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Spring Tea

Spring Tea
It’s fin-alllyyyy feeling more like spring here in Chicago! I don’t know if either of us have ever been more excited to welcome spring before this year. After a long, long, extra cold Chicago winter, we are MORE than ready to embrace the new season.
Today’s project is a spring kick-off in the form of a casual tea. Because who doesn’t want to waste a morning gossiping with their favorite ladies over some warm tea, fresh fruit, and Trader Joe’s delicious scones? Sign us up!
Easter Tea Party
There’s something about a formal tea that seems so “royal”. But let’s be real here, it’s no secret that we are all about a Rookie budget here on the ol’ Playbook. Vera Wang China and Waterford glassware is GORGEOUS but the price tag is way out of our league. Unless of course, you find it marked down at an affordable price at your local HomeGoods (Vera Wang China on a HomeGoods budget… I’ll take 2)! Yup, mixing some gorgeous new pieces from HomeGoods with some antique pieces from local thrift shops, we’ve created a royal tea on a not-so royal budget.
To add a more personal touch to this Spring Tea Party, we glued a name tag onto the actual tea bag’s tag and clipped the tea bag onto the napkins on each plate using a clothespin. Now your guests will know where to sit, and they’ll feel extra special seeing their name on the table setting.
We think this is a personal touch that anyone can do on a dime. Just grab some extra scrapbook paper and work on your fancy cursive handwriting!
Here’s a close up of one of the Vera Wang plate’s from HomeGoods. The Tiffany blue plate was a thrift shop steal.
Pink spring flowers
Using this flower tutorial, we arranged some fresh flowers, placed our scones on some more HomeGoods glassware, and added some fresh fruit to the spread.
We love that the white accessories allow the fresh flowers and fruit to really stand out. Plus, buying white kitchen accessories allows each piece to be far more versatile, because it can work with almost any dining color scheme. 
Spring Tea party
Once it is “tea time”, your guests can unclip their adorable tea bags and dip them into their cups to enjoy some warm tea, all while still having the opportunity to enjoy their name tag.
Who knew the royal treatment could be so adorable AND affordable? By mixing and matching some antique pieces with the gorgeous and affordable glassware at HomeGoods, you will be ready for tea time, in no time at all.
Cheerio,
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Chocolate Candy Cane Martini

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Chocolate is a permanent food group in both of our diets.  But around the holidays, we take things up a notch and add a little peppermint to our regular chocolate consumption.  Chocolate peppermint bark, minty hot chocolate…bring it on. These treats satisfy our cravings and get us both in the holiday spirit!

This year we’re taking things to the next level and we’re throwing in a bit of booze. Because heck, it’s the holidays and who doesn’t love a festive cocktail?

Here’s a little concoction we like to call our Chocolate Candy Cane Martini.

Chocolate Candy Cane Martini
Chocolate Candy Cane Martini
Ingredients:
-1 shot vanilla vodka

-1 shot chocolate liqueur (recommended: Godiva)
-1/2 shot peppermint schnapps
-Candy cane, garnish
-Chocolate syrup, garnish

Candy canes
Directions:
Add all liquid ingredients to cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake well. Pour chocolate sauce decoratively around martini glass. Strain mixture into glass and garnish with a candy cane.
Peppermint chocolate martini recipe
This drink is seriously addictive. Oh so chocolately, with just the perfect amount of mint. But beware…if you sip it down too fast you will definitely feel it! So keep that in mind if you’re serving it up at your next party. We don’t want the hostess with the mostess to get sloshed at her own shindig.
Chocolate holiday cocktail
We also whipped up this drink recipe to say a big CHEERS and THANK YOU to our lovely readers. We celebrated with a Mojito recipe last May when we hit 100,000 pageviews, and this martini is to celebrate our path to 1 MILLION PAGEVIEWS (we’re almost there…)

So a big cheers and a big happy holidays to our wonderful fans. We heart you all…

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Sippin’ in Style

flag straws
With the fourth of July quickly approaching, we thought it was only appropriate to get our party planning on here at the DIY Playbook.
4th of July Straws
What’s more patriotic and appropriate for a backyard BBQ than red, white & blue flags to add to your favorite cocktail? With a little less than a week to prep, these straws are a cheap & easy Rookie DIY project that will leave your guests feeling proud to be an American.
Washi Tape Straws

All you need: a few rolls of washi tape and vintage straws.

Washi Tape DIY
If you haven’t heard of washi tape… you’re missing out! These fun rolls of tape can be used for (literally) anything. PLUS, they come in so many different colors and patterns, we’re sure you’ll find a style that fits your party planning needs. I found these three rolls @ JoAnn Fabrics on sale for .97 cents each. You can also find some at Target, Michael’s, Amazon, or lots of local craft shops.
Vintage Straw DIY
Next up, the striped straws. We are currently crushing on these straws and have added them as a staple in our own homes. Whether we are entertaining or just relaxing, these straws make any drink a lot more exciting. You can buy these at Target (that’s where these are from), JoAnn, Amazon, Michael’s, Etsy, and I’m sure lots of other local specialty shops.
Straw Flags

Once you have your supplies all set to go, all you need to do is wrap a piece of washi tape around each straw, cut the edges to resemble a flag, and enjoy your patriotic accessories!

4th of July Craft
You can also add your guests’ names to each straw for a little bit of personalization.
easy washi tape straws
I even added a little washi tape on the straw holder for some extra fun! Come on fellow rookies, we know you can make this happen before the 4th. Only two supplies and about ten minutes, we’re sure these bad boys will be a big hit in your backyard.
Sangria, champagne, cookies…get ready to INDULGE next week! Calories don’t count when it’s a holiday, right?!
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Cheers To Our Fans!

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When we started the blog back in March, we really didn’t ever think about page views and site statistics. We were just so thrilled to finally have a fun outlet for our creativity and projects.  Blog stats were just not on our minds! We figured we would at least have a couple readers (hi mom!)..but never really thought we could reach so many of you guys out there!

If you follow us on Instagram (@diyplaybook) you may have noticed our little celebration over the weekend. We hit 100,000 pageviews! Now we know that there are some Hall of Fame blogs out there that average way more hits than that, but for us it was a big milestone!

Cheers to our Fans Mojito

So we wanted to say CHEERS and THANKS to you guys…our #1 fans.  We’ve received so much support and love from friends & family, and even from new friends we’ve made because of DIY Playbook.

Now, we’re two gals that believe in celebrating all the accomplishments in life…big or small.  So this calls for a little celebration, and every par-tay calls for a cocktail!

Minty Mojito Recipe Mojitos

Here’s a recipe for one of our favorite Summer drinks…a refreshing, minty mojito!

Mojito Ingredients

Minty Mojitos
Level: Easy
Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1 serving

Lime and mint

Ingredients:
-fresh mint leaves
-1/2 lime (cut into small wedges)
-1 cup ice
-1.5 ounces white rum
-1/2 cup club soda
-2 T. simple syrup

Mojito mint drink in mason jar

Directions:
Mash the mint and lime in a glass. Add the simple syrup and fill the glass with ice. Add the rum and top with club soda. Shake well. Garnish with lime and more mint.

Mojito in mason jar
Mint Mojito Recipe Drink Cheers
We hope you guys enjoy these fabulous mojitos and remember to celebrate your accomplishments (big & small) every single day.
Mint Mojito Recipe Drink Cheers
Cheers!
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  1. Amber McIntire

    Mmmm…my favorite drink! I haven’t had one yet this year but it’s been on my mind with Summer rolling in! I’ll have to go make one and celebrate with you!

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  1. Amber McIntire

    Mmmm…my favorite drink! I haven’t had one yet this year but it’s been on my mind with Summer rolling in! I’ll have to go make one and celebrate with you!

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