Summer Party appetizer and misc. help needed!

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  1. njsweetP

    njsweetP DIS Veteran

    Jul 31, 2007
    Hi everyone!

    We are having a 50th birthday party for my husband in July. While the main meal is being catered I need help with appetizers and desserts. I need some different ideas in addition to the chips and salsa we always have. The party will be outside under tents, which leads me to my next question - how can I keep things like potato/macaroni salad cold? I read on another thread someone had mentioned blow up pools filled with water and ice. For some reason I am coming up blank on how to keep this stuff cold. Any other ideas/tips/hints/games to make this party fun (not that it won't be ;)) would be appreciated. Thanks!!
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  3. reagan75

    reagan75 Mouseketeer

    Feb 20, 2009
    Ice chests for drinks. They make freezable containers you can put food in. There are also blow up things similar to kiddie pools made for keeping foods cold.

    Appetizers-fruit kabobs, fruit salad, chicken wings, quesadillas, candies pecans, ham and cream wheels wheels, 7 layer dip, meat balls, meat/cheese tray, shrimp cocktail, pigs in a blanket, guacamole, stuffed mushrooms, various salads.
  4. darthspud

    darthspud Mouseketeer

    Dec 30, 2009
    I'm going to a Lost Finale party tonight and its pot luck and... I love to make meatballs cooked in the crockpot with cocktail sauce and cranberry sauce... they are wonderfully awesome and go over very well...

    something else i love to make is chocolate covered grapes those are heavenly...

    but yes blow up pools work you can prob. pick them up at the dollar store
  5. Mom2Ben02

    Mom2Ben02 <font color=red>Our little souvenir from WDW was b

    Nov 16, 2003
    My fave sides/desserts: - sounds odd but OMG soooo yummy.

    I made a sweet & sour cucumber salad for a picnic today. I can't find the recipe link, but all it is - take cucumbers, peel & slice thinly. Salt & pepper to taste, then add equal parts apple cider vinegar and white sugar. I used 1.5 cups of each for 10 cukes today. Refrigerate overnight.
  6. buzz5985

    buzz5985 DIS Veteran

    Jul 6, 2000
    This was a HUGE success at several parties last year we attended. Very easy to make. Found the recipe on the food network. I used a green apple.

    Grilled Apple and Brie Quesadilla with Strawberry Apple Dipping Sauce
    Recipe courtesy Sandra Lee, 2008

    Show: Semi-Homemade Cooking with Sandra LeeEpisode: Discount Dinner

    Cook Time:6 min
    Level: Easy
    Yield: 4 quesadilla
    CloseTimes:Prep10 min Inactive Prep2 min Cook6 min Total:18 min Recipe
    1/4 cup cream cheese
    8 soft taco size flour tortillas
    1/2 pound brie, cut into thin strips
    1 apple sliced thin
    Strawberry Apple Dipping Sauce:
    1 (8-ounce) jar strawberry jam
    1/4 cup applesauce
    1 pinch ground cinnamon
    Preheat grill pan over medium heat. Spray pan with nonstick spray when ready to start cooking.

    Spread the cream cheese evenly over 4 of the tortillas. Evenly divide Brie strips on top of the cream cheese. Divide apple slices on top of Brie. Place remaining tortillas on top to make 4 quesadillas.

    Place each quesadilla on grill pan and grill 3 minutes per side or until tortilla is browned with grill marks. Use spatula to flip tortilla. Once grilled, remove from heat and let cool for about 2 minutes before slicing.

    Cut each quesadilla into 6 pieces and serve warm. Serve with dipping sauce.

    For Sauce:
    Combine all ingredients in a bowl and microwaves for 1 to 2 minutes until hot.

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  7. CaliforniaDreamin

    CaliforniaDreamin <font color=deeppink>DIS Veteran (and then some)<b

    Jul 2, 2006
    Teriyaki Chicken Kabobs, so easy and sooooo good.
    Cut up raw chicken and place it in a bowl with teriyaki sauce. make a few fork marks in the chicken cubes so it will sink it. Refrigerate for about an hour. Take pineapple chunks from a can of pineapple and alternate chicken and pineapple on a skewer. Then pour some teriyaki sauce on the whole thing before you put them on the grill. It's best to prepare the chicken/pineapple skewers ahead of time all at once. Place them on the grill until the chicken is done. SO good and SO easy.

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