there’s something about mary

bloody mary recipe_jsorelle

There’s something about a Bloody Mary. So, so good. It’s a tradition that we cheers with a Bloody Mary in hand at my grandma and grandpa’s Easter celebration. My incredibly cool aunt Marti is our volunteer bartender {it’s on her resume from her college days}, and she is good y’all! I asked her to share her delish Bloody Mary recipe with us because I was craving one and honestly hers in the best, and she kindly obliged. So, either start the FAC early with one of these this evening…or start the day off good with one tomorrow. She sent a bonus recipe for another cocktail too, so we’ll share soon.

bloody mary recipe_jsorelle

Bloody Mary Recipe
recipe by cool aunt Marti
servings: good for one Bloody Mary

You’ll Need
1 shot vodka (if you want it stronger, 2 is ok and good quality vodka Kettle One or Absolut is recommended)
5 dashes of worcestershire sauce
3-4 shakes pepper
3 shakes celery salt
1/4 cup pickle juice
ice
Tabasco to taste {5 dashes tasted good}
Fill the glass with tomato juice {ends up being about 1 cup} and mix!

 Note: You can always add more tabasco or picked juice. And, aunt Marti recommends preparing it in a shake glass so you can shake and mix well. Garnish with salt around the rim and of course, add a pickle, pepperocini or celery.
bloody mary ingredients_jsorelle
bloody mary recipe_jsorelle
{images via j. sorelle}

 

DIY sparkly bar

Here’s one of the details from our Sparkle from Head to Toe photo shoot we told you about Fri {the one featured on Hostess with the Mostess}.

We created the perfect party for women to kick off the holiday season and really SHINE. The sparkle party gave women a chance to gossip with friends over cocktails and cookies, try on and shop for jewelry by local artists, and paint their nails at a OPI nail painting station. Women deserve to Sparkle from Head to Toe…and this party let them do just that!

As you know, every good party needs a bar. With a small space, and a tight budget, we created a DIY bar from a tray. It’s a great accessory for any holiday party, bachelorette party, birthday party, or just a night with the ladies. Here’s how you can do it too.

DIY Black and White Striped Bar Tray

You’ll Need
Tray
Paint
Paint brushes
Painters tape
Wood letter from your local WalMart, Hobby Lobby or Michaels
Gold Glitter Spray Paint

How To
Clean and sand the tray if necessary.
Spray paint the whole tray with white primer.
Once primer is dry, paint entire tray white. Repeat once for two coats.
Add Painter’s Tape where you want stripes. My tray had the perfect lines carved into it, so I just lined the tape up with those.
Paint the non-taped parts black. I used a brush to paint for more control, instead of spray paint. Repeat for a total of 2 coats.
After 24 hours, pull the tape from the tray.
If you have any touch ups to do, use a small brush and paint to fix.
For the letters, it’s best to use the primer to spray paint so you don’t see the wood grain under the glitter.
Once the primer is dry, spray paint with glitter spray paint.
Accessorize the bar with champagne, Izze drinks and fresh fruit.

Labels printed and sparkled by FLEUR DE LIS, custom paperie.

{via Tutto Bella}

sparkle from head to toe featured on hwtm

We’re thrilled and totally giddy to tell you that our latest party, Sparkle From Head to Toe, is featured on Hostess with the Mostess {Party of 5} today. OMG! Please take a moment and check it out here. Click on Sparkle From Head to Toe by Tre Sorelle.

We had so much fun styling this shoot…and we pulled it off with 5 kids under 5 running around behind-the-scenes, a first trimester preggo and very nauseous sister, a patient and kid-loving photographer {thanks Meredith Moran}, and our wonderful mom who made sure the kids were well cared for, and made sure we were done in 2 hours…in time to make it to Sunday mass.

We wanted to create a sparkly party to give women a chance to gossip with friends over cocktails and cookies, try on and shop for jewelry by local artists, and paint their nails at a OPI nail painting station. Women deserve to Sparkle from Head to Toe…and this party let’s them do just that! And it’s the perfect time of year to throw a sparkly party – or add it to the planning boards for your next bachelorette party, birthday party or ladies get together.

Thanks to OPI and Nicole by OPI for sending us gorgeous polish colors, and thanks for Kathryn Giarratano Jewelry to letting us model her gorgeous hand-made jewelry, and of course Jenna at Fleur de Lis for designing a beautiful invitation.

Check back in with us this week – we’re sharing details and tutorials on how to make the DIY striped tray bar and the small frames-turned-into trays/party favors.

VENDOR LOVE
Photography: Meredith Moran Photography
Jewelry: Kathryn Giarratano, contact trejsorelle@gmail.com for more info/to order
Nail Polish: OPI  and Nicole by OPI
Personally Speaking
Honey Ryder
Kissed at Midnight
Totally in the Dark
Luke of the Draw
Invitations and Printed Supplies: Fleur de Lis, a paperie
Cookies: Homemade
Location: Fleur de Lis, a paperie

 {images via Meredith Moran Photography}

 

last minute

…it’s my style. No matter how much I try to prepare, I am always doing things at the last-minute. So Halloween is no different this year for me. Here’s some last-minute Halloween ideas that you can easily do, and still impress your guests, or kids. Some can even lengthen the ‘fall’ holidays {Halloween and Thanksgiving}, because the idea may be relevant for both occasions.

Pumpkin Punch, Honestly Yum

Fang Napkin Holders, Food Network

Pumpkin and Ghost Sharpie Balloons, Pinterest

Spider Ice Cubes, Love This Pic

Pumpkin Cooler, Southern Living

Mummy Door, Honey and Fitz

In the Fun Lane, Ravens and Driftwood
I love the idea of using branches or driftwood with Halloween decor…and I love the candles too 

{images via Southern Living, Honestly YumPinterest, Food Network, Love This Pic, Honey and Fitz and In the Fun Lane}

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The weekend is almost here.

I know this weekend, I am going to spend time with my family and of course, all the babies, really absorb the beauty of the fall colors {yes, the photo below is the picturesque setting I wake up to these days}, walk through the last farmer’s market for fresh produce, make a cocktail and enjoy a latte while I stroll into the local boutiques. I hope you get a chance, even just a minute, to enjoy the smell of autumn, and take in the beauty of the season. And, if you are up for it, here’s some things we recommend you add to your itinerary this weekend.

1. Make this delicious recipe for your family {or just for you}. I make it frequently and love it! Made it last night with a Sesame Soy salad, and I savored every bite of the meal…the kiddos and husband did too.

2. Bring the beauty of the warm, fall colors inside. Whether its several twigs, a bunch of berries, or single leaves, find bottles and vases to put on display.

3. This is a beautiful, thoughtful DIY wreath I want to make and hang on my door. It’s a lovely way to welcome guests, and it warms the home to the cold season ahead.

4. Be kind to others. Teach your children to be kind. For some inspiration, read this.

4. Fall is here, and one way to get in the autumn mood is to make a Spiced Apple Cider, by the fabulous ladies of A Beautiful Mess.

{image via Tutto Bella}