Entertaining: Academy Awards Party – Red Carpet + Gold Glitter Cupcakes, Hollywood Star Cookies, Brown Butter Parmesan Popcorn & Champagne


I’ve never been a huge awards show fan. Sure, I’ll catch a few minutes on screen while I’m on the elliptical or I’ll review the fashion hits and misses in a magazine, post-show. But this year, I’ve decided that I’m going to watch all the glitz and glamour of the Academy Awards {on Sunday!} with an Oscars party. To keep with the Hollywood theme, I’m planning on serving champagne and sparkling cider, for a non-alcoholic option, in champagne flutes, red velvet cupcakes that I’m renaming red carpet cupcakes and topping with gold sugar, frosted sugar cookies I’m cutting into stars and writing our names on as our “Hollywood Walk of Fame Star,” and a brown butter parmesan popcorn. I’m so excited to spend Sunday indulging in decadent treats, while watching the glitterati of Hollywood and deciding what my favorite looks of the night are. I’d love to know, how do you celebrate the glittery awards show season?

















1 Bag Microwaveable Popcorn
1 Cup Parmesan Cheese, shredded
2 Tablespoons Brown Butter

1. After microwaving the popcorn, mix in the parmesan cheese and heat for 30 seconds, or until it’s melted.
2. Over a low flame, heat the butter until it browns. Then, mix it into the parmesan infused popcorn.
3. Enjoy!

x Paris

Entertaining: Cocktails & Crème Brûlée

It always feels a little disappointing a few days into January, once the holidays have officially ended, festive lights and pretty ornaments have been packed away for the next eleven months, and even the excitement of the new year has begun to fade away and the year has simply turned into this year. To find a way of keeping the month feeling fresh and special, I always try to either travel someplace new or entertain at home. This year I decided to kick off January with a girls night paired with cocktails and crème brûlée. This was one of my favorite traditions in college – enjoying rosewater cardamom crème brûlée and girly cocktails at the local lounge, for a ridiculously fun and very feminine night out. 

To recreate this, I purchased crème brûlée from our local bakery and chose to make the ultimate, girly drink – a cosmopolitan – using this recipe {except I’d suggest half the amount of booze and double the cranberry juice since this was a rather potent drink, or with no booze at all like I had it.} The tartness of the drink paired perfectly with the rich dessert, and catching up on our favorite TV shows, as well as one another, made the evening feel that much more special. 

x Paris