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Westport, Connecticut – When it comes to throwing the most unusual, elegant, and entertaining holiday party, no one has more innovative ideas than party planner extraordinaire Christian O’Dowd. In fact, Christian is considered one of the most creative and talented home entertaining experts in the industry.
Sought after by celebrities such as Paul Newman, Billy Joel, James Earl Jones, and Ertha Kitt, as well as CEOs of Fortune 500 companies including Pfizer, US Surgical, and other high profile people including one who is planning a $600-a-head Thanksgiving party, Christian’s holiday entertaining ideas are unique and simple (anyone can do them) and include:
A delicious Pear-Infused Martini with an octagon-shaped honeycomb floating as the garnish served in an amber-colored martini glass. Christian says, “As the honeycomb starts oozing honey, each sip of the drink changes and becomes more powerful and delicious. And, be sure to serve the drink in a candlelit setting. The candlelight reflecting off of the amber-colored glass and the octagon honeycomb makes the drink look outrageously good. And, the color of the amber glass makes people’s skin look younger and sexy.”
“The Snowball” which looks like a snowball in a blizzard! The drink is made up of part vodka and part ice cider, which adds tastes of vanilla, silky honey, and a bit of oak to the drink. Ice cider originated in Quebec, Canada when apple pickers decided to let their apples hang late into the autumn, actually freezing them. Blend the vodka and ice cider until they are “slushy” and then pour into an ice martini glass available through www.icecaters.com. Garnish your “Snowball” with a lychee. Absolutely delicious, lychees are a small red heart-shaped Chinese fruit that is sweet and juicy and available in your local oriental market.
Courtesy of Christian O’Dowd of Cantering Caterer
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