The Holiday Season is officially here! Many of you are finding invites in your inboxes. I will shamelessly admit that each time I receive one, my first thought is…”oooh ….. wonder what the food will be like!”. C’mon, you know you’ve thought it too, at least once or twice.
Holiday gatherings exude this sense of needing to prepare the most beautiful food and drink for all those in your life… which is great! I love that people who normally don’t care to cook get out cookbooks and magazine clippings, searching for the perfect thing to serve at their upcoming party.
So what’s the first thing the guest sees at your Christmas gala?
Okay, besides the tree.
Yes! The lovely array of appetizers! From the proscuitto-wrapped asparagus that my friend Tracie loves to serve, to the bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapenos that my friend Mary whips up…the start of every good gathering begins with food. At my house, you can bet there will always be at least 5 different types of specialty cheeses, and many colorful fruit and/or vegetables from the local Farmers Market. But, with such pretty little morsels, it would just make sense that they would need something to give them that extra….sparkle. Right?
If you’re throwing the event, chances are you want your hors d’oeuvres to look like they popped out of a magazine. And by “magazine”, I mean “Martha Stewart Living”… not “Lumberjack Digest”.
And, if you’re the invited guest, you may want a little something to bring along as a hostess gift (also known as the “ohmygosh, thank goodness YOU are having this party instead of me, here you go, where’s the wine?” gift.)
Whether you’re the guest, the host, or hostess,
I think this DIY craft will be something you may want to try.
Five years ago, I made a set of appetizer picks to brighten up my Thanksgiving appetizer table. They were certainly a hit, and I was quite pleased that they lasted through the whole day without any issues. That night, as I was loading the dishwasher, I put one of them in the basket to see what would happen. I figured that if it melted or fell apart, I had only lost one. Much to my surprise, it came out in one piece. Since Thanksgiving of 2007, these little picks have been through the dishwasher many times, and they’re still good as new =0)
Beaded Appetizer Picks
1 block of dense styrofoam
1 package Stainless Steel Turkey Lacing Pins
Assorted silver spacer beads (here’s an example)
Assorted glass beads with holes large enough for turkey picks (see picture below)
1. Using pliers, carefully squeeze circle on turkey pick until it nearly closes.
2. String beads and all but last spacer onto pick.
3. Using a toothpick, put a tiny drop of gorilla glue on the pick where the last bead ends.
4. Put the final spacer back on and press for a second.
5. Push the top end of the pick into styrofoam to dry (See picture below). This will take 24 hours.
My mom always reminded us that when you put out a plate of food for others, presentation was a big part. It had to look pretty, besides tasting good. I agree wholeheartedly, and I think these little appetizer picks will put you on the right track to a superbly fabulous party.
What do you think?
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