Cheers to Fall

Eastern Shore Maryland Event Planner & Designer

Entertaining, Recipes, Studio

It’s not officially fall until we change over what we’re drinking. And while red wine is always a staple, we decided to go on the hunt for a few other seasonal cocktails to get us in the fall spirit. Thanks to our friends at Bartlett Pear Inn and 375 Park Avenue Spirits, we found the perfect remedies. Whether you need to ease into the season with a pomegranate gin and tonic or are ready to jump right in with an apple cider mule, we’ve got you covered with three delicious and simple fall cocktail recipes photographed by the fabulous Karena Dixon! Cheers!

Courtesy of Bartlett Pear Inn

1.5 oz. Vodka
.5 oz. Rosemary Simple Syrup
Club Soda
.5 oz. Raspberry Jam, strained and without seeds
Garnish with rosemary stem
Serve in a martini glass


Cider Maple Mule
Courtesy of 375 Park Avenue Spirits

2 oz. Tap 357 Maple Rye Whisky
1 oz. Apple Cider
Ginger Beer
Garnish with apple slice
Serve in a copper mug


Pomegranate Gin and Tonic

2 oz. Dry Gin
4 oz. Tonic Water
Pomegranate Juice
Garnish with lime


Photography: Karena Dixon
Styling: Kari Rider Events
Calligraphy: Surcee Calligraphy
“Cheers” Drink Stirrer: Laura Hooper Calligraphy
Alcohol: Hair O’ The Dog
Rasmo Recipe: Bartlett Pear Inn
Cider Maple Mule Recipe: 357 Park Avenue Spirits

Point Pleasant 50th Birthday Bash

St. Michaels Maryland Event Planner & Designer

Entertaining, Events

Coming off the busiest spring/summer wedding season in Kari Rider Events history, a late-summer 50th birthday bash was just what we needed to re-energize before the fall wedding stretch. And what a celebration this was! Rachel came to us looking to throw a laid-back waterfront soiree for her husband Todd’s milestone birthday, complete with a few special touches aimed especially at the man of the hour. Starting with a neutral palette—think gray basketweave linens from DC Rental, soft-hued floral arrangements by Monterey Farms, and a darling white and gray sofa from XOXO Vintage—we worked in some masculine touches, such as dark wood tones in the barrel-legged accent tables and a crowd-pleasing cigar rolling station. Meanwhile, simple nautical details like knot-patterned cocktail linens and rope-wrapped vases gave a nod to the waterfront setting at Point Pleasant outside St. Michaels. The perfect mix of soft and bold, this 50th birthday was something to talk about!


Venue: Point Pleasant

Photography: Jennifer Madino Photography

Planning & Design: Kari Rider Events

Catering: Mason’s 

Ice Cream Bar: Scottish Highland Creamery

Florist: Monteray Farms

Linens: DC Rental, Latavola Linen

Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents and Events

Vintage Sofa: “Willow” from XOXO Vintage

Cigars and Rolling: The Cigar Box

Signature Drink: Lyon Distilling

Drink Stirrer: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Band: Highway Star

A New Twist on Paint and Wine Night

Eastern Shore Maryland Event Planner & Designer

DIY, Entertaining, Studio, Styled Shoots

Ever since this whole paint and wine night craze exploded, we’ve been total skeptics. Who wants a horrifically toned painting of a giant flower or the likeness of a scene from a Tim Burton film hanging on their wall? The answer is nobody—we don’t care how much wine they serve! But then it dawned on us: we’re in the business of making things pretty. So why not design our own paint night full of gorgeous hues, adorable details and, of course, plenty of wine. The result—captured by the fabulous Caitlin Kellagher of CJK Visuals—was a summer citrus dream inspired by the night’s painting and enhanced with gorgeous flowers from Monteray Farms and a sparkling citrus sangria from Hair O’ The Dog.



Photograper: Cairlin Kellagher of CJK Visuals
Planning & Styling: Kari Rider Events
Venue: Kari Rider Events Studio
Catering: Gourmet by the Bay
Florist: Monteray Farms
Rentals: Eastern Shore Tents and Events
Calligraphy: Poppy & Scooter
Invitation Design: Cara Smith Designs
Wine and Signature Drink: Hair O’ The Dog
Instructor: Sarah Hutchison Focht of Color My Canvas
Aprons: Joann Fabric
Welcome Bags: Paper Mart
Dip-dyed Candles: Martha Stewart Tutorial