I’m happily in the midst of planning an intimate fundraiser for a new theatre company in my home. There is something about spring that is invigorating, and makes me want to entertain, alot. Call me crazy. 25 people, tray passed hors d’oeuvres including; deviled quail eggs with creme fraiche and caviar, endive with grapefruit,lobster, and chive, wild mushroom risotto balls, followed by a trio of pistachio, chocolate and lemon macaroons, all served with my signature veuve-clicquot champagne rose. I’ll also have bowls of salted marcona almonds tossed with lavendar sugar. mmm. It is good to have a rounded assortment of hors d’oeuvres to include a variety of seafood, meat, poultry, vegetarian or vegetables, cheese and fruit plus desert.
The flowers will be tall branches of white cherry blossoms, and small bouquets of white tulips. I prefer one type of flower per vase, simple and clean. The key to keeping your costs down and quality up is to take advantage of flowers and food in season. Fresh is best.
Do as much ahead as possible, both in terms of having your house perfectly clean, laundering linens, arranging the flowers, preparing the trays and prepping anything on the menu ahead as well. The candles will be lit when quests arrive, and I’ll have a talented musician friend playing the piano, something upbeat and happy like the season. The actors will perform a brief interlude from their new production so the guests leave with a taste of their talent, and a motivation to attend the new production. I always like to leave guests with a take-away, something unique and memorable. I might even hand them a little gift as they leave as a token for the evening. Not sure what that is yet, but it will either be something spring in feeling or in the genre of the performance and upcoming production.
I’ll also have my dress picked out and ready go. Thinking something with a little color, spring like but simple. There is a new floral print sheath I am thinking I need….to go with the red strappy very high Ralph Lauren sandals I bought and have never worn. This way I won’t be wasting the shoes, right?
So admittedly, it is fun to create a memorable occasion, to wear something special, and to give your guests the best time possible. The party doesn’t have to be fussy and over-the-top though. You should put an effort into it, your own individual stamp, make sure everything is going to be ready ahead of time. The more you entertain, the more effortless it becomes. Now relax and enjoy the party!
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