Pick Me! Pick Me!


Appetizer Picks www.SockmonkeysKitchen

December.

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.

Here's an appetizer Tracie and I made for one of her parties: Wrap the proscuitto down the asparagus spear, drizzle with a good quality olive oil, and add cracked pepper and pink salt. Cut in thirds to serve.
Here’s an appetizer Tracie and I made for one of her parties: Wrap the proscuitto down the asparagus spear, drizzle with a good quality olive oil, and add cracked pepper and pink salt. Cut in thirds to serve.

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.

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Sparkle.

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)

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Beaded Appetizer Picks

Gorilla Glue

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)

Beads

Here's how you make the appetizer pick. Make sure to finish it off with Gorilla glue!

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.

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Stand the little picks on their heads for a day. Don’t worry – they think it’s fun.
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If you look closely, you can see the tiny drop of glue at the end of each one. The Gorilla Glue foams, so use a tiny bit. This was taken right after they were made. When the glue is completely dry, it’s much clearer than this.
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Here is the Wine Country set, after it was finished.
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Here’s a close-up of the Sea Glass Set

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And once again, here’s my set from 2007, that has been through the dishwasher a multitude of times.

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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?

PS: Keep the comments going. It makes the Sockmonkey happy =0)

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23 thoughts on “Pick Me! Pick Me!

  1. Pick Me! Pick me!!! Can I be your favorite holiday hostess?? (Just kidding!!) but I would love to borrow these Saturday. How beautiful! What an incredible idea! So sparkly and pretty. Thanks for sharing! If I had two more days I’d make them.

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  2. Awww this is sucha cute idea! I have a big family do coming up and we all bring a dish. this is such a fantastic way to brighten up appetisers! Thanks for the inspiration. xx

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    1. Awww – you are so kind! I love holiday parties…and I’ve had gatherings where other people brought most of the food, which in and of itself is great, because there’s virtually no mess or clean up! yay to that!
      PS: I live vicariously through the sockmonkey 😉

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  4. Your picks are lovely. Where do you find beads that have large enough holes for the skewer to go through. I looked at Hobby Lobby and didn’t see any with larger holes.
    Could you please tell me where I can get them?
    Thank you,
    Laura

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    1. Great question, and welcome to the blog, Laura =0)
      I’m surprised you didn’t see any at Hobby Lobby (love that place!). I can generally find them at Michaels. They come in a half-circle plastic container that has lots of sections. They’re usually a mix of all different glass beads, and you can get them in different color schemes. Here’s a link to one I found online, so you can get the general idea: http://thmb.inkfrog.com/thumbn/CreativeXpressions/Cousin_-_Glass_Rainbow_Beads_001.jpg=450
      I really hope this helps =0) Thanks for stopping by!

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  5. Thank you so much. That really helps. I was worried that the size of the hole in the beads would be too small to fit the turkey lacing pins through. I just ordered the pins online so maybe I think they are bigger than what they really are. Once I see them I will understand better. I can hardly wait to try my hand at these. Thanks for being so willing to share your craft and knowledge with others.
    Laura
    Laura

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    1. Of course! Sharing ideas is something I love to do! Here’s another tip – if the holes ever seem a bit too large, you’ll never know it, because the silver spacer beads and/or the silver bead caps will camouflage the glass bead holes. =0)
      You’ll be crafting like a pro in no time! PS: if you’d like to show any photos of your work, I’d love to see them!

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  6. Thanks so much for sharing!!! I absolutely love this idea….. so nice of you to show pictures of different color schemes too. My daughter & I are looking for ideas for a craft fair for fall & winter of this year & we need all the time we can get to prepare & make throughout the year. These would be a perfect addition if you don’t mind. First, I’ll make them for us…& when complete…they’ll be a nice addition to our parties…..always love having cheese!!! 😉 They will also be a nice reminder of the sweet, kind-hearted person that you are…. Thank you…thank you!!

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  7. Made them with a sparkle flair in “olive” colors for a friend that is over the moon when it comes to olives! Perfect idea for her! Such a fun and easy project. Thanks so much. I’d love to send a pic!

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