- Make sure that all of your food is in separate containers. I really love the the compartmentalized container that I used in the photos, it keeps 5 different items separated but in the same container for easy transportation. It’s BPA free plastic which is lighter that glass and non-toxic.
- We recently bought a picnic table which makes picnicking on uneven services much easier.
Cocktail Party Etiquette for the Host:
Today I’m sharing a video with tips on how to tackle anti-aging while you’re also struggling with acne. I’ve had acne most of my life in some degree or another, and I want to make sure I’m doing all I can to also tackle anti-aging. That’s why I asked Dr. Corey Frucht to sit down with me and answer some tough questions. Dr. Frucht is a cosmetic dermatologist at Santa Barbara Skin Care and he has to answer these same questions from his patients.
A little back story and how I met Corey, he and his wife Jesse are members of Sanford Winery, just like me and my husband. We attended Sanford’s Annual Pinot Blending and Lobster Feast in May, and were sitting at the same table. I love meeting new people!
Ok, now let’s get to it….here’s my latest video Anti Aging / Anti Acne Secrets from a Dermatologist, learn a cosmetic dermatologist’s secrets to keeping your skin acne free, while also doing all you can for anti- aging. In case you missed it, I also reviewed my favorite sunscreens in May.
Today on the blog I’m sharing a recipe for a drink called Bubbles and Berries. It’s inspired by the Bubbles and Berries cocktail at the restaurant Beauty and Essex in Los Angeles. If you follow me on Instagram and see my Instastories, you know that I thoroughly love Beauty and Essex. I’ve been in contact with their PR group and they were so gracious to give me the recipes to several of their cocktails, which I’ll be doing in a future post. Unfortunately, they did not give me the recipe to this one, so I watched the bartender carefully and made a few tweaks to come up with this recipe. Specifically I don’t have sweet-and-sour at home so I make my own. It’s actually a lot easier than you’d think, all you need is simple syrup and lemon juice.
I must add that I haven’t always been a fan of St. Germain, which is an Elderflower Liqueur. I first had it in a signature drink at a party, I immediately disliked the drink and thought it was because of the St. Germain. Since then, I’ve avoided all cocktails with St. Germain, until this one because the waitress at Beauty and Essex said you couldn’t taste it.… Read Full Post
I believe that the cocktail party has changed since I started hosting them 10-ish years ago. They went from an event with great food, cocktails and friends to an event that has the only main purpose of being Pinterest/ Instagram ready. I always think that layout, the look and feel are important, but I feel that often times people are so worried about it looking “perfect” that they forgo the quality of the food and the drinks. While I do work on the aesthetics of the party, I will never forgo the experience of the party: the ambience, music, cocktails and food.
I learned how to host proper cocktail party from my sister-in-law. She is the consummate host and has legendary Halloween parties in New York every year, among others. She has a lovely New York City apartment and everything is always set up beautifully, but she pays most of her attention to the ambience, music, food and drinks, complete with impeccably appointed servers and bartenders that tended to your every need. While we don’t have servers at our cocktail parties, we always have a bar with a bartender to help out and add to the experience. I always request that they help me pick up glasses and plates during the party too.… Read Full Post