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PARTY IDEAS

Apr1, 2016

Spring Picnics & English Novelists

April 1st, 2016|0 Comments

by Paullette Gaudet

Spring Picnic_TCM_blogAhhh…what is it about spring picnics and English novelists?? From Jane Austen to E. M. Forster, and even Lewis Carroll with his mad hats, they seem not to have met a bucolic springtime pasture that couldn’t be improved by a brushed wool blanket and porcelain teapot. The genteel incongruity of formal dinnerware under bright blue skies does have a certain appeal, and if one considers everything to be portable (soup tureens, whist tables, [...]

Nov20, 2015

Thanksgiving Costume Confidential

November 20th, 2015|1 Comment

By Paullette Gaudet
Hollywood-DinnerNothing gives a girl better costume ideas than arriving at a Halloween costume party—unfortunately, at that point it’s a bit too late to start shopping. Don’t shelve all of that newfound sartorial inspiration for a whole year, though—use it in less than a month by throwing a Costume Thanksgiving Dinner!

As a holiday, Thanksgiving is immutable in many ways: date, menu, historical origin. The one variable in our control is our raiment—dress on Turkey Day [...]

Nov19, 2015

The Casual Connoisseur: Name That Blend!

November 19th, 2015|0 Comments

By Paullette Gaudet
Blind-WineDinner-and-a-movie, lime-juice-and-tequila, tube-socks-and-Tevas:
Yes, iconic pairings are classics for a reason, but do you ever wonder if there’s any way to put a whole new spin on a solid partnership like the wine-and-cheese gathering—well, other than calling it cheese-and-wine?

Keep all the classic components of a wine-and-cheese party (that’d be wine and cheese), while simply adding the (free!) elements of Surprise and Competition in the form of a Blind Taste Contest—et voilá! Le “spin” accompli!

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Oct20, 2015

The Casual Connoisseur: Breaking The Ice With Frozen Wine Cubes

October 20th, 2015|0 Comments

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TIP: Try a Few Frozen Grapes in your wine to keep it cold

by Paullette Gaudet
You know your fine wine, and so do your friends: just look at the classy array of not-quite-finished bottles littering the table after any one of your get-togethers. But don’t you sometimes miss those days when being a beverage connoisseur just meant filling a single cup with the perfect-sized splash of every soda flavor from the 7-11 soft drink dispenser? Make your next party a lower-key affair by freezing your last soiree’s fancy wine remnants in ice cube trays and trying out one of the following ideas for a low-stress, low-cost hootenanny!

  • Schmangria: What’s better than mixing wine with fruit? Mixing it with more wine! Offer guests a selection of modestly priced (room-temperature) bottles for base pours, and present a smorgasbord of labeled glass bowls, cushioned in crushed ice and filled with frozen wine cubes. Give prizes for the tastiest and most creative combos, and don’t forget to write down the recipes for future reference!
  • Lushees: Remember choosing Slushee flavors by what color they’d turn your tongue? This is a (slightly) more adult version:

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Oct20, 2015

Thanksgiving Emmy Award Show Seating

October 20th, 2015|0 Comments

Thanksgiving Emmy Award Show Seating

by Paullette Gaudet
turkey1Gobble-gobble-gaah: One might brashly think that living in a negative square-foot loft— on a busy city block with zero street parking, no less—would guarantee immunity from hosting large family events such as Thanksgiving dinner. Alas, did you still draw the short drumstick this year?? Well, the family always did say you watched too much TV growing up, so put that wasted youth to use right now by patterning your Thanksgiving seating after a televised award show.

Let’s face it: the Emmys are basically a roomful of Thanksgiving kids’ tables, so follow that template and don’t look back. Instead of using a long, narrow table, arrange a few small square ones in a staggered circle. This offers the opportunity for super-fun seat assignments—Grandpa and the Ritalin Twins? Auntie Gluten-Free and Cousin Hoarder?—and lets you divide traditional Thanksgiving fixin’s into a feast that truly conquers.

Bonus: there’s a much better chance of matching the heights of four random chairs rather than sixteen. [...]

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