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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

 

Gifts for the Bride and Groom

Eastern Shore Maryland Wedding Planner & Designer

Posted
12.05.2018
Studio, Styled Shoots

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It’s safe to say wedding gifting has gone the way of cash. And while you can never go wrong with a monetary gift, we’re also suckers for finding that perfect personalized present that is a bit more thoughtful and unique. Enter our gift guide for the bride and groom! Whether you’re buying for the holidays or for the upcoming wedding day, we’ve hand picked our favorite gifts that are sure to please both him and her. From keepsakes like custom venue prints and personalized wine bottles to home goods like monogrammed doormats and newlywed cookbooks, you can’t go wrong with these thoughtful gifts!

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  1. Initial Necklace, Baublebar
  2. Happily Ever After Gift Box, Marigold & Grey
  3. Custom Venue Art Print, Stephanie B Design
  4. Personalized Wine, Personal Wine
  5. Initial Coasters, Mud Pie
  6. Monogrammed Luggage, Mark & Graham
  7. Men’s Watch, J. Crew
  8. Carry On Cocktail Kit, Amazon
  9. The Newlywed Cookbook, Williams Sonoma
  10. Diptyque Candle, Neiman Marcus
  11. Monogrammed Doormat, Mark & Graham

 

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Credits:
Photography: Cecile Storm Pictures
Design & Styling: Kari Rider Events
Tags: Surcee Calligraphy

 

Place Cards Fit for an Outdoor Wedding

Eastern Shore of Maryland Event Planner & Designer

Posted
09.26.2018
Events, featured, Studio, Styled Shoots, Weddings

Outdoor weddings are pretty much our jam! And being that most of our events are under a tent near the water, we’re constantly looking for ways to beat the elements—namely wind. One of our biggest problem areas is place cards. Unless there is virtually no breeze, traditional tented place cards just don’t work (paper + wind = lots of stress!). Fortunately for our couples, we love dreaming up place cards that not only withstand the wind but also add a pop of creativity. Here are some of our favorites from past event designs!

Oyster Shells
A fun nod to the Chesapeake Bay, they’re the perfect addition to any waterside event!

Photography: Renee Hollingshead; Calligraphy: Surcee Calligraphy; Florals: Floral & Bloom

 

Tiles
We love getting creative with tile place cards like these marble and slate options. They’re weighted enough to hold up to the wind and they add the perfect pop of texture to a place setting!

Photography: Eric Kelley (top), Elizabeth Fogarty (bottom); Calligraphy: Stephanie B Design; Florals: Amaryllis Designs (top), Crimson & Clover (bottom)

Favors
It doesn’t get any cuter than these local honey favors. We used them as “escort cards” to direct guests to their table but they could easily serve as place cards at the table as well.

Photography: Kate Headley; Tags: Stephanie B Design

Clipboards
We used this gorgeous gold clip/white board combo for a wedding where our bride and groom were both educators. Does it get any cuter?

Photography: Renee Hollingshead; Paper Goods: Susan Wilson Designs 

Tags
You can stick with traditional paper tags or get creative with materials like leather—yes please! Either way, tie them around your napkin and/or menu with ribbon or string and we’re sold!

 

 

Photography: Elizabeth Fogarty (bottom); Tags: Jessica McSweeney Calligraphy (top), Surcee Calligraphy (bottom)

Placemats
A great option when you’re using raw textures like farm tables. Plus the color options are endless!

Photography: Audra Wrisley; Calligraphy: Stephanie B Design; Florals: Floral & Bloom 

Sandwich Boards
We’re obsessed with these mini sandwich board place cards from one of our studio tablescapes. Can’t wait to see them in action at a wedding soon!

Photography: Renee Hollingshead; Sandwich Board Calligraphy: Surcee Calligraphy; Florals: Sophie Felts 

Holders
If you love the look of paper place cards, using holders rather than tenting them is a fun way to beat the wind. We love these adorable geometric holders but there are so many cute options for every style.

Photography: Lauren Swann; Calligraphy: Surcee Calligraphy; Florals: Monteray Farms