Holiday Party 2014!

Don't you love holiday gatherings? This is the time of year when my house is always ready to entertain! I was so happy to have finished unpacking and decorating for Christmas that we decided to throw our first official party in this apartment.

My go to for Holidays' drinks always include bubbly and fruits. Last year I prepared a super-easy and delicious elderflower champagne punch that was ready for the guests when they arrived. This year I decided to set up a serve-yourself champagne station with cranberry juice and peach puree. There were POP FIZZ CLINKs and corks flying all night long. I loved it!

TIP: Make a bunch of puree beforehand and keep it in the fridge ready to refill when needed.

For food I try to go as easy as possible. I'm not a big cook - too lazy for it - so I never hesitate to buy everything ready-to-serve.  Cheese and crackers, veggies and hummus, brownies and strawberries. All very easy and delicious! 

TIP: Always serve 2 kinds of cheese, a soft and a hard one. Brie and Parmesan are my favorites. 

These caprese skewers are the easiest to make and they look fabulous on the table! Also, they are vegetarian and healthy :) Try them with a variety of veggies. Your guests will love them!

I totally forgot to take pictures of my studio, this one above is the only one I have, but I did open all the house to guests. Having a small home shouldn't be an impediment to host, right?

Are you hosting these days? What are your TIPS to host AND enjoy your party? I would love to hear your ideas and apply them in my next gathering! 

Thanks for passing by! Cheers! xx.

Holiday Party

So, I decided to embrace the christmas spirit and threw a champagne party this year. Everyone deserves a candle-lit holiday party and some delicious bubbly, right?

The most important thing about the holiday season is to celebrate and enjoy friend's company. We truly enjoyed this December. We got our first christmas tree and decided to have people over for a good time.

Here are some pictures of our easy, cosy and fun cocktail party. I hope you enjoy them!

Determining the basics will help you get organized quickly:

  1. Ambience (Tea lights everywhere. They are cheap and always beautiful);
  2. Easy finger food (Tea sandwiches and bruschetta are great alternatives); and
  3. Champagne (Stick with one or two types of liquor. Decide for a signature cocktail and you are done!) 

A great idea is to set up a bar where your guests can easily access glasses and mixers. Also, I really recommend to make punch in advance! This time I decided for a seriously delicious elederflower-champagne punch. It was ready in minutes, and I didn't have to worry about preparing cocktails after people arrived.

Lovely companion made it such a wonderful night. Actually, I was so immersed in the party that I forgot to take more pictures.. but! you can find a complete album of the decor by clicking here.

Thanks for reading!