I love Italian cuisine and flavors. In fact, I might be kindred spirits with Italians everywhere who love life simply and fully, with family, friends, fun freshness and FOOD at the core. I mean, that just sounds like the roadmap to a happy life to me, don’t you think?
I love the idea of serving appetizers that play on meals, like these one-bite meatball and marinara cups. It’s a rich, flavorful, yet simple appetizer that guests will love (recipe and instructions below).
Small bites like these are also perfect for setting a simply tuscan-inspired summer table. When entertaining outdoors I like to keep things lighter and smaller portions. These meatball + marinara appetizers are paired perfectly with some rustic bread and mini sangria sips.
You can purchase pre-bottled sangria and keep things really simple.
I placed a platter of appetizers, bread, drinks, and blooms from my garden … on a small table and made a little sitting area on our back patio. It made for the perfect spot to gather and visit with friends who were visiting.
Want to make your own?
To start, add about 1 tablespoon of marinara sauce into small single-serve vessels.
Then skewer a meatball (homemade or store-bought) and a basil leaf with a cocktail fork or toothpick.
When your ready to serve, place the skewered meatball and basil right into the sauce.
Viva Bertolli® and join me in celebrating 150 years of delicious Italian food, friends and family. Felice Anniversario and Buono Appetito! Visit Bertolli on Facebook, Pinterest and Twitter for more inspirations and ideas to bring Tuscany to your table.
Remember those cantaloupe + prosciutto appetizers I shared a couple of weeks ago? Well, I had some ingredients left over and sort of made this salad by accident. It’s full of flavor, really fresh, and so unique that it feels like a treat. Make it for yourself, or increase the ingredient portions and make a batch for a crowd. I think you’ll impress your guests for sure!
This post is sponsored by Kellogg’s, all thoughts are my own.
Last week I hosted a few girlfriends over for what we called a #girlboss session. I shared my inspiration board for the night which included a few really simple ideas. Since the point of the night was to gather for some productive creative business brainstorming … there was no reason (or time!) to fuss over over-the-top details.
I made really, really simple small bites the gals could grab throughout the evening. And although they were really easy to make, they were very flavorful. Proof, that it doesn’t need to be fussy to be impressive. These Cantaloupe & Prosciutto Small Bites were a huge hit (recipe at end of the post). Since the point of the evening was to brainstorm creative business ideas, notebooks and pencils were a must. I set out the pretty supplies with the tray of small bites and some fresh Meyer lemon + mint water carafes.
What is it about the Academy Awards that get me dreaming up delicious party food and festive drinks? I’ve circled February 22nd on my calendar (with a gold pen of course) and plan to serve these flavorful and Cheesy Spinach + Chicken Sliders.
Are you hooked on Downton Abbey like I am? I confess to catching on late and then bin-watching season after season (there could be worse things to binge on, right?). As the finale of season 5 is approaching (it’s Feb 22!) it’s time to start thinking about hosting a finale party. Because, why not? If you’re a fan of the show, it’s a must. If you’re not into the show, you can find any reason to gather the ladies in your life for a little tea … I’m sure of it.