Saturday Spirits: Andina’s Cocktails

Saturday Spirits: Andina’s Cocktails

This past June I celebrated my ten year anniversary with my husband. We celebrated at Andina Restaurant in Portland, Oregon. In order to find the perfect party drinks we tested many of Andina’s cocktails to find the best ones!

When I landed on Andina as an option for hosting the event I instantly knew from previous experiences that it would give the fun vibe we wanted. In order to be completely sure it was the place to go we had to visit again with friends to taste as much of the food and drinks as we could! Between our visits and the party I finally have a list of my favorite cocktails from Portland’s Andina Restaurant.

Photos are by the amazing Mary Boyden Photography unless otherwise noted. Disclaimer note: This is not a sponsored post. I am a consumer of Andina and am sharing because I feel that it is awesome. I always share when I have a sponsored post and only share what I love. See my policies on sponsored posts for more information. 

Best cocktails at Andina - Photo by Mary Boyden

Photo by Mary Boyden

 

Andina is a Peruvian restaurant that as founded in Portland, Oregon in 2003. My first visit was sometime in 2013. It was one of the nicest dates I had ever been on. We ate an amazing meal complete with cocktails and glasses of wine… but, I would be hard pressed to remember what we had that evening beyond the words delicious and engaging. The whole meal was an experience! It absolutely made a special place in my heart for Peruvian food which I believe lives up to the Andina mission.

“As a cultural ambassador, Andina’s mission is to prepare both a table and a feast around which all guests can gather and find the warmth and richness of the Peruvian spirit in its truest forms. The dishes and flavors carry stories of their own; as do the music and art. Above all, the staff at large convey what is most essential about Peru: its profound hospitality, a delight in sharing its stories, and pride in presenting food born out of love.” — from www.AndinaRestaurant.com 

 

The restaurant has beautiful spaces that can be rented for parties and events. Their Tupai room was perfect for our anniversary party! A catering menu was provided with ample choices and great selections… but, it had been so long since we had visited that we had no clue what we wanted to order!

We did a double date with a couple of our most adventurous friends with the plan to try as much on the menu— that also appeared on the catering menu— as we could. That night we tried multiple cocktails (in total, not each) to nail down a couple of signature drinks we wanted to offer at our party.

 

Best cocktails at Andina from A Well Crafted Party

Photos taken by me via my iPhone

 

Andina’s head bartender, Eddie Johnson, actually tended bar at our party. During the party he was mixing up another cocktail that he was testing and I got to have one of the first ones. It was FANTASTIC— like, gin and watermelon fantastic. While I don’t know if that drink ever ended up on their menu I do know from trying that and trying a different Bartender’s Choice that you won’t go wronger ordering that option if you are dining in the restaurant.

 

My favorite cocktails at Andina

The bar area in Andina’s Tupai room photo by Mary Boyden

What cocktails to order at Andina:

We had several favorite cocktails that we tried. However, the ones we decided to offer along with beers and wines ended up being:

  • Pisco Sour — This drink was basically our “HIS” drink at the party. We loved that it was sweet and sour and not too much for the pallette. The egg whites made it frothy and wonderful.
    Andina’s Pisco Sour is made with Macchu Pisco pisco puro mixed with lime juice, sugar and egg whites. It is then served up, topped with a dash of bitters and a squeeze of key lime. This drink is perfect if you don’t want really strong flavors. It is delicious, but pretty mellow.
  • Sacsayhamán— I fell in love with this drink the moment I tried it… but it was SPICY. I love me some spice so I easily sipped on this sweet and hot cocktail. When planning drinks for the party I kept coming back to this drink, but was unsure if it would be a crowd pleaser. I was told over and over again that this was actually their most popular drink. I just could see many of my party taking a sip and putting it down and ordering another drink due to the spice factor (which becomes expensive). However, I ended up choosing this drink when I heard the pronunciation— “Sexy Wooman.” Of course this had to be the “HERS” option! I am so glad I chose it. The guests loved it. I loved it. This drink is made by shaking habanero pepper vodka with pureed passionfruit and cane sugar. It is then served up with a sugar rim and cilantro leaf garnish.
What to order at Andina from A Well Crafted Party, photo by Mary Boyden

My reaction to the Sacsayhaman cocktail – photo by Mary Boyden

 

We had chosen to do a his and hers option really just to streamline the bar process at the party. However, in finding the right drinks we tried several others. Here are some more favorites that were HIGH contenders:

  • Horchata de Café— This almond-hazelnut horchata layered with shots of golden cinnamon rum and rich café de olla, served tall, dusted with powdered cinnamon was the perfect pair for our dessert.
  • Ron-yki-on— This was a refreshing cocktail that had such a nice flavor profile… the cardamom-sugar rim paired perfectly with the grapefruit juice, ginger rum, and lime juice.

If you are taking a trip out to Andina I hope this list helps you find a new favorite cocktail! Still can’t decide? Bartender’s Choice is a great place to start! Looking for dinner while in Portland? Please let me suggest this fun experience with great drinks.

 

Have you been to Andina? If so, what drink was your favorite?

Real Party: 10th Anniversary Party Invitations

Real Party: 10th Anniversary Party Invitations

Party invitations— more importantly all party paper goods— are one of my favorite parts of any party. They set the tone for the party and give a feel for what people should expect from the event. I designed these invitations to convey both a special occasion, but also a really FUN time. I used lots of bright colors, mixed patterns, and a script-like font to convey this feeling. The multi-layer party invitation, RSVP cards, and envelope liners help make sure that guests knew that this wasn’t just any old party, but something really special.

 

10th Anniversary Party Invitations from A Well Crafted Party

10th Anniversary Party Invitations from A Well Crafted Party

I shared my very first Facebook Live video featuring the invitations from this party.

I loved the Instagram posts featuring the anniversary party invitation suite! All heart eyes here.

 

I’ll be sharing all the amazing pictures from this party THIS week. So, check back in… you do NOT want to miss this!

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Paw Patrol Party 5th Birthday

Paw Patrol Party 5th Birthday

Holy cow. My kid is five! That means I’ve been a mom for five whole years. It seems unreal to me. In my usual style of trying to not freak out over this change and making sure my family knows I love them, I went all out for his Paw Patrol Party this birthday. (Parties are my love language in case you didn’t know.)

In years’ past I’ve chosen the birthday themes. This year I gave up that duty and handed it over to the kiddo. He went back and forth a few times between Legos, Star Wars, Angry Birds and Paw Patrol. I honestly didn’t really want to do any of the above because I am not a huge fan of character themes because I want to create as much as possible and licensed characters don’t lend themselves easily to that. However, if you saw the kid smile at the idea of a party full of his favorite characters… well, you would understand why I caved and went for it.

Paw Patrol Party Ideas

 

Paw Patrol Party 5th Birthday

Finally after some searching of the interwebs I drilled down a few ideas for each of his favorite themes and made him choose one. He landed on the save-the-day puppy dogs in Paw Patrol.

Much of this Paw Patrol party was purchased and put together all the way down to the cake. I have been incredibly busy as of late and had to figure out places in my typical party planning routine that could give and still allow me to throw the party I wanted to through. Those items included purchasing printables rather than making them, hiring entertainment instead of trying to do it myself, and ordering a cake rather than baking it myself. #StoreBoughtandProud y’all.

(By the way you should check out the newest edition of Mama Bear Magazine out in October 2016 for more on the art of the low-key party and more awesome articles on motherhood! It’s currently on sale.)

Paw Patrol Party make your own badge station.

 

Entertainment / Paw Patrol Party Activities

As guests arrived they were able to pick their Paw Patrol hat, get their face painted, enjoy snacks and color their Paw Patrol badge. We then ate a lunch of hot dogs, chips, and “ruffage” (i.e. veggies). After lunch we played a game of Pin the Badge on Chase and then a Paw Patrol Mission where they found puppies throughout our backyard. Once all the puppies were found they got to fill out adoption papers and get their first official family photo with their new little puppy stuffed animal.

Paw Patrol Party with Face Painter

Face Painting

One of the places I really splurged on this party was in hiring a Face Painter. I discovered Shining Faces when I went to the 365 for WFM Party in the Parking Lot and immediately called them the next day after my experience. They were fast, great with the kids, and incredibly talented. Manja was FANTASTIC to work with at the party. I asked her to come prepared to paint Paw Patrol faces and she not only came knowing how she was going to do the faces, but came with pictures for the kids to choose from. The kids and adults loved her. It was my favorite part of the party by far!

After the Paw Patrol Mission came cake and ice cream!

 

Paw Patrol Party Food

Paw Patrol Party Food

Paw Patrol Party Food from A Well Crafted Party

Paw Patrol Party Food from A Well Crafted Party

Paw Patrol Party Food

The menu was super simple as we currently are living without an oven and I just don’t have a lot of extra time on my hands. Here is what we served that fit the theme:

  • Pupcorn – We basically popped some popcorn, added a little bit of salt, drizzled white chocolate over the lot and then sprinkled with multi-colored sprinkles. (Made To Be A Momma has a great recipe for party popcorn!)
  • Puppy Chow – This one is a family favorite. My mom makes Puppy Chow each year with Chex cereal, peanut butter, chocolate, and powdered sugar. It is simple to make and highly addictive. (The original recipe is via Chex and is called Muddy Buddies.)
  • ‘Ruff’age – (aka Roughage) Vegetable Platter
  • Hot Dogs – we had all the usual fixins for these and put them in these great printable Paw Patrol hotdog holders. I love quick and easy DIYs!
  • Barq’s Rootbeer!  

In addition to the themed items we served individual bags of chips, juices, and soda pops. The adults also had the option of a fruity sangria to drink.

 

DIY Paw Patrol Party Hats

Paw Patrol Party Favors

I think kids like party favors even more than I do. I wanted to make sure all the kids got some fun stuff to bring home with them. The first thing that they got once they came in the door was a Paw Patrol hat. I created all the hats myself using a variety of items found here and there.

How to make Paw Patrol hats: (*Affiliate Link)

This is a little difficult as I didn’t take step by step photos or create fun illustrations. I will have to work on a tutorial later. Mainly, I used a little ingenuity to create these hats. Below are some instructions, but mainly, where I purchased the supplies to create the hats.

DIY Hat for Marshall from Paw Patrol

Marshall-

Marshall hats were the easiest of all the hats! I purchased Firefighter Hats* on Amazon and spotted black and white felt at my local craft store. I cut an oblong shape from the felt and simply hot glued the ears into the hat.  DIY Paw Patrol Party Hats from A Well Crafted Party

Rubble- 

I bought foam construction hats*, tan felt, and pink felt to make the Rubble hat. I cut two  2″X3″ oblong shapes out of the tan and then a 1.5″X2.5″ oblong shapes out of the pink. I then cut off the bottoms of all four felt pieces so that they had a straight edge on one side of the oblong (we’ll call this the bottom). I hot glued the pink onto the tan. I then placed a bit of glue in the bottom center and pinched the pieces together to give a little crease in the ear. I then hot glued each ear onto the construction hat. 

Chase

I picked up blue foam visors and matching blue foam at the craft store to create these hats. I then used pink and dark brown felt to create the ears. I cut a shape similar to the top of a police hat from the foam and glued it into the visor. (Tip: Cutting little slits in the edge of the foam connecting to the visor helps to get the needed curved edge.) I took yellow ribbon and glued it to the edge of the visor to create a little variety on the hat. I then cut a badge shape out of the foam and glued it to the visor in the center of the hat. These were the most difficult of all the of the hats because the police officer hat shape wasn’t easy to imitate without some major trial and error. I created the ears similar to the ears of rubble, but instead of a rounded edge on one side I gave them a bit of a point.

DIY Paw Patrol Party Hats from A Well Crafted Party

Skye- 

While this hat actually came together fairly easily, it took some back and forth with design ideas before I landed on one I liked. To create this hat I purchased pink foam visors, a darker pink foam, and tan felt from my local craft store.

I flipped the visor onto itself and glued it into place as I wanted this hat to sit squarely on the head without anything coming up over the face. I then cut a long strip and two 2.5 in circles out of the darker pink foam. I placed the long strip across the hat and glued it in place. I then placed the two circles on the strip of foam next to each other (like the goggles on Skye) and glued into place. Finally I cut dog ears from the felt, making them slightly big and wavy, and glued those into the underside of the hat.

Paw Patrol Party Ideas from A Well Crafted Party

Other Paw Patrol Party Favors

We gave away a ton of fun little items. I’m sure the parents weren’t super thrilled, but I tried to make sure that everything would be fun activities the kids could do and not just junk. (*Affiliate Links)

Paw Patrol Party Ideas from A Well Crafted Party

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Paw Patrol Party Ideas from A Well Crafted Party

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