If you’re lucky enough to be renting one of those luxury apartments with a balcony in Manhattan, like those you may have seen on house39.com, then you’ve got to take advantage of that and hold a balcony party!
When you live in an apartment and like to entertain, it always helps to open up the balcony as another room. Voila. You suddenly have more space!
There are millions of ways to organize and decorate, and here are a few ideas.
If you’re trying to go low-key, then think paper lanterns, deck chairs, and a guitar. You really can’t go wrong when it’s all relaxed. The foods that may be most appropriate are finger foods, something rustic. Think popcorn bar, lemonade, chips and dip, or cream cheese and onion ham rolls. For something sweet consider cupcakes or even just cookies.
If you want something more formal, consider a small table with a centerpiece and gourmet cupcakes, then set out a few chairs and put out some plants. Plants can brighten up any space and make it party ready. Later on in the night, serve some ‘looks-fancy-but-it’s-easy’ drinks, like a dirty Shirley cocktail or something along those lines. You can always go with fruit and cheese samples, gourmet flatbreads or pizzas, or even bruschetta. These are quick, but provide the opportunity to use any gourmet ingredient you like.
Another option is to have a tropical party, a sort of luau. Make tropical rum punch, set out a couple of pineapples and leis as centerpieces, and put on some tropical drum music. Try buying a used surfboard and prop it in the corner, and then choose your foods. They could run from simple – like Hawaiian pizza or fruit skewers – to more complex foods like grilled pineapple and pork with cold macaroni salad.