Valentines Day

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I might be crazy, but I’ve always loved Valentines Day, and this year is no exception.  I’m not sure if it’s all of the hearts and glitter, or my overall exuberance for holidays in general, but I’ve always appreciated the reminder to spread some love to my family and friends.

This year, I’ve made some valentines for my boyfriend, my family, and the lovely ladies that I’m lucky to have as friends. {Let’s be honest: I’ll even grab a special treat for our boxer puppy, Riley.} D & I have been brainstorming ideas for date night, and I think we’ve settled on a dessert & tapas bar down the street from us… but if it’s too chilly, we’ll probably just pick up a bottle of wine & these amazing treats before snuggling up with a good movie.

What are you doing this year? I’m craving some quality time with D this year, but this Galentine’s Soiree from Style Me Pretty is amazing!  Noted for next year.

Wishing you the loveliest of Valentine’s Day! xoxo

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A Spooky, Sweet Cocktail for Halloween

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We threw our first Halloween party over the weekend, and it was just the event to kick off the holiday season! While I love decorating for events {see bat wall above}, I still haven’t mastered the art of creating decadent dishes and cocktails for large groups of people without stressing out. {We can file that under entertaining goals for 2016.}  We usually rely on easy to bake or easy to heat in the oven dishes that require little effort. However, I wanted a cocktail for the night, and I was pleasantly surprised by how easy this Red Apple Cider Sangria was to make, and it was delicious.

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People asked me for the recipe all night, and while it was perfect for a Halloween party, it really works with any fall event.

How was your Halloween? I’d love to hear your favorite costumes from the night!

Here are some quick snapshots of our costumes for the night, in case you’d like to see them. Our pup dressed as a Beanie Baby, D was Donald Trump, and I channeled my inner Medusa.

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Halloween 2015 Costumes

Image via Chocolate Moosey

Easy Halloween Decorations Around the House

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D & I are kicking off our first holiday season in the new house by hosting a Halloween party, and I’ve been putting some spooky touches around the house. While we’ve put some lights up outside and carved the standard pumpkin, it’s the finishing details inside our house that have me most excited. The best part is that everything was easy to put together. Here are a few photos in case you’d like to see!

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We swapped out our usual photos on the mantle for some skeleton hands {gift from my mom who is also a fan of Halloween}. Like wine and pretty handy with black spray paint? They make the perfect accessory for tapered candles!

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Thank you, Target for this bleeding skull candle in your holiday section. I like it so much that I may not light it!

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A not-so-spooky black mouse adds a nice touch to our floating shelves. {Psst- here’s a sneak peek of Riley the Boxer Pup’s Halloween costume. Can you guess what it is?}

How are you decorating for Halloween?

Hello, World!

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Well, hello there, friends! Welcome to my humble little blog’s first post!

I’m not sure how you stumbled onto Delano Drive, but I’m glad you’re here!I’ve daydreamed about creating an online space for a while now, but the holidays have officially inspired me to take the plunge.

When I’m not writing on the blog, I’m spending time with my nearest and dearest {including a wonderful boyfriend and our adorable boxer puppy}, flexing my creative muscles with amateur DIY projects, and catching up on Scandal. My hope is that Delano Drive will be a fun space for you to kick off your shoes, get comfortable, and hopefully, find a few inspiring things while you’re here. I hope you stay a while!

Image via Camille Styles.