I made Bloody Marys. The key is okra pickles and hot sauce. Lots of hot sauce.
Hey, that's one big container of Vodka! I always buy in the economy size but funny thing is I rarely drink Vodka! I will have to take the leftovers to someones house as a gift. But I love the styling on the bottle.
I also made raw, shredded, beet and carrot salad. I love beets, raw or cooked.
I decorated with the red theme as well. When I was editing this photo I did a double take because I thought the colors were off. Nope, right on target for the brightly dyed daisies and carnations.
It's not a party at my house unless I have some sort of contest or raffle. I decided on a Haiku contest about love. The entries could be sweet, snarky, or use one of my mystery words. The mystery words were just odd words I wrote down on slips of paper. Random words like "fridge" or "pine tree" or "coffee". I had two of my tweet ornaments and one of my felted owls as prizes.
The winning entry by Paul in the sweet category:
Kittens' soft nuzzling
show us great affection
on Love's special day.
My paper garlands that I made especially for the party. I wrote a tutorial about my success and failures in making these garlands.
My friend Kimberly had her A-game on and brought a lovely Marscapone mold with a cranberry cilantro chutney. That was SOOOO good. I am going to have to get the recipe and post it here. (Hint hint to Kimberly when you read this!)
Everyone did a good job with the red theme. Besides the beet salad and cranberry chutney we had shrimp and cocktail sauce, flourless chocolate torte with spicy raspberry sauce, pink bacon muffins with a maple bacon glaze, and pizzas of chocolate and carmelized onions, both with strawberries. We also had sparkling cherry punch and bottles of red wine.
I love themed parties!! I recommend having one if you want to throw a party but aren't sure what to do. Pick a holiday, a color, or a cuisine, and have at it! I once knew a woman that threw alphabet parties. Everyone had to bring something that started with a certain letter of the alphabet and she was working her way down the line. Maybe this summer I will have a "Green" party and make everyone bring green food and drinks. Kale juice, anyone?