December…yeah, okay. We like to throw theme parties, and December is nothing if not a month of opportunities for theme events. Here are the parties, large and small, that we are contemplating for this December:
Hannukah–it begins Wednesday evening, on December 1. That means it’s really early this year, and I’m pretty sure that also means Laurel Blechman will, once again, not have a chance to decorate for the holiday (too bad–we’d love to show you how she does it). But we will be posting directions for making the world’s easiest potato latkes, based on the method used by Sarah Gilden, daughter of Latvian immigrants–but also a real 1950s American cook. That means she loved certain convenience foods.Tree-Trimming Tea (try saying that fast three times! I can barely type it)–Hazel specializes in teas, so this will be fun. Don’t miss her gingerbread pumpkin trifle recipe. It’s easy; it’s delicious; it’s spectacular.
Solstice Gala–every year I promise myself I will keep this, my big annual party, simple. Every year I run amok. But this year, really, honestly, I’m going to keep it simple. Yes. Simple. (Stop snickering!) I’m contemplating setting up a taco bar, featuring my sister Hellen’s fabulous salmon taco recipe. And, naturally, a dessert bar.
Lazy New Year’s Day Soup & Salad supper? Or perhaps a Rose Parade brunch? Or?? We’ve got almost a month to think about how to ring in 2011.
We also going to take a few days to talk about party-planning essentials–how to find inexpensive, or at least reasonably priced, floral supplies and other party supplies. When you’ve got a whole month of entertaining ahead of you, every penny counts.
We’ll keep you posted.