Entertain at Home? You Need a Well-Stocked Bar

There are few things more enjoyable than having the option of inviting your friends and family around to your home for a night of drinks, conversation, and laughter. It’s like having your own bar; only you don’t need to worry about getting an Uber or Lyft home at the end of the night. But of course, before you’re able to enjoy all the delights of hosting people at your home, you’ll need to ensure you have all the essential supplies needed for people to have a great night. Find them below, buy, and get ready for night after night of fun!

The Essentials

You won’t like every drink that’s considered “essential”, but remember: it’s not just about you, it’s about your guests. At a minimum, you need to make sure that you have every major spirit represented in your bar. Not sure what they are? Don’t worry; there are only a few. Gin, vodka, rum, and the three main whiskies (bourbon, scotch, and Irish) should receive prominent shelf space. They form the basis for most cocktails, so you can’t go wrong. Of course, not everyone wants to drink the hard stuff all night, so have a few bottles of wine and beers stocked too.  

The Surprise Elements

The drinks mentioned above can be considered “bread and butter”, the drinks you’ll have on any typical night. But some nights won’t be usual: they’ll be unique, and you’ll want to have a few special items to help make the night extra memorable. As such, you should stock your bar with a few surprise elements. This can be a bottle of the finest wine of the year, or Japanese Kikori rice whiskey, or those rare craft beers that are absolutely delicious. With these in your cabinet and fridge, you’ll have the best – and most varied – bar in town.

Cocktail Mixers

Of course, not everything in your cabinet will be glamorous. Some, like your cocktail mixers, will be essential if you want to make a wide range of drinks. We’re talking about the juices: Cranberry, pineapple, tomato, lemon, lime, and more. You’ll also want to have coca-cola, tonic, and ginger ale in supply too. With these, you’ll be able to make the bulk of the drinks your guests will request.

On the Side

Want to push the boat out? Then you’ll need those added ingredients that take your cocktail game from A to A++, and which can also be enjoyed as a side dish with a drink. A jar of olives tastefully placed on your bar area will be a big hit. For the drinks themselves, you’ll want fresh mint (delicious mojitos!), limes, lemons, Tabasco sauce, and of course ice.

The Glassware

Finally, don’t forget that different drinks demand different shaped glasses. If you haven’t yet got everything you need, it’s time to read up on the types of glasses every bar cabinet should have and get down to Ikea. When you get home, you’ll be all ready to open your bar and invite your friends and family around.

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A Browndog Brunch

Brunching is like a lifestyle. The food, the drinks, the atmosphere, the people. If you don’t brunch hard, what are you even doing? That being said, I’d like to share an option for a new brunch destination for my Michiganders/Detroiters called Browndog.

Browndog currently has two locations: Browndog Farmington and Northville. Both offer fabulous brunch options, however the Farmington location only offers brunch on select dates. Meanwhile, the Northville location serves up some great dishes and drinks every Sunday!

Make it a Sunday Funday at Browndog to enjoy creative dishes, a Bloody Mary bar, and bottomless mimosas. So this is all standard for a good brunch, but what sets Browndog apart is that it’s a dessert bar too. Try desserts infused with beer and alcohol, and awesomely unique craft cocktails like you’ve never tasted before.

This post may sound a little sales-y, but all opinions are my own! I honestly love this place and recommend it to anyone who enjoys good food, good drinks, and a fun atmosphere. Plus, support local business – duh!

On your way out, grab a pint of ice cream made only for 21+ patrons so you can enjoy the great taste of Browndog at home.

About Browndog:

Opened in 2015, Browndog is a micro-creamery specializing in small batch ice cream.

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Summer Cocktails Perfect For 4th July

If you’ve got any summer parties planned over the coming weeks, then you need to have some stunning cocktails to wow the crowds, right? In summer a lot of cocktails tend to be based around the ‘clear’ spirits like gin, vodka or tequila. While I totally understand why people have those thoughts (I mean, tequila and lime just screams hot weather, right)? There is still a place for some other spirits like whiskey. It doesn’t just have to be a spirit for colder months. Holler if you enjoy a good whiskey. 

Whiskey in all of it’s forms, bourbon, rye, Scotch, Irish or even Japanese can be used all year round. The fun thing in summer is to make them into cocktails, though, rather than just drinking it neat. It also helps that a Japanese whiskey called Kikori goes well with some traditional summer foods that you’d have at a BBQ, like barbecue ribs and grilled peaches, for instance. Lookup a Kikori whiskey review if you don’t believe me. It’s hints of caramel and vanilla go perfectly for summer. But if you’re still not convinced, then here are a couple of whiskey cocktail recipes to try. I’d love to hear what you think!

Whiskey Sours

You will need:

  • Your favorite Whiskey
  • Lemon Juice
  • Sugar Syrup

This is such an all-American classic; it makes it perfect for summer. Simply mix together, with the portions to your liking.

Lemonade Zinger

You will need:

  • Your favorite Whiskey
  • Lemon and lime soda (Sprite)
  • Triple sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
  • Sour mix mixer

A lot of people that are fans of a Jack Daniels and Coke might be reluctant to try this more citrusy version. But it is the perfect combination for a summer’s night, and it gives you a nice refreshing boost. You don’t have to get lots and lots of expensive mixers with this drink, though. As long as you’ve got yourself a good whiskey, it will taste divine. The sweet and sour combination works really well.

Old Fashioned

You will need:

  • Your favorite Whiskey
  • Chopped peaches
  • Blackberries
  • Sugar syrup
  • Sparkling water

If blackberries and peaches don’t scream summer, then I don’t know what else will? This combo makes for a super refreshing drink, and a bit less daunting than the lemonade zinger. The sparkling water makes it much more refreshing, as well as weakening the taste of the whiskey. So this is a good one to start with for anyone that isn’t too keen on the idea of whiskey in a cocktail. Serve them this and their mind will be changed!

Kentucky Kiss

You will need:

  • Your favorite Whiskey
  • Lemon juice
  • Strawberry puree
  • Maple syrup

If you’re after a cocktail that is good enough to eat, then this is the one for you. Plus, they are perfect for summer with the addition of strawberries, which are the perfect summer fruit. Mixed with whiskey, especially a bourbon, can make for a match made in heaven. It is really simple to make too. Just get the puree ready, through mashing and straining some super ripe and ready berries. Then mix together with the other ingredients.

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Brunch So Hard

Who doesn’t love a good brunch? I’m talking about a delicious meal accompanied by mimosas, or bloody Mary’s, and a table full of friends. Brunch has become a favorite pastime of our generation, so cheers to the genius who said let’s dedicate about 4 hours on Saturdays and Sundays to being merry, and eating and drinking!

I’ll be heading to DC this weekend for a quick getaway, and I fully anticipate a boozy filled brunch. With that, I’ve clicked through Paperless Post to find the perfect brunch invitation.

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What better way to invite friends to share a day with champs and OJ + food than with this super cute Paperless Post-created invitation?

This will be my first time visiting the US capital and I’m very excited to see historical monuments, like the White House, but more importantly, I need that DMV seafood in my belly! A Chesapeake Bay Crab Omelet and mimosas will be my choice for the weekend.

Let’s pop bottles, friends! Be sure to check out Paperless Post for your invitation needs for brunching and beyond.

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How To Be The Hostess With The Mostess At Your Next Dinner Party

With the colder months gradually creeping up on us, nights out on the town will soon be traded for nights in under the duvet. However, this shouldn’t stop you from enjoying time with your friends and family. Hosting a dinner party is one of the perfect ways to enjoy the best of both worlds, and now is the time to do it.

Check out some tips below to help you produce a memorable night!

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Get The Slow Cooker Out

Great food is central to any successful dinner party. This is why embracing the power of your slow cooker is a great way to achieve great food while still allowing yourself time to enjoy your guests. In fact, you can have the bulk of the work completed very early in the day. This will leave you more time to think about other preparations.

Having the food sorted will also make you feel more relaxed. You’ll enjoy the night better and, therefore, so will your guests.

Take Entertainment Outside

Autumn is a truly beautiful time of year. If you’ve got a patio area in your garden, taking the party outside is a fantastic option.

Depending on the food you serve, you may even want to eat outside. If not, taking the party into the garden for fun and chatting is a great way to break the evening up and keep the fun flowing. Just be sure that you’ve invested in a garden heaterFrom a personal perspective, knowing that there’s less chance of injuries or broken household items is a massive bonus too.

Look The Part

As most of you readers will already know, I never need an excuse to dress up to make myself feel extra special. Nonetheless, hosting a dinner party is the perfect opportunity to do just that.

While you will want to look great, it’s important to embrace the comfort of being at home too. Jumpsuits are my current favorite trend for such occasion. Not least because it’s versatile enough to suit both indoor and outdoor activities.

Dressing up plays a huge part in building the right atmosphere and ambiance. Don’t underestimate how important this factor can be to your night.

Don’t Forget The Drink

Let’s face it, a nice adult beverage will play an integral role in your evening. After all, this is meant to be an entertaining night of leisure with your friends.

Choosing the right drink to accompany the meal is vital, and buying French wine online is often a great selection. Moreover, this can also ramp up the enjoyment and relaxation throughout other areas of the night.


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Whiskey Business

When life gives you a Thug Life Shirt, you put it on and you rock it! Thug Life Shirts is a small apparel company making a big statement with its humorous shirts and tees. And thanks to Thug Life Shirts, I get to rock my new favorite motto in the form of fashion – “Rather Be Someone’s Shot of Whiskey Than Everyone’s Cup of Tea”


As you may know, I love a good cocktail, and a perfect pint of beer; but I really do fancy a delicious shot of Whiskey! Tullamore Dew is my favorite to be exact. Thanks to my special shot of whiskey for introducing me to this drink of choice. 😉

Thug Life Shirts offers pages of t-shirt options with phrases we’re all thinking but don’t always say, like, “Y’all Need Jesus” or “I’m a Lady With the Vocabulary of a Well Educated Sailor” and even “My Neck, My Back, My Netfix & My Snacks”

Head on over to Thug Life shirts and pick which shirt best represents you. And while you’re at it, feel free to use the coupon code FAB10 for a hot little discount (10% off your purchase)!


Drink responsibly and enjoy your tees!

Photo Credit: Another whiskey lover, Developed. Photography by Andrea

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Detroit Melting Pot

Outside of my 9-5 job as a Talent Recruiter, I freelance as a Social Media Manager at a Marketing and Branding firm called Saga Marketing. Saga is based in the heart of downtown Detroit, so I love every opportunity I get to visit the office. Saga is filled with amazingly talented and creative people plus it has a great view of the city!

Me in Detroit

When I popped into the Saga office last Friday, I went on a mini adventure with graphic designer wiz and fellow fashion and beauty blogger, Nailah of The Moda Intersection and we made some new friends along the way! What started as me being a tester as she adjusted her camera to the best settings, turned into a photo shoot with some cool Detroiters.

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When you visit downtown Detroit, you never know who you’ll run into. As businesses continue popping up and the city keeps thriving, Detroit has become a nice little melting pot. A couple saw us snapping photos and politely invited themselves to join our shoot and we graciously welcomed them to our fashion escapades. Although we didn’t get their names, we’ll always remember them with their iconic brown paper bag. Because hey, it’s always 5:00 somewhere! Cheers!

Detroit 2


Detroit 3

Outfit details: 
Sweatshirt (Boys department at Meijer)
Vest (Old Navy)
Shoes (Target)


*Photo Cred: The Moda Intersection

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