When you don’t have a specific theme in mind, color is always a great way to create a cohesive look or feeling to a party. Here we’ve done a cocktail party using the accent color of orange. You’ll see how fun and easy it is to pull it through in a variety of ways!
The YumThe VibeThe DetailsThe Look
The menu was a play on the color orange. In many of the items, orange was a featured color, or an accent. Each item was presented in a simple yet bold artistic manner.
Shrimp and Crab Ceviche with Cucumber and Jicama
Candied Ginger & Apricot Chicken Lollipops with Spicy Pecan Crunch
Cashew Pumpkin Curry over Jewel Rice
Rare Roast Tri Tip with Gorgonzola on Garlic Crouton
Goat Cheese Eggplant Crisps with Roasted Tomato Dipping Sauce
Tokyo Tacos with Tuna Tartare, Chives and Yuzu Soy Reduction
Strawberry Caprese Skewers with Fresh Mozzarella, Mint and Balsamic Syrup
The color orange literally vibrates with energy. And so the vibe of the event needs to keep in step.
In the case of this orange event, the setting was a patio in the complex of a corporate client transformed into a sit down dinner with several seating areas. So, along with presentation trays, the patio décor itself was accented with colored pillows easily and affordably obtained at Target or Pier 1. We brought in orange on the tables with an overlay of sheer tangerine over white. Rented base plates were actually a shade of red to play off the orange. It was fun, vibrant and, best yet, red and orange are colors that psychologists say encourage people to talk, eat, and drink more and in general feel great. An orange theme practically ensures one hot party!
A great way to create drama, especially if you are on a budget, is to cluster flowers of one type and one color together. Of course, the better the budget, the more exotic the flower you can use as shown here with the dahlias and miniature calla lilies. But this is such an effective presentation that even carnations look fantastic done in this way!
But you don’t have to be limited to flowers. As you can see in this photo, we also filled a glass vase with habanero chilies (this look was so “hot” it actually made one’s eyes water)! And if your theme is another color, for instance, green or yellow, consider filling a vase with either apples or artichokes. You can leave them whole of halve them, then add flowers of contrasting or complimentary tones. Stunning! The possibilities are limitless. You only have to use your imagination to create a unique and cost-effective centerpiece.
Greeting your guests at the door with a tray of signature drinks in your theme color is a great way to set the tone for the evening, and make your guests feel instantly welcome.
Spicy Mango Mamacita
1.5 ounces of your favorite tequila (We like Don Julio!)
.5 ounce Triple Sec
1 ounces fresh lime juice
.5 ounce mango concentrate
Half teaspoon of Tajin Chipotle Hot Sauce or Tapatio, depending on your taste
Shake or stir all the ingredients to serve on the rocks in a stemmed glass.
Optional: Rim the glass with a sugar/chili powder/salt mixture to provide that extra touch of spicy sweet! Salud!