party planning and an elegant recipe

Wow, so I realized how much I have missed planning events and parties last weekend. This was really fun to plan an Italian themed party. In my last post, you saw the fun Italian cream soda station that I created. Well, here are a couple ideas to help make sure your next party is a success!

1. If you are working in a customer’s home, make sure the place is clean and neat. Clutter is a huge killer for a party. Guests will inevitably wind up wandering through the back bedroom or master bathroom even if the doors are closed, so make sure the homeowner knows to hide the dirty wash, the diaries or whatever personal items they want to keep private. It’s just that way.

2. Move furniture if you can to make for an optimal socializing flow if it isn’t already. Walk through and see if there are any “clogs” besides the kitchen, which also always seems to happen.

3. Even if it’s a basic party, do something fun that will make people talk. Mine was the Italian Soda station. It was something different (not crazy, but just a little different) and brought out people’s curiosity which is a good thing. You could do a fun, thought-provoking dessert station or even have fun party favors to take away that will remind them of how much fun they had. Think outside the box.

Ok, now for the coolest recipe. My partner in crime (sissy) thought this up. We basically ran out of time to do lovely little skewers, so it ended up being tossed together as a “salad”.

Chocolate Balsamic and Blood Orange Berry Mozzarella Salad

2 pints fresh strawberries. If they are gigantic, cut them in half
1 pint raspberries
16 oz mozzarella balls drained of water (cherry tomato size, not the huge ones)
1/4-1/3 cup chocolate balsamic vinegar (more or less to taste)
4 tb to 1/4 cup blood orange olive oil (more or less to taste and yes, I said blood orange olive oil)
1 tb coarse raw sugar or coconut sugar to lightly dust (optional if your berries aren’t sweet and ripe)

**these last two items are critical in making this recipe what it is. You can find them in specialty olive oil/vinegar stores or order online.

Mix gently together, drizzling the oil and vinegar until coated. You may need more depending on your taste, but trust me, this recipe is truly elegant and a showstopper. 🙂

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