Our Local Minneapolis Valentine’s Day Favorites

Love is in the air! We’re so excited to welcome February with open arms and happy hearts this month. One of our favorite holidays, Valentine’s Day, is just around the corner, and we’ve been brainstorming a list of fun adventures around Minneapolis to spend this darling day. Grab your crush or favorite gal pal(s), some sweet somethings , and the willingness to try something new to celebrate and this special day!

 

Bottle & Bottega – Minneapolis

Calling all our girlfriends! Bottle & Bottega Minneapolis is throwing some Valentine’s day “paint + sip” sessions. What better way to spend a “Gal-entines” than sipping vino with your favorite gals, and getting a little creative. Put your artistic skills to the test in a fun, comfortable, and laid back environment.  And, the best part? You have a piece of art you can take home and  to always look back on!

 

Schedule your session today: February Calendar

 

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Ivy Spa Club – Minneapolis

Grab your sweetie, and relieve that extra tension this Valentine’s Day by spending it at the fabulous, Ivy Spa Club. This top notch spa and salon goes beyond anyone’s expectations for a soothing experience. Nothing says, “I Love You”, like a pamper package at this luxurious spa. Package experiences accompany romantic couples, classic combos, and happy hours for you & friends. Bonus, they’ve extended their Valentines hours February 10th-18th to meet your scheduling needs!

Schedule your session today: Valentines Packages & Specials

 

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Twin Cities Trapeze Center – Minneapolis

Trapeze lessons anyone? I know what you’re thinking, “you’re crazy, I can’t do that”. Thankfully, this awesome location and staff make it possible for you to go completely out of your comfort zone and soar! If you’re looking for a fun, and high-energy way to spend some time with those you love, look no further. They offer a unique variety of all-ages, beginner classes to make your Valentine’s Day nothing short of exhilarating. Take your love to new heights! Pun intended.

 

Schedule your session today: Classes Offered
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Cooks of Crocus Hill – Locations all over Minnesota

It’s time get hands on! It’s amazing what connections can be made in the kitchen while whipping up a delicious meal + dessert. Cook of Crocus Hill makes it’s possible for you this February to “Cozy Up with Cupid” in a Valentine’s Day culinary experience. What’s on the menu? “…crisp Prosecco to kick off an evening of artfully marinated shrimp, deeply flavored roasted vegetables, a perfect steak, and of course, dessert that’s as delightful as love itself.” Okay, our mouths are watering! With locations all over the metro, it’s impossible not to find a time that works for you.

 

Chop, Chop! Schedule Now: Cozy Up with Cupid

 

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Yoga Sol – NE Minneapolis

This next activity and location just might be one of our favorites! For all our active and zen gals, Yoga Sol is throwing some refreshing and love aimed classes this February that are too enticing to miss. We recommend their “Show the Love Event” for our groups of fun loving girlfriends that want to move and mingle! For our sweet couples, “Partner Yoga” is a definite must that celebrates connection, trust, and love. Yoga Sol is a completely donation-based studio, so we encourage early arrival to snag your spots.

 

Find your class today: Yoga Sol Events

 

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There you have it, babes! A compiled list of our favorite Minneapolis destinations to spend your exciting Valentine’s Day. The city has so much to offer, but we recommend jumping on these opportunities while you can. We are all about fun and adding a twist to the classic V-day dinner & dessert with all of the events mentioned above. Whether you’re spending the 14th with your special someone, best girlfriends, or your loving family, we know your day will be filled with an immense amount of love, gratitude, and adventure.

 

XOXO,

 

The WP team

Poppin’ The Bubbly!

 

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Hello hello friends!

Soooo, we’ve been busy working on a dream project and we’re finally able to announce it. Yep, POP THE BUBBLY! We could not be more overwhelmed with joy and excitement, a tad nervous at times ;) and a lot of sleepless nights envisioning something bigger and more beautiful than we could imagine.

So, without further adieu, meet The Hutton House. The Hutton House is a premier event venue located in the heart of Medicine Lake, Minnesota… literally minutes from downtown Minneapolis. Designing and building an event venue has always been on our bucket list of dreams, and when we had a kindred “kismet” meeting with the most fabulous “now partners,” we knew we could not look back. Crazy how things happen in life, and we are so grateful and excited for our entire HH team.

 

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The Hutton House will be modern, clean, farm-like, lots of beautiful, warm white spaces, natural light, charming details and décor, and a space to host your wedding/event of your dreams, regardless, of what “style” you might be. We can host small intimate gatherings or larger grand affairs. The HH will have 2 large event spaces along with a beautiful outdoor courtyard, and so much more! And, The Hutton House is for everyone. White Peacock loves creating and planning beautiful celebrations, but we truly admire our entire community of all Minnesota (and worldwide) planners, creatives, and industry partners. We are passionate about creating life’s most memorable experiences and we hope to share this through our new adventure.

“Life is about creating and living experiences that are worth sharing.” –Steve Jobs

For more details and exciting Hutton House happenings please visit us at www.thehuttonhousemn.com and follow along on our Instagram account @thehuttonhouse and The Hutton House on Facebook.

And, for all you newly engaged brides and grooms out there, The Hutton House will be debuting itself at the Minnesota UNVEILED premier bridal show, Sunday, February 5th at the Minneapolis Convention Center. For more information… www.unveiledweddingevent.com

Cheers and see you at the HH!

Nicole, Jenn & Team Hutton House

 

 

 

 

 

 

Festive DIY’s to Ring in the New Year!

So the countdown to the New Year begins!

Soon we’ll be replacing the “sugar plums dancing in your head”, to visions of sparkly jello shots & shiny pinatas as we approach 2017! NYE is right around the corner and you know we love hosting a celebration to remember.

For the last minute planners (which we totally get), and for anyone that loves a little sparkle, we’ve put together a list of festive DIY’s to dance up any New Year’s Eve bash.

1. DIY Party Crowns

Nothing says “midnight kiss ready” like gold, sparkling and shimmering crowns for your guests! These DIY crowns are simple and fun, and we’ve included links for full instructions on how to achieve these looks.

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How to:

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• Star Crowns

These glitz crowns are 100% certified for NYE selfie cuteness! To save prep time, make a handful of these goodies and use them as props for a DIY photo booth.

2. DIY Sprinkle Bar + Ice Cream Sandwich Pops!

We love the idea of serving your guest’s yummy desserts that will hit their sweet tooth throughout the night. Luckily, this is a no-bake treat, so there’s minimum room for error.

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How To:

• You’ll need to purchase basic ice cream sandwiches, lollipop sticks, and LOTS of sprinkles.

• Cut sandwiches into fourths for mini fun, or leave as is for full size.

• Pop in your sticks and roll or sprinkle your toppings on.

TIP: For more NYE party fun, create a sprinkle toppings bar…or should we say a sparkle bar! Full instructions can be found here.

3. DIY Floating Filler Centerpiece

We love when our party spaces are tied together through common centerpieces such as beautiful floral, fairy light vases, glimmering candles, etc. Needless to say, we were drawn to this color popping balloon centerpiece for a festive NYE gathering.

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How To:

• You’ll need a balloon pump, latex balloons, and clear vases.

• With the vases next to you, eyeball how many balloons you’ll need to fill each vase. From there, blow up your balloons.

• Work with your color palette to place the balloons nicely and evenly into each vase, and arrange!

4. DIY Disco Ball Pinata

We’re all for adding a little bit of fun to any celebration whether that’s through games, whiskey tastings, dancing, or sparkly pinatas! While thinking about what would fit best for a NYE celebration, we came across this disco ball beauty, and said Yes, Yes, Yes!

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How To:

• We’d be lying if he said we had any idea of how to make these beauties…follow the full instructions here!

TIP: For a fun burst of color, add vibrant handfuls of confetti alongside candy and any other sweet treats you want to hide inside.

5. Pop Rockin! Jelly Shots

We’ll say it now, and we’ll say it again, keep it simple yet make everything SPARKLE on NYE night. This goes beyond the decor and party props, but to your delicious eats and drinks as well. This next DIY is not only fun to make with a batch of your closest girlfriends, but they’re also cute & simple edible decor to fill your bar cart.

How To: Full directions here!

Okay babes, we’ve covered eats, drinks, decor, and a little bit of fun for your New Year’s Eve DIY’s to ring in your 2017. So put your DIY crown on and shine!

And, don’t forget to shimmy, sip’, and socialize the NYE night away!

See you in 2017.

Xo,

Team WP

WP Holiday Style Guide

Only 9 days till Christmas, can you believe it? These next few days are bound to be full of holiday festivities including shopping, baking, Christmas parties, and SO much more.

While it’s all much to be excited about, finding an outfit for any holiday event you might have planned can also be quite stressful. After all, don’t we all feel the most motivated when we are looking and feeling our best?

The White Peacock team has got you covered, as we’ve gathered our favorite holiday pieces, and those currently trending, into one blog post! What a dream.

Let’s talk top & bottoms, the basis of your holiday look. Our gal’s here at WP are always in favor of a single standout piece in the overall look that will demand all eyes on you. Our pick for the holiday season? Sequin leggings. Yes!

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We definitely suggest glittered pants for the edgy, sophisticated, and everyday business women. No worries if you enjoy a softer look because we’ve found your eye-catching piece as well, the tulle skirt! These iridescent skirts give us major Nutcracker vibes, and they’re perfect for the feminine, playful, and simplistic lady.

Sequin Legging Link!

Tulle Skirts Link!

Don’t forget to add a fabulous heel to your holiday look that will accentuate your gorgeous legs and give you some height! We are total believers in that getting a little height from a heel will make you walk taller, and more confident into any holiday bash.

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We love these velvet lavender heels from Steve Madden, that have a twist on the average heel. The pop of Gold just makes us swoon.

Lavender Heels Link!

No holiday look is complete without a little bling…okay, maybe a lot of bling! Something about the sparkling snow makes us want to resemble that in our own outfits. The easiest way to add some bling is by pairing a chunky statement necklace over any top. The best glitz necklaces can be found at BAUBLEBAR!

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Don’t think your look stops just at the clothes; hair & makeup styling ties everything together. We are huge fans of the current trend, glittering/pinning your hair with embellishments such as stars! The best part is, you don’t have to use too much heat on your hair because the pins look great against effortless, wavy hair.

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If you’re going for a more classic, chic hairstyle, or simply just don’t want hairs in your face, we are lovin’ the fishtail braid updo. Don’t let the complexity of this hairstyle scare you! We have an easy to follow, step by step tutorial courtesy of blogger Missy Sue.

Star Pins can be found on our curated Amazon store, Shop Peacock Alley.

Finally, we arrive at the finishing touches…makeup. We obviously want to give you the most kissable lips for under the mistletoe, as well as that sparkle in your eye this holiday season.

Opt out of the dark and mauve colors this season, and try something lighter & brighter, such as a  poppy colored lip! It’s amazing how brightening up your lip color can make your whole look glow!

Try out Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick or Clinique Pop Lip Colour + Primer – both in the shade Poppy!

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Let’s not forget about showing off that sparkle in your eyes, or should I say, that sparkle around your eyes! We are currently obsessing over the “Holiday Confetti-Glittered Eye”. The holiday season is the perfect excuse to take out those eyeshadow palettes and dip your brushes into your untouched glittered shadows. Be BOLD!

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We have provided you with step-by-step instructions courtesy of The Cut to help you achieve this wet, metal, glam, glitter look.

There you have it, babes! Our complete holiday look guide for the Christmas season. Be bold & Be confident in all your festive looks.

The White Peacock Team is wishing you a loved and joyful Merry Christmas!

Xo,

Team WP

BOO!!!! We are back!

Holy smokers friends, we have been busy birds lately, but we are back and want to share with you some of our favorite tips and tricks for a last minute Halloween Bash!

So, Halloween is only a few nights away and you now decide you want to host a party! No worries. We have you covered as last minute celebrations can ultimately be the best!

First and foremost, you need to get the word out. There are so many great digital invite options and one of our local favorites is Red Stamp.

Keep your overall vibe simple and fun, and choose an invite design you can play off of for your entire party.
We love black and white (maybe a pop of gold) and recommend choosing two, maybe three colors to focus on for your overall party look. TIP: To keep the cost down host a party later in the evening. Let’s face it, everyone loves desserts and yummy cocktails!

While some people love dressing up, others not so much. Make it easy for your guests, and include a “theme.”

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Welcome to “Fairy Tale Forest.” We were inspired by the modern day Snow White + the Lovely Cinderella. These lovely ladies were all donned from our own personal wardrobe and Shop Peacock Alley. Guests love when you give them a direction, so don’t be shy about picking a theme.

Here are some last minute tips when thinking about “anatomy” of your party:

Everyone loves a great glow and Halloween is the perfect time to get your glow on! Ambiance is everything friends!

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LIGHTING:

  • You can never have too much glow!
  • Your entry is your first look of the actual party. Dress up your porch with candles, candles, candles! Goodwill or your local thrift store is a great place to find vessels of all sizes. Add different groupings (Odd number groupings look best) to your front porch and voila! Your guests will know they are in for a fabulous time!
  • If you have dimmers on any of your home lights, now is the time to use them! TIP: If you are building a new home put a dimmer on every light! Seriously, you will thank us later.
  • Use items that you already have in your home. Just dress them up a bit for the holiday. TIP: add a bit of moss to your candlesticks
  • Always have extra votives on hand. Our go to is Target or Michaels
  • Sprinkle them on window sills, by your dessert bar, in your restrooms, (a scented one is nice) etc. Just remember to double check that they are blown out before you retire for the night.

 

SCENT + TUNES:

Who doesn’t love walking into a home that smells yummy and has great tunes when they arrive! TIP: Simmer apple cider and cinnamon sticks on the stove for about half an hour before your guests arrive. And, don’t forget to have your playlist bumpin. Pandora has some great Halloween stations or we have a select list we love here. PS. REMEMBER turn your cider off once guests arrive.

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DÉCOR:

We love adding simple pieces that are festive, inexpensive, and reusable! These are just a few of our favorites. TIP: Cheesecloth (bought at Cub foods! Yep!) is an easy way to dress up a table and add that perfect amount of texture. Adding some simple greenery also adds that pop of life to any tablescape. Just look outside your window as you’ll be surprised what you can clip from your back yard.

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Don’t have time to carve a pumpkin? This is a simple and fun way to dress your pumpkins up! Simply, cut the neck of a balloon off and stretch over the body of pumpkin. Trim more if needed depending on how much of the pumpkin you want to cover.
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DRINK:

We are firm believers that every party needs a signature cocktail! We loved “The Poisoned Apple” and it went perfectly with our “Fairy Tale Forest” theme. Add a few chips of dry ice (Kowalski’s grocer (for MN peeps) sells it) to add that extra pop of fun! TIP: This is a fun welcome cocktail, as you will want to make sure you add the chip of dry ice so your guests don’t get frostbite. After the first cocktail, create a mini bar with a pitcher of the mix and then your guests can pour their spirit “at their own risk.”

 

BITES:

So, we are all about the “bites,” but let’s face it, who has the time to spend on labor-intensive treats. TIP: Invest in some white platters (Target or Kohls has a great selection.) It’s visually more appealing to have your platters match and white goes with any holiday or party theme. And, they make your food pop!

Here are some tips and a few of our favorite “semi-homemade” loves:

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Mummy Brownies:
Just wait until you serve these beauties! We promise your guests will be begging for this recipe!

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Ingredients:

1 German Chocolate Cake Mix

¾ c. butter

1 can of evaporated milk (5.33 ounces)

1 bag of caramel bits (in baking aisle. Little caramel bits so you don’t have to unwrap them).

1 bag of chocolate chips

 

Directions:

  1. Preheat over to 350 degrees
  2. Stir together the cake mix, butter and 1/3 evaporated milk
  3. Press ***HALF of the batter in an 8×8 (greased) square pan
  4. Bake for 6-7 min. and then let the crust cool 10-15 min
  5. While crust is cooling, add ¼ cup evaporated milk to caramels in a bowl. Microwave and melt caramel in 30-second increments.
  6. Spread melted caramel over cooled crust
  7. Sprinkle chocolate chips over the caramel layer. I DO NOT use the whole bag of chocolate chips. I only use only enough to cover the caramel.
  8. Press the remaining HALF*** of cake mix over the top of the chocolate chips
  9. Bake 15-20 min. Let cool to lukewarm
  10. Refrigerate for 30 min. to set caramel

 

After baking and letting them cool, melt Ghiradelli white chocolate chips and drizzle over in a zig zag motion. TIP: add 2 big spoonfuls of melted white chocolate to a ziplock bag. Cut the corner of the bag and squeeze onto brownie. Last but not least, add fun candy eyes (found in your grocer bakery aisle.)

ENJOY!

 

Coconut Eyeball Cake

Found in your freezer section at your local grocer: “Pepperidge Farm Coconut Layered Cake” danced up with some simple candy eyeballs! TIP: turn a bowl upside down and add your plate on top. Having platters at different heights adds dimension and interest to your table.

 

Caramel Apples

Candy apples shopped at our local Cub Foods. We dipped them in melted @Ghiradelli white chocolate chips, added some black sprinkles and BOO! TIP: Don’t forget to add some cute napkins and plates that coordinate with your color theme.

Last but not least, hosting a bash is all about bringing your friends together and celebrating! Be sure to join in on the fun. If your guests see you having fun, they too will have fun! Happy Halloween babes!

Xo
N+J

spooky and fun!