Pick and choose from these delectable recipes for an event everyone is sure to remember.
This pretty centerpiece made of wheels of cheese is drop-dead easy. Choose pretty flowers and herbs in season—lavender would be perfect. Serve with your favorite crackers or French bread rounds.
Use purchased chicken salad or make your own for these clever roll-and-bake appetizers. Bake them just before guests arrive
so they’ll be warm and crusty when you serve them.
Your guests won’t be able to resist these buttery, girly cookies. Frost them in colors that complement your decorations. Freeze
the un-iced cookies, tightly wrapped in foil and then placed in a freezer bag, up to 1 month.
Olives lend bold flavor to this creamy spread. You can make cream cheese mixture up to 2 days ahead, and then roll them in
pecans and and chives just before serving.
These tasty skewers are easy, colorful, and contemporary. The yield will vary depending on the size of the tomatoes, but a
container of mozzarella balls contains more than enough to compensate.
They may be rich, but they’re so heavenly your guests will go back for seconds, so be sure to make double batch. Make the
tart shells ahead and fill them just before the party.
If you are only doing finger foods, serve this with wooden picks, but it works best as a salad. Avocado Fruit Salad pairs
wonderfully with chicken salad, ham biscuits, and cheeses.
Green veggies are a welcome addition to any party menu, and beautiful asparagus and green beans look lovely as well. Spread
leftover dip on tomato or roast beef sandwiches.
Fresh lime juice makes this a wonderfully refreshing spring beverage. To get more juice, prick the limes lightly with a fork
and microwave at HIGH for 10 to 20 seconds. Let stand a few minutes, and then roll on the counter with your palm before juicing.
Two of the season’s favorite fruits—peaches and blackberries—and basil brighten this colorful salad. Serve it on a bed of
greens with peach slices and blackberries for a beautiful presentation.
This zesty appetizer tray requires no cooking and is great for a more casual shower. We like the flavor of regular provolone
over that of the reduced-fat versions and Genoa salami rather than hard salami.
Yeast biscuits—also called angel or bride’s biscuits—hold together well, so they’re a good choice to serve at gatherings.
These will be the first to disappear—the so-Southern combination of ham and biscuits is always a hit!
Plan on this dish being scraped clean—few people can resist the combination of bacon, onions, and sour cream. Make a day ahead,
and serve with a tray of colorful veggies.
Parties require a great punch, and this 3-ingredient, pretty pink version is hard to beat. Make it with club soda or Champagne
to suit your taste—it’s delicious either way.
Here’s a clever way to refresh purchased cooked shrimp—blanch them in a pot of water seasoned with lemon juice, hot sauce,
and Creole seasoning. Serve with a yummy, creamy sauce and people will be clamoring for the recipe.