Festive Party Theme-spiration

A guide to the food, drinks and music for great gatherings…

Retro Reunion

The Food:

If you are already getting a bit sick of sprouts then why not plump for something completely different. A vintage classic Mac ‘n’ cheese is a great crowd pleaser, especially this version that tops creamy macaroni with a crunchy chorizo crumb. Sloppy Joes are another blast from the past.

The Drinks:

The old fashioned was a 1960’s staple. A whisky cocktail smoothed out with a few dashes of bitters and a twist of orange. Don Draper would be proud! If whisky isn’t your thing then try a twist on a vintage classic, our Rosemary sloe gin fizz. An easy cocktail that is both sweet and tangy.

The Music:

It’s got to be disco. We are talking Donna Summer, Gloria Summer, ABBA and The Village People. Yes sir I can boogie…

 

La Di Da Dinner

The Food:

Ok think Downton Abbey, think Great Gatsby glamour. You are out to impress your guests with the menu. Start out with this easy to pre-prep Vodka and caraway cured salmon . Why not try Sherry & Tarragon Chicken for Main, a comforting dinner party ready recipe for Winter weekends. Afters should be these easy but stunning Vanilla poached pears.

The Drinks:

Salmon canapés washed down with a Classic Champagne cocktail are a must! Another Art Deco delight was the French 75. A sweet cocktail made with gin, lemon juice and champagne.

The Music:

Well it’s the roaring 1920’s and 30’s so, old school jazz…it’s got to be! Louis Armstrong with a dash of Bing Crosby thrown in.

 

New Year’s Eve Soireé

The Food:

Sharing is caring. Check out Gizzi Erskine’s Guide to Cheese. Crumbly cheese, crisp crackers and punchy pickles…perfect for grazing. Antipasti platters are also party perfection. A little bit of ham here, some olives there. Check out our guide.

The Drinks:

If rum is your thing then jolly jugs of Cranberry Mojitos are a must! Fruity cranberries, fresh mint and zesty lime make this the perfect tipple to bring in the New Year. (Recipe here) If you need something to keep everyone warm whilst watching fireworks then go for Mulled Sloe Gin. Cloudy apple juice and cinnamon make this mulled sloe gin cocktail a delicious winter warmer.

The Music:

Keep it contemporary. Christine and the queens, Mark Ronson, Dua Lipa with a bit of Years and Years thrown in for good measure.

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