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How to Throw a Picnic This Holiday Season

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From festive cocktail parties, to cookie exchanges and classic holiday gatherings, with the holiday season comes so many reasons to celebrate and entertain. When it comes to holiday parties, I try to keep things as stress-free as possible, so that we can all enjoy the festivities. My mom always taught me that it’s about being together, laughing, and making great memories, not on what china you used or whether a proper invitation was sent.

One of my favorite easy entertaining hacks: disposable tableware. My current favorite and go-to for entertaining this holiday season is Chinet® Cut Crystal® tableware. From cups to glasses, plates, and cutlery, all of it is disposable, but still beautiful. The Chinet® Cut Crystal® line makes cleanup easy so you can spend more time with the ones you love. The clear design of the line just makes it so that it matches no matter what your party theme is.

This year, I’m branching out with my holiday entertaining. I’ve wanted to throw a little celebratory picnic since we moved into our new house. Our backyard is just so pretty and the weather here is perfect straight through December since it doesn’t typically start to get too cold until the end of the year.

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There’s nothing like a great picnic basket. I’d been hunting for one for ages and finally came across this picnic basket that serves four and has compartments for wine bottles, loaves of french bread, and/or flower bouquets, and I was sold.

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Chinet® Cut Crystal® plastic cutlery fit perfectly. And the whole look fit perfectly with my new gingham napkins.

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Layering blankets and pillows helped to make the small gathering feel cozy and comfortable, and very laid-back.

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I’ll always love a great cheese platter. There are so many fun variations and combinations, and it’s a great meeting place for guests to snack and chat.

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I also packed berries, candied roasted almonds and pecans, a loaf of bread, and dinner from our favorite local Mediterranean restaurant. The less hassle, the better.

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I served apple cider and prosecco in Chinet® Cut Crystal® 14 oz. tumblers and stemless wine glasses.

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For dessert, I heated up a rustic apple tarte (from Trader Joe’s!) and sprinkled a bit of powder sugar on top.

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Remember: holiday entertaining should be fun and simple!

For the record, TJ’s rustic apple tarte is delicious, and always a crowd-pleaser.

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Because we used Chinet® Cut Crystal® clear disposable cups, plates, and cutlery, our picnic party cleanup was a breeze, allowing me to focus more on spending time with friends and family and less on clean up. Such a win.

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If you throw your own fall picnic, be sure to let me know in the comments or tag me in your creations (@glitterinclexi) when you share to social media!

Photos by Annie Watts Photography


Lexi

Little Love Notes

Tea Table Purse Hands

Hello, Friday!  I had yet another crazy week.  I had to hold down the fort (a.k.a., the law office) while boss (a.k.a., dad) was out of town for the week with my fam.  By the way, downside to growing up, not getting to go on every family vacation.  This weekend we’ll be celebrating my mama, finally trying to clear out the storage room (errr, I mean, nursery), and as an almost-mom myself, I’ve vowed to give myself at least an hour of “me time” at some point this weekend (cue the good book and a plate of cookies.)  What are your big weekend plans?  (And Happiest of Mother’s Days to all you mamas out there!)

Dear last minute impromptu party, how cute would this Mother’s Day picnic lunch be for your own little family?

Dear Sunday morning breakfast, or you could always start your Mother’s day right with this simple-enough recipe for charred tomatoes with fried egg on garlic toastyum.

Dear dreamiest of mother’s day shoots, these girls – Bel and Beau, Kelli Murray, O My Darlings, and Jeadore – rock it as fashionable mamas.

Dear hair envy, I’ve got it in a major way … and apparently there’s a $32 hair tool that will change my life.

Dear spectacularly bad reality television, my DVR is set to record I Wanna Marry “Harry”, no lie.

Dear New York, yet another reason I wish I was there:  the inaugural exhibition for the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Anna Wintour Costume Center, is now showing.

Dear Sarah Jessica Parker, you take being scolded by Anna Wintour in the best of form, and I love you all the more for it.

Dear Julia Child, you are a wise woman.  {“People who love to eat are always the best people” print.}

Dear working girls, 11 killer career tips from #girlboss (a.k.a., Sophia Amoruso, the founder and CEO of cult online retailer Nasty Gal.)

Dear in-need-of-a-perfect-new-tote-wallet-clutch-makeup-bag-and-coffee-cup-for-Summer, enter my fantabulous giveaway with Henri Bendel and try to win that $700+ prize!

Image via Gary Pepper Girl // Photos by Carin Olsson


Lexi

Luxe Beach Set-up

When I think of the beach I usually think of sand stuck to my feet, tangled hair, and a lot of sunscreen (okay, maybe I’m not that cranky about the beach, but the tangled hair, at least in my case, seems inevitable.)  This luxe beach set-up, however, is every inch glamorous and inviting and a wedding or event set beachside, on rustic picnic tables complete with burlap table cloth, gold and ceramic flower vases, bright fuchsia blooms, candles, and a white fur shrug, are my kind of beach soiree.

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Lexi

Picnics + Dining Al Fresco

Ever since traveling 1,000s of miles away to actually get a tan (note: we live in Miami), I realized the hubby and I could stand to, well, stand in the sunshine.  I go from home to car to work to car to home.  Not good.

So I’m going to be industrious, and force our butts outside – Martha Stewart style.  The plan: dining al fresco.  I love the idea of a picnic – they look so lovely in pictures; then again, I’m not exactly “one” with nature, I’m more “allergic” to nature.  So I’m thinking baby steps – -we have this great outdoor set-up on our little deck and we never ever use it.  Operation, dinner outside, in motion.

Do you do dinner outside?  Do you ever just plop down on the grass and enjoy the great outdoors?

I’ve got to get on this, or else we’ll wind up just purchasing one of these crazy picnic table contraptions via Architizer and calling it a success …

Images via: Classy in the City // Pinterest // Architizer


Lexi

Picnic Wedding Ideas

I’ve had a seeming infatuation with baskets since my early years, watching Yogi Bear fight so hard for that pic-a-nic basket.  (Watch cartoons, they’re good for you.)  So it’s no wonder, I could focus on only one thing when I saw this park wedding over at Forget Me Knot Weddings months ago.  Baskets!

Plus the picnic-themed party idea is just plain adorable.

The bride, Danni, from the duo, Danni + Nick of ohellofriend, explains the baskets:

‘We reversed our wedding schedule around and started with the reception first, because we wanted to get married at sunset. guests arrived and gathered to share a picnic basket lunch. There was no seating at the park, so we went all out with picnic blankets.’

I’m a huge fan of collecting something for the wedding – it adds a personal touch and the eclectic mix speaks volumes about a well-thought-out wedding. {More on that here.}

Plus, the picnic theme has the wheels in my head turning – what a cute menu you could come up with:

  • wax-paper wrapped sandwiches (turkey/avocado/brie, mozarella + tomato, etc.)
  • cups of potato salad, cole slaw, veggie salads
  • cupcakes, cookies, brownies
  • fresh fruit
  • homemade potato chips in kraft paper bags
  • lemonade, iced tea

Valentine’s Day picnic, anyone?

Images via: Forget Me Knot Weddings // Photographs by Christian Cruz


Lexi

The Alternative Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

I’m a big fan of February, and V-day in particular, but I’m not really a pink-heart-romper-wearing kind of girl. Though I’m as feminine as they get, I live for black, gold, studs, eyeliner, and rock ‘n roll.  As for our big night plans, I’ll be staying in this V-day with the hubby.  I guess when you’re working all day everyday, the sofa, a bottle of wine, and ice cream – those are the crème de la crème.

1. Lauren Moshi Willow Diamond Lips Sweater // 2. Alexander McQueen Leather Wrap Skull Bracelet // Emily Elizabeth Open Heart Bangle // Emily Elizabeth Secret Open Bangle // Emily Elizabeth Skull Open Bangle // Alexander McQueen Twin Skull Bracelet // 3. Picnic Time Picnic Basket // 4. Hanky Panky Zipper Low Rise Thong // 5. Barefoot Dreams Wild Leopard Throw // 6. Ice Cream


Lexi