Winter Wedding Reception Drink and Food

Snowflakes, twinkle lights, lace, and evergreen garland all come to mind when I begin to think of a winter wedding. But more importantly what comes to mind are the flavors that accompany the winter season. Thoughts of mint, cocoa, butterscotch, pumpkin, and sugared cranberries are whirling through my mind at this very minute. Embrace these flavors at your wedding and add a few personal touches to keep your guests oohing and ahhing all night long.Welcome As your guests arrive, welcome them in from the cold with a Hot Chocolate Bar. Hot Chocolate can be made alcoholic by adding vanilla vodka or crème de la mint or as a traditional non-alcoholic drink. Offer add- ins such as marshmallows, whipped cream, and mint stir sticks displayed in beautiful glass jars. Some Great Homemade Hot … [Read more...]

Chocolate Monster Tarts

If you were looking for a quick, delicious and absolutely terrifying treat for your Halloween party, you just found it. These mini chocolate tarts are the so dark! Put together a cookie crust, a simple chocolate ganache, and some whipped cream and you will have the cutest Halloween treat on the planet that will please everyone! No oven needed and they are ready in less than two hours! Ideally, you should make these in a mini silicon muffin mold but any small round shaped tin will do (just make sure to line the tin with baking paper if it’s is an iron tin otherwise the tarts will be tricky to unmold). You can also make a large tart and cut out small tarts using a round cutter (neatness of the tarts will depend on your cookie cutter quality, obviously mine wasn’t very good eh.). Double, … [Read more...]

Fall Festivities – Party time!

Every fall I love to have friends over for a chili dinner and s'mores for dessert.. When the first chill is in the air and the leaves begin to turn I start brainstorming ways to decorate a festive fall table.There are so many beautiful and budget friendly ways to decorate and have a very festive party! Here are some creative ideas:This example of the perfect outdoor fall decor (by Country Living) is made by using natures best decorations! Hay, fall flowers, pumpkins.. all easy and inexpensive - perfect for an outdoor party.Too cute idea for the table or to add a bit of fall ambiance to your home. Trim the stem off of a small pumpkin. Using hot glue or floral wire - attach fake leaves, berries, and candle to top. So cute!A great party favor to thank your guests for … [Read more...]

How to: Plan the Perfect Appetizer Buffet Party

Let's face it, when we have a party scheduled not only do we want to have a good time, with easy food, prep and clean-up, but we secretly want to wow our guests. Personally I think an hors d'oeuvres buffet is a perfect way to do this and looks incredibly impressive and professional. In order to achieve a delicious and impressive party several things will help:Pick 3-4 delicious recipes that you can prepare from scratch. Buy 3-4 quality store bought appetizers which you can use as is, alter or doctor up. Buy cheeses, seafood, antipasto, olives, nuts and other items you can display beautifully, but use as-is. Prepare as much as possible in advance so that you can be a perfect hostess and mingle with your guests.Choosing Recipes Photo by Tast.ie This is perhaps the most … [Read more...]

11 Popcorn Recipes Just in Time for National Popcorn Day

January 19 is National Popcorn Day. I'm not sure who created or when they founded or why National Popcorn Day exists, but it does. And, it's a great National Day to have since everyone LOVES popcorn! {Did you know there's a National Day of Something for everything?} Whether you're at the movies or watching a movie at home, at the ballgame or throwing a birthday party, popcorn is a food that everyone is sure to enjoy. I've found 11 popcorn recipes that are sweet, salty, savory and all those combined. You're bound to find one that POPS out at you!Sriracha Caramel Popcorn - The sriracha craze seems to be right up there with the bacon craze. People are putting sriracha on everything, and on the most unexpected foods. I'm guessing this combination of sweet and heat will be so … [Read more...]

Easy Summer Entertaining – A Yellow Tail Sangria Party

In the midst of this past awful polar votex winter, I had a yearning for summer.  I wanted to be outdoors, spending time with friends and yes even a little sweat would be more than perfectly acceptable.  So way back in February I got to work planning to host a girl’s weekend in June. 2 days with just the girls. Busy schedules do mean you have to plan in advance….Getting together with friends you have known for years is so much fun. Gals who understand where you have been and support where you are going.  I knew that along with stories, catching up, and relaxation, there would be laughter and activities.  I also had an idea to invite old friends who knew each other and some new friends who had not met, and wanted to plan a mixer to kick off the weekend.This is where Yellow Tail’s … [Read more...]