Stylish Entertaining

Not Your Daughter's Creamsicle

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Friday is here and it will be 5 o'clock soon which means it's time to talk libation. Summer drinks can be very fun and today I want to share a yummy concoction that echoes a childhood summertime favorite of mine: the creamsicle. Let's just start with how that wonderful color just makes me happy, not to mention the creamy delight of the milk with the sweet ta[...]

To the Fabulous Women We Call Mom

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Since I can't be with my mother this weekend I am reposting this in honor of her. Here's to all of the moms out there who have sacrificed their bodies, their time and their precious resources in the name of love. We adore you! *** "The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all[...]

Cinco de Mayo Celebration: Tamarind Margaritas

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A Cinco de Mayo Mexican fiesta isn't an appropriate celebration without a delicious margarita! TAMARIND MARGARITAS INGREDIENTS 8 tablespoons tamarind paste 1 cup water 2 cups tequila 1 cup fresh lime juice 1 cup Cointreau
Honey, to taste Zest of 2 oranges Coarse sugar for rim DIRECTIONS 1. Dissolve tamarind paste in 1 cup water in a[...]

Pink Grapefruit Vieux Mot Cocktail

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A picture-perfect Spring day entertaining family and close friends with a wonderful outdoor brunch brings a smile to my face. When planning any soirée,  you must focus on details even down to the cocktail you will serve. We picked Pink Grapefruit Vieux Mot to compliment the food and decor! This quaffable delight is delicate, floral and prettily pink. Pink g[...]

Give your Picnic a Gourmet Twist

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Having a gourmet picnic doesn't m­ean you have to abandon simplicity. Instead, focus on foods that rely on natural flavors and don't need to be heated at the last minute. A few ingredients, well chosen, will be more effective than a recipe that involves hours of effort and trips to specialty stores. Some options: Good bread is a must. A hearty peasant[...]

Tips to Hosting a Spring Brunch

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I'm beyond THRILLED to share my entertaining tips for hosting a spring brunch! Over the next week we will share entertaining tips, a cocktail recipe and flower arranging pointers sure to inspire you! One of our favorite ways to enjoy the gorgeous Spring weather Mother Nature has finally shared with us is to host an outdoor get-together for friends or fami[...]

Hibiscus Soda - Perfect for Spring Entertaining

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This particular hibiscus soda is a tart and fruity mix of hibiscus flowers and lemon – a hibiscus lemonade, if you will, with an effervescent fizz! You can enjoy this beverage along with many more tantalizing recipes and  uniquely creative ideas in my book, "Soirée Entertaining with Style". HIBISCUS SODA INGREDIENTS 2 1/3 cups sugar 3 cups hibiscus f[...]

An Intimate Library Supper

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A romantic library supper revolves around delicious food, warm atmosphere and most importantly great company. If procrastinating is your strong suit, and you still haven’t made reservations to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Danielle’s cupids are here to save the day and make you look like a super hero! Here are some full-proof steps for planning a heartfelt [...]

Raspberry Souffle with Raspberry Sauce

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RASPBERRY SOUFFLÉ WITH RASPBERRY SAUCE Raspberry Sauce ½ cup sugar 1 pint fresh raspberries 1. Combine ¼ cup water and ½ cup sugar in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from heat and let cool. 2. Pour sugar-water mixture into a blender; add raspberries. Blend until smooth, then strain through a mesh colander over a bowl and reserve. Th[...]

Planning a Heartfelt Dinner at Home

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If procrastinating is your strong suit and you still haven’t made dinner reservations to celebrate Valentine’s Day, Danielle’s cupids are here to save the day and make you look like a super hero! Here are some full-proof steps for planning a heartfelt dinner at home: Make the dinner occasion extra special by drawing up some beautiful invitations and popping[...]

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