Because I’m obsessed with decorative papers, I make apple-themed spot cards and menus for my party. These cute little cards are available on my website if you’d like to use them for your party as well. Decor tip: slipping the spot cards into the tongs of the fork at each spot setting adds a little added dimension to the tablescape and is an incredible way to display them.
Presently for the great stuff – the nourishment! I always have drinks and tasty bites all set 10 – 15 minutes before party time. These little lifesavers are extraordinary for those prompt riser arrivals and keep us all content until the last guests show up. I choose to make little apple, ham and brie stacks. These help me to remember little Croque monsieurs – without the bread. Yum! They are extraordinary because they can be set up ahead of time and afterward served at room temperature. I think I’ll slide mine on to little skewers to make them even easier to crunch. Impeccable little straightforward bites. I think sparkling apple juice and apple martinis are just right with these. Mixed drink tip: I recommend using a mixed drink blender when making apple martinis – these shortcuts make “tending the bar” a snap!
For supper, I need to start with a small salad of blended greens joined with sliced apples and topped with candy-coated walnuts (which I purchase pre-sweetened in the nut aisle at my nearby market) and shaving or two of Parmesan cheese. Bleu cheese crumbles would be a delicious option to the parm if you like. Shower just a bit of olive oil and apple juice vinegar and voila! Salad is served.
For the entrée, I am longing for ham slowly roasted in apple juice with an apple-nectar mustard coat. Presently recall that I said I would prefer not to cook throughout the day, so I will depend on my slow-cooker (also known as a stewing pot). This is my favorite engaging secret weapon. I get every one of the benefits of a slowly prepared feast without drifting over the stove for quite a long time. To accompany the ham, I’ll make cheesy cheddar grits and apple-cabbage slaw. It will be easy to get ready shortly before guests show up.