Popsicle Champagne

A summer dessert that’s as easy as it sounds! I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to turn on my oven when it’s over 90 degrees so I get really creative with dessert all summer: minted fruits, strawberries and cream, homemade ice cream, banana splits, milkshakes, etc. After a meal that filling, I figured…

Love-in-Idleness

A glamorous champagne cocktail Is this not the most beautiful amber shade? Named after the flower that Puck uses as a love potion on the Athenians in William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, this cocktail is sure to make you fall in love with it. I created Love-in-Idleness for my Midsummer Night’s Dream dinner party. I…

Fairy Godmother Punch

This punch was an absolute hit at my Cinderella Ball and it’s so easy. I spiked Hawaiian Punch, pineapple juice, and ginger ale with champagne and added a pineapple star ice ring for a whimsical touch. Guests came up to me all night raving about it! People overthink punch. In my opinion, a champagne punch…

A Whole New World Cocktail

A delightful pomegranate champagne cocktail This is such a drinkable cocktail! I came up with this for Disney Dinners: Aladdin and was so pleased my guests’ reaction. It’s such a pretty drink with pomegranate arils bouncing around from the champagne bubbles and it’s actually fairly good for you! Pomegranate juice, lime juice, and ginger are all…

Spring Horse Picnic

Ever wonder what the heck I do the day after Disney Dinners? Why I head to the stables for a nice relaxing picnic with my horses! After Beauty and the Beast, I realized that – gasp! – we somehow had some Veuve Clicquot left and I just can’t casually drink Veuve so I decided on…

La Belle et la Bête

I tweaked a simple champagne cocktail for Disney Dinners: Beauty and the Beast. La Belle et la Bête is a mix of Chambord, a French mixed berry liqueur, and Veuve Clicquot, my favorite champagne. It’s French and fabulous and whimsical, thanks to the strawberry roses on the side. Shout out to my friend Rebecca for…

French 75

One of the best champagne cocktails I’ve ever had was the French 75 at Arnaud’s in New Orleans. (Read about my trip here.) I have long since wanted to recreate Arnaud’s French 75 and I think I’ve finally done it. This, my friends, is one hell of a cocktail. Simple syrup is easy to make…

Champagne Rose

Are you sick of me raving about Chambord? Because I am not sick of drinking it! This two-second champagne hack is sure to impress your friends and is better than any champagne cocktail I’ve ordered at a restaurant. I hope you love this rose-hued drink as much as I do! This may very well become my…

Carriage Event at Black Star Sport Horses

One of my favorite events of the year is the annual Tejas Carriage Association two-day event at Black Star Sport Horses. Black Star has 255 acres of woods and uses them for an epic cross-country carriage event on Sunday. On Saturday carriages compete in dressage and a cones course. I love setting up a picnic and watching…

Cocktails with Kyle

Kyle Hilla is a critically acclaimed liquid architect here in Dallas. If you follow the drink scene, I’m sure you’ve heard of him. Considered one of the best bartenders in Dallas, he now manages the bar at Smoke Dallas, Smoke Plano, Bar Belmont, and The Theodore. He also happens to the husband of one of…

Mistletoe Punch

I’m calling this Mistletoe Punch because you can’t really taste the alcohol even though there’s plenty of it. It really sneaks up on you, just like mistletoe! Mistletoe Punch 64 oz cherry juice 1 bottle whipped cream vodka 1 bottle champagne Stir together all three ingredients. Keep chilled with a festive ice ring! Serving suggestion:…

A Mistletoe And Holly Affair 2015

Oh by gosh, by golly, it’s time for mistletoe and holly!” Last night I hosted my annual Christmas cocktail party, which started at 5 pm and ended up going until 1 am. I suppose that’s the sign of a successful cocktail party! Last year I wanted everything to look snowy and shimmery. This year I…