Tip #4: DIY
Credit: Robert Kenney; Napkins by Stesha Ho

Tip #4: DIY

Can’t find napkins to match your decor? Head to your local fabric store, pick out exactly what you want and make them yourself.

Fabric purchased from Dressew (under $10 for 6 napkins)

Skip the stress of a formal dinner party and host an elegant cocktail soiree (no one will even miss the main course)
Credit: Photo by Robert Kenney, Food styling by Kathleen Almeida

Skip the stress of a formal dinner party and host an elegant cocktail soiree (no one will even miss the main course)

Tip #1: Go local year-round

Frozen berries are perfect in cocktails and in baking, so bag and freeze blueberries, raspberries and blackberries when they’re in season.

 
"Local Buzz" Cocktail Recipe

1 oz Odd Society Wallflower Gin
1 oz Odd Society Crème de Cassis
Canada Dry Ginger ale
Berries for garnish (fresh or frozen)

Pour the gin and crème de cassis over a full glass of ice, top with ginger ale. Garnish with berries and enjoy.

 

Charcuterie selections, crackers and water courtesy of Cioffi’s Meat Market & Deli; Flatbread courtesy of Tartine Tarts, available at Gourmet Warehouse; Crème de Cassis liqueur courtesy of Odd Society Spirits; Berry tarts courtesy of Temper Pastry; Flower arrangements courtesy of The Flower Factory

Tip #2: Customize your own charcuterie platter
Credit: Robert Kenney; Food styling by Kathleen Almeida

Tip #2: Customize your own charcuterie platter

Draw inspiration from your party's colour palette and select your favourite meats, cheeses and olives instead of just going with a prepared deli tray.

Charcuterie selections courtesy of Cioffi’s Meat Market & Deli

Tip #3: Don't feel you have to make everything from scratch
Credit: Robert Kenney; Food styling by Kathleen Almeida

Tip #3: Don't feel you have to make everything from scratch

Keep a flatbread in the freezer and throw it in the oven when you’re expecting guests. Top with greens for the fresh factor.

Flatbread courtesy of Tartine Tarts, availalbe at Gourmet Warehouse