Here are some fun recipes for a “Garden Party” menu. Some are very simple. Remember, pretty presentation can make a simple recipe seem very special.
This a super easy way to serve veggies. The individual cups make it easy for guests to grab. We usually like ranch dressing at the bottom, but you could use a squeeze of any dressing flavor. Use veggies with a lot of color for a beautiful presentation.
These are also a super-fun veggie to serve. Although, these are a bit more time-consuming than the veggie cups. Check out the recipe card below.
A darling veggie treat to serve in the summer on a platter or as a garnish on a dinner/lunch plate.
cocktail-sized tomatoes (I got mine at Costco. They are bigger than cherry or grape tomatoes.)
white string cheese
herb cream cheese (make your own by adding fresh garlic, chives, salt, pepper, etc. or buy a tub at the store)
Fresh cilantro leaves (or parsley)
Hollow out tomatoes and try to get most the seeds out. Place them upside down on a paper towel to drain out some of the liquid.
Using a butter knife, smear in some herb cream cheese.
Cut a stick of string cheese in half. Then, insert the stick into the center of the tomato top.
Insert the stem of a cilantro leaf into the cream cheese center to hold it in place.
To make the specks on top, put plain cream cheese into a small zip lock bag and snip the corner off. Then, squirt little specks on the top.
These always go fast at a party. Everyone loves strawberries AND chocolate. This blog has a great post on how to make them.
Quiche is basically egg pie. You can combine any type of meat, cheese, veg or seasoning to create a savory flavor. It’s perfect for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Below is my recipe. I like to add a bit more egg than many recipes do. You can make your pie crust from scratch or make things simple and just buy pre-made pie dough at the store. Simpler still? Just purchase a two-pack of quiche at Costco!
Quiche is really a fancy word for egg pie. It's a perfect savory dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
NEXT Wednesday (June 1) is our last night of VESSELS. We will celebrate with our annual garden party and shopping boutique. You’ll be able to shop with your points to purchase some fabulous prizes.
We still need a few items for our party, including some food. Please check out this sign up here. Remember, June 1 will be last night to earn your diamond and cross charms for you necklace. This will be our last night of VESSELS until the fall.
Similar to Rice Krispie Treats, try a fun twist on yummy s’mores – instead of the mess of melting chocolate bars and oozy marshmallows over a campfire, these treats can be made ahead and enjoyed year round! Click here for the recipe.
You and your friends can have fun making these “Fruitfully Cheesy Kabobs” for parties, picnics or after school snacks. No cooking required, this healthy recipe can be changed up depending on the fruit in season and type of cheese desired. Click here for the recipe.
Everyone loves a good chocolate chip cookie, right? These chocolate chip cookie bars make the classic snack even easier. Instead of spooning out individuals drops of batter, you just make one giant cookie using a 9 x 13 pan. Then, after baking, you cut bars to the desired size. Here’s a link to a full recipe, or use your own favorite recipe. You can even cheat and just buy the dough readymade!
This is a great recipe to use up those brown mushy bananas that you stuffed in the freezer five months ago. Each recipe takes 4 bananas. I usually save up enough bananas to make a double batch. Then, I individually wrap half the muffins and put the in the freezer for later. They are easy to pop out and warm up for an after-school snack.
If you are making for Vessels, DO NOT ADD NUTS!
Banana muffins freeze beautifully. Perfect for an after school snack.
He has risen! and then you say, “He has risen INDEED!” I love Easter Sunday. So much to celebrate. I hope you have a wonderful day with your family. If you need to kill some time after lunch and before your egg hunt, print out this free printable–an awesome coloring page from U-Createcrafts.com.