Tips and Recipes for Entertaining
Today, I’m sharing some entertaining tips on seamlessly pulling off a any party at your home with no stress and little mess. I know we are all incredibly busy so below you will find pre-made appetizer ideas and how to elevate them with your own specials touch.
Easy Party Appetizers
I think it’s safe to say I like to get creative in the kitchen, and you’ve heard me say “homemade is always better.” If there is an exception to every rule, the holidays have this one in the bag. This year do less while cooking, while making it appear you did more.
How? We’ll take yet another page out of Sandra Lee’s book and do some semi-homemade party appetizers.
The best place to shop for a hungry crowd is Costco. They have a vast frozen food section with bite-sized appetizers that only require a little oven time; easy enough! Add your own spin on things by serving them topped with fresh garnishes or with a savory dipping sauce on the side.
Here are some appetizers from Costco that I love to serve at parties with ideas and recipes on how to upgrade them:
- Assorted Quiche topped with fresh herbs (chives or parsley)
- Chicken Taquitos with Creamy Jalapeno Ranch Dip (Chuy’s Copycat)
- Spanikopita with Greek Taziki Sauce
- Pigs n A Blanket served with mustard trio (Dijon, Yellow, and Whole Grain)
Your guests will definitely need something to wash down all the delicious dips with and I’ve got some great cocktail ideas for you!
- Ginger Spice
- Raspberry Moscow Mule
- BLT Bar (Bourbon Lemon and Tonic)
- Pomegranate Margarita
- Rosemary Champs
For any party, think more like our girl Sandra Lee and less like Julia Child. You don’t have to make everything from scratch to pull off something amazing. Presentation is key, and I’ve already given you some innovative ideas for how to present your hors d’oeuvres and elevate your cocktails, now it’s time to give yourself a little love.
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Let’s face it, you are on your way to being the hostess with the mostest. Between being the master planner of your party, sending out invites, shopping for supplies, and preparing the appetizers and libations, you are overdue for a drink and a quick decision!
Decide last minute you’d rather not fool with hair and makeup for your party?
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