Festive 4th of July Desserts

The 4th of July is one of our favorite holidays to celebrate because it has a set color theme, no questions asked. From decor to fashion, there are endless amounts of ways to incorporate the colors of our flag into your Independence Day celebrations. However, our favorite way to get creative is through dessert! Put away the food coloring and take inspiration from this roundup of festive treats instead.

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Green Summer Smoothies

It’s officially summer, and we’re turning to healthy green smoothies to cool us down while the weather’s heating up. Fine, so we’re crazy about them year-round. But there’s something about the icy texture of a good (guilt-free!) smoothie that just screams “summer.” Here are some of our favorites recipes. Chop your ingredients at night and wake up a few minutes early in the morning to blend them—your taste buds will thank you. Bonus for the cube-dwellers: pour your smoothie into a mason jar, bring it to work and stow it in the office fridge; come 3 o’clock, you’ll have a vacation in a glass.

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What do you put in your smoothie? Are they life-changing or overrated? Tell us @ASargentEvents!

Father’s Day Cocktails

Cheers to Dad! Raise a glass to the man who raised you with one of these cocktails from Fast Drink Recipes.

Bourbon-Daddy-Cocktail-Recipe

The Bourbon Daddy: bourbon, lemon juice and… an egg white? Trust us, it’s tasty. Plus, dad needs his protein! Recipe here.

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The Happy Dad: vodka, Cointreau and Compari. Simply. Classy. Gentlemanly. Recipe here.

Original-Manhattan-Cocktail-Recipe

The Manhattan: whiskey, sweet vermouth and bitters. A true classic—make one for grandpa, too.
Recipe here.

Happy Father’s Day!

ASE Loves: Ticings

Fact: When you work in the event planning industry, you’re going to come across cake. And cupcakes. And cookies. And more cake. (Not that we’re complaining!) So what separates the good from the great? How does a sweet treat take home the gold?

Turns out, there are a few factors. Just like a diamond is judged by the 4 C’s (color, cut, clarity, carat), we at ASE judge sweets by the (less-demanding) 2 D’s: design and deliciousness. While it takes both factors to create the perfect baked good, we’ll leave deliciousness to the culinary experts. Today, we’re talking about design.

Enter Ticings. Launched in 2009, this company produces edible cupcake and cake toppers. In other words, Ticings let you transform your plain sweets into works of art—right in your own kitchen.

Here’s how it works: First, you frost your cake or cupcake so the frosting stays flat. Then, you peel the Ticing from the backing sheet—much like a sticker or temporary tattoo—and gently press it on to your cake. Done! Professional looking cake decorations at a fraction of the price and effort.

Custom Barcelona Monogram by Ticings.

Custom Barcelona Monogram by Ticings.

Ticings are gluten-free and completely edible. Their website lists the full list of ingredients here.

Choose from Ticings’ library of designs, or create your own. We’re currently loving the Custom Barcelona Monogram design—fitting for everything from birthday celebrations to graduation parties and everything in between.

Check out the rest of the designs at the Ticings website—don’t forget to tell them Allison sent you! What’s your favorite design? What occasion will you use Ticings for?

We’ll be reading your responses—while decorating cakes of our own—at @ASargentEvents.

Congrats, Grad!

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‘Tis the season for mortarboards, tassels and graduation gowns! Whether it’s kindergarten or eighth grade, high school or college, grad school or law school, commencement is an important milestone for the graduate and their family. Throw your scholar a bash he or she deserves. Skip the generic party store decor and take a look at these ideas instead.

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Made to order—Etsy.

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It’s almost summer! Show some color. Another idea: use school colors—Martha Stewart.

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Nothing generic about this bar backdrop—Martha Stewart.

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Nothing beats a clean house with simple party decorations—White Whimsy.

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Make a timeline using your grad’s school portraits—Pear Tree Greetings.

ImageUpgrade your card box. We just discovered this company and we’re obsessed. They’ll customize a card box any way you want! Would also work for weddings too—Lisa’s Gift Wrappers.

Spring Flowers

April showers bring May (and June, July and August) flowers! Here’s a selection of what’s currently in bloom for spring to simplify your flower arrangement planning. View the full list here.

Agapanthus
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Anemone
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Apple blossom
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Brodea
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Calla lily
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Cherry Blossom
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Dahlia
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Freesia
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Gardenia
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Lilac
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Boston Strong

Last week’s tragedy at the Boston Marathon revealed a dark side of humanity, but also a bright one in the way Americans have come together to help Boston bounce back. Our thoughts are with all in Boston, and out hearts go out to the victims and their families affected by the bombings. Here are a few legitimate ways to help the victims’ families and survivors, according to the Huffington Post.

The Richard Family Fund, in honor of 8-year-old Martin Richard, who was killed during the bombings, his sister, whose leg was amputated, and their mother, Denise, who was also injured.

The LU Lingzi Memorial Scholarship Fund, in honor of 23-year-old Boston University grad student LU Lingzi.

The Jacqui, Paul and JP Recovery Fund, which is collecting donations to cover the medical bills of Jacqui Webb, whose legs were badly injured by shrapnel, her boyfriend, Paul Norden and his brother, JP Norden. The two brothers each lost their right legs from the attack.

The Krystle Campbell Memorial Fund, in honor of the 29-year-old who was killed during the bombings. More information can be found here.

Bucks for Bauman, a fund created to aid in the recovery of Jeff Bauman, a spectator who lost both of his legs during the bombings.

Help for Patrick and Jess, a fund set up for two newlyweds who each lost a leg from the blasts.

Virtual runs—races which individuals can take part in from anywhere—have also been taking place in the past week. This one posted on Active.com is open until Monday, May 27, with all donations going to Boston Marathon victims.

Let’s band together—as runners, maybe, and Americans, definitely.