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Smart Design with TAM STONE | Sophisticated Summer Soiree | KCTV5 Better KC Show, July 14, 2014… When we think of Summer entertaining, we often think of casual pool parties, outdoor barbecues and gathering around the camp fire… In this segment of the Better Kansas City Show, TAM STONE resists the norm and shares her ideas for throwing a Sophisticated Summer Soiree at your home without breaking the bank… Individual Hors D'oeuvres...

Single-Portion Snacks for Parties - Layered party food looks beautiful and impressive... that is, until the first party guest inserts the big serving spoon and makes a muddy mess of it. Keep your servings looking great the entire time by making individual portions! Each one stays pretty and palatable — even for those coming back for seconds (or thirds). Also, individual portions in cups means no more balancing a large plate while trying to talk.


Take it Outside: Entertaining Make these ahead for your next party! Roasted red Peper Pimento Cheese used here, but concept can be used for almost any starter. Get inexpensive egg cups, interesting crackers and cheese. Voila!!!

Spinach & artichoke bites. Made these using a regular muffin tin and it took about 25/30 mins for them to bake. I cut the mayo & cream cheese the recipe calls for in half. I did a different taken a swapped out the cream cheese for ricotta and added the mixture to baby shell pasta and made it into a baked pasta dish. Awesome.

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Easy Appetizers For New Year's Eve

We often have friends over for New Year's Eve. After many years we finally figured out the perfect menu. Appetizers and desserts and drinks- forget the main dish! Everyone fills up on the apps and then is hungry again for dessert. With vegetarians, vegans, picky eaters - it is always hard to find something that everyone likes - os rather than fight it, skip it! Here are some quick, easy and delicious options for easy appetizers!


Mini Shrimp Cocktail Appetizers Recipe -

Mini Shrimp Cocktail Appetizers from From Kraftfoods(dot)com website. I made these for a party and I've had so many people request the recipe. Kraft calls for using finely chopped onions but I skipped that just to make it an even faster appetizer to get on the table.