Host The Perfect At-Home Tony Awards Party This Weekend
Just a few days away (on June 12th) is Broadway’s biggest night of the year, the Tony Award’s Viewing Party! We may not be able to attend, but who says we shouldn’t celebrate the glitz and glam in our own homes? The VIP catering company, Sweet Hospitality Group has got us covered when it comes to throwing the perfect Hollywood soirée. Follow these luxe tips and we assure you, even the stars will be jealous.
CREATE A RED CARPET ENTRANCE
Remember, this night is all about opulent (DIY) luxury. Buy a red runner for your front door and have a little step and repeat at the entrance for photo opportunities and selfies in the spotlight. You may want to hire a photographer to snap shots of you and your fabulous friends in your best Hollywood pose.
DRESS TO IMPRESS
Choose an elegant theme such as “Black and White” or “50s Glam”and make sure your guests feel like they are dressing up for something great – because they are. Let them know about the red carpet and photos opps in advance. You can then place the photos on social media to see all the fun memories the day after. Make sure to create your own party hashtag and have the guests use it when they snap themselves at your glamorous event.
AWARD YOUR OWN TONY STATUETTES
Have a little award ceremony of your own! Let everyone fill out a sheet with the nominations of your choosing, and choose a prize for the winner, maybe a glittering plastic Tony Award!
PERSONALIZE YOUR OWN PLAYBILLS
Peruse through your friends’ FB profiles (or ask them for a headshot) and design your own Playbill with photos of your guests and brief bios. Pass these around to guests. Your party just got a lot fancier.
HAVE A FEAST
Be sure to order some of Sweet Hospitality Group’s signature shortbread cookies in the shape of stars and topped with gold dusting. Nothing says Tony Awards quite like a glimmering sugar cookie, am I right? As a pairing, make a Tony cocktail with a gold rimmer – see below for recipes!
DECORATE THE PLACE
Other than the red carpet, be sure to decorate the place with plenty of silky fabric, drapes, black bowties, shimmering lights, flowers, playbills and other fun things that say “glam time!” We especially recommending renting a photo booth – your guests will love it and it’s a great opportunity to use your Tony hashtag! In no time, your Hollywood soirée will become the party of the year.
Stuck on what to serve? Here are a few menu ideas:
- DIY Popcorn Bar with Fixings
- Cheddar and Jalapeño Shortbread Tony Cookies
- Polenta Squares with Sundried Tomato Tapenade, Aged Balsamic on Rosemary Skewers
- Grilled Shrimp with Chipotle Aioli and Green Goddess Dip
- Prosciutto Crostini with Fennel Apple Slaw
- Radishes with Herb Butter and Sea Salt
- Black Bean Cakes with Mango Salsa and Lime Sour Cream
- New Potatoes with Crème Fraiche and Caviar
- Sweet and Sour Meatballs with Sweet Chili Glaze
- Crab Salad in Fennel Leaves
- Flatbread with Buffalo Mozzarella Candied Grape Tomatoes, Balsamic Oil
And of course, here are some cocktails ideas to get the party started!
Bud Of Love
- 3 raspberries
- ¾ oz. fresh lemon
- 1 oz. rose-hibiscus syrup*
- 2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
- hibiscus flower or rose petal for garnish (optional)
In a mixing glass, muddle raspberries with lemon juice and syrup. Add gin, ice and a splash of seltzer. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a cocktail glass and garnish
*Rose-Hibiscus Syrup (2 qt. batch)
- 2 cups boiling water
- 4 rose-hibiscus tea bags
- 4 cups sugar
An Ordinary Summer’s Day
- 1 sprig tarragon
- 1 sprig mint
- 2 slices cucumber
- ¾ oz lemon juice
- ½ oz simple syrup
- 1 ½ oz. Brooklyn Gin
- ½ oz dry vermouth
Muddle herbs and cucumber with lemon juice and simple syrup. Add gin, vermouth and ice. Shake until well chilled. Strain into a highball glass filled with ice. Top with seltzer. Garnish with additional herbs and cucumber slices.
- 1 ½ oz. Bastille French Whisky
- ¾ oz. Art in the Age Rhubarb Liqueur
- ¾ oz. Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur
- 2 dashes 5 by 5 Barrel Aged Vanilla Bitters
- Lemon peel garnish
Combine all ingredients in a mixing glass filled with ice. Stir until well chilled. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Twist lemon peel over drink to release oils and drop in drink
- 1 sprig rosemary (plus additional for garnish)
- ½ oz blood orange juice
- ½ oz simple syrup
- 2 oz Bulleit Bourbon
- 2 dashes Woodford Reserve Spiced Cherry Bitters
Muddle rosemary with juice and syrup in a mixing glass. Add bourbon and ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Garnish with a rosemary sprig
The Devil’s Last Preserve
- 1 oz. fresh lemon juice
- 1 tbsp. blackberry preserves (plus additional for garnish)
- 4-6 drops of Bittermen’s Hellfire Habanero Shrub
- 1 ½ oz. The Kraken Black Spiced Rum
- ½ oz. Art in the Age Root Liqueur
- 2 oz. ginger ale
Combine lemon juice, preserves and shrub in a mixing glass. Dry shake (without ice) until preserves are broken down. Add rum, liqueur and ice and stir until well chilled. Strain into a rocks glass with fresh ice. Top with ginger ale and stir to mix and garnish by placing a demitasse spoon filled with additional preserves across the top of the glass.
- 2 oz. Viniq Glow®
- 1 oz. Barefoot Moscato Wine
- 0.5 oz. Sweet/Sour Mix
- Top with lemon-lime soda
- Lemon wheel
Pour all into a tall elegant ice filled glass. Garnish with lemon wheel