May 2, 2017

Derby Day Chips N’ Dip

Is the Kentucky Derby Horse Race the fastest sports event of all sports events? Must be right? Well whatever it may be, we love any excuse to invite friends over.

This year we’re having a few friends over to watch the race and I’m not going crazy with a hard-to-prepare spread of food. I’m serving my favorite snack with a twist…a chip N dip bar inspired by a few of our favorite flavors from Kettle Brand. Make sure you’re sitting down because these flavors are going to blow.your.mind.

Kettle Brand Moscow Mule.
Kettle Brand Sriracha.
Kettle Brand Maple Bacon.

Yes. Yes. Yes.

Each flavor is more delicious than the next!

I developed a dip recipe to compliment each of these Kettle Brand flavors. Here’s what I came up with…

Kettle Brand Moscow Mule: I found this chip sweet and delicious so I wanted to pair with a fresh, creamy dip. I made a pistachio cheese for this guy.
1 8 oz tub of whipped cream cheese
1 8 oz log of goat cheese
palmful of crushed pistachio (plus some whole to garnish)
Mix all the ingredients together and garnish with the whole pistachios.

Kettle Brand Maple Bacon: To offset the sweet taste that I found in this chip I whipped up a spicy mayo. Here’s how I made it –
1 cup mayo
1 cup sour cream
1 palmful of shredded cheese (I used white cheddar)
1/2 palmful of grated parmesan cheese
several shakes of hot sauce
Mix it all together and serve chilled.

Kettle Brand Sriracha: Now I burned my face off with these chips. Oooooooh boy were these spicy! To cool off my tongue I paired these bad boys with a spinach dip. Truth be told? I picked up a store bought version and mixed in some fresh spinach for a powerful flavor.

Now what are we drinking? Well Moscow Mules of course! Goes with the Kettle Brand and it’s cold, refreshing and delish. It’s also a great update to the classic Derby cocktail the Mint Julip. Plus…it can be made with Bourbon, my husband’s favorite.

You’ll have a bunch of mint leftover. Put it in a cup or mug of water and set on the table. Looks pretty, smells great and guests can pick off more mint leaves to add to their cocktails if they wish!

To decorate our table we came up a few fun ideas because that’s just what we do…

First of all, we created a “run for the roses” backdrop. Literally, the easiest decor of your life. Tape up long stem roses to your wall, upwards and downwards and boom. Does it get more stunning?

How about a nod to the horses? With the Moscow Mule copper mugs on our table, we decided to buy some toy horse figurines and hit them with copper spray paint. HOW DARLING?!

Last but not least…I found horse shaped (copper and black!) confetti at my local party store.  I was so excited I squealed.

Now who are we betting on? Happy Derby Day friends!

This post was sponsored by Kettle Brand but my deep love of potato chips is all natural.

xx, Seri
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  1. WYNMarts

    So delicious !! Love the CHIP N DIP :D Wanna party Hard

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April 18, 2017

Derby Day Mint Julep Raspberry Iced Tea

We love ourselves a good Kentucky Derby Party! Flowers, horses, big hats, booze… yes please!

When our friends at Four Roses Bourbon sent us a few bottles of their Bourbon Whiskey to try, I decided to play around and come up with a Derby Day cocktail that was a bit more non-traditional… the Mint Julep Raspberry Iced Tea!

Here’s what you need:

-Four Roses Bourbon Whiskey
-freshly brewed raspberry iced tea (you can make your own or buy at the store)
-simple syrup
-fresh raspberries
-fresh lemons
-fresh mint
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Here’s what to do:
1) In a pitcher, combine 5 oz. bourbon, 2 oz. simple syrup.  Take some fresh mint sprigs and rip into pitcher to release flavor.  Stir to combine all ingredients, and top with lemon slices.
2) Fill each cocktail glass about halfway with ice.  Pour pitcher mixture on top of ice to fill each glass.
3) Garnish with lemon slice, fresh raspberry and sprig of mint.
4) Add a straw for sipping, and enjoy!

I styled these beauties on our favorite gold bar cart, which we decorated with these adorable DIY Derby Balloons, which Maggie will be teaching you how to make on the blog tomorrow!

Happy Derby Day! I hope you enjoy.

Until next week…

Photos by Maggie Antalek

xx, Abby
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January 16, 2017

Game Night

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You know what I love? Having friends over to drink wine and play games. We have gone through so many game obsessions like Scrabble, Clue and cards!  I love card games.

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Last week was my friend Tim’s 40th birthday. Tim is a LOVER of games to the point of being obsessed. His wife Lisa wanted to surprise him with a party including our closest friends and when she sent the save the date everyone was IN. It was so exciting. I suggested…game night as the theme. Not to spend the night playing but to honor his love of games with tons of food and drinks.

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I worked with my friend Chef Sue Park on a comfort food type menu for the party including a gorgeous crudités, pigs in a blanket, fried chicken n waffles and mac n cheese bites. The food was outstanding.

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My favorite part about this game night party was the stations. We had a twister wall made out of circular balloons where we served the food (the desserts are staged so you guys could see how stunning this set up looked before it got dark).

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I set a poker themed bar with oversized 40 balloons for Tim’s celebration. Then there was Candyland where we served dessert. And last but not least there was the barcart that we set as a tequila tasting station with pinatas overhead.

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The party was a blast and most importantly, Tim had the best time.

xx, Seri
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  1. Sai Bharath

    Hey nice post. I like the games most. I always keep searching new games ideas. Thanks for sharing

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June 27, 2016

DIY with LMP: Poppin’ Pink Popcorn Bar

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Okay, let’s be honest here, popcorn is totally the new “it” snack. These days, we’re all looking for the healthier option than chips and dip at the party table, and I’m not talking about the raw veggie platter (does anyone actually touch that thing?!). Well, various forms of guilt-free popcorn have become my new favorite. I think this adorable popcorn bar is just what you need the next time you have all the girls over to watch a rom-com.

All you will need is:

plain white take-out cartons (or another take-home vessel)
popcorn (we chose Skinny Pop!)
pretzels
M&Ms
marshmallows
white chocolate chips
baking sparkles

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Step 1: Set up your bar so your guests can easily access each ingredient to mix themselves.

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Step 2: Start with popcorn as the base, filling only halfway, and add each ingredient that you desire.

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Step 3: Finish adding each ingredient, leaving plenty of space below the top to be able to shake it up.

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Step 4: Close the top, shake it up!

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Step 5: Enjoy!step8

Make sure each guest takes some extra home with them. A perfect party snack AND party favor!

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xx, Maggie
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May 4, 2016

DIY with LMP: Day-of-Derby Hat

So it’s that moment when you realize today is the day your friend is hosting a Kentucky Derby Party and you have NOTHING TO WEAR. Despite your efforts to find a ridiculous floppy hat at H&M, you’re left feeling hopeless. So instead… just make one! The steps are simple and you’ll be finished with your fabulous hat in less than an hour.

You will need:

1. a plain hat (we bought one for $15 at Forever 21!)

2. fresh, beautiful flowers (we chose peonies, because they’re big enough that we only needed 3)

3. various ribbons to match your flower choice

4. scissors

5. hot glue

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Start off by gluing a thick ribbon and an accent ribbon around the center. Glue it down in multiple places to make sure the edges don’t come up.

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Next, take your biggest ribbon to make a backdrop for your flowers. We used a colored burlap with wire edges, because it helps to keep a good shape.

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We cut ours into 5 different pieces, twisting and folding each before gluing the ends to the hat. Below, you can see where 3 pieces were finished and attached.

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We tried to keep the edges in the same general area so we can concentrate the attention in one spot where the flowers will go.

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Next, have a little fun with extra ribbon! We used the gold ribbon to weave in between the big pieces of pink burlap, occasionally using the hot glue to anchor it down.

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We also folded delicate pink ribbon all along the brim to create a bottom layer for the flowers to rest on top. Again, use the hot glue to anchor the edges down.

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And finally… FLOWERS! Cut the stems down so you have about .5″ to work with for placement. You might need to go even shorter depending on the type of flowers you’re using to make them lay flat against the hat. Add hot glue to the edges of the first stem, place in front of the big ribbon, facing outward. Use your fingers to squeeze the hat around the stem from the inside. Hold until the glue is cooled and hardened.

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Place the rest of your flowers until the space around your large ribbons feels full!

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YAY!!!! Amazing Day-of-Derby hat is complete! And your friends will be majorly impressed that the flowers are real and gorgeous.

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Enjoy Derby Day, darlings!

xx, Maggie
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