An outdoor venue is the perfect place to celebrate with fresh fruits and vegetables. Make-ahead tips turn this flavor-rich reception menu into a doable feast.
Add some fun to the table with clear vases filled with snacks. Cheese straws, mixed nuts, jelly beans, and vegetables are just a few possibilities.
Jumbo shrimp appetizers become little conversation pieces when they are cleverly presented in shot glasses sitting atop an ice sculpture. A bit of crushed ice, a dab of cocktail sauce, and a colorful garnish finalize the effect.
These martinis bring colorful, outdoor-fresh taste to your drink selection. Sugar-coat the glass rims to complement the taste of pomegranate martinis, or try versions flavored with orange and apple juice.
Traditionally garlicky aioli gets a zesty twist of lemon in a crabmeat cocktail. Black or red caviar and pairs of spiky chive stems garnish Crab Cocktail with Lemon Aioli.
Tomatoes of all sizes and colors make a vibrant side dish perfect for alfresco celebrating. Fresh mozzarella chunks, called bocconcini, temper the basil seasoning.
Pork tenderloin is easy to serve at a large party. It gets a measure of festivity from a sweet fruit chutney.