June 5, 2013
Throwing a Cocktail Party
Posted by Kevin Sharkey
Throwing last minute cocktail parties is one of my favorite things to do. A couple of weeks ago, a colleague was leaving us and I decided to have a few friends over for cocktails and some light snacks. Here is a peek.
1 I used a collection of art deco glasses and filled them with two types of bearded iris and created a landscape running down the middle of the table.
3 Bearded Iris are one of my favorite flowers and I was very happy that they were at their height of bloom in the market. I cut the stems into many pieces so that I could fill up as many glasses as possible.
5 I chose a light blue color for all of the bathrooms. The aroma of an iris is light and feathery.
7 For my desk in my bedroom, I chose white Hydrangea from Miho Florist. I don't know what they do to prep their Hydrangeas but these lasted almost 2 weeks!
8 In the library my go-to is a large vase of branches—in this case, white dogwood.
9 This antique Japanese hibachi is filled with Phaleonophsis Orchids and while they are not my favorite flower, they do last forever.
10 And finally the food: I set up on the living room console two platters of cheese straws from Murray's Cheese Shop, olives, nuts, and served white wine. It was a perfect, light, delicious and easy presentation for an impromptu get-together.
11 I always have monogrammed cocktail napkins at the ready.
12 The cheese straws were light and airy and looked so beautiful on my drabware platters.
14 The mixed olives, candied walnuts, and Spanish almonds (my favorite) were a big hit.
15 I finished off the buffet table with two silver julep cups filled with Lily of the Valley. The smell is one of my favorites.
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