Entertaining

Ginger Vodka Cocktails

In December, we spent a day at Terrain at Styer’s in Glen Mills, Pennsylvania. While there, we had the opportunity to infuse vodka with ginger. This week we tested that vodka in a few different drinks. Here are our top picks.

Ginger Cranberry Cocktail via Food Network The combo of ginger simple syrup and ginger vodka makes this cocktail super gingery

 

Blackberry and Ginger Cocktail via Bon Appétit

 

The Pear-adise cocktail from Food & Wine is refreshing and delicious. Also, we poured some of the vodka on the rocks, topped it off with some seltzer and found it to be very smooth.

If you need tips on how to infuse vodka with ginger, check on these instructions.

Campari Orange Ice Pops

Looking for something delicious (and a little boozy) to help beat the heat? Try these refreshing Campari orange ice pops from Bon Appétit.

Campari-Orange Pops photo

Campari-Orange Pops via Bon Appétit

 

Make them in these Sur la Table swirl popsicle molds, and it’s sure to be a fun party!

 

Mastrad Silicone Ice Cream Pops

Mastrad Silicone Ice Cream Pops via Sur la Table

 

 

Happy Birthday Cake!

It’s a birthday weekend! I have four friends whose birthday is tomorrow. There is a lot to celebrate!

When your dear pals are celebrating their special day, I highly recommend this fabulous hot fudge sundae cake from Smitten Kitchen. There are a lot of steps, but she graciously offers short cuts (which you would never know were taken). If you have patience for all of the steps, though, you (and your pal, more importantly) will surely be rewarded!

Happy Birthday!

Super Bowl Party: Chips and Dips

Whether you are a Broncos’ fan, a Seahawks’ fan, or just in it for the commercials, it’s not too early to start thinking about your Super Bowl Party. The best place to start is with everyone’s favorite snack: chips and dip. Here are some different takes on the great classic. Bon Appétit!

 

Instead of store bought Sour Cream and Onion Dip try Sweet Onion Dip via Martha Stewart

Instead of Hummus, try White Bean Dip with Herbs via FoodandWine.com

Instead of Charcuterie try Salami Chips with Grainy Mustard Dip recipe via Epicurious

Warm Winter Cocktails

We’ve had a snowy week here in DC. Just the perfect weather for sitting inside and sipping a warm winter cocktail.

 

The Blizzard Cocktail via MarthaStewart.com

 

The classic Hot Toddy gets a bit of a face lift with the addition of orange juice and cinnamon via DivineCarline.com

 

It just simply wouldn't be Christmas without a glass of mulled wine, via Williams-Sonoma.com

 

Why not drink your wintery treat in this Veronese Hot Toddy Glass

Fall TV Viewing Party

The cooler temperatures and changing leaves mean Fall is just around the corner and the return of your favorite TV shows is finally here. Plan a fun autumnal viewing party and gather around the TV with these delicious drinks and tasty treats.

Apple Bourbon Cocktail with Ginger Syrup via Wishful Chef

 

Fennel & Fig Infused Vodka via Food & Wine

 

Tamari and Maple Roasted Almonds via Martha Stewart

 

Lamb Sausage in Puff Pastry via Food Network

 

Baked Pears via Olive Magazine

 

Write your menu on an eggplant, gourd or pumpkin via Food Network

 

And don't forget to treat yourself to a pair of boots for the occasion! Frye Dorada Boot via Lucky Magazine

Ideas for celebrating the start of football season!

My all-time favorite season is just around the corner — football season! Here are a few ideas for ways to celebrate the kickoff of this fabulous time of year!

 

custom football cookies via Amy Atlas

football whoopie pies via Party Blueprints Blog

referee cupcake via Hostess with the Mostess

popcorn football field wrap via Catch My Party

Summer Entertaining

Summer is a time to relax, have fun and entertain. Have you decided to throw a summer party but are stumped on clever ideas to create a fun event? Try a couple of new summer recipes.  And why not get your guests playing a classic game of croquet, in all white of course!

Cute summer invite, via Shutterfly

Cocktails and croquet...wear white, via L.L. Bean

A new twist on a refreshing summer fruit, via myrecipes.com

Great summer sangria, via foodnetwork.com

Light up the party with these string lights, via Ballard Designs