22 May Spoleto Sling’ng, An Afternoon Fete
Each spring in Charleston we are blessed to have one of the countries most spectacular arts events in the country. The Spoleto Festival is upon us next week and the guests are arriving. Time to start planning your spring events to welcome the season. If you are entertaining visitors, or enjoying the season with local friends and family, we hope you will visit www.OccasionsGuide.com to help you pull your party together.
Pastel is all the rage this year so why not go with it and decorate in soft pinks, blues and lavenders. Metallic balloons and string lights add some modern punch.
Greeting your guests with a welcome table sets the theme. Fresh flowers and a signature welcome drink, like the Spoleto Sling, are a party mandatory.
Flowers by: Get a Bloom (find us on Occasions Guide)
Charleston is beautifully sweet and sour (thinking bridgegate right about now!) so bring that mixture to your party – present a grapefruit rosemary welcome cocktail to your party goers (find the recipe below). Make sure to add extra garnish like fresh grapefruit slices and stalks of rosemary to decorate each cocktail as well. Serve them in fun glasses to add to the celebration.
For your afternoon party, remember to include fun southern small bites such as buttermilk chicken skewers, pimento finger sandwiches, mini shrimp & grit pies, deviled eggs, fresh vegetable tarts, or a cold green tomato soup with lump crabmeat. For desert, display a variety of sweets such as mini pecan pies, banana pudding, strawberry shortcake, and peach cobbler. Visit Occasions Guide to find fabulous caterers in Charleston who specialize in southern fare and party fabulous!
Take home gifts remind your guests how cherished they are. We love to send our guests home with mini bouquets of fresh flowers.
Wishing you a most fabulous Spoleto season.
Spoleto Sling Recipe:
- 1/2 cup granulated sugar
- A handful of peeled grapefruit
- 2 sprigs of rosemary
- 2 ounces vodka
- 1/4 cup freshly squeezed grapefruit juice
- 1 cup sparkling water
For simple rosemary syrup: In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar and water. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and reduce to a simmer. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes or until syrup reduces to about 1/2 cup. Remove from heat and stir in the rosemary. Let steep in syrup for at least 20 minutes, or until cool. Strain syrup through a fine mesh strainer to remove rosemary leaves. Store in an airtight container refrigerated for up to a week.
For grapefruit rosemary cocktail: In a tall glass, add the grapefruit and rosemary sprig. Muddle gently to break up grapefruit. Add the vodka, grapefruit juice, ice and 2 oz of simple rosemary syrup to the glass. Top off with sparkling water and stir. Add more simple rosemary syrup to taste. Enjoy!