Category Archives: Appetizer and Party Snack Recipes

Superbowl Party 2014 – Once more with Feeling…

Kicking off your Super Bowl party in 2014 with style will leave your friends and family speechless at your party hosting skills. Easily score a winning touchdown by providing your guests with eye catching decorations, delicious snacks, and a well set up entertainment center for this year’s Super Bowl on February 2, 2014. Here are some simple game day tips that will help you become the neighborhood MVP year after year. Decorations: Filling your home with the teams logos can mean war for some of your guests but making sure you have a little bit of both sports teams throughout … Continue reading

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Keep Guests Busy With Fun Tasks and Easy Snack Recipes So You Can Cook Holiday Dinner

Guests are great, especially during the holidays. They fill our homes with laughter and help us to create great memories. Let’s be honest though, sometimes they can get a little “under foot”.  It’s a challenge to prepare the holiday feast while having to navigate around Aunt Jane in the kitchen, or field Nana Betty’s questions about everything. So keep your family busy with a fun task and easy snack recipes they can nibble on during the day. While you may need to recruit some help in the kitchen from a few family members, direct the rest of the crew to … Continue reading

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Warm Up To An Outdoor Winter Party With Hot Drink and Appetizer Recipes

As temperatures drop and people huddle inside with the heater blasting,  indoor winter parties can sometimes feel cramped. Why not embrace the chill of the season? This winter, think about hosting an outdoor party with warm décor, appetizer recipes and drinks. Warming it up Please let your guests know that this will be an outdoor party so they can dress appropriately. There are also things that you can do to keep your guests feeling cozy. Cover chairs with blankets so no one’s sitting on a chilled seat. Have a stack of blankets, wraps, or even pieces of fleece fabric available … Continue reading

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Vegetarian and Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes For the Family

If there’s one thing that I am grateful for, it’s considerate people. Thinking of others is a gift that some people naturally have. But in this increasingly self-involved world, consideration can be hard to come by. If you will be having any vegetarian, or gluten-free guests this Thanksgiving – consider serving some recipes for the family that cater to their dietary needs. I am not saying that your entire meal should be developed based on one or two people, but it isn’t that difficult to make sure there are options for friends and family that allow them to enjoy the … Continue reading

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Fall Centerpieces, Appetizer Recipes, and Cocktails to Warm Your Soul

While you may not be hosting your family Thanksgiving this year, you could be considering a fall dinner party for friends. With the right look, feel, appetizer recipes, and drinks it could be the hit affair of the season. Setting the stage It’s not necessary to go wild over decorating your home for a party, but set a mood or create a feeling that goes along with the season. Light a fire: If you have a fireplace, get it going. The warmth, sound, and scent are relaxing, warm, and cozy. Light candles: Especially if you don’t have a fireplace, light  … Continue reading

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Turn Favorite Meals Into Appetizer Recipes

I love appetizers. But I have to admit that I get tired of the same chips and dip and cheese platters. But how do you avoid making the same, frequently used appetizer recipes for every gathering? And what about the parties that offer ‘heavy hor’s douvres’?  Some of those can be a bit awkward to eat if you aren’t sitting down. That’s when it hit me. We all have a list of “go to” recipes for dinner, right? Why not find the ones that would lend themselves to becoming a starter? The concept That’s right… starters, hor’s d’ouvres, or appetizers … Continue reading

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Picking the Best Fall Ingredients For Your Appetizer Recipes

The air is turning crisp and the leaves begin their metamorphosis into an explosion of red, yellow, and orange. Fall is here and with the changes in weather and scenery comes a change in the ingredients you might choose for your dinner and appetizer recipes. To make it easier, we pulled together a guide on selecting and storing some classic fall vegetables. We even threw in a couple of tasty recipes to help you on your way to throwing a fabulous fall party! Broccoli: Look for tight buds and no yellowing. This super-healthy veggie is rich in anti-oxidants and a … Continue reading

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Small Dessert Recipes That Focus on Flavor

In a world where bigger seems to be associated with better, and where “super size” is a selling tactic, I think it’s time to pull back and consider quality over quantity. The next time you’re looking for dessert recipes, think about giving your family or your party guests something that provides a nice exclamation point on the meal, not another full essay. Big temptation When I eat out I see options for small or full servings only to discover that the small is enough to feed two people. I see oversized dinner plates being sold at home stores. And I … Continue reading

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Surprising Ways Unexpected Ingredients in Party Food Recipes Makes You a Better Host

While I often enjoy the familiarity of routine, even revel in the auto-pilot sort of easiness of the expected, every now and then a surprise really gets me motivated. Constant surprises could have you off balance but constant routine could lull you into boredom. It’s not so easy to strike a balance between the two, but one place I believe you can get the best of both worlds is using unexpected ingredients, especially in party food recipes. Taking a traditional appetizer, party snack, or dinner, and adding an unusual ingredient or two is a great way to intrigue guests. Don’t … Continue reading

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Celebrate the Fourth With All American Appetizer Recipes

When the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4th, 1776 it not only set in motion our path to establishing this great country, it also triggered an annual day of celebration for Americans for centuries to come. As you plan your holiday cookout, we encourage you to think healthy and to think all-American when choosing appetizer recipes. Lighten Up If you’re planning a party for the fourth, you may be thinking red, white, and blue food. Or you may be headed down the traditional route of burgers and hot dogs on the grill. These are American traditions that certainly … Continue reading

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