Hi Friends, do I have a fun idea for you today! It’s especially perfect if you’re planning a Christmas or holiday party.
But first, the backstory (because you know I’m all about the backstory!) Maybe 8-9 years ago, some friends and I came together for a supper club. There were 8 couples and we would rotate between houses and have the most delectable meals and the most wonderful evenings. We went strong for many years, but with everyone’s busy schedules, we really fell off of our dinners over the past 2-3 years. ? But, about 5 years ago, the supper club ladies started getting together for a ‘ladies only’ Christmas party. ? I have been a bit selfish about this party and really do love to host it.
It’s a pretty easy process to host as everyone brings food to the event. While the food is always delicious and a big draw, we also do a ‘dirty santa’ gift exchange. If you’re not familiar with ‘dirty santa’, it’s when everyone brings a gift for no one in particular. We draw numbers and number 1 goes first. She opens any gift and shows it to everyone. Number 2 can either pick a wrapped gift or steal number 1’s gift. If she steals number 1’s gift, then number 1 can open a new gift. Number 3 can steal number 1’s gift or number 2’s gift or open a wrapped gift. And so on and so on. I’ll just say that this group has really good taste, so everyone goes home happy with their gift!
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We had our ‘party’ this past week and as usual, we had great food and great fun. I decided to try something new this year and laid out a Martini Bar. I am a Martini-novice, so I searched the internet for some Christmas-y sounding recipes for my Martini Bar and came up with the following:
These are rather fru-fru drinks, so you want to make sure you have the necessary fixings for a plain old martini for those who don’t love fru fru.drinks. I also had wine and beer available, though I think everyone had at least one martini.
The Creamy Gingerbread Martini is really like a dessert. But the others are very refreshing.
What you’ll need for your Martini Bar:
- If you’re going to use a tablecloth, make sure it’s washable if you’re using the Pomegranate juice. Maybe it was just us, but we did spill a wee bit in the martini-making process.
- Depending on how many guests you will have, you’ll need several martini shakers. I rounded up 3 shakers for 8 of us.
- A clean damp washcloth to dampen the rim of your glass if you don’t want to use lemon
- Plates for your rim toppings
- An ice bucket
- Ice scoop
- Your alcohol and other ingredients (juices, condiments, soda water, etc…)
- Martini glasses
- Several shot glasses
- Recipes for your guests to follow (I had 2 copies of each recipe)
- Cocktail NapkinsKate and I did the ‘bleach your bottle brush trees and put glitter on them’ trick that is all over Pinterest these days.
And I’m excited that I found another use for my Gingerbread Syrup! It’s perfect for both Gingerbread Martinis on the Martini Bar.
I look forward all year to this Christmas gathering of such great women and I treasure the friendship of each and everyone of them. I am truly blessed.
If your plans this season include throwing a party…this Martini Bar was a fun attraction and easy to put together.
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