Set Up a DIY Cocktail Bar "Let guests make their own cocktails. I have a few favorite recipes on cards, and all the ingredients on hand. People mix and shake and think it's super-fun." —Paul Lowe, food/prop stylist, Sweet Paul
Create Ambience "I cannot tell you how many parties with great food have been ruined by operating-room lighting. Atmosphere is half the battle. A low-lit atmosphere with candles can even give pizza old-movie glamour." —Mary McDonald, designer
+ A small handful of freshly picked and rinsed lavender flowers or a tablespoon of dried lavender flowers + 1 cup white, granulated sugar + 2 cups of boiling water for the infusion + 1 1/2 cups freshly squeezed lemon juice + 2 cups or more of cold water + Ice Finely chop lavender, pour 2 cups of boiling water over lavender into a bowl. cover and rest for 30mins, stir in lemons, sugar, and extra water.