Posts tagged Party Food
Valentine Cocktail Party + 3 simple appetizer recipes
Hedin Simple Valentine Cocktail Party

There are so many options for how to spend Valentine’s Day, but a fun way to celebrate with all of your friends is with a simple cocktail party - after all, Valentine’s Day is on a Thursday this year! Instead of celebrating just as couples, invite everyone over for drinks and small bites and celebrate together. This is especially great if some of your group is ‘coupled up’ and some of your group isn’t. And the planner-ahead-ers can pop over before their dinner reservation!

Hedin Simple Valentine Cocktail Party

I have found when you’re hosting a party that the best thing you can do for appetizers is pick three good ones and go ALL IN! So be prepared to make tons of them because no one will dig into a partially empty buffet. I usually make one batch of each of these per every 10 people. But if you are cheese lovers, then maybe add a little more.

Hedin Simple Valentine Cocktail Party | Baked Camembert
Hedin Simple Valentine Cocktail Party | Baked Camembert
Hedin Simple Valentine Cocktail Party | Baked Camembert
Hedin Simple Valentine Cocktail Party | Baked Camembert

BAKED CAMEMBERT

1 wheel of camembert cheese

10 sprigs rosemary

1/2 cup chopped walnuts

2 tablespoons honey

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Place a bed of rosemary sprigs on a baking sheet and place the unwrapped wheel of cheese on top.

Bake 30-35 minutes until the cheese browns on top. Remove from the oven and let cool 5 minutes.

Move the cheese to a serving dish and discard the cooked rosemary branches. Drizzle the top with honey and sprinkle with walnuts.

Serve with slices of bread or crackers.

Hedin Simple Valentine Cocktail Party

I found all of these serving platters at Anko - my new favorite obsession because everything is darling and really well priced. I picked up these pink platters because they’re pink but not PINK. I was friends with a guy who used to call PINK menopause pink because when he was growing up in the south, every woman around 50 years old remodeled her kitchen and added those pink appliances that were so hot for a while. It was the ‘60’s after all. Ever since then I have been super picky about my color pink. I DO NOT WANT menopause pink in my life.

These are not. These are awesome. There are dinner plates and bowls too.

Hedin Simple Valentine Cocktail Party | Pesto Gorgonzola
Hedin Simple Valentine Cocktail Party | Pesto Gorgonzola
Hedin Simple Valentine Cocktail Party | Pesto Gorgonzola

PESTO GORGONZOLA

Undoubtably the simplest appetizer you will ever make. Two ingredients; ten minutes; served hot or cold!

1/2 cup pesto

1/2 cup gorgonzola cheese

1 baguette, sliced

In bowl, mix together the pesto and gorgonzola until evenly mixed. Spread on the top of toasted bread. Toast again for 2-3 minutes in a broiler - or serve cold. Delicious either way.

Hedin Simple Valentine Cocktail Party | Candy Cocktail

CANDY COCKTAIL

1 packet grape poprocks

slice of lemon

1 tablespoon chambord

champagne

Rub the edge of a champagne coupe with the slice of lemon and rim with poprocks. Pour in chambord and top with champagne. Serve quickly!

Hedin Simple Valentine Cocktail Party | Candy Cocktail

I love combining new things with my collection of vintage barware. These champagne coupes are from the 1950’s and I adore them. I use them all the time because there is literally never a time when gold rimmed champagne coupes aren’t appropriate. If you can find some yourself, I highly encourage you to grab them! I set them on top of a marble board from Anko. I like to have everything grouped together - the marble is a great landing place for glassware ESPECIALLY if you have marble countertops. The slab creates a spot that’s unique but won’t damage your real marble counters in the event anyone spills.


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Hedin Simple Valentine Cocktail Party
Hedin Simple Valentine Cocktail Party
Hedin Simple Valentine Cocktail Party

sweet & savory popcorn snack mixes
Ali Hedin | Oscar Popcorn Snack Mixes
Ali Hedin | Oscar Popcorn Snack Mixes
Ali Hedin | Oscar Popcorn Snack Mixes

TACO POPCORN SNACK MIX

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  

STEP 2

In a deep pan, mix together popcorn, pretzels, and goldfish crackers.  

STEP 3

Combine butter, spices, and hot sauce (to taste - spice it up!) and pour over the popcorn mixture. Toss to coat.

STEP 4

Bake 45 minutes stirring every 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool.  Serve immediately or store in an airtight container up to one week. 

4 cups popcorn

3 cups pretzels

2 cups goldfish crackers

1/2 cup melted butter

2 tablespoons chili powder

2 teaspoons cumin

salt & pepper

hot sauce

Ali Hedin | Oscar Popcorn Snack Mixes
Ali Hedin | Oscar Popcorn Snack Mixes

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER POPCORN MIX

STEP 1

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a deep pan mix together popcorn, pretzels and 1 cup of the marshmallows.

STEP 2

Mix together butter, peanut butter, and brown sugar.  Pour over the popcorn mixture and mix to coat. 

STEP 3

Bake 45 minutes stirring every 15 minutes.   Remove from the oven and sprinkle with remaining marshmallow, whoppers, and chocolate chips.  Let cool.  Serve immediately or store in an airtight container up to one week

4 cups popcorn

2 cups pretzels

2 cups mini marshmallows

1/2 cup melted butter

1/2 cup peanut butter

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/4 cup mini chocolate chips

1 cup whoppers

Ali Hedin | Popcorn Snack Mix
Ali Hedin | Popcorn Snack Mix

SHOP THE PARTY


Summer Fruit and Cheese Pairings

Summer fruit is ridiculously amazing right now - it seems like everything is ripe at the same time.  Pair that with some fabby cheeses and a glass of rose wine and you're set for an amazing afternoon outside.  

pitted cherries  ::  basil  ::  burratta

nectarines  ::  beechers flagship cheese {or white cheddar}  ::  basil

apricots  ::  blue cheese  ::  mint

Opening Day of Boating + Fish Food

Opening Day of Boating is this Saturday!  Is it a big deal where you live?  It's a big deal for me.  It means that it's almost summer.  It's almost time to hang out on the boat.  To have cocktails in the sun. To smell the ocean.  I adore being on the boat.

Even if you aren't on a boat this weekend, you can still feel the call of the ocean with a little Fish Food.

Weeknight Party Girl :: Cheese Ball

Yellow Batter Bowl

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Cuisinart

I just discovered the magic of the cheese ball.  I uncovered a recipe from 1978 that my mother had clipped and saved - then I tweaked it just a little to accommodate those of us who aren't living in 1978. This is a perfect appetizer for Thanksgiving.  

3 cups freshly shredded cheddar cheese

1 ounce cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 cup butter, room temperature

1/2 teaspoon worcestershire sauce

1/3 cup beer

1 teaspoon dry mustard

In a food processor, combine cheddar cheese, cream cheese and butter until smooth.  Add worcestershire sauce, mustard, and beer, and pulse until well combined.  Roll into a ball-ish shape and refrigerate about one hour.  

Remove from refrigerator and shape into a smooth ball using parchment paper to guide it - and to keep your fingerprints off.   

Here are three reasons why I love a cheese ball ::  

1. You make it ahead.  So it's done before you need to serve it, just pull it out of the fridge and you're done.  You can also freeze it!  FREEZE!  That means, you can make one now.  Freeze that business.  Then pull it out an hour before you need to serve it.  You look fancy.  You are fancy.

2. It's crazy simple ingredients.  Ten bucks says you have them already.

3. It's retro.  We love retro.