Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Birthday Celebration #3

Okay, I think we're back in the drink! Teen is resting all day, little one is doing her schoolwork (with my help of course.) But this means I have time to write another blogpost in between lessons.

Speaking of drink, the food and drink at a party are always fun to plan. On our combined family gatherings we tend to have party favorites, everyone's specialty dish. I love to make Chicken Enchiladas or Buca de Beppo inspired Tortellini. One of my sisters in law is the cheesy potato maker, while dad makes the best crab chicken you've ever laid teeth on! (I'll have to share these recipes soon.) One dinner we had a lo-country boil Can you say yum?!

Foods & Snacks:
Easy Party Foods
Party Snacks
No Bake Cookies (the best!)
Appetizers & Party Recipes
Scrumptious Nachos
Toffee Apple Dip (yum!)
Dinner Party Recipes
Easiest Dinner Party Ever

Drinks & Punches:
Party Punch
My favorite Punch (we add lime sherbet & floating strawberries to it)
Holiday Punch
Autumn Punch

After Dinner Foods & Coffees:
Coffee Recipes
Coffee & Tea Recipes
Almond Biscotti
After Dinner Mints

For today's fortification, I thought I'd share another drink with you (like the Mocha Frappa something something from Monday.) My dd makes the best Whipped Vanilla Mocha Javas.

As an added bonus to my giveaway, I'm leading you to another giveaway on another blog where you can win all sorts of goodies! And it benefits Breast Cancer too! Go look. But Don't forget to come back!

Today's giveaway items are:

1 - The 4 cards I made for my project for Altered Pages this month. I can add sentiments or leave them blank for you to embellish.

2 - 2 bottles of Tim Holtz Distress Crackle Paint in Aqua and Green. I think I opened them and tested the colors but just never got around to actually using them! My loss, your gain.

3 - Prize is 1 set of ephemera, listed in my Collage Curiosities Etsy Shop. You can choose from Birds/Animals, Flowers/Food, Travel, Asian, People or Words set.

To win my giveaway items, leave a comment on this post with the favorite foods to have at your party. If you have recipes, I'd love to see!
Here's a list of recipe sites from my bookmarks.

(NOTE: There are 10 posts with giveaways for my birthday celebration. Don't forget to sign up for EACH post's prizes.)


trisha too said...

You are having such a party!

We love the crab rangoon dip with warm, crunchy wonton wrapper dippers.

Yesterday, oldest son called wanting to know the ingredients for his favorite punch, just because he wanted some!

Go figure.

the dial-up is being weird--sorry if i comment fifteen times . . .

Contessa Kris said...

Did you have to mention the crab rangoon? Now I have to call Mindy for the recipe. That is so yum!

Sherry said...

I love to serve a lot of appetizers at a party -- quesadillas, baked brie with bruschetta, goat cheese in pastry, homemade guacamole and salsa...sometimes we just fill up on that kind of food rather than a big meal.

If it's a dinner party I love to make Nigella Lawson's Penne a la takes no time to make and the best thing is you can be talking with your guests while you cook. That plus a caesar salad and baguettes is delicious. I also like to make Jamie Oliver's Risotto for the same reason.

Now I'm hungry and need to go make supper!!

Suzan Buckner said...

I am deeply southern, and my favorite party food is potato salad. lol..Can't help it, i love it!!!!

Lucy said...

Oh my, not sure where to even start but I definitely love appetizers, too!

I make stuffed mushrooms every Christmas Eve gathering, here is a simple recipe I made up:

I think everyone knows the grape jelly meatball recipe, but my twist is to use pretty much the same ingredients but us cranberry sauce instead of grape jelly--that's another fav of ours.

Another good dip is a white pizza dip:

What a great idea for a party!!

Kristin Michelle said...

the food part of the party is my long as I am not doing the cooking!

Renae said...

You will find me near the artichoke dip or guacamole gawking at your beautiful cards.

Mary said...

I like spinach dip with snack crackers. How about these Killer Brownies? Go here to find the recipe:

Lily said...

am I invited to this shindig?

Sherry Goodloe said...

One of my favorite things to make and serve is a baked artichoke dip with lots and lots of cheese. Yuuuummm. I also make a mean chocolate, chocolate chip cake, 7-up cake, and sock-it-to-me cake. Don't want to take up space here with all of the recipes, so if you'd like them, just e-me and I'll send them to you *smiles*

I'm loving your give-aways!!!

Anonymous said...

My sister's mac n cheese


CreativeFlutter said...

I have to admit my parties are usually store bought stuff, I'm just not that organized.

I would love to say I make the best appetizers and drinks but that's just not me.

I do enjoy the fruity drinks with a tropical flair ...

Stuffed olives or mushrooms are the best ...

love the simple spinach dip with marbled soft bread ...

and anything with feta cheese!!!!

Sorry I don't have any recipes to share!

Jennifer Perkins - Naughty Secretary Club said...

Hey Kris,

Man that punch looks yummy! The last party I hosted I made Butternut Squash Fries with Chili Salt and Maple Cream and Figs stuffed with goat cheese and wrapped with bacon.

Your birthday is 2 days before mine!

Anonymous said...

My families all time fav for parties and holidays is pickle rollups. They are buddings corn beef slices, slice of dill pickle and a slice of cream cheese. My DD is the new hostess of these she loves making them and they are easy to make!

Dana Timms

Kristin Hubick said...

Hi Kris! Thanks for letting me know about your lovely giveaways!!!!!

My FAVORITE party food is by far cucumber sandwiches!!!! I know the recipe by heart

Mix a pack of cream cheese with 1 pack of dry italian dressing mix.

Back a loaf of pilsbury french bread and slice thin.
Peel a cucumber and slice thin.

Smear cream cheese mixture on bread, layer cucumber slice, and sprinkle with dill....


Paula Clare said...

This is oh so typical, but I really LOVE the cocktail wienies in jelly sauce...and my favorite punch is gingerale and anything! love, love!

Bunny B said...

Ooo... yummy! I love nachos and salsa!

Monique said...

I like lemons a lot so one thing I like to make are little lemon tarts. They're a lot of work but so much fun to eat. :-)

Cindy said...

Salsa and chips make a party!!

Tina C said...

Me again - boy you are offering such yummy blog candy. I can hope right????

Cherry said...

Oh I love nachos, they are so easy to whip up and you can put out several different bowls filled with different toppings like tomatoes, lettuce, peppers, beef stripes, chicken strips, etc. That way your guests can choose their own toppings! have a big bowl out of shredded or melted cheese for them to choose from!
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di said...

I make a dried beef roll with garlic creamed cheese in the center - sounds awful - but - hmmm hmmm good!