Farewell 2014 + Frozen Berries & Champagne

Raising a glass to 2014 as the year comes to a close. There were so many highlights and bright moments I experienced and I’m incredibly grateful for them all! Thank you to all of you for your continued support of Posh Little Designs! All of my lovely friends and peers in the blogging community, my customers and those I’ve had the honor of meeting and getting to know thru social networks. I have nothing but happiness in my heart for each and every one of you!
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I am so looking forward to all that 2015 has to offer, but what we’ve created in 2014 is completely worth celebrating!

Cue the champagne!

literally!

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

I can’t think of a more fitting time to share this quick and simple champagne cocktail with you guys. Complete with fresh fruit, blended and frozen into cubes for an easy and last-minute beverage, if you will be hosting a little NYE party this evening. This recipe will take just a few minutes to make and serves as a nice alternative to champagne by itself.

I hope you enjoy!

Frozen Berries & Champagne

Ingredients/Supplies

1 ice-cube tray

Champagne glasses or coupes

1 bottle of your favorite bubbles ( I chose Sofia Blanc de Blancs mini’s because they’re pretty, pink and I had them on hand)

2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries and strawberries (or fruit of your choice)

2 tbsp organic fruit juice

strainer

saran wrap

blender

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Instructions:

Blend fruit with organic fruit juice of your choice until liquified.

Pour blended fruit through a strainer to catch seeds.

Fill each cavity of your ice-cube tray with blended fruit mixture and cover with saran.

Place in the freezer for at least one hour or until completely frozen.

When ready to enjoy, remove the cubes from the tray and place 1-2 in each champagne glass.

Pour bubbles over top the frozen berry cubes and allow them to slowly melt into the champagne.

Then propose a toast!

Berries & Champagne |Posh Little Designs

I have to admit, this post was actually supposed to be happening a few days ago, but unfortunately I have come down with the flu so I’ve been a little slow at getting it published. My New Years Eve plans for this evening have been canceled but I’m happy to be ringing in 2015 with one of these!

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Wishing you all a very Happy New Year and all the best in 2015!

Cheers!

I’ll have much more to share here soon!

xoxo

Brandi

This specific recipe for Frozen Berries and Champagne was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

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NYE Black + Gold

Gold is one of my most favorite colors and has become a staple in my every day. From home decor to party straws, I can’t get enough!  This elegant and metallic hue pairs beautifully with nearly every shade there is, and right now I’m loving it next to black and even a bit of silver, especially for the holiday season.

Speaking of holidays, today’s post covers all of the above. With NYE only 1 day away, I’m totally feeling inspired! Do you have plans for the New Years? I’m having a small celebration with my sister and girlfriends with my favorite picks for a quaint and fabulous girls night in below, featuring pretty tapas plates and a stunning crystal jug from
Chairish
, the online vintage furniture shop.

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Mixing the old and new with prints is one of my favorite techniques when styling a table. I relied on the gorgeous vintage pieces found at
Chairish
to balance and complete the look.

Loving croc print place mats in silver and black alongside gorgeous black and ivory Moroccan Tapas Plates. Easy to style, with a touch of elegance and perfect for enjoying holiday friendly french macarons (my fave) and sweet treats.

Dress up bakery or home-baked cupcakes with pretty chevron paper baking cups, and fitting gold 2015 cupcake toppers. Hello new year!

Trendy bottles of champagne from Chandon’s limited edition collection are currently all the rage! Pour into a beautifully shaped crystal jug and mix in your favorite fruits for a quick celebratory punch.

Serve in onyx glasses and garnish with black chevron paper straws from the posh shop.

For a final touch, decorate the space with tissue poms & confetti in shades of gold and offer party hats to guests to round out a festive holiday evening.

What are your favorite ways to style black and gold for a holiday? I’d love to hear them!

Click on the numbers above for direct links to all the products seem above.

Hoping you all had a wonderful holiday last week and a Happy New Year! I’m so looking forward to 2015 and all that’s in store.  Much more to share soon!

xo

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Champagne Blush

Those of you who know me well, know how much I adore weddings. In fact, the planning of my own big day nearly 10 years ago (sigh) is much of what motivated me to start-up my blog back in 2012. Being happily married for nearly a decade now is quite amazing, but I gotta admit, I do dream of the day when my hubby and I renew our vows, which is most definitely in the plans for the very near future.

It truly has been a marvelous year to get married! We went to 4 weddings last spring and summer and I’m seriously blown by the level of gorgeousness and creativity that went into each special day. Attending so many weddings this past year, has me looking forward to 2015. I truly cannot wait to see what’s new! From bridal style and decor, to all the personalized details that I’m such a sucker for.

But first, I’m pulling together some of my favorite trends from 2014 to create a special bridesmaid’s look (through the eyes of the Maid of Honor,) for a fabulous NYE wedding! Starting with the darling number you see below (Vivien) in the fitting shade of champagne, from
Weddington Way

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As you may know, nude and neutral bridesmaid dresses continue to top the list for wedding party fashions. If I were getting married tomorrow, this shade of nude would most certainly be among my favorites. There’s an incredibly chic and understated elegance about this hue that looks beautiful next to the bride in white and can be easily glammed up with the right accessories, as you will see below in my Champagne Blush NYE Bridesmaid look.

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I’ve been ooh-ing and ah-ing over all things gold and sparkly and couldn’t think of a better time than a New Years Eve wedding to incorporate some glam!

Loving the idea of loose locks pulled back into a modern twist, and an embellished sheer capelet as an over-the-dress option, to cover bare bridesmaid shoulders on a chilly New Years Eve night

Simple, stacked dainty gold bangles and a gold & pearl ear jacket (swoon) from Rue Gembon, with a gold sparkled Anya Hindmarch clutch are perfect additions to the bridesmaid’s style.

And since I’m still blushing over blush tones, tying in one of the hottest colors of the season by way of sparkling heels and half-moon nails (with gold) seemed oh-so necessary.

Lastly, a pop color via the YSL berry lipstick which has been incredibly sought after for Fall/Winter 2014 to complete this festive look.

If only I could transport these items into my closet at this very moment! What are your thoughts on the trends for weddings in 2014/15? Are you loving these ideas as much as I am?

Click on the numbers above, for direct links to each of the items seen in today’s post.

Much more holiday to share soon!

xo

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Lemon Cardamom Mini Donuts (DF)

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During the holiday season, there’s nothing I love more than hosting and entertaining, and when I’m entertaining, having a few tiny treats on the menu is an absolute must. A must, because miniature and one-bite items are easy for guests to enjoy, and much less guilty because of their small size. Not to mention adorable! So yes! When it comes to entertaining, mini is the new black in my opinion and these Lemon Cardamom donuts that I made with my mini pan, are a new favorite. And since Christmas fast approaching, whipping up a batch of these less guilty treats, dressed up with posh embellies, seemed oh so necessary.

Darling and delightful and promised to hit the spot!

Lemon Cardamom Mini Donuts (DF)

A sweet, spicy and aromatic cake donut, topped with a tart glaze and decorated with colors of the season. Not fried, free of dairy and easily converted to gluten-free.

(baked & dairy free – makes about 36)

Lemon Cardomom Mini Donuts | Posh Little Designs

Ingredients/Supplies

1/4 cup vegan butter

1/4 cup coconut oil melted

1/2 cup powdered sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

zest from 1 lemon

2 large eggs

1 1/2 teaspoons powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cardamom

3/4 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 2/3 cups flour

1 cup coconut milk

decorative sprinkles of your choice; I used silver and white sugar pearls, gold and silver sugar crystals, silver and gold edible glitter and coconut flakes.

Mini donut pan lightly greased

1 ziplock bag

1 piece of parchment paper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 425 degrees

In the bowl of a stand mixer blend together oil, butter and sugars.

Add in eggs, lemon zest and vanilla and mix until combined.

In a separate bowl, whisk together remaining dry ingredients.

Pour a portion of the flour mixture into the egg and sugar mixture alternating into thirds with 1 cup of coconut milk until completely combined.

Pour the mixed batter into the corner of a 1 gallon ziplock bag, cutting the corner with scissors.

Pipe the batter into the greased mini donut cavities filling only about half-way full.

Bake in the oven for 4-6 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

Remove from pan and transfer to a cooling rack.

(Makes about 36 mini donuts)

While donuts are cooling, whip up your lemon glaze. It’s a tasty compliment to the spiced flavor and it will only takes 1-2 minutes to make!

baked donut recipe adapted from King Arthur

Lemon Glaze

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon coconut milk

2-3 teaspoons lemon juice

Instructions

In a glass bowl, stir ingredients together until thoroughly combined. If it’s too dry or thick add a few more drops of lemon juice until the glaze is a dipping consistency. Careful not to make it too thin.

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Dip the tops of the cooled mini donuts into the lemon glaze.

Place on a sheet of parchment paper, and sprinkle with your favorite toppings.

I went with coconut flakes and silver and gold sparkle for a glamorous touch, but any color will do!

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I can envision these mini donuts atop a Christmas or New Years Eve dessert table already.

Lemon Cardomom Mini Donuts | Posh Little Designs

Lemon Cardomom Mini Donuts | Posh Little Designs

Stack the donuts on a mini cake plates and serve to guests with tea, coffee or hot cocoa and enjoy!

Wishing you all a great week! I’ve been under the weather for the last several days so having these mini donuts to enjoy was a much needed treat.

More to share soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Lemon Cardamom Mini Donuts was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles (V)

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Winter is almost here, which for most of us means that we’re a long ways from summer. We actually couldn’t be further in the Pacific NW with the 20 degree temps we’ve been experiencing lately, but that’s not stopping me from having frozen treats on my mind. Maybe it’s all the chilly weather getting to me…it must be, because I’m dreaming of sunshine and 80 degrees.

That brings me to today’s recipe featuring a few of favorite things, like peppermint and chocolate, which I’ve combined together to create frosty and festive popsicle fitting for the Christmas season. And for a little extra holiday cheer, there’s a touch of pink incorporated into each pop, courtesy of the peppermint candies.

Very merry and posh!

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Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles (V)

Creamy coconut milk paired with cool peppermint and sweet dark chocolate makes this recipe an instant seasonal favorite. Not only are these pops dairy free, they’re also completely vegan and free of gluten soy as well, so everyone can enjoy!

Ingredients/Supplies

1 full can of light or full fat Coconut Milk (I used light and prefer Trader Joes coconut milk)

1 teaspoon of Agave Nectar

1/4 teaspoon of pure peppermint oil

1/3 cup crushed peppermint candy discs + 4  solid peppermint discs uncrushed.

1/3 cup of dairy free dark chocolate (chopped into small chunks, about 1/2 inch in size) I found mine at Trader Joes

4 popsicle sticks

4 6-8 ounce containers (i found mini plastic parfait glasses and used those)

parchment paper

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Instructions

Combine Coconut milk and agave nectar in a glass bowl. Blend together for desired sweetness. Add in peppermint oil and stir.

Pour in 1/4 cup of the 1/3 crushed peppermint candy discs (the red color of the candy will tint the coconut milk pink), setting the remaining crushed peppermints aside.

Pour in 1/4 cup of the 1/3 chopped dairy free dark chocolate to the coconut milk mixture and set the remaining chocolate aside.

Mix all of the above ingredients together.

Drop each of the remaining 4 peppermint discs into the bottom of the mini parfait glasses.

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Pour about 1/2 a cup of coconut peppermint and chocolate mixture into each parfait glass over top the peppermint candy disc.

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Repeat this step for all for parfait glasses.

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Place on a tray in the freezer for about 1 hour and then insert your popsicle sticks.

Allow another 2 hours to fully freeze.

Line a dish with a sheet of parchment paper and set aside.

Pour remaining crushed peppermint and dark chocolate into a dish and mix together.

Once popsicles are completely frozen, fill up a medium-sized bowl with warm water. Place each popsicle into bowl of warm water to remove from the parfait glasses.

The popsicles will have a layer of melt on them which you can top with the remaining peppermint and chocolate mixture. Repeat these steps for each of the remaining popsicles and place on the parchment paper.

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Return to the freezer for another hour.

Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles | Posh Little Designs

Serve immediately!

These popsicles are fabulous for holiday parties and entertaining, especially if you live in a warmer climate. You could also enjoy these with friends and loved ones bundled up in your coziest blankets near the fire. That’s exactly how I had mine and I’ve already

Happy Holidays!!

Much more on the way soon!

xo

This specific recipe for Pink Peppermint & Chocolate Popsicles was seen first on Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved. 2011-2014.

All Images are photographed and owned property of Posh Little Designs. All Rights Reserved 2014.