Many are breaking away from the traditional when planning parties and weddings. One popular way to turn a formal event into a more social affair is to host an hors d’oeuvre mixer.
Think about setting up some stationary hors d’oeuvres like a bruchetta bar or Mediterranean display. Then you can add a variety of elegant and fun passed hors d’oeuvres. Guests love being offered food by friendly staff and sampling bite sized appetizers. This style party allows guests to mingle with each other more. The focus is on the good company. Drinks paired with flavorful fare keep the party light and dynamic.
Two Chefs artistically display passed hors d’oeuvres on decorative serving platters garnished with fresh flowers. Try renting a few cocktail (high top) tables with floor length linens. This adds extra space for guests to rest a drink and is an inexpensive way to really transform your space for entertaining. Add a candle or flower centerpiece and your guests will feel like they are in a swanky lounge.
Cocktail parties are versatile as well. Bridal showers are definitely more engaging when held in the evening. Guests play fun games while sipping sangria, and leave with their own wine glass as a favor. At least that is what one mother of the bride and the bridal party did for a shower we catered in June.
“We were so HAPPY with the shower and everyone loved the food. I have a lot of friends with kids getting married and they all will be calling for sure.” ~Linda Shelley
Weddings, birthdays, holiday parties, or retirement parties all work with this format. In the Fall of 2013 Two Chefs catered several 40th Birthday home parties as well as a cocktail party wedding with a s’mores bar dessert buffet. The bride and groom even led their guests in taking a few swings at their wedding cake piñata filled with candy.
The idea is not to be afraid to take a chance making your party your own. If you need assistance planning or culminating your ideas, just ask for help. Event Coordinators Alison, Jamie, and Tara love planning events and can use their expertise to your advantage. The chefs and owners work with the event planners to custom write menus to suit each client’s needs and vision. Parties should be fun for hosts as well as the guests.
Put Two Chefs on the job and all you need to do is slip on your party attire, fill up a glass, and welcome your guests as they file in. Sound Good? No, sounds brilliant!