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HOST A HALLOWEEN PARTY

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Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday. My parents, every year growing up, would have these huge Halloween parties. The furniture would be covered in white sheets, cobwebs would be strung from every possible surface, and their costumes were nothing short of amazing. My mom and dad would have evolving costumes, meaning they would change and grow as the night progressed. How can you not have an affinity for Halloween when it’s introduced to you like that?!

While many opt for a Halloween evening that involves going out and being seen, I much prefer to set the stage and have a bunch of friends over. Set up a buffet table with sweet, spooky treats, a festive libation or two, and create a relaxed, but celebratory environment. My favorite decorating tip is layering candles. This is the holiday where you can never have enough candles, so I make sure to layer them up in various places. HALLOWEEN0002 HALLOWEEN0003 HALLOWEEN0004 HALLOWEEN0005 HALLOWEEN0006 HALLOWEEN0007 HALLOWEEN0008 HALLOWEEN0009 HALLOWEEN0010


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HONEY ALMOND CAKE

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If you like your desserts light, tender, and with a side benefit of healthy (comparatively), this Honey Almond Cake recipe is absolutely for you. As desserts go, I don’t judge based on health benefits because, to be honest, I don’t really mind a little indulgence. Desserts are supposed to be decadent and immensely satisfying. Now, don’t get me wrong, I play it smart. I’ll absolutely pass on the less satisfying Snickers bar for the fabulous Gelato I might have later in the week, but the best part of this Honey Almond Cake recipe is that it is truly, truly divine. It’s fluffy while still maintaining lush inside & the honey glaze is simply elegant. It’s good fun to make & it will absolutely be a fast favorite!

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CAKE INGREDIENTS

2 1/2 Cups of All-Purpose Flour
2 Teaspoons of Baking Soda
1/2 Tablespoon of Baking Powder
3/4 Cup of Granulated Sugar
1 Teaspoon of Salt
1 Cup of Honey
1 Cup of Butter (room temperature)
3 Eggs
1/2 Cup of Strong Brewed Coffee (Cold)
2 Tablespoons of Sour Cream
1 Tablespoon of Almond Extract
1 1/2 Cups of Chopped Nuts (optional)

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WARM HONEY GLAZE INGREDIENTS

1/2 Cup of Honey
2 Tablespoons of Coffee
1/2 Tablespoon of Almond Extract
Fleur de Sel

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INSTRUCTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 10-inch tube pan with non-stick cooking spray or butter and set aside.
2. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt and set aside.
3. In a large mixing bowl, beat butter for two minutes, and add honey and sugar. Beat for 3-5 minutes, until light and fluffy. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well after each egg. Add half the flour mixture, and mix until combined. Add the coffee, and mix until combined. Add the remaining flour mixture and combine. Add the sour cream and nuts, and beat until smooth.
4. Pour the batter into the pan and smooth the top. Bake for 40-50 minutes. Let the cake cool for 30 minutes before removing it from the pan.
5. Heat the honey and coffee for the glaze in a small saucepan until warm and runny. Add the almond extract and mix. While the cake is still warm, pour the honey mixture over the top.
6. Sprinkle with fleur de sel and serve warm.

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ENTERTAINING IN AN APARTMENT

HT|DWF0025Hey, we get it. Space is a coveted commodity in an apartment. Don’t let having a lack of space discourage you from entertaining! We’ve got some fool proof, no hassle tricks to entertaining in an apartment that won’t leave you stressed, feeling insecure, or any of those other annoying insecurities. So, what are you waiting for?! Scroll down and invite some people over already.

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1. No Dining Table? No Problem!

Grab a cheap card table from Target or use your breakfast nook as a buffet area. Throw a fun tablecloth, or several if the shape is weird – think of it as layering, and an interesting arrangement on the table & you’ve got a place to put your food. If using a breakfast nook, place plates and flatware in the kitchen as a clean “start” to the buffet line & give your guests a clear path to follow. Interested in a card table option? Make sure to put your table in an area that allows for good traffic flow! No one likes a crowded buffet line.

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2. Makeshift Coat Closet

Coat closets are rarely used as such. More likely, they are seasonal, “I don’t know where the hell to put this” closets. When your guests arrive take their coats and put them in your bedroom or an office. Don’t let purses pile up in the entryway, but let your female guests know where the “coat room” is so they feel encouraged to leave their purses along and hang out. Who knows, you might even get a phone free dinner party out of it!

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3. Rearrange!

Embrace your space. If you don’t have room for everyone to sit, go for a more casual, relaxed vibe. Get a Moroccan vibe going by placing large, colorful pillows on the floor to encourage guests to get cozy on the floor. Have extra lawn chairs? Bring ’em out! Everyone is happy to get together, don’t let seating trip up having friends over.

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4. Shake it up

Have a great outdoor space? Let’s see it! Shake it up a bit by encouraging your guests to take the party outside after dinner. Offer a re-fill on drinks and suggest moving it outside – if weather permits. That being said, make sure you have proper pest control on hand. No one likes pesky pests nipping at your ankles.

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5. Drinks & Dessert

Still don’t feel like you have the space to properly entertain over dinner? Mix it up a bit and have friends over for dinner and drinks. Serve up several sweet options and multiple drink options. Don’t have a full bar? Make sure to have beer, wine, and the fixings for at least one signature cocktail!

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AUTUMNAL DINNER WITH KJ AVANT

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There are few things I love more than gathering a group of friends over for dinner with good food, good wine, and good conversation! Now, throw a little fall flair into the mix & I am a happy camper. Entertaining can be hectic, but it doesn’t have to be…

Add personal touches with fun DIY’s, select a menu that is inventive, but won’t have you scrambling last-minute, and never (ever) under-estimate the importance of good wine. The most important part of having people over is to remember to relax & have fun!

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Inviting a mix of old and new friends can a bit of a gamble, that is why these conversation menu cards are such a hit! Not only do you get to play hostess-with-the-mostest, you introduce your friends to new friends in a fun fashion!

See the full, simple DIY here

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GONE GREEK SUMMER PARTY

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To really get in the Greek spirit, offer your guests a chilled glass of ouzo. This classic grecian beverage is best served neat – without ice – & if you need to dilute the spirit, make sure to mix in a little water. Ice will give the drink a crystalizing affect, but water will dilute the strength without washing away the taste.

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THE BEST MARGARITA | THE PIMM TOWN

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But for real, I am obsessed with this shoot. The team was AMAZING and I couldn’t be more in love with Concrete Geometrics planters. Get some of these guys and fill them with bougainvillea, eucalyptus, or ranunculus to create a really easy and fun asymmetrical arrangement.

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Are you ready for the best margarita’s in the world? Get ready, you will want nothing else…

PIMM TOWN MARGARITAS:

INGREDIENTS:

– 2 Frozen Limeades

Camarena Tequila

– Ice

– Limes

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– Pour limeade into blender. Add 2 cups of ice

– Fill 1 empty limeade container with Camarena Tequila and add to blender

– Blend until perfectly slushy and wonderful. Squeeze limes & serve!

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