Posted Nov 26, 2010 in Food | 3 Comments

Modern Hostess: How to Start an All-Night Party

We’ve all been to friends’ houses for pre-drinks, but how often is it that you attend a pre-drink that is truly a party in and of itself? I personally love hosting this type of event, because it requires minimal effort and is a great way to start an evening of extended partying.

You’d be surprised how easy it is to make your pre-drink party a fun and exciting event. Setting the scene is the most important element in ensuring a fun time, and you really don’t have to do much to create a festive atmosphere for your guests. Have whatever you’re serving on display and accessible to your guests. Fill a large bowl with ice and set glasses up around it; place whatever drink you’re serving in the ice bowl. If you’re serving different types of drinks, have your bottles set up buffet-style and point out the selection to your guests. Just having your drinks out on the table or counter will send the message to your guests that you are ready to party, and that you want them to share in the fun.

You can serve pretty much anything at a pre-drink party, but if you’re wanting something other than beer or vodka with cranberry juice, I recommend my absolute favourite drink, which is a variation of the classic French Kir Royal: a splash of Crème de Cassis, (blackcurrant liqueur), topped off with Champagne. I prepare mine with Italian Prosecco or Spanish Cava, both of which are sparkling wines similar to Champagne, but way less pricey (you can get a pretty decent bottle for about $10-15). This cocktail is always a huge success; all my friends that I’ve introduced it to love it, and I’m willing to bet your friends will enjoy it too. It’s light and festive, not too expensive, and just sweet enough; in other words, the perfect cocktail.

Serving a light snack with your drinks is definitely a great idea if you feel inclined to do so; in fact, it will likely prevent anyone from getting sloppy after too many drinks later! I always go with something light; like a cheese plate with fruit and crackers, or veggies or homemade pita chips (very easy recipe below) with dip. Many of these items can be purchased ready-made. It’s even nice to serve some roasted nuts or olives (which I happen to despise, but lots of people love them, especially with martinis). If you’re feeling dessert, why not serve up a little plate of cookies, brownies, or candies? Providing your guests with a snack is certainly not necessary, but it’s definitely fun, and really doesn’t have to take that much time or effort.

Hosting a pre-drink party is a great way to ensure that all your friends can come together for a fun little gathering before you head out and things get really crazy! The next time your friends are coming over for a drink (or two or seven), why not try some of these tips and give your friends a real party experience?

Pita Chips


- 4 pita breads (the flatter, the better)

- 2-3 tbsp olive oil

- 1-2 tsp dried oregano

- Salt and pepper, to taste


Preheat oven to 375 F. Slice pita into 2 inch points. Lay in a single layer on a cookie sheet (if you have too many for one sheet, you can make this in several batches). Pour olive oil into a small bowl. Using a pastry brush, brush olive oil onto pita chips (if you don’t have a brush, drizzle oil onto chips). Season with salt, pepper and oregano. Bake for 8-10 minutes, until chips are golden at the edges. Let cool.



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  1. jamie babcock says:

    love the simplicity. great pics too. keep doing ur thang lady!

  2. I must tell you that Hummus looks delish!!!

  3. How do you make the f*cking hummus?

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