Society editor’s note: We asked the men how they would plan drinks for a cocktail party for 75 people, and we received some great answers.
Then we heard about the party that Debby and Paul Dudman and Mary and Bill Price had recently for 28 people. It was a two-hour cocktail party.
They served three bottles of Champagne, four bottles of white wine, a whole bottle each of vodka and gin, and a half-bottle each of bourbon and scotch. They used Chandon Champagne, Joel Gott Chardonnay, Johnny Walker Black Scotch, Ciroc Vodka, Beefeater Gin and Jack Daniel’s whiskey.
“Everyone seemed to be drinking more cocktails than wine and champagne, lots of gin and tonic, vodka and tonic and a few martinis,” Debby Dudman noted.
If Debby Dudman wrote a food blog, her latest party would be on it. She and husband Paul Dudman and Mary and Bill Price honored their dear friend and neighbor, Rita Dearmon, at a cocktail party. Dearmon recently received the Lee B. Brawner award at the Literary Voices dinner.
“We wanted to honor Rita and have her friends over for a party,” Debby Dudman said. The women planned the menu, arranged the flowers (using quince from the backyard) and took photos. Dudman prepared most of the food, and the two friends were the perfect hostesses.
We wrote about Dudman and her homemaking skills March 25, 2007. She said then: “I really just like making people happy. ... So if the event is successful, and everyone is comfortable, entertained and well-fed, I feel like a worthwhile woman.”
Dudman still is planning parties and cooking. It is a labor of love. Since she prepared the food for the Dearman party, her favorites were included.
They were: artichoke frittata squares, shrimp with cocktail sauce, beef tenderloin sandwiches with horseradish cream, pastry puffs with crab salad, cheddar cheese ring with strawberry preserves and mushroom sandwiches. Price fixed brownies and iced lemon cookies for dessert. Dudman also garnished the food trays with flowers made out of beets and watermelon radishes.