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I'm Stephanie Ziajka— a party planning enthusiast, newlywed, and dog mom to two precioius golden retriever girls named Nala and Nellie. I'm also the girl behind Diary of a Debutante, an affordable fashion and southern lifestyle blog for millennial women, and the creator of Grocery Blooms, where I take ordinary grocery store flowers and turn them into stunning arrangements. My professional mission is to promote mental health and eating disorder awareness through a variety of affordable fashion, realistic beauty, and healthy southern lifestyle topics.
It’ll just give you that creative and mechanical boost you need to take your flower arrangements (especially your grocery store flower arrangements) to the next level. That said, whether you want to know how to arrange grocery store flowers or you want to do something more advanced, like design your own floral wedding arch, I found that the show is helpful for both large and small-scale projects. Whether you just clump some up and put it in a vase or you use it to create something grander, like a floral chandelier or wedding arbor, chicken wire is a must-have mechanic for floral designers. What you’re actually supposed to do is completely submerge the hydrangea flower in a bucket of water and let it sit for five minutes.
For this year’s Easter dinner menu, I ordered the pre-made ham dinner for four, along with a The Cheesecake Factory cheesecake. Plus, if you’re ordering regular groceries and are a Hy-Vee Plus member (note: this doesn’t apply to pre-made Easter meals, unfortunately), you get two-hour express pickup, and standard delivery is free for orders over $30. While I was picking up my ham dinner and cheesecake, I purchased a few different bouquets and flowers by-the-stem from Ham is our Easter dinner tradition, so I ordered the ham meal for four.
Plus, you can serve them on their own or use them to decorate the tops of other Easter desserts, like carrot cake or carrot “dirt cups. like me and want to clean up any hardened chocolate that’s pooled underneath the strawberries, use a sharp knife to cut away the excess. Once you’re ready to eat, place your chocolate-covered strawberry carrots on a plate and use the oregano to create vibrant carrot tops. You can also use them to embellish the tops of other fun Easter desserts, like carrot cake or “carrot patch” dirt cups.
I mixed this non-toxic pink acrylic paint with non-toxic white acrylic paint to create a softer pink. I wanted a really light shade, so I mixed 50% baby pink acrylic paint and 50% white acrylic paint to create this color. If you want to create a totally different color, go for it– just be sure that the paint you use is acrylic and non-toxic. I taped down the edges with Scotch tape (to make sure it didn’t move in the process) and then painted over the stencil with non-toxic white acrylic paint.
It's not fall without football 🏈 [AD] Homegating may be the new normal from here on out, and honestly, I'm all about it. Give me some wings, veggies, and cold Diet @DrPepper, and I'd be happy just about anywhere 😂 Stock up on Dr Pepper and other Game Day snacks, drinks, and essentials for football watch parties at @Krogerco store! PS- Did y'all know Dr Pepper & Cream Soda and Diet Dr Pepper & Cream Soda exist?! I'm obsessed-- and I highly recommend trying them in ice cream floats (specifically with caramel syrup on top)! PC: @catherinerphoto #SnackFavoritesAtKroger #gameday⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #homegating #gamedayready #drpepper #itsfallyall #barcartstyling #tailgating #collegegameday #barcart #barcartdecor #tailgateparty #tailgatingseason #iny91720l
It's crazy to think, but y'all... today was supposed to be my wedding day! The craziest part is that 2020's been such an insane blur that @eschenroeder and I completely forgot until his sweet sister texted us earlier today 😂😁 Since Italy isn't happening for the foreseeable future (thanks, COVID)-- and we don't really have a viable Plan B at the moment, I guess we'll have to settle for wine and carbs at home instead. I actually made this charming little DIY citrus ice bucket for a project on the blog, so I'm grateful we'll actually get to use it to chill some much-needed champagne tonight! Head to thediaryofadebutante.com (link in bio!) or check out my stories to learn how to make your own! #winetime #bhgcelebrate #lauraashley #covidweddingplanning #champagnebucket #diyprojecs⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #icebucket #lemons #realsimple #prettylittlethings #diyhomedecor #colorfulhome #celebrateeverything #summerentertaining #howisummer #midwestmoment
The cutest bark-ristas on the block! #ad Glad I grabbed some Purina® Prime Bones™ and DentaLife® ActivFresh chews from Walmart, because there’s no way this shot would’ve happened otherwise 😂 Seriously, Nala and Nellie LOVE these rawhide-free Prime Bones™ (they'll gnaw on them for hours), and they won’t go outside in the morning before getting their daily DentaLife® ActivFresh chews, which are supplements that help fight bad breath and promote oral health. Shop now with online grocery pickup, delivery or in-store at your local Walmart and Walmart.com! PC: @catherinerphoto #barkrista #doghalloween #puppachino #rufflife #goldenretrieversofinstagram⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #buzzfeedanimals #mydogist #dailybarker #pawzsquadfeature #doghalloweencostume #wagmorebarkless #cutedogsofinstagram #dogsquad #goldenofinstagram
Gimme all the dogs (and wine) 🐶🍷 Follow me on the @liketoknow.it app or click the link in my bio for shoppable product details on my @amazonfashion page! Fun fact- I actually designed this tee myself (along with a few others!), but it’s fulfilled by Amazon and runs *super* small. If you like a more oversized fit, order a few sizes up! For reference, I wear a medium, and it’s form-fitting! Comes in 5 different colors, too 🤗 http://liketk.it/2Wlze #liketkit #ilovemydog #amazonfashion #founditonamazon #dogmom⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #flatlaystyle #dogmomlife #flatlay #amazonfinds #dogmomaf #flatlayoftheday #dogmotherwinelover
#AD Yoga pants-- because jeans are stressful and you don’t need that in your life 🤗 One random fact about me (aside from the fact that I love yoga pants) is that I’m probably one of the most introverted people you’ll ever meet. I get such crazy social anxiety, especially around new people, and living in quarantine for the past few months definitely hasn't helped 😂 Since we're pretty much all out of social practice right now, I'm partnering with @listerine to share 5 simple ways to feel more confident around others on thediaryofadebutante.com today (link in bio)-- one of which is my favorite new breath hack: LISTERINE® Ready! Tabs™ Chewable Tablets in Soft Mint! They're available at @walmart and are designed to be swallowed, turn into liquid in seconds, and legitimately leave your mouth feeling as clean as after brushing and rinsing at home! PC: @catherinerphoto #CleanHealthyBold #introvertproblems #yogapants #confidenceiskey . . . #yogaathome #girlgang #listerine #introvert #introvertlife #empowerher #smallmomentsofcalm #ofsimplethings #slowliving #theeverygirl #selfconfidence #iny9920l
It's a whiskey kind of weekend 🥃 Did y'all know it's SUPER easy to make your own custom drink stirrers?! I found some inspo on @pinterest and made these cute little derby drink stirrers at home with some plastic mini horses, silver spray paint, swizzle sticks, and a drill 🤗 Linking all the supplies in my bio! #derbyday #diyprojects #kentuckyderbyparty⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #mintjulep #kyderby #diycrafts #bhgcelebrate #kentuckyderby #mysouthernliving #diydecor #derbyparty
All dressed up and ready for some frozen juleps 🥃 How fun is this half-moon handbag from @RadleyLondon's Royal Ascot Collection at @macys?! It has the cutest racehorse detailing (swipe for a closer look), comes in 3 colors, and can be worn as either a clutch or crossbody bag. 🤗 This whole Kentucky Derby-inspired look is up on the blog today (a little late, but better late than never, right? 😂), so head to thediaryofadebutante.com or follow me on the @liketoknow.it app (links for both in bio) for Derby Day outfit details! PS- If you love frozen cocktails, I'm also linking my frozen julep punch recipe in my bio. It's seriously to die for, and you can make it days/weeks in advance! PC: @catherinerphoto http://liketk.it/2VPbd #liketkit #LTKitbag #radleylondon #amazonfashion #derbyday #kentuckyderby #southernstyle⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #kyderby #derbyfashion #derby #fascinator #derbystyle #talkderbytome #fascinators #kyderbyathome #iny9520l
How cute are these mini mint julep kits? 🏇🏻 They make amazing little party gifts and are perfect for virtual Kentucky Derby watch parties. Here's everything I used to make them--⠀ ⠀ 1. Silver Julep Cups (I found some inexpensive plastic ones on @amazonhome, but if they're unavailable, @orientaltrading carries some, too)⠀ 2. Green Bows (got these at @hobbylobby)⠀ 3. Mini Bottles of Bourbon (@woodfordreserve is my personal fave, but Makers Mark and Four Roses are always safe bets, too)⠀ 4. Mint Simple Syrup (head to thediaryofadebutante.com for my recipe-- link in bio!)⠀ 5. DIY Derby Drink Stirrers (found these on Pinterest and had to make my own-- tutorial coming to the blog later this week!)⠀ 6. Paper Straws⠀ 7. Green Crinkle Paper⠀ ⠀ And that's all-- super simple! Who else is planning on watching the #KYderby on Saturday?! Even if you miss the actual race, Derby Day's the perfect excuse to get dressed up, hang out at home, and drink mint juleps all day 😂 🤗 #kentuckyderby #mintjulep #cocktailkit⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #kentuckybourbon #derby #derbyday #mysouthernliving #bhgcelebrate #mintjuleps #kentuckyderbyparty
2020 may've temporarily thrown a wrench in our wedding plans, but I'd wait until 2050 if that's what it takes to get to keep @eschenroeder forever 💍 [ad] Kyle and I were supposed to get married on September 14th in Tuscany (and we were gonna taste allllll the wine), but life happens, and it's times like this that I'm so incredibly grateful for his humor and ability to roll with the punches. We're pretty much polar opposite in that regard (I'm forever at Stress Level Midnight 😂), so I want to raise a delicious glass of @Wente Riva Ranch Chardonnay (my favorite Chardonnay on the planet!) and say that I'm the luckiest, and that even though our wedding hasn't exactly gone as planned, love never fails, and I'd do it all 4000x over again if I had to! ⠀ ⠀ Ahh okay, sappiness aside (I'm legitimately tearing up over here 😭)... I know I'm not alone in feeling personally victimized by 2020, so if someone you love has had to postpone their wedding-- or birthday or milestone or vacation, you can create your own toast and celebrate them using the hashtags #ToastChallenge and #MakeTime! Who are you toasting to?! Also, what's your favorite kind of wine? I've always been a red girl, but I've been on a huge Chardonnay kick lately! #SummerOfFirsts #cheers #wente #chardonnay #winetime #covidwedding⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #bride2021 #covidbride #youcandrinkwithus #wine #wineoclock #postponedwedding #winelover #covidweddingplanning
Important question... who's watched Indian Matchmaking on @netflix?! I've never been much of a reality TV girl, but I completely binged the entire season and NEED to know what happens with Vyasar and Rishi 😂 Also (and I'm completely switching gears here lol), I absolutely love these white beaded statement earrings! They’re so much more lightweight than they look, and they legitimately go with everything. I also appreciate that they're under $15 and actually show up in my dark hair for a change 💁🏻♀️ Follow me on the @liketoknow.it shopping app or head to my @amazonfashion page (link in bio!) to get the product details for this look and all my others!! I'm also linking a few other similar styles that are right around the same price point and have amazing reviews! PC: @catherinerphoto http://liketk.it/2TM1y #liketkit #founditonamazon #earrings #amazonfashion #affordablestyle #amazonfinds⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #jewelryaddict #everydaystyle #earringsoftheday #earringsofinstagram #earringstyle #affordablefashion #iny83120l
Got on @youneedabudget with Kyle a few weeks ago to iron out a house-hunting budget, and it's pretty clear I need a separate category just for flowers 😂😬 follow me on @liketoknow.it or head to thediaryofadebutante.com (link in bio!) for shoppable outfit details! This designer-inspired checkered tote bag is $50 and comes in a few different colors. It doesn’t have any big pockets (it does come with a cute little matching pouch, though!), so I’m also linking my favorite bag organizer, too! PC: @catherinerphoto http://liketk.it/2UOXV #liketkit #LTKitbag #walmartfashion #YNABcommunity #walmartfinds⠀ .⠀ .⠀ .⠀ #lookforless #addtocart #casualstyle #girlythings #girlystyle #prettylittleiiinspo #inspofashion