Holiday Party

Kansas City Star – December ’05

Mandy Phalen was interviewed by food editor Jill Wendholt Silva of the Kansas City Star in December of 2005. As for color, red-and-white swirls continue to make for fun holiday party decor, says Mandy Phalen, a wedding and event planner who owns Event Studio in Leawood. Plus,peppermint is a flavor that is, by its very nature, refreshing. Anytime you even put (a peppermint) in your mouth, you say, ‘Aaahh!’ You get a lift in your spirit.”

A few years ago Phalen created a holiday luncheon for a 30-something client that she
dubbed “The Power of Peppermint.” The invitations had stripes. Centerpieces included
hurricane vases filled with round, wrapped peppermints. The candles were scented with
peppermint oil. Even the menu included red and white foods. At the end of the party,
guests were treated to hot chocolate spiked with a splash of peppermint schnapps.
Now swirl that with a candy cane!
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