Every event should have a favor for the guests to take with them as a thank you for making the party enjoyable. It can be a simple handwritten note at their place-setting or (my favorite) a delicious snack to savor on the ride home.
Macroons can be found in every color
My favorite favors are edible and my absolute favorite of all is a box of colorful and delicious macaroons (or macaron in French). The crispy shell and the flavorful center are just magical in flavors like, raspberry, pistachio or even rose. These delightful, almond based cookies originated in France but can now be purchased at many local bakeries. My favorite shop, ‘lette (formerly Paulette’s) even offers overnight shipping.
Colorful Macaroon Tower
The chic cookie has a long history but for me the story begins in France, in a little bakery called, Laduree. This world-famous bakery was founded in 1862 and continues to bake fresh Macarons in their shop each morning. The shop celebrates each season with a new and exciting flavor combination, this season is Strawberry Candy.
There are so many colors available that it should quite easy to choose cookies in your color palette as guest favors. I love wrapping them in a clear bag or box so that you can admire them before ripping the package open and devouring.
Three mini macaroons in a clear bag
Two Macaroons stacked in a modern gift box
Another option is having a buffet of macaroons so that the guest can try a lot of different flavors before choosing their own favorite. These cookies are a crowd pleaser and would be wonderful favors at weddings, showers and birthday parties!
Have you ever had a Macaroon (Macaron)? What are your favorite flavors? Is the Macaroon the new “It Dessert”?
Easter is this Sunday and I can’t believe how fast this year is flying by! This was always one of my favorite holidays because we would personalize our eggs, hide carrots for the Easter bunny and wear a fabulous new dress. My mother would hide a basket for me and my sister with the most amazing Mr. Sketch markers and a notebook with the most delicious carmel popcorn bunny. We would make spinach dip then go visit with my aunts and cousins.
This year I will coordinating a good friends wedding so it will definitely be a celebration! I have rounded up my favorite decor elements and tablescapes. Find even more Easter inspiration on Pintrest!
A basket full of gilded eggs is magical
My mother's spinach dip would be amazing in that bunny
Carrots that look like they were just pulled from the ground make the perfect centerpiece
Beautiful inspiration for an Easter party
Some my favorite party food is a large selection of salads. I love Italian style pasta salad, with roasted red peppers, olives, and basil pesto. A huge garden salad filled with veggies and a juicy, fresh fruit salad are delicious, healthy options. For refreshments, I love drinking white wine spritzers (so retro!). I mix a light white wine (sav blanc or pinot grigio) with some Diet Sprite and a splash of fruit juice. You can always freeze the juice and just throw a few cubes in your glass for fun.
What are your Easter traditions? How will you be celebrating this year?
I love designing bridal showers because all of the most important women in a Bride’s life come together to share their wisdom for a happy marriage. The bride is given advice on how to keep up with housework, ways to resolve arguments and easy dinner ideas.
Learning how to cook to suit you and your future husband’s lifestyle is so important and A Gourmet Recipe Shower is a modern take on the traditional kitchen shower. Who wouldn’t love going out to Zagat rated restaurant every night, but that just isn’t realistic with work and eventually children. Hosting a Gourmet Recipe shower for the Bride will help get her ready to wow even the most work week weary husband.
Invitations can include a kitchen utensil or a mini cutting board. Be sure to include the customary details (when, where, rsvp) and also include the gourmet potluck recipe request. Ask each guest to bring a gourmet appetizer or dessert along with the recipe. All of the recipe’s will be gathered and placed into a notebook for the bride to take home as a keepsake. I know I love to participate in a potluck but if you think your guests would be offended, then just request them to bring along their favorite gourmet recipe.
The table decor can incorporate kitchen utensils into the flower displays and centerpieces. It is a fun way to incorporate the foodie theme, while also allowing the bride to take as a gift. I personally love to use the Kitchenaid products. The spatulas, spoons, peelers, etc are so durable and they come in the brightest colors! If you do go with the KitchenAid centerpieces don’t forget to display the bride’s piece de resistance… The KitchenAid mixer!
A great game for a Gourmet Shower is an Exotic Taste test. One of my favorite Top Chef quickfire challenges is where each chef must do a blind taste test on exotic fruit, spices, chutney and vegetables. The shower can also incorporate a game with 10-15 different ingredients set up on a table and each guest is encouraged to taste test. Once everyone has a chance to sample the offerings, the correct answers are tallied and the winner is announced! A lovely gift basket filled with amazing products for the guests own kitchen would make a wonderful prize.
A table with a beautiful Gourmet Cook Book would make a unique guest book. Each guest can sign next to their favorite recipe or add their own well wishes on the inside cover. Near the Guest Book table would be the delicious favors. A petite jar of rosemary infused sea salt would be a luxurious DIY project. All you would need to do is insert three to four small sprigs of rosemary (any herb would work) into a glass jar before filling with sea salt. Let them sit in a cool dark place for a few days before the party.
If you do decide to incorporate a potluck element into the party I would recommend dividing everyone up into appetizer or dessert. Then the hostess can provide the main course. One of my absolute favorite recipes for a potluck is a Crescent Wreath. You can fill the wreath with any fillings to accommodate any dietary needs.
Ingredients ½ lb. mild Italian bulk sausage 3 Tbsp. Dried Tomato & Garlic Pesto Mix 1 cup shredded
colby Jack cheese ½ cup chopped fresh broccoli ¾ (10.75 oz.) can cream of mushroom soup ¾ cup chopped red and green bell pepper 2 (8 oz.) tubes refrigerated crescent rolls
Directions Brown first 2 ingredients in medium skillet until sausage is no longer pink; add next 4 ingredients. Unroll and separate crescent rolls into triangles; arrange crescent rolls with wide ends completely overlapping in a wreath shape on large baking pan.
Spoon sausage mixture over wide ends of crescent rolls; roll pointed ends and tuck under wide ends, leaving filling visible. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes. Makes 8-10 servings.
Would you want a Gourmet Shower? What is your go-to Gourmet Recipe for weeknight meals?