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Cheers to the Weekend with Lila Wines

Lauren Bazunu

As you all know, I love a good celebration - the time for me to share new recipes and products with my friends. Consider me the Oprah of parties..."you get a drink! you get a snack!"...

A staple for any of my events happen to be a signature sip...whether it is a mocktail or cocktail, I love concocting up fruity, fresh and colorful drinks. One of my fave brands happens to be Lila Wines. I'm a sucker for great packaging and this brand has got it down pact for the hostess in me.

Lila Wine - Rosé & Sparkling

Lila Wine - Rosé & Sparkling

Not only do I gift these cute cans as hostess gifts, and swag bag gifts with the Toast and Twirl Workshop, I use the different flavors to give signature party sips some extra bubbles.

Recently hosted a backyard summer soiree and had to create a fruity summer sip. I knew the Lila Wines Sparkling would be the perfect addition.

I kept it simple with the sweet recipe and incorporated one of my favorite fruits, pineapple. Scroll below for the Sparkling Pineapple Sangria.

Items Needed: 

Pineapple Juice

Peach Schnapps

Lila Wines, Sparkling

Fresh Pineapple Slices

Simple Syrup

Optional: Peach slices & Pineapple leaf for garnish

Pour 4 cans of Lila Wine into a pitcher. Follow with 1/3 cup of Peach Schnapps, and 1/2 cup of Pineapple Juice. For extra sweetness, pour 1/4 cup of Simple Syrup. Combine and stir all ingredients and allow to chill for 2-3 hours.

When ready to serve, I like to top off each glass with some more Lila Wine to give it some extra bubbles.  

Lila Wines

You can prep all these items in a pitcher, chill and serve. Be sure to have another pitcher ready to serve as this will go fast as the perfect adult summer treat. 

Lila Wines

End your summer with an outdoor soiree and try the drink recipe! It's a repeat in my household.

Product sponsored by Lila Wines

Styling by Toast from the Host 

Photography Stacy Anderson Photograhy

The 2017 Toast and Twirl Workshop

Lauren Bazunu

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One of my premiere and favorite events to plan and host is the Toast & Twirl Workshop. It all started as an idea and dream for creatives (and the not so creative) to have a day spent crafting from a wide range of industry professionals. Anything that is on trend with events, you have the opportunity to test out. It not only brought about an appreciation of the craft, but it was a great way to take nuggets of advice, pictures and content back to your own brand or business. Check out our video from the talented videographer, Michelle with The Film Still.

The list goes on and on with all the amazing speakers, and sponsors for the event. The theme was set with the wonderful watercolor prints by Jennifer Ashley Design. She incorporated the cactus, confetti, and color theme PERFECTLY!

Jennifer Ashley Design - Watercolor Prints

Jennifer Ashley Design - Watercolor Prints

Attendees were welcomed with a delicious spread from Fellini Cafe. There was a range of freshly baked croissants, tarts and cannolis. Clutch Town Coffee provided Nitro Drip Coffee and smoothies to kick off their morning.

Fellini Gelato & Caffe

Fellini Gelato & Caffe

Fellini Gelato & Caffé

Fellini Gelato & Caffé

Visual senses were immersed in color with the vibrant decor. Florals by Casa de Flores Design were the perfect addition to each corner of the space. 

Casa de Flores Design - Flowers

Casa de Flores Design - Flowers

Casa de Flores Design - Flowers

Casa de Flores Design - Flowers

Casa de Flores Design - Flower Garland

Casa de Flores Design - Flower Garland

Casa de Flores Design - Flowers

Casa de Flores Design - Flowers

What good is an event with something BIG to catch guests eyes? We knew that Big Ass Balloons had to be a part. These BABs are the official signal of a good time. Owners, Katie & Kathy incorporated multicolored confetti sprinkles in the balloons tethered by custom pom pom tassels. We completely agree...pom poms are definitely a girl's best friend!

Big Ass Balloons

Big Ass Balloons

Big Ass Balloons

Big Ass Balloons

Attendees were able to get the full experience with 4 all inclusive workshops to kick off the DIY Crafternoon. A group started their morning with donut decorating by Wink by Erica. She instructed the class on how to properly glaze and sprinkle various donuts, the Homer Simpson, Cactus and Unicorn. 

Wink by Erica

Wink by Erica

Wink by Erica

Wink by Erica

Wink by Erica

Wink by Erica

It was a sweet way to start our morning with these beautiful mini treats. Another group had the pleasure of customizing their own hand lettering style with Kristen Steen of Kristen Leigh Lettering + Design. She is the artist behind all of the signage and is an expert at all things beautiful handwriting.

Kristen Leigh Lettering + Design

Kristen Leigh Lettering + Design

Kristen Leigh Lettering + Design

Kristen Leigh Lettering + Design

Kristen Leigh Lettering + Design

Kristen Leigh Lettering + Design

Shout out to The Confetti Bar for sponsoring our "Party Hour". If guests completed their DIY craft class early, they had the opportunity to add some color and confetti to a canvas. Talk about 3d art!

The Confetti Bar

Lunch called for a fiesta with a catered meal by Escalante's fine tex mex. What good is a tex mex dish without authentic Mexican sodas by Jarritos? Flavorful and colorful...yes please!

Jarritos

 After lunch, these ladies were ready to mix things up with the Mixology class by Michelle Heath of Elle Talk.

MIchelle Heath with Elle Talk

MIchelle Heath with Elle Talk

Secret Garden, Berry Smashed and Tiki Mule were the three delicious (and colorful) cocktails the ladies crafted in Swift Events glassware. Having go to signature drinks the next time you entertain at home is key for a great party. These ladies, muddled, mixed and sipped the afternoon away.

Mixology Class by Elle Talk

Mixology Class by Elle Talk

Mixology by Elle Talk - Berry Smashed

Mixology by Elle Talk - Berry Smashed

Mixology Class by Elle Talk

Mixology Class by Elle Talk

The paper floral class was led up by Alaan Studios where they instructed attendees on crafting a personal paper flower in their own vibrant color. The flower design was called "the Khloe" and it was a fool proof craft with a custom crafting template. 

 Paper Flowers by Alaan Studios

 Paper Flowers by Alaan Studios

Paper Flowers by Alaan Studio

Paper Flowers by Alaan Studio

Paper Flowers by Alaan Studios

Paper Flowers by Alaan Studios

Each attendee walked away with a swag bag filled with goodies from some of our amazing sponsors: Burdlife, Lila Wines, Lily Rain Boutique, and Twirl Cotton Candy

Swag Bag

Swag Bag

We can't wait until next year's Toast & Twirl Workshop. Great giveaways from Inner Me Studios, Shop the Manor, Beehive Houston and City Centre were highlights of the afternoon. Bigger and better is our motto...won't you join us next year?

Sponsors List

Day Tripping - Texas Town Tour

Lauren Bazunu

I love my state of Texas and I have reason to believe my state loves me back. With so many cute small towns filled with murals, mom & pop shops & color...I had to take advantage of a girl's day trip with my friend Stacy, The Hurried Hostess.

Martha's Bloomers

Martha's Bloomers

First stop, Martha's Bloomers. Spotted this cute place from the highway in Navasota and had to hit a U-turn. This cute place not only had a wonderful nursery but was a cute gift shop and restaurant. 

Martha's Bloomers

Martha's Bloomers

After spending some time wandering around we decided to get back on track. First stop, Bryan/College Station. As a Sam Houston State Bearkat, I'm not one to highlight Texas A&M but I enjoyed my day trip passing through Bryan/College Station. Being able to stumble on memorable murals that was probably created for me to come and pose in front of, haha!

Join me on the journey....First Stop "AggieLand" or Bryan/College Station. This mural was the kickoff to our adventure. We found this beauty on the side of the bookstore (where else?). As I travelled along with the day trip, I figured a growing balloon garland is the BEST accessory. Blowing up balloons in the car while driving - not safe...don't do it...good thing these babies were clear.

AggieLand Outfitters

AggieLand Outfitters

Next stop...we had to hit this cute donut shop called Babe's Doughnuts. Typical college town donut spot with cheap tasty sweets, coffee options and round tables packed with students studying and sucking up wifi. I liked this place.

Babe's Doughnuts

Babe's Doughnuts

My donut of choice - glaze. Simple, classic and sweet..my donuts for photos, anything that looks like a party I'd like to attend.

Babe's Doughnuts - pink icing, maple & bacon, samoa donuts. Donut holes are glazed, cinnamon sugar & powdered

Babe's Doughnuts - pink icing, maple & bacon, samoa donuts. Donut holes are glazed, cinnamon sugar & powdered

Next stop...downtown Bryan for Tacos. More like a mural that professes what every woman wants. "Feed me Tacos & Tell Me I'm Pretty." I guarantee that may have been a part of someone's wedding vows. There were a few cute murals in this town square radius and if you can't tell...I had fun!

Casa Rodriguez 

Casa Rodriguez 

Taco Crave

Taco Crave

Caffé Capri

Caffé Capri

Next stop was in Calvert, Texas. A town known for its little chocolate shop Cocoamoda. Althouh there weren't any murals, I never passed up the opportunity for a fun photo op.

Calvert, Texas - abandoned building

Calvert, Texas - abandoned building

Our final destination? Waco, Texas! For most we know Waco as the town for the Baylor Bears but for creatives like myself, we know Waco as the town of Chip & Joanna Gaines of Fixer Upper on HGTV. Who else wants them to come to their house and renovate with shiplap? Oh..just me? Cool!

Prior to the legendary Magnolia stop, we swung by the cutest candy/dessert shop, Hey Sugar. If this didn't jolt (pun intended) my urge for a cute store, I don't know what else will. They had a great colorful mural on the side of their location...perfect colors to match the colorful candies inside.

Magnolia Bakery

Magnolia Bakery

The famous "Magnolia"

The famous "Magnolia"

After fighting the massive crowd (y'all it was hundreds of people at Magnolia), we had to make our way back to the a/c. I'm pretty sure I melted somewhere between the Food Truck Park (they have mobile food park) and the next mural two blocks away. Was it worth it? Duh!

Starry Night

Starry Night

City with a Soul

City with a Soul

Last stop, Waco Suspension Bridge. Shame on me for not knowing of this cute picture perfect spot. What better way to wrap up a Waco Day than catching a sunset on this bridge. 

Waco Suspension Bridge

Waco Suspension Bridge

There are always new places to discover but I sure enjoyed my time trekking to Waco. I guess the mural below says it all....

Dear Waco...we love you!

Dear Waco...we love you!