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Party in Five: Holiday Cocktail Party


We here at Cooking Channel love a good party. But throwing a memorable event requires more than just gathering some food and drink. We show you how with just five main “ingredients” (including recipes, big-impact decorating ideas and easy DIY elements) you can throw a party that feels like it has a cohesive theme — minimal work required.

There’s no doubt about it: My favorite thing about the month of December is the flurry of cocktail parties that take over my social calendar. Although I’m usually one to host more casual, laid-back get-togethers, the holidays just seem to call for a bit more glitz, so I’ve decided to celebrate the season with a super festive cocktail party in shades of glamorous gold and vibrant jewel tones. While this party may not look carefree, planning it is much simpler than you’d think. With classic globe ornaments, gold confetti and a handful of DIY projects, this shindig is cost-effective and can be pulled together in a flash.

To host your own holiday cocktail party, you’ll need five essential ingredients:

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Party in Five: Hawaiian Luau

In the summertime, entertaining needs to be easy — so you have more time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm-weather eats. We set out to create fun, complete party experiences using only five essential ingredients, from tasty food and drinks to decor and games. Party on!

 

With summer’s days waning and the temperatures continuing to rise, I’m itching to get in some last outdoor parties — but with a light menu and minimal effort required. To satisfy this entertaining urge, I decided to embrace a classic theme — a Hawaiian luau — and give it a bit of a sophisticated twist. Sure, there’s room for a paper parasol or two, but this affair is all about a clean color palette, natural materials and a light, fresh menu. With Polynesian- and tiki-inspired elements and an island music soundtrack, we felt transported to Hawaii as we toasted and feasted late into the night.

To host your own luau, you’ll need five essential ingredients:

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Party in Five: Rustic Pizza Night

In the summertime, entertaining needs to be easy — so you have more time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm-weather eats. We set out to create fun, complete party experiences using only five essential ingredients, from tasty food and drinks to decor and games. Party on!
 

One of my absolute favorite ways to spend a summer evening is grilling pizzas in the backyard with my husband. It’s a fun, interactive way to enjoy cooking together, and the end result is so delicious. Recently we invited a few friends to join in on our tradition — letting everyone know that they’d be expected to participate in the cooking process. I set a simple, rustic table filled with fresh seasonal ingredients and woodsy elements for my farmhouse-inspired fete.

To host your own pizza night, you’ll need five essential ingredients:

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Party in Five: Mexican Fiesta

Photo: Melanie Grizzel

In the summertime, entertaining needs to be easy — so you have more time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm-weather eats. We set out to create fun, complete party experiences using only five essential ingredients, from tasty food and drinks to decor and games. Party on!

 

Here in Texas, we eat a lot of Mexican food; Tacos, enchiladas and guacamole are such a staple on my dinner table that they practically constitute their own food group. So when the outdoor temps heat up, I love to make these favorites feel a little more festive by throwing a south-of-the-border fiesta complete with frosty margaritas, colorful maracas and a candy-filled piñata. I recently celebrated summer’s arrival with such a fête in my backyard, and jazzed up my normal outdoor setup with vibrant flowers, a spicy menu and décor that channeled a Mexican beach town.

To throw this fiesta at home, you need five essential ingredients:

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Party in Five: Beer Tasting

Photo: Melanie Grizzel

In the summertime, entertaining needs to be easy — so you have more time to sit back, relax, and enjoy the warm-weather eats. We set out to create fun, complete party experiences using only five essential ingredients, from tasty food and drinks to decor and games. Party on!

 

The increasingly hotter temps and slower pace of summer here in Austin has encouraged me to take an even more laid-back approach to entertaining than usual. So when Cooking Channel asked me to come up with fun summer parties that could be executed using only five essential “ingredients,” I jumped at the chance to tackle this challenge. The first subject of my party-throwing prowess? A beer-tasting party: summer’s toned-down version of a more traditional wine tasting event.

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