Post # 1
I’m throwing my hot-glue-gun party to start the wedding DIYprojects this weekend. I’m going to have wine and cheese/crackers out for the girls but I can’t figure out what to serve as a "main course". I knwo I’ll prepare a green salad but else can i do?
Any ideas on something to serve that I can make ahead of time but isn’t too heavy?
Post # 3
Are you actually planning a main course or just heavy munchies…enough so it really is a meal?
Our venue is letting us bring our own bubbly for the champagne toast, so I went to the liquor store to get a couple bottles to taste so we could figure out what kind we wanted. Trouble was, I came home with 13 bottles of sparkling wine, which is a bit more than we can take without throwing out a lot of good alcohol. So, I had a bunch of famil and friends over for a tasting. I knew I could swing that, but I knew I didn’t have it in me with everything else going on to have a dinner for everyone, so we had very heavy munchies. I printed out scorecards and cloaked and numbered the bottles and we had a fun night. The foods I used were a veggie plate, pretzels and dip, two cracker and cheese plates and 1 box of frozen mini quiches from Costco and 1 box of pigs in a blanket from Costco. It was much easier than the dinner I would have thrown and I still have some of the frozen leftovers.
If you’re planning a real dinner, I would suggest you do something you can prepare ahead of time and either have cooking of throw in at the last minute because otherwise, you’ll spend all your time in the kitchen while everyone else is DIYing.
Post # 4
I just had one last night! It was really spur of the moment, so I just picked everything up at the grocery store. I served:
–fresh mozzerella, tomato and basil with a balsamic glaze
–various cheeses with candied walnuts, proscuitto, and dried apricots
–hummus and olive tapenade with pita and crackers
–roasted garlic with sliced baguette
The only thing I really "made" was the roasted garlic, and it only took about 30 minutes in the oven. Have fun!
Post # 5
olives, fruit and perhaps a veggie tray?
you can make little caprese-bobs by getting skewers or long toothpicks and add little mozzarella balls, a bit of basil and cherry tomatoes. drizzle with olive oil and good salt – it’s fun and looks like a lot more effort than it is.
we’re having an envelope-making party tomorrow – we’ll have wine and dessert. hooray for crafting parties!
Post # 6
if you want something a bit fancy, you can buy pre-made puff pastry – before the party, roll it out a bit into a long rectangle, brush with butter, sprinkle with parmesan cheese and cut into strips. twist each strip and put on a cookie sheet – make sure to leave a little room between to account for puffing.
bake at 425 or so about 10-15 minutes until golden.
Post # 8
serve everything on skewers. brownie bites + raspberries. cherry tomato, basil leaf, fresh mozzerella drizzled with olive oil and sea salt. cheese cubes, etc.
Post # 9
quiche! surprisingly easier than I thought.
flatbread pizza (goat cheese and pears …. mmmm)
spring rolls (nice also since it’s summer)
Post # 10
- Wedding: July 2018 - Rainforest wedding, beachfront restaurant reception
I like Trader Joe’s frozen appetizers Just throw them in the oven.
Post # 11
thanks for the advice girls! TJ and Costco… here i come!