Holiday Movie Night Party


For movie buffs, nothing beats watching holiday favorites amidst friends and the comforts of home. A festive and glam private screening with cinema-style snacks is sure to get everyone into the holiday spirit. Gather your friends and family for a fun holiday movie night party. DIYers take note: You’ll want to start crafting the budget-friendly decorations for this bash right away.



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From our Holiday Movie Night Party feature for Styling and photography by Manvi Drona. Paper goodies by Little Bit Heart.



Ombre Ornament Centerpiece

DIY this delicate and show stopping #holiday #centerpiece for under $25 by filling inexpensive glass ornaments with ombre paint. I used the multi-surface satin acrylics from Deco Art. Suspend ornaments using fishing wire alongside strings of sequins above the table.

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From our 5 centerpieces under $25 for Photography by lovely Lisa Marie of Sweet Tea Photography


winner: $100 gift card by domino mag


A BIG Thank you to all those who took the time to enter, and to Domino mag for hosting this giveaway with Mochatini. $100 domino gift card goes to.. And… the winner..chosen randomly is…..



congratulations….TAMMIGIRL !! Expect to hear from me about your giftcard info in the next couple of days.

To everyone else who entered ( and those who had trouble entering before), I truly appreciate your patience..


and as a small token of thank you, I would like to send you a bottle of Seven Daughters wine, so you all will also be hearing from me shortly.


If you havent left an email with your entry, please send me a message on our facebook page. 

Holiday Shopping with Michelle Adams + a $100 Domino Giftcard Giveaway


Shelter mag domino fans, drop your Thanksgiving preps because you are in for a fabulous treat!Holiday shopping with domino‘s editor in chief, Michelle Adams AND a $100 gift card to shop on!! Our way of saying Thank YOU for being awesome supporters of Mochatini and domino.


Can you think of a better way to start the holiday season?  First, lets take a peek at what style maker Michelle Adams, has on her gift lists for her family and herself!


On Michelle’s Wish List For Herself

A Twist on Bust Art

Insanely Chic Drinking Glasses

Kelly Wearstler Pavlov Earrings

Frederic Malle Mediterranee Scent

Caroline Hurley Hand Printed Napkins


For Michelle’s sisters: Turkish Tie Die Towel | Canvas Tote Bag w Charcoal Flowers

For Michelle’s mom: Animal Embroidered Linen Cocktail Napkins

For Michelle’s dad: Artisanal Organic Pancake Mix | Catskills Maple Syrup


AND…. The lovely folks over at Domino mag have offered a $100 gift card from domino plus a year subscription as a giveaway for Mochatini readers. To enter, visit, register (if you have not already), then leave a comment on this post telling us tell us which feature is your favorite on the new site.  Increase your chances of winning the gift card by liking this post on Mochatini’s Facebook page.

Giveaway open until December 2, 2013. Good luck. xo


Update: This giveaway is now closed.

Giving Thanks #MyKindofHoliday


With Thanksgiving less than two weeks away, and #Friendsgiving socials leading up to the day, holiday season is officially here! Time to bring out the party shoes and switch to holiday playlists. #MyKindofHoliday is an indulgent sensory experience…I look forward to setting the table and bar carts for the holidays, and more so for #Thanksgiving and #Friendsgiving parties. I love to create vignettes around the entertaining area and leaving the main dinner table uncluttered so the focus can be on food and beverages.



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Each year I make a dish from my mother’s recipes that I havent made before. This year I plan to make one of my mom’s special carrot  and almond desserts, which I plan to serve on one of these oval platters from
Music is really important to set a festive mood, and I am eyeing this vintage-looking record player by Target for my #Friendsgiving party.

What is your #MyKindofHoliday?

images: manvi drona for tablescape 101



Make | Ginger Goodies


Ginger syrup is my fav. I love the spicy-sweet kick it adds to my beverages and bites. Last weekend, I stocked up on bottles of Morris Kitchen’s ginger syrup from Salt and Sundry at Union Market to make gingerbread cupcakes and to make cocktails with. I enjoy ginger goodies all year long but they feel especially yum this time of the year. Found these ginger-based recipes on Pinterest and cant wait to give them a go asap.


chocolate ganache ginger cake

brandied gingerbread cake 



Yappy Hour


As most Labs tend to be, my dog, Dexter, is very social, and loves to be around people and other dogs. He especially enjoys QT with his fav dog-buds in smaller intimate settings. To facilitate this, I like to host “yappy hour” gatherings for Dexter’s doggy buds and my human friends with treats for the four-legged guests and happy hour bites and sips for us. An apartment dweller, I dont have a yard where the dogs can play, so finding a venue for such an event is challenging.



Dog parks are impersonal, you cant bring treats, (unless you want every dog there jumping all over you), lack control over the guest list, and have laws against adult-beverages and human food. Which is why I am thrilled about the new pet store in my neighborhood, Fido and Kitty’s World.

Not only is it a stylishly designed store, they carry most of the organic pet-food brands, the owner is a lovely lady doing what she loves, but they have a FAB dog play-area in their backyard! Perfect for small dog-human socials!! They have done such a good job with the space. It even has a water fountain for dogs. It didnt take me long to talk the owner Samar, into letting me host a “yappy hour” and introduce the store to my puppy-parent friends.

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A fun social hour, we had a yummy spread with a cheese platter, eggplant dip, salsa and crudites for humans, and Fido and Kitty’s World had organic treats for the pooches. And if wagging tails and happy barks are any indication, the pups had a great time!




The lovely folks at Modgy sent us these portable pooch hydrator pouches which we used to serve treats and water to the pups. And each guests got to take a twin pack home as a gift!  I cant wait to host the next one.



Cin Cin to more “yappy hours”.


images: manvi drona