Posts Tagged ‘Cocktails’

Thoughts :: Need Thanksgiving Ideas? Me too.

thanksgiving ideas - table

If you haven’t seen this AMAZING Thanksgiving tablescape from Chris from Celebrations At Home — you must. Check out her feature over on Daily Grommet’s blog today (she’s got some great styling tips and Thanksgiving ideas).

It’s right around the corner — Thanksgiving. Actually, it’s in less than a week. What have I done to prepare you ask? Nothing. Nope, nada. The good thing about sticking to simple entertaining and hostessing ideas is that (when needed) you can pull it all together last minute (yep, literally).

I thought I’d keep it real and share with you all that I am lagging in my planning, but that I’m okay with that. I’ll turn to some of my favorite past ideas like these:

And I’ll throw in some new Thanksgiving ideas like the ones Chris shared here. How about you? Are all your T’s crossed and I’s dotted? How is your Thanksgiving planning coming together?

If you could use a little help pulling your thoughts and ideas together, join me and several other entertaining, design, food, and craft bloggers on Twitter Monday night the @DailyGrommet #HolidayHelp chat. More details here.

Hope to share (and learn) with you there!

 

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Engagement Party {Classy + Whimsy} Part 1

Since sharing this engagement party invitation with you, we’ve been super busy gathering all of the fabulous photos from this classy + whimsy engagement party we hosted. We had so many wonderful vendors help us pull off this amazing night to celebrate a very special couple (hello Courtney & Dave!) that we are going to break the party feature into 2 parts. So, let’s just jump in to some eye candy, shall we?

engagement party invitation

The entire concept of this party was created around the Bride-to-be’s mention that she was envisioning a party that was “classy with a touch of whimsical” and “black with a pop of color.” I took her wishes and ran with them. I knew I wanted to use one original pattern throughout the party (think invite, decor, desserts) and that bright pink and orange would be perfect for an end-of-summer cocktail soiree. I turned to my go-to girl Kori from Paper and Pigtails and together we brainstormed the PERFECT invite!

The reverse side of the invite was printed with a custom pattern – I’m calling it “chevron with a twist.” You’ll see much more of the pattern in Part 2!

 engagement party

 The event took place at the home of dear friends of the couple in Old Town Murrieta, CA. The property offered a gorgeous backdrop for cocktails, appetizers, friends and family. We strung market lights which transformed the yard once the sun set.

pink and orange centerpieces

All the linens and chairs (from Allie’s Party) were black which looked really chic in the bright and vibrant outdoor space. The Blumebox vases used to create the centerpieces were also black and were meant to blend in to the table top. Then each was filled with vibrant flowers that “popped” right off of the tables.

decor -- engagement party

Photos and flowers were used throughout the party space.

pink and orange flowers

The main decor for this party were the pink and orange flowers — stunning flowers.

Roses, baby Dalias and Gerber Daisies in shades of oranges and pinks. They were all grown and picked by my favorite grower at our local farmers’ market (more on him soon!).

We have much more to show you in Part 2 including food, cocktails and amazing desserts. See Part 2 here.

Vendors mentioned above:

Invitations & Paper Elements | Paper and Pigtails

Party Rentals | Allie’s

Vases for centerpieces |  Blumebox

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Ginger beer cocktail

I teased you with a photo of this ginger beer cocktail the other day when I shared about simple meals for two and I’m back to share this recipe as promised.

It’s a great drink for those who like beer but also enjoy a nice cocktail … the best of both worlds in one simple package — the Ginger Beer Cocktail:

ginger beer cocktail

In shaker combine:

1 parts vodka

2 parts ginger ginger beer (or your favorite ginger ale)

shake and strain into glass

garnish with a thin piece of fresh ginger

I used ginger ale (with Jasmine Tea) by Bruce Cost found at BevMo.

*This cocktail goes wonderfully with any Chinese or Asian dishes you are serving.

Cheers!

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Simple meals for two with PF Chang’s

Looking for a simple dinner or menu item for your next dinner party that taste delicious but only requires about 15 minutes of your time? No, I’m not talking about a run through the drive-thru — check out PF Chang’s new Home Menu for a hot-simmering-pan-full of deliciousness. Really (I tried them all!). Look at this bowl full of YUM (a.k.a Firecracker Shrimp with Yakisoba Noodles).

pf changs recipes

What I like about this new frozen line from PF Chang’s is that the flavor is not compromised one bit. Each bag is packed full of that PF Chang’s goodness you’d expect like you find  in all of their PF Changs recipes. They decided to bring their products right to your home in an effort to help you “ignite the night” and what isn’t to love about that? A simple way to put together a thoughtful (and tasty) meal … hello!

You can even have a bit of fun with dinner –

pf changs recipes | simple meals for two

I grabbed a couple  “take-out” boxes from Michael’s Craft Store (about $1.29 each) and tied a pair of chopsticks to each one. I filled then with PF Chang’s Garlic Shrimp with Dan Dan Noodles (my personal favorite). Then the hubs and I enjoyed dinner in front of the TV (rarity for us!). It really did feel like a special treat — hello igniting the night!

You can even get a little more into it and create a signature cocktail to pair with your “take-in” meal. I’ll find any reason to  create a cocktail! {Ginger Beer Cocktail recipe}

Don’t forget to join the #NoodleNight Twitter party with @PFChangs this Wednesday, October 5th from 8-10pm EST. Join me on Twitter and tweet using hashtag #NoodleNight.

Lots of fun and great prizes! For more details on what’s up for grabs, visit here.

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Cheers!

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Party like it’s a Wednesday (on Twitter)

I like any reason to celebrate or put something thoughtful together — especially if it’s for something unexpected (say like a Wednesday night). So when PF Chang’s reached out to me to help co-host their Twitter party (tonight!) I was definitely up for it. PF Chang’s has launched a new line of great home meals that are meant to “ignite the night,” LOVE that! I can’t wait to share more at the party tonight on Twitter. Will you join us?

There will be AH-MAZ-ING prizes and lots of noodle-loving tweets flying (did you know tomorrow is National Noodle Day? Yep). I’m whipping up some tasty blog posts before the party but here’s a peek at what I’m cookin’ up. Plus, all the party details are at the end of the post. Hope to “see” you tonight!

Twitter party with @PFChangs this Wednesday, October 5th from 8-10pm EST. Join me on Twitter and tweet using hashtag #NoodleNight.

Lots of fun and great prizes! For more details on what’s up for grabs, visit here.

This is a sponsored post but all thoughts and opinions are my own. Cheers!

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{Raspberry} Chocolate Martini

Looking for a simple cocktail to serve your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day? Or just something decadent to try yourself? You’ll love this simple Chocolate Martini.

chocolate martini

Chocolate Martini

-Chocolate syrup

-3 oz Chocolate Raspberry Vodka (I used Godiva)

-Raspberries for Garnish

*Swirl chocolate syrup in the martini glass and place in the freezer. this lets the chocolate set up so it doesn’t mix in immediately when you pour in the vodka. Once set, shake vodka over ice and strain into martini glass. Garnish with raspberries.

You might also like this Chocolate Kiss Martini recipe or this Sweetheart Martini. Cheers!

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