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Fun “Mocktail” Drink Recipes for Super Sweet 16 Party

“Mocktail” Drink Recipes for Super Sweet 16 Party

Looking to plan a Sweet 16 Party? Take a look at some of these fun, delicious alcohol- free drink recipies that will turn any party into a hit.

Daddy’s Little Princess Shirley Temple:  Ingredients – 6 fluid ounces lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage.  1 dash grenadine syrup.  1 maraschino cherry.  Directions– into a tall glass, pour soda and grenadine over ice.  Add cherry and straw.

Pink Goddess Raspberry Fizzler:  Ingredients – 1 1/2 cups of raspberry juice.  3 scoops of raspberry sherbet.  1/2 cup of carbonated water.  Directions – In a blender, combine raspberry juice, raspberry sherbet, and carbonated water.  Blend until smooth.  Pour into glasses and serve.

Lipstick Smudger Tornado Twist:Ingredients – 12 fluid ounces of cranberry-raspberry juice.  1 can or bottle of lemon-lime carbonated beverage.  Directions – In a pitcher, mix cranberry-raspberry juice with lemon-lime soda.  Pour over ice and serve.

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My First Car Mock-Sangria: Ingredients – 1 (2 liter) bottle lemon-lime flavored carbonated beverage.  1 cup instant tea powder.  2 oranges sliced into rounds.  1 lemon sliced into rounds.  3 cups ice.  Directions – Pour the lemon-lime soda into a punch bowl, and stir in the instant ice tea.  Float the orange and lemon slices in the punch, and add ice. Serve immediately.

All-Over Glitter Mock-Champagne:  Ingredients – 2 (2 liter) bottles ginger ale, chilled.  1 (46 fluid ounce) can pineapple juice, chilled.  1 (64 fluid ounce) bottle white grape juice, chilled. Directions – In a large punch bowl, combine 1 bottle ginger ale, pineapple juice, and white grape juice.  Pour into glasses and serve.

If the Crown Fits Virgin Daiquiri:  Ingredients – 3 1/2 ounces frozen strawberries.  1/8 cup ice.  1/2 fluid ounce sweet and sour mix.  1 dash grenadine syrup.  Directions – Place strawberries, ice cubes, sweet and sour mix, and grenadine in a blender.  Blend until smooth.  Add more or less ice depending on your taste.

Lime Green Feather Boa Italian Soda:  Ingredients – 8 fluid ounces carbonated water. 3/4 ounce passion fruit flavored syrup.  3/4 ounce watermelon flavored syrup.  1 fluid ounce half-and-half cream.  Directions – Fill a tall glass half full with ice.  Fill to 2/3 with carbonated water.  Pour in watermelon and passion fruit flavored syrups, then float the half-and-half cream on top.  Stir when ready to dink.

16 Candles Virgin Pina Colada: Ingredients – 1 cup ice.  1 1/4 cup pineapple juice.  1/2 cup milk.  1/2 heavy cream.  2 tablespoons white sugar.  Directions – In an electric blender, blend ice, pineapple juice, milk, cream, and sugar.  Blend until smooth.

Shopping Spree Screwdriver:  Ingredients – 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen concentrated grapefruit juice. 1 (12 fluid ounce) can frozen cranberry juice concentrate.  1/4 cup coconut milk.  9 cups cold water.  Directions – In a 6 quart container, combine concentrated grapefruit juice, concentrated cranberry juice, and water.  Put about 1 cup of juice and coconut milk in food a blender. Blend until smooth and pour back into main juice mixture.  Chill at least 2 hours. Serve in punch bowl or pitcher.

Banana Boat River Float: Ingredients – 3 bananas.  3 cups fresh grapefruit juice.  2 cups lemon sherbet.  1 cup crushed ice.  Directions – Puree bananas in a blender.  In a gallon pitcher combine pureed bananas, grapefruit juice, lemon sherbet and crushed ice.  Stir and serve.

Beach Sunset Mojito:  Ingredients – 1/4 ruby or pink grapefruit cup into chunks, and seeds removed.  2 tbs. agave syrup or honey.  12 fresh mint leaves.  1/2 cup pink grapefruit soda.  Directions – Put grapefruit pieces, agave, and mint in a cocktail shaker. Using a muddler, smash the fruit until the juice is released. Add one cup small ice cubes to the shaker with the half cup soda; shake well.  Add more ice if desired, and top off with additional soda.  Stir and garnish with mint sprigs and serve.

Virgin-Pink-CosmoBirthday Girl Virgin Cosmopolitan:  Ingredients – 1 1/4 cup water.  1/4 cup honey.  6 hibiscus tea bags (recommended:  red zinger).  Juice of 1 lime.  1/2 cup coconut water. 1-2 cups diet lemon-lime soda chilled.  Directions – Boil water and honey; stir to dissolve honey.  Remove from heat and add the tea bags.  Seep the tea for 4 minutes, remove tea bags and let mixture cool completely .  Pour tea mix into cocktail shaker and add one cup ice.  Pour in coconut water and lime juice, and shake well.  Strain into 4 martini glasses and top off with lemon-lime soda.  Serve immediately.

Berries on the Beach:  Ingredients – 1 cup berries (whichever is in season works fine; blueberries work best).  1 tsp lemon juice.  2 tbsp honey.  1 cup soda water.  Directions – Add berries, lemon juice, and honey in a blender and mix until smooth.  Add soda water and plus until combined.  Pours into glass and serve.

Ball Gown Spritzer:  Ingredients – 1 liter soda water chilled.  1/2 cup elderberry flower syrup, chilled.  1 lime juiced.  1/3 cup blackberries.  1/4 cup mint leaves, bruised.Directions – Whisk the soda water and elderberry syrup with the lime.  Stir in blackberries and muddled mint leaves.  Serve immediately. (Also works well with lemon juice and strawberries).

Tiara Topper Peach Bellini:  Ingredients – 2 ounces peach nectar, juice, or puree.Sparkling apple cider, chilled (to taste).  Directions – Coat the rim of a champagne glass with flavored sugar.  Pour in the nectar and slowly add the cider until the glass is full.

Masquerade Mystery:  Ingredients – 2 ounces coconut milk.  3 ounces pineapple juice.  3 ounces mango juice.  1 small banana.  Directions – Pour juice and coconut milk in a blender.  Peel and add the banana.  Blend for 10 seconds.  Pour in a large glass and serve with a straw.  Garnish with a slice of pineapple on the rim.

The Sweet 16 Arnold Palmer:  Ingredients – 5 fluid ounces lemonade.  5 fluid ounces ice tea.  1 cup ice.  Directions – Combine lemonade and ice tea into a tall glass.  Add ice and stir until chilled.

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Mango-Tango Dance Party:  Ingredients – 1 mango peeled, seeded, and cut into chunks. 3/4 cup orange juice.  1/4 cup lime juice.  2 ice cubes.  1 1/4 cups club soda. Directions – Puree the mango in a blender until smooth.  Add the orange and lime juices; blend until smooth.  Add the club soda and ice cubes.  Pulse the blender until the ice cubes are crushed and ingredients are blended.

Mommy’s Little Girl Choc-Tini:  Ingredients – 1/2 cup chocolate milk.  1 cup mint-chocolate chip ice cream.  4 ice cubes.  Directions – Pour ingredients into blender and blend until smooth.  Coat inside of glass with chocolate syrup.  Pour mixture into glass. Garnish with candy cane.

 

Throw A Surprise Party To Remember

Planning a surprise party is always fun. With the thrill and enthusiasm of keeping the secret hidden from the main guest is what makes it most exciting. The biggest part of a surprise birthday party isn’t the party, it’s the surprise! That’s the challenge of a surprise birthday party. Whether it’s for an adult or a child, you need to think through your strategy for getting the guests and the guest-of-honor all together.

Birthdays come once every year. How you decide to celebrate them is entirely up to you, but a surprise birthday party will certainly be one that won’t be soon forgotten.

The important issues to be determined are who to invite, when and where the party will be held, and how to get the guest-of-honor to the designated location without him or her knowing what’s going on. The surprise birthday party demands Rambo-like coordination if everything is going to occur according to plan.

When and where:

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There is no set rule that dictates that the surprise birthday party needs to be held on the actual day of the birthday. Most

party experts recommend thinking this one out. Consider if you want to reserve the actual date for a private function. Like maybe you want an intimate dinner for two that both you and your mate can enjoy. It may be a good idea to have the surprise birthday party a few days ahead of time. There’s another good reason for this: the event will be more of a surprise if it’s not on the actual birth day. If your partner knows next Friday is his or her birthday then obviously they know some thing is up. If you have the surprise birthday party a few days early, then guess what – it really will be a surprise!

 

 

Guests and Location:

Who do you want to attend? Classmates from long ago? Current colleagues from the office? Just family? Depending on

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who you have in mind dictates how much lead time you need for a surprise birthday party. A surprise birthday party will be even more of a surprise depending on who attends. If its friends from school your partner hasn’t seen in 20 years, well that’s quite a surprise.

The location is important in as much as you need to successfully get all the guests there on time. And then you need to get the guest of honor there without him or her suspecting anything. So what will it be? Surprise birthday ideas can be theme parties like a Hawaiian Luau or Toga Party, or more sit-down affairs like a dinner at a restaurant. If it’s at the home of a friend then it’s just a matter of finding an excuse to stop by with your partner. Surprise birthday ideas should take into

consideration what your partner enjoys doing. Remember, you’re never too old to have a toga party!

 

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Getting there:

Despite the best of intentions, guests tend to drop the ball. They either open there mouths because they can’t keep a secret. Or they show up late, invariably walking in the door at the same time as the guest-of-honor. Then you’re stuck with the fumbling through the question of, “what are YOU doing here?” Get guests in place at least a half hour in advance. Create a “recon” team. One person who coordinates all the guests at the designated location and who can be in contact with you while you’re with your partner. Or if you leave that responsibility to someone else, then make it’s someone who is indeed someone you can trust.

 

Vintage Wedding Theme, A Take Back Into Time

The vintage theme has become very popular as it can be interpreted in many ways, from many eras and encompasses all that is sweet and girly! You can literally let your imagination run wild! First decide on your era…..do you have a penchant for the 20′s, 30′s or 40′s? How about a hollywood glamour theme? Or the ever popular English garden/tea party?

Take inspiration from days gone by but there are no rules. Why not mix in a few modern twists?

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You don’t have to go over the top with the whole theme, just incorporate certain elements whether that’s in your dress, cake, accessories, jewelry , flowers or invitations. The beauty of vintage is that it can also be done on a budget. Why not raid your grandma’s jewelry box? You never know what you might find! In fact ask her about her own wedding. She may still have things that you can borrow such as her veil. She may also have some wedding photos that you can get inspiration from!

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Homemade favors can be a lovely touch. Try making your own little jars of jam. They look really cute and add a really personal touch.

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Everything Is Cuter When Its Bitesized

Wouldn’t agree that when anything about food is miniature it most certainly is cuter. For example a pie will serve on estimate of eight people. Now shrink the full-size pie down so that’s small enough for guests to easily pop into their mouths in one or two bites. The same can be done with a variety of dishes such as burgers and French fries, tacos and even macaroni and cheese. Serving a miniature portion of a dish can turn something like a simple grilled cheese sandwich and tomato soup into a fancy appetizer.

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Miniature foods allow guests to sample an array of dishes, without spoiling their appetites. The bite-sized foods also mean less mess for guests and hosts. It is easy to see why the miniature food trend has caught on so quickly. Just make sure not to forget to downsize your desserts too.

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Bite Sized Mini Pies.

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Miniature Ice-Cream Cones

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Miniature Sugar Donuts

Wedding Season, Here Are Your 2014 Wedding Trends

2014 Wedding Trends

Engagement season is upon us. With the ball dropping on New Years Eve and with Valentines Day approaching, why not start considering the lavish details of your wedding.

1. Gold Is In: Adding a hint of gold to your wedding theme will increase the experience of any wedding. Always consider to follow the same wedding theme patter from  the wedding invitations, to the cake to your menu. Gold will be a nice added touch for any color scheme idea.

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Wedding Invitations

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Gold Lined Wedding Cake

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Gold Mason Jar Center Piece

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2. Be A Kid Again: Allow your guests to have fun. Let your wedding be an experience where it allows them to some what be a kid again. Have different types of indulging stations to have a more festive effect.

Dessert Topping Bar

Dessert Topping Bar

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Rice Krispy Desert Bar

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S’more Bar

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Ice Drink Bar

3. Food Centerpieces: Yes, we know. It may sound a bit different by why not? A great added touch to add uniqueness to your wedding experience. 

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4. Favorable Food Trends:

Margarita Shrimp with Jalepeno Lime Sorbet

Margarita Shrimp with Jalepeno Lime Sorbet

Mini Short Rib Tacos

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Baby Lamb Chops Stuffed With Crab

Baby Lamb Chops Stuffed With Crab

Apple Pie Pops

Apple Pie Pops

Chez Vous, Featured David Tutera and My Fair Wedding Catering Company

My Fair Wedding Catering Company

We’re proud to announce that Chez Vous was recently a featured My Fair Wedding Catering Company

On a recent episode, Chez Vous was featured as My Fair Wedding Catering Company for the wedding of Dwayne and Nicole.

In the below clip from My Fair Wedding, Chez Vous’ Chef Louis and David Tutera discuss the appetizers prepared by chez vous for the occasion:

 My Fair wedding is a reality television show on WE tv, starring David Tutera. Since premiering in 2008, the show has been helping brides-to-be plan their dream wedding. In an early review, The New York Daily News described how the Tutera’s taste and skill-set explain the show’s success:

 

David Tutera didn’t get to be “wedding planner to the stars” without skills that go beyond picking the right flowers for the guest tables.

In My Fair Wedding, a new show where Tutera guides ordinary people to a better wedding experience, he demonstrates a level of verbal dexterity that would make Oprah seem tongue-tied.

 

Some information about Chez Vous Catering

Chez Vous Caterers one of New York’s most exclusive off premise caterers is proud to add the Historic Edgewater Hall and Shandelee Lake Inn to its extensive list of available party sites.

Edgewater Hall, with its colorful historic background and landmark status, is an exclusive location for Chez Vous clients. Built in 1876, Edgewater Hall is located at 691 Bay Street. It was built as the original location of Staten Island Savings Bank and was later used as a speakeasy frequented by the Vanderbilts and Barrymores during the prohibition era.

 

For Booking

If you’re interested in having Chez Vous cater your event, call (718) 720-0900 or  fill out the contact form below and one of our representatives will get back to you as soon as possible:

 

Catering at Mystic Garden, New York

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This August, you can find us catering at the Mystic Garden New York in the Catskill Mountains. For more information, here’s what Shandelee Lake Inn had to say:

Shandelee Lake Inn’s many acres will be hosting Mystic Garden New York, an offshoot of the popular Mystic in the Trees festival which has been held on the west coast for the past 7 years. Along with our swimmable lake, shade camping, and reasonable rooms to rent.

Musical acts featured at this year’s festival include: The Luminaries, Mama Crow, Maris And The Merry Rockers, Tubby Love, Fantuzzi, Gabriel Wolfchild & the White River Wolves, Butterthief, & Kaahele. You can learn more about these artists, here.

The festival will be held from August 16th through 18th. Tickets are available now.

For more information, click here.

Photos: Stella’s 1st Birthday Party at Edgewater Hall

Recently, the Park family celebrated baby Stella’s 1st birthday party with chez vous caterers at the historic Edgewater Hall.

The photography team from storybymia, was in attendance and snapped the great shots you see above. For more, check out their website, here.

If you’re interested in having chez vous cater your baby’s birthday celebration, you can contact us.

 

Now Offering: Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten Free, and All Natural Catering Options From Freshtarian

These days many party guests have specific dietary requirements or limitations. Thanks to Freshtarian’s selection of All natural, vegan, vegetarian, and gluten free options, none of your party guests need to worry about anything at an event which is catered by chez vous caterers.

We can provide meals that meet dietary requirements for one or all guests. All vegan parties are becoming more and more popular throughout the US, and chez vous is on the cutting edge of that trend.

We’ll even bring Freshtarian to you, wherever in the world you are located.

To book a specialty party or to receive more information, please contact us (718) 720-0900 

Woodstock Wedding at Shandelee Lake Inn.

Shandelee Lake Inn. This hip, chic, and stylish country inn is just mere miles from the original site of the 1969 Woodstock Music Festival. Many newbies do not know that the festival didn’t actually happen in Woodstock. One month before the planned date of the festival, August 15th 1969, the venue was changed to the farm of Max Yasgur, a 600 acre dairy farm in the town of Bethel.

In a recent post to Rock ‘n’ Roll bride, their editor Kat highlighted a simulated Woodstock style wedding:

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Photo By Cory Kennedy

This hippy chic, picnic stylee wedding with a woodstock vibe is nothing short of phenomenal. Finding amazing hidden gems like this has got to be one of my favourite things to do. I feel as though I have unearthed a complete treasure. (Read the entire post at Rock N Roll Bride)

At Shandelee Lake Inn, the Rock and Roll Woodstock wedding is a reality. Clients have shared with us that our three day weekend weddings actually simulate the three day festival atmosphere. Offering casual elegant catering and a relaxed and professional staff, live Music, magical times, and if you want to get muddy play by our lake. The party never ends at Shandelee.

Lindsay and Troy’s Wedding 06/20/09 Shandelee Lake Inn:

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Lindsay and Troy play some Janis Joplin with their band “Hot Rod” at Shandelee into the wee hours of the night.

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For information, contact us.