The holidays can be magical when you surround yourself with loved ones and what better way to enjoy them, but with great food and drink.
My husband and I love to entertain. One of my favorite ways of entertaining is creating the small touches to make it special.
This could be anything from mistletoe above the door, to colorful votive glass or small candy canes placed on martini glasses.
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A few years ago, my husband, who loves to cook, introduced me to Epicurious. They have great recipes, as well as a plethora of information, such as stating the start to finish time to make a recipe and little forks as their fork user ranking system.
The recipe link below is Bloody Mary Shrimp – it ranked very high on their web site and it looks delicious.
This will help you make changes to keep your guests comfortable, such as adding more heaters or creating an area to place their coats and umbrellas.
I love small bites, so your guests can have a variety of selections. We recommend anywhere from 4-6 different appetizers.
They know how to make great drinks. Also,have the bartender arrive about two hours earlier, so he or she can set up the bar.
Uber is popular and affordable.
If you have a busy schedule and want to make sure that you can enjoy your own party, call a planner to help you with the logistics.
Professional disc jockeys know how to read the crowd and can play music to make your party fun!
The wait staff person will help with setup, tray pass and clean-up. Make sure that you communicate your wishes before the party begins so they know what is expected of them.
Last minute shopping or staff hires can be expensive.
Remember to keep the flames away from flammable items and at the end of the night, make sure everything is extinguished. I grew up in a family with firemen (uncles and cousins) and this has been rule number one, from day one.
Then, right before they arrive, all you need to do is dim the lights, start the music and ask your bartender to make your favorite cocktail.
Wishing everyone happy holidays! Love, Gianna