A Masquerade Party & Lavender Vanilla Martini!

*Post sponsored by Universal Pictures


Fifty Shades Darker is coming to theaters February 10th!  And, like many things in my life, the much anticipated release of the second film in the Fifty Shades series is a reason for a party!  The masquerade party is teased in the trailers for Fifty Shades Darker and a masquerade is a perfect party theme to celebrate the release with a few of your favorite girlfriends.


And, since I am throwing a party- I should make a cocktail, amirite?  Since my cocktails are often pink- I went a shade darker! (See what I did there? 😉  Inspired by the film, I knew I wanted a purple cocktail for the party, it is the prettiest little thing and delicious.

Lavender Vanilla Vodka Martini-  “A Shade Darker”
2 parts Lavender Soda
1 part Vanilla Vodka
1 part lemon juice
Lemon slices and lavender sprigs for garnish

The lavender soda makes it light and bubbly, the vanilla gives it a touch of sweet and lemon provides a perfect balance.

Lace masquerade masks were used for table decor and I also taped them to balloons for the photo backdrop.  Party Hack- The balloons are not filled with helium, the masks will weigh the balloon down- so, a simple fix is to tape the balloon to the backdrop!

Food.  Yum.  I made up a charcuterie & cheese plate for the party.  I love charcuterie plates for entertaining.  I do not like to spend all my time in the kitchen when I have guests, so it is a perfect solution- easy and impressive looking. And delicious.  And who does not love cheese?


I drizzled honey and some lavender on top of the goat cheese.

I used lavender as “confetti” for the table too!

I loved the shirt Universal Pictures sent for everyone.  It is cut at shoulders and is loose on top, like a ballet tee… sorta obsessed.  They also sent Fifty Shades of Grey Wine- Red Satin. If you are not in the mood for a cocktail, just open up some wine.  Fifty Shades also has a white wine version!

Are you planning on seeing Fifty Shades Darker February 10th?  It is the perfect movie to enjoy with your girls or a date, cannot wait to see it! Grab your tickets on Fandango and slip into something a shade darker!

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