7 Days of Decorating | Day 5

Friday, November 30, 2012

|Setting the Menu| 

Sorry party peeps, no Food Porn Friday today but I DO have you covered with what to provide for a holiday cocktail fête featuring some modern twists on everyday favorites. The MOST vital tip for successful party prepping: 

Make sure there’s something to serve as soon as guests start arriving. Nothing kills the good cheer faster than starving hopefuls snooping around for some nosh! 

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Killer Cocktails
Pom Prosecco- Fill champagne flutes halfway with chilled Prosecco.
Add a teaspoon of pomegranate seeds and finish with a splash with Chambord. 

For an alternative to the bubbly, I like using rum and pom juice.
Goes straight to the head but I swear in the BEST way possible!
Get that party going from 0-60 in 2 sips TOPS!

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Sophisticated snacks
Toss popcorn with truffle oil and chopped parsley.

Sprinkle sea salt kettle chips with parmesan cheese and Cajun seasonings, spread on a cookie sheet and bake for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Top a tall glass vessel with chips and place inside a large glass bowl filled with popcorn. With this stunning presentation, guests will marvel at how you made mundane snacks look so stylish and sleek.

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Dessert Buffet
Cap the night off with a coffee and dessert buffet. Serve a comforting last course of churros, cake, and cookies alongside spiked Kahlua coffee or hot chocolate for the non-alcoholic drinkers. Guests may forget the food and decorations, but they will always remember the sweet sendoff.

...or for the confection enthusiasts...

Holiday Candy Bar
Traditional candy buffets can cost a few hundred dollars to stock with a variety of items. Maintain a festive holiday feel with foiled wrapped chocolates in red, silver, and gold. Display on a 3-tiered cake stand and decorate with holiday ornaments, tiny white string lights, and store-bought chocolates in star and bell shapes. The foil wrappers reflect light from every angle casting a gorgeous glow on your inexpensive candy bar. Soooo dang simple, no???

What's the MOST important feature of a cocktail party?
The drinks? The snacks? The guestlist???
DYING to know how you handle these holiday house parties!!!

Happy Friday y'all! 
Hope you're staying high and dry!


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  1. I love the popcorn and chip bowl!


  2. loving all of these! makes me feel like entertaining!!

  3. looks good!


    ps. we are now having a wonderful Kenzaa give-away!

  4. beautiful photos, everything looks really yummy!:)

  5. Ouhh such pretty colors and decor! I have never hosted a full blown holiday party, but for the ones I go to, I am always very impressed by well made appetizers :)

  6. Ooo, love this! Perfect holiday inspo<3

    ox from NYC!



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