Next on the menu for our NYC Entertaining Series, we’re taking the stress out of providing a full meal, while still having a fun and relaxing evening. Time to invite the girls over for a much-needed girls night in! Clara and I (Jen) love entertaining, but in totally different ways. She can whip up an entire menu from scratch at the drop of a hat, while I prefer making one or two items and ordering the rest in or picking up items from my favorite neighborhood spots. A girls night in is the perfect opportunity to do a little bit of both. We asked the girls to either bring a bottle of champagne or some sweets, and we provided a couple homemade desserts mixed in with some classic treats. This set the stage for a fabulous evening filled with champagne toasts and endless girl talk. Big props to our photographer Johnny for putting up with us chatty girls.
A few tips and tricks:
- You never know what a guest is going to bring, so I like to have a few extra plates and bowls ready so we can re-plate any yummy goodies that may appear. You can also cut items into smaller bite size pieces and plate a variety together.
- I need you to stay with me for this trick, as I know it is going to sound crazy, but trust me on this one. Clara was just as skeptical but, after tasting it, we agreed it was a great idea. If you want a quick and easy way to get puréed fruits for a Bellini, pick up some baby food. Yes, baby food. Not the kind found in jars- go for the organic stuff! I like the Happy Baby Stage 1 pouch purées (found at Whole Foods). The pear one is literally just puréed pears and a little bit of lemon juice. You can mix the purée with the champagne in a big pitcher or directly in the glass.
- No evening is ever truly set without a great music mix. I recommend The Girls Just Want To Have Fun mix on Songza. It will have you rockin’ out all night long!
All photographs by John Dolan Photography.