March 01, 2022
We don’t know about you, but at partager la joie we’re ready to welcome March with open arms. The brighter, longer days mean it’s time to get energized to spring ahead with a focus on healthy living, decluttering our spaces, and cultivating ways to share joy. We love anticipating the first hints of colorful bulbs beginning to bloom—sunshine-yellow daffodils, delicate purple grape hyacinths, and pale shades of blush tulips that are on their way to opening. There’s something in any change of seasons that nourishes us—body, mind, and soul. And with the coming of spring in particular, change means new growth, inspiring us to refresh our perspectives and look forward to what lies ahead.
Change is on the horizon!
When spring approaches we feel it on the inside, too. A renewed energy emerges and motivates us not only to get outside, change up our fitness routines, and enjoy a breath of fresh air after the winter, but also to make some inner changes as well. Perhaps it’s time to revisit those positive changes you initiated in the beginning of new year or maybe it’s the opportunity to start something new—whatever this may mean to you. For us, the arrival of spring is the perfect occasion to share with you some of our inspiration behind partager la joie. It’s hard to believe, but many of you have been following along with us for two years now and we can’t tell you how happy it makes us that you are here!
partager la joie® —share the joy—is a seasonally inspired lifestyle space for creative hosting, cooking, design, curated retail, and unique workshops, all dedicated to help you create your own beautiful occasions to gather with the ones you love. We believe that joy is not just a fleeting moment, it’s a way of thinking. When you visit us, we want you to feel good—inspired, relaxed, energized, and motivated. We’re all about positivity, not perfection, and sharing our joy creatively with you. As we all know, the seasons pass by quickly. Taking time to appreciate the everyday joyful moments along with the momentous ones leads us to more thoughtful connections with those around us.
Time to Refresh for Spring
Organize your home(and mind 😊)
You know that feeling when your home is clutter-free and tidy—it gives you peace of mind. Springtime is about simplifying and lightening our indoor spaces. Make a game plan and tackle each room in your home. Create a system to sort papers, clothes, toys, crafts, pantry, laundry, garage and storage items. Take note of what you have—donate items you don’t use and discard anything expired. Try not to rush this process, focus on one area before moving on to the next, enlist family members to help, and dedicate some time to execute your organizational plan. This technique works with living spaces, work areas, and other aspects of daily life alike. The better organized you are, the easier it is to take on your day and manage your household as well. You’ll be amazed how much more clear-headed and energized you’ll feel when your workspace, closets, and mind are spring-spruced! Renewal is not just about getting rid of what's no longer serving you, it's also about refreshing a tired space and creating something new. Not sure where to begin? Check out our unique Inspiration Workshops and let us assist you with techniques for creating an ambiance that is all your own. Learn more about our Inspiration Workshops here.
Make Room for New
Spring flowers galore
Think renewal and fresh brightness as you style your table and arrange seasonal blooms to incorporate spring’s bounty into your home. In March we like to style a little sunshine in our arrangements with forsythia branches simply placed in a statement vase—beautiful bright branches are a cheerful reminder that spring is on its way. This month is the perfect time of year to force spring bulbs to open indoors—hyacinths, narcissus, crocus, and so many varieties of tulips are ideal choices. Filling a woven container with newly blooming bulbs makes a wonderful addition to any table setting or indoor space, as well as a seasonal hostess gift or anytime you’d like to brighten someone’s day!
Bring the sunshine to your table
Invite springtime light and a breath of fresh air to set your table with new linens, layers of white plates, and a touch of texture with our woven products or olive wood accessories. Style with plenty of tiny plants, flowers, and bloom-covered branches. Shop home collection.
Find your calm by enlivening your wellness routine
Bring a sense of cleansing with the change of seasons and infuse your self-care routine with our collection of beauty elixirs, body oils, and bath salts. Refresh your skin with a spritz of rose hydrating spray, our hydrating hand cream, our nourishing foot balm, and a range of fresh-scented body butters. Shop wellness collection.
Refresh your home and closet
Scatter fragrant candles throughout your home. Our citrus and sunshine, lilac and cotton, and juniper and lavender scents are a few of our spring favorites. Add texture with super-soft lightweight throws for your sofas or the end of your bed.
Edit your table’s look with our crisp linen or soft cotton napkins in versatile neutral palettes. Invigorate your spring wardrobe with our stylish dresses, cute tops, an adorable date night bag, slip on slides, or a fringe-trimmed white linen blazer to pair with denim or wear over a seasonal dress. Since travel may be part of your springtime plan, we’ve stocked our ever-so-cozy loungewear and comfy travel scarves and pouches! Shop chic style collection.
This month we’ve chosen recipes designed to simplify, lighten, and freshen your menus for spring—fresh spring rolls, farmer’s market pasta, kale Caesar salad, and make-your-own pizzas. For breakfast, banana yogurt bread, vanilla chia seed pudding, and morning glory muffins are healthy and delicious. Craving some island time? Try some of our Caribbean faves: sticky toffee pudding, banana and pineapple smoothies, seafood paella, tuna poke bowls, and a few game-day snacks for March Madness.
Fresh Spring Rolls
Kale Caesar Salad
Garden Herb Pasta
Banana Yogurt Bread
Vanilla Chia Seed Pudding
Morning Glory Muffins
Banana and Pineapple Smoothies
Tuna Poke Bowls
Mark March with Gatherings
Celebrate St Patrick’s Day
One of the things we love about St. Patrick’s Day is that it gives us an occasion to celebrate everything green. Could anything embody spring more than the color of all the new shoots and leaves that are opening all around us? Adorn your table with a bowl of fresh limes or a vase of limelight hydrangeas. Toss a handful of kale into your favorite smoothie. Lighten up your dinner routine with super salads like our kale caesar with chicken or shaved brussels sprout salad. Turn your pasta green with our favorites—including garden herb pasta salad and lemon orzo with spinach.
Make lime flavored simple syrup or snip fresh mint to add a touch of green merriment to a cocktail or sparkling water to toast the Luck of the Irish with everyone. Kids love baking, so why not let them help with a batch of delicious vanilla cupcakes with green buttercream frosting? Whether or not you can claim any Irish heritage, this spirited, fun day is a good excuse for a gathering to share some springtime joy.
Host a pizza get-together
A make-your-own pizza gathering lets your guests participate in the fun by creating their own individual pies. A smart selection of ingredients means there will be something for everyone. Bell peppers, red onions, pineapple, fresh basil, and arugula are great ways to keep things fresh, bright, and colorful (all while adding a healthy dose of green!)... Sliced mushrooms, artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, and a variety of cheeses will bring joy to the gourmands. And don’t forget a selection of pepperoni, ham, prosciutto, or sausage for the meat lovers. Grab some full-bodied wine or craft beers and enjoy your company!
Make the most of March Madness
If you are a college basketball fan, this is your month of spirited fun! We’ve got plenty of small bites in our epicure to up your game-day game—soft pretzels, fresh shrimp rolls, flavored popcorn and so much more. Cheers, and enjoy the tournament!
The most important thing to remember about renewal is that it means setting aside some time for yourself to embrace a fresh perspective. Prioritize your mindfulness practices and self-care routines while fostering new opportunities for growth. Try to declutter your day just as you declutter your home—this will let you make space for exciting new horizons in the months to come. Be glad for what you’ve put behind you and for what lies ahead! Gratitude is cleansing and makes room to share our joy.
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