Fall is a time when friends far and wide gather to create memories. When loved ones get together, the perfect recipe is more than just the right ingredients and flavors — it’s the energy and atmosphere you create for your guests. It’s simple psychology.
Use these go-to tips to orchestrate an unforgettable gathering.
There’s nothing worse than a party where everyone stands around in their own little corner and creates a stagnant atmosphere. Prevent this from happening at your next get-together by spreading out your stations strategically around your home, and watch your guests create the perfect social atmosphere without even realizing they are doing it. It’s all about considering the flow you want to create and placing items accordingly throughout your entertaining space.
Fall brings an expected set of flavors that we have all come to know and love. With such an engrained perception, this is the perfect opportunity to intrigue the minds of your guests and create a truly memorable moment. Rather than serving up a big plate of turkey with cranberry sauce, use these traditional flavors simply as inspiration. Keep the easy social atmosphere alive by creating miniature versions of your meals that people can eat in one or two bites.
Deconstruct a drink recipe and create an interactive station for your guests. Print a small sign with the recipe and provide all of the ingredients — the rest is up to them! It’s a great way to enhance the experience for party-goers and create a conversation starter.
An upcoming trend with mixologists and cocktail connoisseurs alike is cocktail jams. That’s right, a sweet and fruity, thick jam serves as the base for your cocktail recipe! This new, fun way to add flavor depth to cocktails is perfect for entertaining and self-serve drink stations. And since this jam is sure to create a buzz at your gathering, why not give your guests their very own small jar as a take-away gift, complete with petite spoon and personalized message?
Recipe: Berry Moscow Mule
– 1 cup ginger beer
– 1 shot of ginger vodka
– juice of one lime wedge
– 1 tsp. mixed berry jam
Pour the ginger beer, vodka and lime juice in a copper cup and stir. Add ice and a teaspoon of mixed berry jam. Give it another stir and garnish with blueberries and a lime wedge.
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