Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

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FFF – Baking for Prince William

Friday, April 29th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

It’s here! Prince William and Kate’s big day. If you are throwing a royal bash, you are going to want to mix up a pan of Prince William’s favorite treat.

Thanks to the nice folks over at Daily Candy for the recipe.

Fit for a Prince!

Prince William’s Chocolate Crunch Cake
Serves eight


For the cake
1 box graham crackers
¼ c. raisins
¼ c. nuts, chopped
5 oz. dark chocolate
5 oz. milk chocolate
1 stick butter, room temp.
1 14-oz. can condensed milk

For the topping
5 oz. dark chocolate
1 tsp. milk

1. In a large metal bowl, crumble graham crackers into bite-size pieces. Add raisins and nuts.

2. In a saucepan, melt chocolates, butter, and milk. Stir frequently so chocolate doesn’t burn.

3. Add melted mixture to crackers and stir until dispersed.

4. Line an 11-by-7-inch pan with waxed paper. Pour mixture into pan; spread evenly. Refrigerate for 2 hours.

5. For the topping, combine ingredients in a saucepan; stir until melted.

6. Remove cake from fridge and cover with topping. Cut into squares and serve.


xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Sweet – Little Willy

Winning! Duh!

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

The winner of our $50 gift certificate to Every Patio Furniture is Melanie at Capitol de Beaute! Yay, Melanie!!

I will email you all the details today! There are so many pretty things to choose from. Please let me know what you picked out for yourself!

This alfresco cooler really caught my eye. What do you think?

Cool your beverages in style!

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Hot Chocolate – Everyone’s A Winner

Partying at The Foundry Home Furnishings

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Last week my sweet friend Stuart and I threw a party together at The Foundry Home Furnishings.

It was really divine. Come see!

You Get An A!

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I can’t get anything past you, can I? You are all very smart.

Come on in for yesterday’s answer

Let’s Get Down To The Anatomy

Monday, April 25th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

It has occurred to me that many people read the blog to learn the intricacies of a true dinner party.

Let’s start today, shall we?

Dinner Party 101 Starts Today

Wish Upon The Stars at The Ritz-Carlton Cancun

Friday, April 22nd, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I am so excited to share my trip to The Ritz-Carlton Cancun with you. Here is every single detail.

Take a trip with me!

Easter Is Four Days Away! Must Organize…

Thursday, April 21st, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

With Easter just four short days away, have you selected your menu? Thought about table decor? Invited your guests? Thought about cocktails?

Whatever shall you do?

Eric, Me and Local Three

Wednesday, April 20th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I have been soooo busy recently that I have barely had a moment to breathe. Yesterday, I remedied that by taking a mental health day.

How did I unwind?

What’s Irish and Stays Out All Night?

Tuesday, April 19th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

Oh, my post title…it’s a riddle! Do you know the answer?

Peek inside for the answer and some shopping with me…

And in Other Cocktail News – Kahlua

Monday, April 18th, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

How I love getting a package in the mail…you know, brown paper packages tied up with string. Or packing tape. Either way.

Kahlua came knocking on my door this week. Let’s mix up some libations!

Isn’t Kahlua the yummiest?