St. Valentine’s Day is all about romance. It stands to reason that hosting a cocktail party on this special day would rely on romance as the general theme. By drawing on traditional elements associated with the holiday, it’s possible to come up with a setting and a selection of food and drinks that the guests will love.
An unexpected touch is decking out an artificial Christmas tree for Valentines Day. Tuck the tree in a corner and cover it with clear lights. Visit a fabric store and pick up several yards of dark red fabric to dress the tree. Create a garland by gathering and knotting the fabric at one-foot intervals. This makes it easy to drape the garland and create a pleasant effect. Use a topper made with paper hearts, baby’s breath, and possibly even a few spare Valentine’s Day cards. For more contrast in the body of the tree, add white hears made using paper doilies.
For the finger sandwiches, consider using a cookie cutter in the shape of a heart. Use the cutter to shape each piece of bread used for the sandwiches, then create simple fare like cheese with fresh pimento for the filler.
A sweet offering that is easy is to bake a couple of cake layers and add in some red food coloring. Cube the layers and add a tiny amount of white frosting to the tops. Arrange the cubes on a platter and insert a toothpick in each one.
Think red when coming up with mixers and drink selections. Red juices to mix with the wine and spirits are a good idea. Since some guests will prefer non-alcoholic beverages, have bottled water and sodas behind the bar.
If the idea of a punch for the cocktail party sounds appealing, make a simple one with a combination of red wine and ginger ale. Those who prefer to abstain can enjoy a mixture of red juice with the ale.
Whether as a stand-alone event or a prelude to a formal Valentine’s Day dinner, a cocktail party is a nice touch. Start planning now and putting everything together when the day arrives will be a snap.