A dog may be man’s best friend, but as Marilyn Monroe sang in the movie "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," it’s diamonds that are a girl’s best friend. Create a magical and glamorous celebration for the female in your life by hosting a party where glitz and diamonds take center stage. Whether you’re hosting a bridal shower, a birthday or a sweet 16 party, a diamond-encrusted soiree creates a memorable affair.
Use rhinestone stickers to border a white diamond-shaped invite. List the details for your affair, place it in an envelope and add a pinch of silver sequins to surprise guests when they open your invitation. Everyday items can be bedazzled to fit into your diamond theme. Add a few diamond-like accents to personalized labels to adorn champagne or sparkling cider bottles. Even ordinary toothpicks can be decked out with jewels. Add a bit of glue to the end of a toothpick and slide on a clear faceted bead with a center hole. Let it dry; then top the end with a tiny rhinestone. Use the toothpicks to spear cocktail garnishes.
A Tantalizing Table
To dress up your table, start with a white tablecloth. A white table runner can be created with white chiffon that has been adorned with rhinestones and placed over the cloth, running down the center of your table. Top the runner with diamond-shaped candleholders encasing tiny votive candles. Add bouquets of fresh white flowers in silver, crystal or rhinestone-encrusted vases as centerpieces. Then carry your theme to your serving platters and place settings by using silver or crystal plates and platters that have been bejeweled with rhinestones. Lastly, attach vintage rhinestone brooches to napkins for extra bling that guests can wear and take home as party favors.
Almost nothing goes better with diamonds than champagne. Create a champagne bar for guests to mix up their own luscious cocktails. Have bottles of champagne on hand as well as sparkling cider for guests who don't indulge or for the under-21 set. Place the bottles into fancy ice buckets. To create the classic champagne cocktail, add a sugar cube to a flute glass, sprinkle with a dash of bitters, top with champagne and garnish with a lemon twist. The barbotage is a cocktail created by mixing brandy, orange liqueur and champagne and served in a champagne flute. Offer bowls of strawberries and raspberries for guests to use as garnishes with plain champagne or cider.
Since sweets are a classic pairing with champagne, let desserts be the star of your diamond party. Serve dainty petit fours that have been decorated with diamond shapes. Make angel food cupcakes and top them with white icing and white crystallized rock candy to mimic uncut diamonds. White iced cookies can be decorated with diamond rings or topped with edible white pearls. Top off your dessert offerings with strawberries that have been dipped in white chocolate and sprinkled with silver edible sugar for a delicious treat that sparkles.
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