Hostess Handbook Exclusive
Flower Power Party
Would LOVE to see you all on Sunday! Wahoo!
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!
I am so excited to announce that The Hostess Handbook will be hosting events this summer for the uber fun website LifeCrowd! LifeCrowd is a place where you can sign up for unique events around town that are all provided by LifeCrowd and a “Host” focusing on that hosts area of expertise! Events such as “The Art of Counting Cards” and “Cocktails and Cupcake Wars.”
It’s super easy to sign up and a great way to do something different and meet new people. I love the idea and the people behind the site so I paired up with them and will be hosting my first event Sunday July 8th! It will called “Flower Power” and will focus on an array of unique flower designs for summer parties! Of course, I will be using a beer can for one of the arrangements so come thirsty for some lager!
I would love to see you there! Come and play!!
“Flower Power”- Sunday July 8th, 2-3:30,
Rolling Greens, 7505 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036
Foodie Contributor- Lia Seremetis
Chef Mike Isabella’s follow up to the outstanding Graffiato in Chinatown did not disappoint. Bandolero is immediately striking with its open layout, exposed brick, an open kitchen and a unique, almost eerie décor. While waiting for my friends to arrive I took some liberties with the cocktail menu and ordered a pitcher of the “Bandolero” margarita with Espolon blanco tequila, Patron Citronage, lime, and blood orange. Delicious, refreshing, stiff. Did I mention this margarita was on tap? Graffiato boasts Proseco on tap as well– it speaks to Mike Isabella’s penchant for doing things a little differently.
Bandolero is a small plates restaurant meaning everything is meant to be shared. We went big and ordered what is essentially the “sampler platter” of dips. The guacamole came with house-made corn tortilla crisps and chicarrones, the “Sikil Pak” is a pumpkin seed puree (think hummus and tahini) with jalapeno and a hint of orange, and the “Totopos” are spicy tortilla chips served with a light crema to cool it down.
We moved on to slightly heartier fare and ordered the Snapper tostadas served with mango, jicama and peanuts. All that crunch pared with the lightness of the snapper was perfect.
Our stomachs were full and the first pitcher had turned to a third, but we powered through. We ended our meal with two different types of tacos. The suckling pig taco was delicious with apple and a house-made habanero mustard. If I could put that mustard on everything from this day forward I absolutely would.
Finally the wild mushroom taco with tomatillo and chipotle to finish our meal was wonderful, light, and very fresh.
Bandolero is located at 3241 M St. NW in Georgetown. Check it out!
This weekend Drink Eat Play is hosting a FABtastic Boozy event at the Vibiana in downtown LA. The LA Cocktail Classic will have an array of top mixologists whipping up their most YUMazing drinks. Basically, a wine tasting amped up on Vodka and sugar! I’m in! The event will also have live music and boasts to be an epic time.
Don’t think you can show up in casual LA gear though. Nope! The LA Cocktail Classic is for the swanky crowd who likes to get dressed up to get sloshed! So get your GLAMtastic dresses out for a fun night on the town!
The tickets to the event are a bit pricey, running you $75.00 but I have been to some of their other events and they are super fun and totally worth it. Maybe a birthday celebration will justify it? Also, lets face it, going out is expensive anyway so might as well splurge Friday night and stay in Saturday. Will probably even out!
The LA Cocktail Classic takes place this Friday June 8th! Get your tickets Here!
Tickets- $75.00 eachVibiana
The Hostess Handbook loves this arts and crafts fair! It is such a great time, with tons of live music, beer and a variety of carnival food. Umm, did someone say funnel cake? Yes, it was us and we want five funnel cakes stat!
The arts and crafts fair takes place the Saturday, Sunday and Monday of Memorial Day in downtown Hermosa Beach! There are two music stages with bands playing cover songs from classic rock artist like Led Zeppelin and Fleetwood Mac! The food court features 18 different ethnic options which are all amazing!
Check out the jewelry and home decor booths..they have really unique and well priced options for the young, broke and fabulous! Happy Memorial Day! Send us pictures from you outings!
Hostesses with the mostestess rejoice! Ellen Clifford, actress and blogger over at Scrumptious Gruel (http://scrumptiousgruel.wordpress.com) is here to share a wonderful party idea for a girls night with your friends who live in different cities.
Allow me to introduce you to two recipes. One is for the Campari Champagne Cocktail. The other is a recipe for maintaining long-distance relationships and your bank account:
The Skype and W(h)ine Date
Or, if you are not into vino and venting:
The Skype and Cocktail
1) Friends you will love forever
2) Drink of choice
3) A computer and webcam or camera phone with Skype
1) Decide via text message(or email if you are going to be old-school about it) on a matching cocktail recipe, or a particular grape or region of wine.
2) If you want it to be a nice girl-date you can have pink cocktails.
3) Set a date and time keeping in mind time difference betwixt you and your chum.
4) When the time comes, skype each other up! You can open your wine or mix your cocktail in advance though I like to do this with my friends. Now, before the first sip the most important factor: the camera toast-this is my best girl back in St. Louis:
Then sample drinks and discuss. Just as good if not better than being at a loud, overcrowded bar. The initial layout for some of the booze used in cocktails may be high but hey, you’d easily spend that much on one night on the town, whereas you get literally dozens of drinks out of one pricy bottle at home. And it’s certainly less expensive than a plane flight.
Now, to take your mind off the money I give you:
(from the Ultimate Bar Book)
1 oz. Campari
3-5 oz. chilled champagne(its ok to use a less expensive one since it’s being mixed)
Orange peel twist
Add champagne to your glass, Slowly pour in the bubbly, stirring a bit. Run orange rind around the rim of the glass and drop in.
Delightful. These may look like girly drinks but due to the Campari they pack a saucy bitter kick. These are not just girl drinks, They are Woman Drinks.
A newbie French bistro on 3rd St, Faux Pas Bistro, checks out to be a goodie! This restaurant reminds us of an establishment you would find in NYC! Chic and cool but still laid back and set up for a good time. The restaurant has a great big bar area in the middle with two dinning rooms on either side. One room is a bit more fancy than the other allowing guests a more upscale experience while the other room caters to a more pub crowd! A big ole rustic fireplace makes this eatery seem like home!
The menu is the same in both rooms and is oh so delicious! The presentation is great and the portions enormous! The Hostess Handbook suggests you go with a big group of girlfriends and visit the bar for a bit on your way out! This is also a great Mothers Day brunch spot!
LA Based Jewelry Designer, Jennifer Ahdout of Brace Yourself LA, shares her Jewelry Do’s for Spring and Summer.
Jewelry is my favorite part of any outfit! It can easily make or break a wardrobe and practically make any plain item shine. Here are 3 of my favorite jewelry trends this spring and summer!
1. Blue and Green Jewelry: These two colors are bright and fun, especially because they work well with going-out dresses or jeans. The earthy tones go with all skin tones and will definitely add some jazz to any outfit. Try wearing them on their own or even together!
Great combos: Sapphire and emerald or aqua chalcedony and chrysophase.
2. Pendant Necklaces: Pendant necklaces are one of my favorite jewelry accessories. They can be short, long, big or small…..I don’t discriminate! I personally love to layer a simple smaller short necklace with a statement piece chunkier pendant. This duo goes best with your favorite LBD or jeans and a t-shirt. One tip I always give my friends is to add a long pendant necklace to a plain silk tank, skinny jeans and a leather jacket for the perfect outfit for a night on the town.
3. Layering: Layering necklaces and bracelets is something I have done since I was a young girl. Call me greedy, but who would only want one when you could have three?! My semi-precious stone bracelets look great on their own, but even better when their mixed with other colored and sized stones. If you really want to glam them up, add a champagne diamond piece…you’ll be sure to sparkle.
-Designate one corner of the room as “The Photo Booth.” You can do this by putting colorful duck tape on the floor outlining the set area and then writing photo booth within
-Provide fun props such as clown sunglasses, feather headdresses and boas!
-Make labels and stick them to the bottom of the polaroids making a special/specific memory. The Labels could say ”Jen’s 25th!” “Merry Christmas” “Laura’s Baby Shower” or “Property of Mom” for mothers day!
Yesterday was such a great event! Thank you all for coming and DIYing your hearts out! Here are some photos from the DIY photo booth we set up! Got to The Hostess Handbook Facebook Fan Page for all photos and start sharing away! It is so easy to make your own photo booth for parties and everyone always loves them! So cute, so unique, so get going!
Be sure to leave a comment and let us know what your favorite part of the party was!
-Lamb Shank- The Gravy is Yummazing!
-Welsh Rarebit (aka Grilled Cheese)- This will blow your childhood favorite out of the water.
-Chicken and Chips- Juicy and oh so British Roast style.
-Strawberry Ice Cream- Random but for Realzzz. Tastes like real strawberries instead of processed.
-Ginger Minge- Scotch and Ginger based cocktail to get your juices flowin.
-The Dandy- Tequila, Ruby red Grapefruit and Pomegranate Syrup makes this choice Darndy Good!
-Laddie Dill- Vodka, Cucumber, Dill, Lime, Salt & Pepper makes for a perfect summer sip!
-Up scale British Pub with iconic red booths and Gastro Pub feel!
-Separated into three rooms that cater to the dinner crowd the bar crowd and the Late night/private room crowd.
-Dimly lit throughout with a Library feel in the dining room, a rustic european hunting lodge in the main bar and an ancient middle eastern vibe in the back bar
-This Pub is owned by the same people who run The Roger Room
-Executive Chef is from The Spotted Pig-The Pikey English Pub on Sunset Boulevard 7617 Sunset Blvd LA, CA 90046
The newly opened Converse Store in Santa Monica provides you with much more than your normal shoe store! Step into their west coast flag ship store and be prepared for an experience! Bring a group of girlfriends for an activity before dinner or throw a DIY party there and have the shoes be your canvas!
You can draw and print your own design on your shoe of choice on site with a personal technician or head over over to what I like to call the DIY Station. This is where it gets really fun! The store provides tools for you to stud your shoes, stencil designs and add tons of bright and fun shoe laces. It is super fun and you leave with a personalized product! The Hostess Handbook loves the converse store as a party venue. So Fun, So Unique, So Get Going!
Whether you have a green thumb or have never stepped foot in a garden, the orchid show at New York Botanical Gardens is an experience you cannot miss! The exhibit is curated by Patrick Blanc, a famous French botanist known for his innovative spirit and mesmerizing design!
We highly recommend you attend one of the Orchid Evenings at the botanical garden and savor an orchid inspired cocktail that is complimentary with your ticket!
You have two weeks left to enjoy this spectacular display! Take a friend, take boyfriend, take a parent, take advantage! The exhibits ends April 22nd.
St Vincent Court in Downtown LA is a must see for anyone who lives or comes to visit The City of Angels! An alley tucked away in the middle of the city, filled with restaurants and patisseries!
You feel as though you have been transported to europe when you walk down this cobblestone alleyway. Everyone sits at tables outside and fill the walkway with laughter and chatter.
It is the perfect lunch date place or quick excursion with the girls! Make sure you go when the restaurants are open which is between 9am and 6pm Monday through Saturday! We suggest you go to St Vincent Deli for Gyros and soak up the authentic fair!
You can even get your shoes shined!
St Vincent Court Downtown LA located:
7th Street between Hill and Broadway!
Picture by ForYourArt
We love getting things for free on our young, broke and fabulous budget and ForYourArt is hooking us up with some tasty freebies! ForYourArt is a website that brings you the best opportunities to see, collect, learn about and support art in LA. All you need to do is sign up for their weekly email for suggestions! Now that you know a little about ForYourArt, lets get down to the sweet side of things! Donuts! Freeeeee Donuts! While supplies last of course but I think we can take our chances! Especially when there’s an array of options from famous donuts shops around LA, including Strawberry Buttermilk from Fonuts and Maple Bacon from Nickel Dinner! Yummazing!
This event is coinciding with LACMA’s screening of Christian Marclays The Clock, which is a 24 hour montage film. In line with the clock motif ForYourArt will be giving away certain donuts at designated times. The Hostess Handbook suggests you check the complete schedule to get the Donut your drooling for!
Location:ForYourArt 6020 Wilshire Blvd LA, Ca 90036