One of the best and most enjoyable gathering of my friends was a few years back for a Holiday Baking Party. Five of my best friends were invited for a cooking party at my home. In order to take this type of gathering you need a fairly good size kitchen, several ovens and lots of champagne and orange juice. To begin, section off several areas of your kitchen to serve as a prep area for each of your friends. I sectioned off five areas and at each of those was placed a set of measuring spoons, measuring cups, a hot pad and a vintage grandma’s apron. You don’t need to provide all these items but they can be purchased fairly inexpensively (except for the apron) at the local dollar store or super market. Gauge the number of friends to invite based on the size of your kitchen and how many prep areas you can arrange but hopefully have at least three participants including yourself.
Have on hand some hors d’ hourves such as the Asiago Cheese and Tomato Bruschetta for noshing and Mimosa or Martini’s to sip as you cook.
Items for the prep area:
1 Champagne Flute
1 Set of measuring cups
1 Set of measuring spoons
1 Hot pad(s)
Grandma’s vintage aprons
Friends should bring the ingredients and pans for whatever they want to cook. Suggested baking items are cookies, sweet breads or pies. Or, someone may want to take on making up a batch of fudge, penuche or chocolate truffles. That year I made up truffles and took the corner closest to the stove top.
You may want to find out what each of your friends will be baking so that you can stage a cooking corner just for them. At an un-staged area, put out all your baking pans, measure bowls, spatulas and anything else that you think someone might forget to bring. If you are an avid baker or cook like me who has to have every cooking tool they see, then this should be a cinch.
Put on your favorite Christmas music station or Holiday Playlist from your portable media to set the background. This is an easy party to pull off as you only need a few appetizers, the staging area, Champagne and music to set the stage.
Basic Mimosa Recipe
- Sparkling Wine, Cava, Prosecco or Champagne (1 bottle)
- Orange Juice (1 carton)
- Triple Sec (optional)
Enjoy a fun time at your Baking Party and Best Holiday Wishes from KCinAZ!