March 8, 2013 by Monica
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 :)
(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 Pomegranate, Roasted Tomato & Rosemary Soup with Kale & Potatoes, Raspberry Brie Grilled Cheese Panini, Soft Pretzel Tots, Chocolate-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:
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…
… while I went to work on the cups, which we made out of a selection of whole wheat & white pizza dough.
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.
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.
Meanwhile, our fruit pie pops featured a delicious mix of blueberries & peaches.
And I got to display them on this cute glass cutting board, also a Christmas gift thanks to Bill & Sue! :)
For our second appetizer, we made black bean burgers – of the “slider” variety.
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.
Thankfully, it was a worthwhile save. The finished burgers were topped with cheddar, sour cream, guacamole, and salsa.
For the entree, we made Caprese penne, featuring whole wheat penne, basil, cherry tomatoes, and these cute pearl-shaped mozzarella balls.
This dish took almost no time at all to make. I highly recommend it as an easy weeknight meal.
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.
They were then blended with a combination of basil-infused simple syrup, Grand Marnier, and Tequila.
It was only a matter of a few hours before our entire table was complete.
I may have started with the S’mores pie pop…
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.
Complete with tambourines, of course.
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 :)