Instead of worrying about what bar to go to and whether or not it was worth it to pay $100 for open bar & food, my roommate & I decided to host a New Year’s Eve Party this year. Since both of us had to work on New Year’s Eve, we decided to keep the menu simple, but elegant. Also to keep costs down, when people asked what they could bring we told them to bring sparkling wine which we used as a part of our signature drink! Overall, it was a great evening with good food & even better friends!
Last weekend my mom, sister, & I threw a bridal shower for my brother’s finance. We went with a beach theme and our color scheme was blue with yellow accents. The menu ended up being the perfect amount & variety of food, plus everything was ready within 10 minutes of the guests arriving so we could all enjoy the party! Continue reading
This year I decided that it would be a lot of fun to have a party for the Opening Ceremonies of the 2012 Olympics in London. After a lot of thought I decided on cooking mostly British inspired dishes and desserts. In addition to watching the games, I decided we would use commercial breaks to have a mini Olympics of our own.
Number of Guests
About 10 people
Toads in a Hole
Baked Fish & Chips with Malt Vinegar, Tartar Sauce, & Balsamic Vinegar Ketchup
Grilled Jalapeno Peppers stuffed with Pineapple Chicken Sausage & Kraft Rosemary Thyme Fresh Takes
Raspberry Trifle with Pound Cake Soaked in Lemon Simple Syrup & Whipped Cream
Mini Olympic Torches made using Mini Cake Cones, Small box of Funfetti Cake Mix, & Fluffy White Icing dyed with yellow, red, and orange food coloring
A wide variety of beer.
For the games we split into 2 teams. One team wore flag bandannas and the other red ones. We played three different games: Beer Pong, Flip Cup, & Quarters. For the winners I got small bottles of Goldschlager and tied them to ribbons to make “gold medals”.
This year I hosted my second annual Valentine’s Day party. This year I decided to throw a cocktail party and it turned out fantastic.
Number of Guests
Approximately 8 Adults
Red, White, and Pink
Mini Mac & Cheese
Pigs in a Blanket
Spinach Dip with Baby Carrots, Heart Shaped Cucumbers, & Heart Shaped Pumpernickel bread
Caprese Salad Skewers
Heart Shaped Cheese & Crackers
Heart Shaped Brownies
Mini Red Velvet Cupcakes
A bought a case of Planter’s walnuts through work a few weeks ago and so my mom suggested that I try and make candied walnuts to use on our cheese platters. I tried two different recipes.
The first used white sugar plus cinnamon. The second and my parents favorite used brown sugar and cayenne pepper. The cayenne gave it a nice kick and broke up the sweetness of the caramelized brown sugar. I packaged them in glass bottles I had saved.
- Antipasto and Cheese platters are an sophisticated and delicious yet easy way to start off a delicious meal or be the center piece of a cocktail party.Below is a picture antipasta & cheese platter I made for a Black & White themed sit down dinner last year.
The cheese portion of the platter includes brie and a sharp white cheddar with fig preserves and honey for dipping. The antipasto portion has kalamata olives, marinated artichoke hearts, peperoncinis, stuffed hot peppers, roasted red peppers, and bruschetta skewers. Its all served with a french baguette.
An added bonus to antipasto trays is that most of the marinated options will keep in your refrigerator for a long time. That way you can buy in bulk and always have some on hand.