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my favorite mother’s day gift this year

This mini book from Paper Source is my favorite Mother’s Day gift this year! A small journal filled with questions for mom to answer about her life. It’s a perfect way to get to know your mom better and a great keepsake for your own children or family members. I actually bought one for my mother-in-law for her birthday last year. I sent it to her and about two weeks later I received it back, completely filled with memories. It was so fun to look through and read more about her life and all of her stories… I really did learn more about her! It truly is a wonderful gift. Oh, and they have one for dad too!

Paper Source, Mom Journal, $9.00

eco easter eggs

It’s time to get your Easter egg-dying skills on and these products below are perfect to assist in your dying process! I love the eco-egg kit, which allows you to create beautiful colors using non-toxic dye made from plants, fruit and vegetable extracts. How cool is that?! The adorable ceramic egg crate is a great way to show off your perfectly dyed Easter eggs. When Easter is over, you can reuse the crate to hold fresh eggs in the fridge! All of the items can be purchased at West Elm.

Eco-Eggs, West Elm, $8.00.

Ceramic Egg Crate, West Elm, $12.00.

dreaming of spring

I’ve been dreaming of spring lately… Warmer weather, blooming flowers, outside brunches and the fresh spring air! I wanted to share a few entertaining items that are reminding us all that spring is right around the corner… and it can’t come any sooner!

Pottery Barn Juicer

Tis classic, old-fashioned juicer not only adds style to your kitchen, but it will be your best friend when squeezing all that delicious fruit this spring!

Potter Barn Feed Bag

A perfect bag for the spring picnics we’ve all been waiting for! Also, when you buy this bag you’re contributing to the UN World Food Program, which provides children with healthy school meals and fresh water!

Pottery Barn Mason Jar

Time to bring out the Mason jar! It’s not spring until you’re sipping lemonade out this mug.

West Elm Organic Napkins

There’s something about simple organic linens that remind me of spring. I adore these yarn-dyed napkins from West Elm… A perfect blend of simplicity and color.

Eden Passante is the owner of Sugar and Charm, a boutique event design and planning company, focusing on creating the most charming, unique and sweet events.

a charming st. patrick’s day table setting

With St. Patrick’s Day right around the corner, I created a quick and easy table setting for inspiration! For the look, I simply repurposed gift wrapping paper from Paper-Source for the place-mats, then added in a succulent (already potted) from the grocery store and homemade linens from a fabric shop. Guinness beer is a must-have at any St. Patrick’s Day dinner and I also made some delicious Guinness mini-cupcakes (recipe found here) that go perfectly with the dark stout! This St. Patrick’s Day, set the table, cook up a traditional Irish meal and serve some Guinness beer and cupcakes! Cheers to the Irish!

Eden Passante is the owner of Sugar and Charm, a boutique event design and planning company, focusing on creating the most charming, unique and sweet events.

three drinks even st. patrick would love

When I think of St. Patrick’s Day I think of Guinness and Irish Cream. Irish Cream makes me think of coffee, so I figured why not do a little Irish mix n’ matching and see what delicious treats I can come up with. I ended up loving three creations using these ingredients… so here they are! Try them out and celebrate St. Patrick’s with a little caloric love!

The Guinness beer float: Coffee ice cream and Guinness beer… what a combo!

Irish Cream, Coffee Milkshake: Add 2 cups of ice cream, 1/2 cup milk and 2 Tablespoons Bailey’s Irish Cream. Go green and really kick up the “Irishness” by adding in a few drops of green food coloring!

Add a side of cream and Irish Cream  for a simple, yet festive way to serve coffee on St. Patrick’s Day.

entertaining products for valentine’s day

Here are a few of my favourite entertaining items for Valentine’s Day that will have your family or Valentine feeling loved!

Le Creuset Pot from Amazon

This heart-shaped Le Creuset pot will add a “touch of love” to your homemade meal.

Red paper straws from KikkerLand Shop

Garnish Valentine-themed cocktails and milkshakes with these adorable paper straws!

Rosanna Inc cake stand

It’s not Valentine’s Day without some delicious treats! Display a Red Velvet cake on top of this fancy pink cake stand from Rosanna Inc.

Heart-shaped cutting board from Modern Tribe

This heart-shaped cutting board can be used to serve cheese and crackers on as well.

Eden Passante is the owner of Sugar and Charm, a boutique event design and planning company, focusing on creating the most charming, unique and sweet events.

handmade wine charms

I recently hosted a small dinner party at my house and I realized I didn’t have any wine charms. So on a whim, I decided to create my own and personalize them with the first letter of each of my guest’s names. Luckily they were all different. They mentioned how special they felt when they saw the cute, little charms handmade for them, already on their glass. Also, having the charms really kept the confusion down as the night went on! I definitely realized the importance of the wine charms that night and I’m forever a fan! Below are three easy ways to create your own charms for your next intimate gathering with friends.

Cut a cork into five round circles and stamp each with the first letter of the name of everyone who will be attending. At the top of the cork, poke a hole big enough to string some twine through. I actually used a bobbie pin to make the hole, since it’s all I had laying around. String some twine or ribbon through the hole and tie to the stem of each glass.

If you don’t have unlucky enough to get a rubber cork with your wine, you can use paper and a circle puncher to get the same look.

Chalkboard wine charms are super easy to make and you can reuse them! Just buy little wooden cutouts (whatever shape you like!) at your local craft store and some chalkboard spray paint. Paint each side of the wooden piece and let them dry completely. Hot-glue some twine on the back and tie to the stems.

And just for fun here’s a little tip on how many bottles of wine you should have on hand depending on your guest-count.

Six Guests: 4 Bottles

Twelve Guests: 8 Bottles

Twenty-Four Guests: 12-16 Bottles

Eden Passante is the owner of Sugar and Charm, a boutique event design and planning company, focusing on creating the most charming, unique and sweet events.

Photography by Zan Passante

how to: set-up a truffle bar for your next party

Believe it or not truffles are actually quite simple to make! To create your own truffle bar, whip up some simple old-fashioned truffles (see recipe below) and set aside.

Pick at least four toppings you think your guests would enjoy. I chose cocoa, confectioners sugar, crushed hazelnuts and coconut. Display each topping in a small bowl, with a miniature spoon and a little tag.

Place the “un-dipped” truffles on a cake stand or some type of platter with toothpicks or tongs close by. Use the mini spoon to help roll the truffles around to make sure they are extra coated in your topping of choice.

We all know how rich truffles can be so it’s nice to have some milk out. I put out regular and chocolate, in case there are any chocolate addicts (like me!) attending my party!

The small details are what bring the bar to life and leave your guests feeling impressed.  Simple flower arrangements, charming paper straws, twine and even the all-white bowls and platters will make a huge difference in the aesthetics of the bar. As an extra touch, at the end of the truffle bar, have some mini white boxes and twine available for the guests who want to package them up for a late night treat.

Here is the truffle recipe I used from the one and only Ina Garten:

1/2 cup heavy cream
4 oz bitter sweet chocolate chopped
4 oz semi sweet chocolate chopped
1 1/2 tablespoon Grand Marnier (or hazelnut extract)
1 tablespoon prepared coffee
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 Heat the heavy cream just under boiling, it will boil quickly so put it to simmer until it’s hot.

2 Chop the chocolate and place in a glass bowl. Pour the hot heavy cream over the chocolate to melt the chunks.

3 Add the vanilla, hot coffee and Grand Marnier.

4 Mix until melted and refrigerate for 45 minutes.

5 With a small scooper or spoon, place little balls on parchment paper. They don’t need to be perfectly shaped, as truffles are usually not exactly round.

6 Place on a platter and let your guests dip away!

Eden Passante is the owner of Sugar and Charm, a boutique event design and planning company, focusing on creating the most charming, unique and sweet events. Photography by Zan Passante.