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10 Recipes to Try for Cinco de Mayo

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By the time Cinco de Mayo rolls around every year, I’m in full ‘Spring’ mode, ready to plant my garden and plan lots of festive and colorful recipes for the warmer months to come. I look forward to using flavors like citrus, avocado, jalapeños and cilantro in any way that I can, whether it be salads, tacos, margaritas or aioli for dipping. So, in spirit of my most-loved festive day of the year, I’ve rounded up 10 mouth-watering recipes for your Cinco celebration, starting with these yummy spicy potato wedges + lime dipping sauce from A House in the Hills.

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Guacamole might be the best snack ever and Rue’s simple recipe is just the way to go for a quick and easy appetizer.

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Shrimp tacos with spicy aioli are a fave in our household. 

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This grilled chicken with tomatillo-tomato salsa from Martha Stewart is great for sunny grill nights.

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Strawberry margarita cupcakes anyone? We posted these last year on SMP Living and I still think they’re the cutest things ever.

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I haven’t tried these grilled citrus salmon tacos from Marshalls Abroad yet, but they’re on the top of my list.

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A Cinco de Mayo celebration isn’t complete with out a margarita. Try this Lime in the Coconut margarita for a tropical twist.

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Pairing cocktails with dessert is always a good idea and this sunny cocktail + Mexican chocolate pudding from The Sweetest Occasion is calling my name.

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Like a bit of spicy with your sweet? Try this Flourless Mexican Chocolate Cake from Fancy Nonsense. 

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Switch up the vodka for tequila in this Grapefruit Basil Popsicles recipe for a frozen margarita-style treat.

Valentine’s Girls Night Inspiration

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You guys, I’ve been so excited to share this gorgeously pink and gold, heart-sprinkled, Valentine’s inspiration with you! Seeing as V-day is on a weekend this year, we’ve got two fabulous nights to celebrate the love: One for you and the beau, and the other? Well, a girls night of course! This Saturday, I’m hosting 10 of my best girls for a night of bubbly, girl talk and friendship celebrating and I couldn’t help but share a few of the pretty details.

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Inspired by the Sugar Paper Gold Hearts Noteset, which I used as the invites, I went with a berry pink, gold and white palette. Since the cocktails will be plentiful, coasters are a must and how could I resist these scalloped ‘XO’ coasters from the J.Crew and Sugar Paper collab?

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Because every party deserves balloons (whether you’re 8 or 80) I picked up some mini heart-shaped ones from Mignon Kitchen Co. to sprinkle around the bar area.

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In order to save myself a bit of stress, time and moolah, I asked each girl to bring an appetizer or dessert. I’ll be doing a super-easy cheese board and gold lined cupcakes, so I’ll have plenty of time for decorating.

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I love my self-inking address stamp for any holiday or celebration. It makes sending out cards and invites and whole lot easier, and pretty too! Of course, gold hearts are fun too.

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I’ll be stocking the bar with bubbly and frozen berries, wine and berry sangria. Yum!

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This love necklace was actually given to me by one of my girlfriends (who is also coming to the party) for my birthday last summer. I wear it almost every single day and am still obsessed with it. You bet I’ll be wearing it this weekend! 

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I’m really not a lipstick girl, way too much effort for me. But I do love a stain, gloss or chapstick with a hint of color. The Fresh Sugar Lip Treatment is my favorite, especially when I’m drinking red wine! If you’re hosting a similar girls night, considering giving these as favors if you have a little extra to spend.

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Pink striped straws always make an appearance at a girly event. 

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For an easy start to cocktail hour, line up your glasses filled half way with frozen berries and when the girls arrive, top with bubbly!

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Valentine’s Day Love Notes

Have you guys picked up your love notes for Valentine’s Day yet? I know, I Know, it’s five weeks away. There’s just something so exciting about tucking a sweet greeting away for your love to find, or sending your best girls something sparkly, don’t you think? And if you’re stationery-obsessed like me, it’s the perfect excuse to load up on pretty paper. Here are a few gems I’m loving this year!

Entertaining with BHLDN

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Planning parties gives me an immense amount of satisfaction. Pulling all my loves into one happy process might explain why—selecting pretty paper, crafting yummy cocktails, arranging flowers to my hearts content and hand-picking the most gorgeous decor. In the planning process, every hostess needs go-to’s and BHLDN sits high atop my go-to list for decor. Most of you may know them for their beautiful wedding goodies, but let’s face it, they’re fitting for just about any soiree you can dream up!

I’m planning a Valentine’s evening with a few of my closest girlfriends and you bet I’ll be scouting BHLDN for a touch of pretty. Here are a few of my faves!

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