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Wine Walk Recap

April 28, 2014

Our town does a great job of hosting fun events throughout the year (Dancin’ on the Ave, Founder’s Day Parade, Farmer’s Markets, trick-or-treating, etc.), and the spring season really kicks off some fun festivities.  First on the list? Spring Wine Walk!


Events like this are perfect, because J and I can host for an hour or two on the front end, everyone walks downtown and then can finish the night with some pizza (the perks of living around the corner from Pizza My Heart!) back at our house.


Like all things in life practice makes perfect, and while my entertaining is FAR from perfect, I’m finally getting the hang of putting together a menu that can be created in a couple hours and required minimal set-up/clean-up.  Here was our menu:


Spring Wine Walk 


To Do List

Night Before

  • Prep cabbage for salad
  • Make salad dressing
  • Make fruit skewers

Morning Of

  • Make cantaloupe salad (2 1/2 hours before) – refrigerate until ready to serve
  • Make cucumber wheels (2 hours before) – refrigerate until ready to serve
  • Make brie bites (1.5 hours before) – refrigerate until ready to serve
  • Take out sausages (1 hours before) – don’t cook yet
  • Make ham & cheese puffs (1 hour before) – don’t bake yet
  • Toss salad and serve in individual cups (20 minutes before)
  • Put ham & cheese puffs into oven (15 minutes before)
  • Grill sausages (10 minutes before)
  • Put refrigerated items out
  • Have hot food ready (and warm) when guests arrive
  • Party on!

Proscuitto Salad


The event downtown was from 2-6pm, so I just wanted to do some appetizers to tide everyone over for the afternoon (our party started at 1pm).  Because I hate cold appetizers (that are supposed to be hot), I tried to have a lot of options that were cold, and then have a handful of warm appetizers I could prepare closer to the party time.  The ratio make prep work so much easier and I will definitely be re-creating this menu for another event soon… definitely recommend giving it a try for any of your summer parties!









Spring Wish List

April 2, 2014

Fresh off the Spring Break boat I am on full Spring/Summer mode… here are some things on my wishlist/in my shopping cart right now:

Spring List

Candle/Book/NY Animal Print/Hat/Dress/Carafe/Giraffe Hook/Wallet/Sandals/Flatware


Candle: This is the sent of the Ritz Carlton Key Biscayne and it is AMAZING. Do yourself a favor, get this scent and immediately be transported to a sandy beach, palm trees and fruity cocktails (sans calories!).

Book: If anyone read White Girl Problems… Babe Walker’s new book is coming out at the end of April… pre-order now!

NY Animal Print: is having a MEGA sale, so I’m pulling the trigger on this print I’ve been eyeing for some time… if you are thinking of doing a little upgrade on your art collection… NOW is the time! (use code 25EASTER for 25% your order)

Hat: I know these are not new to the scene… but I finally am going to jump aboard the Panama Hat train.

Dress: With everyone posting Cochella outfit ideas, I feel the need to embrace my inner Bohemian with this look.

Carafe: I am the type of person who drinks more water if it is in a pretty glass/container/whatever… so I’m hoping this will help with some hydration in the warm seasons ahead.

Giraffe Hook: Are you kidding? Try to be mad hanging your scarf/purse/whatever on this thing.

Wallet: I’ve been thinking about a wallet upgrade and this one caught my eye.

Sandals: I’m all about Grecian sandals lately and wouldn’t these be perfect with the dress above?!

Flatware: I think I need to splurge on these for some Spring entertaining (Easter brunch anyone!?).

Whats on your Spring Wish List?!

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