August 15th, 2009 |

Cocktail Party: Mad Men Premiere

With the long awaited premiere of Mad Men’s season 3  upon us this weekend, channel your inner Betty Draper and host a 1960′s inspired cocktail party.  Bon Appetit has a menu full of classic drinks, and post-modern appetizers that are perfect for the occasion:

Grapefruit Gimlet
Retro Highball
Pepper Martini
Chipotle Deviled Eggs
Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Chili-Lime Sauce
Asiago-Stuffed Dates with [...]

August 4th, 2009 |

Cocktail Party: Color Coordinated

Add a fun twist to your next cocktail party by decorating with COLOR!  Choose a color palette of three hues and break up your party into color-coordinated sections.  For example, I have chosen a fuchsia, orange and yellow color palette for this party inspiration.  Set your table up in three sections and include flowers, cocktails, appetizers, [...]

August 1st, 2009 |

Edible Cocktail: Sangria

I found these delicious looking treats over at Big Red Kitchen.  Edible cocktails.  Jello shots.  Whatever you want to call them, they are so fun….I must try them at my next party!  Festive, colorful, and perfect for an evening of outdoor entertaining.  I bet a few of your guests may even squeal with delight when they [...]

July 20th, 2009 |

Cocktail Party: Bites and Bubbly!

To toast the end of summer, invite your friends over for a fresh cocktail party concept: bites and bubbly!

This simple invitation from Wedding Paper Divas sets the tone for a festive evening with friends. A color palette of yellow, pale orange and silver and the use of a simple circle shape to create bold and modern [...]

July 16th, 2009 |

Cocktail Party with Rustic Charm

Blackberry & Cabernet Caipirinha [...]

July 16th, 2009 |

Cocktail Party: Appetizers with Ease!

Williams Sonoma is the genius behind this idea (perfect for your next cocktail party!).  These small plates have a base rim that fits on top of most wineglasses, allowing your guests to hold their wine and hors d’oeuvres securely in one hand.  Sold in a set of 4 for [...]

June 22nd, 2009 |

Cocktails & Croquet

Looking for a new idea for your next cocktail party?  Embrace the outdoors and invite your neighbors over for a Cocktails & Croquet party.  Full of festive drinks, appetizers and lawn games – this party is sure to create a little  friendly competition!

Set up activities in your lawn such as croquet, bocce ball and [...]

May 12th, 2009 |

Sips & Dips: A Cocktail Party

I fell in love with this invitation from Tiny Prints – Sips & Dips – what a perfect theme for my next cocktail party!

I’m having some old friends over to catch up, and I want to put together a party that is casual but chic.  A few great cocktails, some tasty appetizers [...]

April 15th, 2009 |

Scrumptious Spring Cocktails

No party is complete without a signature cocktail.  Instead of having a full bar set up at your next event, try choosing one or two cocktails to serve. Not only is it more cost effective, but with the right styling, it will appear far more creative!

Everyone needs a few new recipes to [...]

March 26th, 2009 |

Party-Ready Appetizers

Today I am answering an email from a reader:

“Dear Hostess, Every time I go to a party or to a friend’s house for dinner, I feel like my friends always ask me to bring an appetizer.  I’m sick of my same old recipes!  I can’t make another Mexican layer dip or ‘pigs in a blanket’…..can you [...]

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