My Think Pink Ladies Luncheon. The Drinks.

IB97U8546n honor of breast cancer awareness month I hosted my Think Pink How2Girl Ladies Luncheon at my home in Westlake Village, Ca this last weekend to bring awareness and raise money for breast cancer. I teamed up with Bright Pink Org, who is a wonderful non-profit specializing in breast and ovarian cancer and had all of my girlfriends over for cocktails and h’ourderves to raise money for Bright Pink and hundreds of women in need.

B97U8120The delectable passed h’ourderves were made specialty by world renowned caterers AC Events. They are the geniuses behind Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding and were kind enough to team up with me for cost to make this event spectacular!

 

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 5.30.56 PM ThinkPinkGirlsCocktail As for the drinks,  I was recently asked by SodaStream to tryout their new SodaStream Play Machine. After playing around with it I thought it would be fun and different to use their soda flavors to customize my mocktails and cocktails. The SodaStream has once again partnered with Yves Behar, world-renowned designer for the Play Machine. Featuring refined mechanics, a sleek new look and the best part customizable skins to dress up your machine! To customize my new machine I opted for a pretty pink and green floral skin to go with the look and feel of my event but the options are never ending! From sports teams to animal prints there is a SodaStream Play Skin for everyone. They even give you the option to customize your SodaStream to you and your family with a skin made from your own pictures! To learn more about the Play Skins and how you can customize your very own Play Machine click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo 2photo 3The Play Skins are extremely simple to use. They come in the form of stickers which can be removed at a later time if you want to change things up. They are labeled clearly, only take a minute to apply and are pretty much idiot proof!  I love these because you can makeover the look of your Play Machine and your kitchen whenever you like.

 

 

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photo 15One of the features I fell in love with when trying the SodaStream is that you have the freedom to customize your soda. There are so many amazing flavors to choose from and using the SodaStream really gives you the freedom to get creative and have fun with your drinks whether your entertaining with mocktails and cocktails or just making root beer for your family. You get to be a mad scientist mixing different flavors and creating your own unique taste specific drinks!

 

You saw my delicious recipes in Friday’s post so without further a due… Lets bring out the cocktails!

 

photo 13photo 12I set up my bar with all of the fresh ingredients my drinks called for like strawberries, mint from my yard, raspberries, limes and lemons.

 

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Next to them I had all of the SodaStream Flavors I was using like Sparkling Pink Grapefruit and Country Time Lemonade. (for my non-drinkers)

 

 

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To add a touch of elegance I showcased the cocktails and their ingredients to guests by printing them out and placing them in gold frames from Michaels Arts & Crafts.

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photo 2I had so much fun chatting with my guests and playing the bartender/mixologist at the same time! The drinks were a huge hit because the SodaStream gave them the perfect amount of fizz and I could make them stronger or lighter flavored depending on who I was serving. All in all the luncheon was a huge success! We had a crafting station set up courtesy of Michaels Arts & Crafts where guests customized their own pink ribbons and we set up a room where everyone donated designer clothing, accessories and shoes which will be auctioned off next week on ebay for Bright Pink Org. It felt so great to bring an amazing group of women together for such an important cause and to give back in a fun and out of the box way!

Be sure to stay tuned this week for all of the food, the crafts and everything you need to know regarding the auction because you won’t want to miss these beautiful clothes! 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Bright Pink.

Get My How2Girl Signature Cocktails Using My New Favorite Tool In The Kitchen. The SodaStream!

amiel_weisblum_pinkribbonEverywhere you go this month, there is pink, and I love it! It is truly amazing seeing all of the overwhelming support for breast cancer awareness month! From NFL players in pink socks and shoes… to dogs in pink bandanas. On a personal note, my grandmother was a breast cancer survivor, and my step-mom is in remission from ovarian cancer! So this cause is near and dear to my heart. No matter where you live, what you do, your gender or your age, we all have been effected by cancer. I wanted to find a way to join the cause and help even on a tiny level, to spread awareness and raise funds for breast cancer. In How2Girl style, I am throwing a ladies luncheon at my home this weekend. It’s no big surprise that there will be lots and lots of pink, which is great for me, since it’s my favorite color! Aside from flowers, decor, and food, I wanted to incorporate pink into flirty, girly cocktails for my friends to sip on while we learn all about early prevention, self exams, and what we all should watch out for and be aware of.

 

 

Screen Shot 2014-10-24 at 5.30.56 PMSodaStream recently contacted me to see if I’d  like to try out the new SodaStream Play machine. I remember when these first came out and I always wanted to try one. The thought of not having to go to the store to buy liters of soda, and turning simple tap water into your own custom soda, with no clean-up, that takes under 30 seconds… and all while being environmentally friendly? Sign me up!!!

Using this revolutionary machine, I have dreamt up two fabulous cocktails for my luncheon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

photo 1First up…  The How2Girl Pink Grapefruit Martini. This cocktail is sweet with just the right amount of zest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

SparklingNaturals_PinkGrapefruit2 ounces of SodaStream Sparkling Naturals Soda in Pink Grapefruit

2 ounces fresh pink grapefruit juice, plus raspberries for garnish

1 ounce grenadine

1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice

3 ounces vodka

*Made from cane sugar and other all-natural ingredients, new SodaStream Sparkling Naturals make great-tasting `better for you’ sodas. Sparkling Naturals contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors and no artificial sweeteners, and do not contain any preservatives, making them a perfect, sparkling, natural soda alternative for the entire family.

Directions:

Using your SodaStream make a batch of Sparkling Natural Pink Grapefruit Soda. Next shake the grapefruit juice, Sparkling Naturals, lemon juice, vodka and 1 tablespoon crushed ice in a cocktail shaker. Strain into a chilled martini glass and garnish with grapefruit and enjoy!

 

photo 2Last but not least…  The How2Girl Signature Strawberry Mojito. This refreshing combo of fresh fruit and fizz will have you feeling like you are at a spa on a tropical vacation, without having to leave the house.

 

 

 

 

 

Here’s what you’ll need:

 

Strawberry

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 c SodaStream Strawberry Soda

6 strawberries quartered

1/2 bunch mint leaves

3 large limes

1 c white sugar

1 c rum

8 c crushed ice

raspberries for garnish

Directions:

  1. Pour 1/4 to 1/2 inch of sugar onto a small, shallow plate. Run one of the lime quarters around the rim of each cocktail glass, then dip the glasses into the sugar to rim; set aside.
  2. Whip out your SodaStream, and make yourself a batch of Strawberry Soda.
  3. Squeeze all of the lime quarters into a sturdy glass pitcher. Toss the juiced limes into the pitcher along with the mint, strawberries, and 1 cup of sugar. Crush the fruits together with a muddler, to release the juices from the strawberries and the oil from the mint leaves. Stir in the rum and Strawberry Soda until the sugar has dissolved. Pour into the sugared glasses over ice cubes, add in a raspberry and enjoy!

Enjoy these fun, flirty and most importantly “pink drinks” and stay tuned for lots of fun pics and tutorials from my event which will be up next week! Have a great weekend.

 

Get Spooky With Flaming Cocktails!

FlamingCocktail2The best way to spend this holiday is to entertain in style and frighten your guests with flaming cocktails. Love this recipe I found courtesy of Drink Nation. I will be making these cocktails on Halloween for my guests, I love them and know you will too!

Pumpkin Pie

1/3 shot Kahlua
1/3 shot Bailey’s Irish Cream
1/3 shot Tequila (white)
1 dash cinnamon

Carefully layer this shot with Kahlua on the bottom, Bailey’s in the middle, and tequila on top. Light the tequila on fire and sprinkle with cinnamon. Down it. It’s just like warm pumpkin pie.

 

It’s That Time of The Year Again! My Annual How2Girl Pumpkin Carving Contest!

painted_pumpkins_booFasten your seat belts because its finally my favorite time of year again!!! I always love seeing all of you’re creativity and the passion you put into your pumpkins. I’m constantly blown away at the fabulous designs you come up with! Please send in your creations to info@how2girl.com before the end of the month for some killer prizes in the form of gift cards to Michaels Arts & Crafts!

Spooky Wine Glasses.

This project is an oldie but a goodie! I wanted to do something a little fun and different with the wine glasses we have… I decided to paint the stems and bases with black chalkboard spray paint. This makes them not only look cool and spooky but allows you to write your guests name on the glass! No one will misplace their drink at this party! Plus they look cool all year around, no need to only use them for Halloween!

 

 

Here’s what you will need:

Wine glasses. I used ours from Crate & Barrel $5 a piece.

Chalkboard Spray Paint $5 -Home Depot.

Latex or plastic gloves.

Painters masking tape.

Chalk

Start out by taking a small piece of painters masking tape and taping around the top of the stem. You want to make sure it is even and flat so you get a nice line once your paint dries and you remove the tape. Continue adding more tape working your way up the glass about an inch or two. This makes sure that when you spray you are only spraying the stem and base.

Put on plastic or newspaper and spray the stem and base at close range (4-5 inches away) Cover it where it is even but don’t overspray or it will start dripping. Let dry for 10 minutes and repeat.

 

Let dry for an hour then remove the tape.

You’re almost done! Now you can write your guests name on them with your chalk and you’re all set and when you want to remove the name just use a dish towel with a little bit of water and it will come right off. Enjoy!