Atlanta Magazine’s HOME Summer Entertaining Feature:: An Epic Engagement Party

As most of you know, I am the Entertaining Editor for Atlanta Magazine’s Home. It’s a position I truly relish. I get to attend the most interesting parties on Atlanta’s social calendar and rub elbows with the who’s who in the design and creative world of the city. I am a lucky lady.

Most recently, I got to attend a party that I have been wanting to attend for a long time. Our own daughter’s engagement party. All the juicy details are reveled in the Summer 2017 issue.

You can imagine what a thrill it was to plan and execute our daughter’s stellar celebration.

Read all about it in Atlanta Magazine’s HOME on newsstands right now!

Here are a couple sneak peeks of the festivities.

Most recently, I got to attend a party that I have been wanting to attend for a long time. Our own daughter's engagement party. Most recently, I got to attend a party that I have been wanting to attend for a long time. Our own daughter's engagement party.

Photography by: The Raftermen

xx Annette

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8 Valentine’s Day Cocktails: My Favorite Sexy Sips

 

I'm a girl who loves a great cocktail, and Valentine's Day cocktails are so much fun. Here's a round-up of some of my best sexy sips from over the years!

As you well know, I’m a girl who loves a great cocktail, and Valentine’s Day cocktails are so much fun. Over the years, I’ve prepared many drinks inspired by Valentine’s Day, especially since the holiday is one of my favorites.

Today, I wanted to bring you a round-up of some of my best sexy sips from over the years. All of these are perfect for celebrating with someone you love. Grab two glasses, a few ingredients from your bar, and get to mixing. You could even make a plan to make several of these cocktails and have your own little mixology class right at home. Sounds like a great date night to me!

Get the recipes for Valentine’s Day cocktails: 

Big Read Lips // Grapefruit Pomegranate Mimosa // Negroni // In the Pink // Lust and Loving in Las Vegas // Fiore // That’s Amore // You Make Me Blush

Happy Valentine’s Day weekend!

xx, Annette

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Mykonos the Grand Greek Island

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As most of you may know, we recently took a trip to Mykonos, Greece. This wasn’t our first trip; we have been visiting for over 20 years. Our first trip to this island was dusty and gritty but scenic. It was filled with party beaches and hectic traffic, but mainly it was super sleepy and behind the times…which of course made it fantastically charming. Over the years we have watched the transition as Mykonos became the St. Tropez of the Greek Isles. This year we were called to a Big Fat Greek Gay Wedding which included drag queens, drones and a wedding party all in white. This wedding extravaganza was officiated by my husband, as the grooms are our besties. The circus-like atmosphere, was very Mykonos and did not disappoint. We had a blast.

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Joanna’s and Niko’s Place

Over the years, we have stayed all over the island, but this time we rented a private villa about 30 minutes out of town. Since we know the Island so well, it really was the perfect getaway.

We dined at our favorite beach restaurant on Elia Beach. The Greek salad is to die for as is the Taramosalata (roe salad my favorite), along with crisp Rose wine; it makes for the perfect lunch at the beach. Of course we have to have the grilled squid as well. Needless to say we ate well.

 

 

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One of the highlights was our photo safari. We photographed cows, beaches (Focos Beach) and fauna. The island is still full of hidden beaches, but they are getting harder and harder to find.

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Focos Beach

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Mykonos is still a fantastic destination, even with the jet setters, helicopters and black SUVs moving in. The donkeys and cows still rule the landscape for now…

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Sexy Sips for V-day

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As you know, I am a girl that loves a cocktail.

Any excuse for a celebration…that’s me. With Valentine’s Day around the corner, I pulled out all my faves, and of course Campari and Aperol needed to make an appearance. Here are some sexy Valentine’s Day cocktails for you and your love to enjoy on this very special ♥ day.

I love love… therefore toasting to LOVE seems so perfect with these yummy concoctions.

Sexy Sip #1

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You Make Me Blush
Serves 1

You will need:
– 1 oz Sky Vodka
– 1 oz Rhubarb Shurb
– 1 oz. lemon simple syrup
– 4 drops 1821 Meyer Lemon and Ginger Bitters

To prepare simple syrup & cocktail:

Combine juice of 1 Meyer lemon, 1/2 cup water, 1/2 cup sugar. In a small pot, bring the ingredients to a boil about 10 minutes, set aside to cool.

In a shaker filled with ice, place all ingredients and shake vigorously until completely chilled and mixed. Strain into a martini glass, and garnish with a twist of Meyer lemon peel.

Sexy Sip #2

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Big Red Lips
Serves 1

You will need:
– 1 oz Campari
– 1 oz Blood Orange Maraschino Cherry Syrup
– 1 oz Cinzano Rosso
– splash of club soda
– slice of blood orange for garnish

To prepare simple syrup & cocktail:

Combine the juice of one blood orange, 1/3 cup maraschino cherry juice, and 1/2 cup of water. In a small pot, bring the ingredients to a boil about 10 minutes, set aside to cool.

In a shaker filled with ice place all ingredients and shake vigorously until completely chilled and mixed. Strain into a coupe glass, garnish with a slice of blood orange.

Sexy Sip #3

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Lust and Loving in Las Vegas
Serves 1

You will need:
– 1/2 cup of Lemonade
– 1/2 cup of Aperol
– Splash of Prosecco
– lemon sugar for the rim
-1/4 orange slice for garnish

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Serves 8

To prepare Lemonade & cocktail: 

1 1/2 cups lemon juice, 1 3/4 cups sugar, 8 cups of water. Combine all ingredients in a pitcher and chill until needed. *You can also use store bought lemonade.

Rub a white wine glass with water and dip into the lemon sugar. Add ice, lemonade and then Aperol, fill the glass to the top with the Prosecco. Serve with a straw and orange wedge.

Happy Valentines Day to all you Lovers out there. xx

Photo Credit : Me

 

 

 

 

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A Nutty Valentine’s Day treat

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Hi Everyone! I’m Nicole, Annette’s blog manager. When Annette asked me to share a Valentine’s Day post with you, I couldn’t wait to get started. Over the years, Valentine’s Day has become one of my favorite holidays.

Whether you’re celebrating with a significant other, your best friends, your children, or your coworkers, it’s a day to stop and remember the good and loving people around you.

My husband and I live in a quaint little neighborhood in Atlanta, and we happen to have some of the best neighbors around. They get packages off of our porch if we’re not home, smile and ask about what we’re up to, and make it a point to always look out for us. As a street, we take care of each other; I love the camaraderie!

I decided I wanted to give a little token of appreciation to each of my neighbors (a nutty Valentine’s Day treat!), and I knew the first place to look was Minted. Minted is an online marketplace for independent artists and designers, and a vibrant playground for paper lovers like me.

You can find everything from photo backdrops to home decor at Minted, but this time of year, I love looking through their Valentine’s Day cards. Of course, Minted has a large selection of photo cards, postcards, and greeting cards, but did you know that Minted also has classroom valentines?

I’ve always enjoyed how cheeky and funny kids’ classroom cards can be, so I knew I would find exactly what I was looking for…and I did! Minted kindly sent me a set of these Nuts Classroom Valentine’s Day cards for the neighbors’ treats. With Minted’s easy to use personalization options, I was able to change the color, select my own wording, add a scalloped edge, and include an adorably nutty background. So cute!

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Once my Valentine’s arrived (within a week!), I picked up some cute food-safe pails** from my local craft store along with Valentine’s Day crafting supplies. I used scrapbooking stickers and ric-rac washi tape to decorate each pail before filling it with Annette’s Big Game Snack Mix from her book, Picture Perfect Parties.

Her snack mix packs a punch and includes a lot of flavors that meld so well together. Plus, who doesn’t love snack mix? Annette’s mix is incredibly easy to toss together and requires no extra work other than picking up the ingredients from your local grocery store. I love that I didn’t have to dirty any dishes, pots, or pans and just could just mix everything together. Her recipes are great like that!

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I can’t wait to leave each of these pails on my neighbors porches as a fun little Valentine’s Day surprise. Let me know if you find any other cute uses for classroom Valentine’s beyond the classroom. Minted has a great selection, and I’m excited to hear your ideas! Thanks for having me, Annette!

xo, Nicole

Thanks to Minted for sending me the classroom valentines seen here in exchange for this post. All opinions are my own.

**Be sure to read the labels to get food safe containers for any food crafting.

Photos: Nicole Letts

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