Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Caramel Apple Cocktail

Well hello there.....I'm here to tell you this fine Wednesday that sometimes procrastination can pay off. You see, I've had this post ready since last fall but just never got around to posting it. So I waited an entire year and boom...I have a brand new post for you, and I think it was worth the wait!


My talented friend and photographer Kristen LeQuire and I styled this photo shoot last fall to showcase a yummy fall cocktail. This Caramel Apple Cocktail has just two ingredients: 

Whipping up this cocktail is beyond simple. Fill your cocktail glass with delicious, Angry Orchard apple cider and top it off with a splash (or more) of Smirnoff's Caramel Vodka. Stir, garnish with an apple and you've got yourself a Caramel Apple in a glass! 

Now for the prettinees. We were able to shoot this at Kristen's neightbors house in his beautiful outdoor courtyard. We also enlisted the help of my adorable friend Hillary so I wouldn't be drinking alone. 

Making it look natural while laughing (even with your best friend) can be difficult when you know someone is taking your photo. Hence the semi-awkard photo below.

I love the pops of orange color in this shoot. 

How perfect is this orange door with a shovel hanging on the back?

We styled a rusty old bar cart for the shoot.

I loved this mini arrangement we did, the leaves came from the ground and were perfect! 

I loved these vignettes Kristen put together from our fun shoot.

If you're not into a super sweet cocktail, just sip on an Angry Orchard instead. It's a sparkly, dry cider that is perfect for watching football and celebrating fall!

Three cheers to fall! 

Friday, September 5, 2014

Pumpkin Party Decor

In case you weren't aware, it's Friday baby! And better yet, I'm doing my first pumpkin-related post of the fall. Can it get any better than this?

I've got two brides this fall that are both using pumpkins as part of their decor. (Think white pumpkins as aisle decor and metallic pumpkins for table centerpieces.) As an American woman, I love all things pumpkin - it's sort of comes with the territory. Pumpkin Spice Latte - check. Pumpkin flavored food - check. Pumpkin party decor - double check. 

Let's celebrate the season by looking through fabulous pumpkin-inspired party and wedding decor. 

Ohhh Martha Stewart you evil genius. I'm sure she was the first to do the pumpkin cooler idea, and of course she's smart enough to put a bowl inside the pumpkin to soak up all the condensation. 

I'm OBSESSED with this idea.  A no carve pumpkin party makes perfect sense because really, carving pumpkins makes a big ole mess plus its hard to do with a glass of wine in your hand. I can spray paint or throw on some glitter with one hand no problem. A great idea for a girls night in!

Speaking of glitter.... This is gorge. Love the polka dots!

Hello lovely...this half dipped golden placecard is gorgeous. Plus it's a party favor. 

Here are some other golden pumpkin place cards. This is how to make pumpkins more "elegant" and less "hayride."

White pumpkins are my fave. Who knew a pumpkin could be so classy?

I adore this fall tablescape and pumpkin used as a vase. 

I also love this carved pumpkin table number. How clever!

I hope you enjoyed this pumpkin blog here on Jackie Fo on what I'm sure will be the first of many! Happy pumpkin-ing! 

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Altar Alternatives

Happy Hump Day! Today on the ole blog I'm talking Wedding altars. Sound boring? Just you wait...

In working with an October bride to plan her ceremony decor, we decided on vintage doors. See inspiration photo below: 

If your ceremony site is non-traditional (i.e. not a church) you may be looking for ways to make your ceremony pop! I found so many wonderful, creative ideas, this post could seriously have been 100 pictures long. But here are my faves for now! 

This is fairly traditional and simple to pull off. A few pieces of fabric plus beautiful flowers is perfectly simple. 

I'm loving these lanterns and pops of colors with the pillows. 

If you can get your hands on a vintage fireplace (rental prop companies may have something similar), this mantel with frames is awesome.

I love these suspended window panes - so dramatic!

So these flowers and wine crate vignettes are amazing. Plus the petals on the aisle? Love. Might be my favorite set up!

These branches with hydrangeas are kind of a funky, modern look. 

My friends Stephanie and Weston had a gorgeous outdoor ceremony. I loved their branches and beautiful flowers attached to the canopy. 

I'm obsessed with ribbon and use it for everything. You'd need a lot to create a ribbon drape but the end result is SO worth it. 

This is a little different, but I think it's so unique. Who doesn't want to scream "LOVE" or "Best Day 
Ever" at a fun wedding ceremony?

This beautiful door makes a great backdrop. 

If you're fortunate to have a beautiful tree as your backdrop, add some color coordinated poms for a simple decorative touch.

This yellow dresser is very Anthropologie.

For a nighttime ceremony, you can't go wrong with suspended candles and lighting. Simply gorgeous!

Are you overwhelmed with choices and just can't decide? Skip a traditional altar and do a circular ceremony! So cool!

In other news I found this on Pinterest and am considering getting it tattooed on me. JK.  But seriously, who wrote this and did they read my mind?

Hope your Hump Day is fantastic! 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Classy Mexican Fiesta

Hola and Happy Friday! If you're into Mexican Fiestas, this one will blow you away! I had the wonderful opportunity to plan a "Classy Mexican Fiesta" for a clients birthday party at none other than the beautiful Ritz Carlton in Uptown Charlotte. I think I can safely say that the Ritz had never seen so many pinatas! Or margaritas...

Without further ado, let's plow through some pics! Note - most photos taken by the lovely Tonya with Poprock Photography although some are taken with my lovely iPhone. 

First things first, the biggest hit at the party were the mini-pinatas. Handmade by a fabulous Etsy shop (side note - she has the most hilarious job title - "Pinata Maker"), we filled these with flowers for decor and candy for take home favors. Do not underestimate the cuteness of these pinatas, or that grown men and women were making the pinatas race, kiss and have an overall good time all night long. 

I love this photo of the two pinatas kissing under the skyline. If you need handmade pinatas (and who doesn't) check out her Etsy shop Viva La Fiesta for pinatas and more.

The color scheme was pink and orange complimented by other fun, bright colors. Also adding some pops of color were gorgeous flowers by Bloom-Room including sunflowers as big as your head. They did an amazing job. Check out this huge arrangement on the baby grand piano:

We also decorated with paper confetti and oversized confetti filled balloons from The Flair Exchange. 

There was a photobooth with awesome cardboard cutouts...giant margaritas anyone? 

There were props galore.

I even got in on the action with some faux glasses. Heeeeey.

In addition to the simply adorable mini pinatas, there were amazing goody bags for each guest. 

Gorgeous coral dot linen from Party Reflections. 

Which included mini bottles of Patron Tequila.

For something sweet we had Margarita popsicles from King of Pops , Margarita cupcakes that were amazing from Jen Panaro and a gorgeous cake made by the Ritz. 

The cake from the Ritz was not only gorgeous, it had several amazing layers including one with fresh strawberries. 

A Mexican feast including delicious guacamole, a fajita bar  and taco salad was catered by the always wonderful Plate Perfect right our of the Pacos Tacos kitchen. 

Let me just tell you, this party was SO much fun to plan and my client was lovely and fun to work with. If all events were like this, everyone would be an event planner !

Now I'll switch gears from fun fiestas to...running... I have my first 10K race tomorrow (6.2 miles). I've been training with a running group and it's been really fun although challenging. I'm taking track sprints at 5:30 AM, running in crazy humidity and also in torrential downpours (see post torrential downpour picture below - my entire shirt, shoes, hat, shorts are sopping wet here).

Unfortunately I hurt my calf about 2 weeks ago so have had to decrease up on my runs the past few weeks, but hopefully can still run a good race tomorrow morning. Wish me luck! After the race I plan to hobble over to Tupelo Honey for a giant biscuit and a bloody mary. Breakfast of champions. 

Have a GREAT weekend!