Whether the color is coming from the drink or the garnish, red & yellow sure makes a bright, lovely combo for summer cocktails, don’t you think? {Pictured above} Fuzzy Navel garnished with lemon peel and raspberries. {Pictured below, clockwise from top left} Pomegranate Martini & Yellow Passion Fruit Caipirinha {via Brides}; Tequila Sunrise; Bloody Mary […]

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After an exhaustive (in a good way) search for margarita cupcakes on flickr, I noticed that tons of people were crediting “VCTOTW” as their recipe source, which was a bit perplexing at first. Google came through as always though and quickly helped me decipher the strange code – which turned out to be shorthand for […]

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Most of us have enjoyed a classic or strawberry flavored margarita at one time or another, but how about a Smoky Grilled Grapefruit or Honeydew Rita? There are so many variations of this popular drink – and seeing how tomorrow is Cinco de Mayo – it seems like the perfect time to explore some of […]

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We’ve covered Mint Julep Cupcakes this week… but the cocktail itself is important too! Get the Mint Julep cocktail recipe today over at Simply Stated. Have fun tomorrow!

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While the Mint Julep is definitely the obvious drink of choice when it comes to Kentucky Derby parties, revelers who aren’t fans of bourbon can sip on vodka-based “Infield Punch” instead. This simple cocktail recipe from Budget Living’s Party Central is basically just fruit punch & vodka garnished with lemon, but it’s so much more […]

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Today over at Simply Stated – check out a few pretty cocktails & creative drink garnish ideas in fresh, lovely shades of spring green!

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Is it Friday yet? This Raspberry Margarita recipe is going to be included of the Summer Cocktail Guide we’re working on, but I just received the super-delicious image for it this morning and couldn’t resist sharing it little early! We served these margaritas at a few of the Hip Hostess last year, so I can […]

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Just realized that I forgot to post these pink drink recipes earlier from Barbie’s 50th Birthday Party – sorry about that! Recipes for all 4 (aptly named!) signature drinks from the Colin Cowie-designed bash are below. Cheers! *** Barbie Doll-icious! 1.5 oz Knob Creek 1 oz Cranberry .75 oz Pineapple Juice .75 oz fresh OJ […]

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Easter brunch, Mother’s Day brunch, wedding brunches… they’re even better with a cocktail, right?! Check out today’s post over at Simply Stated for 5 great brunch cocktail recipes. Have a favorite daytime drink that’s not on the list? Share it!

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When you think of a St. Patrick’s Day celebration, I’m guessing the word “chic” isn’t the first adjective that comes to mind, but these smart & stylish ideas from ’round the web prove there’s another side to St. Patty’s Day festivities that’s sans the all-you-can-drink green beer and rowdy pub crowds! 1. Chic St. Patty’s […]

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The perfect St. Patty’s Day treat for adults… vanilla ice cream topped with Irish Stout! And LUCKY for us, the directions couldn’t get any easier: 1. Scoop vanilla ice cream into a chilled pint glass. 2. Top with beer. 3. Enjoy! Leave it to Martha to come up with the perfect themed “garnish” for our […]

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I’m in love with this clever barware idea from Brides.com… serve up a fun signature drink (like the hard lemonade pictured here) – in mason jars with stylish die-cut lids that have room for a straw! These Daisy Cut Metal Lids are available in both pewter & gold finishes at Candle Soylutions (starting at $0.39 […]

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Today over at Simply Stated, check out a few fun cocktail ideas for Mardi Gras: the Hurricane, Red Rooster, and Red Snapper. And if margaritas are more your style, check out the Mardi Gras Mango Rita recipe right here at HWTM! P.S. Be sure to check out RealSimple.com‘s fresh NEW LOOK while you’re over there!

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I’m finalizing the details for the upcoming Hip Hostess Event in Boston (January 15th) and thought I’d share one of my favorite “Stylish Entertaining on a Budget” tips with you today – which is the theme of the Boston event. Scrapbooking materials are a great resource for budget-friendly entertaining – and this extends way beyond […]

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***** Build a Bar at Home (Warning: Hangovers Ahead!) Hi! I’m Carley from TheNest.com, the spin-off home site from the folks at TheKnot.com (every bride’s wedding obsession). We recently came out with The Nest Home Design Handbook, a cool 101 on everything casa-related. I’m thrilled to be guest-blogging on HWTM about building a bar at […]

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This Peppermint Patty “hot toddy” from the Winter 2008 issue of The Nest looks absolutely de-lish! Perfect holiday “dessert cocktail” or signature drink idea for home parties like ornament/cookie exchanges. Read on for the full recipe…

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Today over at Simply Stated: check out a list of 10 tempting Pumpkin Cocktails and Desserts for Thanksgiving!

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Looking for a fun way to warm up this season? This super easy – and super yummy – spiked cider recipe tastes like Hot Apple Pie…and is even better with whipped cream! {Full recipe after the jump}

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Can you believe we’re already mid-November?! Thanksgiving and Christmas are only weeks away! We’re working on a bunch of holiday content at HWTM right now… new Christmas/Holiday and New Year’s party themes, recipes, and gift guides are in the works… stay tuned! One thing I’m especially excited about is an extensive new Holiday Drink Guide […]

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Here’s another super cute idea from the brides.com Orange Crush wedding gallery, perfect for personalizing fall & winter weddings or showers: hot apple cider dressed up with personalized drink stirrers and a cinnamon stick. Serve this up in see-through coffee mugs, like these cool Irish Coffee Glasses from Crate & Barrel. ($2.95 each) To make […]

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