This Lisa Frank-Inspired Holiday Party Is Every ’80s and ’90s Kid’s Dream Come True

Are you still searching for a fun way to get your friends together and celebrate the holidays? Then check out this Lisa Frank-inspired holiday party, complete with hot pink leopard print invites, googly-eye cookies and the sweetest pink Christmas tree you ever did see! There’s a little bit for everyone to keep the party going in the most colorful and festive way. Scroll to see all the gorgeous decorations, DIYs and throwback-inspired ideas.

This holiday party inspo started with visions of all things hot pink, purple and teal and couldn’t have been possible without my amazing vendor team who really helped bring this shoot to life. The first addition to the team? Mikkel of Mikkel Paige Photography, who shares my love of all things colorful and quirky like no other. Check out her amazing shots below and see how you can host your very own Lisa Frank-inspired holiday party.

1. Trimming the Tree, Lisa Frank-Style

Wondering where to start? With a pink Christmas tree, of course! To honor the Lisa Frank color palette, we chose ornaments that were bright pink, lime green, aqua, purple and royal blue, with a healthy dose of sparkle. Pair that with kitschy items like shooting stars and unicorns, top it off with a glittery gold star and you’ll have the perfect tribute to the queen of color.

The Flatiron Penthouse proved to be the perfect backdrop for the shoot, as it allowed us to put together a party that could legitimately be hosted in your own living room. Our goal was to create something not just Pinterest-worthy, but also realistically achievable at home.

2. Creating a Holiday Tablescape

Kristen Poissant created a stunningly styled mantel and tablescape, featuring the perfect mix of bright colors, sequins and tinsel. The foundation for the table was a purple sequin linen from Nuage Designs, complemented by simple white plates with Nuage’s fuchsia napkins. We lined the table with mini trees, adorned with acrylic ornaments from California Lustre, and finished the tabletop with tinsel, custom unicorn confetti from The Confetti Bar and a few fun animals.

The leopard print menus and rainbow escort cards from Arobesque Design Studio made for fun details for the table.

3. More Lisa Frank-Inspired Paper Goods

Arobesque Design Studio took Lisa Frank to a whole new level of sophistication with a fun and sparkly invitation suite, along with adorable gift tags and custom wrapping paper designs.

4. Lisa Frank-Inspired Cocktails

No party would be complete without its own signature cocktail, so JPO Concepts created the Frosty Unicorn in an array of colors, topped off with a blue sugar rim and drink stirrer from California Lustre. The Frosty Unicorn is equal parts sweet treat and boozy indulgence.

5. Magical Holiday Cookie Decorating

The highlight of the day had to be the private cookie lesson by Sweet Dani B, who instructed everyone on decorating curly cue candy canes, googly-eye rainbows, topsy turvy Christmas trees and that elusive narwhal.

Not only were the cookies delicious, but some of them also double as ornaments (which you can then snack on after the holidays are over).

6. Holiday Gift Exchange

Gift giving and receiving is awesome, but nothing beats a perfectly prepared package wrapped in custom paper with a sparkly laser cut name tag on top. These beauties are *almost* too pretty to rip open!

For the shoot, each of the models was gifted a fun and playful necklace from Gunner and Lux‘s Little Lux line of jewelry. You too can rock a panda, zebra or rainbow star.

As an event planner, one of the best perks of the job is having a network of friends and vendors who can help bring your (sometimes silly and ridiculous) visions to life. All of this Lisa Frank goodness would not have been possible without the help of all of the talented folks below. Sending all my best wishes to them and to YOU for the holidays!

Concept and Coordination: Color Pop Events

Signature Cocktail: JPO Concepts Catering

Drink Stirrers, Acrylic Name Tags, and Acrylic Ornaments: California Lustre

Glitter for Hair and Make-Up: GoGetGlitter

Custom Confetti: The Confetti Bar

Unicorn Macarons: De Coeur Bake Shop

Cookies: Sweet Dani B

Necklaces: Gunner and Lux

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These Paper Air Fryer Liners That Speed Cleanup Time

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This Iced Coffee Maker Is A Serious Game Changer

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This Super Handy Reusable Coffee Pod

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This Wireless Cleansing Brush For Your Whole Body

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These Compression Sleeves Made Copper

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This LED Lighted Mirror You Can Always keep In Your Bag

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This Mold To Make Cute Cookie Shot Glasses

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This Mat That Gives Any Pan A Non-Stick Surface

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This Pack Of Rejuvenating Face Masks

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Say hello to a little self-care and goodbye to a basic skincare routine with these amazing sheet masks! With a variety of scents and healing properties to choose from, like pore-perfecting red wine or revitalizing orange, you'll be in for a treat. And don't worry, even those with sensitive skin can join the fun. Trust me, these masks are simply wonderful and have received raving reviews from others just like you.

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These Amazing Stickers To Block Out Little Lights

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This Super Absorbent Bath Towel

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This Weighted Mask So You Can Sleep Better

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These Socks For Softer Skin

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This Cleaner For Even The Smelliest Drains

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A great solution for nasty smelling garbage disposals! Amazon customers love this foaming cleaner for its odor-eliminating and disposal-cleaning abilities. They say that not only does it get rid of the bad smells, but it also leaves their sink and kitchen smelling fresh.

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This Hair Product With A Cult Following

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The Perfect Pillow For People Who Shower At Night

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This Tea Tree Treatment That’ll Rejuvenate Your Nails

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This Genius Makeup Remover Pencil For Any Mistakes

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The Superface remover stick is a multi-functional product that can be used to touch up makeup mistakes and works as a lip balm. Made with honey extract and natural oils like rose extract, it's safe for sensitive skin and convenient for on-the-go touch-ups. Customers rave about its effectiveness.

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This Clever Squeegee That Removes Leftover Food From Plates

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A Stain Remover Spray That Even Works On Red Wine Spills

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This Fun Card Game That The Entire Family Will LOve

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The Teeth Whitening Kit Ideal For Sensitive Mouths

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Valentine's Day is almost here, and whether you're single or happily taken, you can always have an amazing time celebrating the season with your best girlfriends. We're channeling our inner Leslie Knope this Galentine's Day with 50 ideas for spending it with your squad. From gathering your girlfriends for a Galentine's Day party or embarking on an epic road trip, now is the time to plan your February weekend with the best of your friends, near and far.


Host A Nail Pampering Party

Pamper yourself and your BFFs with a nail design party. Put out bottles of their favorite polish/color and create a fun playlist of your favorite love/empowerment songs.

Host A Galentine's Day Bake-off

BFFs stand together even when they're single or happily taken. Host a delicious bake-off with your gals to see who can get the most creative in the kitchen.

Host A Means Girls Movie Night

Prepare for a cozy night in with your ladies by catching up on one of the most classic flicks. Set the tone for the night with a DIY burn book vase that doubles as a hilarious take-home treat. (via Aww Sam)

Have A Puppy-Love Play Date

Galentine's Day isn't just for humans. Invite your BFFs and their furry friends over for a puppy-love playdate. If you want to keep things a bit more relaxed, host a movie night and ask your friends to bring their dog beds too.

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Have A Beach Day Picnic

If you live on the coast, host your Galentine's Day gathering at the beach. Make sure you bring your favorite beach bag, a pair of sunglasses, and perhaps some bubbly!

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Go On A Road Trip With Your Gals

You don't have to spend the holiday inside. If you're not near the beach, you can take a day trip instead. Some ideas include visiting a ski resort, going for a hike, or exploring that small town you've been meaning to hit.

Photo by Kelsey Chance

Have A Wine Tasting

You and your girls love your wine (the proof is in your Instagram reels!), so use the day as an excuse to host your very own rosé tasting party.

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Host a Cookie Party

Check out our list of 30 Valentine's Day cookie recipes and start a holiday cookie tradition, G-Day style!

Hit The Slopes

An adventurous way to get outdoors and spend time with your ladies is to take advantage of the snow. Go skiing or snowboarding, or build a snow(wo)man. Then enjoy apres ski cocktails!

Have A Pool Party

If you live in a warmer climate (or have a heated pool), throw a fun G-Day pool party complete with all of the essentials like vino, floaties, and sunhats.

Host A Parks & Rec Marathon

The best way to celebrate Galentine's Day is by honoring the creator, Leslie Knope, with a Parks and Rec marathon viewing party. Ask your ladies to supply the booze, and you can serve up the snacks and the show.

Have A DIY Party With Planters

Get a jump on spring decor with an easy DIY planter party. With a few basic steps, you and your girls can create living wall decor to decorate your space for February and even all the way through the summer months.

Have A Bachelor Marathon

Calling all Bachelor fans! Catch up on past episodes by hosting a marathon viewing party for your favorite rose ceremony show. Not a Bachelor fan? Try one of these Netflix originals that are perfect for Galentine's Day.

Host An Outdoor Dinner + Movie

Your ladies deserve a get-together that's sure to give each gal the much-needed fun she deserves. Host a movie and dinner for your ladies, outdoors if the weather permits. Step up your party with favors, swag bags, and a night of unlimited drinks.

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Have A Karaoke Party

What better way to start off your Galentine's Day shindig than by belting out a few tunes with your favorite ladies? Yep, we didn't think we'd have to tell you twice.

Host a Brunch

Our epic Galentine's brunch has everything from red velvet heart waffles to DIY centerpieces to Galentine card writing stations. This gem-inspired brunch is a fun idea too!



Go on A Hike

Keep up your 2023 health goals with an active day outdoors. It's a great way to bond with your girlfriends and with nature.

Take a Class Together

Film photography is cool again. One reason to get creative with your gals with a day of fun learning/doing.

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Plan A Girl's Getaway

Here are the best places to visit in 2023. Grab your girls and escape winter for an amazing weekend you'll never forget.

Host a Game Night

Play Gin Rummy with your favorite gin cocktail, dominoes, charades, whatever floats your game-loving boat! Don't forget the candy charcuterie!

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Book A Spa Day

What better way to show self love than to book a much-deserved spa day with gal pals. You'll feel refreshed and recharged.

Zoom With Surprise Takeout

Bestie live in another state? Plan an evening Zoom call and send each other dinner delivery for a fun gab session and thoughtful Galentine's Day gift. Oh what a night!

Make Conversation Heart Care Packages

For friends who live near and far, make these sweet care packages filled with their favorite things.

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Additional reporting by Sarah Koller and Theresa Gonzalez

This article has been updated from a previous post.

I'd like to consider myself a romantic person in every aspect of life. I'm constantly coming up with stories, putting ribbons in my hair, and literally stopping to smell the roses (what can I say, when you see a flower in New York City, you might as well savor it). Needless to say, Valentine's Day is one of my favorite holidays. Aside from the fact that it provides a brief burst of color in the bleak midwinter, it is also a reminder that no matter how tough life gets, love is always worth celebrating. There's just one catch: I have been single my whole life, which makes the constant stream of date night ideas and partner gift inspo that flood the internet this time of year feel like they're a touch out of reach.

Valentine's Day can be less than thrilling if you feel like you don't have anyone to spend it with, but take it from me: there are more than enough ways to have a great time riding solo. If you've recently gone through a breakup or you're the only single friend left in your group, here's my best advice on tackling the upcoming love season if you're single on Valentine's Day (with a little help from Dr. Jenny Taitz, author of How To Be Single And Happy).

Whether or not we admit it, there's definitely still a stigma around singleness. "Despite the fact that these days we may not need a partner to fulfill our hopes, being single remains so stigmatized, with shows depicting the need to compete to win love and headlines depicting women who are single as in an unfortunate situation," Dr. Taitz says. "It’s key to be mindful of these unhelpful messages to [keep them] from impacting how we view ourselves."

I've been on a couple dates as an adult, but I often feel like I've missed out on a lot of the foundational experiences that come with being a young woman. Not to mention that it's easier than I'd like to admit to feel like there's something wrong with me if I'm the common thread through every dead-end romantic situation.

Even if comments from your friends like "They're just not good enough for you" or "You're so independent" have good intentions, not feeling desired is hard. Sometimes you just need to process those emotions in whatever way works best for your wellbeing because singleness is incredibly complex — one day I'm enjoying eating at a restaurant alone, the next a rom-com makes me cry — and as easy as it is to swing between the extremes of total happiness to bitterness, the reality is that I'm usually somewhere in between.

"Days like Valentine’s Day can be incredible opportunities to practice self-validation and self-compassion," Taitz says. "Being single on a day that can pull you to compare or feel less than is a good time to be especially kind to yourself [and act] in ways that remind you that you are enough and don’t need a plus one to feel whole."

Activities that engage your soul will help you feel good *and* romanticize self-care at the same time. I love creating a vision board in my bullet journal to see my dreams on paper, or reminding myself of where my true worth lies. If you're really struggling with feeling lonely, Taitz recommends listing out the areas of your life that matter to you, then writing down the value you want to add to each and mapping out how and why those values matter.

"There’s no way a relationship can be your full sense of worth — that’s not fair to you or the relationship and that’s not accurate in terms of what we know about happiness," she says. "Happiness hinges on being present and engaging in positive actions and having fulfilling relationships — and coupling isn’t the only source of connection (assuming it is almost like limiting your diet to strawberries — it’s not going to fill you and will deplete you)."

There is so much more to my worth than whether I have a romantic partner: I love movies and books, I love talking to my little sister on the phone, and I can spend hours happily in the kitchen listening to music and making a nourishing dinner. There's much more to your worth, too.

My mother constantly reminds me to wait for Mr. Right, not Mr. Right Now. There are pros and cons to every phase of life, and I'm very content with the pros right now. Eventually, however, I'm hoping my Valentine's Day charcuterie board for one will become a board for two.

Valentine's Day Ideas For Single People

Make A Romantic Dinner For One

Who says you have to save the steak dinner or Spicy Pesto Pasta Alla Vodka for a date night? Make yourself a giant bowl of delicious food, light some candles, and spend an entire evening enjoying the fruits of your labor. Finish the meal with one of our 50+ Best Chocolate Recipes for good measure.

Wear Your Favorite Outfit

Get all glammed up for your workday, whether you prefer Emily in Paris-level fashion or casual work outfits. Don't forget some Valentine's Day nails to add the perfect finishing touch.

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Have A Rom-Com Night

You don't have to swear off romantic films in honor of being single — it can be just as fun to watch them with your galentines or on your own! Some of my go-to's are Set It Up, Crazy Rich Asians, and The Proposal.

Spend A Whole Day On Yourself

On your next day off, put on your aforementioned cute outfit to explore a local bookstore, go shopping, or make a killer martini. You can buy yourself flowers, call your mom or your best friend, and just have a wonderful day celebrating love in all its forms. Being single on Valentine's Day means you don't have to compromise on what your ideal day looks like, so layer in all of our favorite things to make it extra special.

Go Crazy With The Pink

Valentine's Day is a big day for people who love pink. Make a pink cocktail, whip up a batch of some celebrity crush cookies, or make your own conversation heart care packagefilled with pink treats. I will be dressed in head-to-toe pink, with a rosy makeup look to boot.

Check out our Valentine's Day and Relationships pages for more inspiration and let us know how you're spending a solo V-Day on Twitter.

New Year’s Eve doesn’t have to just be all about crowded bars and overpriced drinks. Those options can be great, but sometimes a tasteful dinner party can be even more fun and celebratory. Picture this: an array of Champagne cocktails and all kinds of fancy finger foods for your giddy guests before you serve up a fantastic New Year's dinner. Top the night off with a New Year’s toast, and suddenly you’ve hosted the perfect gathering. To get you started, we’ve gathered elegant meal options that range from Asian-inspired to the ultimate adult-ified grilled cheese sandwich to vegan and healthier options. Happy new year!


New Year’s Food That’s Both Fancy and Delicious

Pan Seared Duck Breast with Savory Blackberry Sauce

Duck breasts are surprisingly easy to prepare and this flavorful dish will have your dinner guests in awe of your cooking talents. (via A Spicy Perspective)

Beef Stroganoff

This crowd pleaser is comforting and easy to prepare with variations like extra creamy or garlicky. (via Culinary Hill)

Chicken Pot Pie Soup

Make this cozy soup with the classic flavors of chicken pot pie,, topped with crispy puff pastry bites for the perfect NYE meal! (via Barley & Sage)

Crock-Pot Crispy Caramelized Pork Ramen Noodle Soup With Curry Roasted Acorn Squash

Who knew a crockpot meal could look so beautiful? We love this for an NYE party because it has a little bit of everything, thanks to some truly mouth-watering flavors. (via Half Baked Harvest)

BUTTERNUT SQUASH AND SPINACH LASAGNA

Make this flavorful twist on traditional lasagna with layers of roasted butternut squash sauce, roasted garlic and a cheesy spinach mixture, all baked until golden. (via Cozy Cravings)

PORCHETTA

This all-belly porchetta is so rich and tender and perfect for a holiday dinner. Fennel and traditional Italian seasonings make it feel fancy but it's super easy. Serve with some roasted potatoes and greens. (via The Endless Meal)

Pan Seared Ribeye With Herb Butter

If you need some New Year’s Eve food ideas for an intimate night with just you and bae, it might be time to whip out the top-quality ribeye. Don’t forget to dowse it in the homemade herb butter. YUM! (via Joyful Healthy Eats)

Apple and Gouda Grilled Cheese

Elevating cheese and apples… from the hors d’oeuvres tray to the dinner plate. If you feel like something more casual, try a grab-and-go instead of a sit-down New Year's Eve meal. This sandwich ticks all of the boxes. (via Domestic Superhero)

Oven Baked Salmon With Lemon Cream Sauce

If your New Year's dinner ideas need some beautiful color, this salmon recipe should do the trick. Paired with asparagus and rice, your guests will leave absolutely stuffed. (via Natasha’s Kitchen)

Braised Red Wine Short Ribs

We don’t want to get too fancy on you, but the Parmesan polenta made with this dish totally sold us. Plus, the braised ribs are super easy — toss them in the oven, then simply pull them out when guests arrive for a tasty New Year's recipe. Done! (via Inquiring Chef)

Bacon, Brie, and Apricot Grilled Cheese With Balsamic Reduction

This might be one of the most mouthwatering sandwiches, and New Year's Eve menu ideas, we’ve ever come across. The thick slabs of Brie melting into the apricot preserves goes perfectly with the crunchy, toasted bread. (via Yammie’s Noshery)

Chicken in a Creamy Parmesan and Sundried Tomato Sauce

These chicken breasts can be whipped up in a snap and are truly drool-worthy, which obviously makes them the ideal choice to serve at a holiday dinner party. This would be perfect on a bed of noodles or wild rice. (via Closet Cooking)

Curry Roasted Eggplant With Smoked Cardamom and Coconut Milk

If you're wondering what to cook for New Year's Eve, look no further. We think whipping up a curry would be super unexpected and a great surprise to dinner guests. They might be hesitant at first, but once they taste the tender eggplant, all bets are off. (via The Bojon Gourmet)

Chicken Alfredo Gnocchi Bake With Bacon

Alfredo and bacon, friends… the savory combination we didn’t even know we needed. Make sure you’re ready for the cream overload, though, because this gnocchi bake is chock-full of ricotta, sour cream, cream cheese, and Parmesan. (via Cooking and Beer)

Honey Dijon Roasted Pork Tenderloin

This New Year's Eve meal idea is great for an intimate gathering of friends or family to celebrate the new year. Other than the pork, you only need four pantry ingredients (plus salt and pepper), so you can have this whipped up in no time. (via The Seasoned Mom)

Whole30 + Paleo Shallot Filet Mignon

Kick off the new year with this healthy yet totally satisfying meal. (via Olive You Whole)

Foolproof Beef Wellingtonby Chef Genevieve LaMonaca

Ingredients:

  • 2 lbs beef Tenderloin center cut canon (ask your butcher)
  • 1-2 T Avocado Oil for searing
  • 8oz shallots, minced
  • 1 lb Mushrooms, cremini or button, minced
  • 6 T butter
  • 1 t thyme leaves
  • 1 T minced Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper TT
  • Pastry Dough x 2:
  • Bread Flour 1 1/2 cups plus 1 T
  • Butter 3/4 cup (6oz) cubed
  • Salt 1/2 t
  • Ice cold water 1/4 cup

Directions:

  • Slice off a 2 lb center cut canon from a beef tenderloin or ask your butcher.
  • Pat dry, season heavily with salt and pepper. sear on all sides using a fat with a high smoke point (Avocado oil)
  • Tip: Precooking your beef is the secret to preventing a soggy bottom crust and most of the moisture is removed prior. This will also ensure that your tenderloin is cooked perfect every time.
  • Roast in a 150 oven to an internal temp of 115. Chill
  • TIP: I like to measure my canon lengthwise side to side then the circumference by using butchers twine. This will help me determine the size I need to make my prosciutto bed and pastry sheet.
  • Make your mushroom duxelles. Saute half a pound of minced shallots in 6 T butter then add 1 lb finely chopped mushrooms and thyme, saute, deglaze with sherry wine as necessary, cook until pan is dry, add minced parsley, season and set aside.
  • Add flour and butter to a counter top mixer and using a paddle, combine on lowest speed until the butter is turned into crumbs and all the flour is Incorporated. Pour in your ice water and mix until combined. Place dough onto the counter and form into a ball then flatten/ wrap with plastic wrap and chill.

New Year's Eve Recipes That Cover All The Bases

Savory Parmesan French Toast With Hollandaise Sauce

We’re noticing that Parmesan cheese is a recurring ingredient on this list, but we’re obviously okay with it. Take this savory French toast, for example. This New Year's Eve dinner recipe is breakfast for supper, only better. (via The Food Charlatan)

Slow Cooked Lamb Shanks in Red Wine Sauce

Instead of just drinking red wine, you can cook your meat in it too. Serve these shanks on top of mashed potatoes and you have yourself a meal fit for your finest guests. (via Recipe Tin Eats)

Mushroom and White Truffle Mac and Cheese

This dish isn’t for the faint of heart; it’s the most grown-up of the grown-up macaroni and cheeses out there. If you love noshing on truffle fries, then this New Year's menu idea is right up your alley. (via The Almond Eater)

Parmesan Spinach Gnocchi

We’re mixing up New Years' party food and adding gnocchi with this recipe. It’s warm, delectable, and makes for a comforting winter dish. Everyone craves a cheesy, cream-based meal when it’s cold, so they might as well get it at your NYE dinner party. (via Life As a Strawberry)

Pasta With Light Avocado Cream Sauce

Don’t be fooled by the green — these aren’t zoodles, although those would make a great dish for New Year's Eve too. These noodles get their pretty green color from being tossed in avocados and creamy spinach. (via Yummy Healthy Easy)

Pear, Prosciutto, and Gorgonzola Pizza

This pizza brings together a whole lot of flavors we love and want more of. It’s salty and sweet perfection for dinner. The best part? It’s loaded with Gouda, mozzarella, and Gorgonzola. (via Recipe Runner)

Smoked Salmon and Avocado Pizza

Everyone will want to grab a slice of this pie (or the whole thing). If you weren’t sold at avocado, the “sauce” is made up of cream cheese, dill, and garlic, then melted together with grated mozzarella. (via Cafe Delites)

Instant Pot Lamb Chops With Creamed Cauliflower

If you got an Instant Pot for Christmas, this recipe will have you putting it to good use by making these tender and herbaceous lamb chops served over creamy puréed cauliflower. (via A Pleasant Little Kitchen)

Butternut Squash Ravioli With Roasted Cauliflower and Brown Butter

This innovative take on ravioli includes a velvety butternut filling, crunchy walnuts, roasted cauliflower, and browned butter. (via Hello Glow)

Barramundi en Papillote

Flaky barramundi is steamed in parchment alongside Meyer lemons, ginger, bell peppers, and butter for a meal that promises big flavor and little clean-up. (via Jelly Toast)

Apple Bacon and Blue Cheese-Stuffed Pork Chops

There truly is no better way to enjoy a pork chop than when it’s stuffed to the max with a mouthwatering medley of sweet apples, tangy blue cheese, and salty bacon. (via Jo Cooks)

Instant Pot Korean Beef Tacos

Everyone loves tacos, so feeding your pals these tender and juicy Korean beef tacos topped with fresh cilantro, kimchi, peanuts, and Sriracha mayo is a surefire way to win at hosting. (via Pinch of Yum)

Garlic Butter Scallops With Lemon Sauce

Scallops will win over the heart of any dinner guest — especially when they’re pan-seared to golden perfection in buttery garlicky goodness. (via Rasa Malaysia)

Crockpot Coq au Vin Meatballs

Make these easy herb-seasoned parmesan chicken meatballs cooked in wine with vegetables, onions, garlic, and fresh herbs for a warm and flavorful holiday meal. (via Half Baked Harvest)

Arayes With Cheese

These crispy arayes feature a flavorful ground meat mixture and shredded cheese stuffed into pita bread then grilled to crispy, juicy perfection. (via Forks & Foliage)

Pomegranate Roasted Chicken Thighs

This easy chicken recipe has an intense sweet and sour flavor similar to balsamic. The pomegranate roasted chicken thighs are made with a flavorful marinade using pomegranate molasses. (via Feel Good Foodie)

Cheese Stuffed Shells

For an easy and delicious vegetarian dish, these cheese stuffed shells are made with three types of cheese, ricotta, mozzarella and parmesan, baked with a marinara sauce, and served with fresh basil. !(via Feel Good Foodie)

One Pan Creamy Gnocchi with Sausage

This meal only takes 30 minutes but looks and tastes like you've spent all day in the kitchen. (via Salt & Lavender)

Vegan Creamy Lemon Pasta

Even if not everyone is vegan, this lemon pasta will please a crowd. The secret ingredient? Hummus! (via Maggie Bakes Grace)

Spicy Potato and Cauliflower Curry

Aloo Gobi is one of the easiest curries to whip up and made with cauliflower, potatoes and spices you likely already have in your pantry..(via Munching With Mariyah)

No-Boil Broccoli Rabe + Sausage Baked Pasta

This oven-baked pasta is one of the most satisfying for a winter holiday meal. (via Rach L Mansfield)

Seared Scallops in Roasted Vegetable Puree

Keep it simple yet elegant with seared scallops and vegetable puree, perfect for a fancy night dish. (via Nareen's Eats)

Coconut Dal

NYE is a great time to try something new like this coconut dal dish with comforting lentils. Serve over rice with warm bread or naan. (via allosimone)

BAJA NO-FISH TACOS

Oyster mushrooms and cashew cream make these vegan tacos as delicious as the fish-based.(via Chef Bai)

Vegan Shepherd's Pie

Go for this cozy classic with a vegan and gluten-free twist made with a brothy lentil base and fluffy mashed potato topping. (via Two Spoons)

Truffle Pizza

You can never go wrong with truffle oil and pizza to please a crowd. (via Live Eat Learn)

ITALIAN MAHI MAHI WITH LEMON BUTTER SAUCE

Mahi mahi, butter, garlic, white wine, lemon, capers, and parsley served over rice or pasta sounds like a perfect NYE meal to us! (via Cilantro Parsley)

Mac + Cheese Gnocchi

When you’re forming your own traditions, start by riffing on classic recipes like this mac and cheese. Our fancy gnocchi side dish is loaded with three kinds of cheese and will make every carb lover give thanks. (via Brit + Co)

Instant Pot Creamy Chicken Pasta

We love a good Instant Pot meal and this creamy and delicious dish does not disappoint. It's great for your NYE feast! (via Brit + Co)

Pressure Cooker Vegetarian Chili

Just dump the ingredients into your pressure cooker, and you'll have food enough to feed a family in less than 30 minutes. (via Brit + Co)

10-Minute Vegan Trader Joe's Stir-Fry

On a budget? You just need a bag of frozen stir-fry veggies and frozen brown rice on hand for the base to this healthy meal. (via Brit + Co)

Mango Shrimp Curry

A jar of mango chutney acts as the base of this shrimp stir-fry. Talk about summery goodness. (via Brit + Co)

Thai Basil Stir-Fry

Punchy Thai basil, chiles, and garlic add a burst of flavor to this simple ground chicken stir-fry. Serve with sticky white rice so you can soak up every last bit of sauce. (via Brit + Co)

4-Ingredient Vegan Baked Ziti

Bake pasta without having to boil it beforehand by giving it a quick soak. You'll be surprised at how much time you save. (via Brit + Co)

Sheet-Pan Lemon Chicken, Squash, and Green Beans

We love everything about this simple and fresh sheet-pan chicken and veggies. (via Brit + Co)

Vegan Sheet-Pan German Sausage and Veggies

Hearty vegan cooking doesn't have to take forever. Whip out your handy sheet-pan, and you'll be eating this melange of veggie sausage, potatoes, and cabbage in about 45 mostly hands-off minutes. (via Brit + Co)

Mexican-Style Hot Dogs in Lettuce Wraps

Keep it casual with a jumble of veggies and black beans that put a much fresher spin on hot dogs. (via Brit + Co)

20-Minute Tahini Salmon Salad

The rich and nutty tahini dressing is the key to transforming this salad into one you'll actually get excited about eating. (via Brit + Co)

Pressure-Cooker Carnitas

This flexible recipe has a flavorful base of pork shoulder, aromatic veggies, adobo sauce, and beer, but you can also get creative by adding your own combination of herbs and seasonings. (via Brit + Co)

Easy French Dip Sandwiches

For a casual yet still comforting NYE meal, try our version of Pinterest’s most-pinned Instant-Pot recipe cooks tender chuck roast in nutty ghee, which we serve on buttered pretzel rolls with mild cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, and leftover juices for dipping. (via Brit + Co)

Paleo Orange Chicken

The classic American-Chinese staple is made even quicker when seared and pressure-cooked in the IP. Add a little bit of sriracha for a sweet and spicy flavor that's unmatched. (via Brit + Co)

Instant Pot Beef Stew

You'll want to go ahead and bookmark this Instant Pot recipe because chances are, after you make this stew for the first time, you’ll go back again and again. (via Brit + Co)

Spicy Butter Chicken

makes for a romantic weeknight at-home date night. Serve with plenty of basmati rice for scooping up that addictive sauce, and enough slices of naan to literally wipe your plate clean. (via Brit + Co)

Keto Cheese-Stuffed Meatballs

We thought meatballs couldn't get much better but stuff them with cheese and suddenly they're a whole new meal that we can't get enough of. We love to use them on top of zoodles but any old noodles will work too ;). (via Brit + Co)

Pumpkin Curry

This side dish can also serve as a main course for any plant-based eaters around your dinner table this Christmas Eve. The flavors of pumpkin and vegetables keep things light and bright, while the spicy curry will warm you to your toes. (via Brit + Co)

Sesame Shrimp Puffs

These savory puffs are perfect for your NYE potluck. (via Brit + Co)

Harissa Shrimp Recipe With Chickpea-Dill Tomato Sauce

You'll love this recipe due to its versatility. The tomato sauce could easily support any protein, from tofu to rack of lamb. Not into dill? Use parsley, mint, basil, or cilantro (or d. all of the above) instead. No chickpeas? Omit them or substitute literally any other legume. Go to Italy or India this NYE with your flavor profile. (via Brit + Co)

Sheet Pan Shrimp Fajitas

Sheet pan meals are a lifesaver on busy nights when you don't have time to cook and do a pile of dishes. Quick-cooking shrimp is the ideal protein for the method, since it cooks up in mere minutes. (via Brit + Co)

Squid Puttanesca

This sustainable, healthy, and delicious meal is a great start to a happy new year. (via Brit + Co)

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(Additional reporting by Dana Sandonato, Chloe Williams and Theresa Gonzalez)

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Making fancy cocktail recipes always puts us in the mood to have a good time. Putting together edible garnishes and floral beverages just adds that special something to a night that might've been boring without them. But sometimes we don't feel like having to mix up an elaborate drink (even if it's supposedly healthier than our usual tipple) just to quench our cocktail craving. Believe it or not, mixology doesn't have to be complicated. These 60 deliciously simple cocktail recipes feature all kinds of flavors that work with every palate.

Some of these drinks look complicated, while some of them look simple, but they're all quick and easy options for any dinner parties, or to sip on during a Super Bowl watch party. These easy cocktail recipes will take the hard work out of bartending, so you can spend more time enjoying the fruits of your labor — not to mention impressing your guests.

Vegas Bomb Shot

This is a classic easy cocktail recipe that you can have on hand for any party this year. The combo of whiskey, peach schnapps, and Red Bull might not sound like your go-to drink mix, but just trust us on this. (via A Spicy Perspective)

Citrus Rosé Sangria Cocktail Recipe

Rosé all day please. What's a better cocktail to sip on than something light and fruity? We used oranges, lemons, and limes to create a drink we'll be sipping all summer long. (via Brit + Co)

Zyr Summer Punch Large Batch

We'd drink this punch all day, every day if we could. To bring some delicious flavorsl, mix 15 oz Zyr Vodka, 2.5 oz Elderflower Liqueur, 2.5 oz Grapefruit liqueur, 7.5 oz Lemon Juice, and 5 oz Strawberry Syrup with Rose Prosecco. Garnish with mint and strawberry and you're all set! (Recipe used with permission, via Zyr)

Sparkling Campari Orange Cocktail Recipe

Slightly bitter and slightly sweet, this drink is full of fizzies, which convinces us that it's just as good for winter as it is for summer. The best part is that this drink is refreshingly simple to make. (via Imagelicious)

The Elyx Spritz

Image via Absolut Elyx

Mix 1.5 oz Absolut Elyx Vodka and 1.5 oz Lillet Rose in a highball glass, then top with Fever Tree Elderflower Tonic and add a lemon. Stir gently and add a lemon wheel garnish. (Recipe used with permission, via Absolut Elyx)

Jameson Old Fashioned

It's always time to sip on something familiar. Swap bourbon for Irish whiskey in this remake of the classic old fashioned. (via Lisa’s Dinnertime Dish)

Whiskey Sour Punch

Mix up this sweet and sour whiskey punch for your party crew. There's more than enough to go around, no matter how many guests ended up showing up. (via Tastefully Eclectic)

Patrón Tequila Watermelon Patio Punch

Slice off the end of a watermelon so that it stands flat. Slice off the opposite end to make a "lid" and hollow it out (saving the flesh and juices). Blend until liquified and strain. Mix 25 oz. Patrón Silver, 4 cups Watermelon juice, 1 cup Fresh lime juice, 1 cup Simple syrup, .5 teaspoons salt, and add to the hollowed out watermelon. You can also add a watermelon tap if you have one, or use the watermelon as a punch bowl. (Recipe used with permission, via Patrón)

Easy Pomegranate Margaritas

With five ingredients and 10 minutes, you can churn out this baby for any last-minute plans. Aside from the fact that it tastes good, we're also obsessed with pomegranates, so we give this one two thumbs' up. (via Baker by Nature)

Pumpkin Apple Shandy

You’ll want to drink this cocktail made from apple cider and pumpkin beer all year long. With both of these iconic flavors in one drink, you can have the best of both fall worlds. (via Jennifer Meyering)

Lemon Drop Martini

This drink packs the perfect amount of tartness, balanced out with some good old sugary sweetness. It always reminds us of summer, so we'll keep sipping it to manifest the warmer season. (via Barley & Sage)

Frosting Shots

These two-ingredient shots taste just like a celebration. Anyone with a serious sweet tooth will want to get their hands on these shots. (via Crazy for Crust)

​Canción Habañero Mango Margarita

There's nothing like a delicious mango flavor to put you in a sunny mood. Shake 1.5 oz infused Canción Tequila, .5 oz triple sec, 2 oz lime juice, and .25 oz Finest Call Mango Puree together, then serve the mix over ice with a Tajin rim and an Orange wheel garnish. (Recipe used with permission, via Canción)

Sloe Gin Fizz

Finally find out what exactly sloe gin tastes like by making this four-ingredient cocktail. Add a lemon garnish to the rim of the glass, or an ultra thin slice right into the drink. (via The Kitchen Magpie)

Kentucky Lemonade

Here’s a cocktail you’ll want to sip all year: sparkling lemonade spiked with bourbon. We're big fans of all things bubbly, so this drink is getting added to our list, STAT. (via The Chunky Chef)

Oaxacan Rusty Nail

For a drink that lives up to its name, try this take on the rusty nail, made with mezcal, Drambuie, and bitters. Don't wory, there's no rust involved. (via Gimme Some Oven)

Patrón Tequila Mockingbird

Combine, 1.5 oz. Patrón Silver, 2 oz. Fresh watermelon juice, .15 oz. Fresh lime juice, 4 Fresh basil leaves, fresh black pepper drops, and simple syrup to taste. Shake the mix with ice, then strain onto fresh ice in a a double old fashioned glass and garnish with a watermelon slice. (Recipe used with permission, via Patrón)

Moscato Sangria

Sangria is so simple to make since it's prepped in a large batch. If you're serving a party, this drink is a must-make. (via Culinary Hill)

Sparkling Fig Cocktail

Vodka, champagne, figs and sprinkle of sugar come together to make this fancy-lookin' cocktail that really isn't all that involved. If you have a few minutes to spare, try this delicious sip out for yourself! (via Barley & Sage)

Pink Champagne Sangria Cocktail Recipe

We love a fruity cocktail, and this Champagne, grapefruit, and pomegranate sparkler is no exception. Say hello to your new pink drink sip. (via The Cookie Rookie)

Easy Bourbon Slush

Okay, but have you ever tried bourbon slushified? This recipe is reminiscent of an Arnold Palmer, too, which gives it some amazing flavor, not to mention the pleasing texture. (via Live Eat Learn)

Creamsicle Delight Cocktail

A mixture of whipped-cream vodka, orange juice, and ginger ale, this cocktail tastes just like a popsicle. Don't forget to add a maraschino cherry before serving! (via The Blond Cook)

Irish Cream Pie Cocktail

With its sugar-cookie rim, this Irish cream pie cocktail is perfect for dessert. It's also a great excuse to make sugar cookiesto pair. (via Crazy for Crust)

Roasted Cranberry Gin Cocktail

The key to making this cranberry cocktail stand out from the rest is roasting the berries to give them a fuller, warmer flavor. Trust us, it makes a difference. (via Signature Concoctions)

Clean Blackberry Mint Prosecco Cocktail Recipe

This is a great cocktail for anyone who loves blackberries because it's definitely the star of the recipe. Mint adds a wonderful flavor contrast, while the Prosecco adds a bubbly experience that you can't miss! (via Olive You Whole)

The Negroni

Whether you're in need of a drink to go with your dinner or with your favorite holiday movie, this is a simple and classy choice that you can sip on all night long. Just don't forget the iconic orange zest. (via Most Hungry)

Empress Gin French 75 Easy Cocktail Recipe

There's a good chance that if a cocktail is in a fun color, we're more likely to drink it. So you'll understand why we immediately bookmarked this gorgeous drink. The fact that it has a combo of champagne and lemon juice doesn't hurt either. (via Barley & Sage)

Irish Coffee

Dissolve some brown sugar in whiskey, then add boiling coffee and a layer of frothy cream right on top for the best Irish Coffee around. Another trick you can do is pouring your cream over a cold spoon so that it floats on the rest of the drink. Coffee lovers, unite! (via Culinary Hill)

Lebanese Avocado And Strawberry Cocktail

This booze-less fancy drink makes for a great evening treat or breakfast addition. It's got avocado, strawberries, almonds, and honey that all mix together for something sweet and creamy. (via Forks and Foliage)

Strawberry Iced Tea Cocktail and Mocktail

Picture yourself sippin' something sweet outside on the porch, and this iced tea cocktail comes into view. It's the perfect summer drink, but we'll take any excuse to make it any season. (via Amanda Wilens)

Tamarind Margarita

If you're a regular margarita drinker, try this twist on the classic. It features Tamarind syrup, tequila, lime juice, and Tajin for an unexpected, complex, and flavorful addition to your happy hour. (via Cilantro Parsley)

Berry Lemonade Margaritas

Citrusy and sweet, these raspberry lemonade margaritas are just the thing to drink when you're dreaming about warmer days *and* when it starts getting hot again. (via Crazy for Crust)

Peach Vodka Martinis Simple Cocktail

Made with just three ingredients, these peachy martinis are too good to pass up. Have them at a bridal shower or at brunch, they go great with almost any occasion. (via Growing Up Gabel)

Frozen Orange Prozecco

Trade in your frozé for this citrusy frozecco. Even though it's frozen, the orange flavor gives it a wintertime twist. (via Foodness Gracious)

​Canción Lyrical Mint Margarita

Raspberry lemonade, tequila and club soda?! We'll take two please! For a batch of this drink, mix 1 bottle of Canción Blanco Tequila, 1 can of frozen lemonade, 32 oz water, 32 oz seltzer or club soda, 12 oz Raspberry Lemonade juice Fresh Mint. (Recipe used with permission, via Canción)

The Bee’s Knees

Honey lovers, take note — you'll want to memorize this simple cocktail. It features a honey syrup that you'll want to add to everything from here on out. (via Hungry by Nature)

Mason Jar Margaritas

Mix up a batch of these mason jar margaritas, then let guests help themselves at your next get-together. Everyone will be happy! If you're a salt rim kind of person, go for it! (via Stetted)

Espresso Martini

Four ingredients, and you've got yourself a delicious sip that you might've just paid a nonsense $15 for if you had gone out. Just keeping it real! (via Culinary Hill)

New York Sour Cocktail

Bourbon, red wine, lemon juice, and simple syrup are all you need to make this bold cocktail. You probably already have a lot of that at home! (via Dishes Delish)

Guava Margarita

A good margarita can never be passed up, especially this uniquely-flavored guava one. You'll need four ingredients and a hearty shake to make the easiest drink ever. (via Cozy Cravings)

Es Berry Berry Good Cocktail

Shake, 1.5oz Dos Hombres mezcal, 1/2oz Blackberry Purée, 1/2oz Lime Juice, 1/4oz Velvet Falernum and 3/4oz Pineapple Juice and serve on the rocks for a delicious and refreshing cocktail! (via Dos Hombres)

Raspberry Rosé Sangria

With just a few fresh raspberries and a splash of soda, a bottle of rosé gets transformed into a sangria reminiscent of summer. Wee'll be counting down the months until it warms up outside! (via Stress Baking)

Piña Colada Punch

This piña colada punch makes a long weekend at home feel like a mini vacation no matter what time of year it is. Add some mini umbrellas for the full experience. (via Yes to Yolks)

NOLET's Watermelon Slushy

Cut a watermelon into chunks that are the size of ice cubes, and freeze for two hours on a tray lined with parchment paper. Make a mint lime syrup with 1 cup Sugar, 1/4 cup Fresh Lime Juice, 1 bunch of Fresh Mint, 3/4 cup Water by heating them in a saucepan until the sugar dissolves. Blend frozen watermelon chunks and 1/2 cup of the syrup until it's a slushy consistency. Add NOLET's Silver Gin, pour, and garnish with watermelon, mint, and black sesame seeds. (Recipe used with permission, via NOLET's)

Micheladas

Like a cross between beer and a Bloody Mary, micheladas are the savory brunch cocktail you’ve been missing out on. And yes, that is shrimp in the cocktail. (via Imagelicious)

Blood Orange Margarita

Colorful blood orange juice makes these margaritas immediately seem more dramatic, though the recipe itself stays simple so that it's easy for you to make yourself. (via Simmer and Sauce)

NOLET’S Watermelon Cooler

Muddle four basil leaves with 0.5 cups of watermelon in the bottom of a shaker. Add ice, 1.5 oz. NOLET’S Silver Gin, 0.5 oz. Elderflower Liqueur, and 0.5 oz. Lemon Juice, and shake until chilled. Strain into a balloon glass and garnish with a basil leaf. Recipe used with permission, via NOLET’s)

Spiked Ginger Lemonade

Robust ginger beer mixes with fresh lemon juice and vodka perfectly. The result? These bracingly bold drinks that you can serve in a mule mug. (via Whitney Bond)

Spiced Pear and Bourbon Sparkler

Combine 1 cup pear juice, a 2-inch nub of ginger peeled and sliced, 2 cinnamon sticks, and 5 cloves in a pot. Cover and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Take off the heat and add 1/4 cup lightly packed brown sugar. Stir until fully mixed, cool, and strain. This is your Spiced Pear Simple Syrup, and it can last in the fridge for up to one week. Pour 1.5 ounces of Bourbon, the syrup, 0.5 ounces of lemon juice, and ice into a cocktail shaker and shake for 30 seconds or until the surface of the cocktail shaker is cool to the touch. Strain over a chilled coupe glass and top with Prosecco. (Recipe used with permission, via Lisa and Erika of Boozy Kooties, Swerve, and FitVine)

Citrus White Wine Sangria Cocktail Recipe

Made with white wine, this sangria is a little lighter than its crimson counterpart, which is great for anyone who doesn't like heavy drinks but still wants to take part in the fun. (via Joyful Healthy Eats)

Watermelon Infused Vodka

On the rocks or sipped with soda, it’s hard to go wrong with the fresh taste of this homemade watermelon vodka. (via Dishes Delish)

Sweet and Spicy Pineapple Margaritas

These tropical margaritas are made just a little spicy thanks to a sugar, salt, and cayenne pepper rim. It'll give you just enough of a kick! (via The Endless Meal)

Lavender Mojitos

If you're a fan of lavender recipes, then you have to make this easy cocktail recipe. Lavender sparkling soda is the secret to making these easy, floral mojitos. (via West of the Loops)

Skinny Salty Dog

Grapefruit vodka and seltzer water put a healthier twist on the salty dog, usually made with grapefruit juice and plain vodka. (via The Every Kitchen)

Tequila Mule

This easy cocktail recipe only requires three ingredients (tequila, lime juice, and ginger beer) for a flavor combo that is classic for a reason! Serve in a mule mug with extra limes. (via Cozy Cravings)

Easy Triple Citrus Margarita

This is a healthy take on the classic marg, with a fruity twist. It still has the mezcal and tequila that you usually add to your drinks, but features a healthy soda alternative. Plus, it only takes five minutes to put together. (via Rachel Mansfield)

Maple Old Fashioned

We love how maple makes anything taste more autumnal, and this five minute, easy cocktail recipe has fall written all over it. If you can't resist fall flavors, even in spring, this drink is the one for you. (via The Endless Meal)

PATRÓN Watermelon Basil Margarita

Shake 1.5 oz. Patrón Reposado, 1 oz. Fresh watermelon juice or puree, 1 oz. Fresh lime juice, 1 oz. Agave nectar, and 3 Basil leaves in a shaker with ice. Strain onto fresh ice in a double old fashioned glass and garnish with a basil leaf and watermelon wedge. (Recipe used with permission, via Patrón)

Mythology Gin Fizz Recipe

We love the foam on this drink — it's almost like the cappuccino of cocktails. Dry shake 2 oz Mythology Needle Pig Gin, 0.75 simple syrup, 8 drops lavender bitters, 1 egg white, then add ice and shake again once foamy. Double strain into a Collins glass with no ice and top with soda until the foam reaches the top. Sprinkle with lavender. (Recipe used with permission, via Mythology)

Blood Orange Mezcal Cocktail

Grab some mezcal, lime juice, and blood orange soda for this cocktail. You're going to need plenty of it, especially if you're making drinks for your friends. Feel free to snack on blood orange slices while you make the cocktail! (via Brit + Co)

Mythology Garden Gnome Cocktail Recipe

We can't wait to sip this Garden Gnome in the garden because, well, where else would we drink it? Shake 1.5 oz Mythology Needle Pig Gin, 0.25 oz dolin genepy, 0.5 simple syrup, 0.75 lime juice, and 1 oz cucumber basil puree, then strain into a Collins glass over ice. Top with soda, black pepper, and garnish with a cucumber wheel. (Recipe used with permission, via Mythology)

Champagne Cocktail

Let's be real — you never need a real excuse to pour out a little champagne. These easy cocktails elevate your go-to drink just a little more! (via Culinary Hill)

Sorel Spritzer

Combine 2oz sparkling wine and 1oz Sorel in a champagne flute and garnish with an edible hibiscus flower for an easy wintertime sip! (via Sorel Liqueur)

Lavender Lemonade Cocktail

The most commitment you'll need to make to prep this refreshing drink 10 minutes to make a homemade simple syrup. Trust us, the effort will be worth it for all that amazing lavender flavor. (via Amanda Wilens)

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Diversity in design brings unique perspectives that only drive the industry forward, making it more innovative, forward-thinking, creative and bold. Yet only 2.3 percent of interior designers are Black, according to data from the job search company Zippia. Orgs like the Black Interior Designers Network have put their energy toward amplifying marginalized design voices and have helped uplift Black designers in media, books, magazines, blogs, and TV – and we are grateful for it. Personally, as a passionate decor enthusiast and writer on the topic, I discovered several designers through the network and have been inspired by their unique points of view ever since. Here are 17 lessons we learned from some of our favorite Black interior designers, none of whom fit a mold but instead dare to break it with every design they create.

Lesson #1: Trust Your Instincts

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Brigette Romanek on Instagram: "My client had an unbelievable art collection that I needed to put to work! When it comes to extremely unique pieces that are bold and almost whisper stories to you while viewing it, I want the space to be equally as interesting. This historic West Hollywood home was truly a match made from above with wooden ceilings, french doors, and stone floors that balanced the gallery that was about to fill it. Photo by @douglasfriedman"

We can sometimes love a bold idea but are afraid to make the investment on taking a chance. What I found and what I learned from many of these designers is that the boldest ideas are often the best ideas so Trust. Your. Instincts! In my own home, my favorite design choices are the ones where I didn't follow what I saw on social or what was trending but what truly gave me a creative spark.

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Tiffany Brooks HGTV’d on Instagram: "I sat down and had an idea and I turned it into reality ✨ SWIPE ➡️ To see my original rendering 🖊 🎨 How do you think it came out? • • • • #ChicagoInteriorDesigner #TiffanyBrooksInteriors #InteriorDesigner #CelebrityInteriorDesigner #DesignIdeas #HGTVDesignStar #HGTVHost #chicagointeriordecorator #blackgirlmagic #hgtv #supportsmallbusinesses #HGTVHost #photoshoot #explorepage #renovation #photography #instagood #picoftheday #trending #worklife #workingmom #trending #fyp #design #beforeandafter #custom"

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The Expert on Instagram: "“Brigette was so incredible!,” says @theexpert client Hannah D. “Decorating a new home felt like such stress and she made me feel confident and excited again. She is very intuitive, all her ideas were exactly what I was dreaming of before I even realized it. She instantly understood my taste, and we accomplished so much in just one hour!” Who wouldn’t want to pick the brain of one of LA’s most sought-after interior designers? @brigetteromanek’s client list includes @gwynethpaltrow, Beyoncé, and Joe Jonas to name a few. Her wildly imaginative style and mix-master skills translate into rooms that are fresh, functional, and will inspire for years to come—and you can ask her all your burning decor-related questions too! Book your own one-hour consultation with Brigette by tapping the link in bio. 📸 @yoshihiromakino"

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FORBES MASTERS | INTERIOR DESIGN on Instagram: ":: GO BOLD :: Maybe on your walls or throw pillows but what about your sofa or chair? Adding a large pattern to an upholstered piece is the ultimate bold choice. Are you into it? We chose a large houndstooth fabric for this @mgbwhome media lounger and it proved to be everything we imagined and more. • • • #largeprint #largepattern #fabrics #upholstery #design #decor #interiordesign #atlantadesigner #interiordesigners #gobold"

Lesson #2: Flaws Are Beautiful And Worthy

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Justinablakeneyhome🌞 on Instagram: "Our Love Me Some Me art print is a daily reminder about loving ones-self and that even flaws (flawed art, flawed people) are beautiful and worthy ✨"

Love this lesson from Jungalow creator Justina Blakeney – perfection is so overrated. Imperfections in art, which interior design really is, are what make it beautiful and unique.

Lesson # 3: Layering In What You Love Can Lead To Happy Accidents

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danielle colding on Instagram: "This was such an accidental color palette. Sometimes palettes just build from the ground up. Bed, then nightstands, then pillows, and done. I remember being bowled over by the light fixtures and thrilled to feature my friend @jlagarrigue artwork above the bed to tie it all together. I wish I could say there's a formula to successful interiors...but so much of design consists of back to back happy accidents. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @brittanyambridge #dcdny #interiordesign #colorpalette #bedroomdecor #artlove #lightfixtures #blueandorange"

"Sometimes palettes just build from the ground up. Bed, then nightstands, then pillows, and done. I remember being bowled over by the light fixtures and thrilled to feature my friend @jlagarrigue artwork above the bed to tie it all together. I wish I could say there's a formula to successful interiors...but so much of design consists of back to back happy accidents," says designer-we-love Dani Colding.

Lesson #4: People Are The Key To Good Design

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Tavia Forbes on Instagram: "Designing for real people with real budgets"

Design is about people, right? It's all about how you will use the space and how it will make you and the ones you love feel in it. What kind of experiences do you want to create through your design?

"Some of our clients have a younger family and need maximum storage and space for everyone. Other clients are in their forever home and want to focus on an aging in place type of design. My first step in design is to find out what clients' needs are and present a design that makes their home life better than before they hired me, " says April Gandy, Founder and Principal Designer, Alluring Designs Chicago.

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Brigette Romanek on Instagram: "The dining room at the Isle project. I'm really proud of how my custom dining table design came out. I can't wait to see the family's first dinner party settings in this space. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀"

Love this idea from celeb designer Brigette Romanek to bring in lounge sofas around a dining table – we want to be invited to that dinner party, so cozy yet elegant!

Lesson #5: Corners Create Opportunities

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Tiffany Brooks HGTV’d on Instagram: "Don’t forget your smallest corners .. It’s the best opportunity to add something special 🤩 • • • #HGTVSmartHome #ChicagoInteriorDesigner #TiffanyBrooksInteriors #InteriorDesigner #CelebrityInteriorDesigner #DesignIdeas #HGTVDesignStar #HGTVHost #blackgirlmagic #supportsmallbusinesses #smarthome #instagood #picoftheday #designinspiration #explorepage #explore #trending #ad100 #housebeautiful #phillipjeffries"

The smallest spaces can be the most fun to design because you can make an impact with a smaller budget and less time commitment. Make them shine with wallpaper, bold art, vintage furniture or anything personalized.

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Sherrell Design Studio on Instagram: "“There is always LIGHT, if only we’re brave enough to see it. If only we’re brave enough to be it.” -Amanda Gorman, The Hill We Climb ~ An artist’s studio for the artist in her | Fairfield Falls II Project. @sherrelldesignstudio 📸: @madelineharperphoto"

"A thoughtfully designed space can dramatically improve the lives of the people who live in it," says Texas-based designer Sherrell Neal. "I love layering color, texture, and light combinations that achieve timeless and livable interiors. For 2023, I'm using more bold paint colors and wallpaper on the 5th wall (ceiling)!"

Lesson #6: Make It Warm + Cozy But Unconventional Too

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Brigette Romanek on Instagram: "This is your sign to not sacrifice comfort for design… Some may think that in order to have a beautiful space there will be compromises made in terms of functionality and comfortability. The drama! I know that having a warm and cozy space will make me feel happy in a room which is a primary focus of mine if I am going to be spending a lot of time in it. What do you prioritize in your spaces? Photo by @douglasfriedman"

The warm and cozy part serves the people living in the space while the unconventional part serves your creative soul.

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Justina Blakeney on Instagram: "I love designing because it’s such a fun mix of intuitive and calculated. So much of what happens in the process unfolds in the moment, with experimentation and improvisation and just feeling into what makes the space sing. It’s really is like music to me—the high notes, the low notes, the rhythms, the chorus, the bridge, all the different elements coming together to create harmony. Our lanai- as seen in the June issue of @archdigest photographed by @jennapeffley #jungalowbythemountain #jungalow"

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Brigette Romanek on Instagram: "I feel so blue... I loved putting together this dining room for my clients at my Los Feliz project, clients who trusted the process and allowed me to flesh out some of my more unconventional ideas. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photographed by.... @tylerjhogan"

Lesson #7: Use Color Strategically For Bigger Impact

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Brigette Romanek on Instagram: "Don't be afraid of that bright pop of color! The pink piece is such a dimensional part of this room. I can't imagine the space without it. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ photograph by @michaelcliffordphotography from @houseandgardensa cover shoot"

The neutral trend is lovely but a pop of color surprises and delights. Color is everything in these designs.

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Me and General Design | Architectural Interior Design on Instagram: "When pop of color works in a fresh new way! Try something new today and see what happens! 💫💫💫 #badassdesign"

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𝐂𝐨𝐫𝐞𝐲 𝐃𝐚𝐦𝐞𝐧 𝐉𝐞𝐧𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐬 on Instagram: "𝐏𝐔𝐑𝐏𝐋𝐄 𝐑𝐄𝐈𝐆𝐍: I was listening to some classic Prince online this morning, and his 1980s hit “Purple Rain” ☔️ reminded me of my own affinity for this rich, jewel tone color. Often used to denote royalty, purple has such a wide range of hues, from lavender and violet, to aubergine and merlot. And it makes for quite the bold statement, especially when it’s applied judiciously in interior design and architecture. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Back on July 30th, I posted here about commissioning all the interior doors of my clients’ American Colonial Revival manse to be lacquered a deep purple color. That post led to many inquiries and curious DMs. 😜 So for all of my IG friends here, yes, I 𝘳𝘦𝘢𝘭𝘭𝘺 did do that, and here’s a close up shot from the foyer! ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Collin’s Dictionary defines the term “whimsical” as ‘unusual, playful, and unpredictable, rather than serious and practical’. Traditional interior design is known for being formal. Likewise, this space is designed to be elegant, but we didn’t want the home to take itself too seriously. 😉 I love taking the classic Trad decorating genre and giving it an 𝘶𝘯𝘱𝘳𝘦𝘥𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘢𝘣𝘭𝘦 twist!—CDJ⁣⁣💜 ⁣⁣ #designremix ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣"

Lesson #8: Make It Wild But Serene

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Justinablakeneyhome🌞 on Instagram: "Wild, but make it serene #justinablakeneyhome"

So much of design is about balance. Sure, you can bring in a tropical wallpaper with a bold tile and mix in some gold accents and colorful art but balancing the color and tone and texture of the space is key to not being too extra.

Lesson #9: Elegance + Drama = Intrigue

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Brigette Romanek on Instagram: "The intrigue...a hallway view of the powder room at Isle project. #interiordesign #romanekdesignstudio 📷 @michaelcliffordphotography"

That lamp, the tile, the wall treatment, oh my swoon!

Lesson #10: Play!

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MONET MASTERS on Instagram: "// CHILDREN OVER THIRTY // So thrilled to share our cabana space titled “Children over thirty”. Thrilled to be a part and amongst such brilliant designers. Thrilled that @archdigest / @archdigestpro would have the audacity to celebrate black designers in such a dope way! We’re just thrilled!lol Happy to say the least. Please help us celebrate this beautiful, iconic moment by sharing and tuning in to watch each designer share behind the scene details of their space. You can review the Itinerary by clicking the link in our bio. @forbesmasters will be going live with @archdigest and sharing our space in detail Monday the 23rd at 6pm ET. We hope to see you there. Thank you @the_boundaryuk for helping our space come to life! • • • #atlantainteriordesigner #interiors #interiordesign #designing #bolddesign #luxuxy #showhouse #allblackeverything"

If there is any lesson you can take away from this @forbesmasters design is that it's all about having fun with it. If you feel good about it you'll bring that energy to a space too.

Lesson #11: Enhance Architectural Details With Paint

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Tiffany Brooks HGTV’d on Instagram: "I love using paint to enhance architectural details!! 🤩🎨 And everyone has been asking so I had to let you all know. HGTV Home® by Sherwin-Williams' Smokey Topaz (HGSW6117) , created a "WOW" factor on the ceiling and a portion of the walls in the HGTV® Smart Home 2022! @hgtvhomebysherwinwilliams ••• ••• ••• #HGTVSmartHome #ChicagoInteriorDesigner #ChicagoInteriors #TiffanyBrooksInteriors #InteriorDesigner #CelebrityInteriorDesigner #InteriorDecor #DesignIdeas #Hireus #HGTVDesignStar #HGTVHost #chicagointeriordesigner #chicagointeriordecorator #blackgirlmagic #supportsmallbusinesses #entertoday #entertowin #smarthome #hgtvsmarthome2022 #instagood #picoftheday #northcarolina #beach #workfromhome #inspo #chicagolife #wilmingtonnc #northcarolina #homeinspo #sherwinwilliams #painting"

Love how HGTV designer Tiffany Brooks uses paint to highlight the molding here.

Lesson #12: Metallics Make Neutrals Pop

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danielle colding on Instagram: "Some metallic pops bring this neutral guest bedroom to life. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Photo by @patrickclinephotography #dcdny #interiordesign #guestbedroom #bedroomdecor"

They really do in this gorgeous bedroom designed by Colding.

Lesson # 13: You Can Never Have Too Much Art

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Justinablakeneyhome🌞 on Instagram: "You can never have too much art! 🎨👩🏾‍🎨💅🏾🖌#jungalow"

Art completes a space and adds a bit of soul -- share art you love and your space will feel like you.

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Sheila Bridges on Instagram: "Hard to believe it was just a few weeks ago that I was in Iceland to receive delivery of a new painting by Icelandic artist @julohaf. She was working on a series of “green ladies” (celebrating the nude female body without it being objectified or sexualized) when I visited her art studio in Reykjavik. So happy I stumbled onto her work. 💗💚#art #travel #throwbackthursday #painting #pinkandgreen #fridayflashback #design #home #artlover #oilpainting #interiors #interiordesign #homeawayfromhome #sheilabridges #harlemtoilegirl #designer"

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Samuel & Sons on Instagram: "Celebrated New York designer, Sheila Bridges (@harlemtoilegirl), recently sat down with us to speak about her design inspirations, her philosophy on creating the feeling of home, and her favorite holiday tradition. Read more on our blog, link in bio! Design by: @harlemtoilegirl Photo by: @frankfrancesstudio #HomefortheHolidays #Trimmings #SheilaBridges #SamuelandSons"

Lesson #14: Have A Clear Point Of View

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Justina Blakeney on Instagram: "People often tell me that @TheJungalow is a strong brand with a clear point of view. I have a lot of fun thinking about branding and brand recognition and so I thought I’d share an exercise I do periodically to help get clear on how to make my brand stand out from the crowd. 💡 Think deeply about how your brand engages with the five senses: 👁️ 🤚🏽 What does your brand look and feel like? For example, if you were to have a home, shop, or hotel that exemplified your brand, imagine what it would look and feel like when you first walk in. What colors do you see? Warm? Cool? What type of furnishings? Curvy or angular? Velvety or linen-y? Vintage or new? Modern or rustic? Patterned or solid? What kind of weather matches your brand? Warm and sunny? Snow? Autumn breezes? 👅 What does your brand taste like? Tropical fruit? Mashed potatoes? A sunny side up egg? 👃 What does your smell like? Vanilla? Sage? Cedar wood? Jasmine? The beach? Spaghetti? 👂 What does your brand sound like? Brazilian Jazz? R&B? Ocean waves? Children playing? Honing in on how your brand engages with the senses is a great exercise you can do to get to know your brand more intimately—and once you are super clear on this, you can weave your vision into all aspects of your brand—from colors and font choices, to tone and the types of products or services to offer. Photo of my very jungalicious Lanai, a space that exemplifies @thejungalow brand, by @jennapeffley for @archdigest 💗🙌🏽🌞🌿"

Blakeney's branding tips can apply to any design – you want consistency and a clear direction to get a cohesive look.

Lesson #15: Every Moment Is A Chance To Show Up

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Ceilings too can create a moment.

Lesson #16: Heritage Details Create A Sense of Place

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danielle colding on Instagram: "Consignment store dressers meet childhood bedroom Degas, meet my mom's elephant planter and my fave lamp bought at a design showroom sample sale! This dresser vignette is like a road map through my life...So many special meaningful items paired with things I was able to purchase as an adult. My Bed Stuy apartment was such a place of healing after the death of my mother. Spaces can truly be a refuge during trying times. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #dcdny #interiordesign #consignmentfinds #vignettestyling #specialmemories ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀"

Colding perfectly articulates why having heirlooms and nostalgic items bring a sense of soul to a place. "This dresser vignette is like a road map through my life...So many special meaningful items paired with things I was able to purchase as an adult. My Bed Stuy apartment was such a place of healing after the death of my mother. Spaces can truly be a refuge during trying times," she says in her post.

Lesson #17: Support small, minority-owned businesses.

"I’ve learned I do a better job of staging a space once I can see it put together in person instead of having it all figured out before we get started," says Gandy. "I have also enjoyed meeting and partnering with new local small businesses, especially minority owned businesses. It gives me a sense of pride to know I’m contributing to their success," which brings us to our final lesson #17: Shop small. Finding unique pieces you won't find in mass quantities will inspire a space that feels personal, special, and one-of-a-kind.

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