Category Archives: Entertaining

Holiday Cocktails Three Ways

Eastern Shore Maryland Event Planner & Designer

Posted
12.13.2018
Entertaining, Recipes, Studio, Styled Shoots

Looking to spice up your holiday cocktail selection this year? We’re here to make spirits bright with three takes on signature drinks for your holiday gathering. Whether you want to serve one specialty drink, two or opt for a themed bar, you can’t go wrong with these tried and true favorites. Cheers!

His & Hers

It’s not just for weddings anymore. Try out a his and hers specialty cocktail at your holiday gathering this year with these sure-to-please recipes!

His: Maple Bouborn Punch

1 cup honey
6 sprigs rosemary; plus more for garnish
2 cups fresh orange juice
3 cups bourbon
2 teaspoon maple extract
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
ice ring
orange wheels

Bring honey, rosemary and 1 cup water to a simmer over medium heat. Let cool; discard rosemary. Combine honey syrup with orange juice, bourbon, maple extract, vanilla extract in pitcher. Stir in a few cups ice to cool. Pour into a punch bowl over an ice ring to serve, then garnish individual glasses with orange slices and rosemary.

Ice Ring

orange wheels
rosemary springs
bundt pan

Fill bundt pan with water 1/3 of the way. Add some orange wheels and rosemary to the water. Freeze for 3-4 hours. Repeat for two more layers if desired, waiting until each one freezes. To remove ice ring from mold, carefully run the outside of the bundt pan under lukewarm water until the ring dislodges.

Recipe via Camille Styles

Hers: Fizzy Spiked Pear Punch

4 cups pear juice
1 bottle proscecco or champagne
1 cup vodka
1/4 cup simple syrup (optional)
Fresh pears for garnish

Pour pear juice, vodka and simple syrup into a pitcher; stir to combine. Pop bubbly and slowly pour into juice mixture. Stir again, gently. Garnish with slices of pear.

Photography: Cecile Storm; Styling: Kari Rider Events

Martini Bar

It’s classic, simple and always a crowd pleaser! Stock some vodka and gin, add in the mixers—we offered vermouth, olive juice and Lillet—finish with some garnish, and voila! We recommend having someone man the station to make it less intimidating and keep the drinks flowing. 

Photography: Kate Headley; Styling: Kari Rider Events; Calligraphy: Surcee Calligraphy; Spirits: Hair O’ The Dog

 

Classic Signature Drink

If you’re craving simplicity this year, then we recommend sticking to a classic specialty cocktail: the white cosmopolitan. Festive and fun, we especially love this choice for a night with your girlfriends.

White Cosmo

2 parts vodka
1 part St. Germain
1/2 part lime juice
3/4 part white cranberry juice

Shake all ingredients and strain into a chilled martini glass. Garnish with raspberry and a lime twist.

Photography: Krista A. Jones; Styling: Kari Rider Events; Sign: Momental; Cake: Chef Steven Anthony

 

Layered Spring Tablescape

Easton, Maryland Event Planner & Designer

Posted
05.09.2018
Entertaining, Studio, Styled Shoots

We’re channeling all the spring vibes with this fun tablescape perfect for indoor or outdoor entertaining this season! Being on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, we love a place setting that’s relaxed enough for outdoor entertainment but still delivers a punch. Enter these dusty blue plates and two-toned flatware from White Glove Rentals. We layered our focal elements with varying textures, including a water hyacinth placemat from Ikea, classic summer striped table runners from World Market (which we laid width-wise for some added intrigue), linen napkins with a knotted tie, and a modern meets casual vellum + white wood menu. Tying everything together were whitewash sandwich board place cards and the most gorgeous spring arraignments we’ve ever seen from Blossom + Vine! We hope this inspires your next gathering!

Vendors: 

Photography: Renee Hollingshead Photography
Design & Styling: Kari Rider Events
Florals: Blossom + Vine
Rentals: White Glove Rentals
Placemats: Ikea
Table Runners: World Market
Farm Table: Eastern Shore Tents & Events
Menu: Stephanie B Design
Place Cards: Surcee Calligraphy

Holiday Martini Bar

Eastern Shore Maryland Event Planner & Designer

Posted
12.13.2017
Entertaining, Studio, Styled Shoots

Another holiday, another themed bar! This time, we’re sticking with a tried and true favorite: the martini bar. It’s classic, simple and always a crowd pleaser! Stock some vodka and gin, add in the mixers—we offered vermouth, olive juice and Lillet—finish with some garnish, and voila! We loved designing this bar with a modern black, white and gold look—highlighted by a custom Martini Bar sign from Surcee Calligraphy and fun black and gold accents like the Crate & Barrel cocktail shaker and McGee & Co. geometric objects. Cheers!

Vendors:

Photography: Kate Headley
Design & Styling: Kari Rider Events
Custom Sign: Surcee Calligraphy
Spirits: Hair O’ The Dog
Cocktail Shaker: Crate & Barrel
Black & Gold Objects: McGee & Co.
Console Table: Target