The Pretty Disposable Partyware You Need

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There’s nothing better than a dinner party to catch up with your girlfriends, but there’s also nothing worse than the clean-up that follows. It’s hard to spend time with your guests when you’re worried about the huge mess that’s left behind after dinner. Even worse? Those brand new dishes you picked out aren’t dishwasher-safe and way too expensive to risk tossing in. Next time, skip the hand-washing and save yourself some money with on-trend paper products!


Zazzle and Paper Eskimo are just two of the many companies jumping on the bandwagon, and their paper plates are affordable and adorable. They offer everything from simple patterned plated to completely customizable options, which makes it a great option for any occasion. If you’re throwing together a last minute girls’ night, grab a simple solid colored plate - the mint green ones are super cute, and are perfect for the springtime! If you’re feeling a little bit more adventurous, the polka dot and striped plates add a fun and feminine touch that will really elevate your dinner party! Grab the matching cups and napkins, or mix up different patterns for a bold statement your guests won’t forget.

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You could also impress your guests with customized products if you’re having a more formal event. With templates for everything from a bridal shower to a birthday, there’s an endless amount of choices that will compliment whatever theme you’re going for. If you and your hubby are hosting a dinner party, add your monograms and the date to the middle of your plates for a classy touch.

If you’re not one for over-the-top decor, we love the idea of sticking with understated, solid colored plates and mixing in a fun striped napkin or a chevron cup. The colors still make for fun decor, and you don’t have to commit so much to a vivid statement. If you’re still looking for that unique touch of customization, consider personalized wine labels that will have everyone talking!

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Personalization sounds a bit pricey, but it’s actually much more reasonable than investing time, effort, and money into dishes and glassware. Most plates average around $1.50 each, which is just around $15.00 for a decent sized dinner party, and there’s usually some sort of discount code or deal available too that saves you even more - it’s a totally affordable way to glam up any occasion!

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Girls Night In Food Guide

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You deserve a fun girls night in with your friends this weekend! To help your last minute planning be stress free, we’ve created a menu for the night! Complete with drinks, appetizer, dinner, and dessert, your friends will be begging you for the recipes! And each recipe takes thirty minutes or less!


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Here are two amazing drink options, one alcoholic and one non-alcoholic, so everyone can enjoy!

Apple Cider Margarita (serves 2)

For the Salted Rim: in a shallow dish mix ⅛ tsp. of each ground cinnamon and ground ginger, and ½ tsp. coarse salt. Rub a lime wedge around the rim of each glass, and turn glass upside down into the salt mixture to coat. Fill glasses with ice.

For the Margarita: add 3 oz. tequila, 2 oz. fresh lime juice, and 3 oz. of apple cider to a shaker with ice. Shake vigorously and strain into the glasses. Top drinks with ginger beer (about 1.5 oz. each) and garnish with apple slices!

 

Sparkling Blood Orange Mocktail (serves 2)

In a medium bowl whisk 1 cup of blood orange juice, and ½ tsp. each of ginger powder and turmeric powder.

Add ice, half of the juice mixture, and ½ cup of club soda to each glass. Add sweetener (honey, maple syrup, agave) if desired.

Garnish with mint and rosemary leave, and an orange slice!


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Appetizer

These pear and prosciutto triangles with triple cream brie are the perfect appetizer. They are cheesy (yum!), sweet, savory, and finger food! (makes 9 triangles)

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 425℉ and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

On a non-stick surface, or the parchment paper, cut 1 sheet of thawed  puff pastry into 9 equal squares. Spread ½ tbsp. of fig jam in the center of each square, and place 1 slice of pear (cut to fit if needed) and 1 slice of prosciutto on top of the jam. Equally divide 3 oz. of Brie amongst the 9 squares, and carefully pull and fold one edge of each of the squares across to form triangles. Gently press the edges of the triangles together to seal.

Brush each triangle with the egg wash, from 1 egg, and evenly sprinkle 2 tbsp. of fresh pistachios and 2 tsp. of fresh thyme, if using, overtop. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Allow to cool slightly then drizzle with the honey. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Dinner

A light spaghetti dinner cures your carbohydrate cravings and helps you save room for dessert! This spaghetti with sun-dried tomatoes and pecorino romano is delicious and only takes 20 minutes! (serves 4) Pair it with a side caesar or caprese salad!

Instructions:

Boil a well salted pot of water. Cook 16 oz. of spaghetti slightly al dente. While the pasta cooks, start the rest of the dish. Make sure to reserve about ½ cup of the pasta water!

Place ½ cup of olive oil and 2 sliced garlic cloves in a cold skillet over low heat. Cook gently for about 5 minutes to infuse the oil with the garlic. Do not burn the garlic or your oil will taste bitter! Add 14 sliced sun-dried tomatoes to the pan with garlic and olive oil and evenly spread out tomatoes.

Add the cooked pasta to the skillet, along with a pinch of chili flakes, and toss to combine. Add the pasta water and increase the heat. Cook until the water is gone - about one minute. Stir in ½ cup of pecorino romano, and serve, topped with a bit more pecorino romano, black pepper, and julienned basil. Enjoy!


Dessert

Dessert is the best part of the night, and these mini cinnamon rolls will make you cry with happiness. They are cute, gooey, sweet, and only take ten minutes to make! (makes 16 mini rolls)

For the rolls: preheat the oven to 350℉. Lay out half of an 8 oz. tube of crescent roll dough (four triangles) and pinch the seams together. Flip over and repeat. Using a rolling pin, roll the dough into a ¼" thick square.

Brush with 1 tbsp. of melted butter and sprinkle with as much brown sugar and cinnamon as you desire. Roll into a log and cut into 8 pieces. Repeat with the other half of the dough, and place pieces into a greased non-stick mini muffin tin. Bake for about 8 minutes until the dough is slightly brown. Cool on a wire rack.

For the icing: whisk 1 tsp. maple syrup, 1 tbsp. milk, and ¾ cup powdered sugar in a bowl and drizzle over cooled mini cinnamon rolls!


How to Choose the Right Menu

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One of the biggest financial decisions for your wedding day is the food and menu. Aside from picking from a variety of delicious appetizers, entrees and desserts, it’s important to decide how to present and serve the food to your guests, all while keeping your budget in mind!

If you want a more casual way of serving food, having a buffet at your wedding is a great choice! With a buffet, guests will be able to have the freedom of getting whichever food they desire, and you are able to have a wider variety of food available. Having a buffet may be a little pricey due to ordering vast amount of food to feed everyone, especially if people would want seconds!

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To opt for a more formal dining option, having a plated, sit-down dinner at your reception is the way to go! Guests will typically be served a three-course meal (appetizer, entrée, and dessert), where there will be 2-3 options for food choices. Having a plated dinner is more organized since everyone will be seated and eating at the same time. After getting a head count for your wedding, having a sit-down dinner is budget friendly since you can order the exact amount of food you need.

 

 

 

 

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Image Credit: Joyful Health Yeats

Having a cocktail-style reception is a great way to provide food for your guests if you want to avoid a long sit-down meal as well as larger portions of food. Hors d’oeuvres are usually served, giving guests plenty of options of smaller foods. Cocktail style receptions are also perfect to have your guests mingle and meet each other! Having a variety of smaller portioned foods is a good way to save money on your big day!