Green, Gold & Gourmet: St. Patty’s Shenanigans

Hello Lucky Lovelies!

2017 is flying by and it is time to think green and gold! St. Patrick’s day is this week and lucky for us it is on a Friday… PARTY! We at Marisa Nicole Events love having any excuse to gather and celebrate with friends! Therefore, we encourage you to invite people over to celebrate St. Patrick’s day with a potluck dinner (no pun intended), fun cocktails and sweet treats! Here are some of our favorite St. Patty’s day inspired drinks and desserts to make sure you and your friends enjoy this lucky holiday!

Photo Credits: Food.com

Guinness Jello Shots

Irish beer is pure gold (or tastes like it). These jello shots will impress your guests with this fun spin on classic jello shots.

What you need:

  • Guinness Stout
  • Unflavored Gelatin
  • Patron Cafe
  • Creme de Cacao
  • Hot Water
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream

Add ½ cup Guinness to a medium bowl, sprinkle on 2 envelopes of gelatin, and allow to sit for 1 minute. Then stir in ¼ cup Patron, ¼ creme de cacao and 1 cup hot water until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Divide the chocolate Guinness jello shot mixture into 15 individual shot glass cups and refrigerate for 15-20 minutes. Once chilled, Add ½ cup Bailey’s Irish Cream to a medium bowl, sprinkle 1 packet of gelatin, and let it sit for one minute. Pour ½ cup hot water into the Bailey’s jello shot mixture and stir until the gelatin is completely dissolved. Pour the Bailey’s jello shot mixture over the chilled Guinness mixture. Lastly, refrigerate for 3 hours or until completely set.

Photo & Recipe Credits: Slim Pickin’s Kitchen

Shamrock Sour

This drink not only is green, but it has some Irish whiskey to tickle your tastebuds. Rumor has it this drink is the leprechaun’s favorite!

What you need:

  • Lime juice
  • Lemon juice
  • Simple syrup
  • Irish whiskey
  • Green food coloring
  • Lime wedges for garnish

Combine 2 tablespoons lime juice, ½ tablespoon lemon juice, ¼ cup simple syrup, 2 ounces Irish whiskey and 1 tiny drop of green food coloring and shake well. Strain over ice and garnish with lime wedge and add a fun shamrock stirrer!

Photo & Recipe Credits: Pizzazzerie

Irish Coffee Affogato

There is no better combo than coffee and ice cream but add some Bailey’s and this is a coffee lover’s dream come true!

What you need:

  • Mint chocolate chip ice cream
  • Bailey’s Irish Cream
  • Hot espresso
  • Dark chocolate flakes

Place 2 scoops of ice cream in each glass. Pour over 2 tablespoons of Bailey’s Irish Cream, followed by 3 tablespoons of espresso.Sprinkle ½ tablespoon chocolate flakes (or as much as you want!) and serve immediately before it all melts!

Photo & Recipe Credits: Brit + Co

Lucky Charm Rice Krispie Treats

Who doesn’t love rice crispy treats? And they are super easy to make! Make them green and add some Lucky Charms and your guests will be going back for thirds!

What you need:

  • Butter
  • Marshmallows
  • Rice Krispie cereal
  • Vanilla extract
  • Green food coloring
  • Lucky Charms marshmallows

First, melt ¼ cup of butter over low heat until completely melted. Then gradually add 4 cups of marshmallows and stir often. Then mix ½ teaspoon of vanilla and green food coloring. Remove from heat and stir in 5 cups of Rice Krispie cereal. Pick out marshmallows from Lucky Charms cereal. When the mixture is mostly combined, stir in ¾ cup Lucky Charms marshmallows.

Photo & Recipe Credits: Classy Clutter

Chocolate Chip Menthe Cake Pops

Mint (and alcohol) makes any dessert a little bit better! These boozy cake pops are cute, fun and delicious!

What you need:

  • Dark chocolate cake mix
  • Water
  • Vegetable oil
  • Eggs
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • Salted butter, room temperature
  • Powdered sugar
  • Creme De Menthe
  • Vanilla extract
  • Coating Chocolate
  • Vanilla almond bark
  • Shortening
  • Sprinkles for garnish

Cook chocolate cake following instructions on the box combining cake mix, 1 cup water, ⅓ cup vegetable oil, 3 eggs and 1 cup milk chocolate chips. While cake is cooking make buttercream with by mixing 1 stick of butter until creamed. Then add in 2 cups powdered sugar, 4 tablespoons of creme de menthe and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Mix until the buttercream is light and fluffy. In a separate bowl mix in cooked cake and buttercream until the cake turns into a ball. Scoop out balls and put on a sheet and refrigerate for an hour. While in the refrigerator, make coating chocolate by microwaving 7 squares of vanilla almond bark and 1 ½ teaspoons of shortening. Once cake balls are ready, put sticks in them and then dip in the chocolate and sprinkle some green, white and gold sprinkles!

Photo & Recipe Credits: Cookie Dough and Oven Mitt

Leprechaun Bark

Chocolate on chocolate on chocolate!! This bark is a chocolate lover’s dream! Who needs a pot of gold when you got this dessert?

What you need:

  • Chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • Milk chocolate chips
  • White chocolate chips
  • Mint M&Ms
  • Oreo cookies, broken into pieces

First microwave 2 cups bittersweet chocolate in 15 second intervals, stirring after each time until melted and smooth. Spread melted chocolate on a parchment lined baking sheet. Spread into a thin even layer. After, do same thing with 1 cup milk chocolate chips. Carefully drizzle over the bittersweet chocolate. Repeat with ½ cup white chocolate. Carefully drizzle over the bittersweet and milk chocolate. Lastly, sprinkle ½ cup M&Ms and 6 Oreos over the melted chocolate and gently press into the chocolate. Set aside to cool completely and let harden before breaking into large pieces.

Photo & Recipe Credits: Countryside Cravings

And when all else fails, bring out the green food coloring for green beer and some mint chip ice cream! We wish you a wonderful St. Patrick’s Day and a lucky 2017!

Photo Credits: The Spruce

Valentine’s Decor: Bringing Cupid into your Home

Hi lovelies!

The Marisa Nicole Events Team loves everything about Valentine’s Day because it is all about celebrating love (duh!) and those you care about the most. It also means that pink and red everything is totally acceptable! We want to give a huge congratulations to those couples who are celebrating their first Valentine’s Day engaged or married!

Photo Credit: Home By Heidi

With Valentine’s Day being just around the corner, it is time to get in the spirit! If you are looking to add some love to your living space and spread the Valentine spirit like cupid would want you to, we have compiled a list of our favorite simple, easy and affordable ways to help decorate your home. Remember, these decorations do not just have to stay up for the Valentine’s Holiday, they can be present in your home year round as you do love your loved ones every single day.

Banners

The easiest way to add some love and design into your home are banners or garland. Turn a plain wall into a photoshoot backdrop or a mantel into the center of attention. There are so many different ways you can style a banner. You can easily buy one at Target or other home decor stores or if you love being creative you can make a DIY banner. In addition, they are so simple to hang, all you need is string and some tacks!

Photo Credit: Sarah Hearts

Marquee Signs

Nothing lights up a room (literally & figuratively) more than a fabulous marquee sign! You can keep it simple with XOXO or you can have a saying like “All you need is love.” There are many places to buy them or you can go to any craft store and purchase a kit to decorate your own!

Photo Credit: Kristi Murphy

Vases

Liven up your bedroom or make a centerpiece for your dining room table by making pink and red vases. Whether you bought flowers for yourself or your significant other bought them for you, they deserve a beautiful vase to be put in! A few ideas are to take a mason jar, extra can or glass bottle lying around your house and paint them solid colors, ombre, add hearts, or add glitter! There are thousands of ways to turn a plain old mason jar into a beautiful vase.

Photo Credit: Mason Jar Crafts

Pillows

Simply swap out your normal pillows for Valentine’s theme pillows to add romance to your living room. Next time you are watching a romantic comedy with your loved one, you can sit back and relax with cute cushions.

Photo Credit: House of Five

Bar Carts

Our personal favorite way to add some spirit into your living space is with spirits! Bar carts are functional, trendy and just overall awesome! The best part of a bar cart is it is so simple to change during the seasons and holidays. Add some chocolate, candy, and champagne and you are all ready to have a romantic night with your love!

Photo Credit: Target- Threshold

I hope these tips bring some love to your living space! At Marisa Nicole Events we do believe that you should be celebrating your loved ones 365 days a year! So having pink, red, and hearts around the house year round is completely encouraged! Oh and one last tip, keep a bowl of chocolate kisses in every room of the house because isn’t Valentine’s also all about the chocolate?!

Photo Credit: Cool Crafts

Happy Holidays From Marisa Nicole Events!

 

2016 has been a year for the books! We have worked with some of the most fabulous clients and fellow creatives to produce seriously swoon-worthy celebrations all year long.

We were also super honored to be chosen as a finalist for California Wedding Day Magazine’s Best of Weddings Award for Best Wedding Planner Los Angeles!

We hope 2016 has brought you as much joy and success as ever, and that 2017 will be filled with more to come! Thank YOU for your part in making this year oh so memorable!

Best wishes for a very merry holiday season!

Love,

The Sassy, Savvy Ladies of Marisa Nicole Events

Throwing the Perfect Holiday Party, Part 3: Food, Drink, Activities, & Flow

Hello lovelies!

We’re fast approaching the winter holidays, and the good cheer is by no means in short supply! We know that the best way to spread that holiday cheer is to throw an unforgettable holiday bash, which inspired us to lay out our party throwing expertise for your festively fab benefit! If you’ve been keeping up with us the past couple weeks, you’ve seen us go over getting started, invitations, design, and decorations. But we’ve saved the best for last… food, drink, and fun! So without further adieu, here’s the final piece of throwing the perfect winter soiree!

Good Eats & Treats

The key to festive eats sure to impress is to have variety, while keeping things simple as possible. Maintain a balance of hot and cold, sweet and savory, meat and meatless. Keep things bite size if possible (dinner parties exempt), otherwise you’ll find guests overlooking dishes you’ve spent the day slaving over simply because it’s not convenient… Think grazing. Some guests may have diet restrictions, so be sure to provide variety with that in mind. Guests should be able to eat at least half of the options provided.

Get Your Drink On

Keep things merry, but easy. Unless you’re hiring someone to work a full bar, offer 2-3 staple cocktails and no more. You can get fancy with a couple mixed drinks, but cider, mulled wine, and eggnog are tried and true traditional favorites! Be sure beverages have varying alcohol bases, and just like your good eats, keep the hot and cold balance present. Leave the beer & wine for guests to bring.

Preparations

The most important thing to remember for prep is that you don’t want to miss out on your own party. For food, have every dish ready and waiting to go in the oven before guest arrival. That way, you are free to pop in and out of the kitchen as needed, as opposed to being a prisoner in front of the stove while guests wait awkwardly. Choose one or two dishes that can be made and served in a crock pot (slow cookers are a party host’s best friend). For drinks, make things in bulk before arrival, if possible. Put the cider on simmer, punchbowl on the table, and lay out a couple bites to eat.

Ready for Arrival

When all refreshments are prepped, get ready for showtime! Light candles, turn on some holly jolly tunes, switch on tree lights, etc. When guests arrive, you don’t want anyone to feel like “I’m the first one here.” They should feel at home, not awkward. It’s helpful to get a “partner in crime” (i.e. husband, wife, best friend, significant other) to be the entertainment buffer while you’re in and out of the kitchen, as well as to help introduce guests to each other.

And a Little Activity

After the mingling, tasting, sipping, and merrymaking have each had their time, you may choose to have a holiday related activity. Timing is everything, because you want to do this early enough that guests won’t be twiddling their thumbs waiting to begin, but late enough that most guests have arrived and had plenty of time to enjoy refreshments. We recommend having only one activity at a holiday gathering.

And that’s about it! Although the holidays can be stressful, the celebrations don’t have to be. Our one last tip to all you party hosts out there is something so important that we’ve found to be true for all of our weddings… Just enjoy. In the end, it’s you and your guests, and everything else is just icing on the (oh so merry) cake. We hope we’ve been helpful these past few weeks with all our tips and ideas for planning a fabulously festive fete!