It’s December, and the holidays will be here before you know it. So how do you make a splash in a season full of tacky sweaters, broken candy canes, and those Christmas laser light things. (What is up with those?!) Well, all it takes is a little elbow grease, lots of glitter, and believing in unicorns…I mean Santa. No, I mean unicorns. Not even sure where to start? Just follow this easy-peasy primer and your holidays will be gay, merry and bright.
Since we’ve already covered presents here and here, lets start with the tree. Nothing says, this tree is gay like some leztastic Christmas ornaments. Here are a few that would add a little extra tinsel to your tree.
You could go subtle and sweet with garland…
Or you know, forget about the garland and just go all out.
Oh and remember the wrapping paper.
A tasteful rainbow menorah will light up the room.
Now that your decorations are in order, it’s time to show off the place with a holiday party. It doesn’t have to be a huge bash, but the holidays are about getting together with friends and family, so here are a couple ideas for any budget.
On the cheap: Invite your friends over and tell each one to bring their favorite kind of holiday cookie. Buy some festive boxes at the dollar store, and pack those puppies up with the goodies so everyone gets a variety of cookies.
Flung out of Space party: Pick a favorite holiday movie, and have a screening party, with commentary of course. My suggestion is the best Christmas movie there is, Carol. Serve creamed spinach, poached eggs, and martinis. Ok, skip the spinach and eggs and just serve the martinis.
Signature cocktails and carols: For this one, I enlisted the help of queer Mixologist and Beverage Director Jordan Moore. You can’t just serve any regular old cocktails or eggnog at this gay and festive event, so to get your crew ready to sing their hearts out, Jordan has created some cocktails based on our favorite lesbian and bi pop culture characters.
Haught Enough for Ya?
-Build in mixing glass:
-Serrano pepper, muddle
-1 oz. Lillet Rose
-1 oz. Campari
-1oz. Rittenhouse Rye
-Stir with ice
-Garnish with grapefruit twist & serrano slice
Strong with a kick, but aromatic & approachable
Danvers if You Do, Danvers if You Don’t
-Build in small tin:
-.75 oz. lime cordial (Peel & juice 12 medium limes (adjust for size variability), add equal amount sugar, steep overnight in refrigerator. Strain & bottle)
-.75 oz. Cointreau
-.75 oz. Don Q Spiced rum
-.75 oz. Remy 1738 Cognac
-Shake with ice & double strain into coupe
-Garnish with orange twist
Complex, off-dry, many-note. Loosely based on the classic daiquiri, a drink that went through a party phase, but much like Alex Danvers, has come back more sophisticated and self-assured.
-Build in highball:
-2 dashes lavender bitters
-2 oz. soda water
-2 oz. bergamot tonic syrup (2 1/2 cups of water, 2 1/2 cups of bergamot sugar, 1 1/2 tbsp, 3 tbsp of citric acid, 2 lemons, 1 grapefruit, 2 stalks lemongrass. Boil water and sugar, turn to low, and add the rest. Simmer for 25 mins, cool, then strain completely.)
-2 oz. Hendricks gin
-Top with ice & stir to mix
-Garnish with lemon wheel & lavender flowers
Kelly & Yorkie are made for each other–gin & tonic are too, so I didn’t mess with this one too much. Delicate lavender & flavorful bergamot add just enough to make this time-old tale extra special
And finally, a party needs music, right? Here is a playlist of Christmas tunes by lesbian, bi & queer folks we love.