Holiday parties are one of the things I love most about this time of year. Hosting a fabulous fete might seem like a lot of work, but it doesn’t have to be. I’m gonna share with you a few party secrets that will make putting together a holiday dinner easy and effortless.
The Party Plan
When it comes to planning a party, big or small, I always start by choosing a theme. It can be as simple as a color scheme, or something more elaborate to fit the celebration. Having an idea of what you want the party to look and feel like will help you select the menu and decorations to match the mood.
I recently hosted a dinner for friends to get everyone in the holiday spirit. I wanted the mood to be light and festive, so I decided to stick to a simple menu that would keep everyone merry and mingling. With the timing being just before Thanksgiving, I wanted to serve up something a little different from the traditional heavier holiday menu.
Light nibbles and mini bites make it easy to whip up party food that everyone will love, without a lot of work and mess. Seared Ahi Tuna Bites, Asian Salad Cups, Sesame String Beans and finish with something sweet. Paired with a few wine selections that bring out the flavor of the food, this party menu is perfect for a fun and festive gathering
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Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Ahi Tuna is a delicious treat with a side of soy sauce and wasabi, in a classic Nicoise Salad or served alongside your favorite seafood accompaniments.
Preparing the Bumble Bee SuperFresh® Ahi Tuna is so simple, just thaw according to the package directions and it’s ready to serve. It smells and tastes great from package to plate, no fishy odor to worry about.
These seared ahi tuna bites are quick and easy to make. Slice a seedless cucumber. Peel avocado and slice into bites aboutthe same size as your cucumber slices. Slice your thawed tuna pieces into halves. Stack cucumber, avocado and tuna, then pick. Add a dab of wasabi to a small appetizer plate and they’re ready to serve.
For my Asian salad cups filled small cups with chopped broccoli mix, the kind you find in a bag at the grocery store. Then I added a few cilantro leaves, a spoonful of ginger dressing and a slice of avocado.
Sesame green beans are a simple side dish that goes great with tuna. Bring a large pot of water to boil. Add green beans and blanch until tender but crisp. Drain under cold water. Add 1 tablespoon of sesame oil to a large saute pan over medium heat. Stir in green beans and 1/4 cup of soy sauce. Add 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds and a pinch of salt and pepper. Saute for three minutes, remove and let cool. Serve in small cups as a finger food.
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