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needing ideas for a classy girlie party i'm hosting next weekend!!!!!

I am hosting my first "girlie party" at my house next weekend, and am trying to figure out what to have for appetizers. this as well is the first time some of my friends will be coming to my new place. I am wanting to have things that are yummy elegant and kind of sexy( to kind of go with the party), but also not too hard to prepare due to being EXTREMLY busy. I am asking everyone to bring a bottle of wine. If i could have a few idea sent my way that would be fantastic! I am very excited, but over whelmed from everything i have been looking at. I was trying to stick with a theme for the food..(was looking at French but kind of confused).
Thanks a million!!!!

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  1. I'll start things off. I'm sure you'll get a lot of savory ideas, but I always think it's nice to have someone sweet to serve, even if it's a cocktails and appetizers party. I love these chocolate grapes. They're ridiculously easy to make (just save time for them to dry and chill thoroughly before drizzling the chocolate) and no one expects them. They're wonderful. http://projects.washingtonpost.com/re...

    1. I do a lot of entertaining like this. You can't go wrong with shrimp, along with a few different sauces/dips. Also, I saw a recipe for a goat cheese and walnut spread served on endive that I might try soon. Everyone loves artichoke dip. Regarding BUSY: If you're near a Trader Joe's, they have a wide variety of pretty good cheese at great prices. I also love their mushroom turnovers in the freezer section. I also have access to an Asian market that sells pot stickers and a wide variety of dumplings in their freezer. I keep a few boxes on hand for last minute entertaining. Serve with some kind of soy sauce for dipping. Something chocolate would be appropriate. Chocolate covered strawberries?

      1. Fondue!!

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        1. re: fayehess

          Oh - I second the fondue thought. Another one, if you can find it - is to have a table grill handy (on the order of a fondue pot - but more for individual grilling - mine is older so it has 6 individual sections). You may not find one now, but one of these are fun for the next time. My girlfriends and I sit around the table and "dish" while having fun eating. You can prepare everything ahead of time and just put out dishes of raw meat/veggies/etc., with condiments on the side. It is a really fun way to enjoy the food, the company, the wine and everyone can "season" to taste, and only cook the meat/veggies they like (and you don't have to do all the cooking).

           
          1. re: boyzoma

            Is this similar to a raclette boyzoma?

            1. re: millygirl

              Yes it is. You could use that as well. It is really fun.

        2. http://www.myrecipes.com/recipes/arti...
          *I actually just saw this article earlier today when I was looking for something else... it might help you with your brainstorming.

          IF YOU ARE THINKING OF DOING AN ENTREE, TOO:

          Because you are the hostess, you probably would like an entree you can make ahead so you have more time with your guests. Search on chowhound.com for the Zuni Porchetta or Coq au Vin or Chicken Marbella. Those are savory and mouthwatering entrees that you can (a) make in advance and (b) the quantity is enough so that it can be easily multiplied for as many guests as you are having. (here is link for marbella: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/mem...).

          If you want to go with a French theme, then I would definitely say go for Coq au Vin!

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          1. re: Tehama

            While hubby goes off with the guys to shoot pool, etc. my girlfriends and I get together pretty much every Friday night for a whine/wine down. There are 4 of us in the core with another 5-8 girls that are invited on a regular basis. We take turns in each of our houses. Sometimes we have a ful dinner, and sometimes we order in, or feast on a bunch of appetizer types goodies.

            Here are some of our more popular choices julesmarie.

            Hot Artichoke pie - very yummy
            selection of cheeses and pate
            Shrimp and avacado salad on endive
            charcoutierre platter
            chicken satays
            warm nuts
            suishi - always a winner
            tuna tartare on crostini
            sweet potato fries with sour cream dip
            risotto
            spring rolls

            Let us know how it goes and have a great time!

          2. Chocolate covered strawberries! Crab salad in endive, anything in puff pastry

            1. Prosciutto wrapped Melon Bites

              Tomato, Mozzarella and Basil Bites on a mini skewer drizzled with olive oil and balsamic

              Bruleed Banana Slices sprinkled with chopped peanuts

              Gougeres

              Swedish Meatballs... okay not so *elegant,* but generally a hit

              Flatbread baked with Blue cheese and Purple Grape halves then drizzled with honey and chopped walnuts

              1. madjool dates, each stuffed with toasted pecan half and 'straw' of parmesan, wrap each with bacon and secure with toothpick, bake until bacon crispy.

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                1. re: serious

                  OMG !!! The dates sound awesome.

                  Another bacon wrapped appetizer is "Atomic Buffalo Turds" or ABT's.... NOT to be confused with "poppers". Cream cheese filled {and sometimes a sliver of some kind of meat, little smokies are common} Jalepeno, wrapped in bacon. A sprinkle of brown or turbinado sugar helps it brown, and brings the bacon closer to being "pig candy". Preferably smoked... but could be done in oven at 1bout 225-250F on the top rack, with a cookie sheet catch pan on the bottom rack to catch dripping bacon grease. Women love ABT's almost more than men do... so its more girlie than it sounds at first.

                  Moink balls.... Ground Moo balls with chopped onion + Wrapped in Oink {bacon} = Moink Ball. Preferably smoked... but possible in an oven.

                  Alton Browns flower pot is a decent entry level smoker, and unlike most electric smokers has a thermostat control. A weber smokey joe junior portable grill + 32 qt tamale pot can be converted into a small charcoal smoker. BBQ isnt entirely about the usual suspects like ribs, brisket & pulled pork. Smoked Roast Beef is quite elegant, the above mentioned appetizers are everything guys live for... and would be quite jealous knowing a girlie party featured such delights...

                  The most sexy, and erotic of the cured meats is obviously Pastrami. If you have Mortons Tenderquick, a Brisket, some pickling spice, Coriander, Black Pepper, sense of adventure, 5-6 days and a fridge.... you can make NY Deli style Pastrami.

                2. I made this for the ladies at work this week and they went crazy over it..Kind of a Thai flavor:
                  Sesame Chicken Dip
                  36 ServingsPrep: 35 min. + chilling
                  Ingredients

                  * 2 tablespoons soy sauce
                  * 4 teaspoons sesame oil
                  * 2 garlic cloves, minced
                  * 4 cups shredded cooked chicken breast
                  * 3 packages (8 ounces each) reduced-fat cream cheese
                  * 8 green onions, thinly sliced
                  * 1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts
                  * 2 cups chopped fresh baby spinach
                  * 1 jar (10 ounces) sweet-and-sour sauce
                  * Sesame rice crackers

                  Directions

                  * In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil
                  * and garlic; add the chicken. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate
                  * for at least 1 hour.
                  *
                  * Spread cream cheese onto a large serving platter; top with chicken
                  * mixture. Sprinkle with onions, peanuts and spinach. Drizzle with
                  * sweet-and-sour sauce. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
                  * Serve with crackers. Yield: 36 servings (1/4 cup each).
                  *

                  Nutrition Facts: 1/4 cup (calculated without crackers) equals 97 calories, 6 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 25 mg cholesterol, 195 mg sodium, 4 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 7 g protein.

                  1. Bacon wrapped dates, savory palmiers, & rum punch as a start.