Easy Party Food Idea – Hummus Party

Have a hummus party. Super easy food and cool vibe. I think I found a way to have the easiest party ever. Hummus. Well, and a few other things but seriously hummus is awesome. It’s super versatile, pretty dang inexpensive and known to be highly addictive, as in you can eat a whole bowl by yourself without even realizing it. Not that I’ve done that. I am all about actually getting to enjoy the parties you throw so this party is perfect for that. A little ahead of time prep work and you can simply enjoy hanging out with your friends. Here are some easy party food ideas for your next get together.

Three types of hummus for a hummus party.A hummus party works great at home or as a picnic/ outdoor party situation. I made the hummus base, but you could just as easily purchase it from the store and jazz it up however you want. Here I decided to serve it three ways, 1) plain, 2) with a little more garlic and a roasted red pepper sauce and 3) a guacamole hummus hybrid (recipe coming soon!).

Hummus Party. Super easy party food and perfect for spring and summer entertaining. This hummus party food idea works great because even if someone doesn’t particularly enjoy hummus (why are you friends with them?), they still have plenty of snack foods to eat in the way of the dippers. Pita chips, baby carrots and pretzel chips really make the perfect hummus eating vessels.

Dried fruits and nuts are super easy party finger foods.Similarly, you can round out the snacks with dried fruits and nuts. And I don’t know anyone who doesn’t love those coconut chips from Trader Joes. This adds a sweet element which all guests with a sweet tooth with appreciate (like this girl).

Hummus Picnic idea with tea sangria and Lolea sparkling sangria.Keeping the drinks simple is another way to enjoy your party without putting in almost any effort. This ready-made sparkling sangria, by Lolea, is such a good idea. It comes in a red or white version and its ready to drink. Just pop the bottles. Or make some tea sangria (recipe coming soon) the night before the party and you are set. It’s a light cocktail, with not a lot of alcohol, so it will keep your party drinks budget in check.

Sparkling Lolea ready-made sangria for super easy entertaining cocktails.The white is my favorite. It’s slightly sweet and fizzy with a light peach flavor. Yum! And so refreshing.

Hummus Party - put an easy picnic together for your friends!These roasted tomatoes served with burrata are crazy good and might be my favorite appetizer ever. They are a total crowd pleaser (recipe soon too – I’ve been busy you guys). Roast them the day before and set out a little before guests arrive to bring it up to room temperature. This is the BEST menu. For real. And if you are having your party elsewhere, just pack it all up in to-go containers and just pop the lids off to serve. Super simple.

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*Sangria was provided by Lolea for use in this post. 

 

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Champagne Cocktails with Ginger and Peach

Delicious Wine cocktail with fresh ginger and peach.  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.com*Wine was provided by One Hope Wine for this post.  Because they are a super awesome company.  And they work with bloggers really well. And I heart them. 

Wine cocktails are awesome.  I know because this is day 3 of my wine cocktail series. This Ginger Peach Sparkling Sangria cocktail doesn’t have any liquor in it, but it does also include Sauvignon Blanc.  So that’s cool in my book.  And it has sparkling wine.  Good also.  This is almost like a single serving sangria.  It’s good.  Real good. Did you miss the red wine cocktail from day 1? Tell me you didn’t miss the Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini from day 2!!!

Ginger Peach Wine Cocktail with sparkling wine and Sauvignon Blanc. //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAs I mentioned before, I didn’t create these recipes from scratch.  I had no idea how wine and liquor worked together and felt like I should sort of get to know them before I tried my hand and cocktail creation.  But since this one didn’t include liquor, I took some liberties.  You know what does go well together?  Ginger and peaches.  So I modified this recipe to suit my tastes.  I also subbed out the white wine since I LOVE Sauvignon Blanc. 

A perfect cocktail for summer!  Like a quick sangria!  //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comThe smell of muddling fresh peaches and ginger was almost as intoxicating as the wine. 

Muddle fresh gingers and peach and top with wine! //  www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAdd the Sauvignon Blanc and give it a little stir.  You want the flavors to start to marry together. 

Wine cocktail recipe with Sauvignon Blanc and Sparkling Wine  // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comAdd ice to the glass and then top with sparkling wine.  A few dashes of bitters will keep the drink balanced and from getting too sweet. 

Sparkling wine cocktail with Sauvignon Blanc and fresh ginger and peaches!  So good! // www.cupcakesandcutlery.comYUM!  If you are a white wine drinker, you will love this.  If you are a sparkling wine gal, you’ll want this in your mouth.  If you love summer peaches, this is your drink.  If you are breathing, this is your jam.  So fresh, so summery, so wonderful.

Ginger Peach Sparkling Sangria

Ingredients

  • 3 oz Sauvignon Blanc
  • 3 oz Brut Sparkling Wine
  • 1/4 of a fresh peach, chopped
  • 3/4" piece of peeled ginger, rough chopped
  • 3/4 oz agave
  • Bitters

Instructions

  1. In a glass, add peaches, ginger and agave and muddle.
  2. Add wine.
  3. Add ice.
  4. Top with sparkling wine.
  5. Add a few dashes of bitters
  6. Use a straw or bar spoon to give it a little whirl.
  7. Enjoy.
  8. But I must warn you, the pieces will get stuck in the straw...
  9. Recipe adapted from this one: http://winefolly.com/update/herbal-wine-cocktails/
http://www.cupcakesandcutlery.com/champagne-cocktails-ginger-peach/

A very big thank you to One Hope Wine for providing wine for this fun series.  I had a really great time learning about wine based cocktails and learning more about this great company. Did you  know that just by buying One Hope Wine you can help some really great causes?  You can.  Find out more about their amazing charity here.

Day 1: One Hope Pinto Noir and Tequila Cocktail
Day 2: Strawberry Sauvignon Blanc Martini

And this is still one of my favorite ways to make sparkling wine cocktails.

 

One Hope Wine BBQ Pack is the Perfect Summer Hostess Gift

Wine and BBQ gift pack Hope at Home and One Hope Wines teased me on Instagram this weekend.  They shared this amazing picture of a delicious looking sangria.  When I asked where to find the recipe, they pointed me to this wine and barbecue gift pack.  And I instantly fell in love with it.  I think this would be the perfect hostess gift for you to bring along or send to your gracious host.  The pack comes with 3 bottles of Sauvignon Blanc (my fave!), 2 bottles of Pinot Noir, sangria recipes, a spice rub and recipe packet.  You can order the kit from their site.

*This is not sponsored, I just thought this kit was super cool.  And I like wine.  And BBQ.

Fall Sangria Recipe

Fall Sangria with cloves and vanillaHow yummy does that fall sangria look?  When this recipe came across my inbox I knew that I had to try this.  I am generally a white wine drinker and have always preferred my sangria to be tropical and fruity.  But with temperatures dropping I decided to challenge myself and see if I would like these new flavors in my wine.

Ingredients for fall sangriaThe recipe is really easy and the ingredients are easily found in any supermarket.  And how cute is that Flirt label? My son’s kept coming in to the kitchen hollering, “That bottle has eyes!!  It can see us!”

Vanilla and cloves in cheese clothThe spice bundle is where it’s at.  This is how all those amazing fall flavors get in to your drink.  You can find cheese cloth at Target or your grocery store.  I always have some on hand for making quinoa or ghosts…its very versatile.  Let’s talk for a minute about how amazing a fresh vanilla bean smells.  And mixed with the cloves…I mean…

Plums in juice for sangriaYou will want to plan ahead a smidge to give the spices time to marry with the juice (from 4-24 hours).  Instead of finding a really large pitcher to transfer the juice in to, I poured a little juice out to make room for the spice pouch and the plums.  That really is the only option for a lazy person like me.  And don’t even get me started about pitcher sizes and how they go from small to OH MY GOSH HOW AM I GOING TO FIT THIS IN MY FRIDGE large with nothing in between…

Pitcher of fall sangriaI left the plums and spices in overnight.  I like maximum flavor output so I always leave things for the longest possible time.  Then I added the wine, heated it up a bit and then finally got to taste it.

warm fall sangriaAh-mazing.  First off, the Flirt California red was super smooth and a touch sweet so it was perfectly paired with the juice and plums.  The vanilla and cloves really rounded out the drink with their subtle notes and made it feel very comforting.  I love the idea of serving this at a party.  It was really easy to make and smells delightful while heating.  Seriously, the perfect fall beverage.

Recipe:

Ingredients

2 tsp whole cloves

1/2 of a vanilla bean, split lengthwise

64 ounces apple-cranberry juice

4 medium purple and/or green plums, pitted and sliced

1 bottle red wine

Directions

Place cloves and vanilla bean in center of a double-thick 6-inch square of 100% cotton cheesecloth.  Bring corners of cloth together; tie closed with clean string.  Pour apple-cranberry juice into a large container or pitcher.  Add plums and spice bag.  Cover and chill for 4 to 24 hours.  Remove and discard cheesecloth bag.  In a 4-quart Dutch oven, heat the juice mixture and wine until hot.  Serve in heatproof mugs.  Makes 10-12 servings.

fall red wine sangria over iceBut this recipe can also be served over ice.  And it was GOOD!  Simply follow the recipe above and instead of heating the wine and juice together, just serve over ice with plum slices.

white wine fall sangria recipeI have not tried the above recipe with white wine yet, but I imagine it too will be quite tasty.  This Yellow Tail Moscato is slightly fizzy so it will add another fun element to the drink.  Have you ever had a fall sangria?  Are you a white or red wine fan?  I hope you will all try this and let me know your favorite!

Disclosure: On occasion, I receive products, compensation and/or services gratis or at discounted rates. This practice does not influence my point of view or the outcome of the review. All descriptions are factual and accurately reflect my experience. The opinions are my own.

 

Passion Fruit Sangria and Muddle Your Own Lemonade Bar

This Passion Fruit Sangria is what I served at the Lego Dance Party I threw for my son’s 6th birthday (see full party post here).  But the post was really long and I thought adding more to it with a recipe might really annoy some people.  So a separate post was born.  See how I keep my parties classy with plastic cups?  You know how I do.  So passion fruit is one of my all time fave flavors.  And I’m kind of in love with white wine sangria so…

Passion Fruit Sangria

Seriously.  You have to make this for your next party.  Or on Saturday.

For those non-drinkers (question – what’s wrong with you?), I bought Simply Lemonade and Simply Raspberry Lemonade and set out some fresh herbs to muddle with them.

And since I always try to reuse my party decor, the two chalkboard squares were leftovers that happened to work out perfectly for the drink area.

Photos by Dez and Tam