Cocktail + Party

Hello! C’est Moi. Did you think I was stuck under something heavy? After a long summer of travel and fun I’m back to the bad ass world of blogging. I might be a little rusty, but but here we go…

coconut cake with david austin roses

My favorite parties are intimate, but loaded with thoughtful details, good food, drink and flowers that all come together to make for a special celebrations that feel anything but small.

coconunt cake with golden raspberries

What’s even more fun? To work together to create a special event. I helped one of my best friends, Tracy, host a party for her birthday this summer, celebrating an undisclosed age. On the Val list of duties for the night – coconut cake, invites, table and flowers.

Santa Barbara party table

We didn’t want to deal with multiple tables and deciding who would sit at each one. Instead, we sandwiched three tables together, placing a narrow runner down the whole shebang to create a tidy landing place for the flowers and candles. This way we didn’t have overlap with runner and plates, a pet peeve of mine – why are runners normally so wide anyway?

natural wood table

The color inspiration for the  flowers came from the invitation. This is a no-fail way to create an easy color palette, it makes decisions for you and allows for a color story from beginning to end. Below is an up close shot of the floral mix; peonies, dahlias, chocolate scented geraniums and passion fruit vine for a little whimsy.

Pink Peonies

For dinner, Tracy’s Peruvian friend Erika, a personal chef in Santa Barbara, served up such amazing food. One of her biggest hits of the evening was the most lip-smacking, delicious Pisco Sour Cocktail. A Peruvian classic, Pisco is made by distilling fermented grape juice. It’s similar to a brandy. I’ve been begging Erika for the recipe for years and today she was nice enough to share the recipe with us.

Pisco sour recipe

At the party, our talented bartender Amy made a stencil in the shape of a T for Tracy. With a retrofitted spray nozzle on the bottle of bitters, she sprayed a T to finish the drinks and it was fabulous!

Pisco Sour

SB note: Erika Petote /personal chef/ 805-636-0185

birthday party table

Cheers to great cocktails and friends! Or should that be friends and cocktails? Your choice, but Tracy if you’re reading this you definitely come first.

Cocktail + Party

Pisco Sour Cocktail

Makes one cocktail

2 1/2 ounce Pisco

1-ounce fresh lime juice

1-ounce simple syrup

¼ ounce egg white

5 ice cubes

Angostura bitters

Place ingredients in the shaker in the order listed above (aside from bitters), shake like the dickens, and pour in a high ball glass. Add two drops of bitter on the top of the foam.