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Wednesday
Jul012015

summer sips + styling by little miss party

When summer gives us lemons… we call our friends at Little Miss Party, NYC-based party and event planners, to share 4 fun ways to make and serve lemonade all summer long!

Classic Lemonade Recipe:
1. Add 4 cups of fresh squeezed lemon juice and then fill the rest of the dispenser with ice cold water—leaving 2-3 inches from the top.
2. Add Sugar to taste.
3. Add ice and lemon slices before serving.

Styling Tips:
1. Acrylic outdoor glasses are the best for avoiding glass breakage.
2. Pretty paper straws will make everyone’s drink more festive.
3. A bright colored watering can makes for a cool looking vase for fresh flowers.
4. DIY Tip: paint a wood crate in an ombre pattern by mixing a solid color with white paint until you reach your desired shades. Use as a riser to prop your beverage dispenser on top of for easy serving.

Berry-infused Lemonade Recipe:
1. Fill the glass dispenser with lemonade and plenty of ice.
2. Add tons of fresh or frozen berries.

Styling Tips:
1. Set out a few pre-poured glasses so guests can grab when they arrive.
2. We used the stainless steel snack bowl as a vase for peonies that we picked from the garden.
3. Set out a bunch of mint for guests to add to their drinks if they wish.

Fruit-ade Recipe:
1. Fill glass beakers with lemonade.
2. Add sliced fruit—such as berries, peaches, whatever’s in season—and let the drinks infuse for at least one hour before serving.

Styling Tips:
1. Use a planter as an ice bucket for chilling wine or sparkling water to top off your drinks with—before filling with ice, line the planter with a slightly smaller bowl, food safe plastic wrap or parchment paper—and don’t forget the ice tongs!
2. Use a watering can to fill with a bunch of mint for a fresh smell and unexpected look on your bar—again, line the inside of the can or drop in a small drinking glass.
3. The black cake stand is perfect for propping up the beakers to give height to the table.

Fresh Herb Lemonade Recipe:
1. Fill with a mix of lemonade, ice cold water, ice
and lemon slices.
2. Set out cups of herbs for guests to add to their drinks. We used rosemary, mint and thyme.

Styling Tips:
1. We used the stainless steel snack bowls to fill with lemons for a bright pop of color on our bar.
2. A black cake stand props up the beverage dispenser for easy serving.
3. And a glass beaker doubles as a vase for fresh flowers from the garden.

Friday
Dec052014

domino pick: duke stainless cocktail shaker

The editors at Domino magazine scoop their top CB2 finds for holiday decor, parties and giving—check out all Domino picks on cb2.com!

Managing Editor Brittany Chevalier’s pick:
duke stainless cocktail shaker Domino Magazine Managing Editor
Brittany Chevalier

While the holidays are filled with the aroma of peppermint and pinecones, I prefer my cocktails to stay sweet and fruity with the help of my new cocktail shaker.

Entertaining extraordinaire and blogger, Camille Styles, created the quintessential party libation—the Hibiscus Tea Fizz—which is perfect for this soiree season.

Check out her new book, Entertaining: Inspired Gatherings & Effortless Style for more style tips and recipes!

Ingredients:
1 750 ml bottle sparkling wine, Champagne or prosecco
1 C vodka
½ C honey
2 hibiscus-flavored tea bags
24 blackberries, fresh
Makes 8 cocktails

Directions:
1. In a pitcher, combine the vodka and tea bags. Let stand at room temperature for 2 hours and then discard the tea bags. Refrigerate the tea-infused vodka until cold.

2. For each cocktail, muddle 2 blackberries with 1 or 2 teaspoons honey in a cocktail shaker—make it more or less sweet based on preference—add 1 ounce tea-infused vodka and 1 teaspoon cold water, then shake vigorously for 30 seconds.

3. Strain into a flute to the halfway mark then fill the glass with sparkling wine, Champagne or prosecco. Garnish with a blackberry and serve.


















Image and recipe borrowed from Entertaining: Inspired Gatherings & Effortless Style

Friday
Nov212014

domino pick: fringe with benefits throw

The editors at Domino magazine scoop their top CB2 finds for holiday decor, parties and giving—check out all Domino picks on cb2.com!

Fashion Editor Amanda Thompson’s pick:
fringe with benefits throw Domino Magazine Fashion Editor
Amanda Thompson

An amazing way to warm up any room this holiday season—give this textured, cozy throw as a gift to friends or family, or keep it for yourself!

Personally, I would pair this throw with neutral colored pieces to brighten up any space, as well as use it to balance any brightly-colored room.  Use it in living room for chilly nights, draped on a sofa arm, or as a throw for the foot of bed.

The best way to stay warm in the cold winter months, this throw can also transition into spring and summer months as a picnic blanket.

Tuesday
Feb192013

open that bottle night 

What: Open That Bottle Night
When: Saturday, February 23
Where: Wherever!

How many times have you been gifted a special bottle of wine, or gone to great lengths to bring one back from a once-in-a-lifetime trip, only to open it after it’s too late?

Created by married wine critics Dorothy Gaiter and John Brecher, former contributors to The Wall Street Journal, whose column gave the everyday wine lover ratings they could relate to—such as: “delicious!”, just plain “good”, or so bad it’s “yech”—Open That Bottle Night, OTBN, reminds us that even excellent wines have a shelf life and life is too short to not enjoy them before their best use is paint thinner.

So plan a party—for this Friday, the last of the month and the traditional OTBN date—and work on the menu so the wine you’ve chosen compliments as it should. Check out these helpful hints, keep your fingers crossed, and enjoy creating a new memory for that very special bottle.

Hints:
1. Encourage guests to choose their bottle thoughtfully—and be prepared with ‘back-up bottles’ in case any have gone bad.

2. Be sure to share the story of the bottle with each other—and don’t forget to include the new memory of the evening’s events and those in attendance. Remember, good times with good friends are special events in and of themselves.

3. A bottle of red that’s “of a certain age” should be stood up a few days prior to opening to allow any sediments to sink to the bottom. This will ensure the best glass possible.

4. The corks of older bottles may be brittle or more difficult to remove so use a 2-prong corkscrew—which goes around the cork and not through it—and practice using it.

5. Slow down—and give proper consideration to the bottle’s temperature and the wine’s aeration. Older wines can be fragile so don’t jump to decant them or pour them down the drain at first ‘bad’ taste. Give them time to open up, try others in the meantime, swap stories, relax.

6. Create new memories with a collection of the corks marked with the date, or a scrapbook containing the bottle’s label and details of the evening—including recommendations for the wines that were worth the wait!

Tuesday
Oct302012

watch: halloween