Monday, December 17, 2012

Free Shipping day for Shawn Rabideau Stationery!

Christmas is just a week away but it is not too late to place your order for some of the great gifts offered in the Shawn Rabideau Stationery line featured on!  And, take advantage of the free shipping on all orders placed today!

We are continously adding new items to the line and there are some really great notecards that make perfect stocking stuffers.  Take for example my "Notably Shawn" gift set that is featured below.

Take a look at all of the great designs and keep checking out the site for all of the new designs that I will be adding.

Happy Holidays and ........................


Friday, December 7, 2012

It's Holiday Cocktail Time!!!

I have been getting a lot of requests to post cocktail recipes from recent television appearances.  Here are 3 great recipes that were recently featured on VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live.  Enjoy

Snowflake Martini

2 parts Vodka
1 part White Creme de Menthe
1 part White Cranberry Juice

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice.  Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass that has been rimmed with white sugar.  Garnish with an apple slice that has been cut into the shape of a snowflake using a standard cookie cutter.

Hot Choc-tail

8 ounces of hot chocolate ( I use Godiva )
1 1/2 ounces of Vanilla Vodka
1 1/2 ounces of Frangelico
Dash Cayenne Pepper
Whipped Cream

Heat the hot chocolate on the stove in a small pot.  Add Vanilla Vodka, Frangelico and Cayenne Pepper.  Heat slowly and do not boil!  When heated to the desired temperature serve in mugs and top with whipped cream.

Eggnog Martini

2 parts eggnog
1 part Vanilla Vodka
1/2 part Amaretto

Pour all ingredients into a cocktail shaker filled with cracked ice.  Shake well and strain into a chilled cocktail glass that has been lightly rimmed with a combination of nutmeg and cinnamon. Sprinkle a dash of nutmeg on top and serve.

I hope you enjoy these as much as I have enjoyed creating them.

Happy Holidays and .....


Winner of The Knot "Best of Weddings 2013"

I am so excited to announce that for the third consecutive year Shawn Rabideau Events & Design has been named in The Knot's "Best of Weddings for 2013".  We are proud of this achievement and grateful for all of the wonderful clients who have made this possible

Thursday, December 6, 2012

It's time for some new Holiday Entertaining ideas

Being in the middle of the Holiday season my schedule has been crazy!  However, I always have time for a cocktail and some yummy treats.  Tomorrow I am sharing some new recipes along with decor ideas on VH1 and Fox News Live.

So tune in to VH1's Big Morning Buzz tomorrow for some great cocktails and appetizers that coordinate with some of your favorite Christmas carols.  Later, at 12:30PM I will be sharing my ideas with viewers online at Fox News Live.

Here's to a Happy Holiday for all!


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Design of the week - Notably Happy

I was so excited last week that, in addition to Thanksgiving, my family celebrated an early Christmas since we were all together.  You know what that means?  My Christmas shopping is done!  What a relief.

However, I know that most of you are in full swing with your Holiday shopping so this week I wanted to share some designs that make perfect gifts.

Some people say that e-mail and texts are doing away with hand written cards but I totally disagree.  I love sending and receiving personal cards and thank yous in the mail.  It is much better than just receiving bills and it shows that the person on the other end cares enough to take the extra time to send a personal greeting.  In fact, I am seeing a resurgence in these personal notes.

That is why I am so proud of my "Notables" collections and the note cards that are available on  Take for example the "Notably Happy" boxed set shown below.

The collection features 4 different colorful note cards with my favorite sayings such as "Big Hugs", "Cheers", "Tickled Pink" and "Love and Friends".  Each note card comes with a coordinating lined envelope.  It is really a great gift.

In addition to the notables I have a large collection of individual note cards such as the "Ruth" and "Rachael Christine" flat cards shown below.  

I really like the delicate lace look in the "Ruth" card which was inspired by my Grandmother and "Rachael Christine" has the vibrant, sassy feel that reminds me of my niece Rachael.  The cards can come with matching lined envelopes and can be customized to make a great gifts.

There are many more options in the line and more to come so keep watching for new and exciting patterns.

Best to all of you for a great holiday shopping season.


Monday, November 19, 2012

Shawn Rabideau Stationery - Design of the week.

I can now officially say that I am feeling the holiday spirit after putting up my Christmas tree yesterday.  I know you may think I am crazy to be decorating my home for Christmas before Thanksgiving, however, last week I realized that, with the crazy schedule I have coming up, I either had to decorate now or it would not happen.  In any case, I am done and very happy about it.

Now that I am in the spirit it is time to start planning the holiday party.  I am trying to pick out the invitation I want to use and really like the design on my Snowflake Holiday Invitation.  

Being from Upstate New York, I know snow!  And nothing is better to get me in the holiday spirit than a beautiful, fresh snowfall.  This feeling inspired the design for this invitation.  I love the light, crisp colors and, to add the final touch, there is a touch of sparkle in the snowflakes to make the invitation pop.  

There are so many fun designs in the collection that I cannot decide which I will use but this is definitely a front runner.

Best wishes to everyone for a fabulous holiday party season.


Friday, November 16, 2012

Autumn Pumpkin Dip

In some of my recent television appearances I have been showcasing a fantastic pumpkin dip recipe that has been a big hit.  Many people have been asking for the recipe so here it is!


  • - 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • - 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • - 1 can (15 ounces) solid-pack pumpkin
  • - 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • - 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • - 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • - Pretzel sticks


  • - In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and confectioners' sugar.
  • - Gradually add the pumpkin, pie spice, cinnamon, vanilla and ginger; beat until smooth.
  • - Spoon into a serving bowl.  (I like to use a hollowed out pumpkin)
  • - Serve with pretzel sticks for a sweet and salty combination.

This makes a great snack that your Thanksgiving guests will truly enjoy.

Until next time....


Thursday, November 15, 2012

Taking the stress out of planning for the Holidays

I don't know about you, but I feel like am totally behind the eight ball with Thanksgiving and Christmas.  Perhaps it's the fact my family is doing Thanks-mas this year…You know Thanksgiving and Christmas all in the same day.  The main reason is because we can't all be together this year for both holidays so we are combining the two.  In August it seemed like a good idea, but today my family is having a bit of a panic attack trying to get everything done.

So how do you plan for the holiday season without losing your mind (or in my case hair)?  Over the years I've collected a few do's and don'ts when it comes to getting ready for the holiday season and I thought I would share them with you.  I like to call these my Rabido's and Rabidon'ts…It might be a corny play on my name, but it works!

Rabido - Take a deep breath, get a pen and paper or, if you're tech savvy, get out your tablet.  No matter what, start a list.  I always do when I'm planning a party or prepping for a holiday.  It helps me think clearly and stay organized.

Rabido - When creating your list write out what you want your menu to be.  This will help you stay focused so you don't end up with too many carbs and not enough proteins.  Could you imagine forgetting about the turkey? Good Lord that would be a smack down if I ever saw one! 

Rabido - Use your list to "shop at home".  I always do this…I first shop my cabinets to see what food items I have and what I need to get.  Living in a New York apartment doesn't afford me a lot of space so I don't have room to over purchase ingredients. I then write down what I need (or don't need).  This saves on time in the grocery store and most of all it saves on money!  I then shop for platters, bowls, glassware, napkins etc.

Rabidon't - Do not purchase new glassware, plates, silverware or other table top items!  Mix and match what you have.  It will make your table eclectic, save you time and again save you money!

Rabido - Use what you have at home.  Anytime I am looking to decorate my tabletop I look around and use what I have at home.  I work to use items such as vases, candles, etc that can be reused from holiday to holiday.  For example, do you have burgundy candles from last Christmas?  Use those for Thanksgiving and then keep them out for Christmas this year.  Or do you have glass vases you can fill with cranberries and acorns for Thanksgiving and then fill them with ornaments and peppermints for Christmas?  Reusing what you have saves you time and money.

Rabidon't - If you're in a time crunch and you are already on the cusp of panic mode, when creating your list and menu don't try new décor ideas or recipes.  The last thing you want is a décor idea that takes too long (and flops) or a recipe that doesn't come out right.  If you're inclined to try something new do it weeks before your party.  This way you can work out the kinks…

Rabido - Get organized!  Lay out all your platters, bowls, and dishes and begin labeling them with sticky notes.  Turkey for the platter, mashed potatoes for this bowl and green bean casserole for that baking dish.  This way you can see what you have and what you might need to borrow or purchase.  Trust me…it sounds crazy, but you will be relieved at the end.

Rabido - Don't be afraid to delegate.  So often we want to come out like the hero of our own dinner party only to find we are just barely staying above water. Asking your guests to help out in some way shape or form will greatly reduce stress, time and money. But remember, when you delegate be specific and don't be afraid to ask someone to bring the wine, pie, mashed potatoes or whatever.  Chances are your guests are going to want to bring something so why not assign what they should bring. This keeps things organized and it prevents too many bowls of mashed potatoes!

Rabidon't - By all means if something goes wrong in the kitchen or if someone spills wine on the couch take a deep breath and let it go.  Often I find myself ready to explode, but when I take a deep breath, laugh and stay relaxed I find my guests do too and they enjoy the party that much more.

Rabido - Clean up as you go.  Sounds simple, but I always clean as I go when I cook.  This way when it comes time to sit for dinner I know I don't have a mess to clean up after. Again, this saves time…and we all know time with guests is the most important thing.

Rabidon't - don't go crazy with cleaning your home before guests arrive. Give it a quick dust, vacuum and wipe down the powder room.  You'll end up doing a deep clean after guests leave anyway so why go nuts before they arrive?

And my final Rabido - be a guest at your own party.  Relax, smile and enjoy!

I hope you find these holiday prep tips helpful and until next time - Happy Holidays!


Thursday, November 8, 2012

Lending a helping hand to the victims of Hurricane Sandy

As you all know, the Northeast has been devastated by the recent Hurricane.  I have to admit that I have been very fortunate in not having suffered the way that so many friends, colleagues and businesses have as a result of this storm.  The one bright note in all of this is how so many people and businesses are rallying to the aid of those who have suffered and are still facing incredible hardship.

Today I want to direct you to a wonderful fundraising effort being conducted by some midtown restaurants to help other restaurants and their employees who have been impacted by the storm. 

One of my absolute favorite places in New York, Ardesia Wine Bar located at 510 West 52nd Street (just west of Tenth Avenue) in Manhattan is participating in the fundraising effort.  Below you will see the specials they are offering to raise money for the victims of the Hurricane.  I encourage you to stop in and support their effort.  It is for a great cause and their food and wine are exceptional so it is a win/win.

"A rising tide lifts all boats" – John F. Kennedy provides an opportunity for restaurant professionals and guests to help restaurants and food service employees who were affected by the recent storm, flood, and power outage.
Thousands of downtown New York restaurants were literally shut down by Hurricane Sandy, resulting in major losses, including wages that their employees count on to live. As such, for the next week, Ardesia will be raising funds to help the downtown restaurant community get back on their feet.
Here are three ways you can help us help them:
From Wednesday, November 7th- Wednesday November 14th 100% of the sales of our homemade soft pretzels will be donated to a downtown restaurant in need via
From Wednesday, November 7th- Wednesday November 14th, our employees have offered to donate a portion of their gratuities to the downtown restaurant workers who lost their week’s wages. So please, be nice and tip big!
On Tuesday, November 13th, from 6-9pm we will hold an Around the World Tasting. For $30, we will take you on a tasting tour of 6 of our favorite wines from around the world. 100% of sales from the tasting will be donated to a downtown restaurant in need via

Again, we encourage everyone to support the effort to help those impacted by this disaster.


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Shawn Rabideau Stationery - Design of the Week

As you all know, I recently launched my stationery line on  I must say that I am thrilled with the response the line has been receiving and am excited to hear all of the positive comments.  

So far I have been showcasing my Holiday invitations as the season is rapidly approaching, however, there are many other parties being planned so today I want to highlight the signature design in my collection, named "Shawn".

I love working with succulents.  I use them in arrangements, bouquets and many of the floral elements I create for events.  I think they add texture and are a great addition to many displays. In creating this design I actually flattened a succulent to see what it would look like.  The result was very similar to the design you see repeated on the front and back of this invitation. 

As with all of my invitations, I have coordinating pieces so you can maintain a consistent look through all elements of your event.  So you can order coordinating menus, table numbers and even note cards to send thank you cards to your guests.  

I hope you like "Shawn" and I can't wait to share next week's design with you.


Friday, October 26, 2012

What a Welcome

A couple of months ago I told you about a wedding I designed and produced in Spain.  It was an amazing weekend and each element was designed in a way to give guests a unique taste of the Rioja Wine Region.

While every aspect of this wedding was special, the welcome dinner that I produced at the Ysios Winery in Laguardia Spain was really spectacular yet touching in that it was the first gathering of a very special circle of family and friends who had made the long journey to celebrate this union.

Designed by Santiago Calatrava, the main building of the Ysios Winery is truly amazing.  It is hard to believe that in this remote region of Spain there are two awe inspiring structures by renown architects within eyeshot of each other.  The other is the Hotel Marques de Riscal designed by Frank Gehry.

Since wedding guests had just traveled a long distance to reach El Ciego, we arranged transportation for everyone to get from the host hotel, the Hotel Marques de Riscal, to Ysios.  This allowed everyone to have a carefree evening and really enjoy the amazing for a scenery.  The winery has a very dramatic entrance pathway through the vineyard that I thought would be great for guests to experience so we took advantage of this and dropped guests off at the end of the path so they could experience the walk to the main building.

When guests reached the winery they were invited for cocktails into the dramatic wine room.  Surrounded by countless barrels of wine in an amazing setting it was a truly wonderful way to begin the dinner.

Also upon entering, guests were treated to some tremendous food provided by Marisol Arriaga Catering of Logrono, Spain.  Marisol also has a restaurant in Logrono and, if you ever happen to be in the area, you have to stop for lunch or dinner.  The food is wonderful!

After cocktails guests were escorted upstairs to another beautiful room with massive windows overlooking the winery on one side and the barrel room on the other.  Due to the intimate nature of this gathering, all guests were seated at one long table.  Another benefit of the long table is that none of the guests had their back to the windows so everyone could take advantage of the view.

To decorate the room I wanted something very natural and simple.  I used white glass containers filled with olive branches to create a look that was perfect for the simple beauty of this room.  The best part is that the client had no idea what to expect and they loved it.

Overall it was a wonderful evening with the Grooms and their guests raving about the beautiful setting and amazing food.  It truly was the perfect way to begin this magical weekend.

Of course I have to thank all of the people in Spain who helped me make this happen.  Special thanks to Sylvia and the staff of Ysios Winery, Marisol Arriaga for the catering, everyone at Eventus in Logrono who put together all of the floral and decor and Ana Pedrero from the Hotel Marques de Riscal who was our communication expert in coordinating all elements of the weekend.  And I cannot forget Charles and Jennifer of Maring Visuals out of New York and their brilliant photography.

Until next time....


Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Looking for some fun cocktail and appetizer recipes for Halloween?

Halloween is such a fun, festive holiday that is perfect for a great party.  Of course every party needs creative, tasty cocktails and fun food.  I have been busy testing some great new recipes that I will be sharing this week Thursday on Better TV and next Monday on VH1's Morning Buzz.  I am sure you will love some of the fun recipes that will give a kick to your Halloween Party.

As a prelude I would like to share a new Fall cocktail that I really love.  It is a Salted Caramel Apple Cocktail and is ghoulishly addictive!


1/2 ounce Vanilla Vodka
1 ounce Salted Caramel Vodka
5 ounces Apple Cider


- Fill a large glass with ice
- Add the Vanilla and Salted Carmel Vodka
- Top with Apple Cider
- Stir
- Enjoy!

This is such a simple and tasty Fall cocktail.  I know it has been a hit with my friends!

Be sure to check your local listings for the airtimes of Better TV and VH1 Morning Buzz for many more great cocktail and food recipes.

Happy Halloween and.......


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Shawn Rabideau Stationery - Design of the Week

I am so excited with the great response I have been getting to my new stationery line sold exclusively on  Everyone loves the unique designs and bright colors that are really the signature of my line.

Since there are so many different designs that have been released, and seeing there will be more to come in the near future, I thought it would be great for me to present my design of the week along with a little story of how that design came about.

Holiday entertaining is right around the corner and for me it is one of my favorite times of the year!  This weeks featured invitation is from the Holiday collection.  I always come up with a fabulous new martini for my holiday parties and I thought it would be appropriate to feature a bright, colorful martini glass that captures the essence of holiday entertaining.  The Christmas Tree olive pick is accented with a touch of glitter to give it a fun sparkle.  And, like the rest of my collection, there is a design on the back.  The back of this invitation features the same fun glass tipped over letting your guests know a good time will be had by all!

If you received this invitation wouldn't you want to go to the party?

Be sure to check out this invitation and many others from my collection and get your orders in now!  All orders of $100 or more on receive free shipping.

I am really looking forward to sharing all of my designs with you in the coming weeks.  I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as I enjoyed creating them.


Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Introducing Shawn Rabideau Stationery!

After over a year of hard work I am excited to be able to introduce you to my new line of stationery available on!

Last Monday we launched my line of Holiday invitations and Notables.  Today I am excited to introduce my line of invitations for all parties and entertaining.  The line is distinguished by bold colors and exciting patterns not only on the front of the invitation but also on the back. Each pattern was inspired by a family member who has held a special place in my life. I have created patterns that can be used for everything from Weddings to Birthday Parties, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs and much more.  Another great feature of my stationery is that it allows you to keep a consistent look throughout your entire party.  In addition to invitations you can purchase coordinating menus, table numbers, escort cards and even thank you notes in the same pattern.

In my collection I strive to present unique, colorful designs that offer something for everyone.  I encourage you to take the time to browse through my entire collection, the link is listed below, and let me know your favorite!

Happy Shopping and.....


Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Wonderful Westchester Wedding

This past Summer I had the privilege to plan and design some amazing weddings for great couples.  Each one of them was wonderful in their own unique way.  I want to share some photos of the weddings with you starting with the wedding of Jess and Rob at Lyndhurst Castle in Tarrytown, New York.

Located along the Hudson River, Lyndhurst was the perfect setting for Jess and Rob's outdoor ceremony.  Jess looked stunning as we strolled up the path from the Castle in preparation for the ceremony.

The Bride carried a beautiful white bouquet while the bridesmaids had beautiful bouquets with soft pink and coral flowers.

We were fortunate to have perfect weather so we were able to use the Gazebo in the Rose Garden which I think you will agree was stunning.

Guests were able to enjoy the entire estate as they proceeded from the ceremony to the outdoor terrace of the Castle for cocktails and hors d'oeuvres.  Sterling Affair Catering did an amazing job in creating a wonderful feast for all of the guests.

I give great kudos to Courtney from Craig Paulson Photography who took advantage of the setting to capture tremendous shots of the happy couple, the wedding party and their families.

Following the cocktail hour guests were guided down to the reception tent where they were greeted not by a traditional escort card table but by a large chalkboard I created listing all of the  guests names and table assignment.

For the table decor I used floral in white, soft green and coral to create a more natural garden feel and accented the arrangements with silver mercury glass pillars and silver julep cup votives.  As a final touch asian lanterns were hung from the ceiling to add festive feel to the tent.

Of course, no wedding is complete without great entertainment.  For their wedding Jess and Rob selected Hank Lane Orchestras who did an amazing job keeping the guests on the dance floor and putting the final touch on an amazing wedding.

It was truly an amazing wedding for a wonderful couple.  I certainly wish them the best for a long and happy future!

Until the next great event.....


Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Knot Fall / Winter 2012

I am so excited to be noted in The Knot's newest edition as an "Editor's Pick" for Wedding Planners in New York.  

Check out the new issue with great information for brides in the Tri-state area.

Until next time,


Friday, August 31, 2012

Fresh Tomato Tart Recipe

In the past I have talked about tomato season and how my family has a tradition of making their own Bloody Mary mix every year around Labor Day.  Well, it may be hard to believe, but there are other things you can make with tomatoes other than Bloody Mary's!  Who knew?

One of my favorite dishes to make with fresh tomatoes is a wonderful tomato tart that was introduced to me by our friends Shannon and Dave and that comes from the website Dave has perfected the recipe and showed me his method for making this  great summer treat.  The key is to make sure you thoroughly dry the tomatoes and, to save time, you can actually make the crust ahead of time and add the tomatoes later. 

I have found that this is not only a terrific appetizer to serve for a party, it can actually be a whole meal.  It really is an easy recipe that is perfect for any tomato lover!


Thawing the frozen puff pastry in the refrigerator overnight will help prevent cracking while unfolding it. Be sure to use a low-moisture supermarket mozzarella sold in block form, not fresh water-packed mozzarella. If you prefer to do some advanced preparation, the tart shell can be prebaked through step 1, cooled to room temperature, wrapped in plastic wrap, and kept at room temperature for up to two days before being topped and baked with the mozzarella and tomatoes.


  • Flour , unbleached all-purpose, for work surface
  • 1box frozen puff pastry (Pepperidge Farm, 1.1 pound), thawed in box in refrigerator overnight
  • 1large egg, beaten
  • 2ounces grated Parmesan cheese (about 1 cup)
  • 1pound plum tomatoes (about 3 to 4 medium), cored and cut crosswise into 1/4-inch-thick slices
  • Salt
  • 2medium cloves garlic, minced or pressed through garlic press (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 2tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Ground black pepper
  • 8ounces whole-milk mozzarella cheese, shredded (2 cups)
  • 2tablespoons chopped fresh basil


  1. 1. Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 425 degrees. Dust work surface with flour and unfold both pieces puff pastry onto work surface. Following illustrations below, form 1 large sheet with border, using beaten egg as directed. Sprinkle Parmesan evenly over shell; using fork, uniformly and thoroughly poke holes in shell. Bake 13 to 15 minutes, then reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees; continue to bake until golden brown and crisp, 13 to 15 minutes longer. Transfer to wire rack; increase oven temperature to 425 degrees.
  2. 2. While shell bakes, place tomato slices in single layer on double layer paper towels and sprinkle evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt; let stand 30 minutes. Place second double layer paper towels on top of tomatoes and press firmly to dry tomatoes. Combine garlic, olive oil, and pinch each salt and pepper in small bowl; set aside.
  3. 3. Sprinkle mozzarella evenly over warm (or cool, if made ahead) baked shell. Shingle tomato slices widthwise on top of cheese (about 4 slices per row); brush tomatoes with garlic oil. Bake until shell is deep golden brown and cheese is melted, 15 to 17 minutes. Cool on wire rack 5 minutes, sprinkle with basil, slide onto cutting board or serving platter, cut into pieces, and serve.


  • 1. Brush egg along one edge of one sheet of puff pastry. Overlap with second sheet of dough by 1 inch and press to seal pieces together.
  • 2. With rolling pin, smooth out seam. Dough should measure about 18 by 9 inches. Use pizza wheel or knife to trim edges straight.
  • 3. With pizza wheel or knife, cut 1-inch strip from long side of dough. Cut another 1-inch strip from same side.
  • 4. Cut 1-inch strip from short side of dough. Cut another 1-inch strip from same side. Transfer pieces of dough to parchment-lined baking sheet and brush with egg.
  • 5. Gently press long strips of dough onto each long edge of dough and brush with egg. Gently press short strips of dough onto each short edge and brush with egg.
  • 6. With pizza wheel or knife, trim excess dough from corners

    I hope you enjoy the tart as much as I do

    Happy Labor Day and....