After baking cookies, I moved on to rosemary-roasted cashews. Super easy and always a favorite. You can find the recipe on my 'recipes' page.
Next I prepared the artichoke dip. As I was scatter-brained beyond belief on Saturday, of course I forgot to take pictures! Boo! I used the Pioneer Woman's recipe from The Pioneer Woman Cooks. I will post it on my 'recipes' page. It was very delicious, as most of PW's recipes are!
I found the recipe for Garlic-Brie Crostini from Real Simple - the GREATEST magazine - online.
The recipe was very nostalgic for me; french bread with tomato rub and olive oil is a very traditional Spanish tapa. It brought back fond memories of my semester in Barcelona!
Now, the best part. Sangria is always my go-to beverage for entertaining (also a very traditional Spanish drink). I make both red and white sangria, but I made white for Saturday. It was not only delicious but so pretty in the pitcher!
To make white Sangria:
Mix 3 bottles of white wine (I used 3-Buck Chuck from Trader Joe's) with 1/2 C orange-flavored rum with 1/2 C orange-flavored vodka.
Heat 1/2 C water in the microwave for a minute and a half. Add 1/2 C sugar to the hot water and stir until dissolved.
Add the water to pitcher.
Now add fruit! I used an apple, grapes, and a lemon, but you can really use whatever. I don't recommend using raspberries. They look very amoeba-like in the pitcher. Very unappetizing.
There is only half of the recipe in this pitcher, so I added between 8 and 10 ounces of club soda right before serving. I you have a pitcher or punch bowl to hold the entire recipe, add 16-10 oz of club soda right before serving. So pretty!
The party was a huge success!
This is my beautiful sister Karly. She is the best!
My best girl friends minus a few.
Need help planning your next party or just need ideas? Let me know! I live to entertain!
Cheers, and more holiday festivities soon!