Ballerina Cupcakes, Turtle Pie, Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu Pinwheels, & Homemade Lemonade


Sometimes it’s best to start with dessert first, and that’s exactly what our Shindigz Party Recipe Authors did this week.

Ballerina Cupcake Recipes decorated Shindigz Style!

Ballerina Cupcake Recipes decorated Shindigz Style!

We’re so pumped about our TuTu Much Fun Ballerina Party this week that we found a few recipes for Ballerina cupcakes.

Heather's Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu Pinwheals

Heather’s Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu Pinwheels

Heather provided us with this scrumptious chicken recipe.

Candace's Lemonade

Candace’s Lemonade

Candace updated a classic homemade lemonade recipe.

Carbo's No-Bake Turtle Pie

Carbo’s No-Bake Turtle Pie

And from Carbo’s kitchen, a no-bake turtle pie recipe that won’t heat up your home!

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Tasty Appetizers for a Summer Party


For summer get-togethers we love the chilled and the grilled, and we don’t even want to look at the oven. Here we present the building blocks for a range of luscious appetizers that fill the bill for summertime tastes and preferences.

Dream Cream
It starts with an 8-ounce package of cream cheese or Neufchatel. Release it from the package into a bowl and let it soften at room temperature. Better yet, speed up the process by using a microwave-safe bowl and the defrost mode on the microwave oven. Check the consistency of the cheese after a few seconds of “zapping.” Stop when it’s very soft but not melted.

Once soft, you’ll create a filling or a spread, depending on what you stir into the cheese. A tablespoon or so of ranch dressing mix and a pinch of snipped chives form a foundation for pinwheel appetizers; the cream cheese spread goes on a tortilla wrap that’s then layered with fresh vegetables (pepper strips, sliced green onions, etc.), olives, herbs, and maybe meat and more cheese. Go here to see what they look like after they’re rolled, sliced and picked.

Another recipe we like mixes cream cheese with adobo, green onion and diced tomatoes as a creamy stuffing for colorful, crisp pepper halves.

Cream cheese appetizers should be made and chilled for two hours before the “unveiling.” Consider presenting these beautiful bites on clear tableware so they get the spotlight they deserve.

Con Queso
Quesadillas are delightful made on the barbie, and there are so many creative variations you need never make the same kind twice unless you want to.

Match the heartiness of this offering by placing them on gingham-patterned plates and use bandannas as napkins.

You normally use the grill in two steps for these appetizers. The first time is to cook the meat and the second round is for melting the cheese in the assembled quesadillas — and adding those awesome grill marks. :)

Our current quesadilla crush is a marinated steak teriyaki with fresh pineapple and mozzarella.

Cute Cukes
Have you seen these? You cut cucumbers into thick (1” to 2”) slices and hollow out one end with a melon baller or small spoon to create a vehicle for almost every kind of filling imaginable.

They are clever and simple, just as we like it. Just start with the right cuke, which is a slicing cucumber that’s long, straight and smooth.

Whether you peel it depends on your own taste, thickness of the skin and whether it’s been waxed. A lot of cooks like to peel selected parts of the cuke for vertical dark stripes in the finished cups.

You could fill the cups with dollops of your favorite tuna salad recipe and garnish with springs of fresh dill, or follow Martha Stewart’s lead with a batch of gazpacho. A lemon or red pepper hummus is really good, plus gives you the flexibility to use your favorite prepared product if you like.

Save extra cucumber from your hollowing-out exercise for cocktail time.

Cheers!

How to Create Your Own 4th of July Celebration


The 4th is about more than fireworks and no matter where you go across the country there is always something to celebrate. Whether it is the local parades put on in small towns, to the famous concerts, competitive eating competitions, or celebrations of the local cuisine there are festivals out there for everyone this July. You can take your cue from these festivals to throw your own homemade 4th of July festival. Uncle sam on fireworks rocket

The 4th is about Food

Around the country there are festivals celebrating local cuisine or ingredients. From celebrating the humble tomato to keeping track of how many hot dogs a person can consume, food is never far from people’s mind. You too can celebrate the humble hot dog in your own backyard. Provide your guests with a wide range of toppings for them to put on their hot dogs. If you have some big eaters at your party you can hold your own hot dog eating contest. Award prizes to the top three eaters.

For those who have a sweet tooth set out an ice cream sundae bar. It is a great way to beat the heat, and everyone can find some topping that they like.

The 4th is about Family

Everyone enjoys a holiday weekend together, plan a party that appeals to every age group. Activities are a great way to bring age groups together. Have fathers and sons compete against mothers and daughters in classic field day races. Have entire families participate in scavenger hunts to see which family works together the best.

The 4th is still about Fireworks

Even though there is so much more to celebrate, no 4th celebration is complete without fireworks. You can keep them in mind all day by decorating your yard with firework themed decorations and tableware. With these colorful decorations your party is sure to be a blast.

Everything You Need to Know About Hosting a Summer Party for Tweens


Everything You Need to Know About Hosting a Summer Party for Tweens

Beat the Heat

Pinata's are fun for all ages!

Pinata’s are fun for all ages!

Use water balloons as balls in a fun game of dodgeball.  Not only is it a classic group game it will help cool off your guests as they enjoy themselves.  Water balloons can also be turned into piñatas that surprise the player with a shower of water when they break the balloon.  Or add a regular piñata as another game to play.

Make the Decorations a Game

Place small favors in balloons that way each child is able to break a balloon and earn a favor.  Any small favor in a balloon can turn a regular balloon into an individual piñata for each of your guests.  If you would rather not pick up the pieces of broken balloons then hanging gliders would be another option.  Before the activities the gliders make fun decoration.  During the activities it is quite simple to have a glider flying contest.  Simply take them down and see who can throw theirs the furthest.

Angry Birds

If you want to integrate some bird slinging and pig popping fun into your party an Angry Birds party would be right on target.  With decorations and tableware to fit this theme you can make sure only the birds are angry at your party.  You can create your own levels for your guests to defeat.  Set up blocks in fun configurations and fling your bean bag birds try and knock them all down.

Hawaiian Party

Personalized Surfboards from Shindigz!

Personalized Surfboards from Shindigz!

Break out the leis and grass skirts and have a luau this summer.  Invite your guests to participate by donning Hawaiian print shirts, grass skirts, and as many leis as they want.  With a few surfboard and palm tree standees any space can look like an island paradise.  To add to the fun have a limbo or hula hoop contest to see who has the most island spirit.

Even the pickiest tweens will find themselves having fun at your party this summer.

Celebrate The Kentucky Derby ® With This Mint Julep Recipe


This summer time drink mixes two Kentucky favorites that are delicious for any summertime gathering. Check out this recipe for Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale Mint Julep at Shindigz Party Recipes!

Your Party Guests will love this twist on two favorite adult beverages!

Your Party Guests will love this twist on two favorite adult beverages!

 

Kentucky Derby and Churchill Downs are licensed indicia owned by Churchill Downs, Inc and used under license.

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