Today I am thrilled to share my style inspirations for four different types of bride, on Haute Apple Pie‘s Wedding Month!

No matter what kind of wedding you’re planning, your bridal ensemble is undeniably one of the most monumental parts of expressing your style. With all eyes on you, you want to feel like you’re not only capturing the perfect vibe of this special event you’ve worked so hard on, but also representing your authentic everyday self. There are countless ways to express yourself on your wedding day. Check out the full article on Haute Apple Pie for a few ideas from which to draw inspiration this wedding season.

 

Some girls were just made to party. If that’s you, do you really need a reason? You can always create cause for celebration: your birthday, your Chihuahua’s birthday, a new job or promotion, a recent break up with a boyfriend, the purchase of a fabulous new condo. Whatever you want to celebrate, you can.

A Fire girl is the life of the party, so why limit your guest list? Use this shindig as a chance to meet more people in your area. I suggest throwing a party of this nature at a restaurant, bar, or outdoor location, so you do not need to be concerned about space. Many bars will offer you a private room just for guaranteeing a number of patrons for the night.

The Décor:
The mood in the room should feel fun and flirty. Don’t be afraid to think outside the box and use a dual-purpose centerpiece like a mad hatter cake. It makes a great conversation piece and can be served to all of your guests later in the evening. Bright pink and teal contrasted with black accents, such as a black lace runner, will set the stage for a fun evening. Adding diamond shaped ice cubes to your display and using ostrich feathers to identify your appetizers are just a few fun ways to bring your personality into your party.

The Playlist:
Speaking of dancing, suggest a playlist to the DJ that includes artists like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Jay-Z or old school classics like Bon Jovi, Salt ‘n Peppa (who doesn’t like to Shoop?) and AC/DC.

The Outfit:
Ditch the every day jeans and throw on a bright colored dress with some lace tights to be the belle of this ball. It’s not about how your feet will feel in the morning – strap on a pair of high-heeled peep toe boots to dance the night away. Coordinate your look with some playful jewelry and feather handbag and glam up your makeup to let everyone know that this is your night to celebrate!

Fire
Fire by swade525 featuring Dorothy Perkins shoes

The Menu:
More dancing, less eating. This type of party should not be heavy on the food. Some great finger foods and colorful candy buffet will keep your guests fueled and excited all night long. My menu would include:

  • Shrimp Cocktail in Pink Martini Glasses
  • Roasted Tomato Bruschetta
  • A cheese, cracker, and fruit display
  • Spinach and Goat Cheese Quesadillas
  • A candy buffet filled with pink, silver, and blue candies such as bubblegum, Hershey’s Kisses, Jelly Beans, Sweetarts and M&Ms.

The Signature Drink:
Rest assured this will not be the only drink served at your party, but a signature shot to honor the lady of the night is a welcomed addition to any party. Name the shot after the reason for your celebration. Perhaps, “The Birthday Girl Shot” or “Single and Fabulous.” Be creative.

“Pick a Reason” Shot
One part X-Rated Fusion Liquor
One part Chambord
Pink sugar to coat rim

Mix X-Rated Fusion Liquor and Chambord with ice in a martini shaker. Pour into shot glass. Enjoy!

Most of all, you want to relax and have fun. Take care of the details before this event and let the party run itself. You will not be disappointed.

Stef at Haute Apple Pie

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A Note from The Life Styled

We hope you enjoyed this week of marathon partying with the girls of Haute Apple Pie! If you didn’t get a chance to see my HAP guest entries on each of the girls’ essences and elemental home décor, check them out via the links below.

Elemental Home Décor With Catherine Sheppard – an interview with moi!

Metal & Wood: At Home with Katie

Earth & Metal: At Home with Anne

Water & Earth: At Home with Stef

 

Who needs a fancy dinner when the great outdoors are calling? Nothing is more appealing to an active Wood than a party that involves “doing” so turn your outdoor activities into a special occasion with a little extra planning. I’d plan a picnic shore lunch for a sunny summer day spent floating down a river casting for fish with my husband or a handful of adventurous friends.

Don’t have a canoe or fishing rods?  Just check the Internet for canoe rental vendors (usually for a specific river) or an outdoor goods store, such as REI, where you can rent gear for the day.  You can also always just go for a hike in local nature preserve if your party is more impromptu than planned.

The Decor:
You’ll need to be able to easily trek along with items in tow or consolidate space in your canoe so that you have room to snag a few fish.  A collapsible picnic basket and fold up “furniture” make it easy to pack in and pack out.  Eco-friendly water bottles and plates let you eat lunch with ease and style. Don’t forget to bring a compass or map in case you take a wrong turn!


The Playlist:
Let’s be honest…you don’t need a playlist when you have the sounds of water rushing and birds chirping.

The Outfit:
Wear a preppy but comfortable combo of tank top and button down shirt plus a change of shoes to ensure that you’re ready for whatever weather the day holds. Opt for a stylish and funky head scarf, like this now-iconic Alexander McQueen, instead of a hat and trade your purse for a fold up tote to stash away those spare clothes. Sunglasses and sunscreen are a must!

A Woodsy Picnic
A Woodsy Picnic by kpkregel featuring Alexander McQueen accessories

The Menu:
With no refrigerator and no serving trays, you’ll have to be simple and sensible about food. Since you don’t want to carry around extra garbage when you’re done, food that requires minimum wrapping is ideal. Your picnic lunch might include:

  • Thai Peanut Chicken wraps
  • Crunchy Asian slaw
  • Sliced apples and watermelon
  • Home made trail mix
  • S’more bars

The Signature Drink:
Besides packing plenty of water, you’ll want a refreshing bev for lunch and maybe for the canoe too (I mean, this is a party afterall). A fusion of mojito-meets-marg-meets-G&T fits the bill:


Watermelon Gin Fizz
1 1/2-2 shots gin
6-8 chunks watermelon, pureed
1 tsp sugar
splash water
1/2 of a lime
handful of mint leaves
splash of seltzer

Place mint, sugar and water in the bottom of a glass and muddle well. Squeeze excess liquid from mint leaves and discard. Add gin. Puree watermelon in a food processor or blender and add puree to the glass. Squeeze in the lime juice and add a splash of seltzer. Add ice if you’re at home.

NOTE: Recipe is for one but you can multiply it for a group and taste test. You’ll want to prepare this ahead of time and put it in a Thermos without ice. If you have a cooler with ice, it should chill itself but if not, try partially freezing it the night before you leave to keep it cold and slushy. You could also freeze the watermelon before you puree them to create “ice” that won’t water down your drink.

Katie at Haute Apple Pie

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Dinner parties are a great way to reconnect with friends and family and hosting it outside in the late summer months gets rid of any space restraints you may have in your home. Having an outdoor dinner party gives the hosts more space to accommodate all of their guests.

The Decor
The rustic wood table can be set with natural colored linens and neutral plates and napkins. Guests can sit on long benches or a variety of different chairs you have in your home. Because the party will be held at dusk, your light can come from candles and lanterns hung from the trees. Late summer evenings can sometimes be cool, so a fire pit and extra blankets would be a special touch for your guests.

From top left: Patio Umbrella, Ladderback Chair, Acacia Tray, Fire pit, Emma Dinnerware, Alpaca Throw, Capri CandleCandle, Numbered Buds Pillow, Lantern

The Playlist
Laid back and casual music is a must at this outdoor dinner party. Think of tunes that will be fun to listen to and have that nostalgic feel. Look back at your old CD collections and pull some old Counting Crows and Dave Matthew’s band songs, mixed with some music by The Fray and Kings of Leon.

The Outfit
Because earths crave comfort, I would choose a casual yet chic outfit for this party – a cozy tunic, comfortable boots in a rich brown color, some earthy statement jewelry, and an oversized bag.

The Menu
The menu can be simple and delicious. As appetizers, guests can snack on pita chips and crudites with garlic white bean dip. For the main course, I would serve:

  • Beef and Chicken Satay with Peanut Dipping Sauce
  • Black Bean Couscous
  • Seasonal Green Salad
  • Homemade Dinner Rolls
  • Free Form Apple Tart with Caramel Ice Cream

The Signature Drink
This cocktail called Autumn’s Cup is an all-organic recipe from Paul Abercrombie’s book Organic, Shaken and Stirred and is an amazing blend of apples, bay leaves and herbal liqueur.

Autumn’s Cup
1 ½ ounces Calvados
¾ ounces Benedictine liqueur
5 thin organic apple wedges, unpealed
2 organic bay leaves
3 whole organic cloves
Splash of club soda
Pinch of freshly graded organic nutmeg
Combine the first 5 ingredients in a tall ice cube filled glass and stir to combine. Top off with club soda and a light grating of nutmeg.

Anne at Haute Apple Pie

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As a Metal, you’re probably already the quintessential hostess – thoughtful, glamorous and appearing to do it all effortlessly. For your next party, put a vintage twist on things with a Gatsby-esque theme that highlights your stellar taste. Keep things clean and simple so that you can be detail-oriented without stressing yourself out.

The Decor:
Start with a luxe neutral palette of milky creams and rich charcoals that automatically say expensive (shh, we won’t tell if they’re not!) and then dig out your best china to set a perfect table.  This is the perfect time to use those heirloom pieces from Grandma or that pricey wedding set you never use.  Since Metal detailing is all about elegance, take a page from Gatsby with art deco inspired accents like crystal goblets and geometrically cut napkin rings.  Add that last bit of polish by filling the table, hidden corners and the bathroom with ladylike blush-colored peonies and plenty of candlelight.


The Playlist:
Stick with Jazz Age classics like Miles Davis and John Coltrane during dinner but mix things up a little for cocktails with Bebel Gilberto, Michael Buble, Madeleine Peyroux or Ingrid Lucia.

The Outfit:
As the hostess, you’ll look like your classy self wearing a simply cut but richly detailed cocktail dress. Layers of pearls contrasted by stacks of brushed metal bangles create a perfect mix of modern and elegant and tie into the art deco theme. And of course, nothing says timeless like a signature scent from Chanel.

A Metal Dinner Party
A Metal Dinner Party by kpkregel featuring Zac Posen dresses

The Menu:
Upscale food doesn’t have to be complicated if the flavors are great. Make the bisque in advance and re-heat and order desserts from your favorite bakery. If you’re having a larger party, hire a server or two for the night from a catering company or from the pool of willing teens that live down the block and consider turning your menu into passed appetizers, such as soup shooters or risotto cakes. Other menu items could include:

  • Roasted red pepper bisque
  • Petit filet mignon and/or pecan crusted salmon
  • White wine and mushroom risotto
  • Haricot verts with slivered almonds
  • Assorted petit fours and tartlettes

The Signature Drink:
Gatsby would have nothing less than a fully stocked bar with favorite liquors and plenty of good quality champagne. Bring things into 2010 with an interactive station allows guests to customize your signature champagne cocktail to their taste.

Metal Champagne cocktail

Raspberry Pomegranate Sparklers
2 parts champagne or sparkling wine
1 part raspberry pomegranate juice
1 part real lemonade or orange juice
frozen pomegranate seeds or raspberries for garnish

Pour champagne into flutes and add pomegranate juice. Garnish with frozen fruit. Display orange juice and lemonade in pretty carafes and allow guests to finish off the cocktail with their juice of choice.

Katie at Haute Apple Pie

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Welcome to Party Week on The Life Styled with special guests, the girls of Haute Apple Pie! They’ve created five exclusive shindig concepts, for each of the elements! Need to brush up on your Fashion Feng Shui? Check out any of these posts from our archives. First up, enjoy the eclectic Water party by Stef (a Water herself)! - CS

When a small group of foodies are getting together, an international tapas party is a great way to create a relaxed atmosphere and provide an intimate environment for personal conversation about food, politics, religion and a bunch of other topics you aren’t “supposed to talk about.”

Due to the amount time needed in and out of the kitchen when preparing these small dishes, a tapas party is best thrown with a smaller group of 5-10 people. Allow your kitchen to be a place of conversation (as we know, people tend to congregate in the kitchen anyway). A tapas party should not be a “sit-down dinner.” Prepare dishes at different times of the night, allowing your guests to nibble and mingle all night long.

The Décor:
To create an international feel to your party, dress your table with metallic linens and serving dishes incorporating copper, bronze and gold with dark hued colors such as deep reds and blues. Adding some animal prints, such as the zebra print serving tray, will emphasize the unique style. Simple floating candle centerpieces with colored stones resting on the bottom soften the lighting and add a calming effect to the room. Easily handled appetizer plates allow for your guests to move freely throughout your space without having to sit with a plate on their laps. Pier One is a great place to find some eclectic, affordable knick knacks to spread throughout your home to create the perfect “water” look.

The Playlist:
Download iTunes Essentials Global Celebration for a funky mix of music from around the world.

The Outfit:
A true water personality has a flair for the eclectic. Show it off with a pair of dark skinny jeans, flowing shirt and animal print heels. Top of the look with some stone jewelry and a pair of thick framed black glasses.

Water

Water by swade525 featuring Nine West shoes

The Menu:
Though tapas originated in Spain, any of your favorite dishes from around the globe can be served as one of these tiny dishes. I suggest making a few cold dishes that can be prepared the night before or before the party begins to cut down on time and stress. A sample menu may include:

  • Marinated Olives
  • Melon, Chorizo and Artichoke Salad
  • Lime Drizzled Shrimp
  • Pork Empanadas
  • Roasted Asparagus with Serrano Ham
  • Tres Leches Cake with Strawberries
  • Chocolate Fondue with Angel Food Cake

There are a lot of great tapas cookbooks on the market. Many of these recipes come from Tapas by Susanna Tee (a personal favorite). Or try Tapas: Small Sensational Tastes from Spain by Joyce Goldstein.

The Signature Drink:
What says tapas better than sangria? Sangria is a great option for a less stress party as you are able to make it ahead of time and have guests pour for themselves.

Traditional Red Sangria:
2 bottles of red wine, like Rioja
1 C brandy
1 C orange juice
¼ C sugar
2 oranges, cut into thin rounds
2 lemons, cut into thin rounds
2 limes, cut into thin rounds
2 Golden Delicious apples, cored and cut into small chunks
2 C Club Soda

In a large pitcher, combine wine, brandy, orange juice and sugar until dissolved. Add fruit and refrigerate 3-4 hours or overnight. Add club soda before serving.

Conversation Starter:
Impress your intellectual friends by telling them this fun fact. The word tapa means lid. This refers the piece of bread that innkeepers would place on top of a glass of wine to keep the flies out. From there, the idea of placing small food on top of bread to accompany your wine glass was born. Cheers to the innkeeper!

Stef at Haute Apple Pie

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A Wood New Year

After a lazy and indulgent holiday break, the beginning of the new year often brings on a heavy load of… guilt. Whether you have a few pounds to shed, or need to start make long strides towards a big goal you’ve set for this year, a Wood intention will help you get it all done.

Your Look’s Key Words: Movable. Sporty. Natural.
Style Elements: Plant based fabrics. Vertical shapes. Blues and greens. Athletic or utility pieces.

Get Active With Wood
Get Active With Wood by thelifestyled featuring All Saints

Tips to Woodify Your Life
1. Move your body. It may sound obvious, but getting the blood flowing doesn’t just help you stay physically fit – it keeps your brain working at its full potential, thus getting you fully ready to reach all your goals this year. While the thought of exercising might be the last thing you want to do, you’re whole being will benefit from a little movement each day. So grab the dog and go for a stroll, or set up a sledding excursion with your friends (a few trips up that hill will certainly have you hurting tomorrow).

Toboggan, $190

2. Set daily goals. There’s nothing like the feeling of accomplishment you get when you reach a goal, no matter how big or small. If you set attainable daily goals for yourself, you’ll end each day feeling great about what you did, and looking forward to what the next day has in store.

Russell + Hazel Top 10 Notebook, $10 for one, 92 for a set of 10

3. Go organic. These days, it’s hard to know what you’re really eating unless you grew it yourself. While it can be a bit pricier, eating organic is not only better for our world, but it’s healthier for your body. Check out this great article on how to shop organic, by the domestic goddesses at Haute Apple Pie.

LA’s Original Farmers Market Cookbook, $17

Wood energy is something we can all incorporate into our lives in the new year, no matter what your resolutions may be. It’s all about moving forward, and accomplishing your goals so you can achieve a better future. Who can’t identify with that?