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Eco-Chic Entertaining

Written by: Celia Chen

MAKE YOUR NEXT GATHERING A STYLISH AND SUSTAINABLE AFFAIR

With Earth Day just around the corner, here are some entertaining tips for hosting a sustainable yet stylish affair. Follow our advice and you will see that being eco-chic can be good for the planet as well as your pocketbook.

SIMPLY BETTER COCKTAILS
The brightness of an Apple Sour is the perfect cocktail for an Eco-Chic gathering. Mix Stirrings Apple Liqueur with Smirnoff Lime Flavored Vodka, some freshly squeezed lime juice and a splash of simple syrup for a sweet signature drink that has just the right amount of sour. For a non-alcoholic option, mix Stirrings Apple Martini mixer with club soda for a refreshing springtime fizz.

SIMPLY BETTER FOOD
When designing your spring menu, think about sourcing your ingredients from your local greenmarket, which will feature products from small family run farms and food purveyors. Your produce, cheese, meat and fish will likely be fresher since it’s traveled a shorter distance to reach your table.

Let the seasonal offerings of the greenmarket inspire you to create your own Farm Table filled with all natural cured meats, artisan cheeses, organic fruits and vegetables, homemade preserves and freshly baked breads.

Serving a whole poached salmon with fennel and lemon looks elegant on your buffet table and easily feeds a group. A savory pasta salad with arugula, tomatoes, toasted pine nuts and fresh mozzarella is a simple dish that can be served at room temperature.

SIMPLY BETTER TIMES
The first rule of eco-chic entertaining is to reuse what you already have. Don’t rush out to buy occasion specific tableware or unnecessary gadgets. Instead get a little creative with repurposing everyday items for your event.

Empty tea canisters can make unique vessels for flower arrangements while mismatched glassware can be grouped together for an original way to display vegetables or snack food such as nuts and popcorn.

Instead of centerpieces of cut flowers, which can be expensive and wasteful, try using potted plants, which last longer and can even be given to guests as parting gifts. Small potted herbs in terracotta look and smell amazing as well as give your dinner table a rustic look.

Use fruits and vegetables to decorate your dinner table. A clear vase filled with lemons and limes is a modern and chic way to bring a pop of color into the room. Another eco-chic trick is to use vegetables as vessels to present food. Bell peppers can be cut in half and filled with dip for a vegetable platter. Small squash can be hollowed out and used for soup bowls.

A seasoned event planner and entertaining expert, Celia Chen is the Founder and Editorial Director of Notes on a Party, an online magazine about entertaining that celebrates Events from the Inside Out™. For more inspiration, ideas and tips on party planning, visit www.notesonaparty.com

©2011 Diageo, Norwalk, CT. Please Drink Responsibly.

This is the non-alcoholic version of the classic Apple Martini.

Ingredients
1 oz Stirrings® Simple Apple Martini Cocktail Mixer
1 oz Club Soda

Directions
Pour ingredients over ice in a glass and stir!

Just the right amount of sour to make your lips pucker.

Ingredients
1.5 oz Stirrings® Apple Liqueur
.75 oz Smirnoff® Lime Vodka
1 oz fresh lime juice
.25 oz Stirrings® Simple Syrup

Directions
Combine all the ingredients and shake vigorously in an ice filled shaker, strain into an ice filled rocks glass. Garnish with a lemon wheel and/or apple slice.

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