Celebrate – Independence Day Soireé

Fourth of July is only 1 week away and we don’t have big plans, but I’m still looking forward to the holiday! We’ll most likely throw a quaint celebration at our home with a few family members and if the forecast holds true, we’ll have sunshine and warm weather to look forward to! This is a bit of a rarity where I’m from. Usually we say our summer starts the day after the fourth as each year we seem to have rainy days through the holiday and then it magically starts to transition to summer on the 5th of July. Classy Northwest…real classy! Anyway, I have my fingers crossed that we’ll actually get to enjoy some time outdoors this year and avoid the rain altogether. I’m expecting that we’ll forgo our tradition of watching the firework show at the bay, but we will get to revisit this next year once our youngest is a bit older.

What are your big plans for the holiday? If you’re still looking for patriotic party ideas for next week, I have some unique inspiration and suggestions that will make for a memorable and of course posh Independence Day celebration.

Independece Day Soireé

 Like what you see? Use the tips below to plan a Independence Day Soireé of your own!

Posh Little Tips

Send. Schedule the celebration for late afternoon, early evening to set your soirée’s tone. Opt for a clean and modern invitation like the one seen above from Etsy. If you don’t have time to send invites through the mail consider Evite. A great invite alternative where you can quickly create online and send out for free via email. All you have to do is sign up.

Decorate. Choose a subtle and sophisticated base color scheme of white and gold, with minimal blue and red accents to tie in the holiday. Tissue poms are affordable and offer the simplistic chic-ness to any celebration. Hang them in different heights above your dining space or dessert table. Use festive table confetti to spruce up your surfaces and add party flags as drink markers to cocktail glasses for a fun final touch. The ones above came from Minted.

Make. Set up an evening picnic theme with assorted appetizers, sandwiches and salads. Use trendy wood cutlery like the ones referenced above from the Sucre Shop to capture the vibe. To tie in more red and blue, you can intentionally create dishes that match the holiday color scheme. Last year for our Fourth of July dessert I made Shortcake Stuffed Strawberries. The perfect one-bite red white and blue treat, great for easy entertaining. These are a must try for your celebration! Get the recipe here.

Serve. Champagne/Sparkling wine for the Fourth seems fitting. If you’re able to find it in stores, the Limited Edition Chandon would be perfect! I fell in love with the bottle alone, and at a price of just $22.00 per bottle it’s still in the affordable range. Otherwise, check out your local grocery store for inexpensive options.

Give. Rock candy is a nostalgic treat that brings me back to my childhood, as does the Fourth of July holiday. Choose a color that matches the holiday, adhere a little party flag and give as parting gifts to all of your guests.

Save the firework show for the soireé’s grand finale.

Sources 1. Fourth of July Invite 2. Gold Chevron Wood Cutlery  3. Party Flags 4. Limited Edition Chandon 5. Rock Candy  6. Tissue Poms 7. Shortcake Stuffed Strawberries 8. Festive Confetti

I hope you’ve found some ideas you can work with for your upcoming Fourth celebration. I’d love to hear more about your plans so feel free to share!

Up next on the blog is a festive Fourth of July treat recipe. Be sure to check back in for that soon and thanks for reading!

xo

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Celebrate – Girl’s Day In

It doesn’t feel like summer around home, but I’m officially in party mode. I kicked off the 1st day of the season, by hosting a little soiree with some of my girlfriends. The 7 of us make it a point to get together at least a few times per month. We used to do this by meeting up at some of our favorite restaurants, but now that some of us have young babies, it makes more sense for us to get together at one of our residences. As mothers and close friends it’s important for us to have our girl time! We all know how crazy life can get and I love that regardless of how busy we are, we can all make the effort to connect…and catch up, laugh, eat good food and enjoy ourselves. Each of us usually brings a dish, an appy or a beverage to share and between all of us we end up with entirely too much food, but it’s always a fabulous time! Unfortunately 3 of our girls were missing from this past Friday’s celebration. I think we actually made enough food to feed them too, + more, but it’s nice to have the leftovers anyway.

Of course, being who I am, it’s always necessary for me to make things look pretty and posh too, so I picked up some fresh peonies from the market, plus snapdragon and baby’s breath to make a few arrangements.

The four of us enjoyed Italian Grapefruit soda and San Pellegrino garnished with raspberry and lime, followed by Pink Panty Droppers made by my girlfriend who’s a mixologist. To my knowledge they’re made with beer, vodka and pink lemonade. Not that I would ever consider mixing the two, but they taste so good, and look so pretty you’d never know the beer was in there!

As for the menu, it was pretty casual. We went with an appetizer theme this time around and enjoyed assorted olives, pickles, flatbread, crackers, tapenade, chips, dips and more. Unfortunately I didn’t have a lot of extra time to make a dessert, so instead I served fresh fruits with candied nuts and dairy free dark chocolate. This is a great dessert alternative if you’re hosting a party with limited time on your hands. Something lightly sweetened to finish the meal, but perfect because it’s not heavy or too filling.

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Everything turned out lovely and it was wonderful to have an extended visit with my girls. To give us all a break my hubby took 4 of our kids to the park for the afternoon. I feel fortunate to have such an amazing man in my life and for my amazing girlfriends too.

Wishing the weather would have been nicer so we could have chilled outside, but I’m sure it will cooperate for our next girl’s celebration, which will be happening soon!

Thanks for reading! Keep up with Posh on Instagram and be sure to check again for more!

xo

Shop Posh

Happy Friday everyone and happy Summer Solstice!

 To kick off the very first day of my favorite season, I’ve put together a collection of some of the summer worthy baking accessories available now in the Posh Etsy Boutique.

Posh Cookie Cutters - Etsy

Why cookie cutters you might ask? Well they’re perfect for creating memorable party treats and come in variety of shapes and styles so you can tie in your themes and concepts. My favorite treat to make with the cutters is the sugar cookie, which has become a signature posh goodie that I serve at all my celebrations.

Ideal for weddings, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, baby showers, themed parties and more. All items in the shop are affordable ranging between $2 and $7.00. If you’re throwing a celebration and are in need of cute baking accessories or party favors, make sure you head over to the shop and have a browse. Also be sure to stay tuned. I’ll be adding more inventory in the coming days and weeks.

Now I’m off to prep for an afternoon with some of my favorite girls. We’re celebrating the beginning of summer with appetizers, cocktails of course sweets too! I’ll have more to share soon.

xo from posh

Make – Confetti Popsicles (vegan)

When I picked up my very first popsicle mold from Ikea a few months back, the wheels started to turn. Of course, it was far too cold to attempt to make popsicles in March, so I’ve held out until now. I’ve actually been dying to make them these last few days, which must have to do with our return from San Diego earlier this week. To be honest it still doesn’t feel warm enough around here to be hanging in the backyard eating popsicles, but I’m hoping by breaking out the mold and pretending it’s summer, the sunshine (and warm weather) will be awakened.

 These days there are so many ways to make a popsicle homemade. All you need is a mold, and some sticks and you’re ready to go. If you don’t have a mold, glasses and cups will do the trick. It’s really that simple. Today I hope to bring out the party in all of us, by adding a fun twist to a basic recipe that will have you wanting to celebrate the fact that it’s still cold outside.

Leave it to confetti to do the trick. Edible confetti of course, that actually sticks to the outside of the popsicle. So fun!!

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Confetti Popsicles (V)

These popsicles are icy, and coconutty with a light sweetness. The confetti adds an exciting little crunch, and festive flair.

The base of this recipe is made with vegan ingredients, but you can certainly use whole dairy milk if you so desire. If using dairy or canned coconut milk you’ll want to increase the sugar and vanilla content until the desired flavor is achieved.

Ingredients/Supplies

16 oz (2 cups) vanilla flavored Coconut or Almond Milk

(you can also use full fat canned coconut milk for a richer and creamier texture)

1 tsp super fine sugar (or alternative sweetener)

1 tsp vanilla (in addition to the vanilla flavored milk)

6 popsicle sticks

6 cavity popsicle mold (2 oz each)

parchment paper

confetti sprinkles

Popsicle Ingredients

Instructions

In a medium size bowl, mix together milk, sugar and vanilla and stir until sugar is dissolved.

ladle or funnel milk mixture into each popsicle cavity, filling all the way (set aside leftover milk mixture)

Place in the ice box to freeze for 45 minutes.

At 45 minutes your popsicles should be partially frozen and solid enough to insert a popsicle stick into the center of each. If not, give them a few more minutes.

Insert sticks into the center of each popsicle and allow to fully freeze, about 1 more hour.

In the meantime, line a flat baking sheet or dish with parchment paper and set aside.

Once your popsicles have fully chilled, remove each from their molds by running under hot water for a few seconds, the place each popsicle onto the parchment lined baking sheet.

Now for the exciting part…

Gently spread a teaspoonful of remaining milk mixture over each coconut popsicle and quickly top with a handful of confetti sprinkles. I say quickly because the extra layer of milk will freeze fast and then the confetti won’t stick.

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If you’re a perfectionist like me, you can strategically place each piece of confetti onto the popsicles, or you can just sprinkle them on as you wish.

Place them back in the freezer to chill.

Allow an extra 30 minutes to freeze, and your confetti popsicles are ready to enjoy!

NOTE: Don’t attempt to mix the confetti into the actual milk mixture because the sprinkles will bleed and make for a murky and not so posh looking popsicle (this was what I tried first…second time was definitely a charm.)

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Such a fun and festive treat for kids of any age. Plus versatile with tons of flavor alternatives. Make them how you choose and be sure to serve them at your next summer celebration.

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Happy Friday everyone. Cheers to the weekend.

Check back soon.

xo

This concept and popsicle recipe is a Posh Little Designs original. Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2013.

Travel-gram

Hello everyone! I do apologize for the bit of quiet on the blog lately. We’ve been so busy this year, we felt in need of a little getaway, so we took a quick trip to San Diego for some much-needed vitamin d, and r&r. I had every intention of sharing a few posts while we were away but time got away from me. We crammed a visit to the zoo, sea world, the beach, gaslamp, shopping and pool time into 5 days, along with a visit from my dear sister who lives in LA. Although busy, it was the perfect little vacay for us. We traveled with my sis-in-law and brother-in-law and our niece and nephew. Our kids are the same age so it was wonderful for all of us to be able to spend quality time together.

Here are some favorite moments from our trip I captured via Instagram.

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The San Diego zoo was simply amazing. We were also right in the Gaslamp district, the prime location for shopping and nearly every style of food you can think of. I’ve traveled to LA many times but this was our first trip to SD. It’s a wonderful option for families because the city has so much to offer. Sea World left us a bit disappointed, but the kids had a blast. It’s about the kids anyways right?! My personal favorite moment was the time spent in Coronado at Coronado Beach. I could have stayed there forever.

Now that I’m back and refreshed I’ll have some new posts coming your way soon.

If you’d like to see more from our travels in the meantime, you can find posh on instagram.

xo