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Thank you, Jenn Sbranti & Chambord!

Last week I attended the “Hip Hostess/Chambord Event” at The Ivy Room in Chicago, hosted by our favorite hostess Jenn Sbranti, founder and editor-in-chief of Hostess With The Mostess!

While there, she shared with us creative and affordable ideas for stylish summer entertaining.  For a tropical themed get-together, she taught us how to create a zen-like experience for a more contemporary feel.

Tips included using tropical items – such as palm leaves to line the inside of glass bowls, coconut cups, orchids, river rocks, zen gardens and paper lanterns. 

Jenn also suggested using tiki torches and candlelight to set the mood, along with vibrant colors.

For those who don’t enjoy slaving in the kitchen on a hot summer day (the oven heats up the house too much, ya know?), she made us feel ok about keeping it simple and ordering in, having it catered, or picking up pre-made trays from your grocery store.  Nobody will know it wasn’t you that cooked all that yummy food!

During the event, we were served amazing Chambord cocktails including the French Martini, Chambord Mojito, Chambord Patio, Rasberry Cheesecake Martini and Chambord Kir Royale. 

We then were spoiled with the drink recipes, including a recipe for Chambord Berry Sorbet by the Chambord mixologist who showed off a bit of his talent in front of everyone.  You should have heard the “oooohs and aaaaaaahs” from the crowd as he made each drink!  It was hilarious, we all sounded like a big ol’ Chambord CHOIR!

After Jenn was done sharing her fabulous party tips and the Chambord mixologist stopped mixing,  I was so happy to be able to meet and talk a little with Jenn!  Everyone, she truly is as beautiful as her site is, and super sweet too!  The poor girl had to catch an early flight out of Chicago the next day, so we let her finish up, but wow, what a great time we had!

So thank you, Jenn Sbranti!  It was a pleasure to meet you, hope to see you in Chicago again soon!  Next time, you’ll have to try Chicago pizza at The Oven Grinder.  Then YOU will be the one “ooohing and aaaaahing”!  For everyone else, check out the HWTM Blog and Hostess With The Mostess to see the rest of what Jenn shared with us, and happy planning!  -Jaime 🙂

By the way…If you love Jenn’s super cute dress, you’re in luck!  She shared with us where she got it!  Find it HERE!

P.S.  We tried some super tasty hors devours while at the Hip Hostess/Chambord Event, so a quickie on my favorite: 

Red Grapes rolled in honey-infused goat cheese and then rolled in crushed pistachios.  The caterer called them “Red Grape Truffles”.  They were catered in from Blue Plate. Try it!  Serve with toothpicks and display on a pretty plate.  They were serving them at the event and were soooo delicious!

UPDATE:  Jenn mentioned she’d try to figure out the exact recipe with the quantities for us if they’ll inform her.  She said she’d post it on the blog if she can get ahold of it, so keep checking the HWTM Blog!


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