This Easter, why not try switching things up a bit and have an Easter fiesta brunch! A colorful table runner and geometric plates will set the tone. Dress the table up with piñata eggs and bright cacti and flowers. Welcome your guests with glasses of iced Mexican coffee. Indulge in a brunch of nachos and Mexican chocolate donuts. Your family and friends will love the change from a traditional Easter brunch.

Easter Fiesta // Twin Stripe

Clockwise from top left: Easter Egg Piñata, Oh Happy Day  |  Intermix Plates, cb2  |  Colorful Cacti, The Sweetest Occasion   |  Breakfast Nachos, A Cozy Kitchen  |  Mexican Chocolate Donuts, Garnish with Lemon  |  Iced Mexican Coffee, Cookstr  |  Dot Candy Runner, cb2

katie

Easter is a bit later than usual this year which means spring is in full swing. Next weekend will be full of beautiful blooms, marshmallow Peeps and eggs filled with treats. If you are hosting Easter brunch or looking for a colorful way to handout treats, try colorblock Easter bags.
DIY Colorblock Easter Bags // Twin Stripe

You can easily match the paint color to your tablescape and write guest’s names on the bags for a fun placecard. Add some Easter grass, a chocolate bunny and a few jelly beans and your guests will have a treat to take home. Little hands will also love the pint sized bags filled with eggs and candy.
DIY Colorblock Easter Bags // Twin Stripe

Materials

Small kraft paper bags (I found mine in the dollar section at Target)
Scissors
Acrylic paint in assorted colors
Washi tape
Paint brush
Easter treats

I cut two inches off the top of the bag and made a scalloped design. I used washi tape to block off the first section I was going to paint. (The acrylic paint will dry quickly on the kraft paper.) I then removed the washi tape carefully and taped off the other section to paint. Once the paint was dry, I removed the tape and my treat bag was ready!

DIY Colorblock Easter Bags // Twin StripeI hope you all had a great weekend. I’ve been recovering from illness, but have enjoyed having the windows open while I relax on the couch.

katie

My mom makes the best snack mix ever, so tasty in fact, we requested that she bring some along for Chad’s birthday. Since it is Friday and time for happy hour, I wanted to share this delicious recipe with everyone from a local St. Louis grocery store called Dierbergs. The recipe is simple and pairs well with your favorite brew.

The best snack mix ever // Twin Stripe

Ingredients

3 Tbs canola oil
2 Tbs Worcestershire
1 Tbs Cajun seasoning
1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup smoked almonds
4 cups toasted wheat Chex
3 cups mini pretzels

In a large ziplock bag, combine oil, Worcestershire, Cajun seasoning and garlic powder. Seal bag and squeeze to mix. Add cereal, pretzels and almonds; seal bag and shake to coat. Spread mixture on foil-lined jellyroll pans (or two pans, depending on size). Bake in 325 degree oven for 10 minutes. Cool completely and store in airtight container.

The best snack mix ever // Twin Stripe

I hope you all have a great a weekend filled with rest and relaxation. And maybe a little Cajun snack mix!

katie

April’s color trend is inspired by the recent burst of spring. The trees are blooming all over Greensboro and so I picked a few floral pieces to match. Whether your trees are budding or not, adding one of these fun florals will make you feel like they are. I’m really loving the poppy baseball cap, it’s perfect for a spring stroll!

Color Trend: floral // Twin Stripe

Clockwise from top left: Small Purse in Giverny Floral, Kate Spade  |  White Batwing Floral Tee, Sheinside.com  |  Baseball Cap in Liberty Nina Floral, J. Crew  |  Pom Pom Flower, Ban.do  |  Mother’s Day Stationery, The Alison Show  | Cake with Edible Flowers, Design Love Fest

Has spring sprung in your neck of the woods? What’s your favorite floral piece?

katie

After a long winter, spring has finally made it to the South! Flowers and trees are blooming and the temperatures are quite pleasant. Chad and I have had our windows open many evenings. Around this time I like to replace all of my winter scented candles with lighter, fresher scents.

Spring Scents // Produce Candle // Twin Stripe

While shopping at a local boutique in Greensboro, Just Be, I discovered Produce Candles. These natural soy wax candles are hand crafted in Charleston, SC. Their scents range from kale to honey to cilantro. They all smell fresh and amazing and would be perfect for spring or summer. I picked up a carrot candle to scent my home and have not been disappointed. Below are a few other spring favorites.

Spring Scents // Twin Stripe

Clockwise, from top left: Just Picked Candle Tin, my pick: Pear Eucalyptus, Anthropologie  |  Blue Coral Sketchbook Ceramic, Illume  |  Carrot, Produce Candle  |  Spring Seasonal Mimosa, Rewinded Candles, West Elm  |  Springtime in Provence, Bath & Body Works

Do you purchase different candle scents when spring rolls around? What types of scents do you prefer for warmer weather?

katie