WGN News – Herb Infused New Year's Cocktails

Tonight is New Year’s Eve – and for your last minute party planning we have with us this morning celebrity event planner and lifestyle expert, Debi Lilly of A Perfect Event.

The latest trend straight from the chic hotel bars in Paris includes gorgeous looking and tasting herb infused cocktails.  You know Paris – always starting the hot new trends in food and fashion.

Step 1 – An inside catering tip is to select three speciality cocktails to serve on the bar.  Not only does this add a fun energy and first impression as guests arrive, it also saves you money on the catering budget, with a limited bar setup.  It’s a win win for you and your guests.

Step 2 – A party planner secret is to setup and prep everything before guests arrive – so the bar can be self serve and a place for guests to connect, meet eachother, and have fun tasting cocktails.  Bar trays, pitchers, glasses, garnish…everything needs a place for easy access throughout the night.

Drink 1 – Warm Cider-ita

I love to serve warm, stovetop cocktails that create a scent of cinnamon throughout your home.  Your guests are transported as soon as they step into the front door.

In a teapot, warm 3 parts apple cider and 1 part Gold Tequila.  Once warm, add 5 cinnamon sticks.

In your mugs, place a spoonful of dried fruits to include plums, raisins, cherries, figs – all sorts of delicious, wintery fruits.  This doubles as a garnish and also as an ingredient – making a nice two for one on your bar budget.

Drink 2 – Pom’tini

Nothing feels more holiday than Pomegranate.  It is the KING of antioxidants, a superpower fruit, and the perfect holiday color.

In a blender, I always use the brand new Ninja Blender for it’s incredible blending power and fluffly, snow like finished product.

Mix 3 parts Pomegranate Juice with 1 part Limeade and 1 part citron Vodka and ice, blending until smooth and frothy.

Pour into glasses with a bunch of fresh mint garnish – it smells and tastes simply amazing.

Drink 3 – Bubbly Chai

Of course you have to serve a festive sparkling cocktail – especially for the countdown to midnight.

This delicious combination pairs Prosecco – which is a nice, low cost $10/bottle or less bubbly from Italy with Chai Tea – or my favorite Tabott Tea Cinnamon Rose – which has a nice spicy winter taste.

Combine 1 part Chai to 1 part Prosecco, and garnish with fresh Thyme for an earthy, herbal infusion.

Now let’s have a toast and cheer the new year!

Cheers to 2011.

Debi Lilly, aperfectevent.com

New Year's Eve Cocktails on a Budget

Judging from the lack of parking and long lines at the groceries today…tomorrow night is the perfect night to throw a party.

Even a last minute get together with friends and family has never been easier, or more afordable.

Click below to see this morning’s ABC7 New Year’s Eve Party for $100 Budget segment.


Cheers to 2011!

Debi Lilly, aperfectevent.com

Limelight Disco Redux

Limelight Disco Redux

I had to be pried away from the sixty stalls covering all floors of Limelight Marketplace in Chelsea.

The old Limelight disco debuted last spring as an ingenious new source of all things fabulous, each stall tucked into Gothic style quatrefoils and winding stone staircases inside the old Episcopal Church.

Can you say love at first sight?

Debi Lilly, aperfectevent.com

Biergarden Pong

Biergarden Pong

I love when a hotel thinks of everything.
I had heard all about the beautiful Standard Biergarden – but didn’t expect to enjoy it in the depths of the blizzard.

Its indoors in fact and oh so lovely even buried under snowbanks.

The pair of ping pong tables was a big surprise treat today. Add in a vintage photo booth, outdoor ice rink and gravity defying straddle of the gorgeous High Line public park/artspace, and you have the hottest family hotel in the city.

Debi Lilly, aperfectevent.com

A Beauty of a Burger

A Beauty of a Burger

Love the cutting board.

Love the copper cup.

Love the fries in parchment.

Love, love, love.

Now on mission to source copper fry cups for all 2011 party menus.

Debi Lilly, aperfectevent.com

Haricot Vert

Haricot Vert

Happiness is…

So many, many things this happy holiday season…

But today happiness is Haricot Vert Salad with yogurt, cinnamon and crispy shallots at Standard Grill.

What a fabulous first course for our next plated lunch or dinner. Perfect for every season.

The crispy shallots and cinnamon spice depth make the dish unforgettable.

The vertical presentation is divine.

Next course please…

Debi Lilly, aperfectevent.com

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