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Houston Life TV #NationalMasonJarDay Recap

Lauren Bazunu

Earlier this month, I had the fantastic opportunity to talk about one of my passions - more like a two in one combined - crafting and national holidays. In the recent years, national days of "whatever" have become so popular I am wondering how we ever survived prior. From national chocolate chip cookie day, to national cotton candy day (one of my favorites...of course) if you can think it, I'm pretty sure we have it all. 

Celebrate National Mason Jar Day with easy DIYs, Tips & Tricks!

Houston Life TV is Houston's local lifestyle tv show that reached out to me to showcase my love of National Days. The day selected...National Mason Jar Day. If you are a crafter, you know a staple in the toolbox are mason jars. Regardless of your "style" you can always revamp a mason jar to fit into any event. Check out the segment below and tune in to Houston Life everyday at 1pm cst on Channel 2. 


Check out the White Christmas Sangria below:

 Fresh Fruit/Garnishes - Cinnamon, Cranberries, Rosemary Sticks, Oranges, 

Simple Syrup

Sugar 

Steps:

1. Rim Mason Jar with simple syrup and dip into sugar plate. 

2.  Place fruit in the bottom of the Mason Jar and muddle slightly with a spoon. 

3. Add sangria and mix with bruised garnish at the bottom of the jar. 

4. Add ice if not pre-chilled. (Optional)

5. Top with white wine or club soda to add more bubbles.

6. Add 2 or 3 various garnishes/ slices into each drink and one on the rim of the glass. Add a colorful straw and serve.


Shout out to my mom for snapping pictures from the tv. You can always count on mom to capture the highlights. Love her!

Wrap Up In Style Gift Wrap Party Recap

Lauren Bazunu

Time to wrap up the year in style....

All Photos captured by Shawna Jones Photography

Gift Wrap Party

I made it a point to be productive even as this year flies by. One huge procrastination that I have is wrapping gifts at the last minute, but not this time. Hosting a gift wrap party was the perfect way for me to indulge myself in a love for social events but also being productive in wrapping gifts. 

Gift Wrap Party

Gift Wrap Party

Gift Wrap Party

Gift Wrap Party

Wrap Up In Style Gift Wrap Party was the last social event of 2017 by yours truly and the perfect way to end my hosting events calendar. I was so excited to be working with Heritage Macarons for the event. I must say, her macarons are lethal and I should be calling the cops on her because of how dangerously beautiful and delicious they are. 

Heritage Macarons - Gift Wrap Party

Heritage Macarons - Gift Wrap Party

The ladies enjoyed a relaxed afternoon designing their own gift packages and nibbling on light bites.  It is amazing to see the inspiration we all get - there is no perfect way to coordinate colors but the process of picking out paper, ribbon and bows that the gift recipient would enjoy. Your gift starts with the packaging not just with what's inside. 

Gift Wrap Party

Gift Wrap Party

Gift Wrap Party

Gift Wrap Party

Since pictures are worth 1,000 words, I'm going to let the photos do the talking. 

Gift Wrap Party

Gift Wrap Party

Gift Wrap Party

Gift Wrap Party

Gift Wrap Party

Special Thanks to all those that attended the event, the beautiful Elan Heights as our venue, Heritage Macarons for the dessert bites  and Shawna Jones Photography for capturing the event. 

Hostess Gift Guide 2017

Lauren Bazunu

Looking for the perfect gift for the girl that has everything? Or perhaps you need some ideas to gift yourself...that's always my excuse to up my hostessing collection. Take a peak at my Hostess Gift Guide below of some of my favorite party hosting gifts. 

Picking the perfect gift doesn't come with a specific a price tag but I love having options to choose from - this helps with every budget. In case you are wondering, I have a majority of these items myself...thinking I may need to do a part two gift guide. 

Disclaimer: Please note that some of these links are affiliate links which means I earn a small commission if you purchase while using those links. I currently own 50% (and love) of what is in the gift guide and the other half are my current needs (I would say want but let's be real, I need it all). Let me know if you have any questions.

"Fizz and Toast" Cranberry Cocktail Recipe

Lauren Bazunu

Cocktail Recipe

I love a good signature drink for every occasion and as Christmas is right around the corner, it is the perfect opportunity to be your own mixologist and create some tasty sips. Introducing what I like to call the "Fizz and Toast" Cranberry Cocktail. Recreate this for your next holiday party and your guests will thank you!

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Ingredients: 

Fresh Cranberries & Lime Wedge

Mint (garnish)

La Marca Prosecco (3 ounces)

Cranberry Juice (6 ounces)

Deep Eddy Cranberry Vodka (3 ounces)

Pour your Juice in a shaker along with your vodka being sure to mix thoroughly.  Add Ice and SHAKE! Strain your drink into a cute glass (or copper) ware.  Squeeze the lime into the glass. Top off drink with Prosecco to add a little FIZZ. Garnish with cranberries and a mint leaf and then TOAST! 

I hope you all try this recipe for the holidays - super simple, but very tasty!

Cocktail Recipe
All photos by Stacy Anderson Photography

All photos by Stacy Anderson Photography