Holiday Entertainment Bootcamp

It may not seem like it, but Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  And right around the corner from Thanksgiving is the holiday season, whether that’s Christmas, Kwanzaa, or Hanukkah for you.  It’s easy to assume that people are only worrying about your food during these trying times (everyone has those one or two people in their family they can never get along with), but thanks to another great event from the National Kitchen and Bath Association, I learned how to attend to the more neglected needs: table arrangements and inspired cocktails.

fullsizerender_8Special thanks to Dawn DeLuca of the NKBA for inviting me to this fabulous event.    She does a wonderful job as the representative of the NKBA!

The event was hosted at the Fisher & Paykel Experience Center in the Architecture & Design Building of Manhattan.  Fisher & Paykel is a kitchen appliance manufacturer, which includes virtual walkthroughs of their showrooms on their website.  My favorite thing that they brought were these little mini-replicas of appliances.  Anybody else thinking of their childhood legos or dolls?  After everyone said our hellos and mingled, the (interactive) show got on the road.

So cute!
So cute!

The first part of the “boot camp” came from B Floral, a floral design company based here in New York.  The company has done floral arrangements for huge companies such as Yahoo and the Wall Street Journal.  They weren’t here just to advertise their product though, they were also showing us how to arrange flowers ourselves.  The main takeaway from this was the flowers that are in season:  go for jewel colors this holiday season.  Aside from the floral arrangements, they also had lovely business cards.

The next part was the cocktail segment.  We had a little segment on the prohibition era, then we learned how to make a simple but tasty drink called a Paper Plane.  There’s a simple little history behind this one: the creator was listening to MIAs Paper Planes a lot when he invented it.  You don’t need to be a master mixologist it because all the parts are equal.  3/4 oz bourbon, 3/4 oz Aperol, 3/4 oz Amaro Nonino, and 3/4 oz of lemon juice.  It was easy but tasty!


Finally, the cooking segment was  up.  The most interesting part of this was the flatbread they laid out.  They had a long flatbread and topped it with a bunch of colorful ingredients that tasted wonderful!  Definitely need to try making this one at home.


Everything looked great because of the colors they added.  When you’re making your holiday food, don’t forget to match the colors with the floral arrangement!


What are you cooking for this holiday season?  Anything new or colorful?