Today’s show is about springtime party ideas. Whether you’re planning a birthday party or a shower, I’m bringing you a couple of tasty appetizers for your guests, a colorful decoration and an easy drink. These might fit perfectly for an upcoming party you’re throwing or maybe they will inspire you to try your own twist. Have fun and enjoy!

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Springtime Highball

Yield: 1 cocktail

1 ounce of whiskey
3-4 ounces if ginger ale
Squeeze of lemon
Fig jelly
Ice
Garnish: Slice of lemon, slice of prickly pear

Rim a rocks glass with fig jelly. Add ice to the glass and then pour in whiskey, ginger ale and good squeeze of lemon. Stir to combine. Garnish glass with a slice of lemon and slice of prickly pear.

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Pear and Cheese Endive Bites

Yields: 20 bites

1 head of endive
1 ripe pear (peeled, cored and cut into small cubes)
6 red seedless grapes, quartered
1 tablespoon of blue cheese or feta
1/4 cup chopped toasted walnuts (Reserve 2 tablespoons for garnish)
Olive oil
Salt and pepper

Rinse endive and remove leaves. You should have about 20 individual pieces in a head of endive. In a small bowl, add the cubed pear pieces, quartered grapes, blue cheese, and toasted walnut pieces. Stir to combine ingredients. Drizzle olive oil and season with salty and pepper. Gently toss to coat and check for seasonings. Depending on the ripeness of the pears you may or may not need to add more olive oil. Using a small spoon, evenly divide mixture between the leaves of endive. Top each piece with a sprinkle of reserved toasted walnut pieces. Alternatively, you could fill mixture in small tasting cups to serve.

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Burger Bites

Yields: 20 bites

1 lb of ground beef
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
20 pieces of cheddar or Monterrey jack cheese sliced into 1 inch squares
4 pieces of bacon cooked (do not overcook)
10 grape tomatoes cut in half
20 slivers of jalapeno or pickle if desired
20 skewers

Break each piece of cooked bacon into 5 pieces. This will give you enough bacon for each burger bite.
Combine ground beef with salt, pepper and garlic powder.
Shape all 20 pieces at once into round patties about 1″ in diameter, making sure to flatten so the burger bite will be able to stand on a tray. Set aside.
Heat a nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat and place all burger bites into pan at the same time.
Brown for about 3-4 minutes and flip each burger bites. Top with the square pieces of cheese and continue to cook for another 3-4 minutes.
If the cheese is not melting, cover the pan for about a minute and remove cover.
Remove burger bites from pan and plate on serving dish.
Top each bite with a small piece of bacon, a sliver of pepper or pickle, half of grape tomato and then slide the skewer in the middle of the tomato to secure.
Serve and enjoy

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Colorful Doily Garland

Makes a 12 foot garland

Supplies
(12) 8″ circular paper doilies
(12) 4″ circular paper doilies
12 feet butchers twine
Elmer’s glue
Paper plate

Fold both sizes of doilies in half making sure that both sides of the doilies holes match up when folded. In a paper plate, place a good squeeze of Elmer’s glue. Leaving a few inches on the end of the twine, glide the twine through the glue, 2 feet at a time. Start with the larger doily and place over the twine so it forms a half circle over the twine. Press the paper doily together just where the doily meets over the gluey butchers twine. You do not have to glue the whole doily together; we just glued the top that goes over the twine. Alternate the large doily then the small doily until you reach the desired garland length.

Photos by: Lorianne DeVita

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