Remember back in 4th grade when all your girlfriends would come over to talk about crushes and eat ice cream sundaes? Well, this is just like that. But, you know, with grown-up drinks. From the classiest of crystal stemware to gold and blush accents for the buffet, Crystal Palecek, founder and editor-in-chief of Rue magazine, dishes on her must-haves for those no-men-allowed nights.

Girls' Night Tips

“The arrival of summer is the perfect excuse to get together with your girlfriends. And, if you’re tired of the rushed happy hours after work (I know I am), a thoughtful, feminine fete is easy to throw with a few essentials. First off, take cues from your garden with festive florals that never fade. Deck the table with gold accents. And take your cocktails – mojitos are a must – to professional levels with handblown wineglasses in blush hues. Opt for a sturdier sipping option with vintage-inspired paper straws.

Set your Spotify to play the summer’s top hits. Then send guests off with a flirty tote filled to the brim with basking must-haves, from beach books to coconut water. Let the party commence.”

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June 13, 2014

This just in – there’s more to bourbon than an old-fashioned or mint julep. Colorful, refreshing, and oh-so-citrusy, this mix from Love and Lemons will be your next soiree’s signature cocktail.

Blood Orange & Bourbon Recipe from Love and Lemons

Photos by Jeanine Donofrio

Enter: Blood Orange & Bourbon with freshly squeezed juice, a few drops of bitters, and mint to garnish (tip: slap the mint in your palm to release its flavor). This drink gives an old go-to a new, refreshing twist. Just top it with club soda. Or, finish it off the Rue way – with champagne.

Check out Love and Lemons to print the Blood Orange & Bourbon recipe card.

Then shop our Sunday Supper: Girls’ Night In Boutique on Sunday, January 19, at 3PM ET.

By Julia Ivins, Staff Writer

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January 19, 2014