My friend Mary and I hosted a baby shower for my friends Saturday. It was intended to be a tented garden party, but since it stormed the night before, with sprinkles throughout the day, we set everything up inside. I got my inspiration for the party from Chic & Cheap Nursery, who has a lot of other fun bee ideas, but I just did what was convenient for me. One thing I wish I would’ve done differently is make more desserts. I find that at parties, the adults go for the savory items and not the sweet, but I think because the desserts looked so delectable =D they were all eaten up. We can maybe attribute it to the rule of scarcity. See recipes and free printables below.
Mini key lime tarts: http://pinterest.com/pin/162270392795049360/ but I used this crust: http://pinterest.com/trouves/amazing-desserts/ That’s enough crust to double the key lime tart recipes. These were delicious and fun to eat. I served these 2 hours into it, just when they thought they had tasted everything. They were gone within minutes! The Senator came by right when they were done and grabbed one, then came back and said, “I’m just not quite sure…” and grabbed another one. He better be careful, he needs my vote.
Strawberry cupcakes: I just used Duncan Hines, with Duncan Hines cream cheese frosting, piped from a ziploc baggie with the corner cut 1/2 inch. This is always a hit. (My secret to moist, fluffy cake? I chop up 1-2 strawberries to mix in with the cake batter.)
Buffalo Cauliflower: http://pinterest.com/pin/162270392794798020/ This was delicious, but you have to make sure to use a good sauce. I made this one hour into the baby shower, so it was fun that a new, warm food was being served.
Pesto: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/Classic-Pesto-109802 My recipe is a bit different. I use 1 Tb. Parmesan cheese, and instead of pine nuts I used cashews. Cashews acts like a cheese which is why I didn’t use much Parm. It’s also cheaper than pine nuts. It was also only 1/2 cup basil, and the rest was kale since it is flourishing in my garden, but you can use either.
The caprese flatbread is a version of this http://restaurantrecipesbook.com/olive-garden-cabrese-flatbread-recipe/ This turned out delicious. Mine is simpler:
Julia’s Caprese Flatbread
3 pieces Naan bread (bought frozen from Trader Joe’s)
3 Tb. my homemade pesto (optional)
2 Tomatoes from garden, sliced thin
Basil from my garden
Mozzarella from Trader Joe’s
Balsamic vinegar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spread pesto on naan. Put tomatoes, basil, and slices of mozzarella on top. Bake for 10 minutes. You don’t have to spread with pesto though, just drizzle with olive oil, sprinkle salt/pepper. Add balsamic vinegar (optional).
Free printables. Just drag to desktop, or copy to desktop. I used a 2 inch circle punch.