With the arrival of summer comes a calendar full of fantastic summer soirees. Social butterflies will appreciate the efforts of a talented hostess from the original invitation to the final thank you note. Whether hosting a relaxed beach barbeque or a polished cocktail party, there are proven strategies that can help ensure a flawless event.
We recommend assembling key accessories that are staples for any great hostess. Think about presentation each step of the way to guide your preparation. A whimsical apron is always useful since preparing a fabulous meal has increasingly become part of the evening’s activities. To simplify serving, a solid serving tray for both hors d’oeuvres and cocktails is a must have item as is a collection of beautiful serving bowls.
The menu and cocktail choice are critical decisions and we find it helpful to carefully consider how the two will complement one another. Serving a select grouping of beverages ensures that the few beverages you do provide are served at the perfect temperature and work well with the flavors in your menu. Displaying your signature cocktails, perfectly selected wines, and even flavored water in a decanter or carafe also make for a stunning vignette and easy serving.
When hosting an outdoor event, keep in mind that temperatures can quickly fluctuate. Even with the warmth of the summer months, it is always smart to keep an assortment of shawls and throw blankets handy and casually displayed in a decorative basket. Keeping your guests comfortable will keep conversations going well into the evening. What are your favorite tips for the classic hostess?