One I highly recommend is this peach rum punch. It's a potent but delicious mixture of simple syrup, fresh lemon juice, amber rum, cognac, and peach brandy. Since it's Summer and peaches are in season, I would slice a bunch of fresh peaches and float them in the punch. Place the liquid and fruit mixture in a sealable container and pack, standing upright, in one of the coolers. Learn how the party-ready punch is made now.
Thus, for a Sex and the City party, I'm recommending this simple concoction as the signature cocktail. It's an interesting mixture of grape-flavored vodka, 7Up, lemon juice, and red wine.
The recipe can easily be batched, so fill a pitcher with the cocktail and let the girls get their own glasses. Just be sure to tell them the red wine is floated on top. I would also stock up on your favorite bubbles as some people will prefer to celebrate with sparkling wine. To get the drink recipe, read more
For dessert, serve macerated strawberries with vanilla ice cream. Voila! Instant dinner party. Get the effortless entree recipe and read more
Remembering another recipe I've been wanting to make for a polenta cake, I decided to take the Mediterranean inspiration and substitute olive oil for the butter, which gave the cake a rich, but exotic flavor. Though I planned to infuse the glaze with rosemary, I ran out of time, but still used a sprig as a festive garnish. Get the recipe when you read more
Don't worry about serving a bunch of appetizers, but do offer a couple of easy nibbles like mixed nuts, cheese, and homemade savory cookies. Thyme, lemon, and sea-salt shortbread is crisp and buttery, while blue cheese pecan crackers are rich and addictive. You'll have to wait until tomorrow to see my suggested sweet cookie recipes, but you can learn the techniques for the salty shortbread and cheesy crackers when you keep reading.
I'll also offer guests a selection of chilled beers, water, and white wine. To check out the recipe, read more