I threw my first party in my Nashville mini-manse (I’ve always been worried about how many people I can comfortably fit into my apartment) over the weekend by hosting an engagement celebration.
I set a long, skinny card table up against my laundry wing, as everyone was bringing a treat to share (and I have about 15 inches of counter space and a small round kitchen table). Thank God Teddy was around to check the table’s stability out.
To make the most of my kitchen floor space, I filled my side sink with ice, chilling the champagne and wine to alleviate a cooler under a table (way more leg room!).
I froze diamond ice cubes to spruce up the Kir Royale martinis (Chambord and champagne) I was serving as the evening’s signature cocktail.
I froze vodka soaked, sugar covered grapes to use as chillers for the Kir Royales and wine. Plus they seemed fancier than Jell-O shots (AND guests could pop one (or five) in their mouths when walking by the table).
Not wanting anyone to feel ignored, I set an appropriate party bell out by empty glasses waiting to be filled.
We always have one (or truthfully in our case two – one for light drinking and one for midnight when we suddenly become ravenous) tray of Chick-fil-A bites. (I ‘store’ the second platter in my oven and thrill guests later in the evening – it’s one hell of a party trick making snacks appear out of ‘nowhere’ – and fun seeing tipsy faces glow with delight over chicken nuggets).
Keeping it classy, I bought and threw cheese balls into an over-sized wine glass (which yes, I drink out of) that are always overly consumed (making me feel like my skin will be orange when I wake up the next morning).
My blogfamous (and oh-so-popular) dip duo made appearances at the snack table, courtesy of their original recipe think tanks –
Eat Shit and Die Guac
Sweet treats were strawberry cupcakes with cream cheese icing atop my 1950s serving tray (and counter space saver) that I found in an Iowa antique store last year.
While still able to write nicely, we signed an empty bottle of champagne as a gift to the bride-to-be with a Sharpie paint pen.
And then, the shots began…
Leading to the next chapter of the evening….
Creating a perfect post for tomorrow’s White Trash Wednesday.
So cute. Love your choice of drinks and the grapes gone wild are cool 🙂
Appreciate! The grapes were the biggest hit!
Absolutely love it! You throw my kind of party …. and great use of a smallish space!
Thank you! Always try to maximize the my small space and also try to throw a party that will make people want to come back for another one day…I think!
What fun diamond ice cubes… How did the grapes turn out? PS Classy/trashy parties are the best!! Xo
Well I’m glad you think they’re the best parties because I can’t seem to throw anything else! The grapes were fantastic – going to post about how to make them next week, have had such interest. A cocktail Martha Stewart!
Bet, it was a fabulous party. Congrats to the Bride-to-Be.
Fabulous – that’s one way to describe it!
Shindig looks like the right word to describe these shenanigans! 🙂 Looks like tons of fun!!
Shenanigans, indeed. Still kinda paying for it today!
Then at least you know it was fun. 🙂
You had me at grapes and vodka. I’m allergic to grapes but how bad could the reaction be if they are saturated with vodka. That looks like a great party!!
Well, I would make you vodka soaked pineapple instead if you came to my parties!
Looks like a blast! Now I want to go soak some grapes in vodka and make the dips and eat them all myself.
You should host a party for yourself just for that reason alone! Plus, it’s all pretty cheap. Think you could shop right and keep it around the $15 range! 🙂
Nice and affordable. That’s what I like lol. Who needs friends when you have vodka soaked grapes?!
Vodka soaked, sugar coated grapes? Count me in!
Yes! And worth every calorie!
I’m there for the food… 😉
You’re welcome anytime!