How to throw a Galentine’s Day Party!

Hi Friends!

Last year, I planned my first ever Galentine’s Day Party and it was a complete success! I decided to go all out and order some fun decorations, fun food and some party favors that made perfect for our signature cocktails!

Here’s how I went about throwing my party:

Pick a date

This year my friends and I are having it on Wednesday, February 12th, because I will be headed off to Florida on the 13th for a half-marathon (more to come on that)! The 13th is technically the designated day for Galentine’s Day, but I think any day in February works to get together with friends and have fun drinks and heart shaped food! 🙂

Guest list

For Galentine’s Day, I just had my closest gal pals from college that live in NYC and my roommates. I wanted to get us some fun little gifts, so I kept my guest list relatively small.

Pick a location

I decided to have it at my apartment so I could decorate and make everything I wanted to make, while also staying on a budget.

Decorate

THIS was probably the best part of planning the party (next to creating my signature drink in my fun glasses), and I decided to go all out for it! I already have an on-theme light up sign in my apartment, so I decided to get a glitter wall to play off the light that we already had. I got this glitter wallpaper type thing on Amazon in pink and gold. I layered them to give it a subtle pink look, and I honestly never took it down after that. It lives in my apartment now.

Other options I love and am using for this year are: these heart garlands, these hanging paper hearts, twinkle lights, heart light, and this adorable pom-pom heart mirror!

Party favors

I wanted to get something fun and cute, however not too pricey for my friends and I to have for the party. After looking up some inspiration from my friend, Danielle (who plans a killer Galentine’s Day party every year), I decided on these personalized champagne flutes from Etsy! They were $5 each, came relatively quickly, and my friends LOVED them.

Food and drinks

This is your chance to really play around with fun on-theme foods, or just making your favorites. Last year, we bought pizza dough and other pizza fixings from Trader Joe’s, and made our own heart shaped pizzas. Unfortunately, we forgot to take photos because making then heart shaped pizzas was quite the event, and we were all ready to eat.

I did make a fun signature drink in the flutes that I got for us. It consisted of Trader Joe’s fancy pink lemonade, raspberry lime seltzer, mint, raspberries and lime juice! Plus vodka of course. This year I’m thinking of maybe doing a grapefruit mule, or something else fun and pink!

Supplies

Straws

From Amazon, I also picked up these Valentine’s Day themed paper straws, which came in a such a large pack that we literally still a few left for this year’s party haha.

Plates

In addition, heart plates from Amazon, came in handy from last year, and here’s a heart shaped option on Prime for this year is linked here.

Napkins

The CUTEST napkins from Amazon for Valentine’s Day are by far these ones. I’m ordering these just to have as fun cocktail napkins because they are fun and I love hearts.

 

 

Turkey Taco Bowl from Trader Joe’s

I had been planning to have a taco night for quite a while now, and while shopping at Trader Joe’s for the ingredients, I found this Mexican style roasted corn in the frozen section. I love Mexican street corn, so I was excited to add this to my turkey taco bowl recipe!

The taco bowl turned out even better than I had planned thanks to some key ingredients which I will list here! This was also very filling, and I had enough leftover for another meal, which is ideal for me!

Overall, the Mexican street corn was delicious and easy to cook. I would recommend following the pan sauté directions, however I felt that it did not take the 5-7 suggested minutes. I could tell it was done because the sauce was starting to stick to the pan slightly and I took it off the heat at the perfect time.

The other key ingredient that changed up my turkey taco bowl was the chili lime spice that has been all the rage. I originally put it on mango, and thought it would be great mixed with the ground turkey, and some on top. It was the perfect addition, not to salty like taco seasoning, yet still flavorful!

Find the other ingredients below:

Mexican style roasted corn

Chili lime seasoning

Ground turkey

Frozen brown rice (so easy to cook and no clean up!)

Black beans

Avocado

Mista Veggie Blend (I added these warm veggies since I didn’t have any lettuce or salsa to put on top!)

Follow directions on the packaging of the ingredients, and combine in a bowl with rice as the base, and enjoy!

 

 

Game of Thrones Premiere & Cheese Board Debut

Who watched the GOT season 8 premiere Sunday night?! I was so excited for it, and the episode didn’t disappoint. I watched the season 7 finale right before, and I forgot just how action packed it was. Watching that made me so pumped for season 8. I can’t wait to find out who ends up on the iron throne, but I’m sad that some of my favorite characters could face death! ):

Anyway, I had a few friends over for the premiere, so naturally as an entertainer and someone who just purchased a new cheese board, I had to make up a cheese plate for the watch party.

As I mentioned in a previous post, I picked up this marble cheese board with a golden pineapple detail about a week ago. The board came in the mail and I immediately felt the need to buy a bunch of cheese and invite people over, then I realized that the GOT premiere was the perfect time to break out both!

I picked up most of the items from good ole Trader Joe’s (there is one right around the corner from my office, and it’s never too packed, truly a blessing). I got some Cotswolds cheese, double cream gouda, herbed goat cheese, and Dubliner cheddar. For fun other cheese plate items, I used truffle marcona almonds, bread and butter pickles, pita crisps, cornbread crackers (all from Trader Joe’s), shelled pistachios, and some cucumber and orange pepper cut up.

It was all very delicious and extremely filling! I would definitely recommend getting and making a cheese plate for entertaining, as it was the highlight of the night (other than the episode, obviously).

Happy eating! xx

5 Products I’ve Been Loving Recently

1. Kopari Coconut Deodorant

This product is my NEW FAVORITE thing. After hearing about this aluminum-free deodorant, I saw it at the airport on my way to Florida and I decided to give it a try!

To be honest, I haven’t used women’s deodorant since high school. I really didn’t like it, and I felt like it didn’t actually work, so I started using Old Spice Pure Sport deodorant all the time. No one notice that I smelled like a boy, and I also didn’t smell like weird flowers and have white, crumbly armpits (ew).

Kopari is the perfect deodorant. It smells great, it works really well, it doesn’t feel heavy, and it goes on clear! Plus it is free of harmful ingredients, so it’s a win-win.

2. Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Herbs, and Rosewater

I’ve used a few Mario Badescu products in the past, such as the Drying Lotion and the Cucumber Tonic Mask, but this is one of my new favorite products! Amazing on a hot day for a little refresh, and a great afternoon pick-me-up. I use it in the morning before I jade role, and sometimes after I shower, just because! The smell is so calming, and it’s good for sensitive skin.

3. The Oaui Leave in Conditioner

I got this in my FabFitFun box, and I have been loving it! I usually shower at night, and a little of this helps keep my hair tame and less frizzy after sleeping on it. I have lightly wavy hair, and I spray some of this on and comb through with my fingers. I don’t lose the waves, except I do lose the frizz, which is a plus!

4. St. Tropez Express Bronzing Mousse

St. Tropez is the easiest self tanner that actually works well. It’s pretty fool proof and will give you a nice glow, fast. Personally, I think the self-tanning mitt is the key, along with watching this video from St. Tropez!

5. Vital Proteins Collagen Creamer

Collagen is great for the skin, and you don’t get it from other foods (other than bone broth), so this supplement is one of my favorites! I’ve been having the vanilla flavor

I also have the Strawberry Lemon Beauty Collagen from Vital Proteins as well, which tastes great in smoothies, water, and even mixed into cranberry juice (a recent and delicious discovery).

 

 

 

 

The best cold fix recipe: “Health Tea”

Last week I went out to a vendor lunch for work at Westville Hudson. There are a few Westville locations in NYC (one very close to my apartment!), and I had never actually been. I knew they had seasonal vegetables, and other random things like french fries and hot dogs. However, I didn’t realize that the restaurant was a perfect mix of healthy and indulgent! I loved that they have so many different seasonal veggies options, as well as packed salads and sandwiches.

In addition to the smoky mac and cheese, my favorite item was a drink special called “Health Tea.” I made sure I took a picture of all the ingredients so I could re-create this recipe at home!

Recipe:

A few sprigs of mint, to taste

A few sage leaves, to taste

2 orange slices

2 lemon slices

A large piece of fresh ginger

1 Cinnamon stick, or a dash of ground cinnamon

Hot water

Honey, to taste

I made this at home this morning in my ban.do to-go coffee mug, and my trusty Chef’s Choice electric kettle. I added the mint, sage, ginger, orange slices, lemon slices and cinnamon. I then poured hot water over the other ingredients to steep. I then added some honey to sweeten it up a bit!

I’ve been refilling my mug all morning with more hot water, I love this alternative to lemon water or tea! A great way to switch it up.

 

 

Quick Super Bowl appetizer: The best buffalo chicken dip recipe

I was born on Super Bowl Sunday 24 years ago! As a Super Bowl baby, I am always amped up for the day (especially when the Patriots are playing).

As a self-proclaimed foodie, I love all the fun recipes that come with the day, as many of them are foods you would never eat otherwise. Many of them are ridiculous, over-the-top foods that also require a lot of prep and cook time. This buffalo chicken dip is a quick, simple recipe that is equal parts easy and delicious!

Truth be told, I usually slightly follow Frank’s Red Hot Recipe for temperature and measurements, but I tend to add my own flair too it.

The Recipe:

2 cups of shredded, cooked chicken. I use the meat of 1 rotisserie chicken, I usually cut the breasts with a knife and measure it out to 2 cups.

8 oz of cream cheese. I usually use low fat cream cheese, and I let it soften up a bit first.

1/2 cup of Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo Wing Sauce. This is KEY. The regular hot sauce also works, however I love to use the buffalo wing sauce from Frank’s, it’s the best.

1/2 cup ranch dressing. I repeat, ranch, not bleu cheese.

1/2 cup of your preferred shredded cheese. Frank’s calls for bleu cheese crumbles, but I personally prefer shredded cheddar and Monterey Jack cheeses. I mix 1/2 cup in with the cream cheese, buffalo sauce, ranch, chicken mixture, as well as some for melting on top.

Scallions (for garnish).

Pre-heat oven to 350° F, place mixture in a shallow baking dish of choice. Bake for 20 mins. Serve with pretzel/pita/tortilla, bread, veggies, or really whatever you prefer!

Frank’s recipe recommends to mix up the dip after it is warmed, however I think it is best with the meaty cheese top and fresh scallion garnish!

Happy Super Bowl and GO PATS!!

Reese Witherspoon’s cornbread chili pie

I’ve been dying to get Reese Witherspoon’s “Whiskey in a Teacup” book, but just haven’t quite gotten around to it.

Delish posted a recipe from Reese’s book on Instagram yesterday, and I sent it to my mom knowing we had to make it for Sunday.

Cornbread. chili. pie.

We decided to switch out the ground pork and ground beef mixture with ground turkey instead. The recipe came out SO delicious and it can all be made in one skillet.

It was like a meaty chili with a perfectly moist cornbread, topped with sour cream, cheese, and scallions, which Reese suggested. She also wrote that adding salsa is a good option, however we opted for some avocado instead.

I would give this a 10/10, as the cornbread was amazing and the chili had great flavor. Would have also been good with beef/pork as well.