Throw Parties Like a Pro

My husband and I entertain all the time. You can see on my blog we often do full turkey dinners on Sundays. We also grill for people quite often. I wanted to do something simpler and more cocktail-party like for his birthday party this year. I decided to put out loads of finger foods and appetizers. It was so all so easy and fun to do.

The first thing I did was head to my local Sprouts because they have an incredible olive bar. I loaded up on olives and olive tapenade. I also grabbed some garlicky mushrooms just because they looked good. I simply put them on a cute serving dish I had to serve. I put the usual cheese, crackers and hummus nearby as well.

The olive bar

I also picked up some mozarella balls at the olive bar. I used these to make my first batch of skewered appetizers. Using a toothpick as a skewer, simply pierce a leaf of basil, add a mozzarella ball, a tomato and finish by piercing the other end of the basil to keep it all together. You can keep these in the fridge until you are ready to serve. Right before you serve them, drizzle some olive oil on top. 

So pretty, and so good!

I was in a skewering mood, so I made another version of toothpick appetizers. On your toothpick, add a cherry tomato, a piece of feta cheese (cubed), a slice of cucumber and finsish with a kalamata olive. Sprinkle with olive oil before serving.

I also had a crockpot of meatballs on hand for something hot. I put frozen turkey meatballs in the crockpot about 3 hours before the party and added a bottle of bbq sauce. Done!

I wanted a big batch of a yummy cocktail. I put 2 bottles of sweet white wine, 2 cans of fresca and some ice in my cocktail container. It was refreshing and tasty. 

You can't have a birthday party without cake, but my husband and I don't like cake. Solution? Jello Shots of course! I made mine with champagne and strawberry jello. 

You need - 
1 box of strawberry jello
1 bottle of champagne
3 envelopes of Knox gelatin

Combine the jello and gelatin with 1 cup of boiling water, stir until all the powder is dissolved. Slowly stir in 3 cups of chilled champagne. Let the bubbles pop. You want it to be mostly bubble free. Pour into an 8 x 8 dish, let set overnight. Cut into squares. I put the squares into little paper cups I found at a party store. I sprinkled edible gold stars on mine right before serving. I added a candle of course.

Jello Shot Birthday Cake!

The birthday boy