Spring Pinterest Party

Caprese Pasta

I love Pinterest and the sheer wealth of ideas that comes from it.  Everything from fashion trends, craft and DYI ideas, book recommendations, recipes, and photography can be shared and stored in one convenient, organized space.

The problem is that I rarely get around to making anything from my Pinterest boards despite the fact that they seem to keep growing and multiplying at a rapid rate.

That is, until late last fall when Jenn, Kelli, Lauren, and I met up for hot chocolate at The Unicorn Cafe.  At some point in our conversation we realized that we all seemed to share this same tendency.  And in that moment, the solution became quite obvious :)

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(Photo taken from Jenn)

One month later we held our first official Pinterest party.  Our menu was designed to reflect the winter holiday.  We made Winter White Sangria with PomegranateRoasted Tomato & Rosemary Soup with Kale & PotatoesRaspberry Brie Grilled Cheese PaniniSoft Pretzel TotsChocolate-Nospresso Mint Snowcaps, and Fruit Tarts.  (You can read more about our inaugural Pinterest party on Jenn’s blog, Eating Bender.)

Fast forward to last Saturday.  Jenn was back in town for a work conference, which gave us the perfect excuse to throw a Spring Pinterest Party.  Our new menu featured the following pins:

Roasted Blueberry Basil Margaritas
Hummus Cups
Black Bean Sliders
Caprese Pasta
Blueberry & Peach Pie Pops (using this recipe for the filling)
S’mores Pie Pops

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I was particularly excited about the Hummus Cups because it meant I got to use my mini muffin tray that I received over Christmas (thanks Mom & Dad!).

Lauren went to work slicing the cucumber & tomatoes…

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… while I went to work on the cups, which we made out of a selection of whole wheat & white pizza dough.

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Once the cups were out of the oven and cooled, we filled them with hummus (we all agreed Sabra is the best brand!) and topped them with the vegetables.

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Meanwhile Jenn & Kelli got to work on the pie pop fillings.  We decided to make two different kinds: blueberry & peach pie pops and s’mores pie pops.

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Meanwhile, our fruit pie pops featured a delicious mix of blueberries & peaches.

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And I got to display them on this cute glass cutting board, also a Christmas gift thanks to Bill & Sue! :)

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For our second appetizer, we made black bean burgers – of the “slider” variety.

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It should be noted that, while cooking, Kelli was kind enough to sacrifice her hand saving these babies when the pan almost fell on the floor.

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Thankfully, it was a worthwhile save.  The finished burgers were topped with cheddar, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa.

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For the entree, we made Caprese penne, featuring whole wheat penne, basil, cherry tomatoes, and these cute pearl-shaped mozzarella balls.

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This dish took almost no time at all to make.  I highly recommend it as an easy weeknight meal.

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And what Pinterest party would be complete without something to toast ourselves with?  This time around, we chose the roasted blueberry & basil margarita.

The blueberries were roasted in the oven for about 10-15 minutes until they burst and deepened in color.

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They were then blended with a combination of basil-infused simple syrup, Grand Marnier, and Tequila.

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It was only a matter of a few hours before our entire table was complete.

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I may have started with the S’mores pie pop…

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Once we were officially full, our night continued with an intense game of Wii Mario Party followed by an even more intense night of singing at Lincoln Karaoke, which I believe is going to become an official post-Pinterest party tradition.

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Complete with tambourines, of course.

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Needless to say, Summer Pinterest Party is already in preliminary planning mode with talk of homemade salted caramel ice cream on the menu.  And who knows what other future pins await us :)

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8 thoughts on “Spring Pinterest Party

  1. Kelli says:

    It was a treat to relive our Pinterest Party through your post, Monica! I always have such a blast cooking with you girls (and how kind of you to mention my ‘hand injury’ :)). Also, great photos from karaoke. Those are some intense expressions we’re wearing while singing!

    • Monica says:

      Thanks Kelli! The party wouldn’t have been the same without your heroic black bean burger saving skills. They’re going to make comic books about you someday.. I’m calling it now :)

  2. Why have I never had a pinterest party??? Looks like you guys had so much fun!! Thanks for linking back to my recipe :)

    • Monica says:

      Thanks for sharing such a great recipe, Ari! We had a blast recreating it and I will probably be making it again in the near future :) I definitely recommend throwing a Pinterest party asap!

  3. Karla says:

    I SO want to crash one of these parties sometime. Looks so fun, ladies! :)

  4. I love your recap, Monica! Such gorgeous photos and what an amazing day. It doesn’t get any better than good friends, amazing food and ridiculously awesome karaoke! Can’t wait for our next adventure. :)

    • Monica says:

      Thanks, Jenn! So glad you were able to make it back into town and suggest the party. I look forward to our Pinterest Party in Arizona someday soon!

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