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June 06, 2012

Ladies Night Cocktail Party on the Patio | Summer Entertaining

Sometimes I'm amazed by how things have a way of working out.  Last year, after living in Concord for a couple of months I had met a couple of people.  Literally, a couple of people.  Sure I waved at our neighbors and at the people at the dog park, but I hadn't met anyone that I would've called a friend- someone that I would've wanted to meet for coffee or invite to dinner.  As a person who spends a lot of time by myself working from home for myself, I'm used to braving the 9-to-5 alone until Mike gets home.  After a couple of months I remember saying to Mike - I miss friends.  Not only do I miss our friends- which is a big deal entirely, I miss having friends.

A few days later my neighbor, Jenny (also married to a Mike...), whom I had never met pulls over on the side of the road while I'm walking the Mr. and invites me to a Mom's Night Out- a Friday night at a local restaurant with a group of girls that need a night out.  Sometimes I'm amazed how things work out.

Ladies Night Cocktail Party on the Patio

It has been so fun for me to get out, meet some local ladies and chat-  just the perfect thing for a new gal in town.  This month I invited the crew to my house for sangria and appetizers on the patio.  Stay tuned this week for more details and all of the recipes!

White Peach Sangria

I think Sangria is a great thing to serve when you're hosting a cocktail party.  It's not just wine, it's not just a cocktail... the best part of both worlds and everyone loves it.

White Peach Sangria Recipe >>

Creamy Crab Rangoon Dip 
with Vegetables

Everyone loves Crab Rangoon.  Period.  This dip version is basically the cream cheesy filling of the crab rangoon served hot with cold veggies... so good!  You can also serve it with fried wontons if you really want to go for the crab rangoon thing. 

Here is the recipe for Creamy Crab Rangoon Dip


Summer Tomato, Zucchini & Olive Bruschetta

This is one of my favorites this year.  It is fresh and healthy- always nice to have a light option at a cocktail party so your guests can graze all night without feeling bad!

Recipe for Summer Tomato Zucchini & Olive Bruschetta, here!

Lemon Basil Grilled Shrimp Skewers

This was one of my most popular menu items when I was a caterer.  The flavors are amazing with the shrimp... inspired by the Barefoot Contessa, of course.  They work just as well as a main course with pasta or a steak, if you're really going all out.

Here is the recipe for Lemon Basil Grilled Shrimp Skewers!

Bite Size S'mores

These were the hit of the night!  They are all of the goodness of the messy campfire treat without the bonfire or sticky mess.

Stay tuned this week for more details and all of the recipes!

 Here is the easy to pin strip!


  1. What happened to the Lemon Basil Grilled Shrimp Kabob recipe/post from yesterday? I can see it in my google reader, but when I click the link to come to your website, it says "Sorry, the page you were looking for in this blog does not exist."

  2. WOW, I love it. I totally understand what it's like to be the new girl in town. I'm going through it right now. It's so hard to meet people! Your Patio Party looks amazing!

  3. These are such fun ideas! I want to do this with my girlfriends, though I have a feeling the sangria would be the first thing to go... ;)

  4. So fun!! I can't wait for the recipes :)

  5. I wouldn't have thought it possible, but everything tasted even better than it looks. And it looks amazing :) Fun night!

  6. All looks good, except the smore. I think the bon fire and the mess make it that much more fun, but these work too I'm sure!

  7. I would move to the neighborhood if every girls night on the patio was set up like this. More Sangria please!

  8. Wishing I was in the neighborhood! Totally understand what it is like to not have a good group of friends to get together with. As we have gotten older my girlfriends just do not do things like this enough! Sangria is my favorite.

  9. Sounds like a lovely party! The food looks so fresh and delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipes.

  10. It is a challenge moving to a new area and having to start over - I had to do it with my new baby - first to a new state and then a new country and then finally to where we settled (hopefully for good) Concord! My baby is now 15 and we've made tons of friends from all over the country and Europe - it just takes some time to settle in and set up life. Your blog is great - I only just found it. Your photos are beautiful.

  11. How lovely! What a nice patio you have, and love that woven tray! Darling!

  12. I am moving to the Concord area soon - hope I am as lucky as you are at meeting some girls!

  13. Such a nice set-up! What is your recipe for the crab rangoon dip?
    Molly (a fan from Acton!)

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  15. Jenny,
    What a fun menu and I'm sure the ladies had fun. I love Concord, it was my favorite city in Mass.

  16. I really wish I lived in Concord so I could come to one of your patio parties. It looks lovely! Can't wait to see some more recipes this week!

  17. Thanks for sharing! It's always a little frustrating to read blogs with beautiful parties and recipes, and to feel like you don't have friends to share them with. Glad to know all of us "New Girls" are not alone! -- A friend from the Cape, living in LA.

  18. Jenny9:07 AM

    Molly - here you go, I just posted it today!

    1. Perfect, thanks so much! I'm so excited to try it, crab rangoons are my favorite!

  19. Is there a recipe for the sangria?

  20. Your patio furniture is darling...where is it from?

  21. Anonymous7:39 AM

    How wonderful that you have met new people. I have found to be helpful in meeting new people with whom you share an interest!!

  22. Anonymous8:48 PM

    Did you post the Bite Size S'mores recipe yet? I can't seem to find it. BTW, I love your blog.

  23. Debbie2:18 PM

    I'm also wondering where to find the recipe for bite size s'mores

  24. Jenny2:20 PM

    Oops!! I'll post the s'mores recipe ASAP!

    1. I know this was posted quite some time ago, but I can't seem to find the s'more recipe. Do you by any chance have a link to that post?

    2. I know this was posted quite some time ago, but I can't seem to find the s'more recipe. Do you have a link to that post?
      Thank you.

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