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Easy Entertaining: A Petite Party Tip + Two Quick Dips

September 1, 2011

by Emily

My grand plans to hold a Hurricane Irene party turned sour when Mayor Bloomberg’s Spanglish alter Twitter ego, @ElBloombito, told “Nueva Yorkos” to, “remain in la casa para mucho rain y lighningo y thundera! El Bang Bang!” Giggle, giggle, but, le sigh, he was right…

I declare, I’ve waited entirely too long to have a few friends over for light bites and a glass or two of Prosecco, so I was determined to make it happen this week. While my maison is certainly petite, hosting a soirée in a small space is really no different than making-do when everyone naturally piles into the kitchen rather than the living room, right? As long as your guests are cozy and feeling at home, it’s a party well done!

To pull this off though, I must share two easy entertaining party tips for petite spaces:

-pick up clutter around your maison before your guests arrive – the second a few New York size day bags, cocktail plates, and wine glasses are strewn about your apartment, any additional clutter will be noticed immediately

start with a clean kitchen – there is no hiding now… When you can’t throw a few things in the dishwasher, existing dirty dishes and food prep items will make clean up a inevitable nightmare

Roasted Tomato & Caramelized Onion Goat Cheese Spread

1 pint cherry tomatoes
1 medium onion
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon balsamic vinaigrette
salt and pepper to taste
1 4-5 oz. log goat cheese

While roasting tomatoes, caramelize the onion. Pulse tomatoes, onions, and goat cheese in a food processor until smooth. Serve as a dip or crostini.

Lemon Ricotta & Edamame Spread

1 container of part skim ricotta
1 package shelled frozen edamame
Juice of 1 lemon
Olive oil, as needed
Kosher salt, to taste

Cook edamame according to package directions. Drain and cool. Pulse edamame, ricotta, lemon juice until smooth adding olive oil as needed. Salt to taste. Serve as a dip or crostini.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. September 2, 2011 8:51 pm

    Your two spreads sound great whether from a tiny kitchen or a grand kitchen. Thank you for the recipes.

  2. LTU permalink
    September 6, 2011 10:40 pm

    Delightful! So sorry to have missed it!

  3. September 11, 2011 9:18 pm

    I cannot think of anything better for my girls night!

  4. September 12, 2011 7:10 am

    Let me know what you think once you take them for a test drive 😉 I am sure they’ll be a hit!

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