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Jul 30, 2013 04:45 PM

Favorite Easy Party Foods

We are hosting a first birthday party for my son next month. We've just moved into a house, so it's also a housewarming of sorts. Without having to turn on the grill, what are some recommendations for easy but fun/festive party foods? The party will be held at lunch time and we will have quite a few kids in attendance. Any ideas are much appreciated!

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  1. wrap anything in bacon, always tasty

    kids love skewers and you can make really cool presentations with them
    -fruit skewers
    -chicken skewers
    -veggie skewers
    -tomato/basil skewers

    homemade chips and salsa - way better than homemade and tasty

    bakes pasta shells - easier to portion than lasagna but can be as yummy

    so many ways to go for parties

    1. here is what i brought as a dish to the new neighbors the other day.. I took some goat cheese and some olive oil and some fresh red peppers that I grilled( over the flame on the stove) and clove of chopped garlic..and blended in the food processor.... kind of a mediteran piminto cheese without the piminto... and some home made nan..

      1. A lot of appetizers, no main, great desserts.

        Roll up spiral sandwiches - tortillas or flatbreads, a spread - cream cheese, pimiento cheese - thin-sliced meat, small pickle (optional), rolled & wrapped in plastic wrap (to hold shape) & refrigerated overnight, then sliced about half-inch wide.

        Mini-muffin sized quiche.

        mushroom turnovers

        1. For a summer lunch, I'd be tempted to go with a variety of cold salads, hearty enough to be a full meal (ie, with protein and starch as well as vegetables). You can make them ahead of time, serve cold, and there's variety for people to choose from. For some ideas;

          A caprese salad (fresh mozza, basil, tomatoes, drizzled with olive oil).

          Chickpea salad with tomatoes, onion, celery, mint, dressed with lemon juice, garlic and olive oil.

          A hearty pasta salad with roasted vegetables and feta cheese.

          Greek salad.

          Asian noodle salad with snow peas, red pepper and sesame.

          Roasted corn salad.

          Chicken salad.

          Salad nichoisse.

          Potato salad.

          1. Dips and spreads-tepanades, cream cheese blended with flavorful jarred pimento, even spicy egg salad (add Sriracha!)served with your fav crackers and flat breads.

            A big bowl of grabable fruit- always a hit. Using scissors to cut grapes into small bunches really helps.

            Depending on temp and location-cheese and cold cut platter.
            Veggie platter-I LOVE grilled asparagus.