Cocktail Parties Back in Vogue
Maybe it’s a desire to connect more with friends, maybe it’s the “Mad Men” influence, or maybe it’s the fact that this type of entertaining seems far easier to plan and execute than more formal affairs. Whatever the reason, the at-home cocktail party seems to be back in vogue.
Sophisticated, yes, but at the same time today’s incarnation tends to be rather casual, and with more of a sense that anything goes! Still throwing a great cocktail party starts with creating a great bar. No stand alone bar cart or built-in bar? No problem! Use a kitchen island, desk, or high table to still make a statement.
Notice the use of a surprising object, an old typewriter, above. The use of this kind of accent immediately makes your bar memorable. Or make room for a favorite collection, such as this assemblage of antique binoculars shown below.
Unexpected pieces can become bar accents, like this collection of antique binoculars, found elsewhere at Way2Finds.
Another emerging trend is to combine both vintage and newer items, creating a distinctive design statement while also making your bar highly functional.These mid-century glasses from designer Georges Briard are a stunning addition to any bar. Find these and other glassware here. Now add a modern touch with this pitcher from Nick Munro
Of course once you have the bar itself ready then it’s time to think about tasty hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. To get started find the recipe for this Spanish ham with olives and oranges and other tasty hors d’oeuvres here, courtesy of Martha Stewart Living.
Or try these ideas from Food and Wine magazine for hors d’oeuvres and cocktails that are truly memorable. The blue cheese and walnut dip with Waldorf crudites is such to be a hit with guests. However, once you have set the stage for your event don’t stress too much over the food or drinks. Think what would Betty Draper do! Enjoy!comments powered by Disqus