Lets have a Kiki

Let the Kiki begin!

“A Kiki is a party for calming all your nerves. We’re spilling tea and dishing just deserts when they deserve.”

So call up your closest friends for an evening of chatting and catching up on the juiciest details of life. During a Kiki you let down your guard, indulge in luxurious treats, and hot gossip among your trusted circle. With nothing else on the agenda but to catch up on each other’s lives. Only four simple rules apply – one, put the cell phones away, as all of the important people in your life are there with you; two, be honest and don’t hold back in the conversation; three, don’t be judgmental; and lastly, the most important of all, what is said at a Kiki stays at the Kiki! Just like Vegas, or a mini Vegas with out the flashy lights and with more naughty talk.
As host of a Kiki ‘refreshments’ are your number one responsibility! I suggest bottles or if you have friends like mine a case of Prosecco will do nicely. Prosecco, an Italian sparkling wine made from the Prosecco grape variety, it’s usually dry to very dry.  light and airy with a crisp bite, making the wine very palatable. Almost every one can enjoy this wine while divulging their best-kept secrets. A sweet little trick  is adding a wild hibiscus flower in syrup to each champagne glass. You can find a jar of hibiscus flowers in any fine specialty food store. Undoubtedly, this touch is the piece de resistance of the evening!

With the Prosecco flowing and the chitchat juicy, every one will begin feeling comfortable in an environment of expectance and support. As host, you don’t want to miss out on anything by having to leave the table for any reason, as you too are suppose to be relaxing along with your guests.

For nibbles prepare one simple platter, rich in variety to act as a centerpiece and a topic of conversation. Prepare this platter before the Kiki begins and have it set on the table along with the wine glasses, napkins and anything else you feel may be needed. I usually incorporate a few of my favorite home made sweets and decadent fruits arranged in contrast to make the plate seem to overflow with all things extravagant. For this Kiki, my platter featured home made cherry white and dark chocolate bark, candied plums, a variety of fruits, including: blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, strawberries, grapes and pineapple, plus sweet and salty Almonds.

After the ‘just deserts have be served’ you’ll be feeling more confident and trusting of your circle of close friends. Laine Valin


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