I was telling Honey last weekend that I haven’t felt like myself lately. Being the incredibly patient and understanding saint that he is, he helped me narrow in on the fact that one part of it is that I miss planning and entertaining. Of course I have done this for my little family since March, but I miss my friends too. I miss the ladies in my little supper club that just got off the ground in January. I miss fluffing flowers and deciding on a signature cocktail and coming up with a menu. And so, I decided then and there it was time to get back at it in a way that is safe for today but also really special!
This group of ladies all have different circumstances and precautions they are taking. To help ensure that everyone would feel welcome and comfortable, I hosted the entire evening outside on the porch (lightening storm and all) with socially distant seating options. I welcomed the girls to bring their own tailgate chair, own cup/drink, and to wear a mask if that was what would make them feel most welcome. Because, at the end of the day, I just wanted to see them!
I’ve shared so much about the purple Empress Gin since quarantine that I knew my first social event had to feature the Empress 75. I pre-mixed one cocktail for each and made a different variety for my bestie that doesn’t drink gin. :-) In fact, the purple gin was the jumping off point for my flowers and candle choice. Every party needs a little inspiration, right?!
In addition to the signature cocktail, I set up single serve and self serve beverages so everyone had an option. There were five of us in total and some friends took me up on the offer to bring their own cup and mini cooler, which is WONDERFUL!!
I loved coming up with individual charcuterie boards so much and brainstormed all week on what to include!! I had already purchased the small boards to use as snack and study plates while we do virtual school. I am no teacher (thank goodness for Honey, again) but I can definitely put together some inspiring lunch trays and snack boards while everyone is home working and learning.
Speaking of the boards, they come in a set of 6 with a stand for storage and were so perfect for this type of event! I absolutely expect to get tons of use out of them going forward. SET OF 6 BAMBOO CUTTING BOARDS
As far as the menu, I did a mix of homemade, semi-homemade and just throw on the board items.
- Cheddar jalapeno crackers (dough can be made ahead and frozen; cook morning of event)
- Caramelized bacon (made this a few hours ahead of time)
- Macaroons (Trader Joe’s freezer)
- Pickled okra
- Sliced brie
- Caprese skewers (mozzarella, tomato, basil)
- Truffled marcona almonds (Trader Joe’s)
The girls even surprised ME with a belated birthday celebration, which nearly brought me to tears. The whole night I wanted to pinch myself, feeling so grateful for this small group of ladies who sincerely love each other through their faults, challenges and self doubt.
I went to bed last night feeling a lot like a girl I used to know back in March.
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