Christmas, Cocktail Parties, Entertaining, Holidays, Mid Century Modern, Recipes

6 Steps to a Fabulous Retro Holiday Cocktail Party!

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‘Tis the season for awesome Christmas and New Year’s Eve parties! If you love the 1950s and 1960s, can’t get enough of Mad Men, and would love to show off your Mid-Century Modern decorations, you should throw a Mid-Century Modern Christmas or New Year’s Eve cocktail party. Here are some suggestions on how you can throw a Mid-Century modern themed party:

  1. Set the tone right away with the invitations you send.

Here are some e-vites that will help set the tone for the party. Be sure to mention on the invitation that it will be a themed party. Since it is close to Christmas and New Year’s Eve, here are some e-vites you can send out quickly from paperlesspost.com

2. Decorate for the holidays and within your theme

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Since you are having a cocktail party, guests will be using barware and glasses, so consider updating your glassware and buy new items that will fit in with your theme. Here are some beautiful ideas for toasting at midnight on new year’s eve.

3. Serve drinks, appetizers, and desserts in the theme

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Find some fabulous themed recipes online that will take your retro party up a notch! Here are some Mad Men-style retro cocktails that will be perfect.  And here are some recipes that you can make to accompany the cocktails you serve from Food Network.

And here are some tips for creating perfect cocktails from a previous post. Oh and this is a must read as well.  Tips on how to style your bar cart!

4. Play music in the background that fits your retro theme

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Music is amazing for helping to set the mood for a party. Play songs like “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” “The Chipmunk Song,” “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” and “Christmas.” Make a playlist on iTunes, Spotify, or YouTube so you can start the music and keep the music going all night.

5. Play a classic Christmas movie

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If you want to add extra ambiance, you could also have a Christmas movie from the 1950’s or 1960’s playing in the background. White Christmas (1954) and Babes in Toyland (1961) would be great choices. This will help put people in a holiday mood, and it will also give your guests something to do and to talk about.

6. Play some games

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When the mingling dies down, create some excitement by playing vintage games. Pull out a deck of cards and play a good ol’ fashioned card game. Or look on eBay for classic board games like Yahtzee, Battleship, or Dominoes.

We wish you and yours a wonderful holiday season full of good cheer and vintage merriment!

Until Next Time,

Kathie

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Epicurious Drinks Basics

I was wasting time on youtube the other day – come on now, you know you waste time on there too! Seriously, you can loose hours on there.

Anyhoo, I came across this video from Epicurious that has some fabulous ideas on how to stock and set up a home bar for your next bash.

 

Until next time,

Kathie

Entertaining

7 Must Haves for Your Bar Cart

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For me, bar carts conjure up images of class and sophistication.  A time when cocktail parties and dinner parties were the major social events in a person’s social calendar.  When men wore suits and the ladies dressed in their finest cocktail dresses and pearls.

When we see images on television and movies from the 50’s and 60’s era there always seems to be a bar cart lurking in the corner just waiting for the spontaneous cocktail hour – always elegantly stocked and stylishly adding to the decor of the room.

During the 1970’s homes were being built with built-in bars with all the amenities. Wet bars anyone?  And thus the bar cart became lost in the new modern conveniences offered in the new homes.

However, in recent years the bar cart has made a resurgence!  Like most classic items, they fade away for a time, but always come back because they are just that great!  The bar cart allows you to always be ready to serve, ready to inspire, and ready to add just a bit of glamour to your home!

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Stocking your bar cart is a matter of personal opinion,  as each person has their own preference depending upon their personal tastes.  But, a few essentials will make serving your guests with classic cocktails a breeze!

  1.   Cocktail Recipe Book – This is always to good to have on hand for spur of the moment cocktail requests.
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With over 1,000 recipes this cocktail guide will provide with endless recipes in which to amaze your guests!

2.  Bartender tools set – this is essential when creating tantalizing concoctions!

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3. Cocktail Napkins – There are some really cute cocktail napkins available.  Some you can even have personalized with your own home bar slogan or name.

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4.  Mixers and spirits – You should have at least 3 base spirits so you can create a variety of cocktails.  You can create hundreds of recipes with Whiskey, Vodka, Tequila, Gin or Rum.  Choose your favorites! For those just beginning you can purchase one bottle of aromatic bitters to have on hand.

5. Cocktail Shaker – You’ll want to have a cocktail shaker to properly prepare those drinks that require shaking.  Depending on the style you choose for your bar cart you can tailor your cocktail shaker to that look.  For instance if you are going for a vintage look you may like to purchase something like the one below:

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Or you can find something fabulous and contemporary like this one:

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6. Cocktail Glasses – You’ll want to invest in some gorgeous glassware for you new bar cart.  As with your cocktail shaker, the direction you take will determine which type of glasses you want to include.  Vintage:

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Or something more contemporary or modern:

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Of course you can always marry vintage with modern and create your own unique look!

7.  Swizzle sticks, wine glass charms and other fun accessories – A few unique touches made with inexpensive accessories can go a long way to tying your look together.

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Have fun and let me know what your favorite items you like to have for your bar cart.

Until next time,

Kathie