Friday, September 10, 2010

With Summer BBQ's winding down, try a new kind of party.... Roaring 1920's Style!

As summer faces into fall, the backyard BBQ's come to a close. But just because the grill is hibernating, doesn't mean you have to! Try hosting a 1920's themed party to jazz up your nights!

Roaring Refreshments
Bee's Knees
6 Tbsp Gin
1 Tsp Honey
1 Tsp Lemon Juice

Add with ice to a shaker, then strain into a glass!

Mint Julep
1/4 oz Water
3 Mint Leaves.
1 Tsp Sugar
3 oz Bourbon

Mix these 3 gently and pour into a cocktail glass with crushed ice. Add 2 sprigs of mint to garnish.

Elderflower Collins
1.5 oz St. Germain Elderflower Liqueur
1 oz Gin
1/2 oz Lemon Juice

Shake these 3 ingredients and pour into an ice filled glass. Top it with a splash of soda and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Setting the Mood - Music Playlist
A Tisket, A Tasket- Ella Fitzgerald
Dead Man Rolls- Jelly Roll Morton
My Man- Billie Holiday
Now's The Time- Charlie Parker
Hello Dolly- Louis Armstrong
Summertime- Sarah Vaughan
Let's Get Lost- Chet Baker
Tuxedo Junction- Glenn Miller
Ain't Misbehavin'- Fats Waller
Takin' the "A" Train - Duke Ellington

Elegant Ensembles
Now, with such a lovely list of music and drinks, you and your guests must certainly look the part. Here are some photos to get your fringed and feathered selves inspired!

Hair accessories are essential..... Check out this head pieces made of red netting, feathers, and beads (above)! Also, the ladies on the right have on their cloche hats and headbands.
For exciting hair options, check out and search for "feather hair piece" and you'll
see oodles of options

Check out these beaus (left) as they serve cocktails amongst a croquet playing crowd! With vests, ties, umbrellas, hats, feather, canes, and fringe gallore, this group was set to inspire!

To host your own Roaring 1920's Party, keep in mind that's it's all about the attitude. Be thankful that Prohibition ended decades ago and look for fun ways to dress up both your home and yourself!

Eat, Drink, and Dance the night away to some Jazz Age inspired ideas!

Happy Hosting,


Photos: Aug 29, 2010 at Governor's Island, NY for the annual Jazz Age Lawn Party

Thursday, August 19, 2010


Hey Party People!

I am SO happy to say "Hello Again" to all of our loyal Artsy Readers! As you all know, our little blog has changed quite a bit over the last couple of months unfortunately. We were sad to see Ashley go but hope that she is happy in her endeavors.

BUT I wanted to let you all know that Artsy Maqnolias is currently under construction for something even BETTER! We will be back in full force with a NEW set of guest editors who are so excited to share their thoughts and ideas with you. We will be changing the set-up and branching out into new areas of art, fashion, and CREATIVITY in every sense of the word. **We will even have an inside scoop to what's going on around the country!

Be patient with us for just a little while longer and you will not be sorry. Miss Meg here will be sure to keep you all in the loop. Start getting excited for what is to come. You won't be sorry! Hugs and Kisses to everyone and a promise that what is to come will be better than ever!



Tuesday, July 6, 2010

A. Says Au Revoir

Today is a bittersweet post for me. I'm sad to say that I will no longer be writing for MAQ, tears, yes i know. But don't cry too much, I'm excited to announce that I am launching a new blog for my personal business, AB Graham Arts. Yes, that's right you can join me on my journey to discovery in the art world! Please continue to enjoy the interesting posts from M&Q, but then click on over to AB Graham Art's and see what's going on in my crazy world. 

Au Revoir, 

Please check out my blog:

Monday, July 5, 2010

Summer Freshness


Ok, y' this is kind of silly, but since we're all kinda takin' it easy with the blog this summer....I wanted to tell you guys about something I'm loving this week- The AirWick Fresh Matic!!! For starters, I need to begin with telling you all that I recently rescued a little baby kitty cat and he has quickly become the newest addition to our family. Say hello to Sir Severus Snape.

If any of you have had know with cats, comes litter boxes! With litter boxes, comes an odor of CAT. We have invested in some fantastic litter box deodorizer...but have fallen in love with our AirWick Fresh Matic! It holds an aerosol can of air-freshener and dispenses it periodically. We set a timer for it to dispense the freshener every ten minutes and the house smells wonderful always. It smells better now than it did before Sev!

So that's all...I'm just in love with this little fresh-maker. Invest in won't be sorry!

Have a nice week guys!
peace out,

Friday, July 2, 2010

Firecracker, Firecracker, Boom, Boom, BOOM!

Holiday Treasury Treat! Check it out!

Whatever Friday 7/2

photo by: steven klein 
Proud to be an American...and stylish!

Have a great 4th of july weekend! If you are unsure about what to wear this holiday weekend, be sure to check out this great article from Vogue:

Enjoy Yourself! 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

A Collection of DIYs for July 4th

So today Ladies, I'm sorry to say that there will not be a showcase.  Instead, I have a collection of the best Do-It-Yourself  Projects for the 4th of July! I promise any of these projects will make your friends impressed and jealous at the same time, (now top that)! 

1. TWIG & THISTLE BLOG - 4th of July Decorations

2. DESIGN SPONGE- Erica's 4th of July bbq brooch

3. A BEAUTIFUL  MESS- Sidewalk Chalk 

4. MIX MINGLE GLOW- Oilcloth Placemats 

5. Lanzallamas Blog- FLAG CRAFT PROJECT 

But when all else fails...

Turn to Martha! Here are just some of her amazing ideas. Those napkins are darling! 
You can see all these images and more at 

Basically, You can't go wrong with Martha! 

I hope enjoy yourself making one of these awesome dyi's! (please send us photos, of any of your own dyi's for the 4th)