vegan eggnog martini

One of my favorite parts about throwing parties is the planning leading up to the actual event. I love writing lists, testing recipes, and making inspiration boards. Today was a pretty dreamy party planning day with Haley from Brewing Happiness. We’ve got lots in the works for SNOW, our pop up cocktail party coming up next month. Some rad sponsors signed on this week, including FAIR vodka (this stuff is made from quinoa!) and Califia Farms (my favorite almond milk!).

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Califia makes a vegan holiday nog that’s pretty perfect for holiday parties…and for pouring vodka into. I spent the afternoon at Haley’s, testing out cocktails while she made two amazing kinds of vegan cookies (more on that later this week!). High on cookies and cocktails, we wrote a MAJOR to do list that included things like “buy marshmallows for backdrop” and “go to craft store for metallic silver fringe.” These are the things party planning dreams are made of.

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If you’re someone who lives outside of Los Angeles, the recipe below is for you. If you live here, come drink a few with us at SNOW! If you can’t even wait and need to get into the holiday spirit RIGHT NOW, go ahead and whip these up (but still party with us!).

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vegan eggnog martini
makes one cocktail

1.5 oz FAIR quinoa vodka
.5 oz FAIR cafe liqueur
2 oz Califia Farms holiday nog
ice

Mix vodka and liqueur in a cocktail shaker. Pour over a few cubes of ice and top with holiday nog.

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SNOW [a social night of winter]

LA readers! I’m hosting a pop up cocktail party in Hollywood on December 13th and would just love for you to be there. I’m teaming up with Haley from Brewing Happiness on this one–if you haven’t read her beautiful blog, get over there now! We’re doin’ it up big time with holiday cocktails, a vegan-friendly cookies and milk bar, a pretty photobooth, a dang ICE SCULPTURE by Troubled Ice, and live music from the talented Zach Heckendorf and Shilo Gold.

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weekend link party!

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LA readers: I’m throwing a wintery cocktail party with haley from brewing happiness! rsvp here

got myself a suzani throw inspired by this beautiful room

I made this comforting crock pot meal this week

sparkly photobooth inspiration

how fun is the airstream getaway in malibu?

on buying experiences, not things

have you listened to the serial podcast yet? it is SO GOOD

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autumn mule

I am all about indulging in a “favorite plus favorite” moment. Like sipping on your favorite drink at your favorite coffee shop, or watching your favorite movie in your favorite cozy sweater. This morning I’m eating my favorite pancakes with coffee and reading blogs. Favorites all over the place.

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photos by Lindsey of Owl You Are

Citrus-meets-ginger is one of my favorite pairings, so I created a spin on the classic Moscow mule. I switched out the ginger beer for ginger liqueur (because boozy is often better) and ginger lemon kombucha. Fresh lime juice and vodka bring it all home.

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I mixed up this cocktail with my favorite vodka and my favorite kombucha. Both local LA companies, GreenBar Distillery and Health-Ade Kombucha make the most sip-worthy stuff around. Here’s to indulging in your favorites this weekend!

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autumn mule
makes one cocktail

1 1/2 oz vodka
1 oz ginger liqueur
ginger lemon kombucha
lime wedge
ice

Squeeze lime wedge into glass and add vodka and liqueur. Top off with lemon ginger kombucha and stir with ice.

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indian summer pop up dinner

Up until a few weeks ago, The Dinner Party Association was mostly gatherings around my dinner table. I’ve moved a few times along the way, gotten new tables and made some great friends. It was time for the next step, so I took a big leap into the world of party planning and hosted my very first pop up dinner.

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photos by Lindsey Wilson of Owl You Are

I collaborated with my dear friend and chef, Mariana, on everything. We both had our hands in every pot, never leaving just the marketing up to me or the food up to Mariana. We hosted the dinner at Mariana’s beautiful Venice Beach bungalow and chose a Moroccan theme for the menu and decor. I loved picking a theme and running with it, finding the perfect flowers and napkins and dishes along the way. Mariana dreamed up the most gorgeous dishes and completely made them come alive. We started the meal with a dreamy moroccan eggplant tart, followed by a frisée salad, roasted heirloom carrots, garam marsala couscous, a short rib and squash tagine, and coconut spiced rice pudding. It was fun to watch a table of my close friends and new acquaintances eating together, enjoying the food and atmosphere we created.

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Giddy, relieved, and exhausted by the end of the night, Mariana and I made a toast before scrubbing some dishes and promptly going to sleep. I think I dreamed of roasted carrots and squash tagine, but I might be mixing that up with real life.

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My first pop up was a lot of work but just as much fun. It’s cool for me to watch The Dinner Party Association transform and have this little website to keep track of it all. I’ve got another couple parties (and a post about our party cocktails) in the works, stay tuned!

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To read more about our pop up dinner, check out these pretty posts by Owl You Are and Brewing Happiness.

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