How to Successfully Host the Cocktail Party of the Year

Written by Candice Barrigher

Ifrepparttar thought of planning and hosting a cocktail party frightens you, be assured that you are not alone. For many “would-be” entertainers,repparttar 113144 hassle and expense many associate with hosting cocktail parties, is enough to make them eighty-sixrepparttar 113145 whole idea. There are a few guidelines that can be followed that will make your event memorable, affordable, and most importantly, stress-free!

Perhaps,repparttar 113146 most important decision you will make in regards to your cocktail party is who to invite! The trick is to invite a wide array of guests. This means inviting guests in different age ranges, occupations and styles of life. This will induce many interesting conversations within your mix of guests.

After you have chosen an eclectic group, mailrepparttar 113147 invitations to them 2-3 weeks beforerepparttar 113148 soirée. This would also be an excellent opportunity to cut costs by limitingrepparttar 113149 number of cocktails offered. By including a space onrepparttar 113150 R.S.V.P card forrepparttar 113151 guests to fill in their favorite concoction, you can tallyrepparttar 113152 responses and choose 2, no more than 3 ofrepparttar 113153 most popular cocktails. Some Home Entertaining experts suggest that you assign a base spirit forrepparttar 113154 guests to bring; that is not recommended byrepparttar 113155 experts at Unique Entertaining. Your guests are to be treated like royalty and asking them to bring a spirit to a party you have invited them to would be in bad taste. You can also decrease costs by having a 3 drink maximum for each guest and determinerepparttar 113156 amount of spirits needed based on that calculation. This will also assist you in monitoringrepparttar 113157 alcohol intake of your guests. While planningrepparttar 113158 beverages to be served, remember to stock up on water, coffee and tea for those guests who are in attendance forrepparttar 113159 party and notrepparttar 113160 cocktails.

Indoor Grills Featured in Steven Raichlen's Newest Book

Written by Laura Ciocan

With a great number of city people living in condos, with no possibility to grill outside, Raichlen's latest book, "Indoor! Grilling" covers a topic of large interest, especially that grilling is a tradition in America, some sort of a national custom. So, this theme surely relieves a lot of frustration forrepparttar part of audience that had been previously left out!

Steven Raichlen is a cooking teacher, lecturer, author, journalist and TV host. He foundedrepparttar 113143 Carribean cooking school Cooking in Paradise. Raichlen's TV show, Barbecue University debuted in 2003 on public television. The same year he was namedrepparttar 113144 "cooking teacher ofrepparttar 113145 year" by Bon Appetit magazine.

Participating in a "barbecue battle" on Japanese television and defeating Iron Chef Roksbura Michiba attracted him nicknames such asrepparttar 113146 "Michael Jordan of Barbecue", as Howard Stern called him or, like Oprah put it,repparttar 113147 "Gladiator of Grilling".

Raichlen published over 25 books of which best-sellers such as Barbecue Bible Sauces, Rubs, and Marinades, Beer Can Chicken, Healthy Latin Cooking, Miami Spice, Big Flavor Cookbook andrepparttar 113148 famous first and foremost book on grilling, The Barbecue Bible, that appeared in 1998. It wasrepparttar 113149 first guide on grilling, a study of barbecuing aroundrepparttar 113150 world and a course on live fire cooking techniques. His writing won 3 IACP awards and 4 James Beard Awards and was translated into ten different languages.

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