Several weeks ago I had the pleasure of hosting my Book Club.
Since we meet in the evening, I like to put out an array of munchies.
Life was extremely busy (when isn’t it?) the week we met for Book Club, so most of the food was via of Trader Joe’s.
Both their Crab Cakes and Mushroom Turnovers are delicious and easy. The perfect thing to have in the freezer for unexpected guests (and no, I’m not being compensated by Trader Joe’s, they just have great stuff).
Also from Trader Joe’s were their Shrimp Gyoza. I love serving these when I entertain. They’re delicious and a little different.
Placing labels by dishes identifying what I’m serving, helps people enjoy themselves without hesitation.
One item I made was a Caramelized Onion Spread. I found the recipe on Susan’s Blog, Savoring Time in the Kitchen. Click HERE for the recipe. It proved to be the perfect addition to the party.
Little forks help make enjoying the treats a little easier.
Wine glasses are set out on my little tiered table that I got awhile ago at Pier One. Amber wine glasses were from Walmart last year. The white wine was iced in a beautiful ceramic tub that looks like a pricey Italian ceramic, but was actually a Christmas Tree Shop purchase from many years ago. And I must admit, I picked the red wine because I loved the labels!
I set some hummus with pita chips and wasabi peas out on the coffee table. Leaf dip dish was a treasure from Walmart several years ago. The bowl with acorn trim was from Christmas Tree Shop this year.
After some discussion about the book and lots of discussion about life, we headed to the dining room for some dessert. The tablecloth by Raymond Waites was the inspiration for the dessert table.
Once again, Trader Joe’s came to the rescue.
Chocolate torte, Apricot Almond tart, Cranberry Raisin cookies drizzled with white chocolate and Layered Opera cakes – all from Trader Joe’s. The Cranberry Raisin cookies are amazing, not too sweet and oh so much flavor.
I made individual pumpkin mousse, topped with whipped cream and a pumpkin seed.
I served them in these little cups that I got at a dollar store, so that everyone could have a taste.
Of course there was coffee and tea.
These incredible leaf plates were from Christmas Tree Shop last year, but they had them again this year.
And just in case you didn’t have enough sweets, a bit of candy placed upon a bed of leaves (Dollar Tree) to satisfy your sweet tooth.
I don’t know how much we talked about the book (what did we read?) but we had a great night of conversation and sharing.
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- The Tablescaper