Hardly Perfect Hostesses

7 girls learning to make life beautiful…

Delicious Hors D’oeuvres October 19, 2010

Filed under: Cooking — sarahfairah @ 11:37 pm

If I do say so myself, the food served at the 1950s mocktail party was delectable.  As our guest Wil explained over dinner: “I’ve eaten fancy food before because my dad takes me to nice restaurants for business, but this is better…you wrapped it in bacon (as he grins with each bit)!”  The array of hors d’oeuvres reflected the 1950s era for the most part, with the dates wrapped in bacon and black olive spread on cocktail crackers being two of the most popular and unique items of the night.  I first tried the date and bacon appetizer, known as “Devils on Horseback”, this summer at The Spotted Pig in New York City.  It’s a strange combination, but such sweet, salty goodness! Try it yourself!

Here are some links to the recipes we used:

Parmesan Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Bacon (a.k.a. Devils on Horseback)

Water Chestnuts Wrapped in Bacon

Barbecue Pigs in a Blanket

Black Olive Spread

Gouda Cheese Fondue

Salmon Fish Mold

The book, The Joy of Cooking, by Irma Rambauer was also a great resource, specifically the section on canapes.

For dessert we also melted chocolate for fondue and dipped fresh strawberries and homemade pound cake and angel food cake to our hearts’ delight!

Are there any excellent hors d’oeuvre you have tried or would like to share about?


All About Mocktails October 15, 2010

Filed under: Cooking — sarahfairah @ 9:56 pm

At our recent 1950s mocktail party we served…you guessed it…mocktails! Mocktails  (or mock cocktails) are a fun way to serve non alcoholic drinks for those who are underage or simply prefer not to drink. With a few basic juices and sodas you can mix quite a few different beverages. Here are a few drinks our guest/bartender Josue mixed up for us, which were delicious (we tweaked and named a few of them ourselves)!

1) Caribbean Sunset

-pineapple juice, orange juice, lemon-lime soda, and a splash of grenadine

2) Shirley Temple

-lemon-lime soda, ginger ale, grenadine

3)Tornado Twist

-cranberry, pomegranate limeade and lemon-lime soda

4)Sonic Screwdriver

-orange juice, ginger ale

5) Chinese Firebolt

-Cola, grenadine, lime

6) Michigan Fizz

-cherry juice, ginger ale

7) Margarita Mocktail

-margarita mix, lemon or lime juice, lemon-lime soda

(Dip rim of glass in lemon juice, then salt. Mix all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and pour into glass)



Hipsters and Dollies October 11, 2010

Filed under: Planning,Uncategorized — sarahfairah @ 10:13 am

What a night: our 1950s cocktail party was a blast! We drank tasty mocktails, feasted on delicious hors d’oeuvres, played “parlor room” games, and enjoyed the company of friends.  The atmosphere was classy, thanks to our back patio decor, authentic dinnerware, and our guests and hostesses who looked smashing in their era clothes!  Overall, this night was a success, but it would have been impossible without two hostessing essentials: preparation and delegation.

Preparation: My mom played a huge role in planning for this party, but the most important and useful thing she taught me was to create a control binder of all the information needed for the event.  With tabs like “recipes”, “mocktails”, and “1950s slang words”, everything I needed was all in one place and made the night and preceding day much less stressful!

Delegation: As much as you can prepare, when it comes down to D-day you will not be able to throw such a party all by yourself.  Luckily I have some amazing friends who make delegating tasks easy.  A few of the hostesses came several hours early to help and even stayed after all the guests had left to start tackling the disaster left behind.  Josue (one of our guests) also kindly manned the mocktail bar and impressed us with his skills, while Anna brought the 50s jazz music, and Jessica Lee led us in games like “fishbowl” (charades taken to the next level) and “four on a couch”.  I experienced first hand that you can’t throw an amazing party by yourself (while keeping our sanity at least), so don’t be afraid to ask for help.

I used a “control binder” to organize the details and several extra hands to accomplish what I could not.  What about you?  Do you have an organizational system that helps you carry out events or even your day to day life?


Thrifty Fifties! October 9, 2010

Filed under: Planning — sarahfairah @ 12:05 am

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I can hardly express how excited I am for tomorrow’s 1950s cocktail party! I have been anticipating and planning this party for weeks now in order to make this a night to remember, full of laughter, delicious food, and amazing style!  Along the way I have discovered what great resources thrift stores can be for throwing decade themed parties.  From dishes to dresses second-hand is definitely the way to go.  Almost all of the glass serving trays and cocktail glasses we will be using tomorrow night were found at thrift stores ranging in price from $1-$5 (by the way, Goo Gone was my best friend today as I spent an hour de-gooing price stickers). I also can’t wait to serve my cheese fondue out of an adorable fondue set I bought for $8! In addition to dinnerware, clothes can be a fantastic find, especially at thrift stores with vintage sections.  Today a few of the hostesses and our guests went on an adventure to a nearby second-hand clothing store in search for 1950s outfits.  Although second hand shopping can be hit or miss, a few of us found some great items that will really help pull together the night’s theme.  Gosh, this night will just be swell!


You’re invited! September 25, 2010

Filed under: Planning — sarahfairah @ 6:11 pm

When LisieMarie asked me to create invitations for her Parisian Picnic I was elated! Finally, I can use my skills learned in school to help my friends (I’m an industrial design major and use Adobe Photoshop and  Illustrator pretty often).  LisieMarie and AmyLucita gave me thier input and we chose the first of three invitations I made, as it encompassed the enchantment, beauty and femininity of our”Parisian Picnic” the best. I can’t wait to see it all come together tomorrow!