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merry Christmas

Merry Christmas

It’s the end of the year and we’ve made it. It seems that this holiday season has been a marathon of sorts. Today I awoke before the house was filled with the patter of little feet. The fire was on, cozy socks and sweaters  were dawned, and a delicious cup of coffee was made. As I looked over the woods behind my parents house and the frost that dawned tree branches and blades of grass, I am struck by the wonder and magic of it all. It’s a time of the year that reminds me of the nearness of God, the beauty of the incarnation, and embracing it all with the simplicity of a child.

We can’t tell you how thankful we are for each and every one of our readers at Glisten & Grace. Whether you’ve been around for a few days or three years, we’re so thankful for you joining us and wish you the most Merry of Christmases this holiday season. May it be the best one yet!

We’ll be taking the next few days for rest and a few big rollouts for the New Year. Our down town will bring focus, fresh energy, and some much needed breathing room as we start on exciting new projects and a launch season.

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5 Tips for the Holiday Table with Anchal Project

When it comes to hosting over the holidays, we love simple and approachable gatherings where the items we sourced can be used over and over again. As soon as we knew our friends at the Anchal Project were offering table linens for the season, we couldn’t wait to partner with them to give you some tips for the perfect holiday table top.

We must be honest. We love using neutrals and a more minimal approach when it comes to decorating for the season. With a few steps outside our door it’s easy to approach various pine, birch trees, and waxed magnolia leaves to add seasonal greenery to the table, adding additional and seasonal texture.

Anchal Project partners with women to provide stunning fair-trade garments, textiles, and goods to the market. (Find our previous interview with Anchal Project here.) With a background in architecture and design, two sisters are bringing positive social change and putting my hometown on the map. We have been a huge fan of their work and are continually impressed with the products and design they roll out year after year. With a favorite Christmas record playing, we styled this cozy table using our favorite products from their newly launched table linen collection.

One: Know Your Palette

When adding textiles to our table, we loved the similarity of geometric stitching and chose both the runner in slate and napkins in bone. By keeping the palette cohesive we added special festive touches with black stoneware and black mugs to hold any warm cocktail throughout the evening. This palette is simple, understated, and works perfectly in any interior.

Two: Add a touch of the unexpected.

By using twine and a simple tag stating “Peace on Earth” there’s an additional festive touch, with a sprig of douglas fir pine lying on the napkin, the table setting is complete and evokes an understated elegance. We love how this tag mirrors the message of Anchal Project and can’t think of a message the world needs more. (Download the tags at the bottom of the post.)

Three: Something found and something green.

No table is complete without a touch of the outdoors and a bit of wooden texture. For this table’s centerpiece, we used a variety of foraged greenery and found pieces of driftwood from our nearby Whiskeytown shore.

Four: Set the mood.

Light candles, put on a favorite Christmas record, and relax. As you’re hosting, make sure to add a bit of margin before guests arrive. With cozy cocktails, offer a mocktail option for everyone to partake regardless of their preference. We love to feel just as cozy as well and loved wearing the Didi Tassel Scarf from Anchal for this gathering. (Go to today’s giveaway post on Instagram to enter to win this scarf! Day One of Gifting has begun!)

Five: Embrace layers and texture.

These table linens have a natural texture with modern embroidery lines. It would have been easy to add metal geometrics everywhere, but would have been too much. When styling a table, just like in all good design, it takes an editing eye. By embracing a variety of greenery, it added an element of texture. Other elements of texture included a sandblasted concrete in a pale blush, a natural twine, and matte black stoneware. To keep the textures natural, we finished the table setting with a simple brushed metal flatware.

Shop this post:

Organic Cotton Arrow Table Runner in Slate from Anchal Project
Organic Cotton Arrow Napkin Set in Bone from Anchal Project
Didi Black and White Scarf with Tassels from Anchal Project

Download the Peace on Earth Tags Here

This post was a conversation brought to you by the Anchal Project. Product and a giveaway was provided as compensation for this post. All thoughts and opinions are our own. Thank you for continuing to support the brands that underwrite Glisten and Grace.

 

 

 

fresh watermelon margaritas

Fresh Watermelon Margarita

It’s Friyay over here and we must admit that we love it! We’re returning from a month of travel this week and are excited for the downtime to get things organized and caught up from our adventures. We know for many a five day weekend started today so we thought sharing a festive cocktail would only be appropriate. With the combination of watermelon and lime, it’s festive and celebrates all things summer.

Keep reading for the full recipe after the jump! 

Fresh Watermelon Margarita

Makes 1 margarita

Ingredients:

    • 1 C cubed seedless watermelon
    • Juice of two limes
    • 1 T simple syrup
    • 2 oz tequila
    • 1 oz Patron orange liqueur
    • 1 C ice
    • Wedge of watermelon for garnish

Directions:

In a shaker, muddle cubed watermelon. Add juice of limes, simple syrup, tequila, and orange liqueur. Add ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a rocks glass rimmed with salt or sugar over ice. Place watermelon wedge in glass as garnish.

Cheers to a long weekend and the height of summer!

honey lavender bourbon ale

Honey Lavender Bourbon Ale

This weekend marks a special occasion in the life of Kentuckian. The Kentucky Derby is Saturday and gives us a moment to reflect, to celebrate, and most importantly to remember the horse racing traditions of our great state. Many will put on fine dresses, hats, carrying themselves with beauty and class. While mint juleps are cited as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, most Kentuckians loathe them and would rather drink bourbon straight or as a mule. This cocktail is an updated take on a Kentucky mule and is light enough for long days in the heat or house parties playing multiple rounds of cornhole. Served with a fresh round of fresh lime, festive straw, and in a mason jar, it’s approachable, fun, and perfectly styled for my old Kentucky home.

Keep reading for the full recipe after the jump!

Honey Lavender Bourbon Ale

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C ice
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • Juice of a lime, plus garnish
  • 1 T honey lavender simple syrup (find recipe here)
  • 2 oz bourbon (we use Bulleit, made in my hometown on the Urban Bourbon Trail)

Directions:

Place ice in mason jar. Add simple syrup. Pour in shot of bourbon. Stir with long handled spoon. Squeeze juice of lime. Stir again. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with round of fresh lime. Cheers and may your horse win!!

 

spring wreath diy

Spring Wreath DIY

It was time. Our winter pine wreath had sat on the front door for far too long. It was time to welcome in light blooms, neutral feathers, and something fresh as guests entered our home. Using a coupon and some artificial blooms from the dollar store, this wreath is the perfect note of spring for under $10.

Keep reading for the full how-to after the jump!

Spring Wreath DIY

Budget: $10

Supplies:

Grapevine wreath form
Artificial blooms (picked up from the Dollar Store)
Floral wire
Sharp scissors (these are our favorites, functional and beautiful)
Wire cutters
Jute twine
Feathers
Hot glue gun
Glue sticks
Directions:

Step one: Trim blooms and remove excess leaves. Using floral wire begin to gather your blooms in bunches and plan out wreath. Lay bunches of flowers in a circular fashion until satisfied with composition.

Step two: Using wire or jute twine, attach flowers to wreath.

Step three: Using hot glue, place a dot of glue on the tips of feathers and tuck into wreath.

Step four: Add door hanger and place on door!