Throw a Strawberry Party!
YES. It’s what we say to things that are awesome. Yes.
Arguably the most charming of all spring’s glories is the humble strawberry. What is more wonderful than a fat, ruby-red one, ripe and sweet and piled into a square green basket at the market?
For years I’ve been throwing strawberry parties, and the menu is always very simple: Bourbon strawberry mint lemonade, strawberry balsamic panna cotta, one savory strawberry dish, and red-and-white decor as far as the eye can see.
It’s one of the easiest shindigs to pull off in the middle of a sunny May or June afternoon, and no one ever declines the invitation. Because everybody loves strawberries, from babies to the elderly, hipsters to hotshots. All you need is red napkins or plates, maybe some red-and-white swirled straws, one big punch brimming with berries, and a couple of snacks. Pick from the ones we feature here, or bring your own knockout recipe to the table. Do you make a stunning strawberry shortcake? Make it the centerpiece.
Leave a little bit of time for chopping strawberries, ask people to bring rosé (of course!), put on your best red dress or tie, and prepare to be 2000 percent more popular than you already are.
If that’s even possible.
Strawberry Bourbon Mint Lemonade Punch
Photo credit: Alex Van Buren
Sweet, tart, and very springy indeed, this punch can be made with however much bourbon you think your guests can handle. Bonus: Doesn’t it look amazing?
Bourbon Strawberry Mint Lemonade Punch
375ml good-quality bourbon, or to taste
10-15 cups store-bought lemonade (we like Newman’s Own), or to taste
1/4 cup fresh mint, plus 2 Tbsp for garnish
1/2 cup strawberries, hulled and sliced
Combine bourbon, lemonade, mint, and strawberries a large punch bowl. Stir well to mix. Adjust bourbon and lemonade to taste. Carefully add ice ring to bowl. Garnish with fresh mint. Serve.
Panna Cotta with Balsamic Strawberries and Mint