Throw a killer cocktail party—without missing the party

In the original 1950 version of Father of the Bride, Spencer Tracy throws a huge party at his home to celebrate his daughter’s engagement. He dutifully mans the bar, serving up cocktails made to order all night. As soon as he gets a break, he comes out to greet his guests–but the party is over and everyone is heading home.

That’s my cocktail party nightmare. When I invite people over, it’s because I want to see them and catch up! I’ve thrown maybe a hundred cocktail parties in my time, and I’d like to think I’ve learned a few things along the way… so here are my five keys to throwing a fabulous, stylish cocktail hour for 20+ that you can actually participate in. Continue reading

A few words on The Last Word

I love the holidays. From Thanksgiving to January 2, it’s a nonstop whirlwind–a celebration of friends and family mixed with evergreen smells and sparkly things and snuggly cashmere sweaters. And of course, the fact that it’s prime season for cocktail parties doesn’t hurt.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing my favorite cocktails and small bites for at-home entertaining. First up is a cocktail that’s near and dear to my heart: The Last Word. This cocktail, a Prohibition-era classic, combines equal parts gin, fresh lime juice, maraschino liqueur, and green Chartreuse to create a drink that is complex, balanced, slightly tart, and just a tad herbal. It’s shaken and served up. Continue reading