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Cupid Pizza Roll Kabobs

Cupid Pizza Roll Kabobs

  • Prep 15min
  • Total25min
  • Servings7

Fun and easy pizza-filled kabobs for your sweetie who isn’t craving sweets!MORE+LESS-

ByParty Pinching

Updated October 4, 2017

Ingredients

1

box (19.8 oz.) of Totino's™ Pizza Rolls™ Frozen Pizza Snacks (any variety)

1

large red bell pepper or 2 small ones

Pepperoni slices (optional)

Steps

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  • 1

    Bake pizza rolls according to package instructions. Let cool enough to handle.

  • 2

    Using a small heart cookie cutter, cut out heart shapes from the red bell pepper.

  • 3

    Push a pizza roll onto skewer, followed by a folded pepperoni slice and a heart-shaped red bell pepper. Repeat so there are 2 of everything on the skewer.

Expert Tips

  • You may cut hearts out of cheese as well and skewer them on.
  • Tie a pretty ribbon on the skewer.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
220
Calories from Fat
70
% Daily Value
Total Fat
8g
12%
Saturated Fat
2g
10%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
0mg
0%
Sodium
370mg
15%
Potassium
50mg
1%
Total Carbohydrate
30g
10%
Dietary Fiber
2g
10%
Sugars
4g
Protein
6g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
25%
25%
Calcium
6%
6%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:

2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • These kabobs are a cute way to tell that special someone you care.For example, you could say: "You’ve got a pizza my heart!"If your sweetie doesn’t care for sweets (or puns), you can still get creative and make an adorable savory snack for Valentine’s Day.Everything is cuter on a stick, and EVERYONE loves Pizza Rolls™, so kabob them up for your sweetie or for a fun snack for the kiddos after school! Add a few festive hearts made of red bell peppers and they'll love you for it.These little love bites are easy to make and super quick to assemble. They’re ready in no time and perfect for any pizza lover in your life.You can even grab some extra cheese if you like for the kabobs and make the cheese into cute heart shapes too.Now you have a super cute savory snack for your sweetie!

48 Delicious Valentine’s Day Recipes to Make the Day Spectacular

Jennifer is a full-time homesteader who started her journey in the foothills of North Carolina in 2010. Currently, she spends her days gardening, caring for her orchard and vineyard, raising chickens, ducks, goats, and bees. Jennifer is an avid canner who provides almost all food for her family needs. She enjoys working on DIY remodeling projects to bring beauty to her homestead in her spare times.

Can you believe Valentine’s Day is almost here? There is so much preparation that has to happen to make this special time as spectacular as possible.

So you have your kids to think of with what festive outfit they’ll wear, Valentine’s Day cards to be passed out to their friends, and what festive foods you can fix that day.

Then you have your spouse or loved one. You have to find the perfect gift, perfect outfit, and again, the perfect food to serve that day as well.

Well, if there is one thing I know, it is food. So I wanted to help take some of the load off of you this year by bringing you a plethora of Valentine’s Day recipes and help save some time scouring the internet for the something spectacular.

Now, some recipes are kid-friendly, and some are not. So just browse through and see what will work for your Valentine’s Day plans this year.


How to make Valentine Vegetable Pizza

First of all you’ll need to preheat an oven to 425 degrees.

Next, line a baking sheet with parchment paper.

Unroll the pizza dough and use a rolling pin to even out the thickness.

Use a large heart cookie cutter (mine measured 4″ X 5″) and cut a heart shape out of the dough.

Place the dough on the baking sheet. If the shape happens to get wacky, place the cookie cutter back on the baking sheet.

And, use your fingers to re-shape the dough.

Alternatively, you could roll the dough on the parchment paper on the baking sheet and use your fingers to remove the excess dough rather than having to move the hearts.

Bake for 5-7 minutes or until bottom of the crust begins to turn golden brown.

Let the heart shape pizza crust cool completely.

Top each heart shape crust with spinach dip, about 2 tablespoons.

Follow with pizza toppings, broccoli, carrots, and red pepper.

Makes 6-8 hearts depending on the size of your cookie cutter.

I hope your children have fun making their Heart Shaped Valentine Vegetable Pizza.

It’s a great activity for the family to make together on Valentine’s Day.


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Arugula Salad Pizza, ready for the oven. (Photo: CARLOS ORTIZ/@cfortiz_dandc/staff photographer) Buy Photo

Last fall, due to circumstances that have far more to do with my husband's job than mine, we ended up with a very fancy wood-fired oven in our yard.

My husband runs a research farm for a vegetable seed company, and we regularly entertain his colleagues and clients throughout the growing season. His boss thought that a great way to feature all the beautiful vegetables my husband grows would be to serve them on a pizza cooked outdoors in said oven. Neither my husband nor I objected to this idea, especially since the company was picking up the bill.

In anticipation of this new appliance, my eager beaver spouse spent the summer studying wood-fired cooking on the iPad. I often fell asleep to the sound of YouTube videos explaining the correct ratio of entry door to dome height, thermal mass calculations, carbon burn-off and refractory material options.

Admittedly, my enthusiasm for the new appliance took longer to ignite. As someone who dreads the in-and-out relay of cooking part of dinner on a backyard grill and the rest on the kitchen stove, I knew all too well the agony of burning the rice so that I could save the kabobs. An outdoor oven sounded like an even more complicated juggling act of trying to cook dinner in two locations at the same time.

But when my husband pulled that first beautifully blistered, steaming hot orb of flat bread blanketed with caramelized vegetables out of the oven, my heart (and stomach) followed his.

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Six months later, that oven has become the focal point of our holiday meals.

It all started in November, when my husband reluctantly agreed to my strange experiment: to serve Thanksgiving dinner on a pizza.

When the guinea pigs — I mean family members — arrived, we had the kitchen counter laid out with the classics: cranberry sauce, roasted vegetables, salad fixings, mashed potatoes and a turkey breast we had roasted the night before. Everyone took turns dressing their pizza with these holiday staples.

The most skeptical guest was my mom, a woman who grips tradition like a bulldog holds onto a bone. But even she gave the Pilgrim's Pizza Experiment a thumbs up.

It made me realize that just about any holiday can be plopped on a pizza, and people will like it.

With Valentine's Day approaching, I decided this holiday would also do well on a pie, and I would stage the meal in three courses: salad, main and dessert.

Because my husband needs to watch his cholesterol, I sent cheese on a vacation, and invited vegetables from our winter storage facility, some fresh greens and citrus from the supermarket and whole grains from my pantry to the party. I also made room for some nuts, olive oil, a little salmon and of course, chocolate. These are all heart-healthy ingredients that I know would get the yes vote from both Cupid and my husband's cardiologist.

These recipes are doable with a wood-fired oven (which few people have, hence I do not include those cooking directions) or an indoor oven (which just about everyone has see "Baking pizza in a conventional kitchen oven").

The portions are generous. When I tested the recipes the first time around, two of us could manage to chow through only half of each pie.

Then again, what's more romantic than cold leftover pizza the next morning?

Baking pizza in a conventional kitchen oven

While it's nice to have an outdoor wood-fired oven for making pizzas, it is hardly essential. Your kitchen oven can do a fine job of cooking wonderful pizzas. And believe me, when the weather is dreadfully cold, windy or wet, an indoor kitchen oven is all the more glorious.

The secret is to preheat the oven and heat a pizza stone to a high temperature beforehand. Don't have a pizza stone? You'll still get great crust by substituting an inverted jelly roll pan or baking sheet.

Put your stone (or pan) in a cold oven on a rack set in the middle. Turn the oven onto 475 or 500 degrees (if your oven goes that high) and let the stone or pan heat up for half an hour after your oven comes up to temperature.

While your stone or pan is getting hot, assemble your dough and toppings. After rolling out your dough, place it on a pizza peel that has been dusted with flour or cornmeal. This keeps the dough from sticking to the peel so you can easily slide it onto the preheated stone or pan. If you don't have a pizza peel, use an inverted jelly roll pan or baking sheet — it works just as well. Add your toppings to the dough and slide the pizza onto the baking stone or pan in the oven.

Bake the pizza for 6 to 12 minutes, or until crust starts to brown. Pay attention as the pizza can go from brown to burnt quickly.

Whole Wheat Pizza Crust

The idea of whole wheat pizza sometimes turns people off. Pizza shouldn't be so virtuous, right? But if it tastes great, what's the harm in bolstering your pizza's foundation with more heart-healthy fiber? This recipe offers wonderful taste and texture but does not leave you feeling like you're eating for sainthood, or so said my team of taste-testers.

This recipe makes enough dough for three 10-inch pizzas.

1 cup all-purpose flour, plus extra for kneading work surface

1 cup warm water (105 to 115 degrees)

1 tablespoon olive oil, plus extra for oiling the bowl

In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, bran, salt and yeast. In a small bowl blend the warm water, honey and olive oil and add immediately to the flour mixture. Stir together with a wooden spoon until you have a shaggy ball. Dump the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and begin kneading the dough until it becomes a smooth, elastic ball and it no longer sticks to your hands. You may need to add a little flour as you knead. You can also knead the dough in a stand-up mixer with a dough hook attachment if you prefer, but honestly, it's not a big deal to knead by hand, and it will only take about 5 to 8 minutes, and the whole process is very relaxing and enjoyable, so why not? Saves time you'd spend cleaning your mixer.

Lightly coat the inside of the mixing bowl (don't bother washing it) with a little bit of olive oil. Put your dough inside the bowl, rotating it so the entire surface has a little oil on it, then cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap. Set aside on your counter for about an hour or two, until the dough has doubled in size. You can use this time to prep your other pizza toppings.

When you are ready to make the pizzas, punch down the dough, turn it out on a work surface again, and divide it into three equal pieces. (There is no need for a second rising.)

Knead one piece of dough a couple times, then roll it out with a rolling pin into a circle about 10 inches in diameter. Repeat with remaining pieces of dough. Cover them with a clean towel or plastic wrap until you are ready to add toppings and bake.

The Arugula Salad Pizza. (Photo: CARLOS ORTIZ/@cfortiz_dandc/staff photographer)

This salad pizza's flavor foundation is a wonderfully fragrant Turkish and Syrian spread called muhammara that features walnuts, olive oil and pomegranate molasses (which is easy to find in the Middle Eastern section of most supermarkets). The muhammara recipe comes from Claudia Roden's The New Book of Middle Eastern Food.

It is just as wonderful when used as a dip for raw vegetables, a condiment for sandwiches and roasted meats and a garnish for soups.

1 /4 cup olive oil, plus extra for drizzling on pizza

1 tablespoon pomegranate molasses

1 tablespoon tomato paste

1 /2 slice whole wheat bread, crust removed and broken into pieces

Tiny pinch of chili flakes

1 /3 portion of whole wheat pizza crust recipe, rolled into a 10-inch crust and set on floured peel

2 packed cups of fresh arugula

3 /4 cup rinsed and drained cannelini beans (about half of a 14.5-ounce can)

Put the walnuts, 1 /4 cup olive oil, pomegranate molasses, tomato paste, bread, sugar, salt, cumin and chili flakes in a food processor and process until relatively smooth. It's OK to leave a bit of texture in there.

Spread this walnut mixture onto your prepared 10-inch crust. Top with arugula and beans, drizzle with extra oil if desired, and bake.

Balsamic-Caramelized Veggie and Smoked Salmon Pizza. (Photo: CARLOS ORTIZ/@cfortiz_dandc/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Balsamic-Caramelized Veggie and Smoked Salmon Pizza

This pizza is loaded with sweet, caramelized vegetables and topped with smoked salmon and capers.

1 sweet onion, thinly sliced

1 fennel bulb, trimmed, cored and thinly sliced

1 red pepper, cored and thinly sliced

Salt and black pepper to taste

1 /3 portion of whole wheat pizza crust recipe, rolled into a 10-inch crust and set on floured peel

2 ounces smoked salmon, cut into bite-size pieces

1 tablespoon of rinsed and drained capers

In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add onions and fennel, and cook on medium-low, until they are softened and start to brown, about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the red pepper, sugar and salt and pepper, and cook for another 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until vegetables are really limp and browned. Add the vinegar and cook until it is mostly evaporated. Remove from heat.

Place vegetables on prepared 10-inch crust and top with smoked salmon and capers. Bake and enjoy.

Nutella, Dark Chocolate and Blood Orange Pizza. (Photo: CARLOS ORTIZ/@cfortiz_dandc/staff photographer)

Nutella, Dark Chocolate and Blood Orange Pizza

This dessert pizza features a double hit of chocolate with a hazelnut backdrop and some juicy, ruby-colored citrus. OK, so the Nutella may not be at the top of the American Heart Association's list. But a little, which is what is called for here, goes a long way. And this is a holiday, right?

The Nutella needs to be soft to spread it on raw dough. If it is a little stiff, put it in the microwave for about 20 seconds and stir.

If you still don't feel right about Nutella, skip it and throw an extra ounce or two of dark chocolate on top of your dough.

1 /3 portion of whole wheat pizza crust recipe, rolled into a 10-inch crust and set on floured peel

2 to 3 tablespoons Nutella or other brand of chocolate-hazelnut spread

1 blood orange, peeled and cut into thin slices

2 ounces dark chocolate (at least 70 percent cacao), cut into small pieces

Spread Nutella on crust to about half an inch from the edge. Layer orange slices on top of Nutella. Sprinkle with dark chocolate. Bake until the crust is set and the chocolate has melted. Be sure to keep an eye on this one — burnt chocolate is a bummer. Let this pizza cool for a couple of minutes before eating, so you and your sweetie don't get burned either.

The outdoor oven at reporter Karen Miltner’s Geneva home. (Photo: CARLOS ORTIZ/@cfortiz_dandc/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

Insights from an outdoor oven beginner

Cooking with an outdoor wood oven is not about convenience.

It takes planning ahead to scout out the right kind of kindling and hardwood needed to fuel the oven skill to learn how to build a fire that will heat the floor and dome properly patience to wait the two or three hours for the oven to get up to temperature and a lot of trial and error to maximize the thermal marathon of cooking possibilities as the oven takes its slow, long ride down from 650 degrees (ideal for fast-cooking pizza) to 475 degrees (artisan breads, baby) to 400 degrees (how about a platter of roasted Brussels sprouts or a leg of lamb?) to 350 degrees (cobbler time) to 250 (throw a pot of beans in that oven and go to bed).

In other words, don't plan on doing anything else that day. But this wood-fueled labor of love does give you the chance to appreciate how heat works, and how cooking happens.

The oven itself is an insulated, igloo-shaped cement dome and floor encased in what looks like a very fancy stone doghouse. An arched opening at chest height gives you access to the oven without bending over, while an open chamber directly below the oven at ground level stores your wood.

The cooking chamber relies on retained heat from a fire built directly on the oven floor and the coals that result from that fire. Different cooking environments are created through this retained heat: reflective heat, conductive heat and convection.

I've just started my climb on the learning curve, but have found that even if wood-fired cooking falls short of perfection, it still tastes delicious.

Reporter Karen Miltner places a Nutella, Dark Chocolate and Blood Orange Pizza in a wood-fired oven at her home in Geneva. (Photo: CARLOS ORTIZ/@cfortiz_dandc/STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER)

With pizza, anything goes

If you are looking for creative pizza toppings, think outside the pizza box. While there is nothing wrong with tomato sauce and cheese, there is a whole new world to pizza, and it starts with what's already inside your refrigerator or pantry.

•It's good to have some kind of sauce or spread as your foundation to keep the pizza from being too dry. Instead of tomato sauce, hummus, babaganouj, refried beans, pesto, barbecue sauce or just a little olive oil, Thai peanut sauce, sesame oil or pumpkin seed oil are all great. For dessert pizzas, think jam, applesauce, fruit butters and honey.

•Leftover vegetables, chicken and other meats are right at home as toppings. Because they will only be in the oven for a few minutes, it is unlikely that they will overcook or burn.

•Cheese is fine, but it's not essential for pizza. In fact, the Nicoise version of pizza, pissaladiere, doesn't even have cheese at all. Anchovies and olives add that richness that really deliver. Capers, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes and nuts do the same.

•Raw or cooked? If you don't enjoy eating a certain vegetable raw, it should probably be cooked ahead of time before putting it on a pizza. For many people this applies to mushrooms, onions, carrots and eggplant. Salad fixings such as spinach, arugula, sliced tomatoes and bean sprouts can go straight on the pie without cooking — it doesn't take much to make them wilt. Raw fruits also manage well. You definitely do not want to put raw meat or sausage on a pizza. It won't be in the oven long enough to cook properly.


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Without sounding too much like my parents, I feel like my kids are growing up too fast already. My five year old daughter is already worrying about what she is wearing compared to what the other kids have on that day. Maybe this is normal now, but I don't remember thinking about that until I was in middle school?

I am constantly challenged by my girls (in a good way) to be a better parent and to try to understand how they really tick so I can help them development into more positive and secure individuals. So who to better help me and all you other mommies out there with spirited young ladies, is Sissy Goff, one of the authors of All You Need to Know About Raising Girls.

This coming, Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30pm, The Brentwood United Methodist Church will be hosting an event led by Sissy Goff on “Raising Girls." Goff wi ll focus on what is special about raising and building a positive relationship with girls. All ages and stages of development will be discussed as well. We hope you come by to learn more about raising girls in all the stages of their life.

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Hope to see you mommies this Wednesday night starting at 6:30.


Cupid Pizza Roll Kabobs - Recipes

7 comments

Simple, pretty and Delish. My kind of dessert. YUM.

hahaaaa I love to see the you also cut swiss rolls into slices and use them in fancy ways.
I thought for sure I was the only person that did that.
These are PERFECT

Hi Christy! Great idea and they're healthy. right? The strawberries make them! Happy Weekend! Malia

Oh heck! Anythign with Ho Hos and I'm all over it!

Love this idea! I'm all about creative desserts. although those cake rolls may not have made it to the actual kabob if I were the one assembling :)

Super fun, my kiddo would have so much fun helping make these. I think we'll plan to make them on Valentine day to surprise Daddy when he gets home. Did you know they make pink strawberry marshmallows this time of year? Those might be fun to use too. or they may be too much strawberry. But E loves them and we've already got some.


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April 19, 2005

Hearts, Diamonds and Pigskin

Super Bowl, Valentine’s Day and Awards Show Ragers to Remember

ith the holidays and New Year’s Eve in the rearview mirror, you may be ready to settle in for a long winters nap. Don’t hang up your party hat just yet— Hollywood, the NFL and St. Valentine are throwing great party themes your way. From the red carpet to the red zone, we’ll help you get through the big chill, one party at a time.

SUPER BOWL

On Sunday, February 6, sports fans and friends of sports fans will unite to observe football’s national holiday. There’s never a better excuse to get together, yell at the T.V. and eat everything that isn’t nailed down. At Plum Party, we think the only way to do a Super Sunday bash is to project a casual, come-as-you-are vibe. Think easy prep, easy clean up, and an atmosphere that makes guests feel like they’re watching the game from their own favorite chairs, only better!

The Game Plan

Choose invitations with as much selling power as a first TV time-out commercial. We love our 3-D Spitfire Girl football invitations, or cards that tempt guests through their tummies—pizza and BBQ-themed invitations are good bets. Kick off the festivities with a no-sports-knowledge-required betting grid, so even the clueless can get involved. Anything’s interesting when you’ve got money riding on it!

While we like to provide a little something for everyone, the big game is the main event—make sure viewing conditions are ideal. If your 27-incher just doesn’t cut it, splurge and rent a big screen TV. If your couches don’t offer ample seating, stack some comfy cushions on the floor or rent folding chairs and set them up in movie theater-style rows.

If your crowd has more than a few members who don’t know a touchdown from an interception, treat them to a Foot Ball in an adjoining room. Hire spa technicians to give foot massages and pedicures and screen football crowd-pleasers like Rudy, Wildcats and Remember the Titans. Trust us: true sports fans may appreciate keeping all of the unrelated gab confined to the luxury box.

Looks Like Team Spirit

Deck your living room out to rival the stands in Jacksonville. Bring in the team colors with banners, Fun Fringe and Creative Crepe. If you’re crowd is pretty neutral, can’t-miss colors include bold reds, oranges and yellows (the international colors of food that is bad for us—why else would all of those fast food restaurants share the same color palette?). Line every surface with an Astroturf runner and scatter football and beer trivia coasters on top.

The Food Court

For a couch potato spread that would make Homer Simpson drool, serve chips & dips, nachos & salsa, six-foot subs, ribs and pizza cafeteria-style. We’ve got the trays, sandwich baskets and no-fuss squeeze bottles to make it authentic. Use football-shaped cookie cutters to make mini PB&Js. The kicker? A hot dog bar with homemade chili and all the fixin’s. Have tons of plasticware and napkins (in our diner-style dispenser) on hand—the goal is to get through the clean-up without having to do a single dish. Keep football-shaped serving dishes filled with popcorn and candy dispensers with chocolate footballs close to the couch for mindless mid-quarter munching.

When guests ask, “What can I bring?,” tell them to pick up a sixer of their favorite beer. Present it on ice in colorful metal basins with our handy ‘etch it’ cups, so guests can keep tabs on their brewskis.

Are you ready for some football? (We think so.)

Valentine’s Day

Whether you love Valentine’s Day or love to hate it, we’ve got entertaining ideas that will win your amour. Now back away from the Whitman’s sampler and check out our tips for a V-day so very un-Hallmark-y that you just might like it.

If You’ve Been Kissed By Cupid

Invite a mix of sweethearts and singles to your love nest for cocktails. Float a sexy Moroccan vibe with rose petals sprinkled in the driveway and a torrent of red bubble glass votives and beaded candleholders to cast alluring shadows. If you’re hosting a sit-down dinner, romance each guest with an ‘Art of Kissing’ book at each place setting. Red hot gummy bears in red flared bowls make lovely lovey dovey centerpieces. Our sophisticated glass spin-the-bottle toy keeps things interesting.

If You Think Cupid’s Stupid.

Opt for a “Crazy in Love” theme and have guests dress as notoriously bad couples, famous stalkers…you get the idea. Or, host an Ex-orcism. Use our little black book invitations to celebrate your friends’ freedom from those losers. Have everyone bring pictures of their most dastardly exes and let the ex-games begin! When guests arrive, give them each a conversation heart cookie on which to write an embarrassing tidbit of ex-trivia, from “He didn’t kiss a girl until junior year of college” to “She snores like a linebacker with a deviated septum.” Have guests guess which juicy morsel goes with which ex. Accessorize with Scandle Candles, naughty tattoos and Virgin/Slut soap. Check out our “Break-Up” theme party for more ideas.

Mood Food

If you’re pro-V, serve smoked salmon finger sandwiches, accompanied by mixed greens with goat cheese, toasted almonds and strawberries in our red gingham take-out containers. Use cookie cutters to shape ice cream sandwiches into hearts, and roll the edges in red sprinkles. Pour Cosmos into elegant acrylic martini glasses, and accent water with heart-shaped pink lemonade ice cubes. Keep plenty of bubbly chilled in metallic red wine bottle coolers. Around midnight, sweet talk guests with S’mores and gourmet hot chocolate.

If you’re a V-day cynic, well then, do you fondue? Serve a bubbling blend of Gruyere and Parmesan cheeses with veggies and cubes of crusty bread—it’s your “Cheesy Valentine’s Day” spread! Pair the fondue with your favorite garlicky, saucy side dishes…anything that it’s impossible to look sexy while eating. Chocolate and gummy shot glasses take the soiree to a whole new level. Line up bottles of your favorite spirits and label them “Love Potions Numbers 1-8,” and you may make some love connections yet.

Awards Show

The glitz. The glamour. The stuff she must have been smoking when she agreed to wear that dress! It’s awards show season—the Super Bowl of fashion, the Olympics of egos, the paparazzi prom—and we can’t get enough of it. Year after year, we gossip, we air kiss, we live vicariously, while at the same time, tearing it all to shreds. Trusts us, dah-lings, we’ve got the secret to awards show night bashes that would have A-listers clamoring for invitations.

Red Carpet 101

Make Joan and Melissa proud with a superstar red carpet welcome. Tempt guests to step their perfectly manicured toesies out of their limos with movie camera invitations or, if it suits your artistic vision, party details scrawled on yellow movie film in a tin canister. Set up a red carpet (ours is plastic…shh…don’t tell), complete with a glamourpuss star bar chock full of sunglasses, feather boas, beauty marks, cigarette holders and baseball-sized baubles, so guests can accessorize on the spot. Snap Polaroids of pals mugging and give an award for “Best Picture.”

It’s Showtime!

Distribute ballots with lists of nominees so guests can vote and play along. Add some of your own categories, like a “Worst Fake Bake Offender” award, or a “Should’ve Stuck to the Tux” (the award for the most brazen risk taken in the male formalwear category). Make sure to have plenty of prizes on hand. We recommend our starlet kit, Movie Awards Drink Charms, ‘You’re A Star’ Bath Confetti, Zagat Movie Guides and DVDs, of course. Tuck Hollywood Stress Mints or clapboard key rings into gold drawstring bags, so no one goes home empty handed…honestly, it was an honor just to be invited.

Set the stage with statuettes (both chocolate and metal), glittering star garlands, ‘Martini Spoken Here’ napkins and ‘Total Bitch’ soap in the powder room. Layer on the sparkle with star coasters, and gold & silver trays and table covers. Cut out unflattering pics of celebs from US Magazine, In Touch and Star, color copy and voila – celebfetti!

Concessions Stand

Wolfgang Puck has been trying to put some meat on those scrawny celebrity bones post-awards-show for years. Fire up a bunch of his frozen pizzas and serve on our exclusive ‘Hollywood Glam’ platter for bona fide star bites. Throw in some caviar and champagne if you’re going for big budget blockbuster, or opt for nachos and soft drinks, if your funds are more of the ‘indie’ variety. Keep gold star containers piled high with chocolate film rolls and tickets. If you serve a surprise second course of buttered popcorn in retro plastic popcorn containers and boxes of movie candy piled on trays (our set features nine classic faves), we guarantee your guests will like you. They’ll really, really like you.

Holidays 2004: Hip Parties & Gifts

Baby, it’s cold outside — so stay in!

We’ve got a host of holiday entertaining ideas guaranteed to bring the fun right to your doorstep. We’ll help you lure friends, family and neighbors with good eats, good gifts and good spirits (both the kind you drink and the warm, fuzzy holiday kind). First, choose the type of party that best suits your schedule, family and personality. Is it a cozy afternoon get-together, a rocking cocktail party or an unforgettable holiday dinner? Next, remember the Plum Party Yule rule — mix and match our suggestions with your own traditions to make Holiday 2004 your very own. Cheers to holly jolly holidays!

Snow Day

Remember the thrill of a snow day – waking up to find school’s been cancelled, then spending hours baking cookies, playing in the snow and sipping cocoa by the fire? (If you grew up in California, just trust us). Recreate the wintry wonder of a snow day by throwing a daytime shindig. From Thanksgiving straight through New Year’s, friends’ calendars book up quickly with after-dark commitments, so they’ll welcome a Snow Day as an easy, low-pressure alternative.

A Snow Day lends itself to tons of our fave seasonal activities. Make it a tree-trimming party and have guests make ornaments, or a gift-wrapping party and have guests bring gifts to wrap together. You provide the eye-catching garlands and creative gift-wrapping materials, from splashy paper to fun fringe. Afterwards, bring the gang together to build the ultimate gingerbread house with our ‘Home Sweet Home Gingerbread House Kit.’

If it’s pink-cheeked, see-your-breath exhilaration you crave, go caroling or usher everyone into the backyard for a snowman-building contest (please note: this will not work if you still live in California). Pass out snowman kits and unexpected accessories like trendy hats and scarves. Or, simply use your Snow Day to gather in the living room for a low-key afternoon of football and board games.

Keep your Snow Day spread simple and hearty. Warm up with chili served in bread bowls, followed by apple slices dipped in melted caramel. Create a Hot Sips bar with several kinds of cider, coffee and hot chocolate – we recommend Jacques Torres’s Wicked Hot Chocolate – and serve with bowls of fluffy marshmallows, cinnamon sticks, candy canes and peppermint schnapps. Sweeten the deal with snowballs (roll scoops of ice cream in nuts, coconut or crushed candy canes and set in the freezer). Send guests home with felt holiday bags filled with chocolate snowmen and packets of cocoa. They’ll be humming ‘Let It Snow’ along with every weather forecast this side of April.

Liquid Cheer

Live it up and drink it in — the cocktail party is a fun, festive and totally manageable way to get people together. You don’t have to limit your guest list or worry about your in-laws judging your cooking skills.

Host a traditional cocktail party before dinner, or make it a Midnight Madness party and have guests arrive at 10 for nightcaps and dessert (a fun idea for New Year’s Eve). Just make sure to include a start and end time on the invitation, plus an idea of what you’ll be serving (“Join us for light bites and stiff drinks”), so guests can plan their evenings accordingly. Set a spirited tone with our ‘Jingle Jingle, Come to Mingle’ coaster invitations. Or, bring the flirts out to play by tucking a spring of mistletoe and a small tin of breath mints into each envelope.

Since you’re simply serving cocktails – no fancy table settings required – the focus is on your napkins and barware. Pour drinks into plastic or acrylic martini glasses — everyone looks more sophisticated holding a drink by a long, graceful stem. Try peppermint martinis garnished with candy canes. Dress martini or wine glasses for the occasion with jeweled or beaded wine charms. Chill wine or bubbly in a festive champagne bucket. Mix polka-dotted and striped cocktail napkins in bright colors for a mod look or opt for napkins with a boozy word or phrase like ‘O come all ye thirsty’, ‘Alcoholics Unanimous’ or ‘Lush’.

After guests have had a drink or two, it’s time to get loose. Ditch the civilized stemware in favor of gummi shot glasses. Spin fun tunes from the Jackson 5 or Jessica Simpson Christmas albums or ‘Now That’s What I Call Christmas’. Tantalize guests with a holiday candy bar brimming with peppermint bark, red & white striped lollipops, candy canes and old-fashioned ribbon candy served on metallic trays and in dishes that spell out the word ‘Joy’.

If your party is on New Year’s Eve, go for over the top glam with silver lanterns, feather boas and chocolate cigars. An hour before the ball drops, ramp up the excitement with snazzy tooters, noisemakers, hats & tiaras. If you’re Jewish, why not host a cocktail party on Christmas, so your Jewish pals have an alternative to Chinese takeout. Call it a Matzo Ball – snag a few of our inflatable matzo balls to bat around, serve blue martinis and send guests home with Star of David soaps.

Gather Round

There’s nothing more heart-warming and unifying than a holiday dinner. Bring friends and family together around a table to languish over a home-cooked meal and glasses of wine, and into the wee hours with mugs of steaming coffee. Buck the traditional red and green overload, and choose your table settings to complement your personal style. Think rich, think inviting, think sparkle. We love layering gold or silver elements to create a look that is sumptuous, festive and adaptable for an elegant Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah or New Year’s dinner.

Start with beaded placemats or a metallic runner. Add shimmer with Lucite ball napkin rings and silver crackers at each place setting. In lieu of flowers, group mirrored balls, silver pillar candles and chandelier crystals as centerpieces. Or, pile rustic metal pails high with metallic ornaments or candy canes. Add a playful touch with Santa or snowman pushtoys as place card holders/favors. Adapt the look for Hanukkah with a generous dose of blue fun fringe, Hanukkah crackers and scattered dreidels. We also adore our chalkboard place cards they work for any occasion and wipe off for easy reuse.

Even if you don’t have a fireplace, you can create the illusion of a glowing hearth with countless candles in varying shapes and sizes. Try beaded candleholders, colored glass votives and gold tapers.

As for the meal, scour cookbooks and websites for recipes that can be prepped in advance. That way, you can spend more time with your guests and less time in the kitchen. Or, make it a group effort and ask each guest to prepare a secret family holiday recipe. If you don’t have a dishwasher, or just hate doing dishes, check out our selection of paper and plastic plates and utensils. They’re convenient and stylish, and let you focus on eating, drinking and being merry!

Peace on Earth and Good Gifts to Friends

For your hyper-caffeinated office grab bag pick: Striped Thermos

For your hard-partying upstairs neighbor: Coal Bubblegum (left anonymously on his mat, of course

For young and the restless: Snowman Paint

For your sister who has everything (because she earned it): “Everyday Epiphanies” Strong Women/Strong Words Set

For the angels who teach your kids: Angels Fly Paperweights

For the star of your Christmas morning photos: Multi-Dot Lounger PJ’s

For your effervescent New Year’s Hostess: Bubbly book

For your banker brother (the frustrated musician): Santa Maracas & Kazoo


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