Grown Up Easter Basket Inspiration

Grown Up #Girlboss Easter Basket Inspiration!

One of my favorite requests to receive from friends and family is my help finding a gift for someone special. Over the years I’ve been asked to put together Easter baskets and I thought I’d share some of my favorite things to include for a non-food/candy basket for grown up girls! These photos are of a ‘mock’ basket of ideas that include gifts I have personally received that would be perfect to give for Easter! (Of course, I’m keeping all of these items, but you get the idea!)

Grown Up #Girlboss Easter Basket Inspiration!

I love seasonally packaged makeup like this darling bunny shaped Lipsmacker! Bonus: It also smells and tastes amazing! The Anastasia Beverly Hills highlight palette is a new beauty release and very hot right now. All the cool girls are going to be trying to get their hands on this one for Spring! Bath bombs are another currently trending item. Try to find some in fresh Spring colors like these from Forever21, Urban Outfitters or Etsy.

Grown Up #Girlboss Easter Basket Inspiration!

This fun-sized-Instagram-worthy Instax camera is one of my favorite things I ever received in a brand PR package and it makes the perfect gift! You can pick one up from here or here. If you know her size consider some athletic gear like a Fitbit watch strap or a pair of trainers. I don’t know any girl who doesn’t love a fresh new pair of gym kicks! These pale pink ones by Nike are comfy and chic!

Grown Up #Girlboss Easter Basket Inspiration!

Mugs are one of the easiest gifts to find and give. There are always cute ones for ever season at places like Target and Michael’s. This pink and gold “I Get You” mug is from TJMaxx and was gifted to me on Valentine’s Day by a dear friend.

Grown Up #Girlboss Easter Basket Inspiration!

The basket and filling is the easiest part. Choose something a little ‘nicer’ than your typical dollar-bin straw version and opt for a metal style in silver or gold. This one was only $5 from HomeGoods and I picked up the squiggle shred from the greeting card section of the drugstore.

You can always tuck a few seasonally shaped chocolates somewhere in the basket, just to make it quintessentially Easter, but it’s not a requirement! I tried to make this whole process as simple as possible, so if you have a husband/boyfriend or someone who isn’t super creative with Seasonal gifting to worry about, send this link their way! Hopefully they’ll be pointed in the right direction and be inspired!

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Cocoa Couture Easter Tablescape

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of entertaining a group of incredible women for a Progressive Brunch. A progressive meal or “Safari Supper” is made of successive courses prepared and eaten at the residence of different hostesses. This involves consumption of one course at each location. Each of us ladies prepared a part of traditional brunch and Ubered from each of our houses to the next, after each course, enjoying the company and styling of each person’s take on a brunch tablescape!

My house was the first stop and I hosted the Mimosa and fruit course! I wanted to share my tablescape with you because I have to show you how easy it is to design a party table without spending a ton of money on theme décor. Every element of the design are DIYs I’ve blogged about previously with a few drugstore Easter isle props thrown in!

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

Disco balls are ornaments seen before here. TIP: If you have any pastel ornaments or at least a bunch of smaller Christmas ornaments all the same color you can group them together around a floral centerpiece in a tray, or pick up a bag of plastic eggs for a few dollars.

DIY Silver and black box centerpiece here. TIP: This is literally just an empty box to give height to the center of the table. You can use any cardboard box you already have and spray paint or decorate it (glue on jewels, flowers, glitter, etc.) to match your color theme and you’ll instantly have a customized centerpiece!

 Chanel bunny DIY seen before here. TIP: The centerpiece doesn’t have to be the most expensive part of the table, it just has to tie everything in.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

If you don’t have fabric napkins or a table cloth, consider borrowing some from a friend or family member. Fabric linens really elevate the whole look vs. using plastic or paper. If you’re considering purchasing a table cloth and napkins, opt for all-white or all-cream, since a neutral background color will work for almost any occasion. The ones I used were gifts from my Mum who passed them on to me when she realized she was no longer using them regularly and she knew I liked them.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

One of the easiest ways to create a cohesive layout is by grouping similar items together, such as candles, of the same color. I grabbed a few black and pink candles from around my house and placed them on the table to continue the black and pink theme.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

This is one of the oldest tricks in the book, but if you make your food / drink part of the theme, the necessary items on the table can instantly lend to the decor palette. For example, I made white chocolate fondue colored light pink with a few drops of red food coloring, blueberries and strawberries on skewers (for easy dipping!) and chose ginger ale, champagne and gin bottles with pink and black labels and packaging.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

Lastly, I grabbed a few Easter Lindt chocolates that lend to the Easter aspect (mini carrots and bunnies are so cute, and can double as party favors!) as well as a bunch of pink roses and greenery, because nothing says, “Spring” like fresh flora!

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

The tiny ceramic bunnies I purchased several years ago while living in Germany at their version of the Dollar Store, but I’m sure they have similar ones in the States.

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

Cocoa Couture Easter Table Scape

What are your thoughts? Have you ever hosted or been to a themed progressive meal?

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DIY Valentine’s Day Arrangements

Today’s video tutorial shows you how to create two Valentine themed arrangements! One with real roses and an edible version with chocolate rose buds. These “boxed” style rose arrangements are gaining huge popularity on Instagram and can run you anywhere from $50$1,500 or more! The little DIY below will cost you about $20!

Two DIY Valentine's Day Arrangements!

Two DIY Valentine's Day Arrangements!

Two DIY Valentine's Day Arrangements!

Two DIY Valentine's Day Arrangements!

Two DIY Valentine's Day Arrangements!

Two DIY Valentine's Day Arrangements!

Two DIY Valentine's Day Arrangements!

Two DIY Valentine's Day Arrangements!

Two DIY Valentine's Day Arrangements!

Above: me, modeling the roses arrangement seen in the video!

Supplies used are listed below:

Boxes, floral tape, floral foam, red cellophane bags, cake pop sticks, double side tape, metallic tape here and here, roses from Private Selection, download printable label HERE.

What do you think? Will you be DIY-ing your own boxed roses arrangement for someone special this Valentine’s Day?

XOXO

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Romantic NYE Trunk Picnic

New Year’s Eve for us always ends up being really amazing or really awful! One year we were in Berlin and I seriously remember like 10 minutes of the entire night, while another time we accidentally fell asleep in our pajamas, in our apartment (even though all our friends were only 2 blocks away waiting on us to arrive at our favorite bar!) and missed everything. For this NYE I wanted something romantic and low key that would still feel like a celebration! The only thing that threatened to ruin my “trunk picnic” plan was the immanent rain! Thankfully there was only the lightest of misting here in Nashville on NYE and we were able to enjoy our champagne toast at midnight ❤️

Romantic NYE Trunk Picnic

I decorated the trunk of my Jeep Latitude with a faux fur rug, disco ball, tinsel strands, a vintage picnic basket, roses, poppers, strawberries, champagne and macarons! I had everything set up so that the tailgate could open and close with everything inside! Watch the video below to see! (There was a LOT of scotch tape involved!) 

While trying to find an alternate route to my office one day I discovered the perfect spot to watch fireworks over Nashville! We had a beautiful cityscape view on NYE, just long enough to catch the midnight barrage of fireworks before the fog set in.

Romantic NYE Trunk Picnic

Romantic NYE Trunk Picnic

Romantic NYE Trunk Picnic

Romantic NYE Trunk Picnic

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Romantic NYE Trunk Picnic

Even though this was the simplest NYE date ever I think it’s by far my favorite! Back in 2010 we did NYE in Nashville on Broadway, and I have to say, I don’t plan on doing that again! I love the idea of dressing to the nines and sipping champagne in your own living room, or at a quiet spot overlooking the brightly lit city, with those few special people who make life worth living. NYE is a time for reflection, celebration and thankfulness. It doesn’t have to be spent in Times Square, or attending Gorgeous at the Ritz, to feel like it was a successful one!

What’s the best NYE you ever had and what made it special?

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DIY Sequin Tinsel Party Hat

DIY Sequin Tinsel Party Hat

I have a vision in my mind of what the perfect party hat looks like but have never found one in real life! My perfect party hat has sequins and tinsel galore and sits, perched on my head, at the perfect jaunty angle without budging! Watch the tutorial below and find out how I created my dream party hat and how you can DIY your own!

Supplies used:

hairband | tinsel | sequin paper

DIY Sequin Tinsel Party Hat

DIY Sequin Tinsel Party Hat

DIY Sequin Tinsel Party Hat

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