1-800-FLOWERS.COM is thrilled to announce the recently redesigned Happy Hour Collection! Due to popular demand, 1-800-FLOWERS.COM has created six new unique floral arrangements inspired by classic Happy Hour beverages. With the help of Celebrations.com Celebrity Party Planner Shawn Rabideau, the 1-800-FLOWERS.COM Happy Hour Collection came to life in an exclusive media event at The Culinary Loft in New York City !
Rabideau is the owner of Shawn Rabideau Events & Design, a full-service event production, floral design and Lifestyle Company. Past clients include celebrities such as Bethenny Frankel, Jennifer Lopez and Barbara Walters.
To help you re-create your own Happy Hour, Shawn Rabideau has provided his Rabido’s and Rabidon’ts for party planning, design and execution.
· Have pre-made batches of Sangria ready to go in your fridge.
· Save on stress and time - Look for sales in the grocery store for summer items such as chips, dips, brats, hot dogs and even beer.
· Serve one specialty cocktail, beer, and red or white wine. It makes entertaining easy and there's sure to be something for everyone!
· Decorate your patio with potted herbs such as rosemary, thyme, basil, chervil, parsley sage and chives. They are decorative, fragrant and perfect ingredients for summer cooking.
· Entertain responsibly - ask who the Designated Drivers are before the party starts and have a special mock-tail for them.
· Don't run out of ice. If you have the space keep bags of pre-made ice at the ready in your freezer.
· Don’t come up short on entertaining inventory. Invest in acrylic glassware, cocktail plates, serving bowls and platters.
· Don’t use forks for grilling because they'll pierce the meat and you'll lose all those flavorful juices.
· Don’t get fussy with food. Keep it simple, cubes of melon wrapped in prosciutto make for a quick and tasty summer treat.
· Don’t let your patio be drab, dress it up with inexpensive throw pillows that can be used year after year.
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