Wednesday, April 30, 2014
Sparkling Blackberry Mint Julep
Courtesy of Barbara Kiebel (@creativculinary) of Creative Culinary
Makes 2 cocktails
Small ice cubes
1/2 cup blackberries
4 tablespoons mint leaves torn in half
2 Tbsp simple syrup (equal parts water and sugar brought to boil just enough to melt sugar; cooled)
3 ounces bourbon
Prosecco or other sparkling wine
Mint sprigs and blackberries for garnish
Fill a julep or small rocks glass overflowing with ice cubes.
In a shaker, muddle the blackberries, mint leaves and simple syrup.
Add 1 cup of ice cubes and bourbon to the shaker and shake well. Strain the drink into the glass filling it 3/4 full.
Finish filling the glass with the Prosecco, gently stir to combine.
Gently press on the mint leaves for garnish to release their aroma before putting a bunch into each cocktail; finish with a blackberry and serve with a short straw.
Mint Julep Pudding Shots
Courtesy of Michelle Cordero of That’s So Michelle
1 (3.4 oz) box of Vanilla or White Chocolate pudding
1 cup Milk
1/2 cup Bourbon
1/2 cup Crème de menthe
1 (8oz) tub of Cool Whip
1 handful of fresh chopped mint
Mix your pudding and milk in a large bowl with an electric mixer until combined. Will look semi thick.
Add your bourbon, creme de menthe and cool whip. Fold these ingredients into the pudding mixture until combined. (Don’t over mix it, just make sure there are no lumps). Cover and set aside in fridge until it’s time to serve.
Right before serving fold in your fresh chopped mint. (reserve some mint for garnish)
Pour into shot glasses and top with whipped cream and a mint sprig on top.
Blueberry Honey Mint Juleps
Courtesy of Becky Hardin (@cookierookiebec) of The Cookie Rookie
American Honey Whiskey
1 pint of blueberries (for puree)
2 tablespoons honey (for puree)
juice from ½ lemon (for puree)
1 cup sugar (for simple syrup)
1 cup water (for simple syrup)
¼ cup fresh mint leaves (for simple syrup)
mint leaves for garnish
For the simple syrup:
In a small saucepan, bring the sugar and water to a boil.
Once boiling, take off of heat and stir in the mint leaves.
Let sit for 30 minutes or until the syrup has reached your desired minty-ness :)
Strain the syrup and discard mint leaves — or you can leave them in if you want them in the drink.
For the puree:
In a food processor or blender, blend the blueberries, honey, and lemon juice until smooth. Set aside.
For the juleps:
In a shaker, combine equal parts whiskey and puree (I chose one shot of each, about 1.5 ounces) and about 2 shots of the simple syrup. If you prefer you drink stiffer, use more whiskey and less syrup.
Pour over ice and serve.
Cheers and drink up derby-goers, but most importantly, devour the details.
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
Monday, April 28, 2014
Thursday, April 24, 2014
Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Marino and broadcaster James Brown are leading a day of service in Boston on Thursday, May 8. Later that day. Soledad O’Brien will moderate a discussion between former First Lady Laura Bush and her daughter, Barbara Pierce Bush, followed by a panel featuring New England star athletes, including the Celtics’ Bill Russell, captain of the 1980 American Olympic hockey team Mike Eruzione, former Patriot Steve Grogan, and former Red Sox’s pitcher Luis Tiant. This is a great way for the 50+ attendees to interact with athletes they may have idolized throughout their lives and learn from their experiences.
Tickets are just $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. For more information on how AARP devours the details visit http://www.aarp.org/about-aarp/events/national_event/boston/
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Sunday, April 20, 2014
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Step 2: Choose a Location
Step 3: Combine Wedding and Honeymoon
Step 4: Check Weather and Local Calendar
Step 5: Keep Your Guests In Mind
Step 6: Seek Out Professional Help
These are great tips to take into consideration when planning a destination wedding. Stay on top of all of your to-do lists and don't forget to devour the details!
Monday, April 14, 2014
Borrowed & Blue Events Wedding of the Week featured bride Nikole who only spent $1,500 on her wedding (including her dress and photographer). This bride was able to acquire many free items that would ultimately be the biggest cost of anyone's budget. Nikole breaks down her spending and explains each cost throughout the post but I thought I'd share how the money was allocated here as well.
Ceremony and Reception Venues $0
It is an unbelievable feat to keep wedding costs this low but if Nikole could do it, so can you! Read more from her and Borrowed & Blue Events and devour the details without breaking the bank.
The party was sort of like a fiesta theme. We took a party bus to a tequila bar in Boston (that shall remain nameless because of the issues I had with them over reservations). My mom loves Patron, so this was the perfect way to celebrate her 50th. As you can imagine a couple rounds of shots and plenty of margaritas were downed throughout the evening. However, the best part of the night, which really brought the theme to life was dessert; a Patron bottle margarita flavored cake!
This was just about the most awesome thing I've ever seen. And it tasted even better than you can imagine. Lemon cake with a lime buttercream, who knew it would be so good?! The personal touches of sugar to look like salt and cut up limes with birthday wishes on the tag were absolutely amazing.
I found Cakes by Joselyn through a mutual friend and was so excited when she agreed to take on this challenge. Joselyn creates anything you can think of, from whimsical and realistic cakes to unique cookies and cupcakes. She is one of the most talented decorators I've come across locally that offers extremely reasonable prices. I couldn't have been more thrilled with how the cake turned out and highly recommend using Cakes by Joselyn when planning your next event!
For more information, please like her Facebook page here at https://www.facebook.com/CakeJoss
Or contact Joselyn via email at CakeJoss@gmail.com
Thank you Cakes by Joselyn for making this special night that much more awesome! And please don't ever stop devouring those cake details!
Tuesday, April 8, 2014
Meeting Professionals International (MPI) has shared a great article featuring information from the Convention Industry Council (CIC) and the APEX Room Block Poaching Workgroup they created to raise industry awareness on the impacts of poaching. The overall goal is to develop best practices, tools, resources and education to aid individual meeting professionals in managing and protecting room blocks. For more information check out the International Meetings Review article and never let poachers stop you from devouring the details!
Monday, April 7, 2014
Wednesday, April 2, 2014
For simple décor you can always use paper gold stars, movie reels, and clapperboards from your local party store.
If you're looking to kick it up a notch and really go glam, I think these tablescapes are perfect. The black and white color scheme and use of feathers portray a drama that Old Hollywood is known for.
There is no better way to incorporate this theme into desserts than with these utterly amazing Chanel-inspired cupcakes. I am obsessed.
I thought it would be beneficial to share their discussion topics and what recent blog posts they found most informative. These readings are an important tool to stay up on industry trends and expand your knowledge. So, if the event industry is the career path you're wanting to take, or if you're already involved and want to learn more, I highly recommend checking out this group and the great information they share.
- Social Media Subgroup: What are the challenges you have had with Mobile Apps at your meetings?
- International Networking & Professional Development: Things to keep in mind when communicating in a global setting.
- Caribbean Subgroup: What professional associations provide value for Caribbean event planners?
- Latin America: 3 Tendencias tecnológicas que están transformando el mundo de los eventos
- Asia: LinkedIn has Launched its Simplified Chinese Beta Site
- Hiring a Speaker? Here’s How to Ensure You Get Change That Sticks! http://t.co/aEdNaZi1cn
- 20 Mistakes Events Make on Social Media and How to Fix Them http://eventmb.com/1iZ9m8r
- Team Building is not a 1/2 day Event http://bit.ly/1aWpmHu
- The Changing Nature of Trade Shows http://eventmb.com/1iZ9tkp
- Team Building: When & Where to Schedule it http://bit.ly/1fk8V8g
- Team Building: 12 Ways Executives are Missing the Mark http://bit.ly/1hKqzyU
Never stop exposing yourself to new ways of learning and always, devour the details!
This Harry Potter convention took place July 12-15, 2012 at the Loews Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando; just moments away from the Wizarding World of Harry Potter! What caught my eye was the awesome drink menu put together to fit this unique event theme. So without further adieu, I share with you the Harry Potter Drink Specials.