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Throwing a Cocktail Party

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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.

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I chose a light blue color for all of the bathrooms. The aroma of an iris is light and feathery.

5 I chose a light blue color for all of the bathrooms. The aroma of an iris is light and feathery.

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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!

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!

In the library my go-to is a large vase of branches—in this case, white dogwood.

8 In the library my go-to is a large vase of branches—in this case, white dogwood.

This antique Japanese hibachi is filled with Phaleonophsis Orchids and while they are not my favorite flower, they do last forever.

9 This antique Japanese hibachi is filled with Phaleonophsis Orchids and while they are not my favorite flower, they do last forever.

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.

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.

I always have monogrammed cocktail napkins at the ready.

11 I always have monogrammed cocktail napkins at the ready.

The cheese straws were light and airy and looked so beautiful on my drabware platters.

12 The cheese straws were light and airy and looked so beautiful on my drabware platters.

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The mixed olives, candied walnuts, and Spanish almonds (my favorite) were a big hit.

14 The mixed olives, candied walnuts, and Spanish almonds (my favorite) were a big hit.

I finished off the buffet table with two silver julep cups filled with Lily of the Valley. The smell is one of my favorites.

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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Comments (6)

  • Hi Kevin. One word -- fabulous.

  • Hi Kevin,
    You really know how to throw a party! Beautiful images and the flowers are gorgeous!

  • Everything looks clean, fresh and beautiful, as always. I love the way you stacked the Cheese Straws, like Lincoln logs. I do it that way also!

  • The iris look lovely (what is the plural of iris?) I love lily of the valley and Spanish olives too. Great minds think alike! : )

  • You are so cute and talented! I love your artwork, particularly the yellow and blue paintings above your sofa with the hydrangeas. While you don't have gobs of food on the table, the way you have it arranged, well, it looks so plentiful! Do you have a source for the cocktail napkins? Thanks, Kevin!

  • Absolutely stunning Kevin. I always enjoy seeing your parties. Show more!

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