Creating the Ultimate at Home Party
By Susan Hornik
Ever wonder how to host the ultimate at-home party? Fiftyisthenewfifty.com hopes to inspire you with insider tips from the Governors Ball, which pulled out all the stops at the glamorous post Oscar event.
A Welcoming Drink
This year, the stars were greeted by their choice of Sterling Vineyards and a hand-crafted selection of cocktails. According to Cheryl Cecchetto and Gary Levitt of Sequoia Productions, who produced the Oscar event, you can greet your guests in the same way, by offering a range of wines and/or a signature cocktail. “This will make guests feel welcome as soon as they arrive. Classic Scotch or Bourbon based cocktails are reminiscent of old Hollywood, so consider greeting your guests with a Blood & Sand, first created in 1922 for a Rudolph Valentino movie of the same name. Or for the very latest in cocktails, jump on the coconut trend and offer guests a Coco Light Martini,” she said.
Oscar guests may have dined on Wolfgang Puck, but you don’t have to be a celebrity chef to create a selection of items that were served during the Awards, including homemade potato chips and assorted Wolfgang Puck signature pizzas. “First, set out our Sterling Vineyard Wines next to the food display along with suggested pairings to take the guesswork out of it for your guests. Pair homemade potato chips with Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. The lively acids in the wine will be a perfect complement to the chips. Create your own pizza bar by purchasing pre-cooked pizza dough and setting out a bowl of sauce, shredded cheese, and a variety of both meat and vegetable toppings. Each guest can then pick and choose to create their own personal pizzas. To save time cooking, partially bake the crusts before everyone add their toppings,” Cecchetto said. “The meat toppings will pair well with the Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, the vegetable toppings with the Carneros Pinot Noir. Set up a dessert bar perfect for pairing Baileys and coffee or a delicious “glamour shot,” Cecchetto added.
The Governors Ball was dressed in hues of olive, rust, aubergine, turquoise, bronze with subtle splashes of glitter. “Use these colors as accents in your tablescape, napkins, and glassware. Organic, garden cut florals comprised of garden roses, hydrangeas, moss, birch, and wysteria were also used throughout the space. These florals are easy to find and make for great décor and scent throughout your home.”
Want to sip the same cocktails as the celebrities attending the Governors Ball did? Check out these recipes
Coco Light Martini: Combine 1.5 oz CÎROC® with 1.5 oz unsweetened coconut water,
1 oz pineapple juice, .25 oz fresh lime juice in martini shaker with ice. Shake and strain into coupe glass. Garnish with lemon twist.
Baileys Glamour Shot: Add 1 oz Baileys Vanilla Cinnamon, .5 oz Goldschläger Cinnamon Schnapps to a cocktail shaker with ice, shake well and strain into a chilled shot glass rimmed with edible gold flakes.
Johnnie Walker Blood and Sand: Shake .75 oz Johnnie Walker Black Label, .75 oz Sweet Vermouth .75 oz orange juice, and .75 cherry heering well with ice, pour into a chilled coup glass and garnish with orange peel.
Susan L. Hornik has written almost every aspect of the domestic and international television and film business for the past 20 years. In addition to writing, her passions include animal rescue, writing a memoir, and striving to make a difference in the world.