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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

Hostess Gift

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!

Buy This Item Here

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

Hostess Handbook How-To

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

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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

Hostess Gift

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

Hostess Handbook Exclusive

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!

The Hostess Handbook Pairs with LifeCrowd

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The Hostess Handbook Pairs with LifeCrowd

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!!

Sign Up Here

“Flower Power”- Sunday July 8th, 2-3:30,

Rolling Greens, 7505 Beverly Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Bandolero by Mike Isabella Restaurant Review

The Foodie Files- Washington DC

Bandolero by Mike Isabella Restaurant Review

 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!

Sliced Steak with Roquefort and Rocket

Tasty Tip

Sliced Steak with Roquefort Rocket

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

This thinly sliced steak with roquefort and rocket is the perfect spring lunch or light supper. The peppery rocket balances out the steak and the strong cheese. By serving on a large wooden platter, it’s easily shared – and, creates a fantastic centerpiece for everyone to gather around.  The Hostess Handbook suggests adding some toasted walnuts (not pictured) to elevate the dish even more. Serve with a Barbaresco for an easy drinking red that will complement this dish to perfection.


3 small filet steaks
2 cups rocket
½ cup Roquefort cheese, cut into small cubes
1 garlic clove, crushed with the heel of your knife
olive oil
squeeze of lemon juice
salt and pepper



1-    Arrange the rocket and Roquefort cheese on a large wooden platter.

2-    Pan sear the fillet steaks in butter with the crushed garlic clove for 3-5 min on one side and 1 min on the other side (medium-rare). Baste with cooking butter whilst cooking. Remove from the heat and set aside to rest (2 min).

3-    Slice the steak thinly and arrange over the rocket and cheese.  Season with a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper and a few squeezes of lemon juice.



C Wonder Cheese Boards

Hostess Gift

C Wonder Cheese boards

This past weekend I was in NYC visiting some friends and everyone told me “Jess you gotta go to C Wonder, its so your style” and sure enough I went in and fell in love with their home decor items! These C Wonder cheese boards are one of many things that I saw and thought were wonderful. Of course, I immediately thought of all of my readers and needed to share my finds with you! These cheese plates are great hostess gifts and so on your budget!

Mice Serving Board- $28

Monogram Cheese Board- $22

Which C Wonder cheese board would you like to give or receive as a hostess gift?

DIY Drink Markers

DIY Diva

DIY Drink Markers

Last week, The Hostess Handbook featured Fred and Friends “Wine Line Markers” as a super cute hostess gift and party accessory. This week, I am teaching you HOW TO make your own DIY drink markers for your next party that are super easy and unique. I love this DIY project because you can tailor the markers to the type of people attending!


Fred and Friends


DIY Drink Markers

Have a friend who drinks too much and cries or drinks too much and is a bitch or drinks too much and is just plain sloppy? Well, with these DIY drink markers you can label your guests drinks with phrases that match their personality. So fun!


Take  a packet of Post-it Arrow Flags (1/2-inch)

Write fun phrases for your friends with sharpie!

Stick them on your martini or wine glasses and pass them out to guests or put them on display so people can pick out which marker fit them the best!


Envelope Clutch

Perfect Party Accessory

Envelope Clutch

I love a good bag and this one is oh so bright and cheery! This envelope clutch is perfect for a wild night out on the town or a chill afternoon soiree! The colors remind me of rainbow sherbet, a sure marker of the summer! This envelope clutch also has a retro feel to it that I am totally diggin! Also totally diggin the price! $24.99 at Target! The Hostess Handbook gives this a big Snap! Get it? Like a purse snaps but your fingers also snap which is like a hells yea. Ok you get it!

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