December 11th, 2012 |

Festive Cocktails + Cocktail Dresses :: Pinterest Party

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We SO excited to be partying tonight with Lilly Pulitzer during our next installment of our Holiday Entertaining Pinterest Party Series with The TomKat Studio.  Join us tonight at 9pm EST/ 6pm PST for an hour of pinspiration from an amazing group of bloggers, as we pin ideas for festive cocktail parties + cocktail dresses.

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June 11th, 2012 |

Cocktails & Croquet

Summertime is the perfect opportunity to get creative when it comes to entertaining. Whether you are gathering adults for a cocktail party or having familes over for a bbq, spin your party in a different direction by adding a theme. One of my favorites is “Cocktails & Croquet.” A favorite summer past-time, croquet is a simple [...]

May 25th, 2012 |

Cool Down Your Cocktails

With the crazy heat wave we have been experiencing this week in Chicago, I have been looking for ways to keep cool.  Originally shot for the summer issue of The Party Dress Magazine (pre-order your copy NOW!), these frozen fruit skewers were too perfect to hold on to any longer.

Perfect for cooling down and adding a [...]

March 23rd, 2012 |

Limoncello Ginger Lemonade

In continuing our “lemon day”, I am back to share my cocktail recipe that is TO.DIE.FOR.  The perfect Spring drink, use this for your Mad Men viewing party this weekend, or even for a festive Sunday brunch!

Ingredients
2T Ginger Simple Syrup
1/2c lemonade
3 oz limoncello
Sparkling water or ginger ale, to taste
Lemon slices, for garnish
Simple Syrup Directions

Mix 1/2 c [...]

August 8th, 2011 |

Party Ideas: Sangria & Tapas Party

Sangria and tapas are two of my favorite things.  Mix them together and you have the key components for a fabulous summer party! Perfect for a cocktail party, Spanish tapas can range from bite-size finger foods to skewered delights. These small-plate dishes are perfect for a crowd and are meant to be shared.

Pottery Barn has a [...]

July 5th, 2011 |

The Party Dress Magazine: Infused Vodkas

One of my favorite articles in the latest edition of The Party Dress Magazine is on infused vodkas.  A on-trend topic in the world of cocktails, and just pure fun for summer parties!  Maggie Hemsworth, co-owner of Delish Catering Chicago, came up with six different varieties of flavors that you simply.must.try.  My personal [...]

April 8th, 2011 |

Mimosa Bar: Colorful Spring Cocktails

Anyone hosting a party this weekend?!  I shared one of my favorite entertaining ideas in the first issue of The Party Dress Magazine….a stunning mimosa bar!  You can step up the style at your next cocktail party or brunch with a colorful mimosa bar
full of flavor and garnish options.  They are simple to set [...]

February 17th, 2011 |

Blush Punch

I’m always looking for non-alcoholic “cocktail” recipes – and this one from Style at Home looks DELICIOUS!

Ingredients

One 12-ounce container frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed

4 cups cranberry juice cocktail (see note)

4 cups club soda, chilled

Garnish: lemon curls (optional)

Directions
Combine the pink lemonade concentrate and cranberry juice cocktail in a large pitcher or container. Stir in the club soda [...]

July 8th, 2010 |

Cocktails by the Pool

 

Obviously I have a theme going this week: Great ideas for entertaining outside!  First I showed an amazing anniversary party I recently styled, yesterday it was a patio party, and today…..you guessed it!  It’s a pool party!

Pool parties can be great fun for guests young and old alike.  [...]

July 7th, 2010 |

Patio Party

The long days of summer lend themselves to impromtu bbq’s and gatherings around the fire pit.  So it’s best to have a few go-to tricks for quick decor and easy-to-make appetizers – so that you can be the hostess with the mostess, no matter how last minute your party may be!

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