Mardi Gras Game Night

Gumbo, hurricanes, and king cake cupcakes served in a colorful dining room I’ve always wanted to throw a Mardi Gras-themed party! I invited my friends over for a causal game night and because I just couldn’t resist, I turned into a little Mardi Gras dinner. I served my favorite chicken and sausage gumbo and hurricanes before…

Hurricanes

A classic New Orleans cocktail that’s perfect for Mardi Gras! Several years ago I had the most delicious hurricane at Lafitte’s Blacksmith Shop in New Orleans. Lafitte’s is the oldest bar in the United States, having served pirates in the 1700s, and makes a mean hurricane today. I wrote about that trip and noted Lafitte’s…

Disney Dinners: Cinderella Ball

An elegant ball with French flair inspired by Cinderella  I quite literally had a ball on Saturday night. What a way to end my 12 Months of Disney Dinners series! I spent all of 2018 hosting Disney themed dinner parties for adults (see them all under the Disney Dinners tab here on my website) and…

Bleu Stuffed Mushrooms

How gorgeous are these mushrooms!? I loved warm, cheesy stuffed mushrooms but cooking mushrooms in a ballgown just isn’t practical, so I served a chilled stuffed mushroom at my Cinderella Ball. Bonus? It’s *almost* sky blue, which was totally on theme! I gave them the adorable name Bibbidi Bobbidi Bleu Stuffed Mushrooms at the party….

French Cheese Board

I truly believe the key to happiness is hard meats and soft cheeses. You can quote me on that. This board combines a variety of French cheeses with salty cured meats, olives, fruits, preserves (Okay, fine, I forgot to set out the fig preserves. They’re still in my pantry!), and honey arranged beautifully with herbs….

Tortilla Roll Ups

My mom has been making tortilla roll ups as long as I can remember. I make them for most big parties I host because they’re so fast and easy to make and it’s a filling appetizer that requires no cooking. What’s not to love? These are bursting with flavors and color thanks to the green…

Grilled Ratatouille Pasta Salad

An easy pasta salad inspired by one of my favorite French dishes! Ratatouille is one of my favorite French dishes. The simple stew has just a few ingredients: eggplant, zucchini, squash, tomatoes, parsley, and basil. I’ve taken some of those ingredients and turned them into a delicious pasta salad that can be made ahead for easy entertaining….

Marinated Shrimp

An impressive party appetizer My mom has been making this forever and I finally made my own version of it for my Cinderella Ball. It’s such a great party recipe because it ups the flavor profile of shrimp but it’s still as easy as whisking. If you can whisk, you can make this recipe! You…

Veggie Platter

Don’t knock a veggie platter even at the fanciest of gatherings. Why? So many party dishes are rich and cheesy that many guests welcome some raw veggies to lighten things up. Paired with doctored up hummus and ranch (my homemade tzatziki would be wonderful too!), this is an easy thing to put together. I served…

Cinderella Cake

I know you, I ate a slice once upon a dream I came up with this show-stopping cake for my Cinderella Ball. Three layers of dark chocolate cake are smothered with vanilla frosting tinted sky blue and topped with a glass slipper. It would of course be delicious at an occasion decorated differently! “This is…

Dream Come True Cupcakes

Dreamy almond cupcakes frosted like roses I don’t care what every chef on every cooking show says, I adore almond extract. These cupcakes taste like super moist wedding cake and who doesn’t want a great slice of wedding cake? I came up with these for my Cinderella Ball and decorated them with sky blue roses….

Glass Slipper Cookies

Cinderella is proof that a new pair of shoes can change your life I was working in my office one day when my doorbell rang: an unexpected package from Amazon. I ripped it open and laughed out loud. Inside was a glass slipper cookie cutter that I no collection of purchasing. That one-click purchasing option…