Shades of green are the perfect foundation for a St. Patrick's Day tablescape. Set the table with green chargers and white plates. Top with green napkins and shamrocks. Serve the Irish cheddar on a wooden cheese board ($15-$30) and place a clear ramekin ($2) with the smoked salmon mousse close by. Cook the traditional corned beef and cabbage in a slow cooker ($130) and offer the pot de cremes in festive champagne coupes. Fill a bucket with beer bottles and let guests pour it into their own Guinness glasses ($16). Don't forget a beautiful bouquet of white and green flowers. Like the above items? Click to shop!
Just because St. Patrick's Day falls on a Thursday this year doesn't mean you can't have a fabulous celebration. Invite friends over for a weeknight dinner, or host a party on Saturday, March 12. I've put together a classic meal that's got all the Irish favorites like corned beef and soda bread. Read on for the recipes!
Head to the local party supply store to pick up all your Mardi Gras party needs! Purple, green, and gold streamers, masks, and beads are a must! Instead of using traditional servingware, opt for paper plates and paper napkins, which are easy to clean up and won't break. Set up the food on a large table in the kitchen. Place the sandwich on a sandwich platter, like this rectangular one ($50), and the shrimp remoulade in a little silver bowl (this one ($7) is perfect). Use a pitcher to pour the soup into tall shot glasses — these tall skinny ones ($2.50) are ideal. Don't forget hurricane glasses for the cocktail! Click on the images above to shop the look.
Although the biggest Mardi Gras celebration happens on Fat Tuesday, I recommend you have your own party, complete with beads and masks, this Saturday night. Serve a delectable spread of Southern finger foods, including some classic New Orleans dishes. I've scoured our recipes to come up with an amazing menu, so check it out now!
It's almost Oscar time! If you're throwing a showstopping soiree this Sunday, you'll need to set the stage with some glam table toppers. For serving decadent apps like crab cakes and chive tartines, I recommend the Nagoya 3-Part Server ($15) and Kate Spade's Ticker Tape Tidbit Plates ($50). Pour your guests citrus sparklers in these Mr. and Mrs. Cocktail glasses ($18) set on black braided coasters ($36). And in honor of the star-studded event, sparkle up the tables with gold origami star confetti ($4). To shop the rest of the look, click on the images above!
When it comes to specialty cocktails for an Oscars viewing, I say make a pitcher drink and make it fizzy! You could take entertaining expert Katie Lee's advice and make a pineapple strawberry concoction or go with the recipe shown here. It's a refreshing blend of citrus and vodka spiked with the sweet-tart flavor of limoncello. The effervescence comes from the addition of seltzer water. One batch serves eight, but it's easy to double or triple the recipe. The key to a delicious libation is to use fresh-squeezed lemon and orange juice, so break out your juicers! Check out the method now.
The Academy Awards are this Sunday, and I recommend you invite friends over to enjoy the show with you. Since the celebrities will be dining on an array of amazing eats at the Governors Ball (the official afterparty), serve a spread of delectable finger foods to nibble while you watch. I've browsed our recipes and come up with an awesome menu of elegant hors d'oeuvres that can be made mostly in advance.
When packing a picnic, you need three different storage vessels: a basket for carrying paper goods and linens (I love this wicker one from Wisteria), a wine cooler for safely transporting wine bottles, and a food cooler to pack perishables. If bringing glass, like mugs to serve the soup in, wrap them in pretty cloth napkins; aren't these ones from Anthropologie nifty? Don't forget paper plates for the sandwiches, hot cups for the hot toddy, and wax paper envelopes for the cookies.
Every picnic deserves a special drink, and for a Winter picnic, I recommend a warm cocktail like a hot toddy. This classic libation is a combination of hot water, whiskey, lemon juice, and honey.
Prep the beverage at home by juicing the lemons and combining the liquid with honey, sugar, anise, and cloves.
Then, at your party destination, heat water on the grill and pour into mugs with the whiskey and the prepared honey-lemon mixture. Sound like fun? Check out the recipe now.
Winter might not be the ideal time for planning a picnic, but once a year I like to dust of the grill and invite friends to join me for a meal in the cool outdoors. The key to a successful picnic, no matter the season, is to plan ahead. Most of the food should be made in advance, and when it's going to be cold out, the menu has to have at least one warming dish like soup. I've looked back at all our amazing recipes and rounded up the best ones to create a meal that's perfect for enjoying outside. Be sure to pack your jackets and blankets!