Party Tips with Diane Kennedy

Tis the season for celebrating and I  love a good party like everyone else! Being a fashion designer, it only comes natural to me to be a bit of a Ms. DIY and I love to hold intimate gatherings at my home. I thought I’d share a few of my tried & true ways that help me enjoy a stress free evening.

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I brought my gorgeous friend, Vanessa, into our studio to model a couple of outfits and demonstrate how easy it is to lay out a couple of eye catching spreads, while looking ready to mingle at the same time!

Self Serve Bar

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Being a hostess doesn’t necessarily mean flitting from bar to guest like a hummingbird! Rather than spending all your mingling time handing out drinks, let your guest pour themselves one. People’s taste in drinks is very individual so it only makes sense as a host to let your guests have their own choice. It’s always fun to suggest a bottle share in your invite; It brings your guests together and who doesn’t love trying different things?

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I suggest laying out an assortment of basic barware. Ice, Martini shakers and a jigger (a shot glass will also do in a pinch!) are a must. Along with a few garnishes like maraschino cherries, lemon & lime wedges.

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It may be a little more work at the end of the night, but ditch the wasteful disposable cups and use real glassware. Who wants to drink out of plastic cups, anyway? I personally think mixing & matching glassware is a charming way to make sure no one accidentally grabs the wrong drink. Everyone’s got a unique glass!

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Vanessa makes bartending look so easy in our Navy Flex PantCovet Zip & matching Fifth Avenue Cami!

Charcuterie Board

It’s not a party without finger foods and a charcuterie board is always a chic way to tempt your guests’ palate. They’re easy to put together and the combinations are endless.

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To me, a basic charcuterie platter has a balance of flavours. Well suited with a glass of wine, I like to choose a variety of textures and flavours. I start with at least 2 meats & cheeses and build around them.

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I like to choose accessible flavours; for this shoot, I chose a simple Parmesan salami & spicy soppresata and paired them with some crowd-pleasing double cream brie & cranberry wensleydale. The richness of these cheeses compliments the meats wonderfully.

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and of course, no board is complete without bread, olive oil and bit of tart texture, compliments of an assortment of pickles & olives.

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Balance out those sharp flavours & textures with a sweet fig chutney & some fresh grapes and she’s done! With her Merlot Opinion Wrap , Vanessa is definitely ready to go from Kitchen To Kardashian in no time!

I hope you enjoyed these little tips and I’d love to hear your party tips, too! How do you entertain your guests?

Diane Kennedy, eco-fashion, plus size clothing, made in canada,