Red, White & Oh So Cool: Fourth of July Ideas & Inspiration!

Hey loves!

It’s the end of June and we are ready for the Independence day bashes, parties & barbecues… are you?! The Fourth of July falls on this Tuesday and we want you to be more than prepared to handle all of the meat, sweet treats & specialty red, white & blue drinks! Here are some of our favorite recipes, decor & more all to celebrate the beautiful USA!!

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Drinks Galore!

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Watermelon Sangria

Cool & refreshing… what could be better? Check out the recipe from Delish here.

Photo Credit: Jonathan Boulton

Red, White & Boozy Shakes!

Milkshakes and alcohol in one drink? Color me happy! For the full recipe, check out the Delish page.

Photo Credit: Chelsea Lupkin

Tasty Dishes Meant for Sharing!

Photo Credit: At Home In Love

Quick Grab Snack Bar!

All of your favorite barbecued and freshly-made meals right at your fingertips… easy to snack & share! Check out each recipe here.

Photo Credit: Jonny Valiant

Sugary Delights!

Photo Credit: Cherry Tea Cakes

Fruit Flag Dessert Pizza

This dessert is 100% yummy AND healthy! That’s something worth gushing over. Check out the original recipe here or create your pizza with your own special twist!

Photo Credit: Happy Healthy Mama

Dazzling Decor & Favors!

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Hanging DIY String Lights!

Check out this awesome DIY project to create your own outdoor decor lights!

Photo Credit: Jonathan Fong

For more amazing ideas to celebrate our country, check out the links below! Stay safe AND fab this Fourth of July!!

Wedding Fiesta: Cinco de Mayo Design Inspirations!

Happy Humpday!!

Who doesn’t love a great party, or shall we say fiesta? Cinco de Mayo is this week (thankfully on a Friday) and that means endless margaritas, chips & of course guacamole! We at Marisa Nicole Events are pretty much obsessed with Cinco de Mayo styled celebrations since this holiday is all about being playful with colors and giving a nod to all things Mexican through details and food. In honor of this day of fun and flair, we’re sharing some of our favorite ideas for a Cinco de Mayo themed wedding.

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Signage

We love these signs that incorporate fun sayings to get the party or fiesta started!

Photo Credits: Sposto Photography (Left) Sara Richardson Photography (Right)

Ceremony with Maracas

Have your guests shake some maracas once walk down the aisle as and officially married couple!

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Escort Cards

Start the night off right with tequila shots for all. This is probably one of our favorite ideas for place cards. Your guests will love the fun right from the start of the reception!

Photo Credits: Aislinn Kate Photography

Tablescape

When creating your Cinco de Mayo inspired tablescape think color and color and more color! You can practically incorporate the whole rainbow (paired with neutrals)! Also add a patterned runner. Oh and you cannot forget the cactus and succulents.

Photo Credits: Megan Welker Photography

Drinks

Margaritas, beer, and tequila… need I say anymore? We love the idea of having a margarita or sangria bar with different flavors for your guests to try. And who wouldn’t get excited about a high-end tequila tasting bar? We encourage you to let loose and have fun with your drinks. For a vibrant, playful styled wedding, cutesy accessories are not only appropriate, but encouraged!

Photo Credits: Dyan Kethley Photography

Photobooth

Have your photo booth props stay with the fiesta theme. Sombreros, pinatas, maracas are all a great choice!

Dessert

We at Marisa Nicole Events love sweets… especially anything fried! A warm cinnamon churro served with melty chocolate is the perfect way to end the celebration on a high note (other dulces will do the trick as well… we don’t discriminate when it comes to desserts).

Photo Credits: Melanie Romanoski-Rebane (Left) Heather Roth Fine Art Photography (Right)

Wedding Favors

For your favors, keep with the hot, mexican theme with some hot sauce! Let people bring the heat for future meals.

Photo Credits: Dennis Kwan Photography

Remember if you are planning a fiesta, Cinco de Mayo themed wedding to just have fun with it! It is all about the colors and playfulness! In the midst of all this vibrancy, do remember to pair all these fab hues with neutral tones, to keep your overall aesthetic simultaneously grounded and elevated. We wish you all a fun and fabulous Cinco de Mayo filled with endless margs and guac!

Photo Credits: Wild Whim Design & Photography

Green, Gold & Gourmet: St. Patty’s Shenanigans

Hello Lucky Lovelies!

2017 is flying by and it is time to think green and gold! St. Patrick’s day is this week and lucky for us it is on a Friday… PARTY! We at Marisa Nicole Events love having any excuse to gather and celebrate with friends! Therefore, we encourage you to invite people over to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with a potluck dinner (no pun intended), fun cocktails and sweet treats! Here are some of our favorite St. Patty’s day inspired drinks and desserts to make sure you and your friends enjoy this lucky holiday!

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Guinness Jello Shots

Irish beer is pure gold (or tastes like it). These jello shots will impress your guests with this fun spin on classic jello shots.

What you need:

  • Guinness Stout
  • Unflavored Gelatin
  • Patron Cafe
  • Creme de Cacao
  • Hot Water
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream

Add ½ cup Guinness to a medium bowl, sprinkle on 2 envelopes of gelatin, and allow to sit for 1 minute. Then stir in ¼ cup Patron, ¼ creme de cacao and 1 cup hot water until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Divide the chocolate Guinness jello shot mixture into 15 individual shot glass cups and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. Once chilled, Add ½ cup Bailey’s Irish Cream to a medium bowl, sprinkle 1 packet of gelatin, and let it sit for one minute. Pour ½ cup hot water into the Bailey’s jello shot mixture and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Pour the Bailey’s jello shot mixture over the chilled Guinness mixture. Lastly, refrigerate for 3 hours or until completely set.

Photo & Recipe Credits: Slim Pickin’s Kitchen

Shamrock Sour

This drink not only is green, but it has some Irish whiskey to tickle your tastebuds. Rumor has it this drink is the leprechaun’s favorite!

What you need:

  • Lime juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Irish whiskey
  • Green food coloring
  • Lime wedges for garnish

Combine 2 tablespoons lime juice, ½ tablespoon lemon juice, ¼ cup simple syrup, 2 ounces Irish whiskey and 1 tiny drop of green food coloring and shake well. Strain over ice and garnish with lime wedge and add a fun shamrock stirrer!

Photo & Recipe Credits: Pizzazzerie

Irish Coffee Affogato

There is no better combo than coffee and ice cream but add some Bailey’s and this is a coffee lover’s dream come true!

What you need:

  • Mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Hot espresso
  • Dark chocolate flakes

Place 2 scoops of ice cream in each glass. Pour over 2 tablespoons of Bailey’s Irish Cream, followed by 3 tablespoons of espresso.Sprinkle ½ tablespoon chocolate flakes (or as much as you want!) and serve immediately before it all melts!

Photo & Recipe Credits: Brit + Co

Lucky Charm Rice Krispie Treats

Who doesn’t love rice crispy treats? And they are super easy to make! Make them green and add some Lucky Charms and your guests will be going back for thirds!

What you need:

  • Butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Rice Krispie cereal
  • Vanilla extract
  • Green food coloring
  • Lucky Charms marshmallows

First, melt ¼ cup of butter over low heat until completely melted. Then gradually add 4 cups of marshmallows and stir often. Then mix ½ teaspoon of vanilla and green food coloring. Remove from heat and stir in 5 cups of Rice Krispie cereal. Pick out marshmallows from Lucky Charms cereal. When the mixture is mostly combined, stir in ¾ cup Lucky Charms marshmallows.

Photo & Recipe Credits: Classy Clutter

Chocolate Chip Menthe Cake Pops

Mint (and alcohol) makes any dessert a little bit better! These boozy cake pops are cute, fun and delicious!

What you need:

  • Dark chocolate cake mix
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Eggs
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • Salted butter, room temperature
  • Powdered sugar
  • Creme De Menthe
  • Vanilla extract
  • Coating Chocolate
  • Vanilla almond bark
  • Shortening
  • Sprinkles for garnish

Cook chocolate cake following instructions on the box combining cake mix, 1 cup water, ⅓ cup vegetable oil, 3 eggs and 1 cup milk chocolate chips. While cake is cooking make buttercream with by mixing 1 stick of butter until creamed. Then add in 2 cups powdered sugar, 4 tablespoons of creme de menthe and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Mix until the buttercream is light and fluffy. In a separate bowl mix in cooked cake and buttercream until the cake turns into a ball. Scoop out balls and put on a sheet and refrigerate for an hour. While in the refrigerator, make coating chocolate by microwaving 7 squares of vanilla almond bark and 1 ½ teaspoons of shortening. Once cake balls are ready, put sticks in them and then dip in the chocolate and sprinkle some green, white and gold sprinkles!

Photo & Recipe Credits: Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

Leprechaun Bark

Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate!! This bark is a chocolate lover’s dream! Who needs a pot of gold when you got this dessert?

What you need:

  • Chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips
  • Mint M&Ms
  • Oreo cookies, broken into pieces

First microwave 2 cups bittersweet chocolate in 15 second intervals, stirring after each time until melted and smooth. Spread melted chocolate on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread into a thin even layer. After, do same thing with 1 cup milk chocolate chips. Carefully drizzle over the bittersweet chocolate. Repeat with ½ cup white chocolate. Carefully drizzle over the bittersweet and milk chocolate. Lastly, sprinkle ½ cup M&Ms and 6 Oreos over the melted chocolate and gently press into the chocolate. Set aside to cool completely and let harden before breaking into large pieces.

Photo & Recipe Credits: Countryside Cravings

And when all else fails, bring out the green food coloring for green beer and some mint chip ice cream! We wish you a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day and a lucky 2017!

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Valentine’s Decor: Bringing Cupid into your Home

Hi lovelies!

The Marisa Nicole Events Team loves everything about Valentine’s Day because it is all about celebrating love (duh!) and those you care about the most. It also means that pink and red everything is totally acceptable! We want to give a huge congratulations to those couples who are celebrating their first Valentine’s Day engaged or married!

Photo Credit: Home By Heidi

With Valentine’s Day being just around the corner, it is time to get in the spirit! If you are looking to add some love to your living space and spread the Valentine spirit like cupid would want you to, we have compiled a list of our favorite simple, easy and affordable ways to help decorate your home. Remember, these decorations do not just have to stay up for the Valentine’s Holiday, they can be present in your home year round as you do love your loved ones every single day.

Banners

The easiest way to add some love and design into your home are banners or garland. Turn a plain wall into a photoshoot backdrop or a mantel into the center of attention. There are so many different ways you can style a banner. You can easily buy one at Target or other home decor stores or if you love being creative you can make a DIY banner. In addition, they are so simple to hang, all you need is string and some tacks!

Photo Credit: Sarah Hearts

Marquee Signs

Nothing lights up a room (literally & figuratively) more than a fabulous marquee sign! You can keep it simple with XOXO or you can have a saying like “All you need is love.” There are many places to buy them or you can go to any craft store and purchase a kit to decorate your own!

Photo Credit: Kristi Murphy

Vases

Liven up your bedroom or make a centerpiece for your dining room table by making pink and red vases. Whether you bought flowers for yourself or your significant other bought them for you, they deserve a beautiful vase to be put in! A few ideas are to take a mason jar, extra can or glass bottle lying around your house and paint them solid colors, ombre, add hearts, or add glitter! There are thousands of ways to turn a plain old mason jar into a beautiful vase.

Photo Credit: Mason Jar Crafts

Pillows

Simply swap out your normal pillows for Valentine’s theme pillows to add romance to your living room. Next time you are watching a romantic comedy with your loved one, you can sit back and relax with cute cushions.

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Bar Carts

Our personal favorite way to add some spirit into your living space is with spirits! Bar carts are functional, trendy and just overall awesome! The best part of a bar cart is it is so simple to change during the seasons and holidays. Add some chocolate, candy, and champagne and you are all ready to have a romantic night with your love!

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I hope these tips bring some love to your living space! At Marisa Nicole Events we do believe that you should be celebrating your loved ones 365 days a year! So having pink, red, and hearts around the house year round is completely encouraged! Oh and one last tip, keep a bowl of chocolate kisses in every room of the house because isn’t Valentine’s also all about the chocolate?!

Photo Credit: Cool Crafts