I hosted a cocktail party for some of my friends last year, and just found some of the pics...here are some of the highlights:
The Buffet turned out great...key is white plates, I have a TON of white plates, and they make the food look so great. Simplicity, clean lines, I have learned a lot from older parties I have had, where too much goes on the table...to me, this is much more impactful.
I think I saw this recipe on Giada, where she made savory parmesan polenta cakes, then topped them with a chicken salad with cranberries on top. These were really good, and looked amazing on the plate.
Stuffed Mushrooms with a soft herb cheese and roasted red pepper stuffing...simple and delicious.
I make these wings for gatherings just like this. Love the look of the black and white sesame seeds. These are simple...just marinade for a few hours or overnight, then bake in a hot oven. No babysitting...my kind of recipe.
For dessert at a girls cocktail party, the chocolate fountain is a must! I bought this a few years ago, and I use it ALL THE TIME! A great investment and a huge hit at a party...here are a few more shots.
I dressed the table with some chocolate satin fabric, that I just billowed under the fountain, and used clear glass dishes to hold the various goodies to dip into the chocolate.
pistachio cake - Now that I’ve gotten a few bigger projects out of the way — hooray! And more soon on all of that, eee — I have a little more time again to do the things ...