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Healthy Root Beer Float with Zevia

Recently the smart soda company, Zevia asked if I’d participate in a their “Flavors of Summer” campaign. I love Zevia, so it was a hands down yes. In fact, my family and I have been drinking Zevia sodas for years because they taste great and are sugar-free. What makes Zevia sweet you ask? The sweetness comes from the plant-based ingredient stevia – which makes it all natural and zero calories. Because there are no refined sugars or artificial sweeteners, Zevia is a healthier soda and a smart choice. 

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For the campaign, Zevia asked me and a few other bloggers to create a summertime drink using one of their 15 yummy flavors. I polled my kids and they selected Zevia’s Ginger Root Beer. It’s what we use to create healthy root beer floats – the kids LOVE them. It also inspired me to created an intimate summertime root beer float party for kids.

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Using a dairy free, coconut ice cream, I added two scoops to a chilled Zevia Ginger Root Beer, popped in a straw and a spoon – that’s it. So simple. It wouldn’t be the “Simplified Bee” if it was a complicated drink ;)

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This healthy root beer is a great choice for kids with food allergies or sensitivities because with Zevia and coconut ice cream they can be made sugar-free, dairy-free and gluten free. It would be fun served at a summertime kids’ birthday party because always nice to have a dessert that the whole party can enjoy!

Check out all the other fun drink creations from other bloggers, vote for your favorite on  Zevia’s site or Facebook page!

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For the decor, I selected a festive southwestern inspired table runner. The beautiful pattern and muted color palette inspired me to create the box and tray. I’ll be covering how I did it in a follow-up post.

earth-friendly party cutlery by susty party - simplified bee

And how cute are the compostable wood cutlery with grey stars? Susty Party supplied them and the other party supplies (including the plate below) that are all non toxic, renewable and compostable. Love that!!!

Zevia root beer float party - simplified beeZevia Flavors of Summer Pinterest Contest - Win $500

I’ve pinned all of my party images on this Pinterest board. Zevia would like see your own party details and what flavor inspires you the most too! Enter the Zevia Flavors of Summer Pinterest Contest and you may win a $500 grocery gift card.

Can’t wait to see your which flavor of Zevia you choose!

Cristin

*this post was in collaboration with Zevia and Susty Party, but as always my opinions are my own

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Read full story By on May 7, 2014 in Entertaining, Features, Holiday, Parties

Oh Joy! Let’s Party!

disclosure: This post contains an affiliate links, which means Simplified Bee receives commission if you make a purchase using this link.

Oh Joy Garden Party for TargetOh Joy! Garden Party Tablescape

Have you seen it yet?! Joy Cho, the talented voice behind one of my favorite blogs, Oh Joy! has recently released the cutest entertaining collection at Target. Fresh and playful, the party supplies are sure to add a fun pop of springtime color for that Easter, birthday or graduation party coming up!

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string lights // noise blowers // gold confetti dots // paper cups // ice bucket // floral wall decals

I love it all, but the coral ice bucket with gold handle is my fave. If you love too, don’t delay… the Oh Joy! collection is only available for a limited time!

happy entertaining,

cristin

 

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Read full story By on March 27, 2014 in Birthdays, Easter, Entertaining, Parties

New Year’s Woodland Chic Tabletop by Aerin

Perhaps its the fact that I grew up surrounded by pine trees in Lake Tahoe that draws me to this woodland chic table setting by Aerin Lauder (yep, the granddaughter of the legendary Estée Lauder). Quentessence shared a sneak peek of Aerin’s New Year’s luncheon tabletop that will be featured this January/February issue of Veranda and I loved it so much, I wanted to share with you too.

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My fave? The mocha floral tablecloth in Aerin’s Hither fabric for Lee Jofa.

What a wonderful way to ring in the new year! 2014 is going to be a great, don’t your think?

And to keep up with all the buzz in 2014, like with Simplified Bee on Facebook, tweet with @simplifiedbee on Twitter, pin with Cristin Priest @ Simplified Bee on Pinterest, explore with Simplified Bee on Instagram and collect with the bee on KEEP too!

Happy New Year!

Cristin

photo credit: Francesco Lagnese for Veranda

 

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Read full story By on December 31, 2013 in Entertaining, Features, Get The Look, Holiday, holiday decor, new years, Parties, pinterest, tables, tabletop

Friday Finds :: Inspiring Christmas Decorations + Tabletops

Was it just me, or did Friday sneak up on us? In fact it feels as if Christmas is sneaking up on us all this year! If this is you, it’s not too late to get your home (or yourself!)  in the holiday spirit …  I’ve pulled some of my favorite holiday images  to get you all inspired and to spread some cheer. All of these beauties can be found on the Simplified Bee Christmas Ideas board on Pinterest too!

elegant christmas table setting - sacramento streetdiy wood ball holiday wreathchic urban apartment christmas decorgold and red christmas table setting - coco+kelleycider pomegranate holiday drink

Happy Friday!

Cristin

*image sources from top to bottom: Sacramento Street,  bildschoenes, Ikea via PinterestCoco+Kelley, & Clara Persis

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Read full story By on December 13, 2013 in Christmas, DIY, Entertaining, Holiday, holiday decor, Parties, pinterest, tabletop, Tips/Tricks