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A very old and dear friend recently got married to the love of her life. We celebrated her last days of singledom with a lovely cocktail party, with a menu designed by yours truly.

For this special occasion, I opted for bite size versions of foods the bride loved. I wanted to prepare simple, familiar food with an elegant twist befitting the circumstances. Plenty of friends pitched in with the preparations to make things as easy as possible.

Let the recipes below serve as a primer for your next party. Customize based on the season and your tastes. Serve with plenty of cheese, lots of cured meat and copious amounts of of bubbly!


1. Mini Meatballs

2. Risotto Balls

3. Spinach Artichoke Dip

4. Whitebean Tuna Spread

5. Seasonal Flatbread

6. Roasted Garlic

7. Pea Parmesan Spread