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It was the second time in eight years that we had made it to one of their “famous” parties. Maybe I should say infamous, because they generally end with my dad blasting rock music as loud as it can possibly get – until it doesn’t sound like music anymore – and then the generation above me (and below) rocks themselves to sleep. It rocks, so to speak, and I’m happy to say that after all this time, my parents still party like the best of them! I went to the farm because I had three photo shoots lined up for one weekend in NJ. One perfect weekend with new babies, photos, and an awesome party (with drinks)!
Back to the party, though! It was our first holiday party of quite a few this December, and I was in charge of beverages. I LOVE being in charge of beverages. That way I can go and charm my parents and their friends with these beauties:
We had such a nice time, until well after midnight, and one of my parent’s good friends asked to use my phone camera at the end because, as he said, “These are the beautiful moments that matter. These are the moments you want to remember.” Indeed. So let’s talk about the drink. It’s Wassail Hard Lemonade. I’m not sure you can get better than that?
That’s why I love Mike’s Hard Lemonade. Not only is it pretty much amazing, in all of its flavors, but you can dress it up and make it festive for the holidays and wow your loved ones! Here’s what you need to make this delicious Wassail Lemonade:
1 quart apple cider
2 cups pomegranate or cranberry juice
1/4 cup sugar (if even, adjust to taste)
1 cup orange juice
1 cup Mike’s Hard Lemonade
3 cinnamon sticks
1 tsp cloves
1 tsp allspice
Chopped ginger (optional)
Combine all of the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high. Cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. You can also serve it over ice as a punch and have it cold. I personally like it cold even better!
#1 – Try using props. People will know exactly what to do with them! I promise.
#2 – Take portraits at parties. You will see such intriguing sides of people – having fun, letting go, and being in the moment. If they’re having a good or bad night, it will show. Either way, it makes for poignant memories.
#3 – Get candid. It can be tricky to be truly candid because once people see your camera, they may change their behavior or demeanor. Sometimes, I just work with that. Often, I creep around and get as sneaky as I can!
#4 – Look for action shots. Eating, drinking, dancing, laughing. My favorites!
#5 – Observe, get those details, and have fun! You never know what’ll you see.