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.
Macaron shot : Mad for Macarons
Blue pastry Le Bakers Dozen