Attending cocktail parties is the best part of my job, even though I’m working hard through all of them. I enjoy working with my clients, crafting menus for their special events. For a heavy hors d’ Oeuvres party, like this one for the Brown family, I like to serve 5-7 different dishes to keep thing interesting during the evening. Plan on serving 5 items per person per hour (if no dinner is being served afterward) to have enough food for the party.
Start with a big beautiful display of cheeses, cured meats, fresh raw vegetables, fruit, breads, spreads and dips. No cooking is involved at all making it easy on the hosts.
The Browns had me in the kitchen to cook throughout the night, keeping everyone well fed, freeing Mr. Brown to shake some delicious white chocolate martinis while Mrs. Brown sang with her girlfriends and the band.
Print a few recipes for guests to mix up their own concoctions at the bar or mix up a pitcher of your favorite party punch to serve your guests.
Use inexpensive small picture frames as elegant signs to label the dishes you’ll be serving. We draped beautiful gold fabric right off the bolt to dress up the buffet, no sewing necessary.