Category: DIY

DIYHappy Hour: Star-Spangled Spritzer

One of the best parts of summer is the outdoor parties, and no sunny soirée would be complete without something yummy to sip on! If you’re throwing a 4th of July bash, our Star-Spangled Spritzer belongs on your guest list! This refreshing cocktail not only tastes amazing but will wow your guests with its festive presentation. Spritzers can be made with really any fruit your heart desires, but we wanted to take advantage of the summer’s delicious berry harvest with this patriotically-themed cocktail. We also added a tiny splash of Limoncello for a tart, citrusy kick, but you can add in any liqueur that suits your preference! Read below for the how-to on this party pleaser!

Star-Spangled Spritzer

Ingredients:

-2 oz. white wine

-2. oz. French Champagne or sparkling white wine

-Splash of Limoncello

-Granny Smith apples, blueberries, and raspberries

Star-Spangled Spritzer - overhead view

Directions:

-Slice your Granny Smith apple into thin slices. Using a star-shaped cookie cutter, carefully press the apple slices into star shapes.

-Add crushed ice to the bottom of a glass and layer your raspberries, blueberries, and star-shaped apple slices on top.

-Pour equal parts white wine and sparkling wine or Champagne over the ice, then top with a splash of Limoncello (or your favorite liqueur).

-Give it a gentle stir, and garnish with a few more fruits if you’d like!

Note: You can easily make a big pitcher of this ahead of time and have your guests serve themselves! Just mix equal parts white wine and sparkling wine, a healthy splash of Limoncello, and prepared fruits together in a pitcher or punch bowl. Yum!

If you prefer an alcohol-free version, just swap in flavored seltzer water or your favorite clear soda for a delicious mocktail!

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How will you be celebrating this summer? Whether you’re kicking it at the beach, a backyard BBQ, or a posh garden party, check out our 4th of July shop  for festive ‘fits for every occasion! 

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DIYFloral Arrangement: Instagram-Worthy Bouquets to Brighten your Day!

Flowers are always a great way to add beauty to your home, event, or of course, wedding! We’ve found some of the hottest new trends and mixed them with the basics for the perfect Instagram-worthy photo-ops to rejuvenate and reconnect with nature!

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Classic: Big bold blooms, and plenty of them! This traditional style bouquet can be quickly picked up at you local farmers market, or better yet, style it yourself by picking a color scheme and combining different sizes, shapes, and textures of flowers, get creative!

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On-trend: A 2018 take on a classic bouquet featuring trending blooms such as succulents, air plants, and even kale! All of your coworkers will be jealous with this cute arrangement on your desk!

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One-Hit Wonder: It’s super simple and always looks chic, take a bouquet and separate the individual flowers into bud vases, glasses or bottles. Mix it up with a trendy monstera leaf or eucalyptus!

floral arrangement - fruit

Super Sweet: Mix it up by adding fruit! Lemons, limes, oranges, grapefruit, or even berries (cut or whole) lining the bottom of the vase add color and texture for a fragrant and unique look!

Show us your blooms! We’re dying to see how you create your own floral decor on instagram @Lulus with #lovelulus! (And don’t forget to shop cute floral print looks to match your DIY arrangements below.)

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DIYHappy Hour: Tropical Crush Cocktail!

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Pineapple, coconut and guava, oh my! For a flavor trio that definitely won’t disappoint, try out the Lulus Tropical Crush Cocktail! Perfect for sitting back and sipping on all summer long, create this five-ingredient cocktail in just a few minutes to WOW your besties at your next GNO or pool party!

ingredient list

Directions

Step 1: Turn on your vacation playlist, then add rum, grapefruit juice, and pineapple juice into a shaker. Muddle it until you can’t muddle it any more.

Step 2: Add freshly squeezed guava juice to the mixture and shake with ice.

TIP: Canned guava juice is a perfect complement to the sweet, tropical flavors, and it also adds an absolutely stunning color to the cocktail!

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Step 3: Pour into two glasses, add 3 oz of coconut LaCroix to each glass, and top with crushed ice. Finish things off with a quarter slice of guava and a quarter chunk of juicy pineapple for garnish.

Step 4: Take a taste, close your eyes, and pretend you’re on a beach…sippin’ on something strong!

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Want more refreshing recipes? Check out the Aquamarine Martini cocktail recipe or our Strawberry Mint Mojito recipe for more summery sips! Don’t forget to share how you’re sippin’ by tagging #lovelulus on Instagram!

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DIYCharcuterie Chic: Create the Perfect Meat and Cheese Tray for Your Soiree

Charcuterie boards are all the rage right now, and we’ve got the inside scoop on how to make the perfect spread for your next spring soiree! Perfect for snacking on during the work week and cute enough to bring to your friend’s weekend get-together, these bite-size treats are a real crowd pleaser. Starting with just a few base ingredients, you can spin the flavors any way you’d like by using your favorite combos. For this we went with the classics  – but feel free to get creative! Some other great options are: a theme such as Italian or Spanish; adding dips like fondue, spinach artichoke, and guacamole; or adding tropical fruits and flowers for some feminine flair!

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Start With: Tray/board, napkins, cheese knives, and plates.

Cheeses: We used brie, but cheddar, gouda, and bleu cheese are great options.

Cold Cuts: Salami, prosciutto, ham, summer sausage, or the meat-free option of your choice.

charcuterie board - meat

Fruits/Veggies: Olives, figs, fresh strawberries, grapes, baby carrots, and celery.

Nuts: Almonds, pistachios, cashews or mixed.

charcuterie board - veggies and nuts

Crackers/Bread: Baguettes, bagel chips, toasts, crisps.

Spreads/dips: Honey, jams, chutney.

Directions: Combine on your board however you like, just add the wine of your choice and all your girls!

charcuterie board - finished product

How do you charcuterie? Shop cute outfits for your next charcuterie party below and show us your party platter pics on Instagram @lulus with #lovelulus!

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DIYHappy Hour: Rose Royale Cocktail

Summer isn’t the only time you can enjoy rose-flavored beverages – in fact, the light and floral flavor is the perfect addition to your spring bar cart. We’ve swapped our usual rosé for the equally refreshing Lillet Rose, a wine-based aperitif, to create this festive sipper. Paired with sparkling wine and grapefruit juice, you’ll be feeling pretty in peach with this fresh spin on a classic bubbly cocktail. The Rose Royale Cocktail is perfect for sharing, so invite your gal pals over and get ready to sip on this sparkling spirit fit for a fun and feminine spring soirée.

rose royale cocktail - perfect for sharing!

Ingredients:

1 oz sparkling grapefruit juice
1/2 oz simple syrup
1 1/2 oz Lillet Rose
3 oz Champagne or sparkling wine of choice
Flowers for garnish

Chill grapefruit juice, Lillet Rose, and champagne. Pour all ingredients into a shaker with ice. Pour, garnish with a flower, and serve!

rose royale cocktail - share with friends!

rose royale cocktail - get the recipe!

 We hope you enjoy sipping on this sweet spritzer! Show us your girls’ night pics with your Rosé Royale Cocktail on Instagram @lulus with #lovelulus!
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