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Bachelorette Series: A Flirty Cocktail Recipe

There’s nothing better than enjoying a fun cocktail with girlfriend’s, right?  They are tasty, make an event feel special, and usually get the party started.  Today I want to share with you a flirty cocktail recipe from Ultimate Bar Book The Comprehensive Guide to Over 1,000 Cocktails that would be perfect to make for a bachelorette party, bridal shower, or you could even make it alcohol-free for a baby shower.  Then there are also the time’s where you invite your girlfriend’s over to watch Bravo and want a little zip in your sip, this recipe is perfect for that too.

Raspberry Cocktail/Home BarMy husband and I picked up the Ultimate Bar Book after a day of brunching and drinking mimosas BK (before kids, haha) and it has come in handy more times than I can count.  I like that it’s little so you can store it away in your bar with plenty of room for everything else.  The book is broken up by types of alcohol so if you only have one type of alcohol on hand it’s easy to find a ton of recipes using just that.  Plus, it goes into the history of drinks, types of bar ware and glasses you’ll need to stock a home bar, and cocktail terminology.  If you want a complete cocktail book, I highly recommend it.

Raspberry CocktailHere is the recipe to make this fruity, flirty concoction.  It just includes a few ingredients and mixing them all together, nothing easier than that!

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2/3 ounce raspberry puree

1ounce ginger beer

Dash of apricot brandy

3 to 5 ounces chilled champgne

2 fresh raspberries

Pour all liquid ingredients but the champagne into a chilled champagne flute, and stir.  Slowly top with champagne. Garnish with the raspberries.

Raspberry CocktailTo make the recipe alcohol free just substitute club soda for the apricot brandy and champagne, the ginger beer is alcohol free.  You’ll still have a fruity taste from the raspberry puree and fizziness from the club soda.

This is such a pretty drink that I think most girls would love, first of all it’s pink!  Secondly, it’s fruity but not overly sweet, and it involves champagne, everything is better with champagne.

Rasberry CocktailThis cocktail is really easy to make for a large group or even as a punch.  Just mix all of the ingredients together in a punch bowl or into individual glasses and top with champagne as needed, either when your guests arrive, or after filling up from the punch bowl.

If you have any bachelorette parties or bridal showers coming up, be sure to keep this cocktail recipe handy, because all will love it.  There was no way I was going to waste two perfectly good cocktails so my husband and I enjoyed them after our daughter went to bed!  Nothing like a little late night happy hour!  Have a great weekend everyone, and be sure to relax with a cocktail at some point!

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Tablescape Tuesday: A Twist on the Pink and Gold Trend

Welcome back to the first full work week of 2016 and the first post of the new year!  Today is another episode (is that the right word?  Probably not, but speaking of episodes, I’m so glad TV is back from the holiday break, my DVR has been woefully empty lately.) of Tablescape Tuesday.

In the Tablescape Tuesday series, I show you options to dress up your tables. It could be your dining room table, coffee table, gift table, or buffet table. I think putting a little extra effort into how a table looks and is designed can make your guests’ experience so much better.  Today’s post is putting a twist on the ever popular Kate Spade, preppy, pink and gold trend.  Don’t get me wrong, I love the trend, just look at the blog color scheme, but changing it up can be good too.

So, I’ll be showing you a pink and gray/silver tablescape today.  I think this is a great option for a not so girly Valentine’s Day tablescape or just a way to use some fresh new colors for the new year.

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Pink and Gray Table

To make the tablescape, I used some Target Dollar spot wrapping paper as a runner and then ran some gray ribbon down the center of the table.  It’s such an easy, cute, little touch, plus it’s a great way to use up those holiday ribbon scraps you have.

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For the centerpiece I used some mercury glass candle stick holders, a shiny silver faceted candle holder (a great hostess gift I received), and some thrifted bud vases.  To make the bud vases all I did was find some glass or other material bud vases at my local thrift store and then just spray painted them white.  So it really doesn’t matter what the vase is made of because you’re just going to cover it with paint anyway.

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I tied the silver ware together using some leftover gray grosgrain ribbon.  Don’t they look so cute!  And yes, if you can’t tell this table is set up right in the middle of my living room, haha.  Just searching for the best light on a rainy day!

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Do you think this pink and gray color combo is going to be as big a trend as the pink and gold trend?  What TV shows are you glad are back on your DVR?  Hopefully this first full week of the New Year will fly by for you because Saturday is another Simple Celebrations post!  Keep celebrating!

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A Beautiful Real Life Party

Here at The Daily Hostess I’m all about “celebrating every day!”  When it was time to officially launch the blog and put it out there to the masses, I thought there was no better way than to celebrate with a launch party.  We recently hosted the launch party in our home with some of our closest friends and family.  I’m really proud of how beautiful the party turned out.  I think the color scheme was perfect and reflected the blog so well.  We had yummy appetizers and a signature cocktail, and of course we had a champagne toast because no party in my opinion is complete without champagne.

Pinterest Graphic-Blog Launch PartyHere are a bunch of gorgeous photos from that night.  You can see how I planned the party by following my 5 easy steps here.  Stay tuned for tutorials on some of the decor that I diyed and a crowd pleasing, delicious, appetizer recipe in the near future.  Without further ado, take a look at The Daily Hostesses Blog Launch Party.

The entrance to the party.

The entrance to the party.

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There were several varieties of appetizers, dips, and a couple different charcuterie boards.  For something a little sweet we had mini-cupcakes from my local grocery store.

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I purchased flowers at wholesale prices at Costco and cut and arranged them myself.  It’s a cheaper alternative to buying arrangements from a florist, but it does take a little extra time.

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I placed my business cards with all of the blog information throughout the party so the guests could have an easy way to reach the blog and share the info with others.

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The tablescape was made using a wrapping paper runner, some gold candle holders, pink vases, and a few tissue paper garlands.  Tutorial on how to make those garlands will be posted in the next week or so, be sure to come back and learn how to make them yourself.

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For the “launch” part of the launch party, I did a quick tutorial on everything you could find on the blog.  I wanted to make the TV area where we were showing the tutorial a focal point of the party.  I loved the way those pinwheels and tissue poms looked so much that they stayed up for several days after the party was over.  I also made a quick banner with the blog initials.

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I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at one of my real life parties as much as I enjoyed planning and decorating for it.  Hopefully you’ve seen something here to inspire you for your next gathering.

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Back to Basics: Entertaining Gear

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Do you feel like you don’t know where to start when it comes to entertaining or hosting people at your house?  Do you feel like you don’t have the necessary equipment to have a small party or even just a couple people over for dinner?  Well, no need to fret, today I’m going to be giving you the low down on the basics, because “the basics strengthen your foundation.”  One of the simplest ways to have a solid foundation is to have the right equipment to actually entertain.

I’ve put together a list of some basic entertaining gear I think you would need to serve any size of group you’ll be hosting.  With these few items you can go from hostess in distress to entertaining goddess!

Some of the most versatile serving pieces you can own are platters.  These rectangle platters from Crate & Barrel are perfect for any kind of entertaining.  Make a cheese tray with them, pile a salad on top, line cupcakes on them, the possibilities are endless.  Another bonus is that they are flat so stacking them in your cabinet will be a breeze.

This oval platter is another great option.  I like that it’s round so it would give a little variation to the look of your table when used with the rectangle platters above.  The oval platter is made even better by having handles.  Handles on a platter are like pockets on a dress; it just instantly makes it so much cooler.  The handles would be great for taking the platter straight from the oven to table or if you’ve prepared a dish ahead of time, straight from the refrigerator to the table.  How pretty would your Thanksgiving turkey look on this bad boy?

One major reason I love using white dishes and serving ware is because they are timeless.  I can use them everyday and for every occasion or season.  I don’t have to worry about storing a bunch of different colored, theme, or season specific dishes, I can just use the same dishes for everything.

Serving bowls are another staple at my gatherings.  Again, super versatile; salads, chips, dips, side dishes, or filled with flowers for a centerpiece.  I love these from Bed, Bath, and Beyond because they all match but you get a variety of sizes, and you can probably get them cheaper with one of the MANY coupons that BBB sends out. #bonus!

I kind of fell in love with this metal bowl from West Elm when I saw it.  I know it’s not my typical white, but I just love the way it looks.  It doesn’t hurt to mix up the materials that you serve with either.

Adding height to a table or serving things at different levels is a must and one way to do that is by using cake stands.  Not only could you use this Target cake stand for a cake, but you could use it to prop up a centerpiece, or use it to hold plates for a buffet table, or serve this delicious baked brie recipe on it.

Another great way to add height and variation to your serving ware is to use tiered stands.  They are so reminiscent of tea parties and eating finger sandwiches, but they work for so many other things as well.  Make a tiered charcuterie station with cheeses, crackers, meats, and grapes or use the three tiers to hold the fixings for s’mores (chocolate, marshmallows, and graham crackers).  I love that the tiers get smaller as they go up so there are no issues reaching everything on every level.

For beverages, I love using drink dispensers.  For one, they look so much better than just using bottles or cans and there’s less to recycle by using one of these.  You can also make a big batch of whatever you’re serving and pretty much forget about it because you probably aren’t going to run out.  I have a very similar dispenser to the one here and love it.  This one from Crate & Barrel is made of thick glass and the spigot is a sturdy metal unlike some cheaper models that have plastic spigots.  I use mine all the time and haven’t had any issues with it leaking.  Putting the dispenser on the stand makes placing your cup under it easier.  If you have room to store it, I highly recommend getting two.  That way you can always serve your guests water, but then use the other for a fun drink like sangria, lemonade, tea, or a cocktail.  Another awesome way to use these dispensers is to fill them with a salad or side dish.  I know it sounds weird, but hear me out, if you’re having an outdoor gathering the dispenser has a lid to keep bugs and flies away, and the glass allows your guests to see what’s inside.  Just make sure the spigot is in the off position and turn it so it’s not showing.

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Now that you have all the basic serving ware to host, how do your guests keep their pretty little hands gunk free?  White napkins of course.  These have been the best napkins that I’ve found and I continue to use them over and over again.  I always have a stack of white napkins on hand for any event; because they are so neutral they go with every party I host.  If you have a Costco membership you can find them there or purchase them from Amazon and get them in two days (if you’re a Prime member).

Hopefully you feel a little better having some great foundation pieces to make entertaining and serving any size group easier.  This would also make a great starting point for a wedding registry.  Feel free to share this post with anyone you know that may be getting married soon.

I would love to make this a regular series on the blog.  I can talk about basic party decor, planning tools, and things you would need to host guests.  Would you like to see some of those topics?  And another equally important but frivolous question, do you share my sentiment on dresses with pockets?  They are so much cooler, right?

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How To: Make a Fake Chalkboard

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DSC_0492Don’t you just love fall?  Yes, I’m one of those silly people that loves when the air starts to get a little crisp, but the days are warm, pumpkin flavor/smells, the changing of leaves, and the coziness of the season.  Fall is my favorite season, unfortunately living in southern California we don’t get the full affect of the season, but it’s still nice when the weather starts to cool off a bit.  This summer has been unusually hot, so I’m welcoming cooler temps with open arms.

Because it’s been so hot lately, I haven’t been motivated to decorate for fall, but this past weekend it wasn’t 90 degrees so I made myself get out the pine cones and pumpkins.  I wanted to change out some of our dining room art by putting up something more fall themed, so I made a “fake” chalkboard.  It’s really easy to do and it’s so versatile.

DSC_0490The biggest trick to faking a chalkboard is to use either a piece of black poster board or black foam board.  I always stock up on poster board and foam board at my local dollar store because it’s usually a dollar or less.  The only other things you’ll need to fake a chalkboard is a pencil and some chalk.

DSC_0484I always use Pinterest to get some chalkboard and lettering inspiration.  If you’re not following me on Pinterest, be sure to check out all of my boards.  Once I have a general plan of what I want to do, I mimic the design using a pencil, that way if you need to redo it you can always erase it and try again.  One tip I would offer is that if you are using a foam board be sure not to press too hard with the pencil.  Doing so will leave an indent that will be hard to get rid of if you mess up.  And if you push too hard the chalk won’t fill in the indention very well, which you’ll be able to see in some of the photos below.

DSC_0468Once you’ve got your design penciled in, just trace over it with chalk.  Be sure to try different techniques; you can make a shaded look by rubbing the chalk on it’s side.  More defined lines can be done by using the tip of the chalk.  If you want to try different kinds of chalk check out this post by Emily at Jones Design Company.

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DSC_0475Like I said, I made some fairly deep indentions with my pencil so the chalk doesn’t fill them in very well.  The good thing is that once I hung it on the wall you could barely tell, thank goodness.  Hanging it on the wall is super easy too, since it’s really light you could just tape it up or use some Command strips.

DSC_0482These “fake” chalkboards are great for so many different things.  Seasonal decor, signs, banners, menus, the list goes on and on.  The best part is that they are so easy to make you can make one for every occasion.

What would you use them for?  Are you glad cooler temps are here?  I’m looking forward to enjoying some fall festivities this weekend with a little apple picking, unfortunately it’s supposed to be in the 90’s again this weekend.  I guess fall is just taking it’s sweet time to show up this year.  Have a great weekend!

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Celebrating everyday!