A Rustic French, Spring Soireé

It probably doesn’t need to be said, but I love hosting parties (as noted here, here and here). Most of the time, the parties I host surround an event like a wedding, birthday, or the holidays. Sometimes though I get inspired by a piece of decoration, party game, drink, etc. that I have stumbled upon online and I just have to throw a party to incorporate the inspiring idea. If there isn’t an obvious reason like the events listed above to a host a party, I will make one up (shhh don’t tell Rob). A party just like this happened a few weeks ago. I discovered a recipe for French 75 Punch and I had the overwhelming urge to throw a party so I could make it. My birthday had come and gone, Rob’s birthday wasn’t for a few more months and there was nothing else coming up that we could celebrate with a party. So I decided we needed to have a housewarming/goodbye party before we left our last home. We lived in Washington Heights for about 7 weeks after we got back from Cabo, and because I had been sick for the first three weeks, I never got around to having people over to see the new place. I decided that it wasn’t too late to host a housewarming party, but since we were moving three days later, it would also be a goodbye party.

Rob & Sonja’s Springtime Soiree Details

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Colors  I was inspired by the color of the punch which was pink and peach colored. From there I added colors that would evoke ideas of spring, sunshine and warmer weather since the cold winter days were becoming more and more of a distant memory. I ended up with peach, mint green, white, some orange and some gold.

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Decorations  I wanted this party to be as simple to set up as possible so I used a few items that were already in the house; a wood table and white ceramic serving pieces. I bought a plastic tablecloth in mint green, clear plastic appetizer plates and gold cocktail napkins. The tablecloth was folded so that it was the width of a runner, and it ran the length of the table. I used a mason jar to hold the silverware and the the finishing touch was a bouquet I put together. It had baby’s breath, peach and white colored roses, dark green leaves, and peach colored flower buds.

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Food and Drinks  We served roasted tofu with pesto, mediterranean rice balls, taco roll ups, a quinoa fruit salad, cheese and crackers, and a few other nibbles. For drinks we provided the French 75 Punch, and a selection of beers.

Music  I chose a French themed playlist from Spotify to really tie the whole soiree together. It felt like a spring picnic in the French countryside- elegant with a sprinkle of rustic.

Lessons Learned

Our biggest challenge was the food. The mediterranean rice balls never took the shape of balls so I ended up serving it as rice salad. I used too much meat in the taco roll ups so they fell apart before we even baked them. The quinoa fruit salad and roasted tofu with pesto turned out really well. Our mistake was that we had never made any of the dishes before this party. It was very stressful to not know the actual time it would take us to prep and cook the items, and when they weren’t coming out looking like they did in their pictures, I panicked. I could have avoided this near meltdown had I only picked one new recipe to try for the party. Then if that one recipe hadn’t gone according to plan, it wouldn’t have taken the whole party down with it. While our party wasn’t a disaster in the slightest, it is always frustrating for the hosts when things don’t turn out exactly how you envisioned.

Do you have an awesome party feature that I can use to inspire my next get together?