Elegant Finger Foods for a Homecoming Party | Guest Post by @StyleCynics

Today’s post is by Rachel by @StyleCynics – she proposed writing about great finger foods for a homecoming party. I loved the idea! What are your favorite unsloppy party foods? — Liza

6 Yummy, No-Mess Edibles for a Fancy Dance Party

Homecoming is a huge deal at colleges, universities, and even some high schools across the United States. Nothing says welcome back better than a party all about dancing, dressing up, and of course delicious food! When it comes to celebrating in style, finger foods are typically the best option. Let’s face it, no one wants to balance a plate while wearing a tux, and no girls want to slurp spaghetti in a beautiful gown.

That’s why munchies for the masses are your best bet, bitable bits served with a napkin for mopping up. It’s all about taking some classic appetizer favorites and making them mini for grub stops between dances.

Here are my favorite elegant finger foods for a homecoming party:

1. Mini pizzas

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I don’t know of a high school or college-aged student who doesn’t like pizza! That’s why the mini variety—made on mini crusts that are bitable at 2-inches across—offer the most elegant pizza delivery method. You don’t want sauce on your pageant dresses now do you? These are readily available in the frozen variety with different toppings—such as veggie, pepperoni, chicken barbecue, and even Hawaiian. Or, alternatively, you can make your own dough crusts and shape them into the school crest or mascot for a really yummy treat!

2. Poppers of all kinds

Buffalo wings, Chicken fingers, cheese sticks, and jalapeno poppers. All of the former provide easy pop-able, less messy alternatives to the full sized versions of the foods. Plus, add an array of dipping sauces—honey mustard, barbecue, blue cheese, ranch dressing, and mustard and ketchup—and you’ve entered taste bud paradise.

3. Sliders

Portobello Mushroom Sliders

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Big messy burgers are out of the question at formal occasions. However, the mini slider version offers mini beef and chicken burgers (maybe even veggie) on bite-sized buns for easy eating without the mess. Just stick to the basic toppings of ketchup, mustard, and cheese to lessen the chances of stains.

4. Sandwich slivers

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Choose a variety of breads topped with delectable deli meats as well as veggies, egg salad, and even tuna and salmon salad. Make them into large sandwiches and then cut them into 2-bite wedges for mobility. That way the kids can grab a quick egg salad between songs and fuel up for the next Lady Gaga number.

5. Sushi rolls

Sushi Rolls

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Now days most students like a little adventure when it comes to appetizers. Plus, appetizers are a way to try something new without totally committing to a whole meal. Serve sushi rolls—just the basic California, cucumber, and tofu rolls—without the raw fish for now.  Serve alongside trays of vegetables and fruits with dipping sauces for a taste of the Far East.

6. Mini cupcakes

Mini Cupcakes

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Everyone likes something sweet at a super sweet dance party so make up a few batches of vanilla, chocolate, and marble cupcakes with frosting in your school colors. Place them on a pick-able cupcake tree for easy tasting.

Bio: Rachel Barnard is a self-confessed shopaholic and contributing writer for Style Cynics, a fashion and celebrity gossip site that features the latest buzz and the hottest styles. 

Plan the Perfect Cinco de Mayo Party! – April ’12 Houzz.com Ideabook

This month’s Houzz.com Ideabook is quite timely if you’re still looking for the perfect kitchen and dining room accessories to accompany the party your planning.
Regardless of whether you’re planning a small Mexican-themed meal for your family, or a big all-out soiree for all your greatest friends, you have to add an element of festive fun to the atmosphere!
Let’s be clear – I’m not one to get all crafty and Martha Stewart-ish, but I might be inclined to have a little fun with accessories if given the chance.
Hopefully something in my April 2012 Ideabook will help you too!

Hot Ham and Cheese Sandwich Casserole {Using King’s Hawaiian Rolls}

It’s taken over five years for me to make a recipe that was first mentioned to me by a friend at work in 2005. This particular recipe was SO good, that not only have I heard about it from that friend, other coworkers have mention it as well.

“You’ve got to try this ham and cheese sandwich thing Missy makes”

“I don’t know what’s in it, but that baked ham sandwich recipe from Missy – it’s amazing!”

So, finally, for Jack’s birthday party (with 20 guests) I made it. Them, I made them. TWO delicious, gooey, warm baking dishes of Hot Ham and Cheese Casserole using using King’s Hawaiian Rolls. And ooohhhh….were they good.

Ham and Cheese Sandwich Casserole using King's Hawaiian Rolls

Prep: 15 minutes | Rest: 3 hours | Bake: 25 minutes | Yield: 48 mini sandwiches

2 24-packs King’s Hawaiian Rolls (Party Potato Rolls are an okay substitute)
1 pound shaved Virginia ham
24 slices Swiss cheese
1-1/2 sticks butter
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons dried onions
2 teaspoons poppy seeds

Ham and Cheese Sandwich Casserole using King's Hawaiian Rolls


Slice the King’s Hawaiian rolls in half. Line the bottom of two 9X11 baking pans with the bottom halves of the rolls, 24 in each pan (they should just fit). Spread the ham over the rolls, and then layer the Swiss cheese on top. Place the other halves of the rolls on top. Set aside.

In a small sauce pan, combine the butter, mustard, Worcestershire sauce, and dried onions. Over medium heat, stir until the butter has melted to create the sauce. Pour equal parts of the sauce over top of the rolls, and then sprinkle the tops with the poppy seeds. Cover the pans tightly with aluminum foil, and then refrigerate for at least three hours – or overnight (better).

Ham and Cheese Sandwich Casserole with King's Hawaiian Rolls

When You’re Ready to Bake:

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the covered baking dishes in the oven for 20 minutes. Uncover and bake for an additional 5 minutes, or until the cheese has finished melting. Serve warm or at room temperature. Makes 48 mini sandwiches.
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