A & O Dinner Party Blueprints


We hinted at some exciting news yesterday…. we are thrilled to share with you that we are offering a new service, A & O Dinner Party Blueprints. Now you can entertain the Apples & Onions way!

CNY Dessert

photo by Beth Liebetrau

We’ve done weddings, Christmas parties, bridal showers, baby showers, Fourth of July Barbecues and fundraisers for 200+.

But what we love most is a dinner party among friends, the pause in a busy week to share delicious food and even more delicious conversation.  A moment to feel pretty and witty by candlelight. To feed and be fed, love and be loved, even on a week night.

If only you had time to plan the perfect menu, research great recipes, come up with chic decor and the perfect signature cocktail to set the tone of your fabulous dinner party.


We’re available to do all that for you!

Tell us who you’re having and why plus any dietary restrictions or food allergies and then share an inspiration with us–a favorite dish, photo, movie, book, memory—whatever you have in mind for your ideal soiree.

We’ll blueprint the party ASAP and it’ll be yours to throw.

Fabulous guests not included.

The Blueprint kit includes:

1 signature cocktail recipe OR suggested wines for pairing
1 custom 3-course menu (one course will be entirely store bought, a cardinal rule of calm hosts everywhere)
3 recipes to help you execute your menu
3 simple decor ideas to transform your space (may include floral arrangements, centerpiece ideas, music suggestions, party favors, DIY decor project, etc.)
1 timeline–detailing when to shop, when to prep and when to preheat your oven

Cost: $100

To start planning your next party email us at applesandonions@gmail.com!



12 Comments on A & O Dinner Party Blueprints

  1. Sandra Sanchez
    January 27, 2011 at 9:29 am (12 years ago)

    Well I though you guys were going to announce a pregnancy…but this is just as exciting. An A&O baby – what a great idea!

  2. 'Chelle
    January 27, 2011 at 11:10 am (12 years ago)

    BRILLIANT idea ladies!

  3. April
    January 27, 2011 at 12:19 pm (12 years ago)

    How do we order? I’ll definitely try one for my next get-together!

  4. Jane
    January 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm (12 years ago)

    Such a great idea

  5. Sarah
    January 27, 2011 at 7:39 pm (12 years ago)

    Thanks, friends–so glad you like the idea!

    @April, you can just email us at applesandonions@gmail.com

    @Sandra, no real babies yet, we’ll keep you posted ; )


  6. Barbara
    January 29, 2011 at 2:12 pm (12 years ago)

    Looovvveeeee it!

  7. Deborah-Eve
    February 3, 2011 at 7:43 pm (12 years ago)

    Super idea and I already tried the chocolate sauce–it was a hit with everyone.

  8. applesandonions
    February 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm (12 years ago)

    @Deborah-Eve–wonderful! Thanks so much for letting us know : )

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