One of my most favorite things to do is to host dinners and parties for my family and friends. Today, I would like to share some great tips for hosting the perfect cocktail party. A cocktail party is the perfect event for hosting close family and friends. Everyone can gather around, enjoy delicious snacks and drinks in a relaxed setting, and just have a great time!
First, designate a special area for a beverage station. If you do not want to serve alcoholic drinks at your party, you can serve punch, lemonade, assorted soft drinks, or tea. If you do serve alcoholic drinks at your cocktail party, always have beverages for those who do not drink liquor.
I chose to use my French Pastry Table as a beverage station. You will want to stock your station with glasses, drinks, ice, and other accoutrements for the perfect beverage.
Remember to place cocktail napkins, a bottle opener, and cork screw on your beverage area.
I did not have an ice bucket so I chose to use a pretty bowl with tongs for the ice.
After assembling an area for beverages, you will want to plan your menu and set up a table, buffet, or other serving surface for your snacks. I like to serve finger foods that can easily be made ahead of time so I can enjoy visiting with my guests. The menu for this party was very simple. It consisted of Mr. Bleu’s famous jalapeno poppers and his Grandmother’s delicious pizza hors d’oeuvres. In addition to these tasty treats, I also served assorted fruits, veggies and dip, relish tray with pickles and olives, assorted meats, cheeses and crackers, and for something sweet chocolate bark.
I’m a planner so the day before I gather all of my serving dishes and place them on the table. I also label each serving piece with the food that will go on it. It just makes it so much easier the actual day of the party. I apply this principle whenever I’m having a special dinner, party, or event.
Remember to add fresh flowers to your table. You can pick these up at your local market for a very inexpensive cost.
Above all, make sure you have fun and enjoy visiting with your guest. There is nothing worse than a stuffy and uptight party. You want to make memories and most of all you want your guests to feel special and have a wonderful time!
This chocolate bark is so easy to make, and it makes a great party favor placed in cellophane bags and tied with a pretty ribbon. You just melt a pound of good quality chocolate, spread it out on a cookie sheet lined with wax paper, and add toppings such as dried fruits, nuts, and crushed pretzels. I made both white chocolate bark and milk chocolate bark. Mr. Bleu doesn’t like white chocolate, and I think the white chocolate looks pretty with dried apricots and cranberries. Allow the chocolate to harden. After it hardens, just break it up into small pieces. It doesn’t have to be fancy. I like the earthy, natural look of the uneven pieces.
Grandma Margie’s Delicious Pizza Hors d’oeuvres
Mr. Bleu’s Famous Jalapeno Poppers
Recipe for Mr. Bleu’s Famous Jalapeno Poppers
3 large boneless chicken breast cut up into bite size pieces
1 package of thinly sliced smoked bacon.
Jalapenos halved and seeded. If you will soak them in salt water, it will help to remove some of the heat.
Softened Cream Cheese
Directions:Take a bite size piece of boneless chicken and place it upon a half of jalapeno with a tablespoon of cream cheese stuffed into the pepper. Wrap a half a piece of bacon around the chicken and pepper and secure with a toothpick.
Grill at 350 to 400 degrees for 30 minutes turning the poppers often.
Mr. Bleu assembling the poppers.
Grandma Margie’s Pizza Hors d’oeuvres were always a big hit at family gatherings. Mr. Bleu loves these. Many years ago, when we were newlyweds his grandmother wrote this recipe out for me. I so treasure recipes that were written out by loved ones that are no longer with us.
1 package of party rye bread
1 TBSP Worcestershire Sauce
2 TBSP Ketchup
1 Pound of Velveeta cut up into cubes
1 Pound of Sausage cooked and drained
1/2 TSP Oregano
1/2 TSP Garlic Powder
Directions: Add all the ingredients to the cooked sausage. Heat over low heat until cheese melts. Then put 1 TBSP on each slice of bread. Put on a lined cookie sheet and brown in a 375 degree oven until melted and bread is toasted. *I toasted mine for about 15 minutes, but watch it closely. Baking times vary according to your oven.
Hopefully, I have inspired you to gather your family and friends together and host a great party. After all, that is how wonderful memories are made. Thank you so much for stopping by! I hope you have a very Happy Wednesday, and I will see you tomorrow for Tablescape Thursday!