Guest Author - Amelia Johnson
Open House Party
An open house party is the most casual party of them all. It’s a good, low-stress way to celebrate casual holidays, meet new neighbors, or celebrate a new home.
-Since this party is so casual, invitations can be extended over the phone, or written on regular note cards/paper, or on ‘fill-in-the-blank’ invites you can purchase at your local craft or discount store.
-Little decoration is required for this type of party. Small groupings of flowers and candles around the entire home will make guests feel at ease.
-If you have a fireplace, place candles of varying heights inside to create a focal point.
Tip: Use same or like-scented candles in every room to create a uniform feel and avoid conflicting and unpleasant scents
-If this is the first time many of your guests will be coming to your home, be prepared to give tours.
-Play light, upbeat music in the background to put your guests at ease and encourage conversation.
-If this is a housewarming party and you’ve received gifts from all of your guests open them while they’re all there. If you only received gifts from a few guests, open after the party, but be sure to send a thank you note promptly.
-This type of party can focus on any style food you wish. You could throw a dessert party, or an appetizer/ cocktail party. All styles should be served buffet style to allow you maximum time with your guests.
-Be sure to have enough food already prepared/prepped to easily put out more if you run low. This keeps you out of the kitchen during the party as well as keeping your guests happy.
Makes 32 caps
32 Mushroom caps
2 c. melted butter
4 cloves garlic, minced
2c . Shredded mozzarella cheese
8 tbsp chicken broth
4 t. soy sauce
1 1/3 c. thin wheat crackers, crushed in small pieces
4 t. dried parsley
Pre-set oven to broil. Dip mushroom caps in butter, and arrange on a lightly greased baking sheet. Combine remaining ingredients, except for cracker crumbs and stir well. Blend in crumbs and spoon into mushrooms. Broil 5 minutes or until tops are golden.
Green Olive Cheese Puffs
8 dozen puffs
16 oz shredded cheddar cheese
1c softened butter
2 c. all-purpose flour
2 7-oz. Jars of green olives (with pimento), drained.
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine cheese and butter in food processor: blend until smooth. Place in mixing bowl with flour and mix well. Roll out to ¼ inch thickness. Cut into 2” squares. Wrap each around an olive, making sure to seal the seams. Arrange on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes or until golden.