Girls Night In with Monica Hart: Simply Citrus

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Hello Today’s Nesters! This is lifestyle specialist Monica Hart and I am so excited and honored to be a contributor to Today’s Nest.  So without further ado….

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What girl wouldn't want a party that’s prettily packaged around what women love?

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That’s the notion behind Girls Night In with Monica.

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Invite a savvy and sassy group of gals to your home to

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 sip on signature cocktails and dine on decadent bites. In this case, Lobster Pot Pie, served in petite individual portions.

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Now, throw in some clever cooking and entertaining tips, a little gold chevron and fresh tablescape ideas and you’ve got a glamlittle soiree called Girls Night in!
With spring here and summer hot on its heels, I’m currently obsessed with citrus. 

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So the theme for the night is, ‘Simply Citrus’. First we quench our collective thirst by sipping on Blood Orange Dry Soda.

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Next comes lemon-thyme savory crackers made from scratch and served in dainty scalloped paper cups for easy clean up!

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Then it’s time to share a signature cocktail. Meyer Lemon Thyme Drop anyone?
It's a sweet and tangy libation with a hint of earthy fresh thyme, plucked straight from our kitchen garden. 
Each gal gets a mini shaker of her own, filled with my tasty citrus concoction and ice. Just shake and pour!

Cheers ladies!

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Martini glass in hand, I share pretty tablescape ideas with the gals, ideas big on R & R, repurposing and reinventing.
The setting starts with purchased paper lanterns and homemade glittery tassels hanging from the chandeliers. The combo creates an instant party!

Below, the tablescape is all about the juxtaposition of the rustic and the refined.

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Inexpensive burlap bags from my local feed store add an au natural feel to the table and make for pretty placemats, thanks to lengths of gold ribbon and sequins.

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Iconic tangerine colored chocolate boxes and jewelry bags hold vibrant flora.

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Now it’s time for a citrusy dessert course of,

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Meyer lemon and olive oil cake!
Lemon curd topping waits in the wings.

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Extra jars make adorable takeaway gifts for the gals, thanks to friend, Cindy Sullivan, of Haley’s Cottage, who sells the line.

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And with that, our Girls Night In – ‘Simply Citrus’ is a wrap!
Until next time ladies!

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Photography by Stefanie Knowlton, Stefanie Knowlton Photography