Category: DIY

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.

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

Nuts: Almonds, pistachios, cashews or mixed.

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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!

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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!

 xo

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.

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DIYGalentine’s Day Cocktails for You & Your Girls

Happy Galentine’s Day ladies! Today’s the day to celebrate some of the greatest loves of your life: your best friends! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite drink recipes from the blog to give you the perfect Galentine’s Day cocktails for your girls’ night plans. From fruity and sweet to warm and spicy, whatever you and your gal pals are craving, there’s an easy cocktail recipe here for you.

The Bradshaw Cocktail

If you believe your girlfriends are your soulmates, this cocktail is the one for you. Inspired by the iconic foursome from Sex and the City, this sweet and sassy tequila cocktail is perfect for a night of gossiping with your girls.

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Floral Frosé

Our girls’ night drink of choice gets a fresh and feminine makeover with the addition of floral St. Germain. Freeze it up and you have the perfect slushy sipper for all of your Galentines!

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Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte

Just because it isn’t fall anymore doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the OG coffee treat with your best babes. We don’t care if you call us basic, this sweet and spicy cocktail is the perfect warm beverage for a night of snuggling in with your fave movies.

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The Black Widow Cocktail

Feeling down with love or have a bestie going through a break up? This dark and dramatic cocktail is crafted with black vodka and cranberry juice for a tart take on a classic concoction. Skip the dry ice for a drink that’s a little less witches’ brew, a little more black hearts club.

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La Fleurette

Give your besties a bouquet of flowers in the form of this flirty spring cocktail. Bubbly sparkling wine and rose water make this a refreshing yet luxurious drink, perfect for an at-home spa night with all your closest friends.

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Which cocktails are you going to whip up for your gals? Show us your Galentine’s Day gatherings on Insta @lulus with #lovelulus!

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DIYHappy Hour: Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte

Happy Hour: Spiked Pumpkin Spice Latte 

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One of our favorite things about fall? Okay, besides cozy sweaters, good denim, and great boots…a PSL (pumpkin spice latte)! We wait all year long for these warm, delicious, and perfectly pumpkin-y beverages and decided to make our own – with a twist. We added dark rum, coffee liqueur, pumpkin pie spice, and real pumpkin and vanilla to take this drink to the next level. Perfect for serving at your upcoming holiday parties or cozying up by the fire with, this is a cocktail you’ll be making for years to come. Read below to get the recipe!

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DIYHappy Hour: Watermelon Mint Margaritas with Sivan Ayla

Happy Hour: Watermelon Mint Margaritas with Sivan Ayla

In honor of National Tequila Day, we’ve teamed up with one of our fave influencers, Sivan Ayla, to bring you the ultimate tequila cocktail: Watermelon Mint Margaritas! Read below to get her how-to on this perfect summer beverage.

 
Happy Hour: Watermelon Mint Margaritas with Sivan Ayla

Summer is officially here! I feel like I wait all year for this season because it means permanent tans, rosé without guilt, and easy outfit choices. And of course, cocktails for absolutely NO reason! I had to make that part clear since I invited my friend and lifestyle blogger Devon Rachel over on a Tuesday for some margaritas. Then again, Devon is probably the only girl I know that would be down for some impromptu cocktail-ing (knew I liked her for a reason!).

With temps already hitting triple digits here in the Valley, a refreshing, COLD drink is actually pretty necessary. Nothing sounds more refreshing to me than watermelon, cucumber, and mint. Am I right? So why not add a little tequila, line that rim with some tajin or salt, and there you go!
Now I have to be honest, when Devon and I first attempted to make this (as you’ll see in the video below), I added 6oz of tequila!!! Not sure how I got the number so wrong, but between the strength of the alcohol and the supreme saltiness on the rim, we were anything but graceful while taking our first sips. However, I promise you we gave it another shot with the correct ratios and it was beyond yummy. For the full recipe and video tutorial, scroll down.

 
Happy Hour: Watermelon Mint Margaritas with Sivan Ayla
Happy Hour: Watermelon Mint Margaritas with Sivan Ayla
Happy Hour: Watermelon Mint Margaritas with Sivan Ayla

WHAT YOU NEED: Makes 2 glasses
-2 oz tequila
-1/2 oz Cointreau
-1 cup watermelon cubes
-4″ cucumber, peeled
-1 lime, juiced
-Fresh mint
-Margarita salt or Tajin
-Ice

WHAT TO DO:
1. Place watermelon, cucumber, & lime juice into a blender. Blend well.
2. Line your margarita glass with lime & your choice of salt or Tajin.
3. Add ice to your glass.
4. Pour the tequila & Cointreau into the glass.
5. Evenly pour the watermelon mixture into the glasses. Stir well.
6. Add a watermelon slice & sprig of mint as garnish.
7. Cheers!

 *Tip: If you want a smoother drink, strain the watermelon mixture before pouring into your glass.

Check out the full video here.

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