I know, I know, this post is about a month late, but I just had to share these signs before a whole calendar year goes by!
We hosted Joe’s co-workers for their holiday party this year, which was awesome because he works at “Cuisine at Home” magazine, so they’re a bunch of foodies who brought appetizers. All I really had to do was prepare the basics and clean the house. (Takes the stress out of having a bunch of chefs over!)
Anyhow, I’d stopped in to Foundry Coworking for a meeting and they had an awesome set of holiday party “caution” signs created by the one and only Saturday Manufacturing. Brian is so clever! All of their work makes me smile.
I got to take the set home with me (the agency had sent them out free as a holiday card package) and used them to decorate for our party:
We nearly had an open fire when Joe put his Tacos Jose* appetizer into the oven and then forgot about them. His boss smelled burning and saved the day!
Guest safety is a top priority, of course!
There were quite a few more, but I had to go on a grocery (right) run before I was able to snap photos of them all. This sign, which I put on the downstairs bathroom door, is probably my favorite:
I totally think these should get sold through FredFlare or Chronicle Books or something, don’t you? At the very least, these clever designs should illustrate a story with tips for hosting a holiday party article for a magazine, right?
My big tip: If everyone is bunching up in one area and you want to create more flow, move the drinks away from the food. Miss Manners will probably tell me this is a terrible faux pas, but we have a lovely den that gets zero traffic (there isn’t even a door!) during parties. That is, until I moved the booze into it. Then it becomes quite popular and people don’t just bunch up near our little galley kitchen.
(A fun little appetizer Joe adapted a few years ago and that has become a staple)
What you’ll need:
1 can black beans
Red pepper, diced
1 or 2 Roma tomatoes, diced
Salsa (chunky works better than runny)
Large flour tortillas
1. Grease or spray a cupcake tin with non-stick spray and preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Cut three tortillas into four pieces each. You should have 12 pie-shaped pieces.
3. Fold the tortillas into cups by doubling over one of the straight edges and place into cupcake tin.
4. Put a little bit of cheese into the bottom of each cup.
5. Put a small spoon full of beans into each cup.
6. Put a small spoon full of peppers and tomatoes into each cup.
7. Top ingredients in each cup with a bit of salsa and then a little more cheese on top.
8. Sprinkle a little chili powder on top of each cup.
9. Bake at 375 degrees until cheese in melted and edges of tortillas are browned.
10. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes. As they cool they should firm up enough to pull them out of the tin without falling apart.