Thursday, July 9, 2009

Christmas In July ~ Food

This post is all about the yummy food we had at Christmas in July Bunco. I used the bar as the buffet table for the food and my friend Karyn brought over a grass hula skirt to decorate the bar. It wasn't quite long enough to fit the entire bar, but it still looked festive!

In keeping with the theme, I pulled out all of my Christmas serving dishes and platters.
Inspired by Melissa's cookies, I made flip flop cookies with Nutter Butters, Betty Crocker can cupcake icing (this icing is so easy to work with - it is already colored in an aerosol can and comes with 4 different decorator tips) and mini red M&M's.
Some Fisher Fusions Snack Mix. This is the Ice Cream Sundae mix - I liked this because it has the dried banana chips which are very tropical!
Pictured here is the vege tray (all red & green veges, of course!) served with Ranch dressing, Snowman Cheeseball (recipe below) with Ritz crackers and Hot Bacon Swiss Dip with Corn Chips.

No party is complete without the perennial favorite - Chips & Dip!
I replaced the water bottle labels with Hawaiian print scrapbook paper.

1 8-ounce tub cream cheese spread
2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh chives or green onions
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper (cayenne), or to taste
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Whole black peppercorns
1 baby carrot, or the tip of a regular carrot
Rosemary branches, stripped of leaves - I used pretzel sticks

Mix cream cheese spread, Cheddar cheese, chives, almonds and red pepper until well blended; cover. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Divide mixture into 3 different-sized balls (1 small, 1 medium and 1 large). Coat with Parmesan cheese. Arrange on serving platter in a line to resemble a snowman lying down. (Largest ball should be at bottom of serving plate for base of snowman. Smallest ball should be at the top for head of snowman.)

Decorate with peppercorns for the eyes, mouth and buttons. Add carrot for the nose and rosemary branches for arms.Serve with crackers and cut-up fresh vegetable dippers, such as carrot sticks and celery sticks. Serves 16.

I apologize for not giving credit for the snowman cheeseball recipe. I found it online last December and forgot to add the URL to my recipe file!
Check out the decorations here!


lisalyn said...

Yummy! So festive, and everything looks just delicious. said...

I'm flipping out over those cookies!

Karyn said...

Hey B, I had so much fun. And truly, your homemade cut-outs are to die for!