Friday, August 15, 2014

The Impromptu Cocktail Party

Sometimes the unplanned get-togethers turn out to be the most enjoyable. There just isn’t enough time to nitpick over the details. If the mood strikes you or you find yourself suddenly designated as host, fear not, we have put together a recipe for a quick and easy impromptu cocktail party. 

A standard list of drink offerings will include red and white wine, beer, and even mixed drinks if you’re feeling up to it.

Whether you get a call from friends a couple of hours before or your office mates spot-elect you as host of much needed after-work cocktails, getting ready doesn’t have to be a scary thing. Given the short notice, all you can really do is go with it and have fun. 

Only have a couple of hours to prep? Prioritize and get going. 

Stock up your bar

It’s a cocktail party! Make sure you have drinks for your guests. A standard list of offerings will include red and white wine, beer, and even mixed drinks if you’re feeling up to it. Don’t forget water and non-alcoholic beverage options. Take out your cooler or ice buckets and get lots of ice. 

No horror hors d’oeuvres

Don’t use the fact that this is last minute to fall back on chips and nuts, not that they won’t come in handy. But even with the short amount of time, you can whip something up that’s tastier, more substantial, and just all around better than opening a bag of snacks. 

  • Cheese platter and cold cuts. Just a few minutes in your nearest deli and already, you have something head and shoulders above potato chips and mixed nuts. For your cheese selection, go for at least two textures: a soft and creamy type like Camembert or Brie and a firmer variety like Manchego or Gouda.
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  • Bread and crackers. They are your cocktail party menu’s support crew. Get a couple of different types of bread, slice, line up on a cookie sheet, then pop into the oven for a minute or two and it'll be crisp and ready to pair with a wide variety of cheeses and dips. Water crackers are a great alternative to bread although they aren’t quite as versatile.
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  • Olives. Serve the pitted or stuffed variety in a bowl or whip up a tapenade to spread on bread or crackers.
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  • Something sweet. Whether it’s just some grapes to accompany your cheese, or crostinis topped with  chocolate, olive oil and sea salt, a sweet option is a welcome surprise addition.

Other Supplies

Lay out your supply of glasses, napkins, mini skewers (a.k.a. toothpicks if nothing fancier is available), plates, and forks. 

Do a check of what you have and note down all the supplies you need such as drinks, food, et cetera from the store.  

A quick straightening up of your place, time to run out to buy necessities then get back to set up the eats and a few moments to make yourself presentable, can all be done in under two hours. Enjoy the evening! 


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