As the weather starts to get warmer, I'm remembering that sometimes, a tall glass of cold, fruit infused water can really hit the spot. All you really need is a bottle of chilled Pellegrino, a mandoline slicer, and some ripe citrus fruits.
All to often I find myself overthinking the simplest things - especially when it comes to hosting an event or party. Whether it's coming up with the right cocktail or hors d'oeuvre, I have to remember that sometimes, the basics are the best.
Mary Giuliani, caterer to the stars and author of one of my favorite party planning books, The Cocktail Party: Eat Drink Play Recover preaches the power of simplicity when it comes to hosting. Pigs in a Blanket. Yes, you heard me, pigs in a blanket, are Mary's #1 suggestion for what to serve at a fun dinner party. Not just because they're easy, because you can turn it into a Pigs in a Blanket Station by adding multiple dips, toppings, and sides that make it both fun and more importantly, delicious.
Which brings me to the topic of water - the most basic human need and most versatile beverage. Why limit the options when serving it? I always like to keep a few bottles of San Pellegrino on my bar cart for guests or an added spritzer. Along with my bar cart H2O are essential garnishes such as lemons, limes, and this week, blood oranges. With just a couple of citrus slices on the mandoline, a tall clear glass, and a fun party straw, you can easily transform nature's simplest drinks into a beautiful beverage!
Photography: Libby Rasmussen