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  • Entertaining Must-Haves:
    Fall Oktoberfest Party
    Posted: September 19, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    While the excitement of fall often centers on apple picking and pumpkin spice everything, it’s prime time for beer enthusiasts to celebrate their love for all things brewed. But since most of us can’t make it to Munich, why not celebrate Oktoberfest with a party this fall? Originally started in 1810 in Germany, this 16-day festival honors tradition in craft as well as admiration for local brews. Try bringing the celebration to your place with some of our top picks for the perfect craft beer bash.


    Beer Making Kit
    What better way to honor local beer than making it yourself!  This do-it-yourself beer making kit gives you step-by-step guide through each stage of the process and takes about a month from start to finish.  Each mix produces 1 gallon of beer so start brewing now and send out your invites!

    Natural Wood “Write-On” Beer Flight
    Everybody loves a little variety! Have your guests sample a variety of brews with a chalkboard beer flight base.  It’s like speed dating with beer!

    Pop Karma Artisan Popcorn
    Give your guests something to munch alongside all that hoppy goodness with a twist on the ultimate finger food. Try this artisan popcorn sampler from Pop Karma complete with six gourmet flavors including seasonal Porcini Cheddar and Spanish Barbeque.

    Six-Pack Plates Set
    Add some character to the night by serving snacks on these playful plates that pay homage to six different classic types. Our favorite? Bach on Bock!



  • Post-Summer S’mores!
    Posted: August 27, 2014 at 12:19 pm

    S’mores are often thought of as summer staple, but this ooey gooey dessert isn’t just for campfires anymore! Check out some of our favorite twists and tricks to help you get your fix of this classic sweet treat well through the cool weather season.

    Spiced: Start with chocolate graham crackers, your favorite mint chocolates and either toasted marshmallows or marshmallow spread.  Sandwich together and serve with a hot chocolate shooter sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg and chipotle for an extra kick.

    Nutty:  Start with gingerbread cookies.  Spread one side of each cookie with a chocolate hazelnut spread followed by a toasted marshmallow or marshmallow spread.  Sandwich together and finish off by dipping half in melted semi-sweet chocolate. Place dipped cookie on parchment paper, sprinkle with crushed toasted hazelnuts and allow the chocolate to set.

    Deconstructed:  Break it down! Start with toasted (or untoasted) marshmallow. Dip the top half of the marshmallow in melted caramel candy and allow to set. Once cooled, dip again in melted milk chocolate. Finish by dipping coated marshmallow into a bowl of crushed graham crackers and mini chocolate chips for some extra crunch.

    **Marshmallows can be toasted  indoors over a gas stove on a metal skewer or in a toaster oven on parchment coated in cooking spray.

  • Make This Drink: Strawberry Vodka Tea
    Posted: August 13, 2014 at 3:45 pm

  • Featured Wedding: Lauren & Alex
    Posted: June 30, 2014 at 11:25 am



    Alex had arranged an elaborate scheme with an event planner to transform their entire Manhattan apartment into a romantic candlelit haven while they were out for dinner together that night.  Not a detail was spared – dozens of red roses, countless candles, crystal champagne flutes and gifts, chocolate-covered strawberries, and framed photographs of special moments the couple has shared together bedecked their home, creating the most intimate setting. Upon arriving home from dinner, Alex gently opened the door to their apartment, and Lauren immediately saw the rose petals on the entrance floor.  Alex guided her through the glowing apartment to the windows where, on bended knee, he proposed.   


    Romantic elegance & candlelit fantasy. “Utilizing a palette of white and blush tones, we softened The Lighthouse’s modern space by artfully draping sheer curtains and embellishing with candles throughout.  Candles adorned the walls and floors, hung from the floral table centerpieces, and were suspended from the ceiling to create a starry effect,” says Lauren. “The Lighthouse magically felt like a floating cloud uniquely nestled in Manhattan against a backdrop of waterfront skyline. “


    Lauren: Beef with Crispy Ravioli

    Alex: Grilled Baby Lamb Chops


    “Never in our wildest dreams could we have imagined that we would crowd surf at our black tie wedding,” says Lauren. “Each of us, as well as my father, were lifted overhead by our dancing guests beneath the starry candlelit ceiling.  It was truly surreal.”


    “Well after they chanted my father’s name to extend the party overtime, our guests continue to rave that our wedding was one of the most fun affairs they’ve attended,” says Lauren. “They were impressed by every detail: from the extraordinary food (in particular, the freshest sushi) to the enchanted décor to the ridiculous music entertainment and meticulous service.”


    floral design: Atlas Floral Decorators Inc. | photography: Fred Marcus Studio | entertainment: Hank Lane – Erik Marshall’s Band | wedding dress: Oscar De La Renta | groom’s attire: custom | bridesmaid dresses: Monique Lhuillier | photobooth: photobooth planet