The husband signed us up to host the monthly young lawyer's cocktail party this Thursday. Thoughtful of him, wasn't it? Nine months pregnant hosting a house full of lawyers and I can't even have a cocktail!
I have never attended one of these cocktail parties, but I knew that an email or massive text message wasn't in the cards. We sent out an evite from paperless post, my favorite email invitation company. For just a few dollars, you can customize the card. For a more formal party, I would have sent out real invitations, but for this kind of party paperless post is perfect.
Since I don't know most of the people that will be attending, I decided to stick with a simple Southern menu that I hope will appeal to everyone. First up, mini bbq sliders. Not your typical cocktail party food, which is why I love it. The majority of people that are attending are men, so I'm hoping that this will be a hit.
Other foods that we are serving are mini stuffed potatoes with cheese and bacon, zucchini boats with parmesean cheese and bread crumbs, baked brie, parmesean thyme crackers, and a pumpkin dip with ginger snaps for dessert. They are all bite size portions, so no forks required.
For drinks, it's easiest to stick with beer and wine and then have one speciality cocktail. If this was a weekend event, we would have a full self-serve bar, but being that all of our guests have to show up to work tomorrow at 8am, I think beer and wine is the way to go. I also have mini coke and diet cokes as well as sparkling water for those guests that want something non-alcoholic.
When hosting a party, I think it's all in the details. I didn't have enough cocktail plates and despise paper plates at an inside setting, so for $7.00, I was able to rent cocktail plates from our local rental company. That's less expensive than buying paper plates! I have a ton of wine glasses, and even though they don't match, I have all of them set out so that guests can pour their own wine.
For decor, I bought four bunches of orange tulips and have them in white and clear glass vases throughout the house, including the bathrooms. Another important thing that is always forgotten when hosting a party, hand towels in the bathroom! There is nothing worse than having to dry your hands on a soggy towel that everyone else has used.
If I wasn't a 100 months pregnant, I would tell you that I was wearing some sort of cozy fall fabulous hostess outfit like this one from Atlantic-Pacific, but in all honestly, I'm sure black leggings will make an appearance tonight!
I'm off to Hickory and then to Charlotte this weekend, but I'll be back next week with lots of goodies! I hope you all have a fabulous weekend!