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Recipe for a Great Day

 

May 13, 2020

On May 9, Shores Floral held a Garden Party in celebration of mothers. Adding to the festive atmosphere, from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Tara Hofeldt served Wine-A-Ritas in several different flavors. Both the flower cooler and the greenhouses were fully packed at opening time, and by day's end, the shelves were looking a bit picked over. The sunny Saturday-even though it was a bit blustery-drew quite a number of people out who mingled and visited.

Bonnie Weber, owner of Shores Floral & Gift, called those conditions "a recipe for a great day!"

To make the Garden Party beverages, Hofeldt used a prepackaged mix by the Wine-A-Rita company who began their product line with Wine Glac√©®. To the mix, Hofeldt added ice and a bottle of wine and blended them to create a refreshing frozen wine drink. One of the flavors available was Peach Bellini, which can be blended with white wine, sparkling wine or champagne, or even ginger ale for a non-alcoholic treat, according to Hofeldt.

Other flavors for sale at Shores include CosmoRita, a twist on a trendy city classic, and Blueberry Pomegranate, a tart, sweet flavor blended with red wine. The CosmoRita can also be prepared with vodka or ginger ale, and the Blueberry Pomegranate succeeds with any red wine or with cranberry juice cocktail for an alcohol-free treat.

In addition to the beverages, each mother attending the Garden Party received a free plant. Attendees also enjoyed miniature muffins, donut holes, and other assorted finger foods while shopping for Mother's Day gifts and taking advantage of the greenhouse specials.

The Garden Party was the second festive event at the shop inside of two weeks since the Governor's Phased Reopening of Montana.

On May 1 and 2 for a Mother's Day Photo Shoot, Shores hosted Adrianna Standiford and her business imagesbyadrianna-there are no spaces in that brand, according to Standiford, and all the letters are lower case.

"The event was absolutely wonderful, and I would certainly consider it a success!" Standiford stated.

Over the course of the two-day photo shoot, Standiford scheduled 22 sessions. That number involved some busy days for her as she performed the necessary editing that photography requires.

Using a mix for sale at Shores Floral & Gift, tara Hofeldt served Wine-A-Ritas at Saturday's Garden Party.

When asked to describe the most memorable aspect of the occasion, Standiford responded: "My time with each family was so unique that it's difficult to think of a best moment, but a particular dance party to end one of my last sessions is right up there."

Given Standiford's satisfaction with the experience, she is definitely open to doing a similar event again, although she would consider a space that can better accommodate larger families. Besides the size of the venue, Standiford reported that she would also structure the scheduling a bit differently.

"It was so much more gratifying than I anticipated," Standiford said. "I really do hope everyone enjoyed themselves as much as I did. I learned so much and am very grateful for this opportunity to collaborate with Bonnie and Shores Floral to provide the community with this fun idea. I'm sure it was a relief for some people in this stressful time; it certainly was for me."

 
 

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