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Although a  bombshell yearns for the days of lamé and men in hats, she is still always in tuned with the latest trends and  films.  I’m very excited to see Nine, Rob Marshall’s movie version of the lavishly bombastic 1982 Broadway show –itself adapted from Frederico Fellini’s 1963 art-film 8 1/2. There are so many bombshells in this movie: Nicole, Kate, Penelope, Sophia.  Can’t wait for December 25th!


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AMY ATLAS: Dessert Bombshell Event Planner

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Atlas of Amy Atlas Events, is a New York event planner who has gained renown as the designer of stylish dessert bars. Her creations have enamored the blog world and have caught the eye of all of the top pros including Martha Stewart who featured Amy’s creations on her TV show The Art of Cakes 2.

New York City events have recently seen the addition of a sweet new trend; weddings, showers, children’s parties and christenings adorned with decadent buffets of macaroons, rock candy, cupcakes, truffles, candy apples and other sinful delights.

Imagine every “to die for” treat your diet does not allow arranged artfully amidst ornate blooms on bright, luxurious linens. Sure everyone has seen a ”candy bar” at a wedding before, but event planner Amy Atlas has taken this old standby and turned it into a sugary art form, making it a highly sought after new trend du jour.

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“Do you ever think that nice guys finish last so they’re just in time for dessert? One lingering look at an Amy Atlas dessert bar might have you slowing your roll.

The uptown gal known as “the dessert table designer” around the blogosphere develops custom ideas for everyone’s favorite dinner course.

From all-white wedding displays to nostalgic birthday candy bars to corporate party novelties, Atlas sources monochromatic goods from the best purveyors of petits fours, cookies, macarons, and more, then adds thematic backdrops, flowers, cake tiers, canisters, and candy jars.

Sugar, spice, and everything nice is color coordinated and labeled and displayed with an eye so meticulous that even your most anal guests will applaud.

If you’re not planning a blowout, you should still check out pictures of her work — if only for inspiration (and drooling).” * From Dailycandy.com

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Mod Dessert Table

From Blush Event Blog

We designed this modern dessert table for a company event.  A graphic cake, custom yellow and black chocolates, licorice mints, lemon cupcakes and brilliant, yellow gerber daisies created a modern, but formal touch to the table.

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Amy Atlas’ Sweet Sources

Bulk candy

Candy Warehouse

www.candywarehouse.com

Retro candy

Sugar Stand

www.sugarstand.com

Fun lollipops

Hammond’s Candies

www.hammondscandies.com

Vintage candy

Candy Attic

www.candyattic.com

Southern candy

A Southern Season

www.southernseason.com

Natural candy

Natural Candy Store

www.naturalcandystore.com

Macarons

Mad Mac

www.madmacnyc.com

Brownie lollipops

Browniepops

www.browniepops.com

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Amy Atlas’ Inspiration Websites:

Bakerella

www.bakerella.com

Cannelle et Vanille

www.cannelle-vanille.blogspot.com

Dessert First

www.dessertfirst.typepad.com

Kuidaore

www.brandoesq.blogspot.com

Hostess With the Mostess

I love this blog too!

www.hostessblog.com

Rebecca Thuss

www.rebeccathuss.com

IDIY

www.i-do-it-y

Also, shout out to Amy’s blog!

Thanks for reading!

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Here are my pics from my Gossip Girl Viewing Party!

~Menu~

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  • Serena’s Truffled Grilled Cheese
  • Blair’s Waldorf Salad
  • XOXO Funfetti Cupcakes

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~Drinks~

  • Sofia Sparkling Wine

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Sofia Mini Blanc de Blancs from Francis Ford Coppola’s Winery
For a multitude of moods and “just because” occasions, Sofia Mini is a single—serving of our effervescent Blanc de Blancs. Zesty, refreshing, cool and fun, each dazzling pink can comes with its own straw for sipping, so you can take it anywhere—anytime you feel like sparkling.

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  • Shirley Temples

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IMG_4716A couple of shirley temples with a side of gossip courtesy of Us Weekly

~Decor~

  • Lots of Candles: Pinks, Fuchsia, Purple, and White

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  • Faux Pearl Chandelier

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  • XOXO banner

IMG_4720Ariel: Co-Hostess With the Mostess

Hot Party Accessory: A Cute Headband!

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My fuchsia headband / courtesy of Forever 21

Thanks for checking out my pictures! More party ideas, favorite websites, and bombshell inspiration to come….

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Welcome Upper East Siders to my Gossip Girl viewing party inspiration post.

Gossip Girl is my guiltiest of pleasures and it also provides an endless source of party bash inspiration.

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Last year, I attended a Gossip Girl finale party at Mantra in Boston. There weren’t many people, but the mellow lighting and (free/delish) drinks more than made up for it.

*”Gossip Girl” devotees hoofed it to Mantra to watch the show’s season finale and sip themed Svedka vodka cocktails, including the saucy “Frenemies Forever” and “Future Ex.” Fans were encouraged to wear school uniforms, headbands, ascots, and crested blazers as they watched Chuck and Blair’s nasty antics. Cheers to guilty pleasures.” -*From Boston.com

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The show was projected on screens that were displayed all over the lounge.

~Potential Themes for a Viewing Party~

  • Preppy Garden Party
  • Cocktail Hour
  • Borrow from a Valentine’s Day theme: Incorporate XOXO into the decorations
  • Justin Timberlake’s restaurant “Southern Hospitality” threw a Season 3 premiere party:

“Schools in session, and we are ready for some gossip.  Join us for the Season 3 premiere of Gossip Girl.  Come decked out in Gossip Girl style: blazers, headbands, anything purple, a sweater only Vanessa would wear.  Impress us with your best Beta-Bass or Serena and win our Character Lookalike contest.  Drink & food specials all night.”

  • Gossip Girl trivia and Character Lookalike contests with appetizers, drinks & gear as prizes
  • Award for Best Headband
  • Free shot for anyone with a Brooklyn drivers license

~Tablescape~

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  • Framed Gossip Girl quotes with corresponding pictures

IKEA has some cheap, classic frames that you can use and switch out the pictures depending on the theme.

~Menu~

  • Fancy cocktail hour with finger food, caviar, fancy tea sandwiches
  • Think rich people food!

Here are some other great Gossip Girl menu ideas

Chuck feeds a drunk Serena a grilled cheese sandwich from his hotel’s kitchen.

“Not your ordinary grilled cheese — it’s actually on the New York Palace Hotel‘s restaurant menu — this sandwich costs $50. So what makes it so divinely delicious and extra expensive? Thick-cut bakerybread, imported Italian Fontina cheese, and fresh shaved black truffles.”

Gossip Girl’s Grilled Cheese Sandwich
From Christopher Lee

8 slices of fresh baked white bread (look for a local bakery)
16 slices of fontina cheese
2 tbsp sweet butter
2 oz fresh shaved black winter truffles
salt and pepper, to taste

  1. Layer 2 slices of fontina cheese between 2 slices of white bread and shave a couple of slices of truffles in the middle of each sandwich; do the same for all four sandwiches.
  2. Heat a large fry pan over medium heat and add the butter.
  3. When the butter melts, add the sandwiches and cook until the bread is nice and toasted.
  4. Remove and slice sandwiches in half and place into four plates.

Makes 4 sandwiches.

  • Serve something kitschy like Waldorf salad in honor of former Queen Bee Blair.

~Drinks~

  • Martinis

They are always drinking them. Whether Blair is nursing one during one of her dethroned times or Serena is swigging hers when she’s doing her bad/party girl routine, they are an essential item in this show’s repertoire.

  • Shirley Temples

Because they are cute, appropriate, and what I imagine underage upper east sider Queen Bees should be sipping on. Extra cherries please!

  • Specialty Cocktail like XOXO shots, Blairtinis, Upper East Sliders

Party Favors

  • Headbands

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Silk bow headband by Susan Daniels, $56; buy online now at winknyc.com.

I’m still undecided  on who reigns supreme as the #1 Bombshell Party Planner: Lily Bass or Blair Waldorf? Both throw some very decadent parties on the show.

GOSSIP GIRLLily Bass: The ultimate Park Avenue hostess.

Blair-hostBlair Waldorf hosts brunch – decadent spread (always) included.

Needless to say, there is a plethora of party and more importantly, party theme inspiration from the show.

Next post, I’ll show you my pictures from my own Gossip Girl Premiere Party. Stay Tuned. (I can’t resist!) xoxo

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As promised, here are my pictures from my Sunday viewing party of True Blood.

IMG_4645Lots of romantic, vampy mood lighting. I used all different kinds of red and white candles.

In this picture, I filled red (food dye) water into a vase with floating votive candles

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I placed some of the candles on top of a mirror. Mirrors always enhance a tablescape!

~Menu~

Chocolate Covered Strawberries and lots of them

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(You could also dip them in chocolate and them drizzle them with white chocolate and add some red food coloring)

IMG_4688Bridget proves the perfect bombshell co-hostess with her chocolate covered strawberries.

Cupcakes with Fake Blood

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An easy, delicious fake blood recipe

Great for decorating cupcakes or when you’re trying to gross someone out

Ingredients:

  • Chocolate powder
  • Corn Starch
  • Red food coloring

Directions

Mix chocolate powder, corn starch, and a little cold water together. Stir until smooth. Add a generous amount of red food coloring. Stir again. Then top off with boiling hot water to enhance the texture.

Splatter it around for a gory, delicious mess. Feel free to spill it all over you because it just tastes chocolaty!

~Drinks~

Strawberry Margaritas

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups crushed ice
  • 1/2 cup strawberry puree (frozen can or fresh strawberries, pureed)
  • 1 cup tequila
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • Splash Triple Sec
  • Splash simple syrup (equal amounts sugar and water heated until sugar dissolves, then cooled)
  • Red food dye (for that bloody vampire look)

Directions

Combine in a blender, ice, strawberry water, tequila, lime juice, Triple Sec and simple syrup. Add red food dye mid-way. Puree until smooth. Pour into rocks glasses and serve.

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  • Shirley Temples

No recipe required (Grenadine, soda, and maraschino cherries).

I prefer Sprite other Ginger Ale, but always, always, extra cherries. What can I say? I’m a Bombshell, I love excess.

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The “blood rim” is made from the same kind of mixture as you’d use to make hard candy. It’s actually pretty easy, but you will need a candy thermometer (which you can find at most grocery stores).

Ingredients:
1 c. Sugar
1/2 c. Karo Syrup
1/2 c. Water
Red Food Coloring
Cinnamon (optional)

Directions:
Combine sugar, syrup and water. Cook without stirring to hard crack stage – which is 300 degrees F. Add food coloring. (Optional: Cinnamon may be added for flavor.)

Turn off heat. While the mixture is still hot, dunk the top of the cocktail glass into the mixture to create the red rim. If you need to do several glasses, keep the mixture hot so it lasts longer (instead of turning heat off, just reduce slightly).You can go anywhere from just along the very tip of the rim to part way down the glass – whichever you prefer. Flip the glass right side up to cool. The thick consistency of the mixture will cause “drips” as it hardens on the glass!

~Some more party ideas~    

 *Courtesy of Hostess With the Mostess

Create napkin rings from glow in the dark plastic fangs… and have more sets of fangs available for photo ops!

Drizzle bowls of popcorn with butter that’s been colored red.

Set up a creative, themed black & red candy buffet…mixed in with “bloody” candy accents and clever details from the movie.

 

Must have accessory of the season!?

~Plastic Fangs~

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Thanks for reading! Stay tuned for my inspiration for a Gossip Girl Premiere Party. Monday was phenomenal with my Serena and Blair inspired dinner party. xoxoxo

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An ideal party for a Bombshell involves risque clothing, flirty companions, mouth watering appetizers, and potential for a little mischievousness. Can you say pajama party? This works for anybody looking for a bordello-inspired, sexy event. Get inspired!


Excuses to throw a lingerie/pajama party:

  • Bridal Shower
  • Engagement Party (for a racy couple)
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Singles Party
  • Viewing Party: Screening a fashionable movie or TV Marathon aka Sex and the City night
  • My personal favorite: Grown up Sleepover
Start with either a pink-and-gold OR a purple-and-platinum decor; add festive food and luscious libations to inspire gal-pal revelry, and you’ve got a look that’s romantic, but not schmaltzy.
Courtesy of Shabby Chic Style blog: Romantic Tablescapes

She sprinkled some little plastic hearts from a craft store, pink caramel kisses, a strand of pearls and a few rose votives. She put it on top of mirror (genius!) along with a vase full of supermarket (no need to break the bank!) roses.

Tabletops: Make a cozy dining space around the coffee table, set up extra seating , including floor pillows, if necessary. Decorate with rose-filled glass bowls (Float roses in glass or silver pedestal bowls) , masses of rose-colored votives, and red and fuchsia hanging lanterns. Scatter roses or orchid blossoms and votive lights around bowls. Arrange low glass or silver/gold vases with orchid stems on coffee and side tables and on the dining table buffet.

Scatter rose petals all around the place!
Madame Sera’s take on lingerie party…
‘A PAJAMA PARTY ‘ AT THE CUCKOO CLUB, SWALLOW ST, LONDON


The club was turned into the hottest bedroom in town! Madame Sera displayed four poster beds in the club that were draped in fuchsia pink silks. The entire space was lit with red and pink Rude lacey lampshades which were the back drop for pink velvet beds that were strewn with plump cushions and saucy feathers that were used to tickle ones fancy.

A selection of Madame Sera’s Foxy Cushions
Plump and blousy, made up of exquisite fabrics and textiles. These Cherries form the basis of every truly chic and exotic room.
A lair of pillows
Note Madame Sera’s Rude Lampshades in the background.
Madame Sera strung long fuchsia feathers from the chandeliers and ceilings.
Lots and lots of balloons! The more the better. When you do something so obviously party-like, best to push the limits. Imagine wading through those! That reminds of the fight scene in the Sex and the Movie when Carrie and Miranda go on their singles Valentine’s Day dinner. Then the secrets drop…
There were pillow fights by naughty, show off type London girls (in peach satin boxer shorts and teeny weenie brassieres that made all busts heave and jiggle with the lack of fabric!)
Please note these are direct quotes from her website, this is not MY commentary. hehehe
Luckily, Madame Sera thought that the ‘pillow fights’ were highly likely and saucily stuffed all the pillows with fuchsia pink feathers beforehand!!!
The Menu:
Baked Brie with Pears and Raspberries
Bowls of popcorn, yogurt-covered raisins, and white-chocoalte covered pretzels
Smoked Salmon and Caviar on Lemon Toasts
Shrimp cocktails
Mini burgers (Meat and Veggie)

The key to a spirited party like this is to splurge on the drinks!
Drinks of Choice: Pink Champagne, Rose, Prosecco

Veuve Clicquot Rose
Non-alcoholic Beverages
Raspberry Ginger Ale (LOVE THIS!)

~Watermelon Lemonade~
(Serves 8)
In a tight-sealing pitcher, combine 3 cups of water and fresh lemon juice with 1 cup sugar and 4 cups seeded and pureed fresh watermelon; mix well. Chill thoroughly. Serve over ice, garnished with lemon wheels and mint sprigs.

Desserts
Macaroons, tropical fruit platter

Bombshell Party Must-Have: Chocolate
A lingerie party is for women, after all, and there are few things women love more than chocolate. Why not make it with chocolate fondue? A true bombshell knows that fondue is an underrated, sensual foodie adventure. Plus, its so easy! All that passionate sharing of finger foods, luscious fruits and creamy milk chocolate equals bombshell decadence.

Fondue
1 cup heavy cream
8 oz. semisweet or milk chocolate chips (preferably melting chocolate)
1) In a small saucepan, warm cream over low heat. Add in chocolate chips, and stir constantly until completely melted and smooth.
2) Then pour into fondue pot or heaving serving dish and serve immediately.
*Also Try:
Peanut and Chocolate
Follow the recipe, above, and then stir in 1/4 cup creamy peanut butter after chocolate melts!

~What to Dip~
Crispy cookies or biscotti
Fresh fruit such as bananas, berries, or pineapples
Marshmallows
Angel Food Cake
Brownies
Music Playlist
Bombshell Favorites
Peggy Lee, “Fever”
Blossom Dearie, ‘I Won’t Dance”
Cachao, “Mambo”
When things are heating up:
(Some may sound cheesy, but it is scientifically proven that people tend to dance spicier when these tunes come on) – Christina Aguileria (the Dirty years), Nelly, Latin/Salsa inspired music, Dirty Stop Out (sexy rock n’roll band) and anything on the Moulin Rouge Soundtrack.

When things are winding down:
Paolo Nutini

What to Wear:
Lingerie of course! Anything satiny, lacy, and ultra luxurious.

Silky slips with bright colored stockings. I have the fuchsia stay-ups from Agent Provocateur. They work wonders!
Agent Provocateur Classic Red Corset
Silk men’s pajamas work as well.
These sexy ‘ready for bed’ pyjamas are essential for every boudoir seduction ritual or lingerie party.
Don’t forget the accessories!
Agent Provocateur’s Crystal tipped Whip!
Activities:
Dance Off – Soul Train with a racy twist
I’ve Never…
Strip Poker – Winner Takes All!

And of course…PILLOW FIGHTS!
Take a cue from The Girls Next Door (Bridget, Kendra, and Holly) and engage in some harmless pillow fighting.

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Taryn Cox’s Cocktail Selection…..

These beautiful pictures are from Taryn Cox’s blog: “The Wife.” She had a 1920’s inspired champagne cocktail birthday party. It includes everything a bombshell event planner should expect from an event: flattering light with classy candles, special touches (note the hand-written menu), and food that looks straight out of a Marie Antoinette fashion spread. Kudos to Ms. Cox who appears to be a modern-day Grace Kelly. I found out about her through this delightful Elle Magazine spread that inspired me to break out my girly dresses and unabashedly overdress. Check it out!

Taryn Cox’s Bar
Nothing But Krug Champange for Taryn’s guests...

And labels for the Mixers.
Taryn also said she made “Spa Water”… ( Water, Lemon and Cucumber Slices with Mint Leaves. )
Ms. Cox herself and her glam Couture Black Jill Stuart Dress


“Presentation is EVERYTHING! My replica Birthday Cake from Martha Stewart Weddings. Lots of Pastel Hydrangeas. And an assortment of Sweet treats for my friends: Macaroons from Paulette in Beverly hills, Cookies from Milk, Mini cupcakes from Joan’s on Third.
She used place Ballet Pink place tags to label foods, with a gold wax seals underneath her handwriting. Love the macroons straight out of Marie Antoinette. Makes me want to take a trip to Lauduree Tea Salon in Paris.

Taryn Cox’s Birthday Cake! Martha Stewart Wedding Inspired.
All pictures from Taryn Cox’s blog: The Wife

Please stay tuned because I’m going to be posting on one of my favorite party themes: Marie Antoinette inspired parties! I will also be adding more Bombshell Icons, modern-day and otherwise.

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