How to Throw a Dinner Party- Tips, Menu Planning and Personal Touches

 I’m so excited to share today’s post with all of you!!! Last month I threw my first “real” dinner party at our house. I’ve had plenty of planned dinners with family and friends over the years. However; this one was different. This one didn’t just have my cooking involved it also came with invitations, menus, place settings, and some tablescaping. I went all out to really make it a true party setting.

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Beer Battered Fish and Chips Recipe

Top of the morning to you all! Saint Patrick’s Day is just around the corner and I am celebrating this American Irish holiday on the blog today. For the past three years I have shared out my unique recipe for Corned Beef Stuffed Cabbage. It’s still a great option for your St. Patty’s Day festivities however; I thought it was time to add another option to your menus.

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Christmas Round-Up: Recipes, Tablescapes and Dining Out

Christmas is less than a week away! Can you believe it?! I know I am currently writing up my big grocery list, wrapping the last of the gifts, and pitching in where I can to help prep the celebrations I am going to. I had so much fun doing the Thanksgiving inspiration post that I thought I would extend it out and do a Christmas one as well! It’s not too late to add some delicious and inventive dishes to your lists, get some table decorating inspiration, or book your family’s table out.

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Prosciutto and Blue Cheese Wrapped Pear Bites

I’m keeping the holiday preparations theme going with another crowd pleasing recipe. In my family, the holidays are all about appetizers! On Christmas Eve we do an entire meal of just appetizers with our extended family. Essentially its one large cocktail hour with Christmas cookies to follow! Every year we have our standard recipes that must ALWAYS be present for it to be a Somers (My maiden name) holiday. While my mom’s cranberry meatballs and my uncle’s spicy calamari marinara never leave the list, I try to come up with inventive new ones each year to tack on to the menu. This year I’ll be bringing my stuffed mushrooms that I shared a few weeks back and today recipe, prosciutto and blue cheese wrapped pears.

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Christmas Crunch Chocolate Bark

I have an over the top Christmas candy recipe for you today. Chocolate bark is one of the easiest treats to make, so for all of you “non-bakers” out there, this one’s for you! It’s a no-bake, recipe with everyone’s favorite snacks caked right into the chocolate. Bring this to your cookie swap to mix in with the classics so there is something new for a change.

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Classic Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms

Who hasn’t wanted to perfect the stuffed mushroom recipe? I know I have tried a handful of variations and never quite yielded the quintessential results I was hoping for. But, I have finally done it! I found my lifetime recipe for this easy and classic hors d’oevre.

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Thanksgiving Round-up- Recipes, Tablescapes, and Dining Out

It’s almost Turkey Time!!! Thanksgiving is probably my favorite holiday of the year. My family’s traditions and large family gatherings each year to celebrate has always held a special place in my heart. I love the concept of taking special time out with family and friends to be grateful and thankful for all that we have. I love that the day kicks off the holiday season. One of our family traditions is to listen to our first Christmas song and watch a classic Christmas movie as a family after the big meal. And of course, I can’t overlook or forget that I absolutely LOVE the holiday feast. There’s really nothing I dislike about Thanksgiving.

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Butternut Harvest Hummus Recipe

The very same pita chips I served up to you all last week are yet again making a cameo on the blog today! I realized how easy it was to make my own healthier pita chips and dip and I’ve gone a little crazy with the idea. Last week you saw my recipe for the Greek creamy classic, Baba Ganoush. This week I’m getting a little more seasonal. It’s squash season people. Along with the pumpkin craze comes the runner up, butternut squash. Around this time of year we see tons of recipes featuring sweet squashes. I’m clearly all for it.

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Crispy Parmesan Baked Tomatoes

It’s time to slowly start turning your stoves back on. Fall is on its way and so is comfort food! But before we dive headfirst into the heavy meals I’m introducing you to a great transition dish today. This recipe is perfect for using up the last of your garden’s tomatoes but they encompass those warm fuzzy fall feelings after being baked.

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Caramelized Pear, Gorgonzola and Prosciutto Flat Bread Bites

Every Christmas season I start to brainstorm what small bites I’ll be whipping up to entertain guests and bring to all those holiday parties. The ironic part is that I typically get asked to bring the same two appetizers for every occasion. One dish being my “mom’s” famous recipe for cranberry meatballs. The other, raspberry brie cups. Why haven’t I put them on the blog yet you ask? Well, it turns out my mom’s recipe for the cranberry meatballs are actually one that was trademarked by Oceanspray (But I encourage you to look it up; it’s SUPER easy and they always win over the crowd). As for the brie cups, they may come one day but, today isn’t the day!

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