While we never really need an excuse to throw a party, we’ve got one. Channel The Bachelor’s Chris Soules’ hometown pride with a rustic dinner party. Host your favorite gals for a viewing of the season finale with festive food and drink. Scroll our post for party-planning, cocktail, hors d’oeuvre and décor inspiration.
Pick your party
For a more intimate event, host a sit down dinner party. We tend to keep the courses to no more than two or three and the guest list to fewer than eight. This makes for easier conversation and it won’t overwhelm your kitchen. Add a cocktail attire dress code to really up the elegance.
Create a unique centerpiece by lining the middle of the table with layers of eucalyptus leaves and roses. Then, add our The Bachelor bouquet to mason jars wrapped with burlap and tied with jute twine. Small handwritten place cards give the table and warm and personal touch.
The second option is a buffet style dinner. The beauty of this set up is that it gives the hostess (and her guests) more time to mingle. The casual, down-home vibe means it’s the perfect time to break out those vintage cowboy boots you’ve been eyeing in the back of your closet. Mix in short cut bouquets of The Bachelor’s signature flower, the rose, at the buffet table.
What to drink
Make your party more memorable with a signature cocktail. Try our Bachelor-inspired Rose Potion Cocktail with a stunning rose petal garnish. Who wouldn’t accept this rose?!
1½ oz. gin (we’re partial to Bombay Sapphire)
½ oz. tonic water
¼ tsp. of rose flower water
5 medium-sized mint leaves (clap each leaf to release aroma)
juice of one lime
fresh rose petals
1 mint flourish
- Pour gin and rose water into a tall glass and stir.
- Fill glass with ice and mint leaves, stir again.
- Do not muddle or bruise the mint leaves.
- Top with tonic water and lime juice, stir once more.
- Garnish with mint and rose petals.
- Sip and enjoy!
What to eat
Small bites are always a great way to welcome guests, especially when they contain wine-infused fruit. Our Pinot Noir Poached Pear Crostini with Burrata and Thyme recipe immediately elevates the party.
4 Bosc pears
1 bunch of fresh thyme
1 tbsp. salt
1 orange, segmented
½ cup sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
3 cups Pinot Noir
2 cups burrata
1 baguette, sliced into ½ inch pieces
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
- Pour wine into large pot with lid. Add oranges, 2 sprigs of thyme, sugar, cinnamon and salt. Stir to combine.
- Peel and halve pears. Carve out seeds with a spoon. Add pears to wine mixture in pot.
- Cover and simmer over medium heat for 30 minutes. Pears are ready when tender.
- Preheat oven to 350’ F. Arrange sliced baguette on a backing sheet. Drizzle with olive oil and toast for 15 minutes.
- To assemble, spread a tablespoon of burrata on each piece of toast. Slice pear halves into bite-sized slices and layer them over toast and burrata.
- Garnish with fresh thyme.
- Serve with a smile!
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