Hosting a Party: Ideas, Recipes, Drinks and More
If you're interested in hosting a party everyone will enjoy, the Hosting a Party Web Guide is sure to help. Whether you're throwing a multi-course formal dinner party, a Halloween costume ball or a casual gathering of friends for Super Bowl Sunday, this guide points you to the best resources on the Web. Learn where to find invitation designs, party themes, menus, party food and drinks, and lots more.
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Now that you’ve decided on a theme, a menu and specific recipes, you’ll need to compliment your food with the right party drinks. You’ll want to have something for everyone, so look to these sites for advice on party cocktails, wine, beer and nonalcoholic beverages. Read up on special recipes for mixed drinks and food pairing ideas. You can even order your wine and liquor online.
- For more help picking out what spirits to serve, visit the findingDulcinea Liquor and Cocktails, Wine and Beer Web Guides. You’ll learn how to complement food with the appropriate drinks, along with how to serve and where to purchase your party drink ingredients and bar tools of choice.
- Be sure to have lots of soda and soft drinks on hand for guests who don’t drink. If you know that a particular guest won’t indulge, serve him or her a nonalcoholic beverage right away so that other guests won’t offer up unwanted liquor.
For cocktail party ideas …
is an authoritative yet playful liquor encyclopedia. Find a recipe database with advanced search features, and helpful advice on barware and exotic ingredients. Use the “Mixilator
” to find drink recipes that suit your tastes. Be advised that the site often recommends cocktails containing international ingredients that can be difficult to find.
indexes lots of popular drinks, with special features for holidays and seasonal events. Search by type of liquor using the tabs at the top of the page, or just scan the many lists on the homepage, complete with colorful photos that will make your mouth water.
takes a modern look at cocktail mixology. The site specializes in hip versions of cocktail classics. Go to “Modern Spins
” for some trendy updates of old favorites, or visit “Low Calorie Cocktails
” for innovative drinks on the lighter side. The site also covers the traditional basics, and has great videos and discussions.
For advice on food and wine pairing …
E & J Gallo Winery
has a straightforward chart to help you pair wine with food. Select from a number of entrée options and seasonings, and the guide highlights which wines are typically paired with the dish you plan to make. Three options appear, ranging from “Good” to “Better” to “Best.”
For help selecting beer…
The Brewers Association
presents an article called “Pairing Beer with Food.” You’ll find a lot about the nutritional aspect of beer and how beer complements a well-rounded and healthful meal. Look for beer and food pairings arranged by topic: soups, salads, meats, poultry, fish, vegetables, egg dishes and dessert are all covered. Download the “Beer & Food Matching Chart
,” or visit “Serving Up the Perfect Beer Experience
” for hosting and serving tips.
offers “Beer first, food second,” a prize-winning article originally published in Brew Your Own magazine. Learn what beers go best with what dishes. Skip the long preface that outlines the importance of appropriate beer and food pairings, if you like. But don’t miss the list of beers with their recommended complementary foods, plus a few recipes; scroll down to find them.
For buying wine, beer and liquor online …
first asks you what state you’re in, and then tailors your shopping experience and options to your area. This authoritative and classy site uses its own sommeliers, includes detailed wine tags and even ships gourmet foods along with their impressive wine offerings.
sells several brands of many kinds of liquor. You can also order wine, beer and sake from this site.
For nonalcoholic options …
Flora’s Drink Hideout
has a long list of nonalcoholic drink recipes. Some are direct substitutes for alcoholic beverages (like the “Champagne,” which is made with white grape juice and club soda), while others are inventive variations on punch.
offers more than 700 nonalcoholic drink options, arranged by such categories as “creamy/milky” and “tropical/fruity.”
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