Text all your friends immediately and tell them you’re throwing a cocktail party. With this easy menu, it’s possible to host a festive one just a few days from now without breaking a sweat. The key is to lean on simple sips and bites whose components can be made ahead or even bought straight from the store. That makes the last-minute scramble not much of a scramble at all.
This laid-back menu starts with a refreshing rhubarb cocktail that’s sure to be a crowd-pleaser (especially because it can also be made as a mocktail). Snacks like cheesy polenta bites, spicy carrot hummus, and hearty beef tenderloin sliders are sure to keep your friends satiated, and there are a few sweet treats to round out the occasion. There’s no better excuse to host a gathering than this one.
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