Due to popular demand and a string of requests, I have deviated from my normal style of blog post and come up with this ‘foodie’ post to share with you my birthday party recipes. Some were created by myself, others were sourced from various books, websites and even supermarket recipe cards.
We had roughly 20 guests at my party which was a nice number to create a lively party atmosphere and to produce some tasty homemade food delights for. I wanted to offer my guests a variety of finger buffet foods that not only tasted amazing but looked beautiful. I also wanted to offer them something different to the usual shop-bought party food selections.
To bring some festive colour to the table, my friend made some Bloody Mary and Minted Pea Soup. We served them in shot glasses bought from Amazon and displayed on my Culinary Concepts Palace serving tray. They looked stunning and tasted fantastic!
The Roasted Prosciutto-Wrapped Figs with Blue Cheese were so tasty (I’m going by what my guests said as obviously, I didn’t try them because of the meat!) and also looked very festive on my white serving platter with silver beaded handles. This platter was bought from Ten Strawberry Street but unfortunately, I can’t seem to find it online.
I decided to use one of my favourite Hello Fresh recipes; Quickdraw Quesadillas with Tomato Salsa and Citrus Soured Cream and simply adjusted the portion size to suit a finger buffet. These are amazing so even if you don’t have a party coming up, try these as an evening meal – you will love them!
These bite-sized puff pastries with prawns were made up on the fly. I had some leftover pastry so I used a small scone cutter to cut out little crinkle edged shapes and then applied egg wash to the tops and baked in the oven for approx 10 minutes. Some freshwater prawns were coated in a Marie-rose sauce and one placed on the top of each pastry with some chopped chives sprinkled on top.
An absolute favourite of mine is the Salmon, Dill and Leek Tartlets, I did them last year and they went down a treat. So easy to do and really tasty. A new one for me was the vegetarian Mushroom Lettuce Wraps which my friend made. They were lovely, so light and fresh tasting. Another fresh option was the cucumber slices with cream cheese and a dash of wasabi, topped with smoked salmon and chopped dill.
To give more of a relaxed feel to the food, I laid out a selection of charcuterie and cheeses for people to help themselves to.
Cocktail sausages are always a hit at a party but these ones… wow, these are amazing! My guests absolutely loved them and they are so simple to do. They are Hoisin and Honey Glazed Sausages.
Another food option which was made up on the day were these filo pasty cases with prawns in a Marie-rose sauce and paprika dusting.
For those who watch my Instagram stories, you may remember me making these Cheese, Sage and Onion ‘sausage’ rolls a couple of weeks ago. I popped them in the freezer and on the day of my party whipped them out to defrost and then warmed them through in the oven just before guests arrived. They are very good and I would definitely recommend you to try them!
As a little party treat, I bought some macaroons and Ferrero Rocher and placed them in glass cake stands. The one with the gold rim was bought from Waitrose.
Thanks for reading, and have a very Merry Christmas! x