Pear-Reisling Compote) posted in: Food and Beverage

If you’re hosting guests this holiday season, here’s a great recipe to sweeten up your hors d’oeuvres display. This simple recipe for pear compote is delicious and makes a nice, unexpected pairing with a simple assortment of cheeses. A good cheese presentation is a low maintenance appetizer that is always a crowd pleaser. This compote is easy to make, and will  be a wonderful addition to your presentation. Serve it with a fresh baguette or assortment of crostini.

Check out our video here: Tanja Lynn shares a great pear-reisling compote recipe



3-4 medium pears, peeled and cut into small chunks

3 T Reisling (I often substitute in Cupcake’s Angel Food wine)

2 t sugar

1 cinnamon stick

Dash of freshly grated nutmeg


  1. Combine diced pear, wine, sugar and cinnamon stick in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, reduce heat and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally – until most of the liquid has evaporated and the pears are tender – about 10-12 minutes.
  2. Remove from heat and stir in nutmeg (or you can sprinkle it over the top as more of a garnish if preferred).
  3. Serve.

Yields: 1 1/2 – 2 cups

This recipe can be made in advance, simply cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


Bon apetit!

Signature Tanja & Co. Events

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2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid posted in: Events, Fashion, Inspiration, Trends, Weddings

The 2014 Color of the Year is Radiant Orchid (PANTONE 18-3224), a shade of purple that’s a real attention-getter.

Radiant orchid is one vibrant gal in the colorwheel – uplifting and bold. She is expressive, energizing, original, and blooming with confidence, yet in a totally embraceable way.

Pantone 2014 Color of the Year Radiant OrchidThis color is a blended harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones which is said to emanate great joy, love and health. With these attributes, what’s not to love? Who wouldn’t want to invite greater joy, love and health into their life?!

While Radiant Orchid is unique and bold, it’s also surprisingly versatile. This color has range! It is a nice companion to pastels, makes a statement as the bold counterpart to a lighter shade of purple such as Violet Tulip (another hue from the spring 2014 palette), and also plays nice with other bold colors such as teal for a totally vivacious look. This is one shade that you can take almost anywhere this year!

The color hit the runways during the spring 2014 fashion shows incorporated into collections by designers such as Emerson, Stella McCartney, and Juicy Couture, to name a few, and has been reported to be making its way to the red carpet. This particular blend of fuchsia, purple and pink has both cool and warm undertones, making it flattering to many hair, eye and skin tones. So dare to be radiant in this haute hue!


In the world of events, this eye-catching color is as adaptable as it is beautiful. Create a totally radiant event in monochromatic tones using this shade, or use it to create ambiance through lighting, make a statement with bold florals, create a focal using unique furniture pieces or to add a splash of color in accents and accessories. Radiant Orchid livens up neutral gray, beige and taupe palettes, creates a striking combination when paired with turquoise or teal, complements deeper tones such as olive and navy, and is chic with red or even muted neon or light yellow tones. So whether you decide on a little or a lot, this color definitely knows how to dress a party!


 Radiant Orchid Collage. Events

So what do you think of Radiant Orchid – love it or leave it? Would you use if in your event or wear it to a party? Have any other pairing suggestions? We’re dying to know, so leave a comment below.


Wishing you an inspiring day!

Tanja Lynn, The Party Maven



Images Courtesy: Tanja & Co. Studio 109, Colin Miller, Colin Cowie, James Michael Photography, Cheryll Gillespie, Aileen Tran, David Tucker Photography and Shaadi-Bazaar

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Buttered Beer posted in: Food and Beverage

If straight beer is not your thing, or if you’re looking for something a little different, try this recipe for Buttered Beer.


  • 3 pint (16.9 oz) bottles of real Ale
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1 cup brown sugar (Demerara)
  • 12 Tbsp unsalted butter



  1. Add ale and spices to a saucepan
  2. Bring to a boil, then immediately reduce heat to lowest setting
  3. Whisk together eggs and sugar until light and creamy
  4. Remove ale from heat
  5. Add in egg mixture
  6. Return to low heat, whisking constantly until mixture begins to thicken slightly (about 5 minutes)
  7. Remove from heat
  8. Immediately whisk in butter (quick whisk motion)  until a nice foam forms
  9. Serve warm

Recipe is an adaptation of A good huswifes handmaide for the kitchen. 


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Stocking Swag – Cool holiday stocking stuffer finds posted in: Uncategorized

Still have stockings to fill? Here’s a  list of some of my favorite stocking stuffer ideas for this year!

Stocking Swag - Stocking Stuffer Ideas

1. Tech Accessories

The Power CurlMini – a must-have. This brilliant find keeps your power cords from becoming a jumbled mess. This is convenience and an anger management tool wrapped in one.


2. 3-in-1 Nail Art Pens

A three-in-one kit that includes a brush, a fine-point tip for dots and designs, and mini gems for final sparkling touches. Great to keep in your handbag for a quick party stair or to conceal a mangled mani.



3. Hot Wheels Ballistiks

An effortless transformer that changes from ball to rolling vehicle when you throw it to the ground.
$7 each|


4. Krazy Straw

Order any word or name. Well, almost any: There’s a five-letter limit….sorry, Charlie J

5. Sweet Treats
Candy is always a sweet surprise in anyone’s stocking! I love the candy knot ring and peppermint eyeglasses from papabubbleny!

$5.50+ |

6. Cupcake Bath Bombs
A throwback item from a past The Party Maven’s 2011 Favorite Things list, these are still a huge hits with friends and fam!

$10 | For the skinny

7. Sparkle & Pop by Jouer Cosmetics

Surprises inside this cracker include bubbles, makeup, and a cocktail ring.

$12 |


8. Play More Notepad

The back of each sheet is printed like a sports ball; crumple up a draft and kick/pitch/shoot it into the recycling bin.

$8 |


9. BooBoo Kisses

Remember when mommy used to kiss your boo boo and make it all better?
Treat your minor cuts, scrapes and scratches with the incredible healing power of a designer bandage, the Boo Boo Kisses Lip Shaped Band Aids.



10. Paddle Ball With Your Own Design

These paddles offer hand-eye and color coordination. Kids decorate them (name, picture of a flower, hands-off warning to the little brother) before bouncing away.




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Holiday Door Decor – Inspirations and How-Tos posted in: Decorating Ideas, Holiday Decorating, Holidays, How To, How Tos

Christmastime is one of my favorite times of the year. The magnificent decor is delicious eye candy and there’s an untouchable special  magic of the season that brightens faces, warms hearts and evokes a sense of harmony among fellow man that makes me feel sparkle on the inside.

Speaking of the magic, anyone ever wished for cheery little elves to appear, sprinkle some magic Christmas dust  that  instantaneously decks your halls (and doors) in holiday splendor? Well, in the event that the elf on the shelf doesn’t help you out this year,  here are six easy steps to dress you door for the holidays.

holiday door 2013

You don’t need a lot of time (heaven knows this is the item with the highest of price tags these days) or items – my design has @20 total pieces! So if you’re home needs a little help finding Christmas this year, it’s not too late.

You’ll need:

  • Hooks, anchor clips
  • Garland
  • Lights (optional)
  • Decorations – bows, ornaments and other decorative accents of choice. I used 8 bows (10 including the two for the planters) @10 ornaments/accessories
  • Step ladder
  • Floral scissors (to cut fresh garland)
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters


Holiday Door Decor How-To

The Process: Attempts to distract my supervisor were futile 😉

The Steps:           

    1. 1. Install your mount(s). Nails, brick clips, mounting rod, etc.
    2.     Nails (I recommend as small as possible to support the weight), brick clips mounting rod, etc .
      2. Frame the door with garland
    3.      If you will be using twinkle lights in your design, I recommend wrapping these int your garland before hanging.
    4. 3. Select a starting point and work balancing your design as you go.
    5.      I used bows in different sizes, textures and patterns as my main decor element and accented with coordinating accents. The key is to have a common denominator in
    6.      your design to tie everything together. In this case mine was the color story of bold red and lime green.
    7. 4. Secure your largest or feature pieces
    8.      Again, for this design, mine are the bows. I began by hanging the largest bow in one of the corners of the door, then used one medium and   two small bows in the opposite      corner to achieve balance in size with more of a whimsical look.
    9. 5. Add accent pieces


Now your door is all dressed up for the holidays! A simply charming and warm welcome to those who come calling this Christmas, wouldn’t you agree?

Warmest of wishes for a magical and blessed holiday season,

Tanja & Co. Events & Etiquette




For tips on how to decorate your mantle for the holidays, check out our video on Tanja TV !

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