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Are you gearing up for Game Day? I might not be the biggest football fan, but I am a big fan of game day snacks. This year I’m setting up the ultimate snacking tray for guests to enjoy while watching the game.
A snack tray is the perfect idea when entertaining because you can give guests a variety of options and they can help themselves (which makes your hostess duties really simple).
I started by picking up a few flavorful spices (I love how creamy they are). Heluva Good! Dips come in a variety of flavors including French Onion, Bacon Horseradish and Buttermilk Ranch (my personal favorite). I put the dips into small bowls and placed them on the tray. (more…)
This post has been sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
If you’re looking for a new cocktail that feels special but is simple to make, then this bourbon spritzer is for you my friend.
This bourbon spritzer is just the ticket for your next football-watching Sunday. In our house, game day is an excuse to entertain and visit with friends and family while watching football. I’ll admit, I’m not that excited about the game itself … but I DO love any reason to gather with friends and enjoy some delicious drinks and snacks.
Sam’s Club is definitely the one-stop shop for all of my game day entertaining needs. From drinks to snacks, you can get it all there (we even purchased our TV from Sam’s Club recently!). Sam’s Club truly is game time’s favorite teammate!
I like to put together new cocktails to pair with our snacks (aka typically pizza). Member’s Mark Take & Bake Pizzas are my go-to snack to serve a crowd. (I mean who doesn’t love a good pizza, right?) They’re all really tasty, but my favorite is the Member’s Mark 16” Take &Bake Sausage Pizza. Pick up a couple different types. I like to put them in the oven throughout the game so that there’s a steady flow of warm pizza. Visit your local Sam’s Club and pick up some tasty game day bites for yourself!
This cocktail I served is something I’ve never made before but a recipe that’s definitely going to make a reappearance soon. It’s a bourbon spritzer made with Coca-Cola®. I loved that it was simple to make but really felt like something unique and special.
First, you start by smashing a couple blackberries into the bottom of a glass. I just do this with the back of a spoon and it works great. If you have a fancy tool for this, go ahead and use that.
Next, add 1.5 ounces of your favorite Bourbon. I never really thought I liked bourbon until a recent trip to Kentucky. I had several bourbon cocktails there which inspired me to come up with one of my own. I love the idea of using a favorite staple like Coca-Cola®, but mixing in unexpected ingredients like blackberries and thyme.
After the bourbon, fill your glass with Coca-Cola®. Make sure it’s nice and chilled so you don’t have to use ice (you can use ice, but I prefer not to). You can also freeze a couple blackberries to toss in which will keep the drinks cold.
Last, add a thin lemon slice, a sprig of thyme, and another blackberry for garnish. The flavors all combine to make the most delicious bourbon spritzer.
Serve up your freshly baked pizza alongside this cocktail and guests will be cheering for you alongside their favorite team! I like to make a drink station so guests can get their own refills. And pizza is always set out on a big platter for optimal grazing during the game.
What do you think? Will you try a bourbon spritzer during the next game day party you host?
For all of your game day essentials, shop Sam’s Club here.
It’s entertaining season which means chances are you’re likely doing a combination of hosting friends and family in your home, and being invited as a guest. That means you need a go-to appetizer recipe and a great hostess gift idea so you’re covered for playing both the role of hostess and guest. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. I decided to take traditional ham appetizers up a notch and developed a new crowd-favorite.
I like to keep my recipes really simple, especially when entertaining. There’s always so much to do to prepare for guests that I never try to complicate things in the kitchen. But during the holiday season I do like to offer guests something just a little more special than normal. So when Maille asked me to partner with them, I was so excited to come up with a new simple, yet elevated, appetizer recipe.
It’s a basic ham and swiss crostini (which even the littlest guests will enjoy), but elevated with fresh herbs and Maille mustard. On top of each piece of bread, I spread on a layer of Maille Black Truffle Mustard with Chablis White Wine–SO DELICIOUS. It tastes like a familiar ham and cheese appetizer, only so much better. (The full recipe is at the bottom of the post).
Maille also makes a fabulous hostess gift or gift for any foodie in your life. I added a jar to a hostess gift basket for a holiday party I was invited to. Any host or hostess would be happy to receive this–holiday season or anytime! And if you have a foodie in your life that you’re shopping for, a gift basket like this will certainly be appreciated. (more…)
It’s pretty well known that I rather decorate things than bake them. I am a big fan of taking store bought desserts and dressing them up to make them look great. Some people love to bake. Me? I love to decorate and hate all the dishes that comes with baking. I’m always picking up desserts from my local grocery store bakery and giving them a twist. Whether its turning pre-made cupcakes into ghost cupcakes, or adding a floral topper to a store bought cake for an engagement party, I’m all about keeping things simple. I got the inspiration for this easy cheesecake when thinking about ways I could use fun Halloween candy. It took under ten minutes to make and looked so cute!
Start with a store bought cheesecake (if you want to bake your own, this cheesecake recipe is so simple I didn’t mess it up when I made it the first time). If you get a frozen one, be sure to thaw it out before decorating. When you’re ready, melt chocolate and drizzle over the cheesecake. Next, top with your favorite Halloween candy. Seriously, that’s it guys.
You could use any candy to make this beyond Halloween. I’ve done it for Christmas dessert and it was really cute! It’s a great way to use up leftover holiday candy as well.
No one has to know you didn’t make it either! I won’t tell (promise!). This easy cheesecake should go in your arsenal of desserts, just saying. Here’s a short video if you want to see me making it in action!
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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This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.
This post is in partnership with Bed Bath & Beyond. All opinions are my own.
I absolutely love to entertain in my backyard. We’re pretty lucky here in Southern California and have a long season where we can comfortably host a backyard dinner party without worrying about the weather. I jump at every chance to set a table outdoors and invite friends and family over for a laid-back evening of food, wine, and good company. Are you wondering how to host a backyard dinner party? I’m sharing some of my simple tips with you!
Although it just might seem easier to host your group indoors, I encourage you to consider dining alfresco next time. I’ll show you how to host a backyard dinner party that is simple but feels really thought out. Here are the main steps.
Purchase and gather a few outdoor entertaining essentials
Stage your area by setting up the table and place settings ahead of time
Here’s a glimpse at our set up from the other evening. It all really starts with getting a few essentials for entertaining outdoors. Bed Bath & Beyond is a great place to head if you’re looking for outdoor entertaining essentials like tablecloths, cups, plates, and serving pieces. I recently partnered with them to highlight some of their great finds for outdoor entertaining. Here’s a look at some of the items that set the stage for our recent dinner party.
I just fell in love with this palm leaf tablecloth. It’s stain and water resistant which means it’s perfect for dining outdoors. It just screamed “summer” to me and knew it would make a great base for our palm leaf tablescape.
I wanted to mix patterns and textures to keep it interesting but not too matchy-matchy. I grabbed some melamine serving pieces that had a wood and marble look to them. Melamine pieces are great for dining outdoors–you won’t be afraid to break them. I also layered melamine plates on square natural woven jute placemats. These brought a nice earthy feel to our outdoor table. I also love how versatile they are. We use them regularly.
Next, I layered on some place cards, glasses, stemware, and bowls. I highlight recommend setting up everything you can ahead of time. It gives you time to enjoy setting the table without feeling rushed. You can do this hours ahead of when you expect your guests to arrive.
About 30 minutes before guests arrive, I bring out an arrangement for the table. Flowers tend to wilt fast in the heat so I don’t bring them out too early. I always combine fresh blooms from my yard (in this case roses) with a few store-bought blooms (like the hydrangeas and greenery). A small arrangement just makes your table feel pulled together and adds such a thoughtful touch.
About 15 minutes before guests arrive, I bring out the chilled rosé (though, rosé spritzers would have also been a great choice). I recently got this copper plated ice bucket and am mildly obsessed with it! It’s going to match everything on my bar cart and get used so often. I just love discovering unexpected and unique items like this and Bed, Bath & Beyond never disappoints on that front. (more…)