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No need to be stumped anymore, here we have ideas and pieces that will inspire ideas on gifting, wedding style, seasonal style. It’s time to get inspired!

Summer Cocktail Series – Donal Brophy’s Lonely Planet

As summer is on its last legs, we begin to round out our Summer Cocktail Series with a few final mixes. Today we’re featuring the Lonely Planet, created by Donal Brophy, former Co-Owner and Bartender at Mary Queen of Scots in New York City.

Inspired by the approach of fall, Brophy created this drink in aspiration of capturing the late summer mornings where you can feel the beginnings of autumn. Although it’s not your basic cocktail, we think it’s worth a shot to try your hand at it.

A drink like this calls for a worthy goblet. Here are three picks from us to give you a little inspiration.

You can’t go wrong with the Harcourt collection by Baccarat. Its goblet is the perfect balance of beautifully cut crystal and stunningly structured design.

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William Yeoward’s Calypso Goblet is fun twist on what would otherwise be a standard style. The swirling lines surround this glass creating shapes as it turns.

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The Lady Hamilton Goblet by Moser seems as though it were made just for royalty. A style reminiscent of the times of dynasties and palaces, the gold rim adds a fitting touch to this regal collection.

Esquire.com has the full recipe for this seasonal scotch recipe on their site. If you test out this drink, make sure you send us photos of your delicious results on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (just tag us and use #MichaelCFina in your posts!)

Out Of The Ordinary Gift Giving

When it comes to gift giving, sometimes you need to stand out from the crowd. Of course, you’re not trying to one up anyone, just trying to inject a little fun into someone’s life. Whether its a birthday, wedding, graduation, or a even a widely celebrated holiday, everyone needs to smile every once in a while. Why not be the one to put a smile on someone’s face with a quirky gift that they’re sure to love?

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For the bold and brash, we’ve got the “Do Not Disturb” Door Hangers by B. Home Interiors. These luxe accessories are solid and tasteful, in pops of colors like red, yellow, and royal blue. Buying these for yourself is one thing, but the act of making them a gift definitely says something unique!Michael C. Fina Gifts
If the you’re looking for a gift for a business minded individual, try this Jac Zagoory Designs Bear Staple Remover. We think it says “fun, but tough.” Let them show their lighter side while still letting everyone else know who’s boss!
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For those who can let their guard down, take the fun up a couple of notches! This Brass and Marble Tic Tac Toe set by Jonathan Adler is the most stylish version of the game that we’ve ever encountered, the perfect addition to any office or parlor. Who knows, maybe they could even put it in the library, everyone needs a reading break sometimes.

For more great gift ideas, take a look at our selection here.

Summer Cocktail Series – Everything’s Coming Up Rosé

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We love a good play on words. This Rosé apertivo by Natasha David, head bartender of New York City’s Nitecap, is a unique mix of distinct tastes that are sure to surprise your palate, no matter how much of an expert you are.

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Rosé is huge right now and we’ve got the perfect glassware to keep your style high profile as you sip this clever concoction.

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Simon Pearce’s Woodstock collection features bold shapes and clean curves, classically stylish in a comfortable way.

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The Berry and Thread collection from Juliska has more of a fun personality, all while maintaining a style that stands the test of time.

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If you’re going trendy, go all the way with these simple but stunning stemless glasses from Waterford‘s Elegance collection. You can’t go wrong when you take it back to basics.

Saveur.com has the full recipe for this fantastic float on their site. If you test out this drink, make sure you send us your delicious results on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (just tag us and use #MichaelCFina in your posts!)

Summer Cocktail Series – Watermelon Soda Float

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Sometimes you need to change things up and get creative. This Watermelon Soda Float is just the ticket. This fun drink is perfect for cooling off and winding down towards the end of the summer.

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To show off this dreamy concoction you’re going to want the right style. Don’t worry, you’ve got some options and we’ve picked out a few of our favorite highballs.

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The Lente Clear Highball by Mario Luca Giusti is the perfect pop accent for this drink.  What’s the point of having a party if you can’t have a little fun with everything?

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The Triangle Highball by Rosenthal is modern, but you can’t dispute it, it’s got style. Gently curving lines make this glass a must have.

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If you want drama, the Renaissance Highball by Varga has it. Look no further, this glass is the star, even if it is holding a bright and frothy Watermelon Soda Float!

Bon Appetit.com has the full recipe for this fantastic float on their site. If you test out this drink, make sure you send us your delicious results on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (just tag us and use #MichaelCFina in your posts!)

Summer Cocktail Series – Bourbon Slush

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It’s August! We’re truly in the dog days of summer now and we’ve found just the cure. This Bourbon Slush takes the traditional and makes it fun. Sweet tea, lemonade, and bourbon come together in frozen form to cool you off on the sunniest of days.

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While the preparation for this cool concoction takes a little bit of time, the refreshment is worth the work. Just make sure you’ve got this one prepped and ready before the party starts this weekend.

When the time comes to serve this frozen drink, Michael C. Fina has a few recommendations for glassware.

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Baccarat brings an inimitable element of class and style to the table with their Harcourt collection. The Harcourt Double Old Fashioned is no exception with graceful curves and a refined design.

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If you’re looking for something a little more modern, try Iittala’s Aarne Double Old Fashioned. It’s thick base and flared shape give stark style a fashionable update.

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Of course, the classics are always a necessity. The Ralph Lauren Brogan Double Old Fashioned has the classic look perfected, and no one can tell us otherwise.

For the full details on this sweet and bold drink, head over to FoodNetwork.com, try your hand at this recipe, and make sure you send us your delicious results on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (just use #MichaelCFina in your posts!)

2015 Summer Tableware – Top Picks

For our final round up of summer tableware, we’re sticking to a classic style. If you missed our first two posts, don’t worry! Take a look here and here.

We love stylish new patterns to spice things up, but there’s something to be said for a classic table setting. Today we’ve selected three beautiful tableware patterns just perfect for summer.

Coralina by Vista Alegre

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First up, Coralina by Vista Alegre. Based upon the designs of an Oscar De La Renta dress from September 2006, this pattern brings haute couture to the table in a refined style perfect for any situation. Floral style with graphic accents, all in eye-catching red, this design is great for a laid back summer dinner party.

View the collection here.

Tulipes Noir by Gien

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Tulipes Noir by Gien is an amazing balance between natural design and modern style. The sketch-like floral designs are just enough to create a simple but interesting canvas. Pair this pattern with some bold and colorful table accents for a full contrast effect.

View the collection here.

Belle Epoque by Haviland

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If you want to feel like you’re in Paris at the height of the Art Nouveau movement, consider Belle Epoque by Haviland. The structured design elements pull from the architecture of Parisian underground stations, created by Hector Guimard. When paired with simple but structured glassware, it creates a perfect sense of seasoned style.

View the collection here.

Make sure to tell us your favorite collection in the comments. Don’t forget to check us out on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest. Use #MichaelCFina to share your tablescapes with us, we love to see our client’s unique styles come to life!