six punch recipes to try

Getting a little excited here on sable&lace, because this weekend we’re throwing a house warming party at our new apartment! Traditionally, housewarmings are meant to be held ten days after you move into your new home. The idea behind them was for friends and family to supply the new residence with firewood; to quite literally, warm the house.

Given that we’ve lived here for over a month now, and also have no fireplace, I’m really just looking forward to a relaxing afternoon with friends (and mayyybe hoping for some pot plants instead)!

I’m planning on having some simple and yummy finger foods out, but I thought it would be fun to make a punch for everybody to share as well. Here is a small round up of delicious-sounding recipes that I found as I was on the hunt for the perfect punch for our party. I hope one inspires you to create and share with your friends!

one. Pink lemonade sparkling fruit punch (non-alcoholic) from Our Reflection

Pink lemonade punch

two. Pineapple mint punch from Real Simple

Pineapple & mint punch

three. Midori melon ball punch from Hostess with the Mostess

Midori melon ball punch

four. Lemon drop champagne punch from Martha Stewart

Lemon drop champagne punch

five. Governer’s mansion summer peach tea punch from The Cottage Mama

Governer's mansion tea punch

six. Cider rum punch from Verses from my Kitchen

Cider punch

Happy punch making!

building a home

Creating a home that is comfortable and welcoming has been on my mind a lot lately. Since we moved into our new place a month ago, I’ve been constantly playing with furniture placement and organisation of all of our cupboards. We’ve both realised that we don’t actually own very much beyond the basics, and so parts of our (much larger!) apartment feel a little bare.

One little corner that we spend a lot of time in is where we keep our coffee cart. We have an espresso machine which we decided to set up on a cart to give ourselves some more bench space. It’s a bit of an awkward corner, as the power cord has to go over the raised bench, but we like that one of us can make coffee whilst the other makes breakfast without crashing into each other.

Coffee cart 1

It’s super cute, and always gets a lot of comments from visitors, because it’s one of the first things you see when you walk into our apartment. I love that it’s white, and on wheels. That makes it so easy to move around if we need to clean up any spilled coffee grounds or water.

As you can see, we have a few pieces of art on the walls above the coffee. I like to think it’s the start of a gallery wall, which is just perfect to look at when you’re making the coffees! However, there is a really big space that is just crying out for something to be added (excuse the glare!)..

Coffee cart 2

The two pieces already up are a typography piece from Carla Hackett, and a beautiful print of Trublu by Deborah Broughton.

There seems to be a theme of black, white, and blue running through these two pieces, so I want to add something complementary to the wall. Below are four pieces I’m considering:

art gallery ideas

one. The stairs at the end of the world by LifeDevelopedPhoto
two. 1896 Nov / Dec constellation star chart from the antiqueprintstore
three. Winter abstract 6 by AbstractArtM
four. The secret of the night forest by tubidu

Let me know what you think! Do you have a gallery wall in your home?