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Old 01-30-2006, 08:02 PM   #1
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Talking Cocktail party help!

Well... I've finally done it!!! Yipppeeeee!! I've convinced Paul that it's time the Shaffer's threw a hum dinger of a cocktail party.

The date is planned for April 1st.
So far there's about 35 people on the guest list but we keep adding more.
I'm figuring that by the time we send the invites out there will be around 50 people....

I'm pretty sure I can handle the food. I'll make bunches of dips and chips
and relish and fruit trays and a few desserts, all finger foods. Cooking for such a large crowd will be a challange but, I know I can do it. Paul and I have agreed that we don't want to ask our friends to bring anything.

The problem we're having is what kind of drinks to serve. We'll have white and red wine and beer but most of our friends really like mixed drinks. We want some fruity sweet girly drinks and a few harder "man" like drinks.

What would you do?
What are some of your favorite drinks? We need them to be quick and easy as Paul will be the only bar tender ( at least until people start getting tipsy and helping themselves)

Thanks in advance!

smiles, Trish and Paul

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Old 01-30-2006, 08:25 PM   #2
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Margaritas and martinis are always winners - and you can make them by the pitcher, and then just pour them out as needed - the rest can stay chilled in the fridge!

And with marinis, you can do:

Original Gin
Vodka
Appletinis
Tangertinis
Chocolate Martinis

Even Mai Tais will work well in the fridge..

If I think of more, I'll post them, too.

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Old 01-30-2006, 08:35 PM   #3
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Margaritas are a great idea!
And the chocolate martinis sound interesting. Can you tell me how to make them? THANK YOU!!
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Old 01-30-2006, 08:59 PM   #4
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Frozen Daiquiris are always a hit....
(I buy all the different combo juices they have in the freezer section, and go from there)

Pitcher of Spicy Bloody Marys (everybody wants one.....fat stuffed olives, and a piece of Okra on a salted glass)

Mudslide Mix (avail at Liquor stores)


I can only have One.....but I love White Rum with Sprite and a good pinch of Lime (Pitcher....LOL!)
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Old 01-30-2006, 10:05 PM   #5
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The women like the Cosmopolitans...
Make sure you have fantastic wines...Washington has some of the best wines
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Old 01-30-2006, 10:09 PM   #6
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Buy this Book!!!!

Ted has some perfect ideas for your party!
I got it at the library for my husband, actually,
but when I read Ted's cocktail party stuff, I knew
I had to buy my own copy. I got a great deal on
ebay.




And, you can't forget this one -( I copy/pasted it from one of my old postings)


I made something new last night:
(it's probably a common drink, but since I had a pitcher of lemonade....and the liquor cabinet was full....)
I had a glass of good tart Lemonade with a shot of Smirnoff Vanilla Twist Vodka, over ice.

Boy was it tasty! Reminded me of Lemon Meringue Pie.
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Okay, just marked April 1st in my calendar, I'll be there - hehe. I think margaritas is a good guy/girl drink, martini's too. You may want to consider sangria. I recently made the "bucket" drinks - I found one that was a cosmopolitan and then one that was orange cranberry breeze - both with lots of vodka. They were definately hits. My sister told me that when Rachel Ray was on Oprah she went through a "how to host a cocktail party" and one of her tips was beer, wine and just one other drink - hers was martinis - pomegranite ones to be exact. I have also had parties were I just set up "bar" - a bottle of the majors, whisky (for me of course), vodka, gin, rum, and scotch. That can get expensive though. Can't wait to hear what you do - one thing for sure, whatever you do, I am sure it will be fun.
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oh, and another tip:
if you don't have a friend who works at a bev-mo or a liquor store....make one. It'll save you a lot!
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good advice, i need to work on that myself!
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Such great ideas!

I'm on my way to ebay to check out the book! Thank you all!!
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