Monday, May 15, 2017

officially out of office

you guys, I totally planned three weeks' worth of blog content I could schedule so I wouldn't miss a beat here during my wedding and honeymoon... then it came down to actually wrapping up wedding planning, honeymoon planning, thank you notes, packing... and on top of all that, my day job... so no, the three weeks' worth of pre-planned blog content did not happen for me, unfortunately.

so I regret to inform you that lauren alford design is out of office for three {THREE!!} weeks with no scheduled content. ahh the self-imposed guilt is real, but I knew you guys wouldn't mind, really. besides, no one likes things to feel forced anyway.

Monday, May 8, 2017

styling our casual wedding china

one of the things I was most looking forward to receiving on our wedding registry was new casual china. I have been using the same dishes since I graduated college, which you know, wasn't exactly yesterday. they have totally held up over the years, and I'm actually giving them to my little sister who's in college. I have so been looking forward to new plates, glasses, and flatware. 

we ended up picking 'french perle' by lenox because I have a girlfriend who has the full set and was raving about how well they have worn, versus other patterns that she's had in the past. I also love the creamy white of these dishes compared to stark white plates.

Monday, May 1, 2017

how to make a DIY taco holder

to entertain for the super bowl a couple of months ago, we decided to go with a mexican theme for dinner. we made queso, guacamole, beef tacos, portobello tacos, and sopapilla cheesecake. since I started planning early, I had enough time to ponder how best to serve a large amount of tacos. taco stations are fun - but I have to tell you that, at least in my family, sometimes people who serve themselves first [ahem, the men] load up on all the main fillings and there's none left for the rest of us. this time, I wanted to pre-fill the tacos with the beef and portobellos and allow guests to top with their selected fixin's. enter the diy taco holder stand...