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Dance All Night

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Today I’ve got a fun idea for you from charming Party Guru Colin Cowie to keep your party going when no one is ready to leave.

If you plan to see the sunrise, throw an after-party with whatever you think will keep the party alive. From colored lights to mirrored balls, from an espresso bar to an assortment of specialty cocktails or—one of my favorites—Coffee Shooters presented to guests while they’re on the dance floor. Iced and potent, they are sure to keep the party going, providing the needed rocket fuel without missing a single beat. You’ll look back at your wedding and say, “I could’ve danced all night—and that’s exactly what I did!”


To get started, rim some test tubes or shot glasses with the peel of an orange and then dip the rim of the glass in chocolate shavings and some chili flakes. In a shaker filled with ice, mix the following:


1 ounce Vodka or Tequila (I prefer Tequila)
1/2 ounce Kahlúa Especial
1/2 ounce Tia Maria
1 ounce cold espresso

And here’s a link for those test tubes so you don’t have to go searching for them – super cheap!

xoxo, Patti

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Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Good Morning, Darlings!

Eric informed me that we are now at blog post 201! So exciting.

I thought I would celebrate by posting some of my favorite tablescapes designed by others. Enjoy!

For More Glamour, Click Here

Bonus Post With Colin Cowie

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Darlings, I just received this in my email and had to share it with you.  I am a total puddle of mush for Colin Cowie and his wonderful entertaining ideas. He is writing for an online magazine called Vivify and his article might make you not need me anymore – but I’ll take my chances. You deserve it.

For Colin’s fab article, click here.

Gear up for the holidays, Darlings – they are almost here!

xoxo, Patti