Sometimes I fantasize that I don’t live in a tiny studio apartment (without a couch). I don’t dream about living in a huge mansion, a cute house or even an awesome condo. I just want a… living room. And seating. Really, I’d be happy with ANY kind of place to entertain. A place where everyone can sit down and chat and peruse a buffet of delicious hor d’oeuvres or a bar with schmancy drinks. Somewhere I can cook in the hours leading up to the party without frantically trying to plan how to transport my appetizer from here to there (while asking myself if I’m willing to navigate the train with arms full of flimsy pans).
I love hosting parties. I obsess and plan for weeks ahead of time, mostly about the menu, but also about adding touches that make the party unique. I am by no means one of those over the top people. But I like feeling fancy.
One thing I’m going to do (when I have enough space to have people over) is to serve minted ice cubes with drinks. Aren’t they cute? I have a little square ice cube tray that made them the perfect size for champagne glasses (of which I took absolutely no pictures of).
All you have to do is rough chop fresh mint, spread evenly in an ice cube tray, and gently fill with water.
I slowly poured water in with a cup… because I’m neurotic. No new news there.
Now all you have to do is let them freeze, and serve with champagne or soda.
The mint will really flavor the drink and give off a fresh aroma as the ice melts.
I know it seems very simple, but little touches can really take a party to the next level. Plus, I can’t get over how cute they are! Hope you can serve them at YOUR next party, since mine is currently a pipe dream.