Wiley Publishing had a book launch party for Sandi Henderson, Melissa Averinos and Anna Maria Horner during Quilt Market. It was held at this very cool restaurant called Cosmos in the Graves 601 Hotel (no connection to architect, Michael Graves).
Anyway, here is my pictorial essay of the event.
Here is the friendly staff setting up the drink luge. This one is a little more fancy than a traditional drink luge- they expect us to use glasses. (I had never heard of one before, but they run the alcohol through the ice block to chill it. In the extreme party version, you just drink off the ice block as it runs off. I wouldn't waste my time- a good old-fashioned shaker chills the drinks much better.) Note the candles to highlight the luge and in the lower right of the picture as table accents.
The restaurant created "signature" drinks honoring each author. I tried the Anna Maria, which was very good. I was tempted to try all of them, but since they were 99% alcohol, I decided I better tone it down a bit and continued with drinks that were only 50% alcohol. Note the glow of the candles reflecting in the menu.
Raise your hand if you knew where this was headed. Yes, a guest's scarf caught on fire as they filled up their glass at the drink luge. Caught on fire. Like flames. Her friend had to pull it off of her neck and stomp it out on the floor. Fortunately, the only thing injured was the scarf.
Though I've always said, "It's not a party until someone catches on fire", do watch your candle placement around your drink luge.