How to host a fabulous Thanksgiving cocktail party
Shawn Rabideau shares tips on how to host a sophisticated Thanksgiving soiree.
- Duration 7:48
- Date Nov 16, 2012
Shawn Rabideau shares tips on how to host a sophisticated Thanksgiving soiree.
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I think editor an event designer for celebrations dot com.
And you know Thanksgiving is next week we're actually not to be able to do the show next Thanksgiving business because there isn't something's gotta hasn't definitely want to get our tips.
And our idea is ready to go now so what you brought because this is about a cocktail party this is not about this thing.
This is an unconventional Thanksgiving and benefits for people that I wanna have a good time they don't want to have to worry about Turkey they want something that's -- the last minute -- perfect for that and it smells fabulous.
Did it too that's not a small bit of an -- and I always -- -- -- -- because I've got rabbit Dusan rapid then okay my name.
Is always start a party with an invitation you know and here I've got to pomegranate imitation -- from fine -- dot com.
And you can hand right inside it.
So it's another way that if its last minute money hand right you can just.
You know I -- its neighbors tear gas whatever you want a -- a physical -- like that better than even hide a 100% -- I think it's more personal I think it's warmed you know I I really think that you know getting back to the handwritten note yes this the way to go on the big believer -- that love thank you know that's that's gorgeous so here we have something that's absolutely fabulous really easy it's a pumpkin -- debt Luke.
How hard is is eight ounces of cream cheese two cups of -- of sugar you put that up menu folder in fifteen ounce can of pumpkin.
You're a -- and a -- pie spice.
-- and some Vanilla.
-- -- -- and and then -- conservative pretzels are short bread cookies or anything like that it's a great debt and how cute and the pumpkin that you've carved out so you you just you -- the top off and this is this is another round of -- you of mine if you will.
-- you can go ahead and make this ahead of time sticking in the fridge pull out of the -- in effect if you're like -- -- and all of that stuff you don't half to you you know like.
Lose your hair and you know right -- crazies.
And so many times you go to somebody's fancy house and they have something like this and I mean when I go I'm not quite -- -- today.
There's and -- added that even -- -- industry -- -- -- -- so easy it's an exit and this is another little appetizer that I have these are just the final cuts that you can get in your freezer section and I just had some brief.
They did in the oven on 350 for about eight minutes a fan and I took any cranberry chutney and just put it on top.
Nice so it's really really easy -- and -- because you know another rabbit do -- -- You want to be aghast at your own party I don't want to be in and out of the kitchen you want to be able to be relaxed and have fun right so that that's definitely important.
And of course a party would not be complete without cocktail that's right so here we have what I call the poached -- So it's two ounces pair vodka and one -- apparent actor and a half an ounce.
Camera yeah -- and you just you put it in and you it's like delicious but -- looks and as there.
And this is apparent on an -- that's a parent not an apple of hair garnish you just -- to go -- -- that.
And then this is the other -- -- -- salted caramel apple this is what Jonathan Hunt was -- he want is a little jealous you know it's so it's about one Alex Vanilla vodka OK okay.
Venue due to ounces of salted caramel vodka a -- which is to -- obviously doing this homicide unit eyesight but it you know another rabid -- of -- is that go ahead and pre make all of your cocktails ahead of time the fans so that's you can control the portions for your guests.
And this is what it is and you just take -- little -- -- they're they're here at the bottom.
But I'll prepare -- on -- instead.
And there you go -- you can do this in -- -- without the ice right out and all -- next and then your guests can help themselves so that you don't have to be.
That bartender that's Smart that's aren't I had a party last year and that that was an issue.
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As I like to decorate with things that I can then use later and when I mean by that is.
Pomegranate artichokes you can -- quickness afterwards reckless and out on your table it's very easy not flowers and learn from -- Internet and -- -- this is Caleb can actually do you plan to -- out -- out -- winter Cahill allowed or you can just apologizes I took her lap here this is an ornamental pepper -- All I did -- -- -- zip lock down a deliberate so that when you water it doesn't you know get all of your -- some burlap that I got from the craft store.
Extra ribbon that I had and that's a perfect it's really really easy but some -- tomorrow.
I'm going to party ones and the hostess and says she had beautiful as she actually had.
You know -- not tree limbs but she'd taken a lot of greenery for massages and any time.
You can bring the outside in 400 it really -- -- -- -- it warms it up and it's easy because it's there you -- have to spend any money right so this is you know good because any complaints that.
Yes an and it's so any diskette pomegranate art show artichoke iron on Larry -- -- asparagus and the.
That stuff so you you do it decorated it's very easy you don't have to be a floral designer to do it right it's super easy.
And then here -- got a little something that that I like to do at home I take a pot of water on the -- Emirates and I just put in some hole close hole allspice and a couple cinnamon sticks with citrus.
And -- -- my guests leave I actually give on this axles.
-- not so it's just you know the tea cinnamon sticks a little bit the clothes.
-- little the allspice.
And there you go and you can hand it to -- they leave and they too can and warm their home with Romans right Thanksgiving so when people walk -- Danica I smelled so good in my and they can and if you're doing a cocktail party right now they think you've been -- that you really haven't.
Right and you're like well that night whereas they sentence got a yeah exactly so put it cost why isn't in his that the that -- the ideas that you brought to us are -- are these expensive and expensive console.
Very attainable very inexpensive you know one and the things that I recommend doing it again around -- do you just.
Looking your grocery store for things that are going to be on sale that you can sort of stock up on sued if you know you're going to be entertaining us and -- throughout the holidays and there are senior cabinet there -- -- -- -- shoppers club card whatever it might be.
Do that and they're all very inexpensive very attainable.
They do not take a lot of time any time I -- I do not take a lot of time well it's it's all very last minute not that's what I recommend said.
That well that's -- and we have a party every year and it takes us a week to prepare.
And it's it's do you make a list because at that that's something that I recommend is making a list because from that list -- derives from menu and I was -- at home.
So the first thing I do any time I think I'm gonna have a party is I make my list and then I shop at home.
And I look and see what I have in my cabinets right and then I reuse a lot of items like you know this is a charger plate that I -- when I do dinner this is what okay this is that that's -- -- to -- This is a -- that you know I just happen to have been.
Yes indeed these things are always shop at home I never buying new -- -- that's my classes as you can see here they just not nice and lovely and and so that that's what I recommend it saves time it saves money.
And you can be the guest -- party that would be fabulous -- and end this small bites.
Yeah -- sites are small -- I want to make sure their party giving some some other you know pieces that I would recommend this would be doing you know you can do like Turkey by -- -- -- make little Thanksgiving.
Like mushrooms and sausage and things like that things are -- macaroni and cheese -- It's you can do nice and -- in Nantucket all right Sean revenue thank you so reluctant -- -- here of course check out his website celebrations dot com.
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