HOW TO HOST A BACHELORETTE VIEWING PARTY


Will you accept this frosé? Ahhh the bachelor/bachelorette... I have many thoughts and internal conflicts about this lovely piece of television, however, considering my eternal love and loyalty of any reality show on Bravo, I will set those feelings aside because let's face it, there's rosé to be had - not to mention pizza and treats. So when a new friend and blogger, Brooke invited me to host a bachelorette viewing party, I was all in within five seconds. Here are all the deets from the party, enjoy!


First things first, the dessert of course. Any gathering requires sugar and Brooke found the most AMAZING custom cookies from SusieCakes with little wine details and in rose frosting and shape. She also decorated each famous red velvet cupcake with printed photos of the one and only Chris Harrison! I think it would cute to print off some of the bachelors themselves as we get closer to the final rose, we could maybe even make it into a little game perhaps. 


Second to desserts comes the rosé, according to me. We decided to step it up this time and in the spirit of the summer season, make some delectable frosé, the recipe and details about how I did it, in this recent post. I used miniature garden roses to garnish the drinks, but also the petals as decoration for the party setup. Brooke printed this adorable little sign for the table and some insta story worthy snaps your friends are sure to love.  


And of course we made pizzas. This was actually pretty fun and quite simple with pre-made crust and lots of topping options. Mine actually turned out really yummy, albeit edible, thank God, and a great alternative to whatever they put in the papa johns pizza I typically order. It was a very interactive way to snack and I think from now on we should always have a build your own something station and get people to be more creative. 


The pizzas turned out amazing and did I forget to mention we had a cheese plate? Pretty standard, but in the best way possible. My basic hostessing skills always involve a cheese plate, more to come in a future post, and this one was of course, extra beautiful with a variety of cheese textures and an assortment of snacks to pair with them. Another good idea is to have some raw veggies just to balance all the rich food, but where's the fun in that? 


All in all, it's always a great thing to bring friends together, whether it's for a show you can all eat and talk through until some unrealistic and dramatic scene happens or while you are watching a documentary on clean water. I never regret the time spent with friends or eating that last slice of pizza... and so any reason to host is good enough for me! Thanks Brooke for the great idea!!


And yes, I will accept this frosé...

Cheers!

Xx, 

-M


SUMMER FROSÉ COCKTAIL


What's better then rosé on a summer day... The most wonderful concoction I've come across pretty much since ice cream - the delectable and refreshing frozen version of our favorite summer drink, frosé! My friend Brooke and I made this refreshing batch the other day to watch The Bachelorette with some friends (more to come on that soon). But if you haven't had frosé yet then you must have seen it on social media and thought to yourself that it almost doesn't matter what's inside, because it looks to irresistible on a hot day. Or at least I did. And if you are just hearing about it now, well then I'm glad you have access to my blog in that rock you must be living under. Here's how I did it, enjoy. 


There are a few different ways to make the delectable slushy but all involve the tricky task of freezing rosé wine, which most people tend to think of as impossible. Unlike other alcohol, wine is actually freezable due to it's water content. However, it takes a bit of time depending on whether you are freezing the rosé on it's own or mixed with other liquids. Last summer I made frosé in popsicle format and it became quite the spectacular after dinner delight in my freezer. I also served some of the leftover popsicles in a wine glass from time to time, which would be another option to get a similar consistency.


This time I wanted to make it in a cocktail format and after seeing the lovely images from style me pretty's recipe, which called for very few ingredients: rosé, rose flavored lemonade, ice cubes and a lavender garnish. For rosé options my favorite is Whispering Angel, but I also like Chloe and Summer Water. The only tools you need are ice cube trays and a blender. The recipe is simple just,  

1. freeze the entire bottle of rosé in ice cube trays, I recommend for 24 hours 
2. blend the rosé ice cubes with 4oz. of lemonade and regular ice cubes. 

Garnish with lavender, candied fruit, or miniature garden roses like me for some extra instagram likes and wallah, you are golden! Add a cute straw, like these, and enjoy! 


Full disclosure, since I didn't remember to freeze the rosé overnight like the recipe called for I ended up having to improvise, as wine needs about 24 hours in the ice cube trays to freeze. So instead, I just blended the unfrozen rosé with ice cubes and the lemonade, right before serving and it turned out very delicious, just not to the consistency you would expect a slushy to have. Keep in mind it's important to freeze the rosé in ice cube trays and not the glass bottle because it can explode and make the frozen rosé too difficult to extract. Either way it still turned out pretty and delicious, can't wait to perfect my frosé making skills this summer, I guarantee you I'm going to become a pro! 


Cheers responsibly!

Xx, 

-M

SUMMERING: SOME INSPIRATION

SUMMMAHHHHH! I am so HAPPY to see you again! This is clearly my absolute favorite season and I can't wait to get back to the beach, tan lines, lobster rolls, barbecues, drives with the top down, warm summer nights, late sunsets, white dresses, oysters, nights out with good friends, my birthday, denim shorts, ice cream and rosé literally all day. The summer holds such wonderful memories for me as a kid from Chicago, with our four very distinct, strict seasons. Summer meant breaking free from all the rigidity and restraint of slush, chilly evenings and pants. It was a very special and hard earned break from school and snow, and even though I live in sunny Los Angeles now, I still look at the start of the summer season as my well deserved freedom to true rest and frivolity. Here are some of my favorite images to get you in the same mood, enjoy!



"And so with the sunshine and the bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."
-F. Scott Fitzgerald

Xx, 

-M