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Turning 50 is a milestone for everyone. It’s an opportunity to celebrate with family and good friends from different eras and significant times in your life by throwing a great party. Here, we take you through a 50th birthday party put together by New York Lux Events.
The guest list for this event was more than 200, and included a mix of people that were unrelated to each other. As the party was for a man who is both very social and low key, we decided to throw an open house in his apartment. This let a large number of people attend, made it warm and inviting by welcoming guests into his home, and also made it cost-effective.
The open house was held on a Friday night spanning four hours. Then, on Saturday night, 26 people continued the party at a private dinner with family, out-of-town guests, and very close friends in attendance. This also gave the celebration a level of intimacy.
The theme "Smokin’ 50th" was chosen because of the honoree’s affinity for a good cigar. It was fun, masculine, and represented him well. From the invitation forward, we ran with the theme. Food was presented in cigar boxes and wooden boards of all shapes and sizes. A humidor was stocked for guests to choose from.
To feed the large number of people anticipated, a buffet of cheeses, small sandwiches, and charcuterie was set up and replenished throughout the night. A separate dessert buffet held small bites of sweets. As the invitation asked guests to "stop by, raise a glass, smoke a cigar, and toast…" there was something for everyone regardless of when they came by or how long they stayed.
To streamline the bar, drinks were limited to prosecco and vodka with colorful mixers. Bartenders poured throughout the night, but guests could also help themselves to refills from other stations around the apartment. At the private dinner, each place setting had a Thank You box mimicking the invitation. It was filled with the birthday guy’s favorite treats — gummy bears and chocolate chips cookies.
How to Throw a 50th Birthday Bash
This past weekend we celebrated my father-in-laws 50th birthday. It was a memorable event and a total surprise to him. Whether you are celebrating your own 50th milestone or know someone who is, I wanted to share with you How to Throw a 50th Birthday Bash so you can make sure it&rsquos a year to remember!
Now if you have ever thrown a party before you know that there are basically 3 essentials that can make or break a party. These 3 are:
Of course guests are also a necessity but I think that goes without saying.
So you now the basics but where do you start? Well, you want to start with a theme. For me, my theme was simply &ldquo50 years&rdquo. My sister-in-law and I decided to go with elegant colors that would work well for a cocktail party. We chose silver, gold, and black. For the decorations we shopped at ShinDigz and purchased the following items:
- Balloons and Curling Ribbon (in metallic black, gold, and silver)
- Balloon Weights
- Tableware (including cups, napkins, cutlery and tablecloths)
- &ldquo50&rdquo Numbered Confetti
- Spiral Danglers
- Crepe Paper Streamers
- Tissue Poms
We hung the decorations around the entire inside and outside. We then had a piece of black paper taped to the wall with a foil curtain hanging down. We then had metallic sharpie markers sitting to the side so guests could write a message to the birthday boy. It was a huge hit!
A &ldquo50&rdquo photo collage was made out of pictures that we had guests upload and share in a private Facebook group. They were printed in black and white and glued into the shape of 50 on a large piece of foam board. Again, another huge hit!
For the stair railing we decided to blow up balloons which we used a Balloon Time Helium tank because after all, that is the easiest and most cost effective way of decorating with balloons. We tied the balloons to the railing and then taped some pictures onto the ends of the string. This was displayed right in the main entrance of the house.
Outside we set up some large cocktail tables that were perfect for guests that prefer to stand. They were covered in black table cloths and had a balloon weight with balloons tied to it and pictures taped to the bottom.
We also set up a Make Your Own Cocktail bar and decorated that as well. There was a cooler of ice located next to it.
I have to say, the decorations turned out so great and I really think they made the party so nice and elegant looking. To complete the entire idea of the party I just had to purchase this Over the Hill Cane. It comes complete with it&rsquos own horn too!
Food and Drinks
Food was the next item on our list. We made it sort of a potluck and asked guests to bring an item that was an appetizer or beverage such as a bottle of wine. We had lots of finger foods including meatballs and mini sausages. We also had meat and cheese trays, cheese fondue dip with beer bread, crackers, chips and salsa, and so much more. For dessert we served up scoops of Baskin Robbins ice cream which we just purchased a bunch of different flavors in the prepackaged quarts.
For drinks we had everything from water to 2-liters of soda to hard liquor and wine. It was really amazing the variety of delicious food and beverage choices we had.
All in all, the party was a fantastic success! I truly think my father-in-law was surprised and had a fantastic time. I want to give a huge thanks to so many of our sponsors that helped make this party successful. For more ideas including appetizers, drinks, and party decorations please visit my 50 Cheers for 50 Years Guide!
25 Ways to Throw the Best 50th Birthday Party Ever
From food to decorations, get inspired to throw the party of the (half) century.
All milestone birthdays are a big deal, but there's no denying that turning half a century calls for a truly spectacular celebration. The birthday honoree should be fêted with a party as special as he or she is. Whether you're throwing a party for mom, dad, a friend, or yourself, it's fun to personalize it with inspiration grabbed from those five glorious decades spent on this earth. Maybe she grew up lip-syncing to Grease or perhaps his happiest childhood memories were spent around the campfire. It could be that garden parties and tea times are her jam! It may not be possible to celebrate in person, so you may need some virtual birthday party ideas. Whatever the case, we've got everything you need to wine, dine, and decorate for the fab 50 year old in your life. Once the 50th is properly celebrated, it may seem like it's time to prop up your feet, but alas you only have a decade to plan for the big 6-0. Here are some 60th birthday ideas to get the ball rolling. If you're not quite to ready to celebrate a 50th (or a 60th), perhaps you would be interested in some 40th birthday ideas!
These cookies will have guests delighted to gallop into the second half of their lives. Prize ribbons are a fun and high-impact way to decorate for a party.
The decorations for this party can be easily attained by scoping out your yard. A dogwood branch makes for a beautiful table decoration. Guests will be refreshed by this stunning punch.
Berries adorn the desserts and the punch in this berry-filled party idea. Great for a summer celebration!
Although it's important to eat healthy no matter your age, those of us reaching this milestone birthday may be even more conscious of making healthy choices. Take advantage of delicious spring produce and serve a tray of crudités. It's so pretty, you won't even have to worry about centerpieces.
50th Birthday Party Ideas
When we arrived home from our long trip to Alaska this summer, the last thing I wanted to do was throw a 50th birthday party for my husband. We were jet lagged and his Dad was hospitalized at the time with pneumonia. But Bob wanted a simple party, just a keg and potato chips was all he requested…so of course I put on my party planning hat. But he knew I would do way more than just a keg! We needed an awesome celebration to usher in the new decade, so I did my best to keep it laid back yet meaningful.
Since he just wanted a backyard party I decided to go with red and white checked tablecloths, and some Carolina barbecue for for Tarheel. I made this cute chalkboard invite as an evite, and our theme was born!
I also made other signs we framed around the house in 8吆 white wood frames. (If anyone wants to download these let me know and I’ll add in!)
Food was pretty simple, I made crock pot of shredded barbecue chicken and my badass sister-in-law and her husband make pulled pork. We had shrimp, veggie dip, cheese and crackers, pork and chicken, and of course the beer and potato chips he requested! Simple and easy! Plus all of our family pitched in and made something for us so I just had to cook the chicken and desserts.
He didn’t want any decorations, so I just used my same burlap banner from the dollar bin at Target from Emy’s Palace Pets party, and carried the chalkboard theme! I also made a sign for the dessert table that listed the 50 things we love about Bob.
The kids helped write it of course!
I also recycled the photo prop background and idea from my 40th party thrown by the talented Bobbi! I bought these cute photo props from Amazon, and voila, a fun spot for photos!
And of course I made a homemade cake! Bob’s FAV candy is chocolate malted milk balls, aka Whoppers. So I made a cake out of the same flavors!
Not my best frosting job, but I love the rustic homemade look!
I had to line the cake with the candy too, and loved the contrast of the Whoppers cut in half around the top! I used this cupcake recipe, and it made a big three layer chocolate malt cake with vanilla malt buttercream. I don’t even love chocolate, and devoured this cake. It’s worth every sinful calorie!
I purchased the cute cake topper from Amazon as well. I also made cupcakes with the cutest little mustache liners and candy toppers I bought at Michael’s in the dollar bin! (Budget Saving Party Tips here!) And just like all of my parties and cakes, I made the cupcakes weeks in advance and froze them, so I just had to frost them the morning of. I made his actual birthday cake the night before and refrigerated.
Baby and childhood pictures of Bob adorned the dessert table as well, and we were lucky to have so many family members and friends join us! I wish I could share a photo of everyone there, we had so many out of town guests!
And might I add the birthday boy doesn’t look a day over 40, and I am pretty sure I don’t look 30. So let’s jest erase the last decade and have a do-over shall we?!
I’m so glad Bob was able to have a night of distraction just for him, as his father left this Earth just two days later. Though he wasn’t there with us at the event, he was and always will be with us.
Guess the old saying is true:
Hope these ideas inspired your 50th birthday party!
If you liked this post, please check out these other birthday party ideas! And don’t forget to follow along on Facebook!
Little Mary Lennox wasn't the only one enchanted by the idea of a secret garden. When the weather shifts to warm and breezy, the earth is green again, and the outdoors beckon to us from our indoor dwellings, you have the perfect excuse to throw an intimate garden party. Choose a day, invite a small group of friends and family members over (COVID-guidelines permitting), and get ready to enjoy a safe, socially-distant afternoon in the open air. We have over 25 years' worth of ideas, befitting every occasion in the outdoors.
Hosting a small tea party? Bring out the guests' favorite blends, cucumber sandwiches, and set the table with your finest china. Celebrating a baby shower or backyard birthday party? Go all out and display centerpieces, décor, and more on tiered stands&mdasheven if some guests still need to attend virtually, the details won't go unnoticed.
Warm days and comfortably cool evenings are made for entertaining outside. To better utilize your outdoor space, make sure you have comfortable seating and shaded canopies. When decorating, consider what will withstand in the elements&mdashrain or shine: moss, galvanized metal, ceramics and stoneware, herbs, and fresh flowers. Herbs and fruit trees are always ripe for the picking in your backyard, so gather them into a pitcher centerpiece that guests can forage from themselves. A pretty mix of garden roses, ranunculus, sweet peas, and anemones always look resplendent in cups and bowls. Even the smallest decorations serve double-duty at the table: napkin holders, drink trays, and food covers to keep the pests at bay.
As for food and drink, keep the menu light and delicious. Lemonade, herbal tea, and fruity sangria can be chilled and served by the bowlful, too. Browse our best backyard party ideas, then step out into the sunshine.
The type of party activities depend on the theme, the guests and the guest of honor. Here are some ideas:
- Play in a group through HouseParty it’s free and user friendly, you can download it here. There’s also charades or werewolf!
- Are you going to have a sleepover? You could plan a series marathon or watch your favorite movie! Yes, this is possible remotely via the Netflix Party extension or a streaming app from other platforms.
- Prepare a recipe together. It can be a dessert, a dish or even cocktails if there are no children at the party.
- If the guest of honor is a dancing lover, it can be fun to plan a choreography of a familiar song simultaneously. You can put together a dance contest or a lip sync battle.
- Craft workshop to entertain the little ones. Since this is a virtual birthday, it is best to contact the parents beforehand to make sure they prepare the necessary materials.
The Cake: If you live with the person, you can bake and decorate it according to the theme or order it from a local bakery with home delivery.
Elegant 50th Ideas
If the guest of honor is known for their elegant style you’ll want to throw a party to match. Check out our more mature celebration ideas for inspiration.
- Vintage Classic: For a guest of honor who’s got great style, throw a vintage party. Use art deco style decorations and old-fashioned foods. Include classic-style chalkboard signs and plenty of champagne for a fun, yet mature, party.
- The Golden Milestone: Bling out your party with a golden milestone theme. Use golden decor like mylar balloons, confetti, and table runners . Have the guest of honor dress in gold with the rest of the guests in black for stand-out elegant photos.
- Black and White: This theme is a classic for reason. Use plenty of black and white decor and use simple and delicious drinks and food. For a fun touch, have all guests under 50 wear black and all guests over 50 wear white.
- The Great Gatsby: Known for luxury and excess, this makes the perfect theme for an out-of-this-era party. With a 20’s themed dress code, art deco decor, and plenty of champagne, guests will talk about this celebration for years to come.
- Birthday Gala: This theme means a large venue and even bigger guest list. Have everyone dress to the nines and order decorations to match. Honor your loved one with a celebration only they could pull off.
Planning a Surprise 50th Birthday Dinner Party!
Hosting a birthday party is definitely different than hosting a birthday dinner party.
And a “surprise” birthday dinner party, at that.
Recently some of my beautiful friends joined me in my home to bless and SURPRISE our friend who turned 50 on January 1st.
The element of surprise makes planning SO fun. We were little working bees behind the scenes, making sure that our friend Kathie would NOT find out about this event.
When you think about it – a surprise brings joy to all. The look on the their face, the sounds of elation, the tears, … it goes on and on, as they walk through the door.
Let me just say it’s such a JOY to surprise a person, when they least expect it! Kathie did not have a clue, especially since the party was almost 2 months after her actual birthday. (It happened so quickly- all I had ready was my iPhone for this picture.)
Her mother flew down from Portland. I’m so glad we made that happen!
What a gift to have a beautiful guest of honor with us.
Well, actually two guests of honor. :)
I noticed as we were sitting around for appetizers, how Kathie’s Mom’s hand kept gravitating over to hers.
Precious – the gift and love of a Mother/Daughter.
I love holding hands, so naturally I saw this the night of the party, but also later as I went through the photos.
On January 1, 1963, the world became a better place as our friend Kathie was born! Her mother confirmed that she was indeed the first baby of that year to be born in their local hospital. I’m pretty sure I overheard her saying that she made the cover of their newspaper that next day, too. :)
Back to the party planning …
Planning a surprise party can be tricky, but if you get everyone there on time, which we did, it’s one of the best kind of parties to throw!
I found myself very cheerful all day long as I was cleaning, preparing, cooking, getting the primroses ready and setting the table – all for these wonderful ladies who were coming to my home!
How to plan a surprise dinner party!
1. Gather a list of friends that you want to invite and send out invitations.
2. Plan one unique surprise that will shock the birthday person, which in our case was a surprise “guest.”
3. Count the number of RSVPs and start planning your table. Do you need to add a table on?
4. What will the “theme” of the table be? In my case – bright colored PRIMROSES.
5. Plan the menu. A few girlfriends and I shared the making and serving of different courses.
6. Decide where each course will be served. Where will you start off with the appetizers? In our case, we gathered in the living room.
7. A crown and a sash ties it all together. And a lovely dessert.
8. Make sure and take photos of the night – because pictures say a thousand words. And they’re memories that you’ll have forever.
The words that flowed around the table that night were deep, inspirational, loving, and caring.
Enough to make any person feel like a princess!
I know we all have special people in our lives, that we think about hosting special parties for milestone their events, but then, …. we don’t. I want to encourage you to just do it. Get together with a group of people and plan to make a special memory for your friends. You won’t be disappointed, I promise!
Today I’m ending this post with some inspirational words about my gracious friend, Kathie, who I believe is a great, great, GREAT person!
I believe that humility, obedience, and integrity are three key characteristics that contribute to the making of a great man or woman. If you humble yourself before God, develop a habit of obedience, and choose to walk in integrity in every area of your life, you will be well on your way to showing the world what really makes a great great person. – Joyce Meyer
Have you ever hosted a surprise dinner party? What was your favorite part?
How to Host a Perfect Surprise Party for Dad’s 50th Birthday
Nowadays, turning 50 is not anymore considered as an “over the hill” cliche it used to be. Although it’s still an important milestone in a person’s life, there is still a world of opportunities and experiences that awaits you.
If you have an upcoming 50th birthday event for your husband or dad, planning a memorable surprise event to celebrate the occasion will be an exciting once in a lifetime endeavour.
A surprise party is still an amazing experience no matter how old you get. Our dads are mostly creatures of habit so you need to work around his preset schedule if you want to throw a surprise party for him.
1. Choose a Theme
50 is a golden number so most 50th birthday parties are commonly themed with something in gold. But you don’t have to follow everything you read or watched. The perfect theme comes from how can you best express the celebration of your dad’s 50th birthday celebration. You can always get advice from experts who have a wide range of ideas for event themes.
Some suppliers or event coordinators have a preset theme that comes with a comprehensive package of designs and party favours. The people behind Who Wants 2 Party believe that a wide array of decorations and materials are essential in bringing your party’s theme to life. And logistics is also important as you can’t have them lying around in the house for your dad to run into. Delivering these materials to the venue hours before the event is perfect so you don’t have to haul them from your home to where you plan to set them up.
Here are some suggestions on making a personal 50th birthday theme:
a) His favourite movie – Make a theme around a movie he can’t shut up about and be creative on how to incorporate it to the party.
b) His era – Bring him back to his “good old days” and have a decade theme. You can also ask your guests to wear some clothes that are characteristic of those times.
c) Sports-theme – If your dad hasn’t outgrown his love of sports and would still scream at the television for every bad call, then having a theme about his favourite team sports is a good idea.
2. Get a Venue
A surprise party is tricky when it’s done at home, it’s not impossible, but it does pose a lot of challenges. One main disadvantage is, if your dad lives with you, you would be hard pressed to find the time to prepare for the party. Still, a party at home makes it an intimate event, something people at that age greatly appreciate.
There are a lot of parties held in the event halls of hotels and restaurants because it’s more convenient and cost-effective. Convenience is key here because you’re going to need time prior to the event to set up the decorations, food, and other essentials.
3. Organise Suppliers and Vendors
Managing suppliers and vendors is very important when planning for a surprise party. You have to act normal days leading up to the event, so you can’t be seen by your dad frequently talking and negotiating on the phone suspiciously. The need for trusted vendors that can deliver services professionally, can help a lot in making the event seamless and perfect.
4. Celebrant’s Schedule
This part may require some slight manipulation on your dad’s calendar. You ought to know what he’s got planned for the day and make adjustments accordingly. If he has appointments that could conflict with the planned party, you can try to move them around and make up some excuses to reschedule them.
On that day, the celebrant’s schedule and whereabouts are important to track in order to prevent him from finding out and spoiling the party. You should also make sure that your dad won’t get stuck at work and ruin the plan.
5. Send Invitations Secretly
Your guest list should be done before you start the preparations. Family and friends close to your dad should find a place on that list. Send the invitations to them with specific instructions to keep the event secret from the celebrant. Give them instructions on how to respond to the invitation so that it won’t pop up along with your general mail.
6. Maintain Routine
On “D-day”, wake up a little early and greet your dad like you always do on his birthday. A little celebration over breakfast and talking about a simple dinner later in the evening would make him think that he has a clear picture of what’s on his day ahead. Acting oblivious to the birthday can be difficult and a little conspicuous if you’re not someone who forgets birthdays.
Inviting him to a simple dinner in the evening would motivate him not to stay in the office longer than he should. If he’s not working that day, the invitation can also help so that he’ll have to make time with you in the evening.
7. Bring Celebrant to the Venue
You can tell him to meet you at a coffee shop somewhere away from the real venue. Don’t let him go to the venue alone as he might arrive early and some usher or hostess might bring him to his own venue where he’ll see the unfinished preparation. That can be a funny story in the future, but not something you can really be proud of.
Meet him at a station or in a cafe nearby so you can just walk to the venue. If he asks about your siblings or mother, tell him you’ll text them the address so they can follow. Let everyone that you’re coming and just casually bring your dad to the event room and you surely know what happens next.
Give your dad time to be greeted and “welcomed” by his guests and lead him to his special birthday seat. You can start the program by doing some trivia or anything entertaining centred on him.
Your dad is 50 now, most probably he has some success and is an accomplished man, so it might be entertaining to roast him a little. Make a list of fifty things that would be nice to hear about your father and take a jab on things that would make him a little flustered. It could be the following:
- 50 things you don’t know about him.
- 50 things he’s done.
- 50 things that annoy him at home and at work.
Be creative with the program just make sure the night is all about him.
There you have it, your dad will recognise the thought and effort you’ve put into clandestine planning and preparation. You will also come to appreciate the friends and family who’ve helped you keep things under wraps from your dad or husband. A 50th birthday celebration is always perfect when loved ones are gathered around, to partake in your gratitude for another year of life.
The key to making recipes for party finger foods is to have items that do not drip, fall apart or require any utensils whatsoever. Remember to provide serving spoons, toothpicks and napkins for your guests.
Tortilla rollups are a good finger food for a variety of parties. You can customize them to fit almost any palate by swapping out the seasonings, vegetables, cheeses and meats. The recipe for a taco rollup is listed below use the ingredients in parentheses for a pizza version.
- 5 to 10 10-inch flour tortillas
- 8 oz. cream cheese
- 8 oz. sour cream
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese (1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese)
- 1/2 package of taco seasoning (2 tsp. Italian seasoning)
- 1 can diced tomatoes and green chilies, drained (1 cup diced pepperoni)
Mix together the cream cheese, sour cream and seasoning. Fold in the cheese and diced tomatoes/chilies. Spread over flour tortillas. Roll up tortillas and place in refrigerator. After chilling for a few hours, slice them into 1-inch pieces.
Kabobs are the perfect party finger food. Virtually anything that isn't liquid-based can be put on a kabob. Kabobs are great luau party finger foods, but they can work for any occasion. You can skewer fruits such as:
Put lamb, green peppers, tomatoes and onions on a kabob and marinate in a bottled Greek dressing before grilling for a Mediterranean twist. Grapes, strawberries and cheese cubes are perfect kabobs for a wine tasting party.
The best thing about kabobs is that you can make your own recipes even if there isn't a recipe available for something that fits your theme. You could bake kabobs with hot dog slices and French fries in the oven for a child's party or put tofu with raw vegetables on a kabob for a vegetarian twist.
A handful of snack mix is a crowd-pleaser anytime of the year. Hundreds of versions are available, from sweet to salty to savory. This version has a spicy ranch flavored kick.
- 6 to 8 cups of plain white popped popcorn
- 2 teaspoons dry ranch flavored seasoning packet or dressing packet
- 2 cups of your favorite Chex cereal
- 4 tablespoons of crumbled bacon or real (not artificial) bacon bits
- 2 tablespoons of melted butter
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- 1 brown paper bag
Put the popcorn and cereal in bag, stirring to combine evenly. Pour melted butter over popcorn, stirring slightly as you add it. Sprinkle the ranch dressing and bacon bits on top. Roll up the top of the bag and shake until the ingredients are mixed evenly. Add salt and pepper if you wish.
Pecan Mini Tarts
Skip the typical cookies and bars and put a unique twist on dessert by making pecan mini tarts. These tasty treats are similar to the pie, but without the mess.
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup melted butter or margarine
- 1/2 cup flour
- 2 beaten eggs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line mini-muffin pan with paper. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside. Mix butter and eggs. Add to dry ingredients and stir until just mixed (there may be small lumps). Bake for approximately 20 minutes (oven times may vary), until a toothpick in the center mini-muffin comes out clean. Place on wire racks to cool.
Try these skewers that are fun to eat and pretty to see. They require very little work and can be prepared in a snap.
- 1 1/2 pounds tortellini
- Basil leaves
- Olive oil
- Jarred sauces such as marinara, pesto and Alfredo
- Skewer sticks
Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Drop in tortellini and cook until just tender. Drain and lightly toss in olive oil.
Place two tortellini on skewer along with one basil leaf. Arrange on a platter and serve with sauces.
Spicy Deviled Eggs
Eggs can be stuffed with a variety of fillings for the perfect party appetizer. Try this variation on the classic deviled egg:
- 12 large hard-boiled eggs with shells removed
- 1/4 cup of chopped sliced pimientos
- 1/4 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- Fresh parsley
Slice eggs in half lengthwise and remove yolks. Reserve yolks in small bowl and mash with a fork. Stir in chopped pimientos, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, cayenne pepper, and salt until well mixed. Place egg halves on a pan and spoon mixture into each half. Garnish with fresh parsley. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
These tasty bites will look as good as they taste and they are simple to create, making them the perfect party food for your next bash.
- 24 cherry tomatoes
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup chopped green onions
- 2 tablespoons of chopped parsley
- 1 pound of bacon, cooked and crumbled
Before assembling, cook bacon and crumble. Allow to cool then place in a bowl with mayonnaise, chopped green onions, and parsley. Mix well and set aside. Slice the top off of each tomato. Use a small spoon and scoop the filling into each cherry tomato. Refrigerate for an hour before serving.
Simple Spinach Dip
This easy dip can be served in a fancy bowl or in a hollowed out loaf of bread.
- 1 packet of dry vegetable dip mix
- 16 ounce container of sour cream
- 1 box of thawed spinach - well drained
- ¼ cup of green onions
Combine dip mix with sour cream. Stir in spinach and green onions. Chill for one hour before serving with vegetable and crackers.
Chocolate Covered Strawberries
A perfect ending to any celebration is a sweet treat such as chocolate covered strawberries.
- 60 large fresh strawberries with stems intact
- 1 -12-ounce package of dark chocolate chips
Line a baking sheet with waxed paper and set aside. Place chocolate chips in a glass bowl and microwave for one minute or until melted. Remove and stir. Grab a strawberry by the stem and swirl in chocolate. Place dipped strawberry on lined sheet pan and continue with the rest. Place strawberries into refrigerator to allow the chocolate to harden, about 30 minutes.