Posts Tagged ‘party food’

Herb + Sea Salt Sweet Potato Fries

This post is sponsored by Alexia Foods. All opinions are my own.

With the New Year often comes new resolutions to eat a more balanced diet. Sound familiar? I think I resolve to eat better every January, but often dread the idea of ditching delicious, flavorful snacks. The good news is, delicious snacks can fit into a balanced meal plan (as in this recipe!).

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These herb and sea salt sweet potato fries are packed with a sweet, herby, salty, punch and I’m willing to bet that they just might be your new favorite snack. The nice bonus, is that they are also really simple to make. Win-win. Alexia Sweet Potato Fries are all-natural and made with premium ingredients. I jazzed them up a bit but they are also perfect right out of the oven. (more…)

The Perfect Weekend Breakfast Tacos

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own.

Confession: I’m a sucker for a great breakfast or brunch recipe. There’s just something exciting about a dish you can eat in the morning that is unusual and delicious (no offense pancakes). These breakfast tacos are the perfect recipe if you’re looking to spice up your weekend morning routine.

Breakfast Tacos

This time of year is more like “hibernation season” around this household. Our idea of a great weekend is starting off with a delicious meal and enjoying a family-themed movie marathon. I recently made a platter of these breakfast tacos and they were a huge hit! (more…)

Serve It :: Cranberry Bruschetta Appetizer

Having an impressive (but simple) holiday appetizer recipe in your arsenal is sort of like having a super power. It might not be the same as x-ray vision, but I think it could come in handy just the same.

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If you’re looking for a festive and flavorful appetizer to serve this holiday season, this is it! This twist on bruschetta has all the bright flavors of the season and looks beautiful too. (more…)

Serve It :: Mini Cheese Balls

Looking for a new holiday recipe? These mini cheese balls make the perfect appetizer. The play on the traditional cheese ball will have your guests thinking you are the most clever hostess in town.

Mini Cheese Balls

You’ll want to keep this recipe on hand because it’s really simple to make and is so creative and tasty that people will be asking you to make it again –trust me! (more…)

Tailgating At Home :: Pizza + Pumpkin Shandy

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Two things are true this time of year in my household: we watch a lot of football and we always seem to have a house full of family and friends. I love that entertaining on game day has a much more relaxed vibe which means it’s the perfect opportunity to keep things simple. No need to fuss in the kitchen or plan a ton of appetizers. Simply bake your favorite frozen pizzas and serve up a beer cocktail –you’ll make everyone happy!

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Last weekend we had a few friends over to watch the game and I served up this pumpkin shandy beer cocktail (recipe below). It was really delicious and easy enough for guests to whip up themselves. This means more relaxing for the hostess and more time to visit with friends while we watched the game. (more…)

Simple Alfresco Entertaining

This post is sponsored by Pier 1 Imports

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After our recent patio transformation, I was eager to invite a few friends over for a simple evening dining alfresco. Our new outdoor dining furniture and garden-inspired accents set the stage perfectly. I love how the space is pretty neutral with a few pops of color. The furniture and decor lets our backyard really shine. This time of year, we’re in full bloom with lots of greens, pinks, and yellows.

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I set the table for four and got ready for a casual early evening (light) dinner. These acrylic glasses were perfect for citrus infused water (and wine later in the evening). I love their light  green color and the fact that I don’t have to worry about breaking them.

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I kept the food light and served salads and cheese and crackers. I love serving salads in these disposable berry baskets. And the gold plated cutlery from Pier 1 Imports added a nice touch of elegance to an otherwise, really casual tablescape.

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For me, dining alfresco is all about embracing the weather and keeping things really simple. Some flowers, food, and friends are really all that is required to host a nice evening. When you have an inviting outdoor space, you’ll be able to entertain in a moment’s notice.

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I served cheese and crackers on these wooden coasters. I spotted them and thought they looked just like mini cheese boards. I loved that I could put one at each place setting (I can re-purpose them later indoors as coasters –bonus!).

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We had a great evening. Simple food, an inviting space, and great company –the perfect recipe for dining alfresco this summer. Will you be entertaining soon? I’d love to hear about your outdoor space.

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