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Raspberry Mocktail Punch Recipe

I love my champers but when entertaining you must consider the needs of your guests and offer an non-alcoholic beverage. This Raspberry Mocktail Punch is fruity, festive and alcohol free.  A mocktail is great for non-drinkers as well as hydrating all your guests but be sure you don’t skip on flavor. Just because you are […]

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The Perfect Autumn Bellini Recipe {#SundaySupper}

Cooler temperatures and additional clothing layers have never stopped me from enjoying a chilled glass of champers. However, it does make me crave a slightly “warmer” version with spices such as cardamom and allspice found in this Autumn Bellini recipe.   Breakfast Apple-Currant Dutch Baby Pancake by The Weekend Gourmet Apple Swirled Pumpkin Yeast Bread […]

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The Ultimate Summer Solstice Cocktail

For me there are two culinary reminders that the Summer Solstice is here – lemonade and lavender. I still can hear the calm voice of the Country Time Lemonade commercials from the 80’s letting us all know that “summer is just a short 94 days long this year…”, those precious fleeting days of warmth and feeling free, […]

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Dark And Irish Guinness Cocktail

You have heard of a Dark + Stormy, now try a Dark + Irish! Guinness, Dark Rum, Cold Brewed Coffee and Simple Syrup come together to create a rich beer cocktail to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day or for that matter… any day of the year! This beer cocktail is surprisingly rich in body and flavor, […]

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Bailey’s Bonfire Spiked Warm Milk + Chocolate

Few things can warm you through to your toes after a day on the slopes like a Bailey’s Spiked Warm Milk. This version adds a toasted marshmallow sweetness to the top layer along with shaved dark chocolate. Sip as you watch the flurries out the window. If you are feeling really decadent, try adding a […]

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New Year’s Eve Champagne Cocktails

Whether your New Year’s Eve plans include a large gathering or a more intimate evening for two, Champagne cocktails create a festive atmosphere that will last well past 12:01 am. Here are a few variations sure to add a signature touch to your evening, be sure to click through the links to see the full […]

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Homemade Organic Lavender Honey {#SundaySupper}

Perfect to make and keep on hand to add to hot tea or to add a wonderful natural sweetness to your favorite cocktail, this Lavender Honey is also the perfect gift from the kitchen to bring as a hostess or “welcome to the neighborhood” gift. Organic Lavender Honey INGREDIENTS 1/4 cup lavender flowers, organic or […]

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Entertaining Summer Style: Finds For Your Table

Memorial Day. Fourth of July. Labor Day. Three holiday weekends that are classic summer entertaining opportunities. You can almost feel the excitement building in the air as the dates approach. Our Nations colors become part of our home and tablescape design. Fly your flag high and break out the Red, White & Blue with these […]

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Holiday Gram Cocktail Recipe via @AnAppealingPlan #SundaySupper #HolidayEntertaining Side 1000

The Christmas Gram Cocktail Recipe

If you are not familiar with the movie ELF starring Will Farrel, I HIGHLY recommend watching it. It will become one of your favorites as well, I guarantee it. If you are familiar with it, you may remember the scene where Buddy first meets his dad and sings his version of a Christmas gram. The […]

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Cranberry Anise Syrup Recipe

Looking for a syrup to flavor desserts, cocktail and your cheese tray, this Cranberry Anise Syrup has the perfect level of sweet, bitter and spiciness to compliment your fall and winter recipes. Place it in an attractive glass jar, tie a ribbon on it and you have a hostess gift to bring along to your […]

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Harvest Champagne + Fig Cocktail

This twist on the champagne cocktail recipe has sweet fig puree and a splash of bourbon, together they add just the right amount of depth to make it perfect to allow it to stand up to the bold flavors of the Fall entertaining season Welcoming guests to a Harvest, or Thanksgiving dinner with this fig […]

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How to Prepare Your Bar for Entertaining Guests.

Is hosting anxiety keeping you from inviting friends and family over? Do you go to parties and think, “I could never do this at my house”. I’m here to tell you, with just a few things in place you CAN entertain more with LESS stress. That’s right. You can be that girl. The one who is […]

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Dark & Stormy Cocktail Recipe { #SundaySupper }

For this week’s SundaySupper we needed to select a recipe based on a song, any song we like. Well of course I had to head to my “roots”, New Jersey and one of my all time favorite musicians, Mr. BBRRRRRUUUUUUUUUCE Springsteen. While it is one of his lesser known songs it seems to me it […]

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Recipes + Tips for a Fresh Summer Berry Cocktail Bar

The summer entertaining season is upon us and just as if mother nature could read our minds, so is the juicy summer berry season. How did she know? What a fantastic combination! And what better place to combine this match made in heaven than on the cocktail bar. Prepare to greet your warm weather revelers! […]

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#AnAppealingPlan Mint Julep Recipe fro Kentucky Derby Parties

Cinco vs Derby. Lime vs Mint. The battle continues.

Kentucky Derby or Cinco de Mayo? Mint Julep or Margarita? It is an age-old question leading up to the first weekend in May. Well OK, maybe not age-old but still, a question that I  have asked every year in May during my adult entertaining years. Living in the North East most of my life Cinco […]

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Mothers Day Champagne Bar

Celebrating Mom. Mother’s Day Solutions.

“I want to show Mom I really love her but due to my work schedule and family obligations, I really don’t have time to prepare for a brunch or lunch. What should I do?” Sound familiar? This was a recent panicked email from a client. I quickly responded to calm her nerves and we have […]

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Champagne Selecting Tips

As far as I am concerned Champagne is the perfect beverage almost any day of the week and the perfect gift any time of the year – but how do you select the perfect bottle from the rows in your local wine shop? Although  I believe in the trial method below are a few champagne […]

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An Appealing Plan Champagne Cocktails with Pomegranate

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail

  Champagne cocktails are my favorite to serve almost anytime of the year – this version with a splash of pomegranate juice adds just the right amount of red to this already festive drink. Perfect for the holidays, Valentine’s Day or any other time you want a pop of red on your table. Pomegranate Champagne […]

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Festive Tailgating: Tips & Recipes

FESTIVE WEEKEND TAILGATING    It is Football time again and although I have to admit, I don’t track the rankings until literally days before the actual Super Bowl, I do LOVE this time of year for the mere fact that there are so many opportunities to do what I love: Entertain. Getting together with neighbors and […]

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Product Pick: Designer Ice

As we enjoy the last days of the summer season, this week’s product pick is selected to keep your cool. These ice forms allow you to freeze your favorite flavored water or wow your guests with designer ice for their beverage. The size and shape are best used in pitchers, punch bowls or larger tumblers and actually melt […]

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MVP Bloody Mary Bar

Bloody Mary’s are a tradition in my family, a staple at all our get togethers.  I remember Sunday Brunch’s with various pitchers of fresh homemade mix on my Grandparents kitchen counter. My Aunts & Uncles pouring a tall glass and adding dashes of this, splashes of that, a few of these then stirring it all together […]

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Vanilla Lemonade Sipper Recipe

  VANILLA LEMONADE SIPPER 1 part Mandarin Vodka 2 parts Vanilla Simple Syrup {see previous post for recipe} 3 parts Italian Sparkling Lemonade Ice to chill Lemon Zest for garnish Tall Glass Mix Simple Syrup, Vodka and Ice in shaker. Shake to chill. Pour into tall glass and top with Sparkling Lemonade. Top with Lemon Zest. […]

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Vanilla Mint Soda Sipper Recipe

VANILLA MINT SODA SIPPER RECIPE INGREDIENTS 3 tablespoons Vanilla Bean Simple Syrup {recipe below} 6-8 fresh picked mint leaves, plus one sprig for garnish tonic water crushed Ice berries for garnish tall glass Shady Tree in Your Favorite Garden METHOD In a tall glass muddle the mint leaves together with Vanilla Simple Syrup. Add Ice to 3/4 […]

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Raspberry Rosemary Summer Sipper

A big part of entertaining is being the best host you can be so, I always like to offer my guests a beverage to sip on during an event. So here is the Suggested Sip of the Week recipe, with alcohol and non-alcoholic versions. RASPBERRY ROSEMARY SUMMER SIPPER Previous Recipes include: Basil Grapefruit Sipper, Thyme […]

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