Boozy Lucky Charms Milkshake

It probably shows my age that all I can think to write right now is “my milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, and they’re like, it’s better than yours, damn right, it’s better than yours.” I’ve got to say though, the addition of booze to a mint chocolate chip milkshake probably does make mine better than yours. It’s magically delicious!

You didn’t think Holly and I could let a fun holiday pass without making a themed cocktail did you? This one is a double whammy for all the moms out there too, because you get to be the hero that makes your kiddos an adorable, fun St. Patrick’s Day milkshake along with a delicious boozy one for yourself. Win, win!

To make our recipe kid-friendly, all you have to do is eliminate the Bailey’s. To avoid having to wash your blender in between batches, I’d suggest blending together everything except the Baileys, poring some into a glass for the kids’ then adding the Baileys and giving it a quick mix for the adult version. We poured the kids’ into these adorable mason jar shot glasses (as if our 3 year olds need more than that 😂). They were soooo excited when we showed them the final product. This would be a perfect way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home as a family.

Boozy Lucky Charms Milkshake

Yields 1 drink

You’ll Need:

Directions:

In a blender, combine Baileys, ice cream, milk, vanilla and ice cubes. Blend until silky, adding  in a tad extra milk – or Baileys, lol – if it’s too thick. Serve in an old-school milkshake glass for extra points, top with whipped cream and Lucky Charms marshmallows and enjoy!

Hope you enjoy this decadent St. Patrick’s Day treat. Since it looks like we’ll all be celebrating the holiday at home this year, this is the perfect fun treat for the whole family. If you whip this up this year be sure to tag a picture of it on Instagram!

Sláinte!Holly (@chandeliers.and.champagne) and Alex (@alexandtribe)

How to style a slip dress 4 ways

I’ve officially hit the age where the fashion cycle is repeating itself. While some trends like bell bottoms, acid wash jeans and butterfly clips are better left in the past, the resurgence of some familiar 90’s styles makes me excited to try my hand at updating the look and incorporating it into my everyday style.

The slip dress is so beautiful in its simple, slinky glory. It can be dressed up or down and is versatile enough to be worn year-round with the right accessories.

Here are four ways to style a slip dress, perfect for casual or dressy occasions:

1. Tone-on-tone duster cardigan

I love this look for a date night. Generally speaking, I’m always a fan of a monochromatic look. One peek into my closet and you can tell I’m not big on colour. It’s just a sea of tan, black, white and denim. I know what I like, and I stick with it!

2. Knit turtleneck

This is another monochromatic look. You could totally use a different coloured turtleneck, but I like how this outfit came together. It both dresses up the turtleneck and dresses down the slip dress.

3. Oversized v-neck sweater

An oversized sweater is such a great way to wear your dresses into winter. You just have to make sure your sweater hits you in the right spot. I had belt this one underneath to make it shorter.

4. Leather jacket

A leather jacket is one of my favourite accessories. It instantly makes any outfit feel cooler and more out together. And I love the juxtaposition of silk and leather together.

Do you own a slip dress? What’s your favourite way to style it?

Xo Alex

Slip dress: H&M

Duster cardigan: Dynamite

Knit turtleneck: Banana Republic

Black Sweater: H&M

Leather Jacket: The Bay

Tips for a great Dîner en Blanc experience

I’ve never met a theme I didn’t like. I’m always down for a great party, but one with a fun dress code? Even better! I’ve now been to three Dîner en Blanc’s in Edmonton so I feel like I have a good handle on what to expect and how to make it a great night.

If you’ve never heard of Dîner en Blanc before here is a bit of history. The event was started in Paris, 31 years ago when a Frenchman invited a group of people to an elegant picnic and asked them to all dress in white so that they could easily find each other. Now, the event is held in 80 cities in 30 countries around the world.

This year, Edmonton’s event was held on the field at Commonwealth Stadium, where our professional football team plays. Unfortunately, the weather was not on our side. It rained so hard. And not a quick, light shower. It was a torrential downpour, with thunder and lightning and wind. It was a gong show, but you know what, we still had such a fun time. Attitude is everything (refer to tip 4) and our group had a great one.

If you’re getting ready for your first Dîner en Blanc here are five tips to make it a great experience.

1. Make sure you wear white. I know, sounds obvious, that’s the dress code, but there are always people who show up in cream or have another colour on their dress. You stick out like a sore thumb, so look for an outfit that’s all white. Also, it’s a dressy event, so leave the white jeans and sneakers at home.

2. Have fun with your accessories. I love to wear flower crowns, so that’s my go-to for this event, but I’ve seen people in fascinators, white wigs, tutus and boas. It’s not everyday you get to have so much fun with your outfit, so don’t waste the opportunity! Also, ladies, please wear flats. Sometimes the event is held in the grass, sometimes you have a 15 minute walk to get there, regardless you’ll be so much more comfortable in flat shoes.

3. Prepare for the weather. I’ve been rained on at two out of the three events I’ve been to. Like I mentioned above, it torrentially poured on us this year, so I’m so happy I had my clear poncho and umbrella with me. Yup, you read that right, even your rain gear needs to be clear or white, so make sure you’re prepared in advance.

4. Go into it with a great attitude. I’m not going to lie, this event is a lot of work and planning. They’re also always held outdoors rain or shine. Obviously weather isn’t something you can control, but your attitude is. We got totally rained out but had such a fun time this year. I was with fun people, we had wine and dessert (we made sure to grab both when we sprinted for some cover) what more do you need!

5. Pack light. You have to pack your whole life for this event (kidding, sort of), so obviously you can only pack so light between your table, chairs, linens, food and decor, however be smart where you can. Bring collapsible table and chairs and small but attractive decor (flameless candles, flowers etc). This is even easier the larger your group. We had a group of 6 going this year and divided up responsibilities so everyone was bringing something.

Hope this helps prepare you for your first Dîner en Blanc experience. It’s really such a fun event, you just have to make sure you put in the pre-planning work. If you have any other questions about the event, or some tips of your own please share them in the comments!

À votre santé!

10 Edmonton summer date night ideas

Date nights are a precious and rare commodity when you’re a parent. We’ve only got one babysitter (thanks mom!), so when we do get a chance to get out, just the two of us, I want to make sure we make the most of it.

It’s easy to fall into a date night rut of dinner and a movie, but there’s so many fun things to do in Edmonton in the summer that it would be a shame to waste a date night in a dark, over-air conditioned movie theatre.

To help spark your creativity I’ve assembled a list of 10 great dates to do in Edmonton.

1. Snow Valley Aerial Park. I was so excited when this opened up. It’s actually what Justin and I did on my 30th birthday. The aerial park is a ropes course with more than 100 games/challenges. It was pretty challenging, but so much fun. If you’ve ever seen American Ninja Warrior on tv, a lot of the obstacles remind me of that. For a unique date night visit them on Thursdays in the summer for Thirsty Thursdays. After your climbing adventure you can kick back and relax on a one-of-a-kind patio designed by Chateau Lighting. The patio is at the top of the aerial park, surrounded by nature and has a BBQ Concession running with burgers and hot dogs as well as select local micro-brewery beverages.

2. Couples cooking class. I love cooking classes, and there are lots that are geared towards date nights. My favourite classes are through Get Cooking, I’ve been going for years now and love how the menu is interactive and has wine and drinks paired with every course. Some of my favourites have been the pasta making class, Mexican brunch class and taco & tequila class. There’s pretty much any type of cuisine you could want, check out the course catalogue here.

3. Food Crawl. I love food, eating out is one of my favourite ways to spend my free time. Instead of just having dinner at one restaurant, why not make it more of an adventure and turn it into a progressive dinner somewhere on Whyte Ave, Jasper Ave or 124th street? Start off with a drink and appetizer at one restaurant, go somewhere else for your entree and then end at another restaurant for dessert. We had a date night like this last summer and started at Situation Brewing, followed by Have Mercy and ended our night at Julio’s Barrio. It was so much more entertaining than just going out to one restaurant for dinner.

4. Horse races. In case you don’t know, a brand new horse racing track and casino just opened up next to the airport (Century Mile). I haven’t checked it out yet, but can’t wait to get there. I’ve been to the horse races a couple times and even though I’m really not a gambler, I had a blast betting on the horses. Grab your date and place some friendly wagers. Loser buys dinner!

5. Walk and picnic in the River Valley. We have such a beautiful River Valley with views that can’t be beat. Get out and take advantage of the summer by packing a delicious picnic, some bubbly and hiking to a beautiful viewpoint for a romantic picnic. A few of my favourite views are: the Fort Edmonton Park trail (great field for a picnic near the foot bridge), the Victoria Park East trail and Forest Heights Park.

6. River Cruise. What’s more romantic than a sunset cruise overlooking downtown? Impress your date with a bottle of wine and charcuterie plate on Thursday Date Nights on the Edmonton River Boat.

7. “Golfing.” I don’t know about you but 18 holes of golf is a bit much. I have fun for awhile, but by no means am I an avid golfer. My husband is though; so I found the perfect middle ground, a putting course. I’ve tried both the Kinsmen Pitch & Putt and the putting course at Red Tail Landing (by the airport). My favourite was the one at Red Tail Landing, we had the whole course to ourselves and it was great to be able to go at our own pace.

8. Rec Room. This option is a great one for a rainy day. There’s tons to do at the Rec Room from arcade games, to bowling to ax throwing. My husband and I love the old school games like skee ball and the one where you throw balls at the clown faces. There’s two Rec Rooms in the city, South Edmonton Common and West Edmonton Mall.

9. Canoe or Kayak down the river. This one is on my wish list. I think it would be so much fun (and a great workout to boot), to paddle down the river. There’s a couple different companies in the city to rent boats from including Canoe Heads and Haskin Canoe.

10. High Level Bridge street car. This one is a fun day date option. Start your day with brunch on Whyte Ave (Under the High Wheel and Rooster Cafe are great options) or pick up some goodies for a picnic at the Strathcona Farmers Market (if it’s Saturday) and then catch the street car from the Strathcona terminal. Find the schedule and terminals for the street car here.

Hope this list is a good starting point for you to plan some summer dates. Honestly, it’s just a fraction of the things you could do in our city. What are some of you favourite things to do in Edmonton? Anything great that I’m missing?

Charcuterie Gin Caesar

Happy May long weekend everyone! How fitting is it that the Thursday before May long is National Caesar Day in Canada.

As Canada’s unofficial, official drink, the Caesar is a tried and true summer classic. With so many variations, my girlfriend Holly, of Chandeliers and Champagne, and I decided to try our hand at making our own go-to Caesar as the next drink in our summer cocktail series.

A key ingredient in Caesar’s is clamato juice. To all my American friends, you have to try a Caesar, a Bloody Mary is just not the same, trust me on this one.

Unsurprisingly, we had to make our garnish over-the-top; but what can I say, we’re a fan of flair. We’re also a fan of charcuterie. Hence the smorgasbord of delicious treats we topped our drink with. Now, let’s get mixing!

Charcuterie Gin Caesar

Yields 1 cocktail

You’ll need:

  • 1.5 ounces gin 
  • Mott’s Clamato, to fill 
  • 4 dashes Worcestershire sauce 
  • 4 dashes hot sauce (our preference: TABASCO) 
  • 1 tbsp pickle juice
  • Salt, to season
  • Pepper, to season
  • Ice 

Rimmer: 

  • Celery salt or Caesar rim spice 
  • Lime

Garnish: 

  • At a bare minimum, you’ll want celery, however if you ask me, there’s nothing more depressing than a Caesar garnished with only celery
  • We also added: a pepperoni stick, pickled bean, salami, pickled asparagus, sharp cheddar, pickled carrot and a pickle spear

Directions:

  • Rim a pint glass with citrus and celery salt. Fill glass with ice and add 1.5 ounces of gin.
  • Top with Mott’s Clamato. Add four dashes of tabasco, four dashes of Worcestershire, two shakes each of salt and pepper, and a tablespoon of pickle juice.
  • Stir well and garnish. Enjoy this great Canadian classic, Fingers crossed you can enjoy it on a sunny day at lake, but we are Canadian, and it is May, so chances are it might snow! 

Hope everyone has a great long weekend. Be sure tag us if you recreate our drink using the hashtag #yegsummercocktail.

Check back soon, as Holly and I will be concocting fun cocktails all summer long!

Cheers, Alex and Holly 

Elderflower French 75

Summer is so close I can taste it, literally! In anticipation of my favourite season I’m launching a summer cocktail series with one of my besties, and my favourite blogger, Holly from Chandeliers and Champagne. If you don’t follow her yet, you’re missing out. She posts the most beautiful home and lifestyle content, and has the cutest little family.

To kick off our summer cocktail series we’ve perfected an Elderflower French 75. If you like prosecco cocktails you’re going to love this. It’s tart and refreshing, exactly what I look for in a summer drink.

This would be a perfect drink for a party since you can prep the first part of the cocktail and keep it in the fridge until your guests arrive, then top it off with the bubbly when you’re ready. No need to play bartender all night but you’ll still wow your guests with your hostess skills. Bridal shower season just got a whole lot easier!

This is a really simple cocktail to make, but packs a punch both in taste and show. The most important thing is to make sure you use fresh lemon juice. Sorry, but the bottled stuff just won’t cut it here.

Elderflower French 75

Yields 2 cocktails

You’ll need: 

  • 2 oz gin
  • 2 oz elderflower liqueur
  • 2 oz fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • Prosecco or champagne to top, approximately 6 oz

Directions:

Mix gin, elderflower liqueur and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker. Pour into a champagne flute or coupe and top with chilled prosecco.

Hope you enjoy the first cocktail in our summer drink series, be sure to follow along on Instagram (@alexandtribe, @chandeliers.and.champagne) to see what else we come up with over the course of the summer and tag us in you pics if you recreate any of our cocktails. Cheers!