Eastern Shore Maryland Event Planner & Designer
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
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.
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
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.
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
Eastern Shore Maryland Wedding Planner & Designer
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!
Photography: Cecile Storm Pictures
Design & Styling: Kari Rider Events
Tags: Surcee Calligraphy
Inn at Perry Cabin Wedding Planner & Designer
Early in their relationship, Megan and Chris took a trip to St. Michaels and stayed at the picturesque Inn at Perry Cabin for New Year’s Eve. They instantly fell in love with its warmth as if they had arrived home. It was the magic of that weekend that called them back for their wedding day a few years later. Looking to create a classic wedding equal parts intimate and personal for their guests, Megan and Chris opted for a ceremony tucked inside the Inn’s flower garden, cocktails under tree canopy by the water, and a warmly lit reception tent filled with deep blues, velvet linens and pops of cheerful blooms. The result was a cozy fall celebration full of love. See more from this wedding on Wedding Sparrow!
Photography: Audra Wrisley
Planning & Design: Kari Rider Events
Venue: Inn at Perry Cabin
Florals: Sophie Felts Floral Design
Rentals: White Glove Rentals
Linens: La Tavola Fine Linen
Tent: Eastern Shore Tents & Events
Cake: Chef Steven Anthony
Invitation & Day Of Paper: Stephanie B Design
Hair: Alison Harper & Co.
Makeup: Natural Makeup Chic, By Suzanne Eden
Bride’s Dress: Lazaro
Bride’s Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Bridesmaid Dresses: Hayley Paige Occassions
Band: Black Tie via Bialek’s Music
Ceremony Music: Bay Strings
Transportation: Extroardinar Limousine
Kari Rider Events is a boutique event planning and design company crafting elegant, individually styled celebrations on the Eastern Shore of Maryland and beyond. Our blog features real weddings designed by our team, shoots we've styled for magazines and other blogs, and lots of wedding tips and inspiration. Thanks for stopping by and we look forward to hearing from you!