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Bubbles, Baubles, and a Book Signing for Stylish Girl's Guide to Fabulous Cocktails!
It was a perfect warm summer evening in Greenwich Wednesday for the launch of my book, The Stylish Girls Guide to Fabulous Cocktails. Generously hosted and by Dawn of Peridot Jewelry, and Serendipity magazine, Greenwich's new resource for the stylish family.
We cocktailed on the Ruby Slipper and the Love Hangover, 2 of my favorites from the book, and chatted about the summer, the SATC2 premiere and of course, spending more time with girlfriends, which is what the book, with lots of cocktail recipes and funny sidebars to boot, is really all about. Celebrating friendships and creating more intimate entertaining moments in a fast paced technology driven modern world.
and you know we do love parties! So, get your friends together and mix up a batch of cocktails and enjoy the time together!
Sex and the City 2 Premiere Party!
Get ready to Carrie on!
If the first movie is any indication of how fabulous this one will be, start planning your Sex and the City 2 Premiere Party now! While guys tailgate, this is our Super Bowl of fashion, flirting and fun! True fans of the fab foursome -- Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte and Samantha -- have circled the May 27th premiere on their calendar for months and advanced tickets are already selling at a hot pace (get yours now!).
Hosting a great party is easier than you think. Gather your Stylish Girlfriends for a night in and then out on the town! Start the festivities early with cocktails at someone's home to refresh everyone on where we left off with a pre-theater screening of the first movie(Carrie and Big eloped in case someone missed the first one ... gasp!).
Mix up a batch of Love Hangovers from my new book,The Stylish Girl's Guide to Fabulous Cocktails. These stunning champagne cocktails are the perfect pour - colorful, tasty, and stylish party starters. Take two and don't call him in the morning!
- 2 ounces passion-fruit nectar
- 2 ounces pineapple juice
- 1 bottle Brut champagne, chilled
Combine the juices in a cocktail shaker or small pitcher. Pour juices in champagne flutes to cover the bottom third of each glass. Top with champagne and serve.
Set a fashion-sexy mood with lots of candles and decorate your table with a batch of bright pink peonies picked up from your local market. Cut the stems short to let the blousy blooms show off. With blossoms this beautiful, any low vase is a fashion do.
The girls head to Morocco in this sequel, so set out a tableful of light bites, such as olives, dates, assorted cheeses and nuts arranged in small bowls. You can also add rice pilaf or couscous with saffron, chicken, beef or lamb kebobs. True foodies, now's the time to dig out your tangine. I'm happy to just cocktail!
Download the Sex and the City 2 movie soundtrack, sure to get everyone in a flirty mood. I can't stop playing Alicia Key's Empire State of Mind and Cee-lo'sLanguage of Love. Then, dish about old loves, new ones, and the ones that got away. Most importantly, wear something stunning -- shoes to die for, and your favorite dress and accessories, natch.
With coveted movie tickets in hand, take the party on the road. Dressed to the nines, you and your girlfriends will revel in the spotlight. Carrie & Co. would be proud!
THE PREAKNESS STAKES: Party for the People
On your mark, get set, let the party begin this weekend for the 135th running of the annual Preakness Stakes in Baltimore.
Called the “People’s Party” and “The People’s Race,” the Preakness is the middle jewel in horse racing’s Triple Crown, falling between the Kentucky Derby and the Belmont Stakes and with a storied history to rival them both.
The Preakness has the honor of bestowing the most expensive trophy in all of sports. Called the Woodlawn Trophy, it was created by Tiffany and Co. in 1860 and valued over $1 million shortly thereafter. Buried during the Civil War to prevent it from being melted down for its silver, the Preakness’ trophy is now on permanent display at the Baltimore Museum of Art. Each May, it’s traditionally brought to the track for a symbolic presentation while the Preakness winner takes home a $30,000 replica to keep.
Along with the trophy, the winning horse and jockey are adorned with a stunning blanket of Black-Eyed Susans, the official flower of the Preakness and the State of Maryland. Similar to a daisy, the colorful yellow and black flower has 13 petals, like the original 13 colonies, of which Maryland was one. It takes an impressive 80 bunches of Black-Eyed Susans and three people two days to make the vibrant flower blanket which is bestowed upon the winning horse. Since the flowers aren’t in season in Maryland until June, florists often dab black paint onto the centers of Black-Eyed Susans to make them more recognizable, then mist the blanket with water and keep it safely refrigerated until after the singing of “Maryland, My Maryland” and the race begins.
Immediately after the Preakness concludes, and the official winner is declared, a painter climbs to the top of the cupola and repaints the Old Clubhouse’s weather vane with the colors of the winning horse and jockey’s silks where it stays until next year’s winner is crowned.
The Preakness is a great reason to host friends and family on a beautiful sunny spring afternoon. Decorate with a simple Black-Eyed Susan wreath on your front door or garden gate to welcome guests. You can also casually display these sunny, cheery flowers in small vases around your home, or use the bright rainbow colors of the horses’ silks to set the perfect tone.
Traditional fare of a Preakness party is crab dip, Spicy Honey Toasted Pecan Shuckers (try Blue Crab Bay Co.’s), crab cakes or claws, oysters, and other Chesapeake Bay seafood favorites ordered in from your local seafood market. Or, mix it up with an infield buffet of comfort food such as potato salad, hamburgers and hot dogs for the landlubbers and little ones. Drinks should include the traditional Black-Eyed Susan Cocktail (made with rum or bourbon) or my twist on Bloody Mary’s – the Red Eyed Susan – and lots of cold beer. Grammy-Award winning Zac Brown Band is the featured guest on the Infield Stage this year, so load up your iPod with some fun favorites, don’t forget the racing forms for some friendly wagering and let the People’s Party begin!
EASY CRAB DIP
It’s a great dish to prepare ahead and pop in the oven when guests arrive.
6-1/2 oz. of canned or freshly chopped crab meat
8 oz. block of cream cheese softened
¾ cup of mayonnaise
½ tsp. horseradish
2 Tablespoons minced onion
1/4 tsp. salt
Dash of pepper and cayenne pepper
Cream mayonnaise and cream cheese together. Add remaining ingredients and bake in ovenproof serving dish for 15 minutes at 375 degrees. Can top with either silvered toasted almonds or fresh herbs such as chives or flat-leaf parsley and serve warm with crackers.
BLACK-EYED SUSAN COCKTAIL
This citrus filled libation is right up in the winner’s circle as it is light, refreshing, and a definite crowd pleaser!
4 oz. vodka
4 oz. light rum
2 oz. orange liqueur ( such as Grand Marnier)
8 oz. orange juice
4 oz. pineapple juice
Garnish with a slice of orange and cherries
Mix together all ingredients in pitcher. Pour into glasses filled with crushed ice. Garnish with orange slices and cherries, and serve.
THE RED-EYED SUSAN
Perfect to get the party started, the old bay seasoning on the rims and the over the top garnish give this cocktail an extra bite!
12 lemon wedges
12 lime wedges
12 pieces of fresh crab
8 cups tomato juice
3 cups vodka
1/2 cup Worcestershire sauce
½ cup fresh lemon juice
¼ cup fresh lime juice
¼ cup prepared horseradish
2 tbsp. hot red pepper sauce
1 tsp. freshly grounded black pepper
2 tsp. Old Bay seasoning
8 cups ice cubes
6 celery stalks, trimmed and cut in half lengthwise
Thread 1 lemon wedge, 1 lime wedge and a piece of crab on each of 12 cocktail picks or small skewers. Set aside. (These colorful garnishes can be made up to 1 day ahead and kept in the refrigerator covered with a damp paper towel.)
In the punch bowl, whisk together the tomato juice, vodka, Worcestershire sauce, lemon and lime juices, horseradish, hot pepper sauce, black pepper and the Old Bay seasoning. Add the ice cubes. Rub the top of each glass with a lime wedge and then rim with Old Bay Seasoning. Garnish each glass with a celery stalk and citrus-crab swizzle and serve immediately.