Simply Jessica Marie

5 Tips To Add Personality to Your Wedding Invitations

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I always love creating custom designs that are a visual portrayal of my couples' unique love stories, so that they become heirloom keepsakes that will be cherished for generations! Pieces that you will excitedly frame in your home alongside that stunning wedding portrait and your great grandma's monogrammed handkerchief.

But, when you're thinking through exactly how to add personality to your wedding invitations, it might leave you scratching your head. To help, I'm sharing five of my top tips for creating custom wedding stationery here with you today!

Texas Anniversary Sale

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Goodness, I cannot believe that Zack and I moved to Dallas a year ago this Sunday. In some ways, it feels like that was just a few months ago - but in all honesty Dallas has really started to feel like home for us.

Welcoming our sweet pup Oscar, making new friends, trying allll the restaurants, visiting various parks - Dallas has so much to offer, and it's been a fun part of this chapter in our lives!

To celebrate our one-year Texas anniversary, I'm having a fun sale on all Texas products today through Monday at 11:59pm EST!

TEXAS ANNIVERSARY SALE

SAVE 10% OFF ALL TEXAS PRODUCTS THROUGH 3/26
COUPON CODE: TEXASANNIVERSARY

Texas Anniversary Sale by Simply Jessica Marie

I'm so grateful for everyone who has warmly welcomed us to Dallas throughout the past year! I've got some really exciting announcements about how I'll be getting more involved in the Dallas community soon (hint hint: art prints available in local stores, and some fun local workshops!). But for now - I'm going to enjoy this sunny Friday and hope you have a wonderful day as well!

Happy shopping, and thank you as always for your love and support!


*Sale does not apply to previous orders, and only applies to Texas products. Coupon code "TEXASANNIVERSARY" is in all caps, without quotation marks.

Photo by To and From Gifts, taken at the Caitlin Wilson Dallas shop

Mojito Float Recipe

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Let's ring in the first day (and first Thursday!) of March with a fun new cocktail recipe - an incredibly fun and tasty mojito float! Mojitos are some of my absolute favorite cocktails (give me all the muddled mint!!), and any excuse to add ice cream to a drink is good in my book.

The weather is just starting to get a bit warmer here in Dallas, so it's as good a time as any to start thinking of fun spring-y drinks.

Who else flipped the page of their 2018 Cocktail Calendar today? If so, let's toast each other with a virtual cocktail hour tonight to celebrate!

Mojito Float Recipe | Watercolor Cocktail Painting by Simply Jessica Marie | SJM 2018 Cocktail Calendar

mojito float

serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ounces of your white rum of choice
  • 2 ounces of club soda
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar
  • 3-5 slices of lime
  • 2 sprigs of mint (plus more for garnish!)
  • 2 scoops of lime sherbet

DIRECTIONS

  1. In your glass, crush your mint into the sugar and 1 slice of lime using a spoon or muddler.
  2. Add rum, club soda, and remaining lime slices, and stir.
  3. Ad sherbet, top with extra mint sprigs for garnish, and enjoy immediately!

BRUNCH PAIRING SUGGESTION

What could be a more perfect pairing for a mojito float than a key lime tart?! If you're already going to be indulging in sherbet with brunch, you might as well go all-out-sweets with a side of key lime!

2018 Cocktail Calendar by Simply Jessica Marie | Watercolor Cocktail Calendar | Photo by SC Stockshop

photo by sc stockshop

2018 cocktail calendar

If you love brunch cocktails as much as I do, you are going to LOVE the 2018 Cocktail Calendar!! 

Each month of this brunch inspired 2018 Cocktail Calendar features a different illustrated cocktail that is perfectly fitting for that month and season.

I will post the recipe for each month's cocktail here on my blog the first Thursday of every month, giving you plenty of time to incorporate the drink into any brunches you are hostessing or attending!

If you try this recipe or display your March calendar design in your home, I'd love to see! Share on Instagram with the hashtag #sjmcocktails and tag me @simplyjessicamarie so I can follow along and share your photo on my page/stories, too!

Classic Bloody Mary Recipe

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Phew, did January fly by for anyone else? Luckily, mine did because it was full of a lot of fun activities, weekends off, and exciting design projects. I decided to take a little blogging hiatus last month, and I'm looking forward to getting back in the swing of regular blogging this month!

And of course, the first monthly post is going to be this month's cocktail recipe! The February cocktail from the 2018 Cocktail Calendar is a classic Bloody Mary. A cocktail that is festively red for everyone who is planning a Valentine's brunch, but not too in-your-face pink or red (although I'm all for that, too!). 

Truth be told: the Bloody Mary and I have never been best friends. I've always wanted to like them, but I'm more of a mimosa girl myself! But for all you Bloody Mary lovers out there - grab all your favorite toppings from the list below and stock your bar for the month!

Bloody Mary Recipe | Watercolor Cocktail Painting by Simply Jessica Marie | SJM 2018 Cocktail Calendar

classic bloody mary

serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ounces of your vodka of choice
  • 4 ounces of Zing Zang Bloody Mary Mix (you could absolutely mix your own - but this is Zack's absolute favorite mix!)
  • a dash of worcestershire
  • a dash of hot sauce
  • lemon juice, to taste
  • lemon pepper
  • ice
  • optional garnishes: stuffed green olives, bacon, celery, shrimp, lemon wedges, cheese cubes, pickled okra, and basically anything you personally love and would like to add :) Go wild!

DIRECTIONS

  1. Wet the rim of your glass, and dip it into the lemon pepper. (Regular salt or celery salt would also be fun!)
  2. Combine your vodka, Zing Zang mix, worcestershire, hot sauce, and lemon juice into a cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake your concoction (for about 20 seconds), and strain into your glass over ice.
  4. Top it off with allll of your garnishes - I recommend adding them to skewers for easy snacking! Enjoy immediately!

BRUNCH PAIRING SUGGESTION

A good Bloody Mary can truly be brunch in and of itself sometimes! But, brunch is all about lots of good food - so I recommend pairing it with chicken and waffles. The savory chicken paired with that sweet waffle will balance beautifully with your Bloody Mary!

2018 Cocktail Calendar by Simply Jessica Marie | Watercolor Cocktail Calendar | Photo by SC Stockshop

photo by sc stockshop

2018 cocktail calendar

If you love brunch cocktails as much as I do, you are going to LOVE the 2018 Cocktail Calendar!! 

Each month of this brunch inspired 2018 Cocktail Calendar features a different illustrated cocktail that is perfectly fitting for that month and season.

I will post the recipe for each month's cocktail here on my blog the first Thursday of every month, giving you plenty of time to incorporate the drink into any brunches you are hostessing or attending!

If you try this recipe or display your February calendar design in your home, I'd love to see! Share on Instagram with the hashtag #sjmcocktails and tag me @simplyjessicamarie so I can follow along and share your photo on my page/stories, too!

Earl Grey French 75 Cocktail Recipe

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Hooray, it's the first cocktail recipe post of 2018!! The 2018 Cocktail Calendar was inspired by my all-time favorite type of cocktails: brunch cocktails. The kind that turn Saturday and Sunday mornings into long afternoons gabbing with your best friends - you know what I'm talking about!

I wanted to set the tone for the 2018 cocktails with one that is both festive yet relaxing. One that welcomes the new year with as much excitement as it does balance, if you will. What is it? An Earl Grey French 75! And y'all, I cannot waaaait to try it out this month!

Earl Grey French 75 Cocktail Recipe | 2018 Cocktail Calendar by Simply Jessica Marie

earl grey french 75

serves 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 ounce of your gin of choice
  • 1/2 a lemon, juiced
  • 1 tablespoon of Earl Grey honey simple syrup (see recipe below!)
  • 3 ounces of champagne
  • ice
  • a lemon slice or twist for garnish

EARL GREY SIMPLE SYRUP INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup of brewed Earl Grey tea
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1/2 - 1 tablespoon of honey (depending on your preferred sweetness)

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, combine your Earl Grey tea, sugar, and honey. Let them boil until the sugar dissolves and the honey has melted into the water (whisking the mixture will help!). Strain the mixture, and let it cool. 
  2. Combine your gin, lemon juice, Earl Grey simply syrup, and ice into a cocktail shaker.
  3. Shake your concoction (for about 20 seconds), and strain into your favorite champagne flute.
  4. Top it off with champagne, and garnish with a lemon wedge or twist. Enjoy immediately!

recipe inspired by cookie and kate and beautiful booze

BRUNCH PAIRING SUGGESTION

The Earl Grey French 75 would be perfect paired with lavender macarons!

2018 Cocktail Calendar by Simply Jessica Marie | Watercolor Cocktail Calendar | Photo by SC Stockshop

photo by sc stockshop

2018 cocktail calendar

If you love brunch cocktails as much as I do, you are going to LOVE the 2018 Cocktail Calendar!! 

Each month of this brunch inspired 2018 Cocktail Calendar features a different illustrated cocktail that is perfectly fitting for that month and season.

I will post the recipe for each month's cocktail here on my blog the first Thursday of every month, giving you plenty of time to incorporate the drink into any brunches you are hostessing or attending!

If you try this recipe or display your January calendar design in your home, I'd love to see! Share on Instagram with the hashtag #sjmcocktails and tag me @simplyjessicamarie so I can follow along and share your photo on my page/stories, too!