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Last minute cocktail snack ideas, please!

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I have about 6-8 girlfriends coming over tonight (last minute get together) and I am having an emergency root canal today. I am going to run out to the store Costco/Safeway before hand.

Any ideas for quick & easy to prepare cocktail snacks? For cocktails I thought I would set up a martini bar with some juices, vodka, berries & lots of ice. (Ideas here too, if you have some.)

Thank you!

Julia in Woodinville, WA

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  1. That's pretty ambitious after a root canal, especially since you won't be able to drink and possibly won't feel like eating (or at least be limited to soft items.)

    As much as I favor home made items, in this situation I would just buy some nibbles at Costco. There is a Costco thread on the Chains board where people list their finds for each quarter.

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    1. re: weezieduzzit

      Thank you! I would hate to cancel. I'm pretty tough, I'll rally. :)

      1. re: Juliamay

        Being in good company will help you feel better. Let your friends wait on you this time. :)

        1. re: Juliamay

          Are you going to be on pain meds, or are you just getting deadened for the procedure (I took Halcyon for my last one and was on a different planet)? If the latter, bottoms-up!

          Like others said, take it easy on yourself and go all Costco. Shrimp cocktail, a few cheeses, some fruit. Maybe one of their canapes if you trust them (some are dicey). Have fun and relax tonight!

      2. Do you have a decent Italian deli? Get one big piece of your favorite cheese and assorted antipasti - salami, marinated artichokes, olives, roasted red peppers, whatever else looks good!I also do the same thing from a local greek establishment - hummus, babaganoush, dolmades, feta and spanakopita.

        1. I'd go the cheese/Italian antipasti route myself...easy and fast. Get a few nice cheeses, prosciutto or bresaola, maybe some marinated olives, and at most grill/toast up some fresh crostini bread slices. A little honey and spicy mustards on the side will make it a bit more elegant.

          And to continue the Italian theme with drinks, you could offer Venetian spritzes? White wine + sparkling water (or prosecco), orange slices, and Italian bitters of your choice (Campari or Aperol, typically). Those are always a big hit when I offer them up at parties and they don't take much work to make. Hey, here's a Chow article about them:

          http://www.chow.com/recipes/10891-spritz

          1. Don't forget wine.

            Grapes, cheeses, crackers/baguette, nuts, melon cubes...a tiny bowl with squares of bittersweet chocolate is nice, too.