Flirtini: A Guide to Mixing and Mingling: Clever Ideas for Top-Shelf Cocktail Parties

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Cocktail parties are a great way to cut loose and flirt with abandon, and nothing gets everyone mixing and mingling better than great drinks and an upbeat, unforgettable atmosphere. Flirtini is filled with a veteran party planner’s creative ideas for throwing a fabulous bash. From a Dr. Bombay party to cure what ails you to a graffiti bash for self-expression, Flirtini has plenty of great excuses to mix it up.

Each theme party starts with a house specialty drink and continues ...

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Overview

Cocktail parties are a great way to cut loose and flirt with abandon, and nothing gets everyone mixing and mingling better than great drinks and an upbeat, unforgettable atmosphere. Flirtini is filled with a veteran party planner’s creative ideas for throwing a fabulous bash. From a Dr. Bombay party to cure what ails you to a graffiti bash for self-expression, Flirtini has plenty of great excuses to mix it up.

Each theme party starts with a house specialty drink and continues with ideas for shouting out the invites, decking out the bash shack, an inspired soundtrack, and ice-breakers to get the party going. An “unbirthday” party in honor of a friend who needs an ego boost has a mad tea party twist. A film festival costume party can go glam for the Oscars, urban for Tribeca, or ski grunge for a Sundance theme. A jazz-inspired after-dinner affair can turn your apartment into a sultry hot spot with coffee-flavored cocktails, slow dancing, and fortune telling.

More than chic drinks and a clever party theme, though, the right attitude is the key to hosting a successful party. So Flirtini includes plenty of spirited advice on how to greet, mingle, and flirt with confidence to spare. From compiling a cross-pollinated guest list to improvising triumphant solutions for inevitable party snafus, Flirtini is the perfect recipe for mixing up killer cocktail parties.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400046461
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/25/2003
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 96
  • Product dimensions: 7.50 (w) x 7.70 (h) x 0.70 (d)

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love at first sight

serves about 18

4 lemons
1 750-ml bottle Alizé Red Passion liqueur, chilled
1 750-ml bottle Cognac, chilled
1/2 cup Cointreau liqueur (or Grand Marnier), chilled
1 cup lemon juice, chilled
2 750-ml bottles of Champagne, or other sparkling white wine, chilled

Slice the lemons into wheels and lay them flat in a container, placing wax paper in between the layers so they don't stick to each other. Freeze the lemon wheels. Pour the Alizé, Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice into a large punch bowl and stir. Top with the Champagne, gently stir, then add the frozen lemon wheels to keep the punch chilled.

spring fling rolls

serves 24

24 rice paper wrappers
2 cups cooked cellophane noodles (follow package directions)
2 cups enoki mushrooms
2 cups bean sprouts
3 carrots, thinly sliced to look like matchsticks
1 cucumber, thinly sliced to look like matchsticks
4 green onions, halved, then thinly sliced to look like matchsticks Dipping Sauce (see below)

To assemble the rolls, soak a sheet of rice paper in a bowl of warm water until soft. Remove from water and fill with a small amount of each of the above ingredients. Fold one point of the sheet over the filling and roll up, leaving one side open so the ingredients are visible. Cover with a damp cloth while repeating the process with the other rolls.

dipping sauce

Mix 1/4 cup soy sauce with 1/4 cup rice vinegar and 2 tablespoons sesame oil. Top with 1 tablespoon green onion slivers and 1 teaspoon sesame seeds. Add a dash of dried red pepper flakes or chili oil to spice it up.

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Living a stellar social life 8
Planning tips: The party line 10
1 Blow your coat: The forbidden fruit party 14
2 Sandbox time: Gettin' your groove back 22
3 After hours: Jazz, booze, and schmooze 30
4 Wildstyle: A hip-hop graffiti scene 38
5 Cannes do: A film festival costume party 46
6 Backstage pass: A rock-and-roll karaoke lounge 56
7 Happy unbirthday to you: A surprise mad tea party 64
8 Hookah lounging: Smokin', drinkin', and playin'--moroccan style 72
9 Who's yo' caddy: A beer-and-scotch-tasting invitational at the 19th hole 80
10 Paging doctor bombay: A prescription for pressing flesh and mixing tonic 88
Acknowledgments 96
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First Chapter

love at first sight

serves about 18

4 lemons
1 750-ml bottle Alizé Red Passion liqueur, chilled
1 750-ml bottle Cognac, chilled
1/2 cup Cointreau liqueur (or Grand Marnier), chilled
1 cup lemon juice, chilled
2 750-ml bottles of Champagne, or other sparkling white wine, chilled

Slice the lemons into wheels and lay them flat in a container, placing wax paper in between the layers so they don't stick to each other. Freeze the lemon wheels. Pour the Alizé, Cognac, Cointreau, and lemon juice into a large punch bowl and stir. Top with the Champagne, gently stir, then add the frozen lemon wheels to keep the punch chilled.


spring fling rolls

serves 24

24 rice paper wrappers
2 cups cooked cellophane noodles (follow package directions)
2 cups enoki mushrooms
2 cups bean sprouts
3 carrots, thinly sliced to look like matchsticks
1 cucumber, thinly sliced to look like matchsticks
4 green onions, halved, then thinly sliced to look like matchsticks
Dipping Sauce (see below)

To assemble the rolls, soak a sheet of rice paper in a bowl of warm water until soft. Remove from water and fill with a small amount of each of the above ingredients. Fold one point of the sheet over the filling and roll up, leaving one side open so the ingredients are visible. Cover with a damp cloth while repeating the process with the other rolls.

dipping sauce

Mix 1/4 cup soy sauce with 1/4 cup rice vinegar and 2 tablespoons sesame oil.Top with 1 tablespoon green onion slivers and 1 teaspoon sesame seeds. Add a dash of dried red pepper flakes or chili oil to spice it up.

Copyright© 2003 by Allana Baroni
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