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Theme Party

  • Valentine's Day

    Make your Valentine’s Day an affair to remember with some creative entertaining ideas for your romantic night. For your significant other or a group of close friends, a thoughtful menu filled with signature cocktails, savory recipes and sweet treats will be much appreciated by your loved ones.

    COCKTAILS

    This occasion calls for a little indulgence and a touch of romance, so why not serve a cocktail like The Blood Orange Mimosa, made with Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer and champagne?

    For a non-alcoholic version, try Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer topped with Sparkling Water. Add the finishing touch by garnishing either option with fresh raspberries.

    FOOD

    Preparing a romantic home-cooked meal for special someone is the perfect way to show how much you care. To avoid spending all of your time in the kitchen, stick to flavorful recipes that can be prepped in advance or prepared in a flash. A menu of baby spinach salad with hearts of palm, followed by herb-roasted fish and some simple sides would ensure a stress-free experience. Keep it light to save room for a molten chocolate cake for two.

    Or, host a dessert-only themed party for a group of single friends! Gather an intimate party around pots of chocolate fondue with small plates of strawberries, sliced bananas, marshmallows, pound cake and chocolate brownie bites. Guests may each have their own fork for dipping, but the shared dish certainly encourages fun conversation and interaction.

    DECORATIONS

    For your Valentine’s Day fête, love should be all around you! To engage all of your senses, use décor, music, and lighting to bring romance into the room.

    While red roses are traditionally the chosen flower of the holiday, any pretty bloom in a pink tone, ranging from bright fuchsia to pale blush, would be a lovely alternative.

    Get inspired with your Valentine’s Day playlist by filling it with romantic or playful love songs by your favorite artists. Let your loved ones bathe in the glow of candlelight. Place unscented votives of different heights on your dinner table and around the room to cast a warm ambiance.


    Cocktail Recipe: Blood Orange Mimosa

    • 2 oz. Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer
    • 4 oz. Champagne or Prosecco

    Pour Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer into a champagne flute, top with the champagne and garnish with fresh raspberries.

    Mocktail Recipe: Blood Orange Spritzer

    • 3 oz. Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer
    • Splash of Soda Water

    Pour Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer into a champagne flute, top with soda water and garnish with fresh raspberries.

  • Let the Games Begin

    Whether you are a Monopoly master, a poker shark, or the family Scrabble champion, Game Night at home is the perfect way to get the gang together any night of the week. The key to a successful game gathering is to pick an activity that all of your guests can play. If there are beginners in the bunch, make sure to have the rules of the game close at hand, and spend some time getting them up to speed.

    COCKTAILS

    Impress your guests with some expert mixology by serving a special cocktail that goes with the theme and vibe of your party. For a casual Game Night, we like to make a big batch of Stirrings® Orange Cranberry Punch in a vintage punch bowl, with sliced oranges, lemons and cranberries for a festive touch.

    FOOD

    With the game as the center of attention, think about preparing crowd- pleasing favorites that can be easily replenished throughout the night. Since you’ll be playing with cards, chips or letters, stay away from sticky, greasy food such as chicken wings that will make for messy hands.

    Carla Ruben of Creative Edge Parties suggests a menu of bite-sized burgers and savory snacks that will keep guests satiated all night long. For a recent Game Night Party, the celebrity caterer served mini Yellowfin tuna burgers, puff pastry pizza, curried nut mix, sweet potato pretzels and sweet & salty popcorn.

    DECOR

    Look beyond the board game. For a fun, affordable activity, try playing “Celebrity.” All you need is a stack of small pieces of paper, some pens, and a bowl. Ask each guest to write down ten celebrity names including any recognizable person from pop culture, film, art, music, sports, etc. Additional names can be fictional characters (Sherlock Holmes), historical figures (Queen Elizabeth), or mythological creatures (Zeus). The goal is to guess as many names in the allotted time (one minute).

    Here’s how you play: Fold each piece of paper and place all names into the bowl. Guests separate into two teams. The first player selects a name from the bowl and has one minute to act and speak clues for their team to guess the celebrity name.

    Once time is up, their score is the number of correct guesses. Then the next team plays, and each group alternates until all team members have a chance to play and all names have been guessed.

    For round two, the same names go back into the bowl, but this time the team member can only say one word for their teammates to guess. For round three, the player cannot speak and must only act out the clues! The winning team is the one with the highest score from all the rounds!


    COCKTAIL Stirrings® Orange Cranberry Punch

    • 1 750mL Bottle of Smirnoff
    • 2 Bottles of Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer
    • 1 Bottle of Stirrings® Cosmopolitan Mixer
    • Fresh Lemon and Orange Wheels and Fresh Cranberries

    Chill all the items for about an hour before making the punch. In a large punch bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir carefully. Each 5 oz. serving contains approx. 1.5 oz. of alcohol.

    MOCKTAIL Stirrings® Orange Cranberry Ginger Punch

    • 1 Bottle of Stirrings® Cosmopolitan Mixer
    • 2 Bottles of Stirrings® Blood Orange Mixer
    • 1 Liter Bottle of Ginger Ale
    • Fresh Lemon and Orange Wheels and Fresh Cranberries

    Chill all the items for about an hour before making the punch. In a large punch bowl, combine all the ingredients and stir carefully.

  • A Night in Marrakesh

    Dreaming of an exotic vacation but just can’t seem to get away? Hosting a theme party inspired by your desired destination might be the perfect antidote to your wanderlust.

    We’ve chosen beautiful Morocco as our party theme because of its rich entertaining tradition and visually stunning design. Throw together a few colorful accent pieces with some mood lighting to set the scene. Then prepare a menu of fragrant foods served family style and, of course, a festive cocktail to welcome and transport guests to your Night in Marrakesh!

    COCKTAILS

    The signature drink of Morocco, green tea with mint, is served all day and night to visitors that come into your home. The act of serving tea to your guests is a sign of hospitality and friendship.

    Inspired by these refreshing flavors, we suggest you offer your party guests a Honey Mint Lemonade Cooler, which is made from Stirrings® Simple™ Lemon Drop and Stirrings® Simple™ Mojito Mixers, honey and freshly chopped mint. Add a dash of vodka to turn it into an elegant evening cocktail that will pair well with the spice-laden foods of Morocco.

    FOOD

    Moroccan cuisine is a mélange of flavors from the Middle East, Africa, and the Mediterranean. Spices are at the heart of all of these recipes and enrich all of the slow-cooked savory stews and buttery meats.

    Cooked and served in colorful tagines (ceramic or clay cookware with a domed lid), these vegetable and meat stews are served family style with a side of couscous.

    DECOR

    When it comes to theme parties, the biggest planning pitfall is going overboard with the theme itself. It’s all about bringing together a few key elements of event design to create an ambiance and mood. You don’t have to be literal to give your guests an extraordinary experience – sent the backdrop by infusing your home with a palate of Moroccan inspired colors, and let their imaginations fill in the rest.


    COCKTAIL Moroccan Delight

    • 1.5 oz. Stirrings® Lemon Drop Mixer
    • 1.5 oz. Stirrings® Mojito Mixer
    • 1.5 oz. Ketel One Vodka
    • Fresh Chopped Mint

    Combine all ingredients in a shaker with ice. Strain into in a tall glass filled with ice. Garnish with lemon wedge.

    MOCKTAIL Moroccan Spritzer

    • 2 oz. Stirrings® Lemon Drop Mixer
    • 2 oz. Stirrings® Mojito Mixer
    • Splash of Soda Water
    • Fresh Chopped Mint

    Combine Stirrings® Mixers and Fresh Chopped Mint in a tall glass, and top with a splash of soda water.

  • Girls’ Night In

    Girls just wanna have fun! There’s nothing quite like taking a night off and spending it catching up with all your closest girlfriends. The best part of a girls’ night in is showing off your cute creative flair, and that starts with cocktails!

    COCKTAILS

    The cocktails, of course, need to be extra special. Something new is always fun to try and to talk about. Try the superchic Stirrings® French 75 or a Spicy Sriracha Margarita. Since sriracha sauce is all the rage this season, it will be the perfect choice to kick up a typical margarita drink.

    FOOD

    Keep things fun, simple and grown up by adding a bit of sophistication to the classic pizza and salad entree. Try a fresh fig, prosciutto and goat cheese pizza served with fresh green bean, arugula and fresh basil balsamic salad. A light, easy, and delicious menu will leave plenty of room for dessert. What girls’ night in would be complete without an array of chocolate goodies? Ask guests to bring their favorite chocolate indulgence to share.

    DECOR

    o get everyone in the spirit, give each guest a little girly flare as she arrives. Feather boas, tiaras, and beads are inexpensive and fun. You’ll be amazed how a prop instantly elevates the mood of the party.

    Since it can always turn into an unexpected night, choose opposing elements to decorate, like animal prints with hot pink accents. Use a hot pink runner for the table. If you’re on a budget, wrapping paper can double as a runner, with animal print placemats and napkins.

    For centerpieces, roll high fashion magazines into glass vases and fill with flowers (put another vase within the vase if you add water). You can even use the magazine covers to line food and drink trays. Fill martini glasses with water and floating candles, and hang small glass chandelier pieces from each glass. Place these super-cool ornaments around the house.


    COCKTAIL French 75

    • 2 oz. Stirrings® Lemon Drop Martini Mixer
    • 1 oz. Tanqueray Rangpur Gin
    • 2 oz. Stellina de Notte Prosecco
    • Lemon Twist and a Cherry

    Layer all well-chilled items in a champagne flute. Stir gently.
    Garnish with lemon twist and a cherry.

    MOCKTAIL Virgin Sriracha Margarita

    • 4 oz. Stirrings® Margarita Mixer or 5 Cal Margarita Mixer
    • 1 Dash of Sriracha Sauce
    • Dash of lime-flavored soda water.

    Pour all ingredients into a tall glass over ice, stir gently, and garnish with a lime wheel.

  • Eco Chic Entertaining

    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!

    COCKTAILS

    The brightness of an Apple Sour is the perfect cocktail for an eco-chic gathering. Mix Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer with Smirnoff Sours Green Apple for a sweet signature drink that has just the right amount of sour flavor. For a non-alcoholic option, mix Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer and Stirrings® Lemon Drop Mixer with club soda for a refreshing springtime fizz.

    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.

    DECOR

    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, and you’re your dinner table a rustic look.

    Or, 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. Eco-chic is all about creativity!


    COCKTAIL Apple Sour

    • 3 oz. Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer
    • 1.5 oz. Smirnoff Sours Green Apple

    Place a slice of green apple in a martini glass.
    Shake the Smirnoff Sours Green Apple and the Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer over ice and strain into the martini glass.

    MOCKTAIL Green Apple Spritzer

    • 1.5 oz. Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer
    • 1.5 oz. Stirrings® Lemon Drop Martini Mixer
    • Splash of lemon-flavored soda water

    Fill a tall glass with ice and apple slices.
    Pour in the Stirrings® Apple Martini Mixer and the Stirrings® Lemon Drop Mixer.
    Top with the lemon flavored soda water. Yum!

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