Autumn Cocktail Party

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The days are getting cooler.  The leaves are turning and starting to fall. The Harvest is here and it calls out to me.    It calls me out, it calls me out of my silly working life, it calls me out of my mundane tasks and it calls again and again.  It calls me out…outside, “stop being silly”, it says in its cadence, “close that computer and come play in the fallen leaves, in the pumpkin patches, in the cool autumn evenings.”

The trees let the sun’s light dance in their leaves.  Spinning, twirling, whirling around before the tree slowly lets them go, dropping to the ground.  They blaze in so many shades of red, yellow, orange you can hardly count them all.

The fruit is bursting with ripeness, the buds and blooms of spring and summer seem a distant memory, replaced by heavy, ripe, plump fruit emerging, and the garden grows, it grows and grows. Tomatoes start to shine bright in banners of red and yellow hues, the peaches drop from their stems, heavy-swollen with juicy goodness.

The earth is in full fall swing and calls us out to a cocktail party.  I shouldn’t say no to a mother, especially this mother, Earth.  So I plan a little soirée.  A few friends to help me celebrate the sun and the fading of summer and the bounty it has brought to us.  To praise the mother’s glory we make things fresh and bright, rich with her bounty.



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The New Tomato Martini

Place two to three small tomatoes in a shaker

Add ice

A mist or splash of Vermouth

Fill with Gin or Vodka

Shake

Plop a tomato into a Martini glass rimmed with salt and pepper

Pour and find your new favorite savory cocktail

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Peach Whiskey Smash

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Place one to two peaches, sliced, into a pitcher

Add a handful of mint

Macerate with the handle of a wooden spoon

Fill with ice

Add 2 Parts Whiskey to 4 Parts Soda water filling pitcher – melted further dilutes

Stir

Serve with peach slices for garnish

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Grown-up Lemonade

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Mix the juice of 10 lemons and 10 Tablespoons sugar in a pitcher until dissolved

Fill with ice

Add 1 cup St. Germaine

½ bottle of champagne

Fill with cold water to the top

Garnish with see-though-slices of lemons

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Sip, breath, enjoy for autmn is here.

Marcella Rose

Matt’s Meatball Shop Birthday Party

IMG_7384 My husband and I recently moved from New York to Ashland and it’s been so wonderful to have a house instead of a closet to celebrate and host in.  So, I was extremely excited to throw my first big party at our home for my husband Matt’s birthday.

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The first thing I do when throwing any event, be it a wedding or a simple dinner party, is to decide on a theme.  A theme gives your party a body, so to speak, and whenever you have to make a difficult choice you can go back to the theme for guidance.  It pulls your event together and gives it shape and cohesion while making decisions so much easier.

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For Matt’s party we looked to one of his favorite restaurants in New York’s Lower Eastside: The Meatball Shop.  If you’ve never been, it’s this great restaurant that took New York eaters and hipsters everywhere by storm.  Their menu is simple, meatballs and homemade ice cream sandwiches, so my menu played out like this: IMG_7401    

Hand-squeezed lemonade

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Beer

Make-your-own meatball sandwich with marinara, mozzarella and parmesan

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Three-meat antipasto board

Fresh handmade pickles

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Spicy bow-tie pasta salad

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Superfood salad with dreamy poppyseed dressing

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Homemade ice cream cookie sandwiches;

– Double dutch cookies with mint ice cream

– Ranch girl cookies with chocolate peanut butter ice cream

– Chocolate chip cookies with vanilla ice cream

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For the decorations I used twine and old grocery paper bags to create recycled decorations.

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I measured the locations first and then created paper bag pennant banners to swing across the yard and blow in the breeze.

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On the house I placed larger pennant banners to spell out Happy Birthday as well as cut-outs from paper bags for the menu.

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I always like to create, even in the smallest of places, seating areas for people to settle and chat and create memories.  With a few bistro tables, some lounge chairs, a couple smaller end tables, and using a few of my mismatch vintage tablecloths, created some lovely seating areas dotted around the yard.

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On our porch I set up a rocking chair, lounge couch and my record player with a few carefully selected vinyls to set the mood of the party.

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To give it that real finished look I added some small bouquets and my constellation cans on the tables and set up a game area.

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 That way people could feel free to play a few yard games or decorate the walkway with sidewalk chalk. IMG_7382

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There was plenty to eat and lots of fun had by all! Happy Birthday Matt!

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Love, love, love,

Marcella Rose

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A special shout out to my dear friend Amanda who helped in the kitchen and at the craft table!

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