How-to Host: March Madness

The madness of March is almost upon us which means endless basketball games and the perfect excuse to host. We’ve gathered our favorite simple tips and recipes for entertaining at home to make sure you can watch the action, check your bracket and score a slam dunk in the hosting goal. The Fire Extinguisher .5oz Jack Daniel’s…

Tailgate Time: Hosting for the Big Game

Football season is here which calls for simple and quick solutions to hosting at home or at the stadium for the big games. Check out our kick-off ready tips, tricks and recipes. Forget the Tablecloth Chalkboard paper can turn your table into a festive football tablecloth. Roll out the paper and draw your X’s and…

Mini “Fruit” Cakes

Put your own touch on mini pound cakes by adding fresh fruits. These make simple, yet delectable treats to add to any size gathering. We chose to use blackberries and raspberries to fit in with our rustic party theme but any fruit pairs well with a simple pound cake.

Pretty Platter

Great for summertime gatherings or bridal showers, a cheese board with all the fixings always makes the mark.

  • Variety of cheese blocks ranging from mild to sharp in flavor
  • Cured meats such as salumi and prosciutto
  • Baguette or bread loaf
  • Fruits such as cherries and blackberries
  • Honey or fruit jam
  • Olives and spicy peppers

Diy Floral Cake Topper

Whether hosting a shower, birthday or weekend get-together a floral cake topper is a whimsical way to add a DIY touch. We made our own cake decoration using a Boston Cream cake. Here’s the step-by-step for how you can add a little whismy yourself. Ensure icing is even on the top of the cake 2)…

Cilantro-Lime Corn on the Cob

  • 5 ears corn
  • Juice of one lime
  • ¼ cup Cilantro, chopped
  • 2 tbsp Feta cheese

Jack BBQ Chicken

  • ¼ cup Jack Daniel’s Tennessee whiskey
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • ¼ cup mustard
  • ½ tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup cider vinegar
  • ¼ tbsp black pepper
  • ¼ tbsp salt

Mini Red Velvet Parfait

  • Red Velvet cake, crumbled
  • Vanilla pudding
  • Almonds

S’mores Bar

S’mores are a summertime classic but think outside the box with a s’mores bar. Include the traditional ingredients like graham crackers and marshmallows but mix it up with different kinds of candy bars. Use mason jars for serving containers or get creative with another festive way to serve guests. Graham Crackers Marshmallows Candy Bars

Popcorn Bar

A popcorn bar is a fun and easy way for guests to get involved and to allow everyone to choose their own popcorn style. Offer various flavors of popcorn and toppings with festive name labels. A fun touch is to set out gift bags with each person’s name they can use as their own person…

Macarons

Macarons come in various flavors and colors so not only do they taste delicious, but they can brighten up your Kentucky Derby party or brunch and add a touch of elegance.

Grape Garnish

Frozen grapes are a nice garnish to serve with wine and a fantastic way to keep wine chilled without watering down your favorite Chardonnay or Pinot Noir. All you need is one large bunch of firm grapes (purple or green) and to follow these three easy steps for a healthy, simple way to jazz up…

Wine Pairing 101

Here are some quick tips for pairing wine and food: For lighter fare select a light-bodied wine and for heartier fare select a full-bodied wine. Lighter foods include pork, poultry and fish, while hearty foods include duck, pasta, beef and game. Sweet desserts and sauces generally require a sweeter wine such as Pinot Noir. For…

Apps Made Easy

As the host you want to be able to enjoy your gathering and do as much ahead of time as possible. Offer easy appetizers so people can serve themselves and you have one less thing to worry about. A cheeseboard is a great option and can include various cheeses (especially that pair well with the…

Kentucky Benedictine

Benedictine was created in Louisville, Kentucky and was served originally on sandwiches. Now Benedictine is often served as a dip and has become a Kentucky staple and makes for a perfect dish to serve for those quintessential KY occasions like the Derby. 

  • 1 large cucumber (peeled)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese (softened)
  • 1 tablespoon onion (grated)
  • ¾ tsp salt
  • 2 dashes green jalapeño pepper sauce

Mini-Fritattas

  • 8 eggs
  • 4 oz shredded ham
  • 1 cup roasted red pepper
  • 1/2 cup crumbled goat cheese

Doughnut Hole Skewers

Ingredients: 3 cups vegetable oil, for cooking 3 tablespoons granulated sugar ¼  teaspoon salt 1 large egg 1 cup low-fat milk 1½ cups all-purpose flour ⅛ teaspoon grated nutmeg ¼ unsalted butter, melted 1½ teaspoons baking powder Confectioner’s sugar, for coating   In a bowl, combine granulated sugar, flour, baking powder, salt and nutmeg. In…

Waffle Bar

A waffle bar is a fun and simple way to let guests personalize their own dish, and allows the host time to mingle instead of being stuck in the kitchen during the party. Offer a variety of toppings such as fresh fruit, chocolate chips and whipped cream.     2 tablespoons sugar 1½ cups all-purpose…

Bread & Cheese

Baguettes and a variety of soft cheeses are always an easy and affordable brunch option for a large crowd!

Berry Parfait

  • Yogurt
  • Granola
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries

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