Welcome to Spring Floral Tablescape & Cheese Appetizer Ideas
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Can you believe that spring is right around the corner? In fact, despite the Nor’Easter that is happening today, soon enough the spring flowers with be blooming in vibrant shades of pink, yellow, and purple, bees will be busy at work, and birds will be chirping. Spring is such a refreshing time of year and really puts a smile on my face. My anticipation for spring is what inspired my Welcome to Spring Floral Tablescape & Cheese Appetizer Ideas Party.
Since the weather is not yet fully cooperative in New England, I decided to set up my appetizer table indoors in my own kitchen. This space gets ample lighting thanks to a multitude of windows and a nice set of French doors. It is an open floor plan concept so that guests can freely walk between each room.
I set up my actual kitchen dining table with a pastel pink tablecloth that really helped to bring together my pink and white color pallet.
White cake stands, and appetizer trays were set out on the tablecloth and really “popped” against the color of the cloth.
Since my theme was a spring floral tablescape, I purchased several white and pink bouquets from a craft store. In conjunction with sales and coupons, I was able to keep my out of pocket costs for this party at a minimal amount. When planning a spring floral party you can opt for fresh flowers or silk. For me, I like the flexibility silk flowers provide. They are also made to look very realistic these days which is a plus!
One pink hydrangea made this creamy pink and white bouquet pop. I used a pottery jar as a vase to add to the farmhouse appeal I was going for.
These weathered birdhouses added some fun spring feels to the table as well as a little nest.
To add some extra color to the table, I used a vine-like flower garland for the front of the table. I also cut some stems off silk flowers to add some lose flowers scattered about the appetizers.
I wanted to give my grapefruit carbonated water some spring appeal so I measure out roughly inches of ribbon and hot glued a stem-less silk flower to each. I then tied them around the cans for extra appeal.
In my travels, I have never seen this done, and I believe it really added a refreshing element to my spring floral tablescape.
Now onto the good stuff–the food!
Our cheese appetizer party served only light bites. I wanted it to be more about the social connections and less about feeling full.
Spring is all about the lighter bites so the 3 appetizers I served which featured Kaukauna® Spreadable Cheese that I purchased from my local Stop & Shop supermarket.
For my party, I purchased the following Kaukauna® Cheese products: Kaukauna® Cheese Spread Cups in Sharp Cheddar, Port Wine, and Extra Sharp Cheddar. I also purchased a Kaukauna® Cheese Ball in Sharp Cheddar, and a Kaukauna® Cheese Log in Sharp Cheddar. I really love the pretty look and feel of the Kaukauna® Cheese Ball and Log and our family especially loves the taste. In fact, Kaukauna® Cheese products have been staples on our entire family’s’ holiday spreads for years!
Kaukauna® is a delicious and easy entertaining solution made with 100% real cheddar, and it delicious by itself or as part of a recipe as you all will see. At Kaukauna®, their motto is “We make it delicious. You make it beautiful”. So I really wanted to incorporate the product into light cheese appetizer bites that any level of chef could easily prepare.
For my first appetizer, I decided to use Kaukauna® Spreadable Cheese in both Sharp Cheddar and Port Wine on crackers. Cheese and crackers go together like peanut butter & jelly. I knew I wanted to jazz things up a bit so I added a pitted black olive to each cracker bite which added both flavor and appeal. They were both tasty a pretty; especially the Port Wine ones.
I also served some Shrimp and Cheese Crostini.
For this appetizer, I seasoned large shrimp and pan-sauteed them for about a minute per side. I then spread a thin layer of Kaukauna® Sharp Cheddar on each piece of bread.
These took less than 10 minutes to put together and could be served at room temperature.
Lastly, Mini Philly Cheese Steak Cups were also served. I made these last because they are best warm and gooey. To keep them warm, I prepared the steak and onion. Then, I added in the Kaukauna® Spreadable Cheese in Sharp Cheddar.
I kept the steak, onions, and cheese on a warmer, but would only recommend doing this for up to one hour as to not dry the steak out. Right before serving, I added them to pre-baked fillo dough cups.
- 1 lb shaved raw steak
- 1 medium onion
- 1/2 tsp steak seasoning
- 2 tablespoons lard
- 1/2 cup Kaukauna® Spreadable Cheese *in your favorite flavor
- pre-baked fillo dough cups. I found mine in the freezer section of my local store.
In a skillet, add lard and onions. Cook for about 2 mins.
Add in shaved steak and seasoning and cook until steak is no longer pink- about 3-5 minutes.
Lastly, before serving, add in the Kaukauna® Spreadable Cheese and stir until melted. Keep on very low heat until just ready to fill the cups and serve.
As you can see, this Welcome to Spring Floral Tablescape & Cheese Appetizer Ideas was totally delicious and not at all that hard to set up.
The total cost for the food, and all the supplies shown was $113 which is proof you can set up a nice party on a budget with some good sales hunting skills.