Cocktails For St. Patrick’s Day


St. Patrick’s Day is a day for all things green and Irish.  Try these fun, green, and (maybe not so) Irish cocktails for  your St. Patrick’s day festivities!                                         

Lucky Leprechaun Cocktail
from Entertain With Mark Addison

Ingredients:

  • 1 oz Midori Melon Liqueur
  • 1 oz Mailbu Rum
  • 6 oz Pineapple Juive
  • Lime wedge for garnish

Method:

  1. Mix ingredients in a glass or shaker with ice
  2. Pour over ice in a hurricane glass
  3. Garnish with a lime wedge

Green Sangria
From Drink of the Week

If you’re looking for something a little different for St. Patrick’s Day, this green sangria is a nice change of pace.

Ingredients

  • 1 bottle pinot grigio
  • 1 ½ oz Midori melon liqueur
  • ½ green apple, cored and sliced
  • ½ lime, sliced
  • ¼ English cucumber, sliced
  • 10 mint leaves
  • ½ kiwi fruit, peeled and sliced
  • Club soda to taste

Instructions

Combine all ingredients except club soda in a pitcher and refrigerate for a minimum of two hours and a maximum of eight hours. For individual servings, spoon some of the fruit into a wine glass before pouring and then top off with a splash of club soda, diet lemon-lime soda or diet ginger ale to taste.

Herradura Green Agave Cocktail
From She Knows Food & Recipes

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Herradura Silver tequila
  • 3/4 oz. melon liqueur
  • lime

Directions:

  1. Add tequila, melon liqueur and a squeeze of lime into a shaker with ice.
  2. Shake for 15 seconds.
  3. Pour into a chilled cocktail glass.
  4. Garnish with shamrock carved lime and serve.

Make It Memorable — How to avoid event déjà vu


I have had the cookie cutter event experience more times than I want to remember.  You know the event where the decorations, food, activities are just EXACTLY the same.  Let’s end these event déjà vu experiences with these thought provoking event planning tips:

Combine themes.  Put your creativity to the test, and combine two ideas, two themes, or whatever you like for your next event!  Combining two party themes is a great way to stand out from other events!  Try not to confuse your guests.  Ensure the themes are related in some way.  With Valentine’s Day a few weeks away, a “Valentine’s Day in Paris” themed event can bring together the best of Paris and Valentine’s Day together beautifully!

Twizzler Lemonaid Cocktail

Twizzler Lemonaid Cocktail image from Celebrations.com

Make it personal.  There is nothing worse than going to a birthday party where the theme or party elements don’t speak to the unique likes or personality of the person of honor.  For example, I have a friend whose favorite candy is Twizzlers.  So, creating a signature drink showcasing Twizzlers, such as the Twizzler Lemondade Cocktail, would be PERFECT for a party or event honoring my friend.

What event planning tips do you have to avoid the event deja vu expereince?

Make It Memorable Segment – “What’s the best FREE advice for planning a cocktail party?”


I recently had lunch with a good friend and her co-worker.  The co-worker is hosting her first cocktail party, and is nervous about, well, everything going wrong.  Her question to me was: “What’s the best FREE advice for planning a cocktail party?”  The best free advice is simple:  It’s your party, so do what you want to.

Your type of party. Plan the type of cocktail party you and your guests like to attend.  If you and your guests are the non-fancy, laid back types, the cocktails and food choices should reflect this demeanor.  If you and your friends have a more sophisticated palate, and are wine, vodka, or gin aficionados, then that’s the cocktail party you plan.  Planning a cocktail party with drinks and food you are not comfortable with, is a likely setup for the “worst cocktail party ever” story.  Additionally, planning the type of cocktail party you are comfortable with helps you, the host, set the tone for the evening.  If you are comfortable, relaxed, and having a great time, your guests will also be comfortable, relaxed, and having a great time!

What are some other simple cocktail party planning tips?

Fantastic Decorations for a Family Reunion Party | Shindigz Blog


balloonsPlanning your annual family reunion?  Blog post, Fantastic Decorations for a Family Reunion, provides great suggestions for family reunion decorations.

Fantastic Decorations for a Family Reunion

A family reunion is the perfect event to center around a fun party theme. It makes it much easier to decorate and plan activites. For example, a Western theme would be perfect for all ages with a square dance and decorated with haybales and bandanas! If you decide not to have a theme, here are some casual yet festive decorations that are sure to have your family members begging you to plan another reunion next year!

Outdoor Decorations:
• Greet your long lost relatives with an impressive balloon arch at the entrance of your party.
• Many times a reunion centers around the celebration of a birthday or a landmark anniversary. Make it truely a special occasion by hanging a Personal Photo Memories Mural in a prominant place. By having your own special photo on this you are making your reunion a very personal experience for all who attend!

Indoor Decorations:
• If you are decorating a large area, or want to make any area look more intimate and festive, drape and swag our gossamer across ceilings, walls, and the edges of table skirting. Twist two colors together for a stunning look.
• Never underestimate the power of decorating with Balloons, as they can transform any size room into a cozy space in minutes at a very low cost. You can choose to inflate balloons with helium, but you need not think that is the only option. In order to save money, inflate hundreds of balloons in colors to match your theme without using helium. Tie a 6-8 foot piece of curling ribbon to the end of each one. Using scotch tape, masking tape, or straight pins, hang balloons down from the ceiling so they hang at different lengths. Curl the loose end of the ribbon with scissors.

If you are hanging the balloons in a gymnasium, or large hall, cut the ribbon to a length appropriate for the height of the ceiling. A very cost effective means to transform a large space into a much more intimate one, is to hang the balloons down from different spaces all over the area you are decorating.

• Whether you are indoors or outside, there are so many ways places to hang lighted paper lanterns to create a wonderfully soft-lit atmosphere!

Table Decorations & Napkins:
• We offer a large selection of table covers, cups, plates and cutlery. These are available in just about any color, so you’re sure to find something perfect for your particular reunion setting.
• For an old-fashion picnic setting, try gingham tablecovers and coordinating ensemble. These alone set the stage for a great family picnic in the park!
• Order personalized napkins and have them imprinted with your party slogan and design of your choice. Select a metallic or foil imprint. The napkins will serve several purposes – great decorating in disguise and a delightful memento of the party that can be saved in scrapbooks for years to come!

Napkins can be laid out on a buffet table, or displayed at each place setting.
Place napkins in the center of each place setting at an angle, or unfold them and place them in Personalized Stadium Cups for a tall festive look.

Welcome family with a Personalized Family Tree Autograph Banner and have them sign the banner before they leave for a wonderful keepsake.

Decorating An Event Using The 5 Senses


When most people think of decorating for an event, they think of linen color, centerpieces, streamers, flower arrangements, and balloons.  These items are purchased, arranged perfectly, and viola, decorating for the event is complete!  Or is it?  An event’s decor does not solely rest on the decorations.  An event’s décor should create an environment for the event.  Creating a complete and memorable environment should engage all 5 senses.  Here are tips on how to engage all 5 senses.

Sight

An eye catching idea, that can work with any budget, is to have all your decor one color.  This creates a cohesive environment, ambiance, and drama with minimal effort.  Center pieces of inexpensive monochromatic floral arrangements can add extra drama to your event!  If your budget allows, work one color into the lighting and food and beverage offerings.  Extend the monochromatic décor concept to your guests by asking them to wear outfits using the decor color.  This is a fun way to involve your guests in the overall event, and make them part of the decor.

Not a fan of the monochromatic concept, mix colors into your decor.  Rememer, colors can evoke emotions.  Use simple color options by choosing one main color and an accent color.  Another option is to choose  multiple colors (no more than five), or varying shades of the same color that will evoke emotion.

Hear

The music played during an event is crucial to the event’s vibe. Make sure the music is relevant to the event theme.  While making your music selection, ask yourself the following:

  • Is there enough music for the entire event?
  • Is the music appropriate for the event?  Is the music appropriate for the guest demographic?  Do the guests find the music interesting?
  • Is the volume appropriate for this particular event?  Does the volume allow guests to comfortably hold a conversation?

Smell

Follow the adage “less is more” when selecting an aroma for your event.  Aroma selecting tips:

  • Ask yourself: do your guests have allergies?  If so, avoid floral or citrus fragrances to avoid evoking allergic reactions.
  • Avoid scents that are naturally very strong.
  • Select one fragrance for your event (this can be flowers, candles, incense, scented oils, room spritzers, etc.).

Taste

Every event should have great food and drinks.  You do not have be a gourmet chef to make this happen.  Use your resources to bring great food and drinks to your event.  Food for the event can go beyond the hours of the gathering!  I recently planned and coordinated a Christmas in the City themed event.  Each guest received a gift bag with a delicious red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting.  Not only did the guests enjoy the food and drinks, they were able to take a taste of the event home.

Touch

Engaging your guests sense of touch addresses two event environmental questions:

  • How are your guests feeling?
  • What are your guests feeling?

How your guests are feeling deals with the layout and traffic flow of the event.  You want to make sure the layout of tables and chairs allows guests enough space to move around comfortably.  Guests that feel cramped or uncomfortable may leave your event sooner than later.  Event layout tip:  have food stations and beverage stations in separate areas.  This will minimize congestion between the two stations.

What your guests are feeling deals with the texture and comfort of linens, furnishings, and anything a guest touches.  Make sure all decor itmes are pleasing to the touch.

Remember, your event is an experience.  An event that engages the five senses creates a memorable event experience your guests will never forget!  Cheers!

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