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Mom 2.0 Summit Derby Party for Minted :: Style and Design

IMG_3182 Friday I usually post a Style Lesson, however, today I wanted to share a party I designed with Lesley Graham for Minted for the Mom 2.0 Blogger Summit held here in our home town of Atlanta.

Minted is one of my favorite paper companies so when they asked us to co-host their party, I knew that designing a signature soiree for them would be fun. It was fairly easy as far as designing goes because Minted has such a great selection of party decor. We landed on the theme then started with a custom bunting that welcomed guests to the party that read “Minted’s Winners Circle”

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Minted wanted a feminine take on the Kentucky Derby since the Mom 2.0 Summit fell on the same weekend as the Derby. We decided on a mint green and pink theme… very Kentucky Preppy, with a touch of whimsy.

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IMG_3278 Minted has these really cool photo backdrops that were customized with #hashtags. Perfect for those selfie and group shots.

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Of course we had to have a “Minted” Julep and the cute striped straws we all love were adorned with little customized flags that ready “Minted Julep”.

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Lesley was super excited about her inspiration board, filled with personal and some really “inspirational” Minted products.

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I pulled some vintage horse ribbons, silver trophies and Mint Julep Silver Cups that we filled with the prettiest pink roses, berries and greens. Mint green cake plates held Minted planners, embellished with a lucky horseshoe graphic and tied with burlap ribbon for attendees to take home.

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One of my favorite touches were the gold horses that filled a couple glass jars sold on the minted site, they are so versatile. These little ponies were such a fun nod to the theme and so easy to do.

We filled Minted Apothecary Jars with Green M&Ms, yummy!

All in all the Mom 2.0 Summit was a big success and kicking it off with Minted made it extra special.

Thanks so much to Justin for his tireless work and spray painting skills, and of course my co-hostess with the mostess, the talented and sweet Lesley Graham. What a treat to have such an amazing team! xx

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Thanks for the opportunity Minted, Lesley and I loved making your party wishes come true.

Thanks to Blue Eyed Yonder for the gorgeous seating area, cheerful and on theme.

Check out Minted for special occasions and party decor needs!

This post:: all opinions are my own

You may remember the baby shower I did using their adorable bird themed decor.

Photography:: Lesley Graham

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DIY Wedding flowers with victory blooms

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A few weeks ago Megan from Victory Blooms came over to my house to share her process in creating a bridal bouquet (you can see my bouquets here!). I thought a step-by-step tutorial would be helpful for brides-to-be on a budget or anyone that is curious about what goes into creating a gorgeous bouquet. Megan keeps things effortlessly gorgeous with this loose, hand tied bouquet.

For this arrangement you will need:

– japanese ranunculus
– garden roses
– micro spray rose
– hellebore
– peony buds
– queen ann’s lace
– rice flower
– passiflora

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Step one: prep your flowers. You will want to remove almost all of the leaves leaving only pretty ones at the top of a few of the stems. You will also want to remove any bruised, torn or wilted petals. And, if working with roses be sure to snap off any thorns by placing your thumb at the base of the thorn and pressing it to the side. The thorns should break right off. Once your flower is prepped cut the bottom of the stem at an angle and place it in water until you are ready to assemble your bouquet.

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Step two: build up the center of your bouquet with face or focal flowers. Here Megan began with japanese ranunculus and garden roses. It’s always a good idea to follow a rule of thirds with your arrangements. Clustering three face flowers together helps to create a soft, less structured look. Another way to achieve the just picked from the garden look is to play with scale and texture. Choose lots of different flowers, berries and greens to create a natural bouquet.

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Step three: start building out around your face flowers with your textural and scale elements. To this bouquet Megan added micro spray rose, hellebore, peony buds, queen ann’s lace, rice flower and passiflora.

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Step four: even out the stems by clipping them all to the same length.

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Step five: loop a rubber band around a sturdy stem, wrap the band around the bunch and loop again. This secures the bouquet without making it too tight and bunching your flowers together too closely.

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Lovely, no?

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Step six: select a pretty ribbon. We’re loving silk at the moment. No fancy bows are needed. To keep this soft, natural look, opt for a simple knot and lots of bare stems. For an afternoon wedding short to medium tails are perfect and go all out for evening with a couple of feet of flowing silk tails. This will create lots of drama and elegance.

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Victory Blooms is a Metro Atlanta event florist that creates organically structured, romantic arrangements which incorporate whimsical elements and vintage touches, drawing inspiration from the ethereal beauty of flora and floral still lifes. Come check out Victory Blooms in person at a Mother’s Day pop-up shop located outside Sun In My Belly opening at 9am Sunday May, 11th!

photos by Lesley W Graham for Annette Joseph

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Mother’s Day :: Wedding Season :: DIY flowers 2 ways.

IMG_2456 Hello Spring! Flowers are blooming all over Atlanta, and I can’t tell you how happy that makes me.

In the spirit of wedding season and Mother’s Day I thought it would be the perfect week for all things floral. Megan Dunlap from Victory Blooms will also join me later in the week with her own spin on a romantic wedding bouquet. It’s easier than you think to arrange your own flowers. So if you’re hands-on and your event isn’t too overwhelming then this post is for you! If you have too much on your plate for your big day… do the smart thing and call a pro like Megan.

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Nothing gives me more pleasure than to arrange flowers for my own events and for some special people in my life who ask me to help with their weddings. Here are two beautiful and easy bouquets to decorate your spring gatherings. These would also make lovely tabletop arrangements at a wedding.

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Let’s get started! When beginning the design process I start with spring stems, then pick a strong color theme like pink and lavender with touches of pale yellow. I am absolutely crazy about the idea of using a navy and white windowpane fabric as tablecloths. It’s fresh, bold, and chic.

For this arrangement you will need:
– Lavender
– Ranunculus
– Queen Anne’s Lace
– Baby’s Breath
– Hyacinth
– Chalkboard garden markers DIY 
– Enamel Pitcher

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Step one: clean the bottom of the stems, and make a fresh cut.

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Step two: place all the fillers in the pitcher. The fillers in this case are Queen Anne’s Lace and Baby’s Breath.

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Step three: add in the Ranunculus and the Hyacinth, working your way around the vase or pitcher.

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Step four: place the chalkboard garden markers into the pitcher and place on your reception tables.

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The second arrangement is a little more tailored and formal. While the loose wildflowers and enamel pitcher in the first bouquet would be perfect for a free-spirited bride or party, this bouquet is a little more dressed up and classic. It’s amazing how the same flowers can be transformed with a different vessel and technique.

For this arrangement you will need:

– Lavender
– Ranunculus
– Queen Anne’s Lace
– Hyacinth
– Pink Roses

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Step one: this bouquet begins with hand arranging.* Start by gathering a few flowers in a spiral pattern in one hand, adding one flower at a time. Continue to go around and around alternating flowers until you have a nice half dome arrangement (about 6-8 inches in diameter).

Note* This is the same technique you would use to create a wedding bouquet as well.

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Step two: cut the bottom of the stems so that they are even. I like to leave about 6-8 inches. If you were making a hand bouquet this is where you would use a rubber band to secure them and then finish with a beautiful silk ribbon (more on that later this week!). Otherwise, place the arrangement into a glass vase* filled with water (as shown above).

Note* make sure you measure the height of the stems before you trim them if you’re placing this arrangement into a vase

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Step three: add more flowers once your bouquet is placed into the vase to add dimension and texture. Be careful not to overload your vase… just a couple stems will do. That’s it!

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Speaking of flowers… one of my dear friends and blogger/author Holly Becker, was kind enough to send over her newly released book from Chronicle Books , Decorate with Flowers  as a giveaway to one of of my sweet readers!

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Hope you win it! And I really hope this has helped all you brides out there, of course all these tips are perfect for all your gatherings and celebrations. For more flower arranging DIY buy my book Picture Perfect Parties, there are so many great party flower ideas throughout the book. Good luck and US residents only please!

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photos by Lesley W Graham for Annette Joseph

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Sweet & Savory Crepes

crepesdes hero Yesterday I shared a fabulous valentine-themed mimosa and today’s group of recipes from the Valentine’s Day Brunch come in the form of crepes. Meghan created a fantasy spread of toppings, fillings, and even both sweet and savory crepes. It’s basically a dream come true. Because the crepes and fillings can be made ahead of time, it’s a pretty and easy array to serve to your favorite girlfriends or family! Every desire is satisfied… and that mousse. Enjoy! – Annette.
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Basic Crepes
Yield: 12 to 15 crepes, 4-6 servings
You will need:

– 1 ½ cups whole milk
– 2 large eggs
– 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
– 1 cup all purpose flour
– ½ teaspoon kosher salt

additional unsalted butter, for coating the pan

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For Vanilla Crepes: Add 2 tablespoons granulated sugar and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, to the egg mixture.

For Herbed Crepes: Add an additional 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 cup chopped fresh herbs such as thyme, rosemary, or sage (or a combination thereof) to the egg mixture.

Combine the milk, eggs and melted butter in a blender and puree for 10 seconds. Add the flour and salt and blend again until smooth.

Make ahead!*
Refrigerate the batter for at least 2 hours or overnight.

Remove the crepe batter from the fridge about 30 minutes before you plan to cook the crepes.

To cook
Heat a small non-stick pan over medium heat. Add about a teaspoon of butter to the pan and swirl the melting butter around the pan into a thin, even coat. Pour two tablespoons of crepe batter into the center of the pan and swirl to spread evenly. Cook for 30 seconds or until the edges begin to dry and flip. Cook for another 10 seconds and remove to a warm oven if serving immediately or to a plate to cool completely for storing. Continue cooking the batter as above – coating the pan with butter every after every 2 or 3 crepes.

*Note: Cooled crepes can be stacked, and stored in zip-top bag in the fridge for up to 3 days or in the freezer for 2 weeks. Thaw frozen crepes at room temperature at least an hour before reheating. Reheat stored crepes in warm oven or a microwave just before serving.

**Note: Lore holds that the first crepe is always a flop. Think of it as a test of your pans heat and adjust the heat accordingly.
whip Serve vanilla crepes with Easy Chocolate mousse and sliced strawberries or go classic and top with powdered sugar or fresh whipped cream and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. savory1 Serve savory crepes with thinly sliced smoked salmon, Herbed Crème Fraiche, capers and thinly sliced red onion.
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Easy Chocolate Mousse
Yield: 8 servings
You will need:

– 8 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
– 1/2 teaspoon espresso powder
– 2 cups chilled heavy cream

Method:

Fill a small saucepan half full with water and bring to a simmer over medium high heat. Meanwhile find a small heat-proof bowl that will fit inside the saucepan without touching the water. Melt the chocolate in the small bowl over the simmering water, stirring frequently with a spatula. Once melted add the espresso powder and stir until dissolved. Remove the chocolate from the heat to cool while the cream is whipped.

In a large bowl, whip the heavy cream with a hand mixer on medium speed until slightly thickened, approximately 1 minute. Add the warm chocolate to the lightly whipped cream and continue whipping on medium speed until the cream achieves soft peak – approximately 1 minute longer.

Cover the mousse with plastic wrap and chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
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Herbed Crème Fraiche
Yield: 8 servings
You will need:

– 8 ounces crème fraiche
– 3 tablespoons chopped fresh herbs – such as thyme or dill or parsley
– 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
– 1 teaspoon kosher salt

Combine whisk ingredients together until smooth. Allow the flavors to meld at room temperature for 1 hour or in the fridge overnight. This dip can be made and stored up to 2 days ahead.

Art direction + Photography by Lesley Graham
Recipes + food styling by Meghan Splawn
Florals by Victory Blooms

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minted ladies valentine’s day brunch

table Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays because what is better than celebrating love? Whether you’re cozying up to your sweetheart or hosting girlfriends, here’s a “Ladies Valentine’s Brunch” to get you inspired. Think Marie Antoinette with lots of pinks, reds, and gold. We teamed up with the fabulous people at Minted to bring you this feminine and dreamy spread. I am a big fan of their party decor and love how their festive paper goods, stickers, garlands and accessories pulled this look together. tabletop Megan from Victory Blooms created this stunning table garland made of white ranunculus, red roses, pin cushion protea, tulips, assorted greenery (clematis vine and variegated english ivy), sweet peas and heart-shaped anthurium. So romantic and gorgeous! She also added podocorpus to the pendant shown above. cheese The very talented Meghan from Stir & Scribble created the menu for the brunch complete with cheese and fruit plate (I’m in love with this heart-shaped chalkboard), sweet & savory crepes and a signature Grapefruit Pomegranate Mimosa. I’ll be sharing her cocktail and crepe recipes later this week! plate We layered lots of gold and white to mix in and add some depth and texture. Minted offers so many personalized options in their party decor. I’m crazy over these “not too frilly” Kraft and Lace place cards. To add a little whimsy and keep the party feeling fun and fresh, we used their cherry red striped straws as well as the Wildflower straw flags which complimented the red cloth napkins. crepesdes mousse >Guests were treated to Sweet Crepes with Easy Chocolate Mousse as well as Herb Crepes with Smoked Salmon and Dilly Crème Fraiche. Cherries and strawberries complimented the dessert crepes while capers, lemons, sweet potatoes, caramelized onions and bacon were toppings for the savory versions. A fresh salad was also served with homemade dressing. savory salad IMG_8220 drink A bar cart was decorated with gold glitter banners, which add sophisticated sparkle. I love a bar for my guests. Mix and mingling is simple with a drink station. Pomegranate seeds, champagne, and the Grapefruit Pomegranate juice were all lined up for instant merry making. The Wildflower straw flags double as festive drink tags. tray girls toast I love take-aways and party favors. Sending friends and family home with a little something is a sweet reminder of your time spent together and it doesn’t have to be expensive. We took Minted’s 3″ kraft box and filled them with these Cherry Pink Bath Bombs (these smell heavenly!). We sealed the deal with the Ombre Heart stickers and pretty striped ribbon. box1 Now for something really exciting… Minted is generously giving away a $350 credit to spend on party supplies to one lucky winner! I hope you feel inspired to dazzle your loved ones with their lovely goods. There are several ways to enter below. Open to US Residents only please. Giveaway ends January 28th. Good luck!

Art direction + Photography by Lesley Graham
Recipes + food styling by Meghan Splawn
Florals by Victory Blooms

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