Holiday entertaining season is fast approaching and every year I like to plan a head a bit and file away some easy party appetizers and small bites for when I’ll need them later. Appetizers and small bites are my go-to party food because you can keep the recipes incredibly simple and make a variety small bites which keeps things interesting (and guests happy).
I recently made a tray of small bites using some fresh ingredients at my local farmers market. Each appetizer was different but all three utilized a bit of dip. I’ve partnered up with Heluva Good Dips this season and have been sharing different ways to pair their flavorful sour cream dips with local fresh ingredients (like this bountiful veggie tray I recently shared). I like that their dips are made with real sour cream and lots of flavorful spices so they pair really well with a variety of flavors.
I created a smoked salmon crostini, A cucumber + radish wheel, and a mini heirloom potato bite. Each was unique but really simple to make. When it comes to party appetizers, simple is always my motto.
To make the salmon crostini I lightly toasted sliced baguette pieces in the oven with a bit of olive oil. Then, I added a drop of Heluva Good! French Onion Dip on top. Next I placed a piece of smoked salmon and then garnished with a bit of fresh rosemary. This looks like a really impressive appetizer to serve but it’s really easy to make.
To make the cucumber + radish wheels Top slices of cucumbers with a drop of Heluva Good! French Onion Cup and then place one slice of radish on top.
To make heirloom potato bites
Microwave small heirloom potatoes until they are soft. Cut them in half and scoop out just a little of the potato (just enough to make a small well for the dip). Add a scoop of Heluva Good! Bacon Horseradish Dip to each potato. Top with cracked black pepper and garnish with fresh chives.
Each one of these easy party appetizers took less than ten minutes to make and are crowd pleasers. Using the flavorful dips makes all the difference here, feel free to mix things up and experiment with your own flavor combinations.
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Blended and frozen cocktails are my jam this summer, and this adult Shirley Temple just might be my new go-to. When I was a kid, I used to always order a Shirley Temple when my parents took me to a restaurant. I don’t know, it made me feel grown up a little. Now, this adult version is making me feel like a kid again.
We recently decided to host a small “porch party” for our neighbors. It’s been so hot here that I knew a blended cocktail would be the perfect option!
We sent out this Evite® and asked guests to bring an appetizer to share. Folks stopped by for a bit, while others sat and stayed a while. Everyone seemed pleased to try this cocktail since it was a relief from the heat.
I can’t get over how delicious this adult Shirley Temple was (our neighbors loved them too)! I went to Albertsons and picked up all of the classic ingredients (7UP®, Grenadine, and cherries) but I turned it into a blended cocktail by mixing it with a few frozen dark cherries and ice in a blender. The dark cherries gave the drink a deeper depth of flavor which just made it perfect for an adult crowd. The 7UPgave the drink that familiar crisp and refreshing taste that Shirley Temples have. (more…)
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Looking for veggie tray ideas for your next BBQ or dinner party? I love laying out a variety of fresh veggies and dip for guests to enjoy. Especially at a summer BBQ where the menu is typically heavy on grilled meats. A fresh veggie tray is a great way to offer guests a great appetizer to snack on without being to heavy.
When possible, I always head to our local farmers market to pick up some fresh vegetables. I love to mix up what I serve based on what’s in season. And I always look for something unexpected to add into the tray–in this case they were some delicious black figs I discovered.
There are several ways you can go when thinking of veggie tray ideas, but my favorite is creating a long board like this that can go in the center of the table. I find when you put the appetizers off to the side or out of the proximity of where your guests are sitting, they often go untouched. Using a long board almost makes it feel like a colorful (and edible) centerpiece. (more…)
It’s summer! This means there will certainly be several occasion to whip up a batch of frozen alcoholic drinks. I wanted to share a few of my go-to frozen cocktail recipes with you in case you don’t want to dig in the cocktail archives. I’m totally planning on enjoying each of these very soon. Did I tell you all I am taking a 30 day sabbatical from work? I cannot wait for lazy summer days and enjoying these recipes poolside! If you have any good summer book recommendations please drop them in the comments, I have reading on my “must-do” list for sure. I mean, a frozen cocktail and a good book just go together so well, don’t you think?
(Bonus: Each of these are really simple to make and don’t require too many ingredients)
3. Lime Coconut Margarita I know coconut water is all the rage–but I prefer mine in margarita form. ;). This is light, and refreshing and just tropical enough to make you feel like it’s vacation time. Grab the recipe.
What do you think? Will you be trying one of these frozen alcoholic drinks this summer? Let me know which one looks best!
And if you make one, be sure to share a photo with me on Instagram and tag #TScocktails!
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Tis’ the season for light, summer refreshments. After a hectic week, I’m always looking forward to a little chill out time on my patio or inviting a few friends over for a laid back dinner. Of course, a summer cocktail always plays a role in my plan. I’m currently obsessed over these simple rosé spritzers. They are so simple to make that it almost feels like cheating. I made these last weekend and I’m officially declaring that they are my new favorite drink to make at home.
You guys know I don’t like to create complicated recipes and this one is as simple as it gets. When I say simple, I mean two ingredients–rosé and 7UP®. (Told you so.) Summer cocktails should never be fussy to make in my opinion. The whole idea is to relax and unwind and this rosé spritzer fits the bill. It’s perfect for a chill summer evening or to serve when entertaining guests.
Before you make your drink, you’ll want to fill a glass halfway with ice and then add some fresh citrus for a garnish. I like to use a slice of lime and a wedge of pink grapefruit. If it’s really hot out, pop the cut citrus into the freezer for about 10 minutes. This helps keep your cocktail nice and chilled!
Next, you’ll want to pour your drink. I fill half the glass with my favorite rosé and then fill the rest of the glass with Diet 7UP (you can use any 7UP of your choice). The 7UP has a great crisp and clean taste which makes it pair perfectly with the rosé.
Party skewers are fun to use for garnishes, but totally optional! Remember, keeping it simple in the summer is key.
This cocktail is easy create, which means it’s also easy to serve. If you’re just serving one or two people, just pour them in each glass. But, if you’re serving a crowd you can mix up the cocktail in a punch bowl or pitcher and let guests serve themselves. Isn’t that great? If you do mix up a big batch, toss in a few frozen lime slices and grapefruit wedges to keep it cold (don’t use ice as that will melt and dilute your cocktail). Then, have additional slices on the side so guess can add their garnish to their glass.
I’m telling you, this cocktail sure feels like summer.
Next time you’re at Target, do what I do–grab a bottle of your favorite rosé and some cans of 7UP to keep on hand. Then, you’ll be all set for any impromptu summer chilling that may occur. Be sure to share your summer sips using #mixitupalittle so I can check it out!
Checkout even more inspiration and simple summer recipes using 7UP, here! And on your next Target run, be sure to use theseCartwheel offers (links below) when picking up your 7UP.
I get really excited about delicious drinks that only have a few ingredients and this grapefruit cocktail takes home the prize. I recently featured this cocktail as one of the engagement party ideas I shared but it totally deserves to shine on it’s own here. Plus, so many of you emailed me asking for the recipe, which I want you to have! I called it “Love Punch” because that went so well with the party theme but you can call it whatever you want!
I never would have called myself a grapefruit fan really. I mean I think they are gorgeous and obviously a photogenic citrus, but I didn’t go wild for the taste. But this punch … YUM. I guess everything tastes better with vodka? ;)
I recently was gifted this gorgeous punch bowl from my Mother-In-Law and this was the perfect punch recipe to break it in (PS, isn’t the ladle just so pretty?).
I think a grapefruit cocktail is the perfect choice for any warm-weather gathering. Even if it’s just sitting on the porch with your loved one. (more…)