Actress and cookbook author Ali Larter gives us the 411 on how to ace entertaining!
Gift a Take Home Surprise: Delight friends with eco-friendly seed-embedded confetti packs as they leave Lovewild Design Blooming Confetti, $6, blueribbongeneralstore.com
Decorate Your Drinks: Toast to every occasion with the help of a festive ice mold Zoku Cheers Ice Tray, $10, zokuhome.com
Make Photos More Fun: Provide props that encourage everyone to show off their silly side PrintablePropShop Summer Photobooth Props, $5, etsy.com
A Great Hostess Gift: Pecan Smash nut butter; "I like bringing whatever artisanal food I’m into at the moment"
Beardy Boys Pecan Smash, $12, beardyboysinc.com;
You want to bring something that’s going to stand out.
Diptyque Rose Scented Candle, $34 for 2.4 oz., diptyqueparis.com
Play DJ: Snap this speaker onto your smartphone for 10 hours of surround sound quality tunes Motorola JBL Soundboost 2, $80, motorola.com
Set Up An Ice Cream Bar: Let guests help themselves with an internally heated scooper that makes serving easier Zerolon Ice Cream Scoop, $24, zeroll.com
COINTREAU ORIGINAL MARGARITA
• 1 oz. Cointreau
• 2 oz. Blanco Tequila
• 1 oz. fresh lime juice
• Lime wheel for garnish
1. Combine all ingredients in a shaker tin and add ice 2. Shake and strain into a rocks glass over fresh ice 3. Garnish with salt rim and lime wheel
Cointreau $39 for 750 mL, drizly.com