The main character could rummage through the old attic in the mansion where the story takes place and find silver, crystal, mirrors, pheasant taxidermy. Anything she needed to decorate I could just make appear. Mrs. Emily was in charge of the food preparation, and she prepared things ahead of time that could be stored in the refrigerator until serving time. The girls, Sabine and Joy, named the dishes and labeled them on cards, keeping with a theme of "birds of a feather." It was fun, and I can still imagine the decorations and food planning which is why I try to employ some of those same techniques off the page.
It is handy to have items on hand from Thanksgiving through New Year's Day to serve drop-in guests. The house is decorated, people are in town visiting relatives — it is the perfect time to have impromptu gatherings and impress with festive cocktails and nibbles. My favorite drinks are those that can be stored and combined in a large pitcher in no time at all.
These bites are great with cocktails or wine served with crackers.
Guests will enjoy these unique treats, and they can be kept handy with no trouble at all. However, the decorations will not be as easy as my imagined party!
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