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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Drop by for Drinks and a Bite!

What a bad Catholic I am…here it is Ash Wednesday, and my post today is about wine and indulgent appetizers. Of course, no meat is involved, so perhaps it will be forgiven.

plate If you read this today, it will give you plenty of time to plan for the weekend and a little wine and cheese.

glass I like the little wine charms that have been everywhere for the past few years. However, I always forget to buy any. Here’s a great idea to help guests keep track of their glass.

coasters I used a large flower punch (from Stampin’ Up!, of course), then a smaller (3/4”) round punch to make a hole in the center. Then cut a slit from the edge to the center, and you’re done. If you wanted them to match a party theme, they could be the same paper, but use a silver Sharpie to jot down a name. Of course, it’s up to your guests to refrain from imbibing so much they forget what color they had!

app The other night, GI Joe and I were craving a salty-sweet snack. After rummaging around the kitchen I wound up with these tasty baguettes with jam and cheese.

Bleu Cheese and Fig Jam Crostini


Bleu Cheese, crumbled

Fig Jam

Butter, softened

Split the baguette lengthwise and butter lightly. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, until lightly toasted. Cut into 1” diagonal slices. Spread about 1 tsp fig jam on each slice, then sprinkle with bleu cheese. I found the fig jam at World Market…I’m always seeing recipes with fig jam and needing it.

These ideas should help you be ready for your next impromptu cocktail party, since both are super quick to do. A little touch of details, though, will make your guests feel extra special…even before they start drinking!

I'm linking this up to the Tip Junkie's Tip Me Tuesday...come check out all the great ideas there!

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  1. Man, I can't wait for you to come home to see what kind of little extras you come up with next! Course, that assumes I'm invited to the party.

    Your wine charms are great. Never would have thought to do that, yet now that I see yours I have a bruise on my forehead for slapping it so hard while saying "duuuhhhh." Cute and clever, as always, Ms. M.

  2. Of course you're, there, everywhere! And I have that same simple, yet never occurred to me before. Thanks for always encouraging my creative flashes, too!


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