As an avowed wine drinker and red-wine enthusiast, I've always found cocktails a bit intimidating. A few dozen dinner parties, and many cocktails later however, I've decided to create a solution for this dilemma and take the 'dark & stormy' plunge into finding easy signature drinks. I've gathered the most simple cocktails I could find, with ingredients you probably already have around your house and compiled them here.Read More
As an event stylist and dinner party aficionado, I have done quite a few dinner parties both for my business and for myself. There are a few hors d'oeuvres that I can't do without and they make any dinner party look pretty spectacular! Dinner parties to me are the epitome of cool; I mean who doesn't love a reason to get dressed up and hang out with some of your favourite people for an evening?Read More
Being an event designer and dinner party hostess is a privileged role, but the part that I enjoy the most, is being able to see the evening from its starry eyed conception to the last bite of dessert. I get to work with clients in creating something special, something beautiful and ultimately something fleeting, that hopefully acts as a drop of amber to crystallize a certain important moment in their lives.Read More
Being an event stylist and creating events for every kind of occasion, I've scoured magazines, books, blogs and pinterest for some of the best, most innovative and unique ideas on how to set the table. There are a few that really stand out and have become my go-to ideas when hosting a quick get together, party or major event. I've broken each of my favourites into 3 categories: Dinner Party, Wedding and Holiday. Below you'll find a few of my ideas on how to set the table, design a place-setting for a wedding or just make your dinner look gorgeous!
This is one of the easiest and oldest tricks in the book! Not only does placing a little sprig of something green look elegant, it smells wonderful and can also be a signal to guests as to what's to come... can we say Rosemary Roasted Chicken.... Yum!
Here are a few of my favorite examples of herb place settings:
The Dinner Party:
What's better than a well-styled place-setting? An edible place setting! Can it get any better than a cute mini baguette, that looks pretty and acts an appetizer? I don't think so!
Check out these 3 great examples.
The Dinner Party:
This is a classic and timeless place-setting accent. Who doesn't love a little bit of lovely on their plate. The best part about it? Flowers come in all shapes, sizes and colours, so your table can look different with just a little tweaking of the blooms!
The Dinner Party:
When in doubt throw some produce at it! I love the look of a single beautiful pear on a plate or a garden fresh tomato brightening up the table. Using fruits and vegetables as place settings can be a very affordable and easy way to make your table look inspirational. C
heck out some of my favourites below!
The Dinner Party:
Well, those are just a few of my favourite place settings and some inspiration for your future events. As always contact us for expert advice on how to make your event, wedding or dinner party amazing and unforgettable!
Psst....Stay Tuned for our next blog post on 4 ways to make your dinner party look homemade!
Everyone loves a little tipple now and then and having a big glass of red is always chic, but what about when you're looking for something a little more out of the box or sophisticated than your typical Merlot? Well, as a dinner party stylist and pretty dang good hostess (if I do say so myself!) here are a few of my go-to cocktails to make every client's event a success or just to sip after a long day!
Being raised in the South, I'm a little partial to Bourbon and a Mint Julep makes Bourbon about as Southern Chic as you can get... I mean can you say Midnight in the Garden of Good & Evil? This is one of my easiest go-to cocktails. It's perfect for the summer and the mint makes it zippy and fresh.
handful of fresh mint (5-8 leaves)
1 tsp powdered sugar
1 tsp water
3 oz. bourbon (I used rye, but Kentucky bourbon is the tradition)
crushed (or shaved) ice
mint leaves for garnish
Place several mint leaves in the bottom of a julep cup and muddle a little to start releasing the oils (5 leaves is a moderate amount; use more if you like your drink really minty). Add the sugar and water and muddle a bit more. Fill julep cup with crushed ice. Add the bourbon. Add some more crushed ice to fill the glass and garnish with a fresh mint sprig.
I mean is an explanation really needed as to why you should serve this cocktail? It has the word French in it (instant cool points) It also involves both Champagne and Gin... one word, ok two.. YES PLEASE!
3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) gin
1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) simple syrup
1 cup ice cubes
1/4 cup (2 ounces) dry sparkling wine, such as brut Champagne, chilled
Using zester or paring knife, slice peel from lemon in long, thin spiral. Reserve lemon for another use and set peel aside.
In cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into chilled Champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.
Curl lemon peel around finger to create twist at least 6 inches long. Garnish drink with twist and serve immediately.
Ok, so I have a confession to make... I have a serious weakness for White Russians. They are really waaaay too delicious and since my transplant to the Great White North, I've found a new obsession, maple syrup! This for me is the best of both worlds or maybe the deadliest combination known to man...
1/2 oz maple syrup
1 1/2 oz heavy cream
1 oz chocolate liquer (Kahlua is my favorite)
1 oz vodka
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass, fill with ice and shake hard for 10 seconds.
Strain into chilled cocktail glass and garnish with freshly grated chocolate or cinnamon.
Well, I think that covers my top must-have cocktails for your next party! Stay tuned for the next blog post on 5 quick place setting ideas and as always I'm always available for a quick chat on your next get together, PR event, gallery opening, dinner party, event, wedding or your "honey I love you" event ;)
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