Weekend Links + Sangria Love

Happy Memorial Day Friday! Hope the long weekend has some plans in store for you...maybe a BBQ, bike rides, or, as a few of our brides are doing- coming to Idaho for site visits and meetings? This weekend happens to be the birthday of Yours Truly, so we'll be praying for warm weather as a backyard fete has been planned with some of my favorite foods- cue the churros, pulled beef tacos, pico de gallo, and some homemade white wine sangria (and I've included the recipe for you below- we had a tasting party last weekend to perfect it!). Here's to a fabulously relaxing weekend with your family- if you're lazing around the house, here are some links we loved from the week. Happy weekend!

-Dessert bars are becoming all the rage, and we especially loved this take on a S'mores bar from Outstanding Occasions.

-These DIY silhouette place cards are just fantastic.

-Gorgeous summer hair, with a tutorial. How beautiful would this be for a bride?

-I've been loving all of the Career posts over at The Everygirl. From Abby Larsen (a la Style Me Pretty) to miss Mindy Weiss (party planner extraordinaire) and more, these interviews have been incredibly insightful. Plus, if you are one of those people that can't help looking into other people's windows when the curtains are open (not in a creepy way, of course), you'll love seeing a little snippet into each of their offices, homes, and lives.

As long as you're on The Everygirl website, go ahead and check out two completely different styles of wedding tables (one of which is the photo above), here and here.

The best white-wine Sangria recipe you'll find:

(note, as adapted from this recipe. We did eliminate some things and added a few others)

- 1 bottle of white wine of choice- depending on how sweet you like your Sangria (Riesling, Albarino, Chablis, Gewurztraminer, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc)- we used a Pinot Gris.
- 2-3 Splenda packets (note: we eliminated the 2/3 cup of sugar because I don't do sugar)
- 2oz Bacardi Rum (optional- we substituted this instead of Brandy)
- 3 Oranges, sliced
- 1 Lemon, sliced
- 1 Lime, sliced
- Handful of strawberries, sliced
- 1/2 liter ginger ale or club soda (we used club soda, although ginger ale would make it sweeter)

Pour wine in the pitcher and squeeze the juice wedges from the orange,lemon and lime into the wine, add rum if desired. Toss in the fruit wedges (leaving out seeds if possible) and add sugar substitute. Chill overnight. Add ginger ale or club soda just before serving.
If you'd like to serve right away, use chilled white wine and serve over lots of ice.

We also made up a sweeter batch with a Rose wine- it was delicious with several handfuls of strawberries, oranges, and the lime.

Let me know if you'll be having a virtual cocktail with me on Sunday- Enjoy!



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