Summer Party appetizer and misc. help needed!

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  1. njsweetP

    njsweetP DIS Veteran

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    My fave sides/desserts:

    http://www.recipezaar.com/recipe/Best-Grape-Salad-35450 - 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

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    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
    Ingredients
    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
    Directions
    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

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    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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