I had a great time this morning sharing tips for Summer Entertaining with Great Day Houston.
One of my favorite things about summer is a more relaxed schedule. That allows for more time to socialize and catch up with friends and family. My goal is to enjoy our time together, I don’t want to be running around like a busy hostess. Here are a few tips to make your summer entertaining fun, fresh and easy.
Real food is vibrant & beautiful! How about making a fruit tray or veggie platter serve as your centerpiece? It’s both gorgeous and delicious. Chop up vibrant veggies (or fruit) and put them in a grouping of pretty jars, bowls or glass vases of all sizes and heights. Make your dip as part of the grouping.
For decoration only, I love to surround vases with asparagus, long green beans or green pea pods and tie with ribbon or twine then add fresh flowers or candles to the vases. I also hollow out artichokes to make them into vases. Also, something as simple as rainbow chard or a blooming purple cabbage can take the place of flowers.
Party Food in a cup
If you want to mix and mingle and snack – here are a few ideas for appetizers in a cup. You might remember I shared some “snack cup” ideas previously, you can check those out here. Below are a few more:
7 layer dip
1/2 bunch Green onions
2 Roma tomatoes
1 (16 ounce) can refried beans
1 cup Guacamole
1 (2.25 ounce) can black olives
1 cup Salsa or pico de gallo
1 (1 ounce) package Taco seasoning (homemade version below)
1 bag of Tortilla chips
1 cup Cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
8 (9 ounce) plastic tumblers
Mix Taco seasoning with refried beans
Layer: beans, guacamole, sour cream, salsa, cheese and top with green onions, tomatoes, black olives and a tortilla chip.
Homemade Taco Seasoning
¼ cup Chili Powder
¼ cup Cumin Powder
1 Tbsp Garlic powder
1 Tbsp Onion powder
1 tsp Oregano
1 tsp Paprika
2 Tbsp salt
1 tsp pepper
Add all ingredients to a jar and shake well. Makes approximately 1 cup. Store in an airtight jar for up to six months. 3 Tbsp = 1 packet of store bought taco seasoning.
Veggies & Hummus (or Ranch)
Cherry or Grape Tomatoes
Hummus or Ranch
Plastic tumblers (or shot glasses)
Cut your favorite veggies into sticks or place on toothpicks. Add dip to your cup/glass followed by veggie sticks.
Party Food on a Stick
Because eating off of a stick is just fun. But, it does not have to be deep fried! In fact, it could be a salad. Sound crazy? Give these a try!
Caprese Salad Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle
Fresh Basil leaves
Cherry or grape tomatoes
1 cup Balsamic vinegar
Salt & pepper
Mozzarella cheese, mini
Bring balsamic vinegar to a boil then reduce to medium heat and let simmer for about 10 minutes until it thickens to a light syrup consistency. Set aside and allow to cool.
Cut tomatoes in half. Place cheese, basil (folding if needed) and tomato on a toothpick. Repeat. Sprinkle all with salt and pepper and drizzle with balsamic reduction.
Greek Salad on a Stick
Chunk feta cheese, cubed
Grape tomatoes, halved
Mini cucumbers, sliced
Toss the feta cubes with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with oregano.
Thread skewers with olives, tomatoes, cucumber slices and feta cubes. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
Frozen Mimosa Pops
Need I say more. Seriously, you can thank me later. 😉
In Popsicle molds, pour champagne half way up each mold. Allow the bubbles to subside.
Top each mold with the juice of your choice.
Freeze for at least 6 hours, preferably overnight. Serve cold upside down in pretty glasses for added flare and to help with melting.
So there you have it – a few ideas for your summer entertaining. Tune in next week and I’ll share a sweet surprise for National Cheesecake Day!