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Sep 13, 2012

derby party spread

Italian sammies

cheese and [sea]biscuit platter

Hats required. This one’s from H&M. Find similar


In honor of miss Kathleen’s 25th birthday we decided to throw a big soiree with a real, grown-up theme. You could call this the first party we’ve ever had that wasn’t some type of glorified post-college frat party. We really are growing up fast, aren’t we? We had the whole 9 yards- cheese plates, cucumber sandwiches, and mint julep station. For derby-themed decorations and accents, we used the amazing cutouts I found

on this great blog

. I have to say, I was pretty impressed with what we were able to pull together.

Aside from the store-bought meat and cheese platters, we made two types of bite-sized sandwiches…
Run for the roses- Italian sammies!

  • 1 French Baguette
  • 1 TBS Mayo
  • 1 TBS Pesto
  • Fresh Basil
  • Salami or Capricola
  • Tomatoes (Roma or Cherry Tomatoes are best)
  • Mozzarella (Bufala is best)
  • Balsamic glaze
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

After slicing baguette in half lengthwise, spread both mayo and pesto on top half of the bread. Add the salami, sliced tomatoes, and sliced mozzarella. Finish with roughly chopped basil and a drizzle of balsamic glaze. Cut into thin slices and serve!

Fit-for-a-teaparty cucumber sandwiches:

  • 1 thinly sliced cucumber, peeled
  • 1 8 oz package cream cheese (softened or if you want to cheat (like me) buy the whipped kind)
  • 1 packet of ranch dressing (I like Hidden Valley)
  • 1 TSP dried or fresh dill
  • Thinly sliced white bread
  • Salt & Pepper to taste

If possible, pre-mix the ranch dressing, dill, and cream cheese and let sit in the fridge for a few hours or overnight so flavors can meld.  Once you’re ready to make the sandwiches, spread an even amount onto white bread, add peeled and thinly sliced cucumbers, add salt and pepper as you like. Voila! Instant hoity-toityness!

Who says there has to be a horse race on TV to throw a fantastic southern party?

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