Posts tagged Summer Decor Ideas
Sipping, Sparkling, and Summertime
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This week we are sharing a couple of our favorite summer drinks for friends, family, sipping, and sparkling. We took a few classics and gave them a good twist and dressed them up! These two favorites add a kick of pink and green to our cocktail hour. They will definitely make your next get together more fun!

One of my all time favorite drinks is a French 75 (it has been forever - even before I moved to Louisiana). When it's a bit warmer than I like and maybe a tad bit humid, there isn't anything more refreshing than the sparkling citrus bubbles of a French 75. I do also love a good sparkling rosé (a close second to the French 75) so we made up a new Blushing 75 for sipping in the summer. The pop of pink gets me every time! 

This is a very fun drink to make at home with friends and family whether your hiding from the heat or sitting out on your front porch! Everyone will want to know what you're sipping and give it a try too! You can layout all the ingredients, set up your bar cart, and show your bubbly off in a gorgeous champagne bucket. Nothing will look like more fun than your blushing bubbles!


Our champagne bucket is from Beatriz Ball. Click here. I love how the champagne bucket turns frosty on the outside when chilled! It can also hold a few bottles of bubbles so you won't be running back and forth from your fridge. (It's also so easy to clean, just some warm soap and water and your done!)

Blushing 75 Recipe:

  • This “base” enables you to make 12 Blushing 75s (6 per bottle)
  1.  I used a bottle of very well chilled Cremant de Bourgogne (Trader Joe’s “La Burgondi” Rose Brut)
  2.  In a jar or mixing glass, mix
    1. ½ cup fresh squeezed lemon juice (strain, no seeds)
    2. ½ cup Cointreau
    3. ¾ cup dry gin (I used St. George’s)
    4. 2 T sugar
  3. Shake well and refrigerate until chilled.
  4. When you are ready to serve, add 1 ounce of the mix to a champagne flute and fill the rest with chilled Rose Brut.
  5. Garnish with a lemon twist and you'll be blushing 75 too!

Another classic to sip on this summer is our Tito 'n Rita. It's a take on a margarita without the tequila. Too much tequila isn't always refreshing and can be a buzzkill on a really hot day. Our Tito 'n Rita are a light green frothy drink garnished with a sprig of mint and a twist of lime. They add a refreshing touch to our summer get togethers. It doesn't hurt that they are also uber preppy to look at when served with the Blushing 75. They sure do dazzle at cocktail hour!


Tito 'n Rita:

  • This recipe makes 6-8 large drinks 
  1. In a large jar (with a lid) add:
    1. 1 ½ cup fresh-squeezed lime juice (strained, no seeds)
    2. 1 ½ cup Tito’s Vodka
    3. 1 cup Cointreau
    4. 3 T sugar
    5. 2 egg whites
  2. Shake well until frothy.
  3. Add 2 cups crushed ice and shake again ‘til frothy'.
  4. Rim 6 double-old fashioned glasses with sugar (or salt, optional).
  5. Fill each glass with crushed ice.
  6. Strain the drinks into each glass.
  7. Garnish with a lime twist and mint sprig!

Now, when we sip and sparkle in the summer we like to lay out some fresh summer bites. This time we sliced fresh peaches and watermelon with prosciutto, mint, sesame seeds, and basil. It not only looks pretty but is super easy and fresh. We used this zebra leaf platter from Beatriz Ball to show off our colorful bites. Beatriz Ball's organic style platters are great all year round. Your food and drinks should look as good as the time you spend making them! I love dressing up my table - it's the best way to set the mood for the evening. Click here. 

Also, pictured above is our new watercolor stationery we launched in early July. We have several inspired Otomi designs (click here). We used similar designs to create our custom pillows and cocktail napkins. There is so much you can do today with custom watercolor designs! 

We hope you like our watercolors, tablescapes, recipes, pillows, and designs as much as we do! 


Carrie and Seash

Summer Decor Ideas

We are so excited to announce our partnership with Beatriz Ball. We will be bringing you pretty tablescapes, decor ideas, watercolor designs, and recipes every couple of months! We thought it would be a great way to inspire pretty table designs and highlight some of our favorite easy recipes. We love decorating and creating so this partnership seemed like a perfect fit. Part of enjoying  lunch was creating a relaxing and summery atmosphere to enjoy it in. Decorating a table is just as important as the food you are cooking. The ambiance and how your food is served can celebrate the effort and time it takes to cook.  And, it also makes sharing a meal with family and friends more meaningful. Growing up my parents always said "the more the merrier" and we like to linger longer at our table.

 I am a huge fan of Beatriz Ball. Their designs are kitchen and life friendly which makes hosting friends and family easy. They have a low key elegance that brightens up any table. Most of their pieces don't tarnish or stain (depending on the collection), they are super easy to clean - just mild soap and water, and they can be chilled or warmed up to 350 degrees. We think they look fabulous with our watercolor designs as well which has made this adventure so fun! 

We decided to go back to our roots for some summer decor ideas. After all, what is more classic than blue, white, crabs, and seashells in San Diego? I spent almost every summer in San Diego until I graduated from college. Right about now I start missing the ocean breeze, cool water, and sand between my toes. We designed a little summer luncheon that we thoroughly enjoyed this Fathers Day weekend! We made some very easy summer fresh chilled ceviche and avocado crab salad (both recipes below). And, of course, we had sparkling rosé to celebrate and a glass of cucumber water made from the garden to top it off. We hope you enjoy our photos and recipes as much as we do! 

For our summer tablescape we used the Beatriz Ball Crab Plate and Crab Bowl. We designed so many scallop patterns (it was soooo hard to pick which to use) and then we made pillows and cocktail napkins. We used blue hand blown Mexican glasses and a matching pitcher. Hyacinth round place mats that match almost anything and add a little texture to our the table.  The silver is Kirk Stieff Repousse and we used some of my moms hand painted Italian dinner plates. 

Avocado Crab Salad Recipe: 

  1. 1 # fresh lump crabmeat, check for shells
  2. 2 T minced shallot
  3. ¼ C good quality mayonnaise or homemade if possible
  4. 2 T Trinidad Rum
  5. Juice of 1 lemon
  6. Zest from 1 lemon
  7. 1 ½ t turmeric
  8. ¼ C minced parsley
  9. 3 dashes Tabasco
  10. 2 T Grey Poupon or other Dijon mustard
  11. Salt to taste.
  12. Taste for seasoning… it’s likely the brandy will have a bite and after overnight chilling it should be gone.
  13. 12)   1 # Alaskan king crab legs, cooked and sliced in half.
  • 1)      Mix all ingredients, except king crab legs, without breaking-up crab.
  • 2)      Refrigerate overnight.
  • 3)      Slice 3 or 4 avocados and fan them in the platter
  • 4)      Layer the crab over the avocados.
  • 5)      Garnish the crab with the sliced king crab legs and sprinkle chopped parsley over all.

Ceviche Recipe:  

  1. 1 # bay scallops,
  2. 1 # shrimp, peeled, and deveined, cut similar in size to the scallops,
  3. 1 # halibut (grouper or red snapper can be substituted), cubed, similar in size to the scallops,
  4. 1 cup fresh squeezed lime juice,
  5. 1 cup orange juice,
  6. Cover the scallops, shrimp, and halibut with the citrus juices in a plastic bag and refrigerate overnight. The fish is “cooked” once it becomes firm and opaque.
  7. Pour off half of the juice. In a steel bowl (glass works too), add the following:
  8. 1 ½ cups slivered red onion,
  9. 1 minced serrano chile, if you leave the seeds and membranes, this will add a lot of “firepower,”
  10. 1 t salt, or to taste,
  11. 1 t tabasco, or to taste,
  12. 1 firm mango cubed
  13. Refrigerate for another hour until well chilled.
  14. 1 cup coarse chopped cilantro, toss well!
  15. Serve in butter lettuce “cups.”


Carrie & Seash

PS. More fabrics, pillows, and fun coming asap :)