Cocktails & Celebrations

It was a pleasure being a part of cocktails and celebrations with the lovely women of the Junior League of Charlotte.  Two events that occur twice a year are for new members, Kickoff and Graduation.  Both serve a different purpose, but are similar in making the women feel welcome as new members of the Junior League of Charlotte.

Drawing from the fresh blooms of spring, I used pinks and oranges for a clean and bright feel throughout the graduation cocktail party, which celebrated the newly active members of the Junior League.

Inspiration for the fall kickoff event held in late August came from one of my pink and blue nautical Lilly Pulitzer dresses.  Using a nautical theme, we had pinks and blues throughout the cocktail party.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

Who doesn’t love margaritas, tacos, and piñatas? So why not celebrate Cinco de Mayo with a taco themed party! If you want to go all out this year order a taco truck to be stationed at your party. However, if you’re keeping it to a DIY menu here are a few tips.

For the main filling I suggest grilled chicken breasts and shrimp, marinated in olive oil, red pepper, black pepper, a little hot sauce and salt. For red meat lovers, I suggest grilled flank steak.  Add fresh cilantro or parsley to the grilled chicken, shrimp and flank steak.

The following condiments will compliment your taco bar: shredded iceberg lettuce or spinach, shredded cheddar cheese, queso dip with bell peppers, guacamole, light sour cream, medium salsa and a fruit salsa like mango, pineapple, or peaches, hot sauce, diced tomatoes, and seven layer taco dip.  Have the option of hard and soft tacos. Black beans and Mexican rice are easy sides that take minutes to make.

Don’t forget the piñata and your signature drink such as Corona with lime or this Beer ‘Garita recipe from My Recipes.

DIY Mini Piñatas from One Charming Party

DIY Mini Pinatas from One Charming Party

Beer ‘Garitas

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Prep time:5 Minutes

My Recipes Beer 'Garits

Ingredients

  • 1 cup frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 1/2 cup orange liqueur
  •   Crushed ice
  • 1/2  to 1 cup cold beer

Preparation

1. Stir together first 3 ingredients until well blended. Fill 4 medium glasses with crushed ice. Pour limeade mixture evenly into glasses. Add beer to taste.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Minute Maid Frozen Concentrate for Limeade, José Cuervo Especial tequila, and Triple Sec for orange liqueur.

Kentucky Derby Inspiration

Horses, hats, and fashion go hand in hand at the Kentucky Derby. Whether you are attending the races at Church Hill Downs, another horse racing event, or Derby party I hope these images will inspire you.  For the entertainer check out these two Derby parties from the Celebration Shoppe and HWTM.

The Celebration Shopp Derby Days

HWTM Night at the Derby Kentucky Derby Party