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Villains Tavern

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Villains Tavern

This weekend I wanted to suggest an oldie but a goodie. Villains TavernAnd by old, I mean it opened in 2010 but with our two second attention span one can tend to forget. Villains Tavern is a world unto its own. You are transported back in time by the gothic decor and an array of glass medicine bottles filling the entry way. Expect your drinks from mixologists who whip up bloody good  cocktails and serve them in mason jars. LOVE. Get dressed up swanky style to feel more at home and heighten the experience!

Tucked away in downtown LA amongst decrepit  factories, one feels like a Villain in night sneaking into a hidden hideout! Once inside, sounds from the blues and folk bands can be heard and smells from popular dishes such as the bourbon/carmel/bacon popcorn fill the air. One of the best things about Villains Tavern is the food! If you are going to venture downtown, make a whole night of it and arrive early to get some YUMmazing grub!

1356 Palmetto St

DIY Flower Power Party

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Flower Power Party

 I had so much fun at my DIY Flower Power Party this past Sunday. I taught people how to make unique flower arrangements on a budget while drinking beer and having a merry old time! I paired with the website Life Crowd to throw this wonderful event and it really was such a great day. A total “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” Sunday Funday! Check out the pictures from the event at Rolling Greens in WEHO.

I am starting to do private parties! Wahoo!  E-mail me for a DIY Diva Party. Great for bachelorette, birthday, graduation and “girls just wanna have fun” parties!



Kikkerland Cheers Salt and Pepper Shakers

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Kikkerland Cheers Salt and Pepper Shakers

These Kikkerland Cheers Salt and Pepper Shakers are such a great hostess gift for the wino in your life! The next time you go to a party you have to bring these along for you gift! So much cuter than flowers and something that can be used over and over again. I just love finding things that are unique and not your usual hostess gift like wine and flowers. These kikkerland cheers salt and pepper shakers are only $11.00 for all my budgeting babes!

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Kitschy Drink Markers

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Kitschy Drink Markers

 The best thing about holiday parties is that you can show off all your DIY creations like these kitschy drink markers. I featured them a couple of weeks ago on the site and then brought the labels and some fun margarita cups to a 4th of July party this past weekend and they were a big hit! Everyone loved picking out which drunk “type” they were and sporting their “signature”  label proudly! I suggest you make these for one of your next parties and pair them with fun cups like shown!

All you need are sticky-tab labels and a sharpie! Write cute phrases on the sticky tabs and attach them to fun cups to make these kitschy drink markers! Super easy, budget friendly, amazingly FABtastic!

The Hostess Handbook would like to thank my lovely model Alison Schouten!

Flower Power Party

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Would LOVE to see you all on Sunday! Wahoo!



Reverse Heart Back Cutout Dress

The Perfect Party Dress

Reverse Heart Back Cutout Dress

I am a sucker for hearts and bows! There! I said it! I am beyond excited about our Perfect Party Dress pic this week because it is so super cute and incorporates a heart! DUH! Urban Outfitters you have done it again!

Now, this reverse heart back cutout dress is beyond FAB but it is also best suited for the girl who has no boobies. You know you watch these girls and wish you too didn’t have to wear a bra and could frolic freely. Well, here are your solutions cause this dress is too cute to pass up for all my big boobed girls! Either get pasties or rock a colorful bando and make it work! The Hostess Handbook is in love!

This reverse heart back cutout dress comes in a variety colors and patterns. These two choices are my favorite and perfect for either day or night!

This perfect party dress will run you $69.00

Spiced Shrimp with Grilled Corn and Avocado Salsa

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Spiced Shrimp with Grilled Corn and Avocado Salsa 

Contributing Chef- Abby Reibman-Author of  The Desk and The Stove

Looking for the perfect summer canapé or appetizer for your backyard bash? Look no further than The Hostess Handbook! These spicy marinated shrimp are absolutely delicious with the freshness of the salsa.  Extremely easy to prepare, this delightful little dish packs a serious punch. Perfect for a warm eve after a day at the beach, all you need now is a pitcher of margs. Ahh living the dream.

Try these spiced shrimp with grilled corn and avocado salsa for the 4th of July! Healthy has never looked so good!

Shrimp Ingredients:

16 jumbo shrimp, peeled and deveined, or 1/12 pounds small shrimp

1 tbl chipotle paste

1 large garlic clove, peeled and finely chopped

1 tsp ground cilantro

a handful of fresh cilantro, roughly chopped

½ tsp ground cumin

½ tsp cayenne pepper

2 tbl olive oil

a few pinches of salt and pepper

Salsa Ingredients:

2 large tomatoes, concasse

1 large avocado

juice from ½ a lime

1 1/2 cobs of corn

2 scallions, finely chopped

2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped

a handful each of fresh cilantro and fresh mint, finely chopped

Olive oil


salt and pepper


1-    Rinse the shrimp under cold water and dry on a paper towel.

2-    Ground together all the other ingredients in a food processor and add the shrimp.  Toss to coat and cover with plastic wrap.  Let marinate in the fridge for at least 30 min.

3-    Meanwhile, prepare the salsa:

  1. Prepare the corn by rubbing it with olive oil and seasoning with paprika, salt and pepper.  Wrap in aluminum foil and grill, turning often, for 10-15 min.
  2. Cut the avocado into small chunks and toss with the lime-juice.  Add the concasse tomatoes, grilled corn and jalapeno peppers. Season with salt and pepper and more lime-juice if necessary. Garnish with the fresh cilantro.

4-    Grill the shrimp for 1-3 min on each side and serve with the salsa.





Gama Go Record Placemats

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Gama Go Record Placemats


Here at The Hostess Handbook, I like to feature gift ideas that are unique and specific to peoples interests and or hobbies. These Gama Go Record Placematsare super cute and a perfect gift for the person who loves music! This is also a great item for a guy! I  just love placemats in general and think it is sort of a weird gift to give someone but also extremely useful and might not be something a young person buys for themselves! These Gama Go record placemats are also rubbery and bendable so they are really easy to store in a small apartment or cabinet!

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Bloody Mary with Bacon

Tasty Tip

Bloody Mary With Bacon


Yup Mama said it! A Bloody Mary with Bacon! This drink is such a great option for summer brunch parties as it is super yummy and makes a great display. Yesterday, I was at Faux Pas Bistro on Third Street in LA and got a Bloody Mary with Bacon on top! I just fell in love with adding a big crispy piece of bacon on top with the usual pickled treats and veggies. This really makes a Bloody Mary stand out and adds great flavor to a brunch favorite! Definitely try it next time you are entertaining!

Mom’s Spicy Bloody Mary Recipe


  • 1 large lime wedge
  • Coarse salt, for garnish
  • 1 1/2 ounces high quality vodka
  • 4 ounces tomato juice
  • Dash celery salt
  • Dash freshly ground cracked pepper
  • 8 good shakes Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon horseradish
  • 1 to 2 good dashes good hot sauce
  • Pimento stuffed green olive, for garnish
  • Spicy pickled asparagus, for garnish
  • Pickled green bean, for garnish

Bohemian Braid Tutorial

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Bohemian Braid Tutorial



I am so in love with this “How-To” segment I did with Blow Angels in Santa Monica. The ladies at Blow Angels are hair geniuses and came up with this beautiful braid style for us! Yippy!

This Bohemian Braid Tutorial is so super easy and takes no time to do. The look is perfect for summer as it is loose, flirty and fun! I also think this braid is a FABtastic alternative to up-do’s for all those summer weddings!

Be different and sport this braid at your next party! It looks so amazing! Be sure to send us a picture of you wearing this braid and we will feature it on the site! Have any fun braid styles of your own? Do Share!



*Bohemian Braid Tutorial*



Get the Look:

1) Make two French Braid Pig Tails

2) Fold both braids into the back and attach with a bobby pin

3) Attach both separate braids “side by side” with bobby pins until your get half way down the length of your hair

4) Combine the separate “side by side” braids into one to finish this look

Xhilaration Purple Zipper Dress

The Perfect Party Dress

Xhilaration Purple Zipper Dress

Nothing makes me happier than coming across a cutie patootie dress that is so on my young, broke and fabulous budget! This Xhilaration Purple Zipper Dress can be found online at Target for 24.99! What a steal!  This look is perfect for all your summer nights with the pop of color from the purple zipper. Great for an hour glass shaped body as it is cinched at the waist! Pair  this Xhilaration purple zipper dress with some black wedges to finish the look!

Black Wedges- $24.99


4th of July Beef Sliders with Gouda and Grilled Portobello Mushrooms

Tasty Tip

4th of July Beef Sliders with Gouda and Grilled Portobello Mushrooms


Contributing Chef- Abby Reibman-Author of  The Desk and The Stove

These tiny burgers are the perfect tasty treat for your 4th of July BBQ.  Super cute and easy to make, they are like firecrackers for the taste buds! Served with some good ole fashioned potato salad, The Hostess Handbook suggests adding creative condiments to make them your own – pesto? Caramelized onions? YUM.

Slider Ingredients: 

1 lb ground beef
16 mini hamburger buns
16 mini Portobello mushrooms
8 slices Gouda cheese
2 large shallots, finely chopped
2 tsp thyme, finely chopped
1-2 tbl ground pistachio
olive oil
salt and pepper

 Slider Directions:

1-    Mix together the ground beef, pistachio, shallot and thyme together with your hands in a large bowl.  Season all over with salt and pepper.

2-    Form small balls and flatten them into patties.  Set aside.

3-    Rub the Portobello mushrooms with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.

4-    Grill the hamburger patties for 3-4 min on each side, adding the cheese during the last 2 min of cooking.  Grill the Portobello mushrooms at the same time for 2-3 min on each side.

5-    Place a Portobello mushroom on top each slider and serve with all the fixings.



Potato Salad Ingredients:

1 ½ lbs waxy new potatoes
½ tsp Dijon mustard
1 tbl whole grain mustard
½ cup mayonaise
1 tbl red wine vinegar
2 tbl olive oil
1 tbl chives, chopped
1 tbl capers, chopped
a handful ea. parsley and mint, chopped
salt and pepper

 Potato Salad Directions:

1-    Boil the potatoes in cold unsalted water until knife tender (approx. 15-20 min). Meanwhile, whisk together the mustards and vinegar with a pinch of salt. Whisk in the olive oil.

2-    Cut the cooked potatoes into quarters and toss with the dressing. Season with salt and pepper and set aside to cool.

3-    Prepare the mayonnaise:

  1. Whisk together 1 egg yolk with 1 tsp of Dijon mustard and a pinch of salt. Add a drizzle of olive oil and whisk to combine.
  2. Add a capful of red wine vinegar and few more drizzles of olive oil and whisk together to stabilize the emulsion.  Continue adding olive oil in a steady stream whilst whisking until you have a thick mayonnaise.
  3. Add a dash of lemon juice, taste and adjust seasonings and add more olive oil while whisking until you have the desired amount.

4-    Stir the capers and herbs into the mayo. Drain off the potatoes and add them to the jacked up mayonnaise.  Serve garnished with a few more herbs.



4th of July Pet Costumes

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4th of July Dog Costumes

I always focus on The Hostess but if there is a dog at the party, that pooch is the center of attention. For all my dog owners or “Aunties” these costumes are a great hostess gift or costume for your own party! Everyone will love your dressed up dog! These 4th of July pet costumes are also both super cheap!

Hot Diggity Dog Costume

Uncle Sam Pet Costume

DIY Louboutin Nails

DIY Diva

DIY Louboutin Nails

Loving This Trend:

Ladies, I am totally loving this Louboutin Nail trend that Adele sported at this years Grammys! Also love that it is super easy to do yourself! I would definitely flaunt this style for a fun night out on the town. Keep in mind that you have to have some length to your nails to be able to paint the underside red. If you don’t have long nails, you can always slap on some fake ones, make an effort to grow them or get gels.

These DIY Louboutin Nails are so fun, funky, fresh! Send me pictures and I will feature your design on the site! Wahoo!

DIY Louboutin Nails:

-Phile nails into a square shape

-Apply a clear base coat

-Paint top of nail with two coats of black nail polish

-Apply tape to the skin under your nail so you don’t get the red polish on your skin.

-Paint the underside of your nail with red nail polish

-Apply a top coat and let dry


Paleta Juice Launch Party

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Paleta Juice Launch Party

Welcome to the world of Paleta! Nutritious and delicious food delivered to your door. Executive chef and founder Kelly Boyer has created an unparalleled food delivery experience focusing on the healthy and organic. But don’t worry, Kelly isn’t sending you a plain kale salad! Ohhh no! This foodie lover will have you swearing that all her dishes are just as tasty and lovely as their fattier, less healthy step sister dishes! Take it from fans such as Ashley Greene, Natasha Henstridge and Molly Sims!

Now, Kelly is making a whole line of fresh pressed juices and The Hostess Handbook was at the launch party to snag a taste! All of Paleta’s juices have the perfect combination of ingredients to create flavors that are layered and luscious!

My favorite is the “Sunshine State” which is a mixture of grapefruit, orange, blood orange, ginger and cayenne! So many different things going on in this Paleta juice and magically they blend together to create a wonderful taste that is both sweet and spicy while still being refreshing! YUMmazing!

My other favorite was “Rhubarb Punch!” Yup, you got that right! Rhubarb! Not the pie but just as good! This juice contains strawberry, rhubarb and orange juices!

Kelly also created this cold- pressed, fully organic juice line to use as a detox cleanse! If you are thinking about doing a detox, I can tell ya that these juices are amazing. If  your gonna do it, might as well taste good!

Of course, I was drawn to the presentation of the food and catering! Love these “Carrot” silverware bundles! So easy to DIY! That article is coming soon my DIY Divas!

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