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Calyer Designs is a small marketing + design company with big ideas. Our mission is to help our clients stand out from the rest–whether you’re a small business just opening your doors or an established company looking for a change.

We make it a point to listen to your ideas and turn them into a reality, and pride ourselves in customization. Whether you’re in need of social media support, website development, graphic design, marketing direction or branding, we’ve got your back. Calyer Designs has worked with a variety of clients: from hay farms and farm breweries, to non-profits and government affairs agencies, to lifestyle + athlete brands.

In June 2018, Calyer Designs launched Mabel by Calyer Designs, a sub-brand focusing specifically on hand lettering, design, and wedding + event stationery.

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Mood: Fall Colors, Cozy Sweaters, Cider Mimosas & Thanksgiving

I’m not sure about anyone else, but the Monday of a shortened week is pretty unique. Everyone seems lighter, people are already on vacation leaving the office/your inbox quieter and—let’s be real—everyone is trying to get as much done as possible because they know motivation decreases by the hour. Queue: Thanksgiving break.

 

For all my fellow New Yorkers, it’s finally feeling like it should this time of year—sweater and boot weather, scarves, etc. Flashback: remember when it was 75 degrees out, Christmas 2015?! Umm, no. I felt the need to put together a mood board for all the Thanksgiving feels I’ve been having, and I officially can’t wait for Thursday and the kickoff to the holiday season.

 

DECOR: This year, orange pumpkins just didn’t do it for me so I grabbed a can of bronze spray paint and made some pretty glamorous looking mini-pumpkins to sit next to the white ones seen here. While I had the paint out, I put a coat on some sticks I pulled from the backyard to use for props/decor and prepped a few things for Christmas (stay tuned).

 

  

 

BY THE FIRESIDE: Cozying up. One of my favorite things to do this time of year is to set up next to the fire with a blanket and candles lit and listen to music, watch a movie, or just ditch the desk and work from the couch for a change of scenery. Check out one of my favorite blankets. They’re thin but still cozy, go with any room decor AND when you purchase one, you’re giving back. Side note, these are a great gift if you’re in need of an idea for that hard-to-buy family member/friend. Add this candle from Bath & Body Works and you have perfection. I’ve been busy lately so I haven’t picked up a book in a hot second, but a few on my to-read short list are Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan and The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls. Here’s my Spotify playlist that keeps me going throughout the day.

 

FALL STYLE: I wish I wore hats more because I have some beautiful ones that don’t get nearly enough use. If you’re into them and haven’t already, check out Goorin Bros. My sister introduced me to them and they have great hats for any season/any style. It’s sweater season, too. I love this one from Nordstrom and a fall/winter must-have/go-to of mine is this zip-up from Lululemon.

 

FOOD & DRINKS: A new obsession as of late has been cider mimosas. Ditch the OJ and say hello to fresh apple cider. Pair that with either La Marca or Cupcake prosecco and you have yourself a delicious fall cocktail. Since it’s red wine season, here are a few labels to look out for if you like dry, jammy reds:

Route Stock 29 | Flegenheimer Bros Reserve Red | (go to) Mark West *Black

As for food, bring this to your next brunch. I subbed out the gruyere for Trader Joe’s Shaved Parmesan, Romano & Asiago Blend and added some ground sausage to make it more appealing for the guys. Spoiler, they liked it! Friendsgiving or early holiday party? Bring this ridiculously delicious appetizer. If you’re a blue cheese lover like I am, sub out the almonds for blue cheese. It’s even better. And the reduction dip is a non-negotiable ingredient for these guys. YUM. Here’s a great dinner dish too because who doesn’t love pasta. Sub out the mild sausage with hot sausage if you like things with a kick and Orecchiette pasta makes everything better.

 

 

I hope you’re just as excited for Thanksgiving and the ‘official’ holiday season (does it still bother people that Christmas decor is going up earlier and earlier?) as I am. Bring on the food, cocktails, family gatherings, friend get-togethers and everything else that this wonderful time of year has to offer.

Cheers.

And the Oscar Goes To …

I owe it to my sister for even getting me excited for the Oscars … and for getting me to spend all of my Oscar Sunday cleaning my apartment, rearranging furniture, and prepping apps for the 10-15 people who come glammed up in sweats for my Annual Oscar Party. And on a “school night?!” Thanks, Kels.

 

But to be honest, it’s my second favorite party to host, the first being Boos & Booze (annual Halloween Party). It’s a fun way to get friends together, binge watch the nominated movies and get a little competition going with ballots and leading actor/actress squares — think Super Bowl squares. How we do it? Wine’s involved, obviously. My guests bring a bottle of wine if they want in on filling out a ballot. As we watch, we score the ballots and the loser gets their bottle of wine back, runner up gets their bottle +1 and the winner walks away with the remaining balance. Twelve bottles of wine? I’ll take it … For the squares, you pay $5/per and place you names on an unmarked grid. Right before the night kicks off, we pick the headers out of a hat — just to give everyone a fair chance at winning.

 

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It’s always fun to try and incorporate some of the movies into what you’re serving, so my attempt was a cocktail “City of Stars” inspired by La La Land, because after all, they’re slated to be the big winners.

 

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RECIPE

1 bottle dry Prosecco
Juice of two lemons
1L Seltzer
2oz Simple Syrup
bitters to taste

 

I chose to forgo a baked good, one: because I really don’t care for baking, and two: because chocolate is SO much better. I picked up some of the movie-candy favorites (mostly chocolate, but threw in some Swedish Fish for a friend) and put them in gold mini-cupcake tins.

 

I try and change up the menu from party to party, but you can pretty much guarantee you’ll always have a Cheese/Charcuterie Board and Crockpot Meatballs.

 

Tonight’s menu includes:
  • Crockpot Meatball (see recipe below)
  • Cheese/Charcuterie Board: Manchego, Trader Joe’s Chianti Toscano, Prosciutto, Soppressata, Trader Joe’s Fig Butter and honey
  • Endive Boats: Endive piped with a 1:1 mixture of plain cream cheese and goat cheese, walnuts and finished with a drizzle of honey
  • Ina’s Onion Dip & Kettle Chips (see recipe below)
  • Popcorn: Made in a pot with coconut oil

 

RECIPES

Crockpot Meatballs
Ina’s Onion Dip