Gathering friends at night can be tricky, so I took a page out of Chef Gale Gand's latest book: Lunch! I invited a few of my girlfriends over for a weekday “Home Party” to catch up. I kept the menu pretty basic. A few dips to start, served with iced tea and then my semi-famous quiche. The party was so civilized--all the kids were in school and no babysitters required. It was easy to execute since it wasn't a full-blown dinner party. And I want to inspire you to throw a lunch-party too. I was most excited about two things--the flowers and the dips. So I'm going to share how I created them. Thanks to Delta Faucet my #HappiMess party was easy to plan and clean. Let's start with the food. I admit to buying store-bought appetizers when I entertain, this go-round I made them on my own. Back in August, I flew out to a cooking class with Gale Gand. The celebrity chef was sharing recipes from her latest book and she made the dips look so EASY. Turns out this party really is a DIY for less story. Because Gale's book is all about simple and easy recipes that you can make at home for a fraction of the price of prepared foods. One dip was especially yummy and I want to share the recipe. Pea and Garlic Dip(Serves 8 as an appetizer)--courtesy of www.galegand.comIngredients 1 pound bag frozen peas, thawed 10 mint leaves 2 medium cloves garlic, peeled ½ teaspoon salt 1/8th teaspoon black pepper 6 tablespoons good quality extra virgin olive oil Instructions: Place all the ingredients in a food processor and puree till well blended and relatively smooth. Serve cold with pita chips to dip. Or spread on crostini and top with a thin slice of beef tenderloin for a great hors d’oeuvre. Keeps in the fridge covered for at least 4 days. Now let's talk flowers. Normally I pay to have a florist deliver flowers, but this time I really wanted to add a personal touch. Plus the DIY spirit saved me about $50! Since I was messing the kitchen up left and right, I was thrilled to have the Delta 2.0 Touch faucet installed. Instead of constantly having to stop what I'm doing to dry my hands or clean them, I simply tapped the faucet with my forearm. This extra step saved me clean up time and headaches. Flower arranging can be especially messy. The sunflowers had quite a bit of dirt on the stems, but I didn't have to wreck the clean counter again and again. Here's a quick and easy way to make this (or another) $20 flower arrangement at home. As I share in the video--I kept it simple 3 types of flowers and one contrasting colors:
And here's one last tip. All the leftover flower scraps are perfect for a small bouquet for the bathroom. We put together this sweet all-white one and it's like getting a gift with purchase when you buy flowers.
“Why do people treat mess like it’s a bad thing? It’s actually the evidence of a life well lived. When you’re out there making, creating, doing and playing, embrace your #HappiMess and let Delta kitchen and bath innovations help clean up so you can do it all again tomorrow.”
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