An Oh-So-Spring Cocktail Party

Spring is absolutely my favorite season to spend in the kitchen. From fava beans to juicy strawberries, piles of fresh produce are hitting farmers markets and grocery stores. I’ve always believed that when you’re working with quality ingredients, you don’t have to do much to make it delicious – less is definitely more.

Earlier this spring, I was hired to plan a casual cocktail party for a group of 25. I had free reign over the decor and food, which made this such a fun project.

So how’d it turn out? Keep reading to see everything from the mood board design to the final menu with links to recipes!

The Style

When thinking through a party’s aesthetic, I like to start with a few key colors. The party hosts really liked blood orange and teal. Lucky for me, they’re part of the Confetti Kitchen color palette so I already had some supplies on hand, including my favorite set of Heath Ceramics bud vases. They’re pricey, but I’ve put them to use at nearly every event I’ve had!

No matter if the party is for a client, friend, or Confetti Kitchen, I like to put together a simple mood board to see how everything comes together in one place. I’ll even snag pics of food that I’m planning to make to get a better idea of what the table will look like when it’s filled with colorful food and drink.Spring Cocktail PartySome of these items are still available to buy online, while others are long gone. Here are links to products you can currently snag:

Cocktail napkins | Galvanized ice bin | Appetizer plates | Table runner | Bud vases

The Menu

I know a good thing when I taste it and I certainly don’t like reinventing the wheel. So when I’m planning a menu, I’ll happily lean on different sources for great recipes, including Confetti Kitchen.

Spring Cocktail Party
Spring Cocktail Party

the savory

Spring Crudité: My favorite go-to veggies for a spring platter include:

  • Asparagus spears – skinnier is better, be sure to blanch them
  • Radishes
  • Bell peppers – red or yellow
  • Persian cucumbers
  • Sugar snap peas
  • Grape or cherry tomatoes
  • Endive spears

I made three different dips, but you could always buy these to save time.

Spring Cocktail Party

Short on time? Dress up store-bought hummus with a drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of za’atar.


Cheese & Charcuterie: I went straight to the Whole Foods deli for these goods. Their cheesemongers are super helpful if you’re confused with what cheeses to buy. A general rule is to mix up textures: a soft brie and a hard manchego are a good place to start.

For the charcuterie, I tried a few different slices before settling on prosciutto and two kinds of salami. I served the cheese and charcuterie with kalamata and castelvetrano olives, a fig-apricot jam, marcona almonds, and dried apricots.

Grilled Greek Chicken Skewers – Simply Recipes: These mini skewers were served with a Tzatziki sauce (included in the original recipe) and garnished with fresh oregano leaves.

Fava Bean & Ricotta Crostini: This is a Confetti Kitchen classic! We added English peas to give this crostini even more spring flavor.

Strawberry-Balsamic Crostini: No recipe here! Just spread each crostini with goat cheese, arrange a few strawberry slices on top, then garnish with thinly sliced basil. Lastly, drizzle the balsamic glaze – you can get the glaze recipe here.

the sweet

Lemon Curd Tartlets – Natasha’s Kitchen: I omitted the whipped cream garnish and kept it simple with a fresh raspberry.

Chocolate and Salted Caramel Tartlets – David Leibovitz: Instead of topping the tartlet with a layer of chocolate ganache, I drizzled the chocolate over the caramel.

Tart Pro Tips: I baked both tartlets in these mini tart pans and used a wood tamper. I weighed each ball of dough to be ~1 ounce. Then, I used my fingers to press the tart dough into the pan, chilled it in the freezer for 15 minutes, then baked at 350 degrees F for 10 minutes. I used the tamper immediately after the tarts came out of the oven to remove any air and make room for the filling.

The cocktail

I’m a big fan of the batch cocktail, especially when you’re serving a big group of friends. Just add everything to a pitcher, stir, and pour over ice. For this spring party, we made an Elderflower Smash cocktail, which is basically our Confetti Gin Fizz sans champagne. The cocktail includes gin, St. Germain, Meyer lemon juice, a splash of grenadine, and bitters.

Spring Cocktail Party
Spring Cocktail Party

There’s so much work that goes into an event, big or small, but the feeling of satisfaction when you see people come together makes it totally worth it. If you’re ever struggling to create a menu or just need some ideas, say hello and we’ll help you out!

Check out more behind the scenes in the Instagram story below. And, add us (confettikitchen) to see our party updates in real-time!

Do you have a favorite recipe for springtime partying? Share it in the comments below!

Spring Cocktail Party

Comments

  1. Tiffany wrote:

    This really is the PERFECT spring party!! Firstly, I love fava bean anything. Secondly, all the decor is lovely. Thirdly, im drooling over those chocolate caramel tarts! Fourthly (I’ll stop here I guess haha) I am the biggest fan of elderflower and I need to make that cocktail ASAP!

    Posted on 5.21.17 | Reply
    • Cynthia Samanian wrote:

      Aww, thanks so much for your sweet words, Tiffany! I’m really glad you found some inspo from our post. The chocolate tarts turned out so well thanks to the amazing recipe from David Leibovitz. Excited to check out your beautiful content as well!

      Posted on 5.22.17 | Reply

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