February 1, 2007

cocktail hour

spotlight on: allie & doug's Cocktails at Le Chateau Lamude

interview with allie maddox on the cocktail party that took place at her boyfriend's, doug lamude.

*chat with allie*

what was the menu?
menu: bacon wrapped scallops with lemon and pepper, olive tapenade & pita bread, gruyere (aged 1 year), smoked gouda, brie cheeses, an assortment of gourmet crackers, Doug's homemade bruschetta, and of course, vanilla cupcakes with butter cream frosting & little heart sprinkles.
drinks: dirty martinis, bourbon, fine wines

what was the decor, or extra decorations if any?
just a super clean house is a must, and antique silver platters & flowers of course. we played pop culture trivial pursuit as well. that was super nerdfun.

what was your prior planning?
I started planning a week in advance, searched the web for delicious appetizers and finger foods. I came across this cute website with a section called "Cocktail Parties 101", that was very helpful. start cleaning way in advance. chill and have a drink before the guests arrive. I also invited one of my best girlfriends to come over an hour early to help me. was surprisingly EASY and no stress.

*allie's special touch:I did send out enderby thank you cards. that was cute.
(above:enderby card)

*nest was super-impressed by: the bacon-wrapped scallops, nice touch. the apron was all allie. maddox had it custom-designed for the shin-dig, to express her affinity for the delicious treat & to match the menu. even martha would be proud.

nice work, allie. looks like you had a really fun, relaxing time with no stress. rad.

for your cocktail hour add some class to your pad with this estella carafe

*add a unique touch by using vintage coasters or use a unique etsy find like these cute squirrel coasters from robotcandy's shop.

and this lines ice bucket. both carafe & ice bucket from crate & barrel.

1 comment:

panda head said...

siiiigh now that this party has been spotlighted (spotlit?) i'm even sadder to have missed it.

what an excellent enderby nest feature! this totally satisfies my need to know what goes on in other people's homes.