Event Hosting with Moxie Girl

  If you’ve ever longed to have a birds-eye-view of a chef at work, creating culinary masterpieces designed to entertain the eye and  delight the palette, you would have loved to have been in my Moxie Girl shoes last Saturday night! It was my privilege to assist Alison, an aspiring chef, with her first ‘Underground Experience’, an elegant 6 course Early Summer Redefined Picnic Dinner for 24. My first duties consisted of a quick pre-event once-over of the party-sized kitchen area and dining areas, including dusting, vacuuming and lighting a myriad of candles. Chef Alison handled the first early glitch in the evening with calm grace– a 45 minute power outage occurring shortly before guests were scheduled to arrive. Chef handed me the battery-powered vacuum as the barbeque outside was lit for roasting the small red potato hors d’oeuvres, hardly missing a beat in the tight presentation schedule. Once the mingling guests were served shot glasses...

How to Host an Incredible Cocktail Party

As the holidays approach, it’s exciting to think about entertaining. However, hosting a big gathering with tons of food and drink can be downright overwhelming. The BEST party I ever threw was an impromptu, last-minute cocktail party on December 23rd. Yup, that’s right. We invited our friends just the day prior and by that point in time, everyone was either ready for the holidays or so far behind they didn’t care and the temptation of a cocktail party was too good to pass up!  It was crazy fun. Our guests talked about the “epic” party for years afterwards. Seriously, we never quite topped that one. The best thing about this party was I didn’t sweat the small stuff. Here are my tried and true secrets to how to host an incredible cocktail party. Own the basics:   Having a good set of wine glasses and a set of all-purpose drink glasses is essential. As time goes...

Time-saving Thanksgiving Dinner Tips

Whether you are a seasoned veteran in the kitchen or a newbie approaching your first Thanksgiving dinner, I’ve got some amazing time-saving Thanksgiving dinner tips that will make your meal preparations much easier. Don’t sweat it, don’t fret….you’ve got this. #1-Plan the Menu: This can be done weeks in advance provided you know how many people will be attending. If you haven’t done so, invite your guests now so you’ve got a good head count. I always take into consideration that I might make a few last-minutes invites so up the head count by just a few. As you plan the menu, decide whether you are doing ALL the food prep or you want to ask your guests to bring a side dish. I usually count on my mom for her amazing mashed potatoes and my dear friend to bring her delicious pecan pie. Find out if any of your guests have a particular side dish...

How to Host a Swap Party

I recently did some redecorating in my home. I changed colors, bought some new lamps and artwork, purchased a few new accessories and moved some things from one room to another. As I stockpiled all my “old” decor items I realized most of it was still usable and in great shape. In fact, a lot of what I owned I could picture in my friend’s house. The colors, the design; all of it would work. I realized a few of my friends had also changed things up a bit in their homes. If I had a great pile of home accessories, maybe everyone else did, too? With a few phone calls and text messages I found that to be exactly the case. In fact, we all were sort of in the same boat: we had some great home decor pieces that were too good to donate, no one wanted to host a garage sale (ugh!), but...

Making Individual Jars of Sun Tea

Good gracious it’s hot outside! Is this the time of year you can cook an egg on the sidewalk? Probably. Does anyone actually do that? Not really. But, you can harness that crazy heat of the sun to do a little good. Making sun tea is so easy, especially in Arizona. There’s nothing like using a little solar action to make a delicious beverage. Usually, when making sun tea you get out the giant gallon glass jug, plop some tea bags in it, add some water, and set it out in the sun. Well, how about making individual jars of sun tea in different flavors? Don’t feel locked in to the same old plain tea (not that there’s anything wrong with that. Miss Moxie is addicted to it.) Herbal teas are all the rage right now. What better way to enjoy some new flavors than on an individual basis? Just grab a few boxes of herbal tea...

How to Host a Party to Remember

It may seem easy enough on how to host a party. Can’t you just throw out some beer and chips and let people mingle? If everyone knows each other, that can work…sometimes. But we’ve all been to that party where the white wine is served at room temperature in red Solo cups, the Swedish meatballs are cold and slimy, and no one is talking to anyone else. That’s the party your guests will remember for a whole different reason! Take it from the personal assistants at Moxie Girl: There is a better way! Create a theme The best parties seem to center around a theme. Whether that is the big game, a major awards ceremony, a holiday, or the pool, you’ll find that your event will run much more smoothly when there’s a reason behind the gathering. People will know what to expect, and they might even get in on the action by bringing a dish to share....

Party Hosting at Your Fingertips

Are you suffering from post-big game party envy? Symptoms include having a great time, gushing about how delicious the latest must-have Pinterest cupcakes were, and wondering how the hostess pulled it off and still managed to enjoy the event. If you relate to any of these symptoms, we’ll let you in on a little secret: Hosting your own unforgettable event is easy with the help of a party host.   The Level of Help You Need Even a small gathering can easily be more work than it seems, especially when the rest of your busy life is still happening. A quick reality check reveals that party hosting preparations can easily consume days before and after the event. To ensure the venue is squeaky clean, the hosting of the event, and then to put everything back together the way it was can be a multi-day endeavor. Whether it’s one of these elements or assisting with the entire event from start...

4th of July Inspired Party Tips!

I hope everyone had a fantastic 4th of July! I sure did. I promised that a blog would be on its way on how to keep guests entertained and you are probably thinking, “Great! Now that the party is over…”   But, trust me, there are many more to come and with summer being a hot time to have people over by the pool, you are going to want to hear this.  4th of July Inspired Party Tips! I didn’t think of some of these things until after my party this past Monday. There are a few tips on the list that I naturally do and a few new things I tried and I figured you would like to hear!   So, our 4th of July was originally going to have a group of fifteen-ish since that is how many can fit on the boat at one time to watch the fireworks on the lake.  ...

P-A-R-T-Y? Because We’ve Got To!

Since 4th of July is right around the corner, I’m starting to plan and organize a party at my new place! Talk about a semi-stressful time: a big move, a new place and now a party?   Some might call me crazy, but I’m not worried about that because I have the easiest steps to organize a party and even tips on how to keep the party thriving.  P-A-R-T-Y? Because We’ve Got To! I happened upon eHow Home’s website and found simple tips on how to organize parties in general, and when I did so, I found related articles on themed parties, where to find supplies, decorations and ideas. Check it out!   I agree with their process and think that it’s easiest to think of your party as a movie. There’s going to be the introductions, the climax and highlights in the middle, and closing time for the guests to bid farewell. So, work through...

“No gifts, please?”

One of my friends posted the question, “Do I bring a gift to a birthday party if the invitation says ‘No Gifts Please’?”on Facebook this past week and I was surprised to see the variety of answers that followed. First, I should clarify that the party my friend was attending was for a 5 year old, and the child’s parents, not the birthday boy himself, requested no gifts. Responses that were left on this wall were everything from shock, “What kind of a parent wouldn’t want their kid to get presents?!?” to rule-abiding, “If the parent says no, then don’t bring anything.” I felt like I needed to chime in because I had a slightly different perspective than most people had. Working closely with our clients and perspective clients, one of their biggest stresses is clutter around their house. What drives them even battier is when they finally make a dent in their clutter, only to...