|I will be making these cute fruit cones for every event till I die!|
|Haley sets a pretty table!|
Teresa's Bridal Shower Menu
Houston's Spinach Artichoke Dip and Chips
Sausage Cheese Balls
Fresh Fruit in Waffle Cones
Chocolate Sour Cream Cake with Raspberry Filling and Semisweet Ganache
|We halved mozzarella balls and tomatoes, then folded over basil leaves.|
|Ganache cake with gum paste decorations. I had great helpers!|
My biggest challenge? Keeping it simple!
Haley's artichoke dip was absolutely divine! But it took a lot of time. So did cutting up all the fruit and veggies for the waffle cones and caprese skewers. I tend to be an overly ambitious cook, which results in delays, a frazzled hostess, and lots of dirty dishes. So I was glad we were including other items that required very little preparation. My favorite celebrity chef, Ina Garten, recommends to always entertain with a few special dishes and a few that are ready-made or only need to be assembled. In our case, the cream puffs, cake, and lemonade were waiting for us in the fridge and the sausage balls only needed to be warmed.
|Haley making fantastic spinach dip!|
|Laura working on the caprese skewers|
Here are some more go-to items for entertaining:
Frozen (thawed) cream puffs or eclairs
Store-bought cheese straws
Crackers with cheese spread such as Alouette
Hummus and pita triangles
Pre-cut veggies or fruit and dip
Candy in the color scheme
Make-ahead or heat-only items
Sausage cheese balls
Cold dips and spreads
Toasted spiced nuts
Meatballs (slow cooker)
Finger sandwiches (make the day-of)
Warmed frozen rolls with honey-baked ham and mustard
Frozen seasoned chicken wings or drumettes
Enough recipes to last you several showers
Because not everything can be that simple (or maybe it could and I just over-complicate things!) here are a few of my favorite tried-and-true recipes for showers and parties.
BLT Dip - Mound the dip in the center of a large plate, top with tomatoes, arrange lettuce in a ring around the dip, and slices of french bread around the lettuce.
Sweet Pepper and Gorgonzola Bruschetta - make the topping and toast the bread in advance, then warm together just before serving
Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits- cut smaller than called for
Brie and Cherry Pastry Cups
Southern Living Cream Cheese Pound Cake - the best you'll ever eat!
Marbled Chocolate Treats
Cosmo Slush - can be made without the alcohol
I hope these recipes and tips come in handy the next time you're entertaining! Anybody have some great shower recipes that I left out?