09 Nov Throw a Party // DIY Cocktail Class
A few months back, I decided to host a girls night in at my home. I wanted a fun excuse to get the girls together for a fun night in without the budget that a big party would require. Some of my friends had been looking into taking a cocktail class at a bar and paying a huge amount for it. I went home, talked to my husband and decided to take matters into my own hands and host a cocktail class girls’ night IN myself! I rounded up some of my favorite classic cocktail recipes and I figured out how to make them much healthier [the menu with links to the recipes is at the bottom]! Then I called in the troops – Molly from Pop Parties and Raquel from R. Love Floral – to make this night one to remember.
I wanted to create an edible centerpiece that served both at the beauty but also as the food for the event. I called Raquel from R. Love Floral and asked her if she’d help me put all the yummy treats together. We really had fun styling the cheese and meat board with yummy yet beautiful elements such as artichokes, grapes, peaches, berries, and herbs like rosemary and mint. It was really fun to do something different and design a beautiful and edible table arrangement that guests could not only adore but eat right off of! She also brought with her a gorgeous floral arrangement and grabbed a couple of the leftover peaches and tossed them in – genius.
I called Molly from Pop Parties because I knew that she’d have the best ideas for how to style the table and make the cocktail-making process fun and unique for everyone and she CERTAINLY did. Here’s what Molly had to say about how she helped style the table:
I loved teaming up with Chandler to create this fun fall cocktail class! It was the perfect excuse to get the girls together and do something a little different. Our styling started with the concept that the entire tablescape should be a part of the event, so guests could have edible pairings, in the centerpiece, that go along with the cocktails! Dinner, drinks, and decor in one — a home run as an event planner. Our place settings were a combo of all things you can buy locally – tablescape and centerpiece from your local grocery store – go for color when you’re in the veggie aisle, and then just start playing around to build something beautiful like Chandler and Raquel did for us here.
The gorgeous wooden chargers from World Market served as our “cocktail kit” place setting for everyone from. I like to think outside the box with glasses and decanters – and the ones we used for the Tequila Old Fashioned Cocktail Kits [also from World Market] are actually oil and vinegar holders! No good party is complete without a party favor or take home – so to go with the theme, we jazzed up some crate + barrel wine glasses for under $5 each with each gal’s name, made at home with a cricket cutter!
Everything about this fun party is easy to re-create and probably won’t cost much to do for a fun girls night at your house! I loved having my girls over for to gather around the table and enjoy each other!
Florals and Centerpiece Design // R. Love Floral
Photography // Ashley Raines Photography