Salted Caramel Martini {Recipe}

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Just in time for Halloween, Thanksgiving and the Holidays we're back with a new favorite drink recipe. If you follow along, you have previously read that my husband, Justin, is proud of his role as our resident drink "mixologist" :). After the recent success his Whipped Apple Cider Martini has … [Read more...]

Italian-Inspired Farewell Party~Ciao!

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  Last weekend I hosted a very fun party, but one that left me very sad. Our close friends Tracey and Michael {we showed you their pretty home HERE and HERE} are heading to a new job in Rome, Italy! Seriously, aren't they SO lucky?!? We wanted to send them off in style and despite … [Read more...]

Easy Halloween Chalkboard using Martha Stewart Craft Paints and Stencils

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Last month I received the most amazing surprise on my doorstep!  It was from Martha Stewart Crafts and it was filled with the most inspiring paints, stencils, tools and ideas. I just couldn't wait to dive in.  Limiting myself to one project was nearly impossible, especially when the theme for … [Read more...]

Whipped Apple Cider Martinis {Halloween/Fall}

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  Oh Yum!!! If you need anything more to like about Fall, here is the perfect drink to toast the season. In my house, as soon as the apple cider hits the stores this drink becomes a one of our favorite adult treats. I have mentioned my husband's talent for bartending previously, he … [Read more...]

Summer Strawberry Lemon Vojito

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Welcome to summer!!! Not to long ago, I had a similar drink to this in a local chain restaurant. It was good. Very good. I love mojitos. I rarely make them as I prefer to only have them when Christy's husband makes them, as they are the best! {And that recipe is HERE} It's strawberry season … [Read more...]

Must-Have Recipe for Easy Summer Entertaining: Mojitos!

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Not too long ago, I posted a tutorial on making your own wooden beverage tags a la Ballard Designs (read about that HERE).  The tag I chose to use while shooting the "after" photo was one of my favorites:  mojitos!  Since my husband has created the absolute best mojito recipe I've ever tasted, I … [Read more...]

A Winter Fondue Party

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New Year's Eve is always one of my favorite holidays and we celebrated in style this year! Christy and her family made the long trek to join us to ring in 2012, and I am kind of stealing her thunder as it was her idea (and her efforts) that brought us the delicious idea to have fondue for our … [Read more...]

Fall Engagement Party {Apple Cider Bar}

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I recently hosted an Engagement Party at my parents' home (who were gracious enough to let us borrow their home for a night) for a very special couple {my brother-in-law and now sister-in-law!} My original idea for the party was to have it outside with a "Fall" theme.  We hosted it at my parents … [Read more...]

The Yummiest Raspberry Martini Recipe

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Here it is! As promised, and served at my recent Dinner Party. These drinks are yummy, but first I must tell you: Here is what you will need: A martini shaker Ice (preferably crushed) Raspberry Vodka Razz-ma-tazz or other raspberry liquor Sour Mix (not "sweet & sour" mix) Squeeze of fresh … [Read more...]

{How to} Cook for a Dinner Party

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    As promised I am back with more details on the menu I served for my recent Dinner Party. Here is the menu~ APPETIZERS Brown Sugar Dijon Brie Cheese & Cracker Plate MAIN COURSE Shrimp Scampi (from Barefoot Contessa) Feta Salad (brought by my friend Tracey) Focaccia … [Read more...]

Oh What a Night! {Dinner Party time!}

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Wow...if you were wondering, the Dinner Party I had on Saturday was a great time! I am so glad I did it. I plan to do a follow-up post on just the food as I think my menu worked out perfectly and so I will share it in case anyone wants to replicate parts or all of it. (View my post on planning the … [Read more...]

It’s almost Party Time…

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Yes, I have a lot to do for my party tonight..starting with making myself pretty and peeling many pounds of shrimp for the shrimp scampi, but here is a sneak peak of my tablescape. Check back monday for my follow-up post!   Thanks for stopping by! … [Read more...]

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