New Year's Entertaining Guide

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New Year’s Eve is only a few days away, and we wanted to make sure your party is the best of the year! To help you with your hosting duties, we created a New Year’s Entertaining Guide! It covers all the inspiration you will need from food to decor! Happy hosting!


FOOD

New Year’s Eve is all about dancing around and having fun! Your should serve a variety of h'dourves so your guests can move and eat! Here are some amazing recipes to inspire you:


DRINKS

Make festive drinks, stock your bar cart, or make a pitcher or two of your favorite drinks! Don’t forget to pour some champagne for the midnight countdown!


DINNERWARE

Since you are serving h’dourves, a set dinner table is unnecessary. Opt for New Year’s themed flatware, dishes, and cups, and lean towards a silver and gold color scheme. If planning a fancier evening, serve drinks in glasses and offer ornate small plates for guests to place their h’dourves.


DECOR

There are so many options for your New Year’s Eve decor! Be fun and hand out 2018 themed glasses, hats, party blowers, etc. and create a photo booth! Or take a more classy approach and decorate with silver and gold orbs, garlands, and vases. 


OUTFIT

Your outfit should be comfortable, yet fashionable; you want to wow your guests with your style! This is the one time a year where sparkle is acceptable and expected, so don’t waste the opportunity!


Girls Night In Food Guide

Image Source: Inspired By This

Image Source: Inspired By This

You deserve a fun girls night in with your friends this weekend! To help your last minute planning be stress free, we’ve created a menu for the night! Complete with drinks, appetizer, dinner, and dessert, your friends will be begging you for the recipes! And each recipe takes thirty minutes or less!


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Here are two amazing drink options, one alcoholic and one non-alcoholic, so everyone can enjoy!

Apple Cider Margarita (serves 2)

For the Salted Rim: in a shallow dish mix ⅛ tsp. of each ground cinnamon and ground ginger, and ½ tsp. coarse salt. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of each glass, and turn glass upside down into the salt mixture to coat. Fill glasses with ice.

For the Margarita: add 3 oz. tequila, 2 oz. fresh lime juice, and 3 oz. of apple cider to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the glasses. Top drinks with ginger beer (about 1.5 oz. each) and garnish with apple slices!

 

Sparkling Blood Orange Mocktail (serves 2)

In a medium bowl whisk 1 cup of blood orange juice, and ½ tsp. each of ginger powder and turmeric powder.

Add ice, half of the juice mixture, and ½ cup of club soda to each glass. Add sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave) if desired.

Garnish with mint and rosemary leave, and an orange slice!


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Appetizer

These pear and prosciutto triangles with triple cream brie are the perfect appetizer. They are cheesy (yum!), sweet, savory, and finger food! (makes 9 triangles)

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 425℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

On a non-stick surface, or the parchment paper, cut 1 sheet of thawed  puff pastry into 9 equal squares. Spread ½ tbsp. of fig jam in the center of each square, and place 1 slice of pear (cut to fit if needed) and 1 slice of prosciutto on top of the jam. Equally divide 3 oz. of Brie amongst the 9 squares, and carefully pull and fold one edge of each of the squares across to form triangles. Gently press the edges of the triangles together to seal.

Brush each triangle with the egg wash, from 1 egg, and evenly sprinkle 2 tbsp. of fresh pistachios and 2 tsp. of fresh thyme, if using, overtop. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly then drizzle with the honey. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Dinner

A light spaghetti dinner cures your carbohydrate cravings and helps you save room for dessert! This spaghetti with sun-dried tomatoes and pecorino romano is delicious and only takes 20 minutes! (serves 4) Pair it with a side caesar or caprese salad!

Instructions:

Boil a well salted pot of water. Cook 16 oz. of spaghetti slightly al dente. While the pasta cooks, start the rest of the dish. Make sure to reserve about ½ cup of the pasta water!

Place ½ cup of olive oil and 2 sliced garlic cloves in a cold skillet over low heat. Cook gently for about 5 minutes to infuse the oil with the garlic. Do not burn the garlic or your oil will taste bitter! Add 14 sliced sun-dried tomatoes to the pan with garlic and olive oil and evenly spread out tomatoes.

Add the cooked pasta to the skillet, along with a pinch of chili flakes, and toss to combine. Add the pasta water and increase the heat. Cook until the water is gone - about one minute. Stir in ½ cup of pecorino romano, and serve, topped with a bit more pecorino romano, black pepper, and julienned basil. Enjoy!


Dessert

Dessert is the best part of the night, and these mini cinnamon rolls will make you cry with happiness. They are cute, gooey, sweet, and only take ten minutes to make! (makes 16 mini rolls)

For the rolls: preheat the oven to 350℉. Lay out half of an 8 oz. tube of crescent roll dough (four triangles) and pinch the seams together. Flip over and repeat. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a ¼" thick square.

Brush with 1 tbsp. of melted butter and sprinkle with as much brown sugar and cinnamon as you desire. Roll into a log and cut into 8 pieces. Repeat with the other half of the dough, and place pieces into a greased non-stick mini muffin tin. Bake for about 8 minutes until the dough is slightly brown. Cool on a wire rack.

For the icing: whisk 1 tsp. maple syrup, 1 tbsp. milk, and ¾ cup powdered sugar in a bowl and drizzle over cooled mini cinnamon rolls!


Our Favorite Black Fiday Deals

Photo Source: Stephen Chernin

Photo Source: Stephen Chernin

Black Friday is just around the corner, and we want you brave souls who go shopping to get the best deals! Here is our list of the best and biggest Black Friday deals!


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  • Beats By Dr. Dre Beats Studio2 Wireless Over the Ear Headphones: $159.00, regularly $379.99
  • Kitchen Aid Professional 500 Series Stand Mixer: $199.99, regularly $499.99
  • Save up to $200 with activation of iPhone 8 or iPhone 8 Plus

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  • 40% off Women’s Shoes and Boots
  • $39.99-$59.99 Women’s Cashmere Sweaters
  • 60% off Men’s Outerwear
  • 20% off all Sunglass Hut Sunglasses
     

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  • 50% off Time for Joy Holiday Toys, Treats, Apparel, and Accessories
  • 50% off You & Me 2-level Cat Tree and Vesper V-High Base Cat Furniture
  • 50% off Aqueon Aquarium and Zoo Med Reptile Starter Kits

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  • TLC 49” 4K Ultra HD 120 Hz Roku High Dynamic Range Smart TV: $349.99, regularly $379.99
  • GoPro HERO5 (black) plus free $50 Target gift card with purchase: $349.99, regularly $399.99
  • Dyson V6 Animal Vacuum: $249.99, regularly $499.99

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  • Nintendo Switch Console with Red and Blue Joy-Con: $299, regularly $337.99
  • Google Home plus $25 Google Express Offer: $79, regularly $129
  • Save $100 on Frozen Sleigh or John Deere Gator 12V Ride-On
     

Finding Your Perfect Thanksgiving Outfit

Image Source: Chic Vintage Brides

Image Source: Chic Vintage Brides

No one gets excited about their Thanksgiving outfit. It’s a holiday with a bland color palette (browns, dull oranges and yellows), and the dress code is anywhere from casual to formal. This year, we decided to help you find the perfect Thanksgiving outfit inspiration from jeans to dresses in all colors! You will definitely be excited to show off your OOTD to your family and friends.


For A Casual Dinner


For A Semi-Formal Dinner


For A Formal Dinner


Registry Do's & Don'ts

 

How to Build a Registry!


As you saw in our post How to Decorate as a Couple, when you combine living spaces each partner brings their own style to your new home. The same approach applies to building the perfect registry! It's all about taking inventory of what you have and creating a wish list of items that represents both partners' style and needs. So creating a registry should be a team effort, so hit the stores together. 

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Registries today are a fun and exciting experience. As the process of creating a registry has changed, so has what you fill it with. Don't feel like you need to have traditional items like sheets, china or flatware. Add things that will make you happy and that work for your lifestyle. Nothing worse then storing a bunch of registry boxes filled with items you will never use.

As we mentioned above, only add things that work for you. To be sure you ask for the right items, think about your home and your lifestyle. Are you an couple that likes to spend their time in nature, then registry for things you can enjoy outdoors! Are you a couple that spends their date nights staying in watching movies, then registry for a blue ray or a popcorn machine! Fill your registry with things that are useful but also enjoyable!

Register for items that have a wide range of price points! You need to be sure that your guests have the ability to choose things that work within their budget. We recommend to have a few high end gifts but make your registry well rounded with an array of gifts hitting a bunch of different price brackets; under $50.00, under $75.00 and under $100.00.

Each registry platform offers different gift ideas. Your traditional stores like a Target will have a little bit of everything but there are speciality registries that offer gift options like contributing to activities to do on your honeymoon etc. Just like you want to hit all the price points, be sure the registries that you pick have variety. Also be sure that at least one of them is a brick and mortar store so people have the option to buy your gifts in person.  We suggest that you have up to 3 registries that your guest can choose from.


Be sure to look for Registry Events!

Night at the Registry  hosted by Parsimony Inspired and Pottery Barn | Photo by  Melanie Zacek Photography

Night at the Registry hosted by Parsimony Inspired and Pottery Barn | Photo by Melanie Zacek Photography

Registry events are a great way to make it a night filled with filling up your registry and experiencing some great wedding vendors in your area. Sample delicious cake, meet photographers and get one on one help building your registry! Parsimony Inspired will be hosting one this spring so be sure to be on the look out!

 


Here are Our Top Registry Picks


Our Top Registries

The Bride-to-Be's Complete Veil Guide

Image courtesy of:  Lydia Leclair Photography

Image courtesy of: Lydia Leclair Photography

Unfortunately, “short” or “long” just doesn’t cut it when describing what type of veil you’re looking for on your big day. Don’t stress, Parsimony Vintage has got you covered with our Bridal Veil Guide!

 

birdcage


 

blusher


 

fly away


 

elbow


 

fingertip


 

ballet


 

chapel


 

cathedral


 

Juliet cap


 

mantilla


Veils can get pricey – don’t be afraid to go vintage, or If you’re feeling daring, try making your own!