1. My Marshalls Video Debut

    Amanda Gluck of Fashionable Hostess for Marshalls Video Shoot-E (1)Remember when I was flown out to LA to shoot a video with Marshalls? {In case you missed it I captured some behind-the-scenes shots on my Instagram here and here}. Well the video I shot was “How to Throw a Cocktail Party for under $200″ which they will be debuting on their website as well as Tumblr in the coming months. Making this video was an incredible experience, from the production crew, to the set design, I cannot tell you how cool it was to see a real camera crew in action. Most impressivley though was the fact that rather than simply handing me Marshalls product to use in the video, Marshalls sent ME out to their stores equipped with gift cards so I could actually pick pieces that were featured! You may even recognize my beloved cocktail napkins and usual cheese board spreads! So, here it is… the big reveal…I hope you love it!!

    Ok so more about the experience. Myself and three other bloggers were flown to LA, specifically Santa Monica, where we stayed at the Casa del Mar Hotel for 3 nights… yes, 3 days and nights for this 30 second video… crazy! The actual shoot location was at a house Marshalls rented in the hills of Tarzana. Each room in the house was transformed by a team of design specialists to reflect each blogger’s home and style for their respective videos. The other bloggers, Liz of LizMarieBlog.com a DIY guru, was featured for “How to host a brunch for under $200″, and then the two Fashionistas, Marisela of DiverseCityStyle.com and Vittoria of Polished4Pennies.com each were featured in videos of their incredible designer Fashion finds. Check out each gal’s Marshalls video on this YouTube playlist.

    Amanda Gluck of FashionableHostess.com for Marshalls Video Shoot

    I must say seeing the finished product is beyond exciting and I am hoping todo more film in the future {maybe with a few less posed shots… haha}. I am so thankful to the Marshalls team for including me in such a fun project! Be sure to follow @marshalls and #fabfound on social media for when the videos go live on their website!

  2. Fruit-Infused Water Bar

    Create an Infused Water Bar for your Spring Party

    I noticed last summer that whenever I hosted family brunches or BBQ’s with tons of kids running around, my guests’ priority shifted away from cocktails and focused more on what their kids were getting into! After a few too many events where my bar station went untouched, I decided to start asking guests before they arrived if they planned to drink or not, and then opted whether to simply place a few bottles of Pellegrino or Lemonade in their place. This summer I wanted to come up with a fancier alternative to these pre-made drinks and I think this Fruit-Infused Water Bar hits it right on the nose.

    Prepping your Bar for SummerTime outdoor Parties

    To create this water bar is quite simple. You need three large glass pitchers, beverage dispensers, or as shown here, glass carafes from Pottery Barn {which are no longer available so I chose more options to shop at the bottom of the post}. Assign a different fruit to each pitcher {here I chose blueberry, strawberry, and pineapple}. Chop the fruit to fill the pitcher one third the way, fill with water, and chill 2-3 hours in the fridge. Once my carafes were ready to go on display, I placed them in a decorative wire basket {similar here}. *Note, if you are taking this outdoors, I recommend choosing an acrylic pitcher in lieu of glass!

    Villeroy and Boch Water Goblets on Fashionable Hostess

    To make this drink option feel a bit more elegant, I recommend using a wine glass or fancy water goblet. Here I chose my Villeroy and Boch Bernadotte Crystal glasses {which are on major sale right now!! Originally $32 and now $12.50 per glass on Villeroy-Boch.com}.

    Come party time, set your glasses out prepped with a lemon wedge on the rim. Alongside the glasses place extra sliced fruits for garnish. Here I even pre-sprinkled a few blueberries for added color!

    Pottery Barn Drink Dispensers for Summer Drinks

    I hope you and your guests enjoy this perfect summer day drink with the added perk that kids will love it too! Shop the look below.

  3. Rhubarb Mint Julep

    Rhubarb Mint Julep Recipe by Hungry Girl por Vida on Fashionable Hostess.jpg2Popular Southern Cocktails - Mint Julep

    It’s cocktail season and I couldn’t be more excited to team up with the talented food blogger Cindy of Hungry Girl por Vida to bring you the most delicious slushy cocktail for all of your Spring entertaining endeavors!

    Cindy writes, “I look forward to Spring every year for a lot of reasons—the longer days and sunshine are always welcome after a long and drizzly winter—but what I really look forward to is the bright, fresh produce that hits the markets. One of my ever-favorite springtime treats is rhubarb. It’s such a strange vegetable but, it’s tart flavor turns deliciously fruity with a little something sweet. It’s pleasantly unexpected flavor and pop of pink color inspired me to mix up a little cocktail using this annual harbinger. I’ve combined the classic flavors of a mint julep with the tangy brightness of rhubarb for a sweet, tart, and herbal cocktail that’s perfect for toasting longer, brighter days.”

    Perfect Summer Coktail Idea- Rhubarb Mint Julep RecipeIngredients for Mint Juleps

    The secret ingredient… Home-made Rhubarb Syrup….

    Rhubarb Syrup Ingredients:

    • Makes about 1 cup of syrup.
    • 2 cups (3-4 stalks) coarsely chopped rhubarb
    • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

    Directions: In a saucepan combine the rhubarb and sugar. Cook over medium heat until the sugar dissolves and the rhubarb breaks down completely, stirring occasionally. Bring the syrup to a boil and boil for 1 minute. Remove from the heat and pour into a heat-proof jar to cool. Once cool use immediately or fit with a lid and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.

    Rhubarb Mint Julep Recipe on FashionableHostess.com

    Now you are ready for your cocktail….

    Rhubarb Mint Julep Ingredients: {Makes 1 cocktail}

    • 3 fresh mint leaves
    • 1 ounce rhubarb syrup
    • 2 ounces bourbon
    • splash of water
    • lots of crushed ice

    Directions: Muddle the mint leaves with the rhubarb syrup in a cocktail glass. Add the crushed ice (until the glass is mostly full) followed by the bourbon and a splash of water. Garnish with fresh mint sprigs and strips of rhubarb, if you’d like. Cheers!

    Rhubarb Mint Julep Recipe on Fashionable Hostess

    About Cindy & her blog: Hungry Girl por Vida is a blog about all the things Cindy loves and loves to share. She thinks cooking is where the practical meets the creative and pretty. On Hungry Girl por Vida, you will find recipes and pictures that inspire and excite you {they blew me away – hence why I needed to feature her work!!}. There are a lot of sweet treats, some breakfast fare, a smattering of savory recipes, plus a few sprinkles of miscellaneous ramblings, as well. When she’s not cooking in the kitchen or finding her new favorite treat, or trawling the internet for inspiration, she can be found hanging with her husband–Sean, baby boy–Casper, and two dogs—Jezebel and Luxe—in Portland, Oregon.

    Follow Cindy on Pinterest {for incredible recipes}, Instagram {for cute pics of her baby}, and Facebook {for everything else in between!}. *Cindy provided the photos for today’s post

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