Weekend Inspiration: Party Time!

This weekend I am hosting a cocktail party on somewhat short notice.  With two small children, and now essentially two jobs, I have not had very much time to devote to planning. Thankfully, over the years I have put together a cache of party staples that help me pull together small parties without too much hassle. So, I got to thinking about what my go-to items are for these “affairs,” and thought I would share the list.

parties, supplies

1.  Nest candle, Blue Garden
2.  Six-packs of wine, champagne & water glasses
3.  Chafing dish
4.  John Robshaw Jats tablecloth 
5.  Appetizer plates
6.  MYDrap luncheon-size napkin rolls
7.  Galvanized beverage tub

In addition to having my supplies ready, I keep my sanity by making sure that the food and drinks are simple (it is only a cocktail party after all, not a sit-down dinner). I rely on really good cheese, crackers and bread paired which charcuterie and fruit. Sometimes I order fresh spring rolls from the local Thai restaurant and arrange them nicely on a platter. You can also never go wrong with caprese salad on bamboo skewers (i.e. fresh mozzarella balls, cherry tomatoes and basil leaves with good olive oil drizzled over the top).  For a little something sweet, I pick up some Lindt truffles or one-bite cupcakes.  Then I open some bubbly and call it a day.

When I am feeling uninspired, I turn to several blogs that consistently provide inspiration for seasonal décor and recipes. Here are few I’ve seen recently that have great party inspiration.

A spooky menu for a Halloween party.
How to throw the ultimate dinner party.
DIY Taco Bar.
Bagel Bar Brunch.

So, don’t just sit there. Find an excuse to have a party tonight!  You’ll be glad that you did.