The Instant Cocktail Party
By Madelyn Miller
I love to entertain. Really. I love to have my friends
over, catch up and share experiences and life viewpoints.
I used to think I liked to cook.
But cooking (especially for a party) requires time and
energy. Shopping, preparing, cooking, cleaning the kitchen. Not my favorite
I’d rather just enjoy my friends.
This year I had a brilliant idea. I would invite some
of my friends from Fox TV in Dallas and others I had not seen much this year
with all my travels plus new friends who live in my loft. Instead of
cooking, I would have the party catered. Then I was looking through a Swiss
Colony Gift catalogue and decided to have the whole thing delivered. No
strangers would be running around my kitchen, Just the friendly Fed Ex man
I have some snazzy new serving pieces since my divorce
so all I had to do was call in my order. (actually, it could have been done
on line) I called the day before the event and smugly sat back and thought
how sophisticated my time management skills were.
Here is what I did
1. Got flowers
2. Ordered a L’Il Swiss Colony Baby cheese, Sausage
and cheese balls, crispy crackers with spreads. Actually, I did not even
choose what to serve. I asked advice to a friendly, experienced Swiss Colony
3. waited for Fed X
WHAT I WISH I HAD DONE DIFFERENTLY
Cut up some vegetables or something low calorie.
Everything I ordered was yummy, but rich
Had some sliced fruit to go with the Baby Swiss
Had just one thing made ahead, so if Fed X had gone on
strike or something, I would not have had to worry about the delivery. As it
was, the package arrived at 4pm, an hour before my guests were set to
arrive. Actually, it was enough time, but one guest arrived early.
I was so into having a fuss free party that I forgot
all about chilling wine. Luckily, it was a cold night, and several buddies
So many people brought wine that I have enough bottles
for a wine tasting party.
I had ten friends over, and almost half the food was
left over. I guess I should have invited everyone back for the next night.
I did have enough snack food to keep the munchie
monster at bay for the rest of the holiday.
The crunchies made great croutons in a salad the next
day and I used some of the cheese spread on a sandwhich. Yummy.
MORE ABOUT MY ORDER
The Swiss Colony’s Baby Swiss is every bit as big in
nut-sweet, buttery rich flavor and creamy texture of the 200-pound Swiss
cheese wheels — but in sizes that are just right for every household. Big
Baby is available in two-, three- and five-pound wheels (2 lbs., $18.50; 3
lbs., $25.50; 5 lbs., $38.95). Li’l Baby, weighing only one and one-quarter
pounds (1 1/4 lbs., $11.75), is perfect for smaller households.
Sausage ’n Cheese Balls — The Swiss Colony’s famous
BEEF LOG® and Summer Sausages come packaged with two, three or four Cheese
Balls, including hearty, full-bodied Swiss Cheddar ’n Walnuts and French
Onion flavors. (5 oz. BEEF LOG, 5 oz. Summer Sausage and two 3 oz. Cheese
Balls, $12.50; 7 oz. BEEF LOG, 7 oz. Summer Sausage and three 3 oz. Cheese
Balls, $17.95; 7 oz. BEEF LOG, 7 oz. Summer Sausage, 7 oz. Garlic Sausage
and four 3 oz. Cheese Balls, $22.95,)
Incredible Spreadables® with crunchy “Crrrisps” — three
or four different flavored “Crrisps” with an assortment of two, three or
four smooth, creamy and easy-to-spread Incredible Spreadables —Cheddar,
Swiss and cream cheeses in mouthwatering blends with meats, vegetables
and/or seasonings. (1 lb. 4 1/2 oz. net wt., $18.50; 1 lb. 15 1/2 oz. net
wt., $24.95; 2 lbs. 15 oz. net wt., $33.95)
To place an order, call 1-800-804-5188 or visit