If you’re like me, you’ve been inundated with all sorts of blogs and pins of absolutely PERFECT looking parties and wonder, “who on earth has time to do THAT?” Well, over the coming months, we’re going to show you a few simple tricks and tips to add extra zestiness to any event. This is the first in a series of posts to help you take even the simplest gathering to the next level.
We’ve all seen how cake pops have forever changed party tablescapes and diets (it’s just one little bite, right?), but let’s not stop there! Serving fun appetizers on a stick is a great way to hold things together—everybody knows a mess-free guest is a happy guest—AND one-handed appetizers leave the other hand free for a drink! Add in a little washi tape and creativity, and they can become the perfect recipe to add fabulous functionality and whimsy to any party or event you’re hosting.
Whenever I see a marshmallow, it brings out the kid in me! Whether you’re throwing a kid’s party or just want to add a fun treat to an adult affair, these are quick and easy.
I started these by adding a washi tape flag to a lollipop stick, and cutting a small “V” shape into the tape. Then, I used my little “flag poles” to dip some good ol’ marshmallows in melted dark chocolate and rolled them in colored sprinkles for an extra festive touch. Feel free to use your creativity—chocolate and pistachios would be a nice combo, or you could use graham crackers to make S’mores on a stick!
Will guys be there? Chances are, those cute little finger sandwiches aren’t going to cut it… Try this mash-up of bite size burgers with everyone’s favorite sandwich on top!
I started by toasting up rounds of sandwich bread and cut them out with a 1 1/2″ round cookie cutter. Then, I took BBQ skewers (cut down to size), decorated them with torn washi tape, and stacked them with tiny little burgers, bacon, lettuce, tomato and avocado for a super tasty and fabulous-looking treat!
Everybody loves a salad, but they’re admittedly hard to serve as a starter. So here’s a fun way to do one!
For these, I used the same kind of BBQ skewers I used for the BLTA burgers (you’ll need something sharp that can pierce through the tomatoes), and accented them with sparkly metallic washi tape. To each one, I added a cherry tomato (cut in half), a mini fresh mozzarella ball (baby bocconcini), and a piece of fresh basil. Drizzle with some balsamic vinaigrette if you like, and you have a dish that’s beautiful, healthy and easy-to-eat!
I hope these get your party-planning ideas flowing. Stay tuned for more fun and easy ways to add special touches to your entertaining!