Monday, 21 December 2015

Cocktail Party Time!

Well, we’ve made it through another year. Gone are the endless summer days, lazy afternoons on the beach, and barbecuing your breakfast. Get ready for dark. So, so much dark. And cold! All the cold.

I’m going to hibernate this winter in the kitchen. I’ve been cooking up a storm lately, because I’ve decided homemade gifts are so much more thoughtful. And fun. And Instagrammable, because you can be all like, “#DIY #SundayFunday #Homemade #WifeyMaterial,” and such when you are crafting up a storm. People will be jealous of your artsy nature, they will compare themselves to you and feel inadequate, and really, that’s the spirit of the season, oui?

Anyway. You know what’s more fun that making people jealous? The spirits of the season! See what I did there? We’re talking booze now, folks. The other things that is fun is being alone and having everybody leave you be, which hardly ever happens in this season of giving. But you can host a 5 à 7, (Cinq à Sept-French because we’re fancy here) and then you can enjoy cocktails with a few people, for only two hours, and then everyone leaves and you can drink red wine with your sister and watch E.R. on the couch for the rest of the night. And really, THAT’S the spirit of the season.

If you are hosting one of these delightfully time sensitive events, you will need to feed people. But again, only snacks! Because then they’ll go home and eat their own food and you don’t have to spend the entire day in the kitchen slinging fowl from fridge to oven to dinner table.  It’s a win-win, and if I have to hear you tell your saccharine engagement story (“And I was totally not expecting it, it was just this small box under the tree, but he told me it was a guitar pick, and I totally believed him!”) one more effing time, I’m going to do it while guzzling lavender-rosewater syrup cocktails and stuffing my face with homemade pâté.

A cheese plate is essential. You’ve got to show your individuality through a cheese plate. Are you an Edam host? Perhaps you’re more of a Cambozola-type. Is a Baked Brie too #basic now? Can a burrata elevate you to the next level? (Just for the record, absolutely). Join Kelly and I below as we discuss in our very first #GRWM video! Kelly covers the basics of drinks pairing, and I mostly chat about plates.

Whatever your plans are this holiday season, best wishes from the LadyGirls!