Sunday, May 29, 2011
We've all been to and hosted countless parties, potlucks, and family reunions that are full of what some may consider to be "trashy" food. You know, dishes that are full of processed ingredients and shortcuts, the ones that we all secretly love. However, you'd never find this food at a fancy country club or cocktail party. So I thought it would be fun to reinvent some of these dishes into upscale cocktail fare.
Two friends of mine planned to celebrate their birthdays this weekend, so when I was chosen to participate in Foodbuzz's 24x24 blogging event, I offered to throw their party for them. They graciously accepted, so I set out to plan the menu!
The whole party was actually inspired by these strawberry wine coolers. I first made these last spring, and I enjoyed variations all summer long. Every time I made them, I kind of laughed at myself for drinking wine coolers, but then one day the idea came to me to take other dishes that food snobs may turn their nose up to and class it up into fancy party food. Even though I didn't get to enjoy a wine cooler this time, everyone else seemed to enjoy them.
I had so much fun planning this party, and I think everyone got a big kick out of the idea. Many of the inspiration dishes are nostalgic for so many of us, so it was especially fun to elevate them into cocktail party status. Thanks so much to Foodbuzz for sponsoring my party, and happy birthday to Christi and Kendra!!