Dita Von Teese
Chilled bubbly. A knockout frock. A divine date. Cocktail season is in full swing. Here’s how to host—and enjoy—a party like a pro
1) Prepare the right amount of appetizers to last throughout the evening. Make bite-size snacks that avoid messy sauces. No one wants soy sauce on her sequins.
2) Create a house cocktail—both spiked and, for the designated drivers (and those who don’t wish to imbibe), alcohol-free.
3) Set the mood. Music should be playing when guests arrive (silence is always a mood killer). Create a soft glow by turning down the lights and filling the room with loads of inexpensive, unscented tea-light candles in clear or coloured glass holders. Decorate on a budget with seasonal accents such as fresh pine boughs, branches of berries and bright bowls of clementines.
4) Bring in some extra seating—low stools, oversized pillows, easy chairs—for guests to perch comfortably.
5) Why not set a dress code? Black, white and red is haute, and everyone loves to get glammed up for a party.
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