Bloom into Spring with DIY Watercolor Flower Cups + Giveaway

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Clearly, Jessica is in the mood for paper cups and watercolor this spring. Jenna was described as the ‘flower child’ growing up, but it seems Jessica’s inner flower child is coming out now. First came the bunnies, and then came the flowers.

Our Nani, fabulous as ever at age 79, is a proper lady that loves to entertain and host. She’s good at it, too. Amazingly, she has more energy then we do. Just like mother’s do, she will still walk up to us at a party {even in our 20′s and 30′s}and remind us to say hi to Mr. and Mrs. so and so, and congratulate them on their recent successes. We never understood it until we became mothers. Being the hostess with the mostess that she is, the thought of using plastic and paper glassware and flatware at a party is unbearable. It must always be china or glassware.

But, these DIY watercolor flower cups got the seal of approval from good ‘ole Nani P. They are paper, but they look lovely, and they don’t look cheap. You can fill them with water, juice or a fave cocktail, or fill them with a favor. They make for a great place card, too, with custom names painted on them. Use them for Easter, a spring brunch, bridal shower or baby shower.

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If you like them, and think they would be a great fit for your next event, follow us on instagram, then tag a friend in comments under the photo of these cups. Those who follow and tag will be entered to win a set of 30 of these watercolor cups for FREE – you can choose to receive a variety, or pick your faves. We are not professional artists, and what you see is what you get. But, for free, they are darn adorable. Giveaway starts March 25 and ends March 31, 2015. Giveaway is not sponsored by Instagram. Names are NOT included on cups for giveaway. Good luck.

Questions? Email us at hello@jsorelle.com.

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To make them, you’ll need:

  • Paper Cups {$1 for a pack of 10}
  • Watercolor paints
  • Brush
  • Water

The amazing one step tutorial is…explore floral inspiration in your head, online or on a print, experiment with watercolor paint.

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{images via j. sorelle}

the most delicious french toast recipe ever

We recently celebrated sweet Stella’s baptism, and my hubby and I hosted brunch. Because the food was so good, and because this would be the PERFECT Easter brunch menu addition, today we’re sharing a top-secret, all-time FAVORITE recipe.

 I promise, it will be a HUGE hit. It’s so delicious.
Please forgive us…as we were in a rush to make the baptism {always running late}, we forgot to take a final photo of the dish to show you what its supposed to look like out of the oven, and once I got the camera to take one final shot, the dish was empty {and so were people’s plates}…but when you taste this dish, you will forgive me. 

French Toast
recipe by friend, Penny Walker
serves 5-8 people in 9×13 pyrex

Ingredients

1/2 cup butter
1` cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoon corn syrup
2 handful pecans
1 loaf french bread
5 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 cup Half & Half Cream
1 tsp Grand Marnier Liquer
1.5 teaspoon salt

Directions

Add butter, brown sugar , corn syrup and pecans to small pan and cook on medium until dissolved.
Pour into bottom of a 9×13 pyrex dish.
Slice the french bread into 2 inch pieces and then cut off the crust.
Add the pieces of bread in a random fashion to the top of the dish, slightly overlapping each other.
Mix eggs, cream, vanilla, grand marnier and salt into a medium bowl together, then pour on the bread in the pyrex
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, uncovered in a double broiler {double broiler means to cook in a pyrex inside a larger pan with water in it}
It will be golden brow on top when done. Cut into squares and serve.
Oh, people are going to come back for seconds and thirds, I promise!! Enjoy!

 {images via Tutto Bella}