Okay, so you know when you get invited to be a part of a really cool project (in this case, an event) with really talented people that you’ve admired? This next event is just that… We were asked to be a part of a beautiful dinner under the stars in Joshua Tree, California with our new friends at Moonrise Standard. They’re all about bringing people and communities a stronger connection with their food and the farmers that grow it. They want to educate their dinner guests the importance of how their food got to their plate and why it is valuable information to know. We love their mission, love their style, and overall, really just love what they’re doing. So when they reached out, we of course said yes!
When we first started running an event based company, we thought we could do it all. We thought we could make paper products, put together flower arrangements, plan full weddings… you name it! To be honest, we were doing it all, and we were doing it all well. We were proud of the work we were creating and it looked nice, which is a win/win. It wasn’t until we started to grow and expand into different areas of the event world did we realized we needed to tone down what exactly it is that we were offering, and be a little more picky about what full service events we plan and put together. We’ve enjoyed planning and coordinating full weddings, but the small events are more our jam. Bridal showers, dinner parties, and baby showers are some of our favorites. Baby showers are always so fun! You’re celebrating the life of a new human… how insane, right? This baby shower that took place at a private estate by Camelback Mountain was one of those smaller events that we agreed to plan and put together.
A while back, our good friends Christina & Rob, the creators and talent behind New Darlings, reached out to see if we had any interest in helping them throw an backyard dinner party. They had put together a FEED dinner party, in hopes to feed some of those in need of meals. FEED is a wonderful organization who believe that food has the power to bring many together, and together, we have the power to bring food to many. By hosting dinner parties (FEED calls them FEED Suppers), you’re able to invite your guests to help give back to those in need. The best part is that 100% of the proceeds raised from your FEED Supper is directly donated to their partner, Feeding America. So, of course we wanted to be involved. And boy are we so happy we were a part of such a fun and important night.
Okay, so to be completely honest, we have been sitting on these photos from Constance Higley for about a year, waiting for Easter to roll around so we could share them as well as some really simple recipes from Handle the Heat & Brendan McCaskey to make your Easter dinner a knock out!
Tara & Eric Hainsworth are the too cool for words owners for Hainsworth & Co, a salon focused on educating and inspiring their employees as well as branching out to offer education within the hair industry. Tara has worked with us on past events, like our Babes & Braids events, and I even was going and getting regular hair cuts at one point with her. Which, by the way, were some of the best haircuts I had received. She explains her process and what she is doing, so you as a client understand that she not only knows what she is doing but wants you to know what she is doing.
We are so thrilled to share the most delicious cocktail perfect for the new year. We partnered with Iconic Cocktail Co. to create a unique drink that showcases the Pantone color of the year; Ultra Violet! Let’s start with the main ingredient; Curacao Liquor. Curacao Liquor is a grain-based sweet spirit made with orange peel and sugar. Blue Curacao is like just like a typical Curacao liquor but colored blue with the main function to…decorate a cocktail.
Although store-bought Blue Curacao is convenient, it is usually made with artificial food coloring. In this recipe, Iconic Cocktail Co. replaced blue food coloring and use natural Butterfly Pea Flower to dye the liquor a vibrant blue with the added feature of CHANGING COLORS when citrus is introduced! This magical ingredient, also known as Blue-Pea Flower, derives from South East Asia and is most commonly used for tea. So not only will it add a fun color effect to your blue curacao, it also introduces a depth of herbal tea notes to your liquor.
Paired with Iconic‘s newest seasonal mixer, Meyer Lemon Balm, this cocktail recipe is bright and vibrant. Your guests will be amazed when you pour your bright blue curacao liquor into a shaker and strain a violet cocktail into their glass! Enjoy the recipe from Iconic Cocktail Co., and remember to drink responsibly.
Zest of 12 Navel Oranges
2oz. Bitter Orange Peel
1 Liter of Gin
1 Liter of Vodka
2 cups of Butterfly Pea Flower
6 cups of water
8 cups of sugar
Yields about 4.5 quarts
1. First, zest oranges into a large container. Add Bitter Orange Peel, Vodka, and Gin, and Butterfly Pea Flower
2. Let infuse for 5-10 days (does not need to be refrigerated.) Stir at least once a day.
3. Strain through a filter. Add water and sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
4. Store in a glass container in the refrigerated for up to one year.
Not sure if you’ve got the time to make your own Blue Curacao? Don’t worry, there are other options available to purchase in store or online. But we highly recommend making your own!
Now that you’ve got your Blue Curacao, be sure to make the Blue Christmas Cocktail and wow your guests with the most delicious flavors and colors you can pour. All of your friends will be so impressed. Enjoy!
Blue Christmas Cocktail:
1.5oz. Blue Curacao
1oz. Iconic Meyer Lemon Balm
1/2oz. Lemon Juice
2-3 dashes of Orange bitters
1. Combine all in a shaker and shake with ice
2. Strain into a chilled coup.