How to Create the Perfect (and Easy) Spring Party.
I have been thanking the heavens repeatedly that spring is FINALLY here! Though, most days it does still feel like winter (what is the deal with the cold weather this year?), it hasn’t stopped me from living the spring dream. And, of course, what better way to celebrate spring than with a party? I mean, obviously.
For my spring gathering, I planned on inviting several of my good friends over, so I needed a plan for food and drinks. I had just returned from a family vacation, so I didn’t have a ton of time to prepare. So, I kept the menu and decorations easy, but received great compliments and praise! Here is a recap of what I did.
I took my dining room table, pushed it against the wall and created a space for the food, drinks and decor. I started with a colorful tablecloth and then went from there. My 6 year-old son added the “Welcome Spring” sign, which I thought was pretty clever.
For the drinks, I made lemonade (from a mix) and stored inside of a Aladdin dispenser so that my guests could serve themselves. I also created an “adult” lemonade that I poured into a Aladdin pitcher. That one somehow emptied faster than the dispenser. 🙂
To spruce up the lemonade, I made a few trays of fruit ice cubes the night before. The recipe was easy – add frozen fruit and water to ice cube trays and freeze! For my cubes, I used frozen strawberries, blueberries and raspberries.
They were a huge hit!
For the food, I baked mini-cupcakes the morning before the party. I simply mixed one white box cake mix, poured into a non-stick mini-cupcake pan and baked for around 11 minutes. I decorated the cupcakes with bright-colored frosting once they cooled. One box of cake mix made several cupcakes!
For a savory element to balance the sweet cupcakes, I made cream cheese bacon wraps the night before. Another easy recipe. I have posted this recipe at the end of this post!
If you noticed, I chose to serve foods that didn’t require any eating utensils. I just found this easier for everyone, including me.
No utensils, but I did have plenty of colorful plates and napkins on hand, all of which I purchased cheaply at a dollar store, along with the cute spring wooden crates I held them in.
I had plenty of Aladdin mason tumblers on the table for my guests and their children. I love the colors of the tumblers!
Of course, the best part of the party was seeing my friends. It had been SO long. We also had the prettiest day outside, so the kids spent their time outside playing. This beautiful and sunny day enhanced our excitement for spring!
Bacon, Spinach and Green Onion Tortilla Roll-Ups
- 1 package (8 oz) of cream cheese, softened
- 6 strips of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 6-8 green onion stalks, chopped
- one handful of baby spinach, torn in pieces
- 1/2 packet of ranch dressing dry mix
- 4 8-inch Mission flour tortillas, warmed
1. Mix the chopped green onions, crumbled bacon, torn spinach, cream cheese and ranch dressing mix in a large bowl. I like to use my stand mixer, but you can hand mix as well.
2. Mix until well blended.
3. Heat tortillas in microwave for about 20 seconds or so. You do not want the tortillas to be hot, just warm enough that they are pliable. Lay tortillas flat, scoop filling and place in the middle of the tortilla.
4. Spread out the filling using a butter knife or rubber spatula, making one even layer. It will not be entirely perfect!
5. Roll tortilla as tightly as possible until it is completely rolled up.
6. After all 4 tortillas are rolled, cover in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. This will make cutting the tortillas much cleaner and easier.
7. The next day, remove tortillas from the plastic wrap and place tortillas on a cutting board. Slice 1/2 inch pieces with a serrated knife. I use a serrated bread knife. The ends are usually not salvageable, so I just eat those and slice the rest. 🙂
8. Serve and enjoy!