Posts Labeled ‘cocktail party’

1920’s-Inspired Signature Drinks

Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby provides a luscious, opulent perspective of the 1920’s. Influencing fashion, events, and decor, the movie gives a fresh take on 1920’s flair. As you consider your signature drink for cocktail hour, keep in mind these revamped classics.

French 75 - lemon, gin, and simple syrup topped off with champagne, via Epicurious, Photo Credit Elizabeth Perrin


Bee's Knees

Gin, honey and lemon combine to make the Bee's Knees, via LA Weekly, photo credit Eric Alperin


Southside Cocktail Recipe

Gin meets lime, mint and seltzer to create a refreshing Southside, via Inspired Taste



With a wide variety of options, the Highball offers a classic your guests will love, via Time Out Chicago, photo credit Martha Williams

Sugarfina: New Source for Your Sweet Tooth

I am anxious to try some of the cool candies offered by a brand new online candy shop called Sugarfina. Their offerings are really original and would make for great favors at a wedding, shower, or other event. In honor of the latest addition to the National Zoo family, these chocolate licorice pandas would be particularly fun! Also fun is their cocktail party sampler which includes a tasting alcohol-inspired candies.


Chocolate Licorice Pandas from Sugarfina

Cocktail Hour Tasting from Sugarfina

Upbeat Dinner Party Playlist

I’ve been working on a  project recently that will involve a lot of background music so music has been much on my mind! Here is another playlist I put together. This one would be appropriate for an upbeat cocktail party or dinner party.

Happy listening!

Brighter Than the Sun SMASH Cast
Shake It Out (Acoustic) Florence + the Machine
Heartbeat The Fray
Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You) Kelly Clarkson
Slumber Needtobreathe
Modern Love Matt Nathanson
Run (feat. Jennifer Nettles & Kristian Bush) Matt Nathanson
Bottom of the Sea Matt Nathanson
Lights Ellie Goulding
Rolling in the Deep ADELE
Down By the Water The Decemberists
This Is Why We Fight The Decemberists
Radioactive (Remix) [feat. the West Angeles Mass Choir] Kings of Leon
You Know It’s True Jules Larson
Shooting Stars Bag Raiders
All I Have (feat. Diane Birch) [Live] Mat Kearney
Heaven (feat. Natalie Merchant) Brett Dennen
The Outsiders Needtobreathe
I’ve Got the World On a String (Live from Madison Square Garden) Michael Bublé
Steer Missy Higgins
You Are the Best Thing Ray LaMontagne
Little Red Corvette Mike Zito
When You Love Someone Bethany Dillon
Come On Get Higher Matt Nathanson
One Mary J. Blige & U2
First Day of My Life Bright Eyes
When the Stars Go Blue Tyler Hilton & Bethany Joy Lenz
What About Now Lonestar
Heads Carolina, Tails California Jo Dee Messina
Angels Of The Silences Counting Crows
Walk On U2
Hold on Tight Christopher Jak
Don’t Panic Coldplay
We Can Work It Out Stevie Wonder
Over My Head (Cable Car) The Fray
Breakeven The Script
here comes the sun Beatles