Turn up the Twinkle Factor
Close your eyes and let visions of white begin to dance in your heads. We’ve got another classic movie party inspiration guaranteed to make your next ring-a-ding-shindig shine as bright as a thousand Christmas lights!
Welcome to Pine Tree, Vermont
Hearing Bing Crosby croon White Christmas instantly puts us in the mood for hot cocoa and a warm fire. But you don’t have to just dream about the perfect holiday: by incorporating soft textures, a little shimmy-shimmer, and lots of white, you can create your own glamorous and idyllic wonderland.
In the movie, Wallace (Crosby) and Davis (Danny Kaye) bring their entire Broadway show to Pine Tree, Vermont, to help save their beloved General’s inn. And while you won’t need to make room for a cast of hundreds, you’ll want enough space to keep your guests entertained, which starts with your seating. The Bianca two-piece sectional is a fantastic fit for our all-white theme, with a sleek outline that adds design interest and a swanky feel. For a more fluid look, try the Nero two-piece sectional from ROMA. This Art Van Furniture exclusive is also upholstered in white leather, and we like the way the chaise’s round end gives you an unexpected seating spot. Invite a couple of arm chairs to join in and you’ve got a conversation hot spot. Your guests will also get a kick out of the convenient and unique Pantinoire Collection. The versatile nesting tables give you a large and small surface, while the sofa table can easily be turned into a serving station.
Now the movie is also a love story, so make sure the fireplace is going strong so couples can snuggle on the sofa underneath plush white blankets. Keep good cheer flowing all night long by turning a sideboard into a makeshift bar area and serve signature drinks that relate to the movie like Irving Berlin Eggnog or Clooney Cranberry Coolers, so that at the end of the movie everyone can raise their glass and jovially sing, May your days be merry and bright; and may all your Christmases be white.
Serve up one of Annabel Cohen’s palate party pleasers and you may find it hard to get your guests to leave!
There are many recipe for eggnog – I like this one because it’s creamy and mellow with touch of cinnamon.
4 large egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
2 cups whole milk
1/4 cup rum, brandy, cognac, whiskey or bourbon
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. freshly grated nutmeg
1 cup heavy whipping cream
Combine yolks and 1/3-cup sugar in a large mixing bowl and whisk until well blended. Set aside.
In a medium saucepan, over medium heat, combine the milk, cream, cinnamon and nutmeg and bring just to a boil, whisking frequently. Remove the pan from the heat and whisk a ladleful of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolk mixture. Gradually whisk the egg yolk mixture into the hot milk mixture. Chill until cool.
In another bowl, whip the cream soft peaks. Fold or whisk cream into the milk mixture. Serve cold. Makes 8 servings.
Clooney Cranberry Coolers
1 can (6 ounces) frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
1 can (6 ounces) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
4 cups cranberry (or cranberry-raspberry) juice cocktail, chilled
1 liter ginger ale
Fresh lemon and lime slices
Combine all ingredients in a large bowl or pitcher. Serve chilled or over ice. Makes 12 or more servings.
Cozy Tomato Cheddar Cider Fondue
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 cup finely chopped (or petite diced) drained canned tomatoes
1/4 cup apple cider
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
4 cups finely grated Cheddar cheese
Heat olive oil and garlic in a large saucepan over medium heat. Add the tomatoes and cook until much of the liquid of the tomatoes is absorbed. Dissolve the cornstarch in the cider and add the pan. Slowly stir in the cheese (a handful at a time) until melted. Keep warm (do not boil!). Serve with fresh French bread cubes. Makes 8-12 servings