Party Like a Star (On a Real-Life Budget)

12/30/2008 at 08:30 AM EST

Party Like a Star (On a Real-Life Budget)
Ray Kachatorian
Party Like a Star (On a Real-Life Budget)

Mindy Weiss

Ray Kachatorian

The Menus:

Cookies for 20 Under $100 (see below)
Dinner for 15 Under $300
Cocktails for 20 Under $200

Cookies for 20 Under $100



"People go to trouble to find the fanciest dessert, when truly people want comfort food like old-fashioned cookies," says Weiss, who set up a cookie bar at Eva Longoria Parker's bridal shower. "Baking is very inexpensive. But you can find great cookies too." Weiss buys both from bakeries and from big-box stores like Costco in L.A. It's easy to make a party like this feel plentiful, because, as she points out, "with a dessert theme, guests aren't starving; they've already eaten dinner." She rounds out the offerings with a cocktail and other beverages, plus berries or fruit "for the dieters." As for the cookies, elevate them with creative displays. Use glass jars, but if you don't have them, "use bowls, or kids' cookie jars, pitchers, vases. Delicious is delicious."

The Menu:

• Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail with Candied Ginger Garnish
• Chocolate Chip Cookies
• Holiday Decorated Cookies
• Mini Cheesecake Tartlets

Pomegranate Champagne Cocktail with Candied Ginger Garnish

Recipe for 1 drink

6 fl. oz champagne
1 fl. oz pomegranate juice
Pomegranate seeds
Candied ginger garnish on a tooth pick

Put the champagne, pomegranate juice in a champagne flute or coupe. Garnish with pomegranate seeds and candied ginger garnish.

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