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« on: June 21, 2008 02:21:15 AM »

For my sister's surprise birthday party, I put together some simple yet pretty party platters.  We actually had very little left over, and I heard happy munching comments, so it must have been pretty good Cheesy

I tried to put a little extra effort into making such simple fare attractive, by putting the fruit dip into grapefruit skins with scalloped edges, and veggie dip into hollowed-out bell peppers, and by having some really awesome and artistic helpers!  The sandwich roll-ups are ham with green onions and cream cheese, and the pinwheels are chicken salad with cream cheese and sun-dried tomatos.  I'm really pleased with how it turned out, and just wanted to show off my little table creations to you incredibly crafty and creative folk.  Thanks for checking it out!



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« Reply #1 on: June 21, 2008 02:53:40 AM »

Shame on you!

That looks so tempting, that i have to go make myself some food right away.

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« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2008 03:11:24 AM »

Sorry! Grin  By the time I'd conducted polite, adult, ladylike party games, greeted and mingled with guests, taken photos, and chronicled my sister's gifts for thank you note purposes, most of the food was gone.  I did get some veggies, though, and I can tell you that weirdly colored cauliflower is still very tasty Cheesy  Yeah, maybe I need to find something to nibble on now, too....
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« Reply #3 on: June 21, 2008 05:12:41 AM »

*gasp* where did you get purple cauliflower?! did you dye it?
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it looks yummy tho...
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« Reply #4 on: June 21, 2008 06:45:15 AM »

The tables look great.  I love the purple & yellow color combo too.
I tihnk most of the time people prefer simple food, but presenting it in a nice eye-pleasing way makes it seem much fancier.

anwylaeth:  The pepper filled with dip are those on candle hoiolders? I would never have thought of that, that is agreat lift, I usually just put differnt size boxes under the tablecloth. I love your idea of using  those candlesticks.  Is that a fruit bouquet in the back?? May I ask what you put in it?? I love making htem just always looking for different ideas.



I've never seen cawliflower that yellow, but I have seen the purple before.
I've given it to my Grams instead of the the standard bouquet of flowers for her birthday!
My cousins thought I was nuts but gram being a practical old gal loved it!

The purple cawliflower makes for an intersting mash if oyu cook it with purple potatoes & mnash like reg mashed potatoes. I do them abt 1 part potatoes to 2 parts cawliflower with a little milk & buttler, a pinch of salt & fresh ground pepper with fresh grated parm cheese.
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« Reply #5 on: June 21, 2008 06:56:35 AM »

I love how you put little flags on things saying what they are.  So many times people stand around... "what is this?" ...   

I love that everything here is simple and familiar but that just that extra care was added to make it special.
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« Reply #6 on: June 21, 2008 11:45:20 AM »

very nice! I love that u used different colored cauliflower I do the same for my kids, I gets them eating veggies a little more.
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« Reply #7 on: June 21, 2008 11:52:28 AM »

great and appealing!   all the things I was thinking were already said.  other than what a wonderful sister you are. I hope all your efforts were appreciated!
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« Reply #8 on: June 23, 2008 03:35:45 PM »

Awww, shucks - thanks you guys! 

Believe it or not, I got both colors of cauliflower at the local Wally World - a last minute purchase that really worked out well.  I don't know how they get it to grow in different colors, but it is not dyed.  My kids actually ate this stuff - now I know how to get them to eat raw veggies! 

longtimegeek - you're right, there's nothing really special here, just put a little extra effort into the presentation.  I, too, hate approaching a buffet table and not knowing what on earth is in each bowl.  This way, people feel emboldened to try something new, because it has a name and it's not a surprise.  Food surprises are almost never good. 

LeesaLove - yes, the candleholder and the bud vases were purchased at the thrift store, and added some height variation and interest to the table.  I bought a cheap bunch of flowers at the grocery store and put two or three in each vase.  The platters were from the thrift store, and the foil flower garland, balloons, and paper lanterns were from the dollar store.  A very small decorating budget makes one more creative!

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