Stylish Entertaining

Welcome to my blog, A place where I can share my ideas with you. From great tips on entertaining to tasty cocktail recipes that make it all easier for you to host with style in a flash. You’ll find lots of projects to inspire you for your home and garden, friends and family. Plus some kitchen gossip, for good measure of course, because everyone needs a little dish now and then.

So visit often!








Party Lights

Rosy Glow

Set in a colorful rose blossom, these votives make perfect garden-party lights. Line a walkway, or set a bunch down the table and scatter extra petals for a chic tablescape that's all abloom.

You'll Need:
1 large pink rose
Glass votive
Votive candle
Clear tacky adhesive

How to:
1. Cut rose blossom from stem so that the bloom sits flat.
2. Cut out the center of the bud and a few surrounding petals.
3. Glue glass to center of blossom, let dry.
4. Add candle

I Don't Know How She Does It

I was the celebrated author at a book signing party last night, graciously hosted by the owners of a restaurant in town, it’s a great working relationship, she runs it, and he is the renowned chef. I was honored to be part of their “book and cook” series, featuring my latest book, It’s 5 O’Clock Somewhere, Your global guide to fabulous cocktails.

It was a beautiful spring evening, and the windowed room was glowing in soft green light. Cocktails from the book were served, Raspberry Dawa’s from Kenya, they were a bright pink in color, just perfect for the evening spring soiree, putting everyone in a festive mood.

As I made my way around the room, mingling and chatting, I was frequently asked, how do I do it--, write books and columns, and have to time for a career as a lifestyle expert, while juggling the demands of three young children and a husband and all that comes with it.

A group of women, other school moms who I see at drop-off and pick-up and school events, didn’t know I wrote books, or had a career, they were blown-away, at the secret life I had, as they called it, to be honest, I use my married name for family/school/life events and my maiden name for my career, but other than that I’m really not out to allude anyone…

They were perplexed and asked how do you do it? Waiting for an answer.

Baffled, I replied, I just do. Clearly not an answer they were looking for.

But, it got me thinking how lucky I am because I have found my passion in life, what makes me tick, makes me complete, besides my family of course. And I fit it in, because I have to. When? Whenever I can. In the mornings after drop-off, and after lunch when my preschooler is playing with trucks on the floor of my little office in the front of the house.

And I fit in after pick-up for the elementary school kids, and at night, when I am so very tired, I try to find some sort of energy to add something to what I’m finishing or working on, another thought, centerpiece, craft, recipe, something, anything to keep the wheels moving forward.

There are of course, days of shooting, projects to be made, supplies everywhere, and my house just works around my chaos, perhaps my children have realized by now this is a normal chain of events here, or they think they create enough chaos on their end, that I’m entitled to a little too.

I decided to make a change from full-time to dream pursuer when my middle one was born, I thought that its time now, to find out if you can go, make it on your own, I could go back to full-time, working for someone else, or I can challenge myself. Easy, no, but nothing in life ever is, and on top of the stack of rejection letters in my bottom right desk drawer, there are a few contracts and a few framed book and magazine covers on the walls of my office, making it all worth it. I don’t frame them for me so much as my children, so that everytime they come in, they see what I do, the result, it’s a very visual example of achievement that they had a role in, they are a part of. Looking around my tiny office, its good for me, no actually, it’s pretty fantastic.

So, I’m still not sure how I do it, but I do.

Springtime Soiree

Spring is here, time to clean the patio furniture and have friends over for cocktails!

So, get sweeping, and then get mixing. A pitcherfull of colorful libation is always a crowd pleaser, whenever its served. One of my favorites for this time of year is the Lake Como, from my latest book, It's 5 O'clock Somewhere. These cocktails are ideal for an impromtu gathering, BBQ, or wine and cheese. The tangy juices blend perfectly with the vodka, and the citrus adds just the right finishing touch.

And while you're mixing, put on the tunes, try Rascal Flats new CD, Unstoppable, or if dancing is required, and it often is, download V Factory's, Lovestruck, (just invite the neighbors).

These cocktails are like the perfect pair of shoes, they go with everything!

Lake Como
Serves 4
8 oz. vodka
4 oz. red currant juice
4 oz. cranberry juice
1 oz. lime juice
2 tsp. brown sugar
Fresh lime wedges for garnish
Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Pour into ice-filled glasses. Garnish with lime wedge and serve.

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