Posts Labeled ‘Entertaining’

Sporting Cocktails

With the World Cup and Wimbledon both underway, it seems only right to enjoy a few rounds of international cocktails. Cheers!

 

Brazil is known for Cachaca and its popularity has risen in the United States over the last few years as more and more embibers enjoy Caipirinhas. Epicurious highlights the Brazilian spirit in this great post.

 

Pisco Sour

If you're supporting Chile in today's match, you might want to take a sip of this Pisco Sour from Food and Wine.

 

Don your tennis whites and enjoy this all English beverage via Bon Appetit

 

 

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

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!

Valentine’s Day Ice Cubes

Whether you are hosting guests for a Valentine’s Day get together or just want to show that special someone you care, this project is for you! These pomegranate filled ice cubes are easy to make and will instantly make any drink you serve that much more special.

 

Pomegranate Heart Ice Cubes

You can find a step-by-step process on how to make these ice cubs here, but essentially you just put three pomegranate seeds in a heart shaped ice tray. Freeze and then serve in your drink of choice!

 

New Year’s Party Printables

Hosting a New Year’s Party? Some fabulous bloggers have created creative printables that you can use when decorating and preparing for your party. Thanks, Ellinee, The 36th Avenue, and My Fabuless Life!

 

Ellinee Paper Party Hats

The 36th Ave New Year's Printables

print from My Fabuless Life

Beautiful, Simple Holiday Centerpieces

There are lots of ways to dress up your dinner table to impress holiday guests. Special china, unique glassware, pretty napkins… Adding a centerpiece, however, always helps to complete the tablescape.  Whether it be flowers, fruit, or even pinecones, a holiday centerpiece does not need to be complicated to be impactful. Check out these simple ideas from Martha Stewart for beautiful, do-it-yourself centerpieces.

Cranberry Flower Frog

Fresh cut flowers are a traditional centerpiece for any dinner table. What makes this beautiful centerpiece unique are the cranberries in the vase. The pop of red color is gorgeous against the white flowers and stay in the color scheme of the holidays.

Amaryllis Candle Centerpiece

This is another beautiful centerpiece for your holiday table. This time the flowers are red and the candles are white but you can swap out different colors to match. Depending on the length of your table, line up three to four of these centerpieces to brighten up the whole table!

Beautiful Fall Tablescape

I am always looking for inspiration for beautiful tablescapes. This one, featured in Southern Living and designed by Elizabeth Demos, is absolutely beautiful. I love the punch that the orange napkins provide; the bare, exposed rustic table contrasted with elegant upholstered chairs; and the tiered, multi-level centerpiece. What inspiration for a beautiful Fall tablescape!

Tablescape by Elizabeth Demos via Southern Living

Clever Toothpick Collector for Appetizers

Though I do not use them often, there are occasions when I need to set out toothpicks for appetizers or hors d’oeuvres at a party. Then there is always the matter of what guests should do with the used toothpicks. I thought this idea from Real Simple was very clever. Use a lemon (marked with a little sign) for guests to “dispose” of their used toothpicks. If the lemon does not stay upright on its own, you may want to slice off a bit of the bottom.

toothpick collector via Real Simple