By Brini Maxwell
Pride is all about celebrations. The granddaddy of most people’s Pride Celebration is the parade. If you and a group of friends are taking part in this year’s parade or simply celebrating with a group at home consider these lovely entertaining ideas from Brini Maxwell, host of The Brini Maxwell Show on The Style Network.
The nice thing about a pre-Pride parade breakfast party is that you can fortify the troops and build some momentum for the big event. I like to have a buffet of lots of protein and carb rich dishes like scrambled eggs, French toast, sausage and bacon. These can be made ahead of time and kept warm in a chafing dish, which can be rented at most restaurant supply stores or you can purchase one at a party store. In addition to the food, have a lovely morning cocktail like the Summer Breeze available for guests. Here too you can pre-make your cocktails and pour them into a lovely pitcher. A few cubes of ice in a tall glass are all you need to complete cocktails for your brunch!
Brini’s Summer Breeze
1 1/2 ounces BACARDI Limon
1 ounce pink grapefruit juice
1 ounce orange juice
Dash of grenadine
Shake all ingredients in a shaker filled with ice. Strain into a martini glass, drop a cherry in, and enjoy! Note: for a pitcher full, multiply your ingredients by twelve and your guests will be able to help themselves during breakfast.
As your guests are leaving to take their place in the parade be sure to have some fun favors at the door that will help your guests get through the march with style – water bottles that can be worn around the neck, pennants or hats that will help them find each other in the crowd or even buttons or T-shirts that commemorate the party.
If you’re more of a night owl you might prefer to host a post parade fete. This can be lots of fun if you have some outdoor space. The beautiful summer weather lends itself to alfresco celebrations. Start by finding some beautiful lanterns for your back yard. You can get paper lanterns that can be strung up with light bulbs, candle lanterns that stake into the ground, even miniature lanterns that you can festoon across the deck. You can even find them in rainbow colors! These lovely lights will create a wonderful atmosphere for your party. If you don’t have outdoor space or the weather isn’t cooperating you can feature most of these delightful accents inside as well.
After marching all day your guests will be hungry. I suggest something hearty like a barbecue with good old fashioned burgers and hot dogs, delicious potato salad and my favorite, deviled eggs:
12 hard-boiled eggs, cooled completely
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 tablespoon white vinegar
1 teaspoon dry mustard
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/8 teaspoon paprika
1/4 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese
Chopped fresh chives
Shell the eggs and cool completely, cut them in half lengthwise, and remove the yolks carefully. Put the yolks in a bowl and mash with a fork. Add remaining ingredients (except the chives) to the yolks and mix well. Place a dollop of the yolk mixture in the indentation in each of the egg white halves and garnish with chopped chives.
Of course you’ll want a stellar cocktail to complete the picture. I’ve chosen the Big Apple Pride The name reminds us of the time when it all began.
Big Apple Pride
3/4 oz Bacardi Big Apple
1/4 oz Sweet and Sour
Shake ingredients with ice and strain into chilled martini glass. Garnish with apple slice.
Make your pride celebrations something to remember!