It's time to pull out all the stops! Celebrating 25 years is a major milestone, which means it's the perfect occasion to find the best new recipes and cocktails to commemorate the event.

Colonial Wine and Spirits is also celebrating its 25th year, so they're lending their expertise to help you host the perfect silver anniversary party.

Cheers!

 

The Invitation

Invitations are available at any party store, or you can click here for one Colonial created for you. You can also use this template to print your own 4x6 postcards. Avery Template 5889: Postcards, 2 per sheet.

 

The Toast

Champagne or sparkling wine is the perfect choice. For a special touch, consider designing your own label with a 25-year anniversary message. A special bottle tag will achieve the same effect, and may be removed and kept as a souvenir.  

Here are a few recommendations to assist in making your selection:

  • Splurge – Moet & Chandon Vintage 2006 Champagne
  • Choice – Taittinger La Francais Champagne
  • Budget – Gloria Ferrer
  • Extra Budget – Toso Brut Argentina

 

The Menu

For the Elegant Dinner Party

Skill Level: Above average and dedicated (recommended for groups of 30 and under)

  • Spicy ahi tuna tartar
  • Shrimp cocktail
  • Prosciutto with melon balls, fresh mozzarella and basil
  • Grilled beef rolls with scallion soy dipping sauce

For recipe information, click here.

 

For the Large Cocktail Party

Skill Level: Easy

  • Mozzarella chili dip with tostada chip rounds
  • Shrimp cocktail Caribbean holiday style
  • Seafood bruschetta
  • Assorted artisan cheese selection with local seasonal fruit
  • Charcuterie assortment

For recipe information, click here.

Pro tip: For large events, think about tasty salads and dips and other dishes that are easy, can be made in large batches and go a long way.

 

The Cocktails

Silver Jubilee

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Hendrick's Gin
  • 3/4 oz. 99 Bananas liqueur
  • 1 1/2 oz. cream

Instructions:

Shake well over ice cubes in a shaker, strain into a cocktail glass and serve.

 

Silver Fizz

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. Citadelle Gin
  • 1 oz. lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. super-fine sugar
  • 1 egg white

Instructions:

Shake furiously with cracked ice in a chilled cocktail shaker, then strain into a Collins glass and fill up with cold club soda or seltzer. Serve with a stirring rod.

 

Silver Star

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 oz. Tito's Vodka
  • 1/2 oz. apricot brandy
  • 1.2 oz. bitters Campari (may substitute Angostura)
  • 1/2 oz. lemon juice
  • 2 oz. orange juice
  • 1 egg white

Instructions:

Combine vodka, apricot brandy, Campari, both juices and the egg white in a cocktail shaker half-filled with ice cubes. Shake well and strain into a cocktail glass. Garnish with a cherry and a slice of orange and serve.

 

Silver Mine

Ingredients:

  • 6-8 quarters fresh lime
  • 6 fresh mint leaves
  • 1/2 oz. simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 oz. Herradura Blanco Tequila
  • 1/2 oz. Cointreau

Instructions:

In a shaker, add the first three ingredients and muddle together. Fill the shaker with ice. Add tequila and Cointreau and shake vigorously. Serve in a highball glass with a salted rim.

 

Find more party planning tips and recipes on the Colonial Wine and Spirits website, and follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.