Raise a glass of Sparkling Lavender Ice Tea  to the three-day weekend! 


Memorial Day marks the unofficial  start of summer and many of you are planning backyard cookouts. 

I’ve pulled together a few fun extras  to get your Memorial Day Weekend off to a rockin’ start!

So from tabletops to totes with tunes to the little white dress…

  here’s what’s on my MDW wish list.


If you’re looking for a pretty little sip  this weekend, try my Sparkling Lavender Ice Tea.

The recipe follows but first, the MDW wish list:






1. Bright melamine plates – West Elm    2. Blue glass beverage dispenser – World Market

3. Mod napkin set – West Elm   4. Raffia Tray – West Elm   5. Porcelain hurricanes – West Elm

6. Gold Flatware – West Elm   7. Little White Dress via Lauren Conrad.Com via Pop Sugar

8. Essie glitter nail polish   9. Tote & Tunes – Pottery Barn

(Can you tell I’ve been to West Elm lately?)


And now for the pretty Memorial Day Weekend sips:




I used two Tablespoons of dry lavender from my favorite local lavender farm  – Woodinville Lavender.




I added a few sprigs of fresh mint and lemon balm from our kitchen garden.




I brought 6 cups of H20 to a simmer and plopped in the herbs.





Simmer for 5 minutes let sit for another 5, strain and chill.

Make a quick batch of simple syrup: 1 cup sugar to 1 cup water, simmer until it dissolves, cool & chill.

Add ice to the lavender tea, sweeten to taste with the simple syrup and add a splash of bubbly




for the s~p~a~r~k~l~i~n~g  effect!

Cheers  to the MDW!