Obviously cheese and bread and and drinks are involved. And you’ve gotta have friends. And cashews! (Maybe that’s just me?) But after an especially convivial mid-week Previously Owned by a Gay Man cocktail party (in lieu of a meeting…that’s just how we roll!), we started wondering what the magic elements to a really fun party are? Everyone in our group has their own secret ingredient — what is yours?
Michele: My hot tip is to have each of your guests bring something. It makes your own work minimal and allows for great variety!
Tamara: My never-fail secret to almost ANY kind of party? Two words: tuna tartare. This is my favorite recipe. The Barefoot Contessa has never let me down!
Jill: Music (Pandora, of course)! Start with some Frank Sinatra and the Rat Pack …. Then mix in some Prince & Michael Franti. And keep pouring … make sure everyone always has a full glass. Cocktail, Water, Cocktail, Water …. Repeat.
Kendra: My tip is to pre-batch cocktails. For bonus points or for larger gatherings, invest in a drinks dispenser. EASY!
Lindsay: I swear by (and I learned this from Michele) stemless wine glasses. Nobody wants to spill on your rug – make it easy on them!
Jennifer: Invite good friends…and at least one wild card! Just as with a great cocktail, the great guest list is all about the mix.
Tricia: A shared vodka shot with you and your man before the party gets started – feels a little naughty and gets you in the celebratory mood!
Who wants a bar cart to kick off summer? You do!