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Mummy’s Juice, A Bloody Halloween Drink


Halloween is just as much fun for the adults as it is for the kids. I love this time of the year. I know I probably say that about every holiday, but its true. Decorating the house, pumpkin carving, family costumes (or trying to get the family to do a group costume), and all the endless spooky food + cocktails. Plus, all the candy. Duh. 

 Are you throwing a Halloween party? Or you merely a parent on Halloween night? Regardless, any parent will require a cocktail or two to deal with the insanity of Halloween evening. It’s truly the only way to deal with youngsters on a pure sugar rush. Let’s get boo-zy, shall we? Of course responsibly! Mummy’s juice is what it sounds like. Every mummy needs her juice while trick or treating, this is one just has a little treat added to it. A bloody looking Halloween drink that is fun and still is a classic drink with no fuss. 

MUMMY’S JUICE

I N G R E D I E N T S

Red Vino (your favorite kind, I like Cab)
La Croix or Pellegrino (again, your favorite flavor)
Ice
Fresh Herbs
spooky glass for serving

D I R E C T I O N S 

This is a very simplistic drink that you can make prior and refill as needed. Serving it in a fun cup just seals the deal on it being Halloween. This recipe is for one serving.  

Fill your glass with wine half way. Then add a couple ice cubes. If this really bothers you, then happily omit. Add in about 1 shot of your sparkling juice. Garnish with a fresh herb. It makes it pretty, but also provides a fresh earthy taste to your drink. Then enjoy!

And, you can also serve this in a pitcher with dry ice, to create an extra spooky look. 


Happy Halloween!

Stay safe out there mummys!

 

xx
Abby

 

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By on October 31, 2017 in BEIJOS COCKTAILS, COCKTAILS, HALLOWEEN

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Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos With This Marigold Sangria

 


What a better way to celebrate Dia de Los Muertos then with a marigold sangria. Yesterday, we featured a Dia de Los Muertos bash for the littles, see it here. Today a little treat for the adults! The marigold flower is the traditional Day of the Dead flower; it is used with other brightly colored flowers to decorate during Dia de Los Muertos which takes place October 31 – November 1st.  I wanted to incorporate using marigold not only for decoration but also add it to the cocktail recipe itself. You can do this by infusing the sangria with marigold tea. Not only is this cocktail simple to make, but it is more fun to drink by adding dry ice! A great cocktail option for your upcoming Halloween bash as you can make as much as you like. All souls will enjoy sipping on this sangria!

Photos by Alyssa Onaka

MARIGOLD SANGRIA

I N G R E D I E N T S 

Marigold Tea
Red Sangria
Fresh Cut Citrus
(orange, lime, lemons)
Cinnamon Sticks
Fresh Orange Juice
 

D I R E C T I O N S

Now, there are so many ways to make sangria. Everyone has their choice of method and ingredients. Do you like it super sweet, or just a touch of sweetness? There is no wrong way of doing sangria. It’s a personal preference. For this particular sangria, I wanted it to be fresh in taste, and fast to make since I will be serving this for a crowd or a couple of friends. I used a pre-mixed Sangria, like this Slices Sangria. It’s one of my go-to’s. 

Start by pouring your sangria into a pitcher, and adding in all your fresh cut citrus and cinnamon stick. Oranges, lemons, and limes are my chosen fruit, especially the oranges. Then add two tea bags of the marigold tea. Let the mixture sit overnight. Finally, add about 1 cup of fresh orange juice to each bottle of sangria you use. Fresh juice is critical here! Taste your sangria before pouring.  Give it a little taste test in the morning, just a sip or two! Nothing crazy that early in the morning! If I feel I need more tea flavor or citrus, this is my chance to add more. 

Time to serve! Grab yourself a tray or merely serve on your kitchen island. It is a must to involve brightly colored flowers for your Day of the Dead cocktail. 

We all know I love a pretty garnish, so I put in a cinnamon stick in each glass and a couple of wedges of citrus and flowers…

I just love a loose flower mess…

Now for the best part, adding the dry ice. Please, please read and be informed of how to deal with dry ice. You have GOT to use the right gloves and tools to handle the dry ice. Here are some tips and directions for using dry ice.

T I P S

Protect yourself by dressing in a long-sleeved shirt, long pants, and closed-toed shoes.
Pick up the dry ice with tongs.
Use a chisel to break off smaller pieces from the block.
Use the dry ice in a well-ventilated area.
Store dry ice in an insulated container that is not airtight.
Melt the ice when you are finished with it by pouring warm water over it.

D I R E C T I O N S

If you’re going to make your dry-ice beverages one drink at a time, you only need a tiny piece of the substance to create the desired effect. Drop them in right after you’ve poured and garnished the drink before you serve it to your guests. The dry ice will sink to the bottom of the glass and stay there, preventing the drinker from consuming it before it dissipates and the steam effect subsides.

Cheers!

 


So fun huh!! 



This marigold sangria is my favorite drink to make to date! 

xx

Abby

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By on October 26, 2017 in COCKTAILS, Fall cocktails, HALLOWEEN, THAT’S SO BEIJOS

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Let’s Carve – A Pumpkin Carving Playdate for the Little Ones

Oh Fall, how I love you!  And you Halloween, you are just so fun!  I can’t get enough of you!  And now that Court is getting older, I love you even more!  He has been so excited for everything Halloween this year.  Decorating our house, watching spooky movies, did I mention we’ve been to Home Depot at least 10 times to see all the spooky decorations?!  

But number one on that list is carving pumpkins!  We have literally carved 4 different pumpkins and Halloween is still weeks away, haha!  I wanted to put a little pumpkin carving playdate together for him and his little friends, and today I’m sharing it with you!  Now, let’s carve!

Photos by Alison Bernier

Also featured on 100LayerCakelet

Designing this one I was inspired by Bash Party Goods plates with this retro vibe… It reminded me of our laid back lifestyle down here in Southern California living by the beach.  That also helped inspire the invite that Poppy Jack Shop created so perfectly!  And how about that pretty orange bougainvillea?!

I remember carving pumpkins when I was young.  My mom always made everything so fun and festive.  We would carve our pumpkins, make pumpkin seeds and admire them on our front porch.  I always say this, but it’s so much more special to see these holidays through our kids.  My mom’s influence of making everything so special is probably why I want to do it with my little ones.

There’s something about a classic Jack-O-Lantern, am I right?!

I just can’t with these two cuties….

And on to the tablescape!!!  I am a huge fan of bougainvillea, I had it all over my wedding.  But this peachy orange one is just amazing!  I really wanted to use it for the florals on this table.  Lucky me, Rooted & Wild made my dreams come true!  She added some pretty roses, succulents and put it all on top of a green pumpkin, genius!!

Here are those amazing plates that I was talking about!!  I fell in love with them a while ago when I saw them at my favorite party shop, Wild Child.  They always have the best of the best for any party!  With Halloween around I mixed in a little black with the flatware and signage.  Courtney from Poppy Jack made the cutest stir sticks and a big “Let’s Carve” sign, since that was what this party was about!

Each little place setting got a little pumpkin with a name card by Poppy Jack!  Perfect little treat to take home!

On to the real star of the day, the desserts!  I wish I had a video of how big the kid’s eyes got when they saw these!  Beverly’s Bakery created the sweetest treats that were perfect for our playdate.  Those cake pops look like the plates, and I nearly died when I saw them!  And with cookies as big as your head, well, you can’t go wrong!

Happiness in a photo, haha!

Here’s some more of these cuties, just being cute….

These little classmates, just chatting it up!

Brothers actually sharing!  I can’t believe this was caught on camera, haha!

Little Olivia said, and I quote, “This was the best EVER!”

Yup, just living their best lives!!

Hope this inspires you all to have some fun with your kiddos for Halloween!

xx

Jacquelyn

Styling/Design – Beijos Events
Photographer – Alison Bernier
Florals – Rooted & Wild
Invite/Calligraphy/Signage – Poppy Jack Shop
Tabletop – Bash Party Goods via Wild Child Party
Desserts – Beverly’s Bakery
Blankets – Gunn & Swain
Pillows – Boho Pillow

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By on October 19, 2017 in BEIJINHOS, HALLOWEEN, KIDS

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Boo Appeitite With A Healthy Halloween Treat!


When it comes to the month of October, there is definitely no shortage of sugar comas around our house, especially on the night of the 31st. My little ones try to shove as much candy as possible into their little mouths before bed on Halloween night. Even I’m a little guilty of indulging in a few mini snicker bars, and I’m not even a big candy lover. It’s gonna happen… its Halloween after all. So I could try to intermix some healthy treats in-between all those sugary bites. Now, it can be hard to get kids to eat something healthy with candy in sight. Simple solution: Make it fun for them to eat! 

My daughter is all about the magic spells this year with her favorite movie, Descendants 2 out. There is a lot of “magic potions” being made in our house this month. I took that idea, and created a magic spell treat that she couldn’t resist! 

Cone Calligraphy by Meghann Miniello

Photos by Alyssa Onaka Photography



I N G R E D I E N T S 

Organic Popcorn 
Organic Mini Popcorn
Pumpkin Seeds
Chia Seeds
Shaved Coconut
Edible Glitter 
Sprinkles

D I R E C T I O N S 

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients. Toss to combine. Using a spoon or even your hands put popcorn trail mix into cones like the ones that Meghann Miniello created for me or any fun Halloween container. Sprinkle some edible glitter on top, and along with any Halloween sprinkles you have. I used silver stars to go with the whole magic theme. What little one could resist sparkly popcorn!!?!

Get your sparkle on! Sprinkle all the glitter you want. The more the better! I used a color combination of white, rose gold, and a bright pink. You can also put the popcorn in separate bowls and sprinkle the glitter individually and toss to combine prior to combining all ingredients. 

This makes a great treat for anyone that needs a class treat for their kids’ school, and for any Halloween get together you have going on. 

xx

Abby

 

 

 

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By on October 17, 2017 in BEIJOS EATS, EATS, FALL RECIPES, HALLOWEEN

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I’m Here for the Boo-ze – A Halloween Bar Set Up

How do you get ready for Halloween night?!  Costume, check!  Trick or Treat bag, check!  Candy, check!  But what about the boo-ze?!  Well if you’re entertaining this Halloween or just want a reason to deck out your bar, I’ve got you covered!  This year we are having a few friends over with their kiddos Halloween night and I’m so excited!  I thought to myself, what does a parent who has their kid hopped up on sugar need?!  Ansewer: A DRINK!  So decking out our bar was a necessity!

Photos by Lyndsey Yeomans

Let’s start with this amazing signage from The Roc Shop!  That girl is so darn creative, she always has great pieces for every occasion.  I knew she wouldn’t disappoint on Halloween either!  Plus, her cocktail stirrers are the cutest little detail for each guest’s glass.  I love having the little details for people, they never go unnoticed!

I know Halloween is all about the black and orange, but I steered a little away from too much orange for this.  Gotta do it the Beijos way of course!  The gorgeous floral arrangement is by Olive & Blooms – more to come on that beauty later!  But I love how she used such pretty Fall colors and foliage, plus a little peek of pampas grass.  Definitely a showstopper!

The talented Cindy from Blot & Dot took her turn at the pumpkins!  Her calligraphy and witty puns always make me smile.  You may remember our similar collaboration last year for this playdate.  The wire pumpkins were a Target find!  I try to steer clear of the cheesy Halloween decor, much to the dismay of my 3 year old, and these definitley made the cut!  I think they are pretty timeless, don’t you?!

The glassware is from The Little Market, one of our go to shops for anything home.  I saw their new black and white collection from Morocco and fell in love!  These have a little bit of Beetlejuice meets Boho going for them, no?  Just add some of The Roc Shop drink stirrers and you’re good to go!  These glasses are so pretty, they will definitely get used again!


Now, you can’t have a Boo-ze bar without the BOO-ZE!  This black Freixenet sparkling wine bottle caught my eye.  A black bottle on Halloween is so spot on!  Doesn’t get more festive than that!  Your guests will love how detailed you were, and they will obviously love you for serving them a drink!  So pop some bubbly and enjoy with your guests on the creepiest night of the year!

And, yes that’s a magnum, and yes we do plan on drinking that whole thing!
 
Cheers!

xx,

Jacquelyn

Shop my Target finds for making your bar stand out, plus those cute little pumpkins re in there too!

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By on October 11, 2017 in CELEBRATIONS, ENTERTAINING, HALLOWEEN

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