The Cocktail Party

A brief step away from wedding planning, as the guest blog series winds down,  to discuss the at home cocktail party… which can be valuable information for showers, engagement parties and rehearsal dinners.

The home cocktail party  is one of my favorite parties to work on. It’s personal therefore its different from any other one I have done because even in the same home  the occasion is always different.

My favorite part is not surprisingly the flowers, working with the  overall interior design, the fabric and especially the artwork as the  as inspiration.  The occasion, the guest of honor (s), the season, are all be a part of the inspiration. I’ve been very lucky to work around some really interesting art and beautiful homes.

When I can coordinate the cocktails and desserts with the flowers all the more fun. Spring party:  spring blossoms, flowers on cake, in your cocktail, blossoms frozen in cubes, edible flowers on salad.  Summer ? Mixed herbs in the bouquets and refreshing herbal cocktails.( A favorite of mine, The Olmstead at Robert in MAD, Hendricks gin, honey, rosemary, thyme and basil.)  Favorite color blue? Blue blossoms, blue icing, blue cocktail or blue cubes… you get the idea. May sounds like a lot of one thing, but  when distributed among your home the details  become more like tidbits that string nicely together.

One of my favorite touches is  greet your guests with fragrance in an entry (and in the bathroom). Ideally with fragrant flowers like a huge bouquet of lilac  but if not the season than with candles. Two long time favorites Jo Malone Orange Blossom especially nice spring summer, fall winter try Pomegranate Noir. A new favorite Jo Malone’s Rose fragrance. Other favorites, Frederic Malle’s gardenia, or lily of the valley ( muquet) these are real splurges.

Of course think about your guests experience, food easy to eat bite size, nothing crumbly. Music to set the mood you want for the night but not so loud you discourage really good conversations.

Coordinate it all with a part of a guest of honors personality and it really feels like a special night.

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Macaron shot : Mad for Macarons

Blue pastry Le Bakers Dozen

About cornucopiaofbeautifulthings

Dorothy Pfeiffer is owner and Creative Director of Cornucopia since 1995. When she first bought Cornucopia in 1995 it was a retail flower shop on the Upper East Side. Since, Dorothy has moved Cornucopia to a studio space in the heart of the flower market and has expanded the business to include all aspects of event design and recently has developed an added Interior Design for Coporate and Home to the services offered at Cornucopia
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One Response to The Cocktail Party

  1. Lucille Flores says:

    Inspiring! Definitely one of my favorites!…perhaps it’s the flowers?…food?…drinks?
    ALL of it. Makes me want to plan a cocktail party instead of doing schoolwork!

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