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Month: April 2018

A Besties’ Guide to Throwing a Brunch

A Step by Step Guide to Throwing a Brunch: A 25th Birthday Party “Hey Shawdy, it’s your birthday and we going party like it’s your birthday! And you know we…

A Step by Step Guide to Throwing a Brunch: A 25th Birthday Party

“Hey Shawdy, it’s your birthday and we going party like it’s your birthday! And you know we gonna have a brunch, ’cause it’s your birthday!”

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Do you have a birthday coming up? Feeling overwhelmed and getting the birthday blues? Or maybe you’re planning a party for your bestie. With so many options and decisions, it’s easy to get bogged down in the details and quickly turn a happy day into a stressful one. Well no worries, CPL to the rescue.  When our CPL Bestie Zari was approaching the big 25, she asked could we help. She wanted an event that was pretty, but above all fun. We put on our thinking berets… Why berets? Well they are having a major fashion moment. And after giving our best Beyoncé in the mirror for five moments, we designed a super cool brunch. With this step by step guide to throwing a brunch, you will be brunching with your besties in no time.

The Menu

brunch appetizers

Don’t overthink it! Your menu should be delicious, but also simple. At CPL, we like to assign levels of difficulties to our food categories. All starter dishes should be easy, but colorful. Fruits and veggies are totally the way to go! For brunch, one of the easiest items to make is avocado toast. Smash avocados with a squeeze of lime, slather on toast and sprinkle on some salt, pepper and red chili flakes. Want to kick it up a notch, drizzle some balsamic glaze, and add chunks of goat cheese. Feeling a little naughty? Place a poached egg on top. Partner this up with a grapefruit salad and your brunch is off to a great start. Worried about your main dishes? Calm down and pop a bottle, because we have you covered.

These dishes do require cooking; however, they use many of the same ingredients and don’t have too many steps.

Less ingredients = Less food prep. Less food prep = More champagne.

brunch food

The idea is for you to spend your day having fun with your besties, not slaving away in the kitchen. Our recommendation Besties, make french toast. You can use your traditional recipe, but make sure you add in a teaspoon of orange zest and a tablespoon of honey. It will give your dish an added layer of flavor and sophistication. Now a true brunch should have multiple options, so switch your traditional quiche for a crustless version in ramekins or as we call it delicious egg soufflé. Switch up your recipe a bit and experiment with a smoky cheese like Gruyere. Give your home fries a kick with our Garlic Aioli sauce. For our meat eaters, grill some bacon and sausage on the side.

Cocktails & Cake

Confetti Cake and Triple Citrus Mimosas

And cocktails, why champagne of course. Try this super cool Triple Citrus Mimosa from The Pretty Dish. Desert? Well it’s a b-day party so Cake, Cake, Cake! This cute little confetti cake fit in perfectly with our theme. The gold candles gave it a splash of sexy.


The Set Up

Guide to throwing a brunch tablescape

The key to making your brunch look great is an amazing table-scape.  Pick a theme and make that sh*t bananas. We love the whole pineapple and palms movement that is shaking up Pinterest. Add in some pink and rose gold and we are definitely having a CPL moment. We created custom menus that the birthday girl really appreciated.  The super cute green dishes we got from Joanna Gaines collection at target. The pink cloth napkins were a steal at Amazon. If you haven’t picked up yet, we love us a nice cloth napkin. Gives the table a touch of sophistication and are washable so use them as many times as you want. The buffet serving tiers, vases, and glasses are from our go to… Crate and a Barrel.  Fruit and flowers are always a great way to bring some color to a table. Do you remember CPL co-founder Pam’s fruit table runner from her wedding? Everyone was talking about it! Last tip: Low on a flower budget, place single buds in a slender vase.


The Final Step

Have fun! It’s your birthday and we going to party like it’s a CPL day! Take lots of pics and make sure to tag us #chillpoplive

Hostesses with the Guest of Honor


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Double Dating Ideas for Busy Couples

Double Dating Ideas for Busy Couples Hey CPL ladies! Today we are talking about a different kind of bestie… “Double Besties.” We understand, and know adulting is super hard. Between…

Double Dating Ideas for Busy Couples

Hey CPL ladies! Today we are talking about a different kind of bestie… “Double Besties.” We understand, and know adulting is super hard. Between the endless feedings, Netflix marathons, and “what if” arguments… Please see below for reference:

Wifey: What if I die, would you marry someone else?

Bae: Of course… but not for a very long time.

Wifey: Oh, so you are already planning to cheat on me.

Bae: Well it’s until death do us part and you are dead.

Wifey: And you are a monster!!!!!!!!

End scene.

Easy and fun couples date night ideas

It can feel like you and Bae are on a desert island, while everyone else is living their “best life” on Instagram.  And although the location of an exotic island may seem appealing… it would be more glamorous, if there weren’t bills, fighting children, and an abundance of strep throat and pink eye. Until that magical day when you spot them across the playground, that cool couple with kids about your age. They are arguing just as loudly as you and Bae, while bandaging scraped knees, fighting off exhaustion, and discreetly sipping spiked coffee from a Seven Eleven Big Gulp cup. This must be a mirage. They seem real, and caring, and most importantly fun. Let’s go over and meet them. And as you proudly strut up to them, couple’s mating season begins. You officially have someone to vent to when you are stuck baking brownies for the bake sale.

Here are CPL’s tips for couples double dating

  1. Stay in – Whip up an exciting dinner at home and go for exotic fare. Let’s face it, all week long, you have been stuffing your dainty face with goldfish, organic chicken nuggets, and the scrapings of your kids leftover plates. Tuck the kiddies in and treat yourself and your friends to something they could only imagine eating at a cool food truck. Our favorite go to is the super easy Bulgogi recipe from the Godmother of Entertaining Martha Stewart. This takes only a half hour to make and we double the sauce to flavor precooked meatballs. Defrost some steamed dumplings and you have a pretty impressive meal. Keep lettuce wraps on hand for those with diet restrictions. And of course we Crate and Barreled up our presentation.
  2. Make it a family thing – The best part about hanging out with a couple with kids is you no longer need a babysitter to have fun. So head to someplace both the kids and adults can enjoy… our recommendation camping! Sit underneath the stars all while bonding, toasting s’mores, and telling each other scary stories. Bring along canoes and have a family race or get lazy and drift along the river in a tube on a slow Sunday morning.
  3. Paint and Sip – Grab some canvases and head outside. Let nature work its inspiration, while the kids have a blast and you sip cocktails and draw a la Bob Ross. This is a great way for both families to break from electronic entertainment and stay present in the moment.
  4. Use Groupon! This site has hundreds of activities dedicated to couples, families, friends and singles. Learn or try something you always wanted to all with your new besties beside you.\
  5. Enjoy having friends! Make sure to cherish your new friendships and take the time to help them grow. One of the best feelings in the world is having someone you can relate to, so remember that. You will transition from “what if” arguments to actual confirmation of your deepest thoughts:


Wifey: I know it’s crazy.

Wifey 2: Like he can throw a sac of beans into a cornhole this small.

Wifey: But can’t pee inside of a wide toilet.

And that my friend is priceless!

Comment below and let us know about your favorite double dating ideas!

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