I burst into tears when walking into my beautiful ‘Tea by the Sea’ bridal shower hosted by my mom and one of my closest girlfriends, Erin Falconer. When people go out of their way to do such lovely things for you to make sure you feel incredibly special, it is an indescribable feeling of gratitude.
Set at Erin’s home in Venice, tea for 20 of my nearest and dearest was served on one hundred year old tea sets borrowed from my moms chic British friend. We ate little tea sandwiches and ‘GH’ cupcakes, sipped champagne, played a few bridal shower games, opened presents and just enjoyed being together.
As a thank you to my gracious hosts I gifted them Simone LeBlanc Staycation Spa boxes, which include a Tatine moonlight mile candle, Herbivore Botanicals Dead Sea salts, a pink clay cleansing bar soap, and a Fog Linen Work wash cloth, among other at-home luxuries.
It was so so beautiful and was even good enough for Martha Stewart! It’s featured on Martha Stewart Weddings here (!!!!!). A special thank you again mom and Erin for the unforgettable shower. You truly outdid yourselves.
I can’t believe that my wedding is THIS weekend! Ahhhh! I’m documenting quite a bit of it on SnapChat. If you want to come on my exciting journey my username is GeriHirsch. xxread more
So what happens when you combine the two? An elevated take on a classic night full of fun, competition and lots of bub!
Enter: Champagne Game Night.
Inspired by Veuve Clicquot (pronounced Vuv-Cleek-Oh!) to take my game night to a new level I decided to host a “Say It With Clicquot Champagne Game Night” for a handful of girlfriends including Kate, Liz, Kim, Erin, Jen, Olivia, Daniele and Gaby. Say It With Clicquot is Veuve Clicquot’s latest Rosé offering. Shaped like a traditional megaphone, it is the perfect way to make a bold statement, while also keeping your bottle of champagne chilled for up to two hours.
We all pitched in, Olivia and Jen set the scene by designing the night complete with details of vintage games, a brass champagne bar, bathtubs of bub and stunning amber and rose glassware. The pretty little white dishes served as the perfect backdrop to Gaby’s food which consisted of unexpected champagne pairings including guacamole and flat-breads. And of course, the rest of the girls brought their A-Game.
It’s safe to say that champagne game night blew my usual popcorn and soda game night out of the water. Here’s how to host one yourself:
The People: Pick a group that you know will have fun together. I personally love inviting people who don’t all know one another because game night is the best ice breaker on the planet. Inviting even numbers is ideal for teams but if you have an odd, no biggie. Split up couples and best friends when you can, it makes for a fun level of competitiveness.
The Drinks: BYOC (bring your own champagne). The more champagne the better, I like to pour both Yellow Label and Rosé champagne so that there are options! Top your “champagne bar” with delicious accoutrements like fresh berries, pomegranate seeds, sugar cubes and other champagne cocktail favorites. Be sure to have lots of ice and buckets on hand to keep everything chilled.
The Food: Game night is all about nosh food. Set up a food area ideal for all night grazing. Room temperature items that sit well are best. Think: crudites, dips (see Gaby’s guacamole recipe below), flat breads, cheeses, olives, nuts, etc. Pairing tips: Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label pairs perfectly with guacamole (recipe below), cow & goat cheeses, white cheddar, brie, candied peaches, apricot, marcona almonds and Veuve Clicquot Rosé pairs best with Parmesan, cherries and blackberries. In addition, bring out a couple of warm items throughout the evening that you can prepare in advance and simply pop in the oven. Truffle fries and Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label anyone? Lastly, if you want to keep the champagne theme going into dessert, pour a little over your favorite sorbets and top with fruit.
You will need:
-3 ripe Hass Avocados
-1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
-3 tablespoons freshly chopped chives
-1/2 lemon, juiced
-1/2 lime, juiced
-2 teaspoons finely chopped jalapeno
-Kosher salt and black cracked pepper to taste
1. Cut the avocados in half lengthwise. Remove the pit from the avocado and discard. Remove the avocado from the skin and place the avocado flesh into a bowl.
2. Add the lemon juice, lime juice, red onion, chives, jalapeño, salt and pepper. Mash with a fork until half smooth and creamy. Taste and add more salt and pepper if desired.
3. Serve immediately with tortilla chips
How do you plan game nights with your girlfriends? Share your game night with #SayItWithClicquot!
More of our lovely game night photos after the jump!read more
I have 4 rules I like to stick to in effort to avoid holiday outfit stress and weight gain:
1. SPANX and sparkle. Always wear a good pair of SPANX (my personal favorite item is the Trust Your Thinstincts Camisole) and a little bit of sparkle to a holiday party. SPANX will keep you feeling your absolute best and the sparkle will make you feel festive. Case in point, this outfit I wore to a recent holiday party. I started with my SPANX cami because I wear it under everything. It has a flattering sweeping neckline and it’s super thin, sleek fabric slims my tummy and love handles. Then I added a pair of sparkley Isabel Marant for H&M pants (interchangeable with a sequin skirt or shorts) and the rest is pretty simple: black button up, cool necklace, snazzy clutch and a good moto jacket.
2. Curb the booze. Be careful of your alcohol intake, drinking your calories can really pack on the pounds, so try to stick to one or two drinks. If you’re like me and like to hold a drink while at parties, sort of like a security blanket, try sipping on glasses of sparkling water in-between alcoholic beverages. It can really help curb your appetite for additional cocktails.
3. Make wise food choices. Before I go any further I MUST say that it’s important to indulge. I haven’t met a warmed baked brie that I haven’t fallen in love with and it’s pretty much impossible to pass up a glass of bubbly – allow yourself those pleasures (espeically if you already have your SPANX on!) but maintain a healthy balance. When it comes to foods choices at the parties keep an eye out for these top 8 flat belly-friendly foods: (1) Spinach, (2) Kale, (3) Eggs, (4) Salmon, (5) Beans, 6) Nut Butters [like almond & walnut], (7) Apples, (8) Avocados. It’s no surprise that all of the ingredients are super high in protein, fiber and healthy omega-3 fatty acids. Not only are all of these ingredients great for obtaining that flat belly, but they’re beneficial for cardiovascular health, bone health and much more.
4. Move your body! It’s easy to get lazy and slack on your workout regimen during the holidays but DON’T. Simply getting up and taking a walk makes a difference. Just remember, champagne, cheese and then cardio!
I’m wearing: Trust Your Thinstincts Camisole, Everlane silk round collar blouse, DYLANLEX Harper necklace, AllSaints Balfern leather jacket, Isabel Marant for H&M pants, vintage clutch and Isabel Marant Gatsy zebra-print suede pumps