A Cocktail Party to Cure Those Winter Blues

A Cocktail Party to Cure Those Winter Blues

Winter blues creeping in? Throw a cocktail party! It's casual, fun and great excuse to get everybody out of hibernation in the cold months still ahead.

The great thing about a cocktail party is that you can make it a fancy or as casual as you want, and choose a menu accordingly. Sometimes it's the simple, finger foods that are the most elegant, like oysters or olives. Comfort foods are popular at family meals but also at parties--sliders and pies have never been more in vogue! Casseroles and pies are perfect in cool weather and most can be made ahead, sliced into bite-sized servings and served at room temperature, which makes them the perfect make-ahead item for your party. Dips fall into that category too--just remember to let them come up to room temperature if they've been refrigerated. Set everything out half an hour early so you sit back and "taste-test" the house cocktail your serving!

Reward your guests for heading out in the cold with any of Stefano's recipes below. Cheers!

Hummus with Roasted Garlic
Garlic Chicken Wings
Creamy Red Cabbage Coleslaw
Polenta Fries
The Best Cheese Sticks
Prosciutto-Wrapped Potato Bites
Steak and Ale Pie
Moroccan Beef Bundles
Warm Mixed Olives with Orange and Rosemary
Mini Meatball Sliders
Blue Cheese and Caramelized Onion Flatbread
Oysters Casino
Classic Cosmopolitan