Catherine's Catering Blog

Hope it’s more than just a trend

Author: Catherine | Published: March 3, 2014

If you are on facebook, than maybe you have seen that the cocktail party is making a comeback. Some of you are probably too young to remember those- they were big in the 60’s and 70’s and my mom loved hosting them. I loved being her assistant. I didn’t help so much with the prep as I did with the passing of the appetizers. I don’t know what was the most exciting to me- making the food look pretty on those silver trays or interacting with the adults. The energy was always so upbeat- and back then dressing up meant dressing up. Maybe this is where my love of food and entertaining took root. Luckily for me, my mom allowed me to be involved from the time the first guest arrived until the bitter end. The food back then was so simple- pigs in a blanket, shrimp cocktail, ham wrapped in white bread and swedish meatballs- and of course, deviled eggs. A far cry from what people would expect now.
This past Friday, we catered the perfect cocktail party. Katie, the hostess, and her husband knew what they were doing. To start, the bar was set with all things necessary- including the mixings for a manhattan. More than one was served. Cherries and big, beautiful olives overshadowed the lemon and lime slices. Actually, I don’t think I garnished one drink with a lemon and used limes for the gin and tonics only.
The music was great. Not too loud so that conversations could take place and there were lots and lots of those. And laughing, lots of laughing.
Of course, the food was as important as the drinks. It was a beautiful spread with lots of variety and something for everyone. Sweet potato biscuits with ham and honey mustard, crabcakes, asparagus with proscuitto, chicken satay, beautiful cheeses and andouille stuffed mushrooms. Not a deviled egg in site!
Melissa and I left at 10:15 and the party was in full swing and it didn’t look like anyone was going anywhere too soon. Like I said, the perfect cocktail party.