via @thedesconf

Glass Tumblers / Ceramic Bowl / Solid Plates / Flatware Set / Melamine Serving Tray /  Solid Plates / Cutting Board

The Summer Collection is bursting at the seams with color and perfectly reflects my current state of mind. The rainbow melamine tray is the stuff that happiness is made of – fun, stylish, durable and able to withstand a house full of boys and beach balls bouncing off the walls.  If your house gets rowdy, like my house gets rowdy - run, don't walk, to your nearest Target and stock up on all of the durable pieces they have on the shelves for outdoor dining and entertaining.

The Design Confidential x Target Summer Soiree and Party Inspiration Swap via @thedesconf

Melamine Serving Bowl / Bar Cart / Picnic Blanket / Plastic Highball Tumblers / Cutting Board

No party is complete without a bar cart filled with fun treats for the 21 and over crowd, and a signature drink – or in this case a signature poptail – my new favorite way to cool down and spice things up at the same time. Make them ahead of time with a popsicle mold and a mix of juices and flavors and you won’t be stuck behind the bar blending frozen drinks while your guests have all the fun! Display them in the happiest rainbow serving bowl ever, and fill it with ice and frozen cherries to keep things cool.

The Design Confidential x Target Summer Soiree and Party Inspiration Swap via @thedesconf

Glass Tumblers / Ceramic Bowl / Solid Plates / Flatware Set / Melamine Serving Tray /  Solid Plates / Melamine Serving Bowl / Cutting Board

Whether you plan to stay inside to beat the heat or take it outside for some fun in the sun, Target is the place to go for all of your shopping needs. Just don’t forget the sunblock and some sunnies, it’s hard to mingle with your guests if you are blinded by the light and burned to a crisp, amiright?

The Design Confidential x Target Summer Soiree and Party Inspiration Swap via @thedesconf

Melamine Serving Tray /  Solid Plates / Melamine Serving Bowl / Bar Cart / Picnic Blanket / Jumbo Inflatable Ball / Plastic Highball Tumblers / Cutting Board

If you need me… I will be out back. I plan to put in some serious quality time taking up 3 out of the 4 spots on the 4 person picnic blanket and will stay cool with refreshments from the bar cart!

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Jun
01
2016
The Design Confidential x MichaelsMakers DIY // Summertime Entertaining + Rainbow Poptail Recipe

School is officially out for the summer here and we have quite a few big-deal graduations to celebrate! One in particular marks the end of school all together, for my baby brother, as he just recently graduated from Vanderbilt Law School. My mom is going to be retiring, my step son just graduated from High School, and my littlest graduated from toddler-hood (totally a thing) and will be heading into preschool this fall. Lots of firsts and lots of lasts that definitely warrant a fun and festive shindig of epic proportions!

The Design Confidential x MichaelsMakers DIY // Summertime Entertaining + Rainbow Poptail Recipe

Michaels has every single thing I could ever dream of needing for a fabulous party, from decor to baking supplies, it makes my crazy color loving heart go all aflutter... For this party we are giving it an old school summer vacay theme, complete with flamingo string lights and a lightbox to set the tone. 

SHOP THIS ARTICLE //

The Design Confidential x MichaelsMakers DIY // Summertime Entertaining + Rainbow Poptail Recipe

They have a crazy good selection of garlands, lanterns, photo backdrop props and tissue paper poufs - both ready made and DIY. Dip dye a white fabric garland in a color that suits your decor and throw in some shiny pinwheels for good measure.

The Design Confidential x MichaelsMakers DIY // Summertime Entertaining + Rainbow Poptail Recipe

I love a fun activity at a party that guests can dabble at here and there as they please. A friendship bracelet making station and coloring for grownups put everyone in a summer camp state of mind and take us back to a time when summer vacation meant something entirely different and was altogether carefree and wonderful. 

The Design Confidential x MichaelsMakers DIY // Summertime Entertaining + Rainbow Poptail Recipe

RAINBOW POPTAIL RECIPE //

This would be fabulous as a non-alchoholic treat as well, simply substitute water for rum.

Ingredients / Each popsicle mold holds about 4 tsp. For larger molds, double or triple as needed.

1 tsp Rum

3 tsp Flavor

To create the rainbow I used 4 flavors and mixed as needed- Cherry, Pina Colada, Berry Blue, Cotton Candy (can purchase a flavor for each color of the rainbow or mix as indicated below)

Red = 3 tsp of Cherry

Orange = 1.5 tsp of Cherry + 1.5 tsp of Pina Colada

Yellow = 3 tsp of Pina Colada

Green = 1.5 tsp of Pina Colada + 1.5 tsp of Berry Blue

Teal = 1 tsp of Pina Colada + 2 tsp of Berry Blue

Blue = 3 tsp of Berry Blue

Purple = 1.5 tsp of Cherry + 1.5 tsp of Berry Blue

Magenta = 1.5 tsp of Berry Blue + 1.5 tsp of Cotton Candy

Pink = 3 tsp of Cotton Candy

From paper crafts, party goods and baking supplies to new outdoor lighting, glass and floral, Michaels is your DIY destination for all of your summer celebrations. Be sure to check out all of the other Michaels Makers DIY summer party ideas on the Michaels blog.

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Outdoor 
Feb
07
2016
The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // Super Bowl Soiree Recipes in Under 15 Minutes

Just realized today is Super Bowl Sunday? Well if you are still scrambling to make something special before kickoff, fear not... here are 3 last minute ideas that you can finish in under 15 minutes! Seriously - so run to the store and hustle on back! This round up of tasty treats will elevate your game day soiree, big time with a grownup take on some game day classics... because who doesn't love lemonade, popcorn and potato chips? No one, that's who.

For other fun cocktail ideas and fabulous game day spreads, click here to read up on this series!

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // Super Bowl Soiree Recipes in Under 15 Minutes

1 MINUTE TIPSY ARNOLD PALMER COCKTAIL RECIPE

Smirnoff Ice Original

Iced Tea (or hot tea left to cool)

Simple Syrup - optional and can be substituted for sugar or left out entirely

Lemon to Garnish

// If you love a good Arnold Palmer, then this tipsy version is perfect for a game day refreshment. Fill a tall glass with ice, add 4 ounces of iced tea, and 4 ounces of Smirnoff Ice Original. Add 1/2 ounce of simple syrup if you like your tea more like sweet tea (which I do) and garnish with a lemon slice.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // Super Bowl Soiree Recipes in Under 15 Minutes

HOT + SOUR CHIPS RECIPE

Salt + Vinegar Kettle Cooked Chips

Blue Cheese Dressing

Hot Chili Oil

Chili Flakes

Green Onions

// Pour Chips into a bowl and drizzle blue cheese dressing lightly over the top. Sprinkle several dashes of the hot chili oil on top of that along with a very light sprinkling of chili flakes. Chop 2-3 of your green onions and sprinkle over top of chips. If you want to make this as a dip, simply add blue cheese to a dipping bowl, add a few sprinkles of hot oil and chili flakes, then top with a light bit of your chopped green onions.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // Super Bowl Soiree Recipes in Under 15 Minutes

EASY POPCORN BALL RECIPE

14 Cups of Pre-popped Popcorn (Skinny Pop has a plain variety)

1 10 ounce Bag of Mini Marshmallows

4 TBSP Butter

// Melt butter and marshmallows on low to medium heat, in a large saucepan. Once melted, remove from heat and add popcorn. Stir until coated and form into small balls. (I do this with my hands inside plastic baggies that have been sprayed with coconut oil and it keeps me from having a sticky disaster.) Let these form up and cool completely on waxed paper.

This fun spread, brought to you in partnership with Smirnoff Ice. Please drink responsibly and thank you for supporting the awesome brands that help me create new content here for The Design Confidential! I heart you guys!

DIY 
Feb
04
2016
The Design Confidential x Bernzomatic | The Smoking Gun Cocktail Recipe

If you have ever wanted to turn up the heat on your cocktail game, with a few safety precautions... just in case... it is much easier than you might think. It will definitely take your mixology to the next level.

I give you my latest cocktail creation, made specifically for the use of my fave Bernzomatic Micro Torch and a fabulous intro into the world of Flammable Cocktails. For a Bourbon based cocktail, see my Damrell's Fire recipe. The tutorial for making your own copper rimmed nesting platters can be found here.

INGREDIENTS + MATERIALS //

Bernzomatic 3-in1- Multi Torch + Butane

1 Oz Coffee Liqueur

1 Oz Vodka

2 Oz Half + Half

6 Oz Club Soda

1 Tbsp Amaretto Liqueur

Dash of Cinnamon

The Design Confidential x Bernzomatic | The Smoking Gun Cocktail Recipe

DIRECTIONS //

Fill a Double Old Fashioned glass with ice.

Pour in 1 oz Coffee Liqueur, 1 oz Vodka, and 2 oz Half + Half. Fill most of the remainder of your glass with club soda, leaving ¼ inch to spare. Sprinkle a generous amount of cinnamon on top but do not mix.

Slowly add a float of Amaretto by pouring ½-1oz of Amaretto over the back of a spoon near the edge of your glass. This will help spread the Amaretto and keep it light which will help it remain near the top of your drink.

Using your Bernzomatic Torch, carefully light your Amaretto float and run your flame over the cinnamon to lightly toast. Watch it become your smoking gun.

TIP // Ensure your work area is free of excess alcohol and any other potentially flammable items before you ignite your torch. Take all safety precautions when playing with fire. Burning down your house, for the sake of a fabulous drink experience, would be a terrible idea.

This recipe was created in partnership with Bernzomatic and is part of an ongoing series of projects here on 'le blog'. Thank you for supporting the awesome-sauce brands that help bring fresh and fun new projects like this to The Design Confidential. I heart you guys!

DIY 
Jan
31
2016
The Design Confidential x Bernzomatic | Damrells Fire Cocktail Recipe using Blow Torch

Have you ever wondered how you might turn up the heat on your cocktail game? With a few safety precautions... just in case... it turned out to be much easier than I thought it would be, and a fun way to take my mixology to the next level.

I give you my latest cocktail creation, made specifically for the use of my fave Bernzomatic Micro Torch and a fabulous intro into the world of Bourbon.

DAMRELL'S FIRE

A modern take on an old Classic - The Boston Sour

INGREDIENTS + MATERIALS //

ST500T 3-in-1 Micro Torch

Butane

3 Oz Bourbon

2 Oz Fresh Lemon Juice

2 Oz Simple Syrup

1 Tbsp of Egg White

1 Tbsp Limoncello

1 Lemon for Garnish

The Design Confidential x Bernzomatic | Damrells Fire Cocktail Recipe using Blow Torch

DIRECTIONS //

Using a shaker, add Bourbon, lemon juice, simple syrup and egg white along with ice. Shake well and strain into a cocktail coupe or double old fashioned. Add a float of Limoncello, pouring slowly over the back of a spoon so that it stays on the surface of your drink. Carefully light with your Bernzomatic Micro Torch and extinguish any flame after a few seconds. Garnish with a lemon slice and enjoy.

TIP // Ensure your work area is free of excess alcohol and any other potentially flammable items before you ignite your torch. Take all safety precautions when playing with fire. Burning down your house, for the sake of a fabulous drink experience, would be a terrible idea.

This recipe was created in partnership with Bernzomatic and is part of an ongoing series of projects here on 'le blog'. Thank you for supporting the awesome-sauce brands that help bring fresh and fun new projects like this to The Design Confidential. I heart you guys!

DIY 
Jan
03
2016
The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Are you ready for some football? Get game day ready by crafting your own FANTail and celebrate your team by drinking in your team colors! I am celebrating my favorite team and football fans everywhere in collaboration with Smirnoff Ice and have handcrafted a delicious cocktail that changes from gorgeous gold to a roaring red, right before your eyes. This recipe is so simple to make, requires very little prep and very few ingredients.

Craft your own FANTail and simply choose a different garnish and if you prefer, change up the mixer and this recipe will work for many of the other teams as well! I will give you some suggestions below.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

INGREDIENTS //

Moscow Mule Smirnoff Ice - also comes in a Celebration Pack

Sweetened Lime Juice

Mint Syrup

Peppermint Hard Candy

Red Hots or other Cinnamon Hard Candy

INSTRUCTIONS // Makes 1-2 servings – increase by the number of drinks desired.

Begin by crushing the peppermint candy and red hots into fine pieces. A plastic bag wrapped in a towel is helpful for this and the closer to being ‘sugar-like’, the better.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Brush the rim of your glass with sweetened lime juice using a pastry brush or clean fingertips and pour your crushed candy dust onto a flat saucer sized plate. Swirl your glass so that it coats the very top on both the inside and outside.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

If you want to make a large batch, I suggest skipping the ice and instead place the ice into each glass as they are served. For individually made drinks, add several pieces of ice to your shaker.

Using a shaker, add 2- 3 ice cubes and pour in one bottle of Moscow Mule Smirnoff Ice.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Add a half jigger of mint syrup.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Give your drink a healthy swirl to mix… but do NOT shake – the Moscow Mule is carbonated.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Remove the top of the top of your shaker and strain into your glass. Add ice to your glass before serving if needed, though your drink will be very cold from being in the shaker.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Your FANTail will begin as a lovely shade of gold.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Garnish with several red hots candies and sprinkle a bit of your crushed red hots on top.

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

Watch your drink turn the most gorgeous shade of red. This is the Game Changer my friends... from gold to red and from sweet to spiced!

Suggestions for other candy garnish and mixer flavors //

Red // Strawberry, Watermelon or Cherry Jolly Ranchers / Dehydrated Strawberries

Orange // Mango / Peach / Ginger

Yellow // Lemon Drops / Pineapple

Green // Apple Jolly Ranchers / Mint or Lime Lifesavers

Blue // Blue Raspberry Jolly Ranchers

Purple // Grape Jolly Ranchers

 

 

The Design Confidential x Smirnoff Ice // The Game Changer Spiced Sweet Mint Moscow Mule FanTail Recipe

This project is brought to you in partnership with Smirnoff Ice as part of an ongoing series here on The Design Confidential - designed to celebrate football fans everywhere and elevate your Game Day status from Bleak to Chic! Thank you for supporting the brands that support me! Yahoo.

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