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Fall Harvest Dinner Party, Featuring Smirnoff Moscow Mules

September 24, 2015

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Since Labor Day often signals the unofficial end of summer in most people’s minds, I decided to fête the occasion by inviting a few close friends over for an intimate fall harvest dinner party! Most of us were still in shorts and tees since it’s been so hot out. But I just cranked up the A/C, and we all had a blast.

One of my favorite aspects of party planning is coming up with the perfect menu to set the theme.  This time around I consulted my Fall Recipes Pinterest Board for inspiration and decided on Creamy Garlic Spaghetti Squash, Apple Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Homemade Cheddar Biscuits, and of course, the perfect comfort drink to wash everything down…

Moscow Mules, served 2 ways!

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Apple Cider…

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And Ginger Peach!

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Next came setting the perfect table to really capture the spirit of the event. I already had the plaid napkins from my picnic set and a rich burgundy colored table-cloth that I use around the holidays. So I just picked up a fresh autumn bouquet that I arranged in mason jars and these adorable baby pumpkins and squash that I used as placecards.

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One of the keys to being a good hostess is NOT spilling drinks on anyone’s shoes! I may or may not have passed that test…

In any case, my fall twists on Moscow Mules were a BIG hit, so I’m happy to share the recipes with you guys as well… Continue Reading

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Cabana Boy Punch (Featuring Smirnoff Strawberry}

August 14, 2015

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This past weekend, Eric and I headed to the pool for some much-needed R&R. Because we don’t have any tropical vacations planned anytime soon, I decided to bring the islands to us with my festive Cabana Boy Punch made with Smirnoff Strawberry. This punch was super-easy to make, and soooooo delicious! Seriously, I think this was my best batch yet. And if you’re headed to the pool or beach this summer, I highly recommend whipping up a batch of this stuff beforehand (just remember to only drink it after you’re done swimming… mmm-kay?!).

Anyhow, here’s the recipe for your sipping pleasure. Enjoy!

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Easy Entertaining: Rooftop Brunch with a Punch!

July 15, 2015

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This time of year, Eric and I love to escape to our secluded rooftop to enjoy our meals every chance we get. We spent the first year of our marriage cramped into a teeny tiny apartment on the Upper East Side that looked out onto a dark and dingy shaft, so now we count our lucky stars that we can enjoy such amazing waterfront views whenever we want. I’ve had my girlfriends over countless times for champagne rooftop brunches, and it’s become one of my favorite ways to entertain.

On this particular occasion, I decided to treat my husband to one of his favorite meals: spaghetti carbonara! It takes less than 30 minutes to make using this recipe (I prefer to use thin spaghetti or angel hair pasta), and is always sure to please. And to wash it all down, I broke out the champagne stems and made Ruby Mimosas using Smirnoff Ruby Red Grapefruit. I can’t even begin to tell you how good it all was. This will definitely be my go-to-spread the next time I have guests over for brunch.

Follow Smirnoff on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for more recipes and inspiration for your summer celebrations! #Punch4Everybody

Full Disclosure:
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smirnoff for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Thanks so much for supporting the brands that help make Closet Confections possible. And remember to always drink responsibly!

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