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Entertaining Like a Starlet: Cocktails

Now that we’ve discussed how to prep for a Starlet party, we can take a look at what to serve. No matter what type of party a Starlet is throwing, you can be sure there will be cocktails.  Now every Starlet has her favorite cocktails, but for a party she will generally choose classic cocktails (think Mad Men) that have simple ingredients. 

A Starlet will rarely hire a bartender no matter how big the party, but, if she has a leading man in her life (whether it be a husband, boyfriend, or gay best friend) she will usually leave him in charge of mixing drinks. 

Bonus Points if he looks like Don Draper

She will also have a bar area with all the tools necessary to make libations, as well as a cabinet or cupboard with variety of glasses.  She may even collect vintage cocktail glasses and likes to mix and match so guests each have a unique glass (that way everyone knows which glass is theirs). 

Also note: when purchasing liquor and juices (never a pre-mix, always go fresh), plan on one cocktail per person per hour…. and plenty of champagne!

 

Here are some classic cocktail options….
 
1 1/2 oz vodka
3/4 oz dry vermouth
Shake vodka and vermouth together with several ice cubes in a shaker. Strain into a cocktail glass, garnish with an olive and serve.

 

2 ounces rye or blended whiskey
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon superfine sugar or simple syrup
Slice of orange or lemon (or both) and a maraschino cherry
Shake the whiskey, lemon juice, and sugar vigorously with ice; then strain over ice into a chilled cocktail glass, Old Fashioned glass, or highball glass. Garnish with an orange or lemon slice (or both) and a maraschino cherry.
2 ounces gin
 Juice from half a lemon
 1 teaspoon superfine sugar
 4 ounces cold club soda
 Slice of lemon and a maraschino cherry
Shake gin, lemon juice, and sugar with ice, then pour into a chilled collins glass filled with ice.
Add club soda and garnish with lemon slice and maraschino cherry.

 

1 1/2 oz Rémy Martin VSOP cognac
3/4 oz Cointreau
3/4 oz Fresh Lemon Juice
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass. Shake vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled cocktail glass.
Garnish with a sugar-rim.
Cointreau has a variety of versions of their Rickeys.  You can pick whichever one suits your party theme
http://www.cointreau.us/cocktails/categories/rickey/

.. and if your party has a Mexican or Summertime theme, you can choose from Cointreau’s selection of Margaritas

 

Stay tuned for fabulous food for entertaining at home!
Kisses
Sarah

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Entertaining at Home, Starlet Style

Its no secret that Starlets, love to entertain… stage, screen, at home…. anywhere!  When entertaining at home a Starlet likes low key parties… after all, her life is always so exciting when she leaves the house that her time at home is a place for relaxation… or maybe seduction.

Guest List

Many times a Starlet can feel like her life is on display.  She may feel like people are always talking about her… (and if you’re truly living like a Starlet, they probably are)… so her home is her sanctuary.  So a Starlet is very selective about who she invites into her lair.  She will only invite close friends and people she trusts (Marilyn Monroe even had a list of guest rules for her gatherings).  

  • If you must indulge in gardening—use your own garden.

 

 

 

  • Show appreciation to your hostess.

 

  • No gossip please (“Why, she is at least 40!”).
  • It is quite proper to bring a present.
  • Please do not steal our cook.
  • Ashtrays means for ashes.
  • Even our whiskey supply has it limitations.

 
When selecting a guest list, a Starlet will also try to invite people of similar interests, and for dinner parties, she will handwrite place cards and seat in traditional boy/girl/boy/girl format.

 

Theme

Sometimes holidays provide a theme and other times a Starlet will create her own, but every party has a theme.  The options are endless!  Glamour Goddess Dita Von Teese has garden arts parties where she invites all of her guests to bring an artistic endeavor to share. 
 

Party Prep

Before a party a Starlet will get domestic and do a good old fashioned housecleaning (Marilyn Monore actually loved to vacuum).

Décor

Starlets love glamour, but they don’t go over the top with party décor.  She likely collects vintage vases and bowls, so some fresh flowers (Audrey Hepburn’s favorite) and some fresh fruits along with some candles for ambiance will do the trick.
In an interview with New Potato, Dita says, when asked what new thing she’d like to have when hosting a get together she said…

“My antique typewriter for guests to write notes on.”

This one’s mine!
 
And, it’s always nice to leave guests with a favor.  It can be as simple as a recipe card with a cocktail or menu recipe on it.

Music

Every party requires its hostess to set the mood and music is the perfect way to do that.  The style of music depends of the theme and the guest list.  When in doubt, a Starlet always goes with Frank Sinatra and other classic artists. 
Dita Von Tesse has her ultimate entertaining playlist on Spotify.  I’ll be breaking down the Soundtrack to a Starlet’s life in a future post, so keep an eye out for it.

Activities

Some party themes lend themselves to certain activities, and some are just about socializing.  Starlets love games (card games, charades, board games) and may break them out for some parties, but her sparkling conversation are usually entertainment enough.
Stay tuned for cocktails and menu ideas for entertaining at home, Starlet Style! 
Kisses
Sarah
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New Years Resolutions

Starlets love to improve themselves.  So here are some Starlet resolutions and links to how everyday Starlet can help you achieve them:

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My resolution is to make this blog as fun and entertaining for my readers as it is for me to write it.  Please sign up to receive emails (on the right sidebar) or follow on Bloglovin’.  You can also follow Everyday Starlet on Twitter and Facebook….
 Looking forward to you spending 2014 with Everyday Starlet!
Kisses

Sarah
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Holiday Fashion

Starlets love to get dressed up for any occasion, and Christmas is no different.  How a Starlet dresses for the holidays depends on how she celebrates.  Some have more formal celebrations and some have more casual intimate gatherings.  Either way, a Starlet puts at least a little more effort into her appearance for Christmas time.  After all, she never knows who may capture the occasion on camera.  Here are a few Starlet approved looks for inspiration….

 

 

Kisses
Sarah
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Holiday Entertainment

A Starlet’s life in always entertaining, but at Christmas time she likes to relax and get into the spirit of the season.  So to celebrate Christmas she just needs a few essentials….

Exchanging Gifts

Starlets love to give as well as receive

Christmas Movies

Here are a few favorites:

A Christmas Story

White Christmas

 It’s a Wonderful Life

… and Christmas Music

She loves the classics that have a retro vintage feel, and a few fun songs that make her smile
Stay tuned for Holiday Fashion!
Kisses
Sarah
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Holiday Cocktails

Starlets love Christmas and Cocktails… so holiday themed cocktails are a Starlet favorite. 
At Christmas time, Lana Turner treated herself to a Ramos Fizz
… and since Starlets love tradition, Eggnog is a must for tree trimming
Brunch would just not be the same without a Mimosa… so for Christmas Day a Starlet will go for the traditional or a red variation like a Red Stocking….
Red Stockings
Smooth as silk. Alluring, extravagant, simply elegant.
1.5 oz. Cointreau
1 oz. Cranberry Juice
1/2 oz. Fresh Lemon Juice
Top with chilled Champagne
Shake all ingredients with ice, except for the Champagne.
Strain into a champagne flute. Top with Champagne.
Garnish with winter berries.

 

Sugar and Spice
Sugar, spice, and everything nice.
1/2 oz. Remy Martin VSOP
1/2 oz. Cointreau
1 sugar cube
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Top with chilled Champagne
Build all ingredients in a chilled champagne flute.
Garnish with a long lemon twist.
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Peppermint “Teese”
Lively and refreshing. This cocktail tickles your senses, and leaves you wanting more.
1 oz. Cointreau
6 – 8 oz. Peppermint Tea
Build in a warm cocktail mug.
Garnish with a peppermint stick.
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Milk and Cookies
Melts in your mouth, not in your hands.
1.5 oz. Mount Gay Eclipse
1 oz. Cointreau
2 oz. Milk
1/2 oz. Simple Syrup
Shake all ingredients with ice and strain into martini glass.
Garnish with grated nutmeg.
Serve with two warm chocolate chip cookies.
Dita and Cointreau teamed up for a holiday cocktail lesson, where they make Rickys (sidenote: her dress and accessories are to die for):


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Stay tuned for holiday entertainment!

Kisses

Sarah

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A Starlet Christmas Feast

Starlets usually try to eat right and exercise.  However holiday time they go all out!  Here are some Starlet inspired menu ideas:

Appetizers and Finger Foods

For a cocktail party or tree trimming party go for retro favorites like a Cheese Fondue and/or Deviled Eggs
… and for something sweet, try a Chocolate Dipped Fruit Wreath like this one made my Dita Von Teese
…or try chestnuts roasting on an open fire (or in your oven)
… and don’t forget the Christmas themed candy
 

Brunch

What would Christmas morning be without brunch (with Mimosas, of course)?… just any other morning.  So make it special.  Try a Tomato Basil Quiche (it’s so festive with the reds and greens)….
…along with grilled marinated peaches like these made by Dita

Sit Down Dinner

For a full meal, make sure you keep it interesting.  Here is a simple menu inspired by Dita Von Teese’s After Christmas Party:
Mixed green salad with goat cheese and Vinaigrette, with your choice of vegetables
… or go with a classic chicken (or vegetarian) pot pie
… or any pasta, from spaghetti and meatballs to (my personal holiday favorite) stuffed shells
…or you can go all out like Dita Von Teese

“I love the big dinner—ham, roast beef; things I don’t really eat during the year—and just sort of letting loose and eating every treat: the cheese, the cookies and the candy.”

Desserts

Nothing says Christmas like red velvet cake or cupcakes
… or go French with a Buche De Noel or Chocolat Chaud de Noel (hot chocolate)
 

 
 
 
Stay tuned for Cocktail Time!
Kisses
Sarah
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Christmas Decorating, Starlet Style

Christmas is a glamorous holiday, and when you think glamour, you think Starlet.  Starlets have a tendency to go a little over the top with decorating… the sparkle it just too tempting to pass up.  While most Starlets love tradition, they also like to go a little unique for Christmas time….

Like a tree in her signature style color… like these in pink
or try a Black and White theme
WhoSay - image from Dita Von Teese
 … and maybe a sexy stocking can double as a Christmas Stocking
Wreaths are like jewelry for your house, so they should sparkle
…. and you just may find a feather in unexpected places
…especially Peacock feathers, like these on Glamour Queen Dita Von Teese’s mantel
… and don’t forget the mistletoe!

Stay tuned for Christmas dinner!

Kisses

Sarah

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