Category Archives: Recipes

Celebrate The New Year With A Cocktail Party

New Years Eve is just around the corner and it is time to gather with friends and family to celebrate. Why not have a cocktail party? This is a great way to get everyone together. All you need to do is plan out how everything will work out for this special occasion. Let’s think about what your decor will be…

You don’t need to go to the store and purchase a ton of things. Try and see what you can use that you already have. On Martha Stewart’s website she showed ways to create streamer decorations with leftover holiday paper shown below. Click on the photo below to view instructions.

Pick a color and use it as your theme. Make everyone wear that certain color to make it interesting. The room below uses a dazzling purple hue and the decor is very festive.

Now, nothing is a New Year’s party without wine or champagne! It’s always nice to provide your guest with something new that they may not have tried before. There are billions of drink combination that you can indulge in. Don’t hold back, be the amazing host that you are! Here is a few I found to keep the party going.

2 oz peach juice or peach puree
4 oz Champagne
1) Pour the peach juice or peach puree into a Champagne flute.
2) Slowly add the Champagne.

Rose Berry Bliss

1 bottle Clos du Bois Rosé, chilled 
1 bag frozen blueberries 
1 container frozen pink lemonade 
1 liter lemon-lime soda 
blueberries for garnish
1) In a large pitcher, mix the Clos du Bois Rosé, antioxidant-rich frozen blueberries and frozen pink lemonade together. 
2) Allow the flavors to marry in the refrigerator for an hour. 
3) Top with lemon-lime soda. 

The last thing you need to arrange before the night begins is some delicious and appetizing food. What kind of food should you cater for your guest? Nothing to large, go for bite size pieces that look like you took some time to make. The food will show your guest your appreciation for them joining you on that night. Anything dipped in chocolate always seems to be a hit. Try this recipe.

 Chocolate Covered Strawberries
16oz milk chocolate chip
2 tablespoons shortening
1 lbs fresh strawberries with leaves
1) Insert toothpicks into the tops of the strawberries. 
2) In a double boiler, melt the chocolate and shortening, stirring occasionally until smooth. Holding them by the toothpicks, dip the strawberries into the chocolate mixture. 
3) Turn the strawberries upside down and insert the toothpick into styrofoam for the chocolate to cool.

If you need some extra seating or decor to make your night special, remember that High Fashion Fabrics carry’s an array of rental items for your party.

Fashion vs. Furniture: The Poolside Edition

How time gets away from me! I haven’t written one of these since February! I’d say it’s about time, eh?

This time around, the pool, and the cocktails that surround them, was my inspiration. I’ve paired an outdoor party theme with a signature drink and added a dash of fashion to bring a little summer to our little blog. Enjoy!

P.S. As you can see, I had a bit of fun with Poladroid. It’s awesome!

I know Cinco de Mayo is in the past, but that’s no reason not to throw an improptu fiesta en la playa! Serve up some top notch maragaritas and sport a bright patterned suit by Emilio Pucci.

recipe via Food Network

How about a sweet garden party complete with colorful butterflies and chic hats? Serve your guests a twist on a classic with a Peach Julep, and up the sugar factor in a floral maillot by Badgley Mischka.

recipe via Martha Stewart.

You can’t not celebrate Independence Day! And just watching the Will Smith flick doesn’t count. In addition to burgers and barbeque, whip up a colorful beverage in your star-spangled suit by Michael Kors.

recipe via Food Network.

Everybody’s Hawaiian at a Luau! Especially when you’re offering Honeyhole Punch in a tropical swimsuit by Jean Paul Gaultier.

recipe via The Knot.

I saved my favorite for last. Nothing beats a wine and cheese party, especially when the wine comes in Sangria form and the cheese is extra smelly! Put on something sophisticated in basic black, from Just Cavalli, with a hint of sparkle to play the perfect hostess.

recipe via Food Network.

Happy (Recession) Valentine’s Day

Mmmm… caramels. The dish is really cute, too! I wouldn’t mind painting one over at a ceramics studio to go with the gift! But I’m losing focus here. Find the recipe at House Beautiful.

Isn’t love lovely? It’s also costs an arm and a leg. You’ve got dinners to pay for, birthday and Christmas gifts, and the greatest money-sucker of all: Valentine’s Day. Don’t get me wrong! I love the holiday! Any holiday that looks like pink exploded all over the world is A-ok with me. And my mom still gives me yummy heart shaped cookies. (If you’re reading this, do I still get them this year even though I’m married?)

I swear I have a point with all of this rambling. My point is, I have vowed not to spend a fortune on a gift for my husband this V-Day. I’m going to use the old tactic of getting to his heart via his stomach with some baked goodies. Apparently, this is a popular idea, because a lot of my favorite magazines and blogs are supplying me with tasty recipes. So throw on your chef’s hat and get to baking!

My apologies. The recipe for these delicious looking Chocolate Chunk & Cherry Cookies is not online, but you can get it in this month’s issue of Country Living!
What is a holiday without a little Martha? Her Heart-Shaped Meringues with Passion Fruit Curd look refreshingly tasty!

I’m not a big coconut fan, but these won me over. Chocolate-dipped Macaroons via Domino.

I couldn’t resist these. The icing looks like a sprinkled cloud! Red Velvet Cupcakes with Fluffy Meringue Icing via Food Network.