spa party menu help, please
i am hosting a spa party this saturday.... i'm having professionals come to give me and 4 friends, mani/pedis, facials, and massages, and i wanted to have some light things to pick on. i hosted this last year, and the food was a tremendous hit. but i don't want to repeat the menu. i'm all out of ideas. also, i will have mere hours to pull this together. Thursday night is the nutcracker with the girls, friday is the office party, saturday morning is a gingerbread house making party with the little one..... so simple suggestions are much appreciated.
last year i had: deconstructed caesar salad (or i guess build your own caesar salad....), room temp tortellini with pesto, tomato/basil/mozzarella skewers with balsamic vinegar, roasted veg, crudites, vegetable sushi, and i think cucumbers on cocktail rye with herbed cream cheese. i had sparking wine and water with grapefruit in big pitchers. someone brought cupcakes. i'm thinking of doing a fondue in the crock.....
The thing that comes to mind is a lemon almond yogurt dip in Martha Stewart's Entertaining. I don't have the book with me and I cant' find it on the internet, but if you have acess to the book it's fantastic. Basically, you grind almond to a coarse power and add lemon juice, zest and yogurt. The almond soak up the liquid and it thickens into a dip. It's very light with a nice tang and a great unique texture.
Tuna tartar also comes to mind. the catering company where I work does tuna tartar on a wonton crisp with ginger and avocado creme, but you could just have a bowl of it out with crackers or something. lots of nice recipes online.
I'd skip the fondue; it's very heavy.
IDK if someone's mentioned this but you can't go wrong at a spa party with spa water. Cut up an apple, half a cucumber, and a lemon into pretty slices and drop into water with plenty of ice maybe drop in some mint. It's even nicer when oyu leave it there for an hour to so first.
already good ideas, so i'll just throw out a few more..
Stuffed endive leaves - i like to do goat cheese, diced caramelized onion, roasted garlic, lemon zest, a bit of almond meal and ground pumpkin seeds with a bit of fresh parsley drizzled with a lemon white wine vinaigrette
Cucumber Cups - filled with roasted garlic baba ghanoush
Roasted Plum Slices topped with a dollop of vanilla ricotta and a hint of basil
Frittata - can't go wrong with the simplicity of frittata made in mini molds -- artichoke or mushroom or jerusalem artichoke...
quesadilla bites - feel free to use whole wheat tortillas with a mixture of cheeses (low-fat or not) - love to do cheddar, gruyere, swiss, havarti and parmesan, myself...
Watermelon salad -- add lime juice, tequila, feta to cubes (so much faster than balls) of watermelon (although watermelon might be a tough find right now).
Raw nuts, or freshly heated with a little oil and salt and spice
Hummus with vegetable crudites
Cold soup like gazpacho.
Herb teas and Sangria (light red wine with slices of oranges and lemons)
Really like firecooked suggestions, except the soup...unless you do soup shots..which are fun.
a tiny riff would be..
A pitcher of limoncello lemonade with mint ice cubes
Sparkling water with citrus
Fresh fruit in coconut nests
Deconstruct a cobb salad
Smoked salmon and dill cream cheese on pumpernickel toast points
Mini dessert bites: cheesecake cupcakes, turtle brownies, cinnamon buns in cupcake liners (all small batch make a heads)
Dark chocolate peppermint bark