The Perfect Holiday Cocktail

Let's face it - we're all pretty glutenous around the holidays. Since I have a wedding dress to try on next month, I've been looking for a few ways to cut back on the calories this holiday season, especially in the drink department. This rosemary and grapefruit cocktail from Taste of the South Magazine is one of my favorites - it's light on calories and sugar but full of flavor! The colors are lovely and it's the perfect cocktail to serve at your next holiday party.cocktail_recipe

I'm Thankful For...

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, so naturally, I started reflecting about what I'm thankful for. Here are my top 5 things I'm thankful for at this moment: 1. My fiance, Reese - He's my whole world, and I can't wait to marry him in April.

2. My family - I'm lucky to have such a supportive and loving family - and this includes my mom, dad, sister, brother, grandparents and the entire Craig clan. I'm also thankful for my soon-to-be in-laws. They're all awesome people and I'm honored to call them family.

3. My dog, Franklin - He may be a slobbery, stinky ball of wrinkles, but one look at his cute mug can put a smile on my face instantly.

4. My job - I get to create something everyday. I couldn't ask for anything more fulfilling.

5. My friends - I have an amazing group of girls that I can call my best friends. There may be miles between us, but I know they're always a phone call (or a plane ride) away. Some I've been friends with for over 10 years - that's pretty amazing.

That's it...pretty simple, but I think it's important to remember all of the good in our lives sometimes. Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I hope you have a wonderful holiday.

xo Court

Gifts for your Thanksgiving Hostess!

Hosting a holiday as big as Thanksgiving can be a lot of work - and chances are, if you're a 20-something with no kids like myself, you're not hosting the entire family at your place. Show your host or hostess how much you appreciate their hard work (and delicious meals!) with one of these great little gifts. Don't have time to shop beforehand? Grab a fresh bouquet of flowers from your local grocery store for the table!Thanksgiving_MB1. Turkey Compote Bowl with Ladle from Sur La Table, 2. Embossed Thanksgiving Serve Platter from Sur La Table, 3. Boulangerie Jar Candle from Anthropologie, 4. St. Germain from your local liquor store, 5. Gratitude Journal from Paper Source and 6. Turkey Linen Dishtowel from Crate and Barrel  

Invitation: First Birthday

Happy Halloween everyone! Last night I went with a bunch of friends to a haunted house in Philly, even though I hate being scared. It wasn't terrible. Sure, I jumped and screamed a little, but I think watching The Walking Dead has softened the blow a little. One word of advice? Don't mock the people who work there. I told one zombie lady that her asylum-style head cage would actually make a great wedding centerpiece. I was serious - it looked like a vintage lantern. She didn't seem to like that comment though and tried to make me go through the house by myself. Nice try, crazy lady. Not happening. Anyway, today's post is dedicated to a first birthday invitation I designed for my godchild and soon-to-be niece, Lindsey. Reese's sister, Sara, wanted a pink and gold theme, so I worked with the colors and her Pinterest board to design this sweet yet simple invite. I love the colors (they're actually my wedding colors!) and the fonts I found are adorable. Can't wait to see Sara's amazing decorating at the party!

Baby_inviteIf you ever like what you see and would like me to design something for you, feel free to email me at courtney_crg@yahoo.com. I'm working on getting an Etsy shop together, but until then I'm doing freelance projects and building my portfolio!

xo Court

Inspired by: Halloween!

Happy Monday everyone! I had a great weekend - we had my cousin Brittney's bachelorette party on Saturday and it was a blast! We took a burlesque class in Philadelphia taught by Ginger from the Peek-A-Boo Revue, which was so much fun, I would recommend it to anyone! Her wedding is this Friday at World Cafe Live in Philly - don't worry, I'll have plenty of pics! Between the bachelorette party and the wedding, I'm kind of skipping Halloween this year. However, I found some of the cutest decor, so I figured dedicating today's post to this fabulous holiday will be my way of celebrating.

Here are a few must-haves for a Halloween-themed cocktail party, inspired by these adorable tape-and-ribbon pumpkins from Better Homes & Gardens:halloween_moodboard1. Ceramic Mason Jar and Halloween Paper Straws from Paper Source, 2. Boo Burlap Banner from Etsy, 3. Mummy Candy Bowl from Sur La Table, 4. Black Rimming Sugar from Crate & Barrel, 5. Halloween Rosettes Kit from Paper Source, 6. Halloween Serving Set from Zak Designs