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Ever find yourself in a pinch to throw together a cocktail hour that won’t leave guests thinking that you “just threw it together”? There are almost always plenty of elements around your home to come out smelling like a rose on this one. With only 2 hours to spare before guests’ arrival, I pulled out a silver tray (almost anything and everything looks good on a silver tray!) and a dozen miniature martini glasses I bought for around $2 each at Crate & Barrel. I found a bag of precooked shrimp in the freezer (did a quick thaw in cold water, then dusted it with a whiff of Old Bay seasoning) and some fancy cocktail sauce from Dean & Deluca way back in the pantry. A dollop of sauce in each glass, nosedive a shrimp, and voila!….we’ve got hors d’oeuvres! I mounded the feet of the glasses with crushed ice to mimic the icy weather, and a quick trip to the front yard yielded snippets of holly to give it that total holiday look. (If you don’t have mini martinis for this shrimp presentation, try using ramekins, egg cups, miso spoons, glass votive cups, or silver soup spoons. If you – or your unsuspecting neighbor! – don’t have a holly bush, try a snippet of some other evergreen. Further, I have no shame in asking the florist for scraps!)

 

Photo by Walt Whitaker

When serving salads to a crowd, especially in summer, consider chilling the salad forks. Here I placed them in napkin-lined silver Revere bowls heaped with chipped ice. A couple of simple orchid blooms make it look extra special. If you have butler service, have staff to pass the bowl. Or have guests pass the bowl down amongst themselves!