super bowl party inspiration: party dips!

Day 2 of our super bowl party week!

Some of my favourite appetizers are party dips! I love having a delicious dip for pita bread, crackers, chips or veggies!

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I’ve put together a collection of party dip recipes to inspire your super bowl party menu- I’ve got to warn you they are addictive!

Tuscan White Bean Dip

Goat Cheese and Artichoke Dip

Clean Eating Guacamole

Like a little more spice?

Spicy Shrimp Dip

Buffalo Chicken Dip

7 Layer Mexican Dip

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Entertaining tip: prepare small bowls and avoid having your guests lean over each other to get their snack, avoid double dipping and create portion control!

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These are all so yummy and easy! Make them the night before and reheat them before serving.

wishing you all a wonderful day!

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new year’s eve

Happy Sunday everyone!

Christmas may be over but the party planning definitely is not- New Year’s Eve is just a few days away and I’ve got a ton of ideas. It’s one of my favourite events to plan because you get a room filled with excited guests celebrating a year past and a new year ahead, and lots, lots of glitter!

Here’s what’s on my inspiration board

cheers

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Looking for recipe ideas? NYE parties are all about appetizers and desserts. Check out these posts for easy, yummy recipes (holiday appetizers, appetizers, red velvet, cookies, coffee treats, cupcakes!)

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Black, gold and sparkle- the perfect combination!

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No matter what you’re plans are for New Year’s Eve I hope you all have special moments to remember from 2013 and a 2014 filled with love, friends, family & happiness!

happy planning- wishing you all a wonderful day!

holiday appetizers

Happy Saturday Everyone

I hope you are all having a great weekend so far.

As the holidays approach many people will be hosting & attending social gatherings. You may know how much I love having a mix of appetizers at parties, so today I thought I would share a few of my favourite holiday appetizer recipes!

Red Onion & Gorgonzola Flatbreads

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Toasted Ravioli

Loaded Sweet Potato Rounds (I make something similar as a weeknight dinner side- so yummy!)

The Best Beer Dip Everyone loves chips & dip! This recipe is great for Football parties too

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wishing you all a wonderful weekend!

appetizers!

Happy Thursday Everyone!

As the weekend (and the holidays) approach it is time to start thinking about entertaining! I love the idea of having a variety of appetizers for my guests. It’s nice to try different things and mingle.

Gourmet hors d’oeuvres are also becoming popular in the weddings and events industry. These ones are easy enough to make at home and tasty enough to impress your guests!

 Killer Artichoke Bread

 Avocado Feta Dip

This dip is great with crackers, chips, pitas, veggies or anything else you have in your pantry!

Fried Mashed Potato Balls

Delicious Stuffed Mushrooms

Easy Parmesan Knots

Displaying these snacks can be a lot of fun as well! Here’s a little inspiration

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wishing you all a wonderful day! 

simple party apps part 2

Do you ever wake up and have the urge to try every new recipe you have saved?? That was me this morning.

All of a sudden I felt the need to cook up a storm! This may be great for those around me but I also have other things to get done.. But, before I get to those things I thought I would share a few great recipes with all of you! I love these posts because I can share great recipes and promote some awesome foodie blogs and websites.

Remember the simple party apps post? Well today is simple party apps part 2. Simple, yummy recipes to impress your guests while they mingle before dinner. Missed part 1? Check it out here.

Panko Mozzarella Sticks from Tasty Kitchen : Check out the recipe here.

Pretzel Bites | Parmesan or Cinnamon Sugar courtesy of Just Get Off Your Butt And Bake: I love this recipe.

Picky Palate’s Baked Spinach Dip Mini Bread Bowls : recipe is here.

So tasty and so easy to make.

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wishing you all a wonderful day!

planning a bridal shower

Since we are in the peak of wedding season I thought I would talk a little bit about a special type of party today. Throwing a bridal shower can seem stressful- you are in charge of something very important to the bride.

This should be fun though! You are with your girlfriends and family members and celebrating someone who means a lot to you and an exciting part of her life.

Here is some inspiration to reduce the stress and get you thinking about themes:

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Planning for a tradition girly girl? This pink inspiration board gives you a color palette to start with and some fun ways to incorporate light pink!

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How about a more modern bride? This inspiration board has a more glamorous look. Black and champagne look so chic!

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  I love this outdoor table setting. It is simple, girly and sweet. How I think a bridal shower should be.

Always inspiration for treats..

bridal shower cookies   mini rose cakes

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How about fashion inspiration?

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A few of my favorite bridal shower, bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner dresses!

A few party appetizers too: 

  crab cakes with lemon aioli: I use this recipe: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/recipe/crab-cakes-with-lemon-aioli.html

italian rice balls: courtesy of http://www.browneyedbaker.com/2009/08/10/arancini-italian-rice-balls/

healthy avocado chicken salad: I like this recipe: http://www.familyfreshmeals.com/2013/05/healthy-avocado-chicken-salad.html

ham & cheese scones: courtesy of http://abeautifulbite.com/ham-and-cheese-scones/

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Hope this inspires you to create a beautiful bridal shower or a girly afternoon

wishing you all a wonderful day!

party dips

Everyone loves to eat! Parties bring people together to eat. What’s not to love?

Like I have mentioned in another post, I have a love for snacking! And one of my favorite party snacks includes dips. Whether you are hosting your in-laws, group of friends or large crowd, dips are always great to serve.

(plus they can be prepped in advance and re-heated on the day you need them)

Here are a few recipes to try next you are having people over:

Feta Dip: courtesy of sweet paul blog- http://sweetpaul.typepad.com/my_weblog/2011/06/re-1.html

Hot Onion and Cheese dip: courtesy of the galley gourmet-http://www.thegalleygourmet.net/2012/01/sunday-dinner_15.html

Classic Spinach Dip: I am so bad for this but I don’t really have a written recipe.. I use one block of cream cheese (8oz), 8oz of sour cream, half a pack of chopped spinach, chopped red pepper, 2 tablespoons parmesan, some paprika and some garlic powder. Mix this all together,add a layer of shredded asiago (or your favorite white cheese), bake at 450 for 10 mins and/or broil until top is golden brown.

Looking for a quick store bought option?

every flavour of Sabra Hummus is soo good!

wholly guacamole is great too

All of the above taste great with crackers, pretzels, veggies, naan bread or pitas!

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Happy snacking!

looking for some wedding inspiration? Check out Catherine’s Corner today for So Pretty I Had to Share- Cake Edition

wishing you all a wonderful day