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Let’s Entertain!: At Home Parties

One of my favorite things to do is entertain.  Whether it’s having friends over for dinner, a cocktail party or another themed event.  Recently I had some friends over for dinner and here are some of my tips along with the recipes of what I made.

First off you want to make sure your place is clean or at minimal everything is thrown into your bedroom and the door is shut. (One of my little tricks, hehe)

Then I always like to decorate a bit, now if it’s a theme party then you can get whatever is appropriate. (Dollarama can have some great stuff if you’re on a budget)  I usually like to make flower arrangements and have them around my place.  They don’t need to be expensive flowers; daisies are very inexpensive and last a while.  You can get a bunch of inexpensive flowers and add in one or two more expensive flowers if you want to mix it up.  The other night I mixed daises with roses.

Sometimes it’s nice to light a candle or two but make sure they are not in a place where they can be knocked over easily, the last thing you need to contend with is a fire…

 

Now on to what I made…

First I made my favorite version of Bruschetta, you want to get vine ripe tomatoes chop them up into small squares and then put them in a bowl.

Then pour a bit of olive oil in (you can use hot pepper olive oil or any other flavored olive oil you like) feel free to add a dash of salt and pepper as well.

Then cut up your French loaf (you can even use focaccia bread but I like the crunch of the French loaf)

Then with a spoon place the tomatoes on the bread, feel free to add cheese like parmesan or bocconcini.

Place them into the oven on 350 for about 10mins or until the cheese has melted.

Once they are done I like to drizzle a bit of vinaigrette glaze on top.



I then made a simple arugula salad, with tomatoes and shaved parmesan with fresh lemon juice and olive oil for dressing.  You can even toss in some croutons and chopped onions.  I also baked some chicken breast with lemon juice and tossed pulled pieces of it into the salad.

Then for dessert I kept it healthy and light with a strawberry, banana, blueberry and non fat whip cream mini towers.  (See above picture)

You can also opt to just putting the fruit in a bowl with whip cream but I thought this looked a little more festive and fun!

Lastly I made a white wine spritzer but instead of using soda water I made a Raspberry Pomegranate iced tea (with no sugar) then squeezed in some lemons.

 

I hope you have liked some of my hosting ideas, let us know if you try any and what you thought in a comment.

 

Tara

 

 

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