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.
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.