Love Notes

Gone are the days of showers filled with sitting around in a circle watching girls open presents - more and more couples are combining their festivities to include their partners and are trading in the mimosas and pink bubble wrap for creative cocktails and group gifts.

For all of you newlyweds, just because the wedding is over doesn't mean the fun has to stop! Now that it's Fall, we're loving the cooler weather, football games, and nights around the fire. And, what would all of these be without a fabulous cocktail in hand?

When you start planning your registry, investing in the right entertaining tools can ensure your first get together will be a touchdown! Simple elements such as a perfectly styled bar cart, beautiful glassware, and versatile furniture create a space that your guests will love, while still being easy and effortless.

That's why we're loving this inspiring cocktail gathering designed by Blueprint Registry. With his-and-hers signature cocktails and a crowd pleasing punch, guests can serve themselves so you can mix and mingle. Cheers!

His: Whiskey Sour

  • 1 1/2 oz bourbon (or rye, or Irish whiskey)

  • 1 1/2 oz lemon juice, fresh squeezed

  • 1/2 - 3/4 tsp sugar

  • Orange slice

  • Maraschino cherry

Directions: Serve over a large ice cube (get trays here) in an old fashioned glass and serve with a festive swizzle sticks. Garnish with the cherry and orange slice.

Hers: French 75

  • 1 lemon

  • 3 tablespoons (1 1/2 ounces) gin

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons (3/4 ounce) fresh lemon juice

  • 1 tablespoon (1/2 ounce) simple syrup

  • 1 cup ice cubes

  • 1/4 cup (2 ounces) dry sparkling wine, such as brut Champagne, chilled

Directions: Using zester or paring knife, slice peel from lemon in long, thin spiral. Reserve lemon for another use and set peel aside.

In cocktail shaker, combine gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup. Add ice and shake vigorously for 20 seconds. Strain into a chilled Champagne flute and top with sparkling wine.

Curl lemon peel around finger to create twist at least 6 inches long. Garnish drink with twist and serve immediately.

The Crowd Pleaser: Classic Punch

  • 3 cups boiling water

  • 12 sprigs fresh mint

  • 4 tea bags

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup orange juice

  • cup lemon juice

  • 5 cups cold water

  • Lemon and orange slices for garnish

Directions: Place the tea bags and mint sprigs into a large pitcher or punch bowl. Pour boiling water over them, and allow to steep for about 8 minutes. Remove and discard the tea bags and mint leaves, squeezing out excess liquid. Stir in sugar until dissolved, then stir in the orange juice and lemon juice. Pour in the cold water. Serve over ice cubes, garnished with orange or lemon slices.​