Lighten the Load This Year with a Friendsgiving Cocktail Hour!

It can be quite the heavy lift to plan both a Thanksgiving and a Friendsgiving get together. That being said, we still want to honor each group of people and spend time together giving thanks. So, in the holiday spirit, we decided to plan a Friendsgiving cocktail hour this year! All the fun, but a whole lot less work when it comes to the food. If you opt for a potluck, have each friend bring their favorite Thanksgiving-inspired appetizer to share with the group. Finger food is a lot simpler and gives you an opportunity for more variety, especially with fun twists on such a classic and iconic meal! Check out some of our favorite inspiration appetizers below!

Bringing Your Personality Into Your Wedding Menu

IMAGE SOURCE: @DEARLILYMAE

IMAGE SOURCE: @DEARLILYMAE

Wedding food is not always the tastiest, but it doesn't have to be that way! Choosing your wedding menu can be a daunting task, and we understand you want your guests to be full and happy before jumping on the dance floor. To help you accomplish this, we are sharing ways in which you can put your personality into your wedding food. When your guests can connect the newlywed couple to your menu, they will be more likely to enjoy it and rock the electric slide. 


THE LAID BACK COUPLE

The laid back couple are the pair who would rather be hanging out at home, enjoying a beer, and grilling than trying the newest Mexican restaurant in the city. To help bring this personality into the menu, try serving finger foods, BBQ, and comfort foods. Even install a personal tap wall with the couple's favorite brews to share with guests!


THE COUPLE THAT LOVES TO DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

For the couple that could dance all night long, serve food tapas or appetizer style. This way food can be eaten in quick courses or freely by guests when hungry. This is also a great way to showcase a wide variety of cuisine. Have an app station with fish, one with veggies, one that's Italian or Indian. There are endless food combinations and styles that fit with this menu design!


THE COUPLE THAT COVETS MICHELIN STARS

For the couple that loves dining out at five-star restaurants try a menu that comes in multiple courses with a refined taste. Look for a caterer who puts effort into every detail on every plate. Tailor the menu to one type of cuisine and focus on making every course more delicious than the next. Finish with individual desserts like crème brûlée or tiramisu, or serve everyone a slice of your wedding cake. 


THE COUPLE THAT TRULY LOVES FAST FOOD

For the couple that loves their Taco Bell or Chick-Fil-A, consider using these companies to cater your dinner. Or consider having a pizza bar where guests can choose however many types of pizza they want! It may not be the fanciest dinner, but everyone will be sure to enjoy and it will be memorable. Your guests will love how true to yourself you are and who doesn't enjoy greasy fries with their open bar?


Spoil Your Mom with This Delish Mother's Day Brunch Line Up

It’s hard to believe that Mother’s Day is right around the corner! While everyone celebrates in different ways, we love to host a good brunch. After all, who doesn’t love brunch?! This year, we’re serving up a nice variety of sweet and savory, with Lemonade and Blood Orange Mimosas, a Parfait Bar, a Frittata Bar, and some sweet Blueberry Cake to finish things off.

Blood Orange Mimosas

Image & Recipe Source: Sugar and Charm

Image & Recipe Source: Sugar and Charm

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice

  • 3/4 to 1 cup sugar or a sugar substitute (You can add more or less depending on how you like it!)

  • 6 cups water

  • 1 1/2 cups fresh blood orange juice

How to Make it:

Pour equal parts blood orange lemonade and Champagne into each glass. Garnish with a blood orange slice.


Your Parfait Bar

Image Source: Mols Designs

Image Source: Mols Designs

What You’ll Need:

  • Various fruits, our picks are:
    • Strawberries
    • Blueberries
    • Raspberries
    • Blackberries
    • Bananas
    • Cherries
  • Granola
  • Yogurt (flavor and kind of your choosing)

How to Make it:

Provide bowls and spoons for everyone and let them go to town layering their yogurt and fruit for a light and healthy option.


Your Frittata Bar

Image & Recipe Source: Family Fresh Meals

Image & Recipe Source: Family Fresh Meals

What You’ll Need:

  • 10 eggs (or for a lighter version – 6 eggs and 4 egg whites)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper (optional)
  • A variety of add-ins such as:
    • Diced Bacon
    • Sausage
    • Broccoli
    • Peppers
    • Spinach
    • Cheese
    • Tomatoes
    • Onions
  • Non-stick Spray

How to Make Them:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Prep any add-ins you are going to use. Make sure all meat is already cooked. It’s also best to cut things into small pieces so you don’t have huge chunks sitting in your frittata.
  2. Whisk together eggs, salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Spray muffin tin with non-stick spray. Fill each muffin tin 2/3 the way full with beaten eggs. Add in a couple teaspoons of your favorite add-ins.
  4. Bake at 350°F for 20 - 22 minutes (check them at 20 and then keep an eye on them) The frittatas should look puffed up, but set in the middle. Once you remove them from the oven to cool, they will flatten out.
  5. Note: These can be stored in the fridge for 3 days to be reheated for breakfast later in the week!

Your Blueberry Cake

What You’ll Need:

Image & Recipe Source: A Spicy Perspective

Image & Recipe Source: A Spicy Perspective

For the Blueberry Cake:

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose Gold Medal Flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 pound fresh blueberries

For the Buttermilk Glaze:

  • 3 tablespoons buttermilk
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

For the Oat Crumble Topping:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons oats
  • 2 tablespoons sliced almonds
Image & Recipe Source: A Spicy Perspective

Image & Recipe Source: A Spicy Perspective

How to Make it:

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F. Spray a standard 12-cup bundt pan with non-stick cooking spray and sprinkle lightly with flour.

  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Then beat in the eggs and vanilla.

  3. Mix the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a separate bowl. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add the flour and buttermilk, alternating each, until all incorporated.

  4. Finally beat in the lemon zest before turning the mixer off. Use a spoon the stir in half the blueberries.

  5. Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and sprinkle the remaining blueberries over the top. Bake for 60-80 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

  6. Remove the cake from the oven and allow it to cool for at least 20 minutes before flipping out onto a cooling rack. DO NOT try flipping the cake any earlier than 20 minutes, or the cake will stick. Promise! Waiting 30+ minutes is safer.

  7. Once the cake is cooling on the rack, mix the oat crumble. Add all the ingredients to a small bowl and pinch with your fingers to blend the ingredients and break into small pieces.

  8. Sprinkle the mixture over a baking sheet and bake in the heated oven for 5-10 minutes. Cool on the baking sheet before proceeding.

  9. For the glaze, whisk the buttermilk and powdered sugar in a small bowl. Drizzle the glaze over the cake and immediately sprinkle the oat crumble over the top of the cake before the glaze dries.

The Everyday Girl's Solution to Wedding Receptions: Cocktail Hour!

In the last couple of years, more and more brides have skipped the traditional route and opted for a casual buffet in lieu of a pricey sit down meal at their receptions. It sounds great in theory, but even buffets tend to break the bank. You have to account for people wanting seconds or thirds, there needs to be seemingly endless amounts of everything, and it’s easy for the food budget to spiral out of control. If you’re planning a wedding, keep your own budget in check by going even more non-traditional with a simple cocktail hour menu!

Choosing a cocktail hour style for your reception menu is an increasingly popular trend among brides. Let’s be real - not everyone has the financial capabilities of throwing a ritzy, black-tie affair with a three-course meal served to each guest. But the good news is you can still have an extravagant reception - just ditch the fancy courses! Save some money in the food department and assign it to the drink budget instead. Focus on creating some drinks with flair instead of channeling all your energy into perfecting the menu! If you’re having a ton of guests, chances are they’d prefer some delicious cocktails or an open bar over a heavy meal that’ll keep them off the dance floor. You’ll still serve up some jaw-dropping appetizers that’ll have your guests feel like guests at the most lavish affair imaginable, but on an everyday girl budget - it’s a win-win!

We put together a list of some of the prettiest, tastiest bite foods out there. Check them out, and pick out a few that match the vibe you’re going for - no matter what, we promise your guests will be drooling over these delicious apps!