Entertaining

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

The Essence of Hospitality

I just returned from a trip to London where I had great fun touring the sites and eating surprisingly good food (who knew London was such a culinary goldmine?!).  One of the sites I visited with a friend while there was the Tower of London. We took the Yeoman Warder tour, drooled over the Crown Jewels, and toured the grounds.

While touring the Tower, I saw mention of how kings and queens used to entertain. Feasts, feasts, and more feasts. Fine china, well-dressed tables, delicacies of all kinds. It sounded so luxurious and decadent and must have been an incredible treat for those guests that were able to attend.

I do not promote the exclusivity and classicism that occurred in the days of those great feasts. I am struck, however, by the general hospitality that was extended.  Every detail was carefully planned so that each guest would have a memorable experience. In fact, when these kings and queens used to entertain, their guests — usually the royal court — became an extension of their family.

In many ways, that is what Rex & Regina Events is about. Showing gracious hospitality to one’s guests. It could be a casual BBQ at your home, a special occasion like a wedding or graduation, a corporate event to entertain clients, or a non-profit fundraising event with donors. It doesn’t matter the style or scale of the event, guests should feel cared for and appreciated. From start to finish, their experience should be seamless, cohesive, and comfortable. They should feel like part of your family.

Here’s to gracious hospitality — royal or not!

Late Night Snacks

As your guests dance the night away, they might long for an extra bit of sustenance. With so many late night snack options, here are a few treats sure to provide satisfaction that will have your guests raving for years to come.

French fries in dotted paper cones, via the knot, photo credit Justin and Mary Photography

 

Give your guests a boost of caffeine - iced coffee topped with cotton candy, via Martha Stewart Weddings

 

There's nothing better than breakfast for dinner! Serve your guests delicious pancakes or French Toast Sticks, via Hostess with the Mostess Blog

 

 

A popcorn buffet allows guests to pick from a variety of toppings, via Pen N' Paperflowers