Everything for Sarah’s shower was perfect! Michelle, who hosted at her house, really went all-out with the set up. It was great. She had hot spiced cider, hot coffee, and I brought cold spiced cider from Trader Joe’s. The food was all delicious.
I loved the spinach filo cups – a fun twist on spanakopita. The filling was delicious and was also served as a dip with crackers. This is my go-to spinach pie filling from now on! A few guests commented on the filling and said it was awesome. To go with the spinach cups we served turkey pinwheels that Michelle made, filled with deli turkey, spinach, and cranberry cream cheese. My mother-in-law makes the best cheese balls, and made one for the party that I topped with a bell pepper stem and carved to look like a pumpkin. We also served sliced apples with caramel dip.
I also really enjoyed the fall harvest salad. I made maple-glazed almond slivers by baking around a half cup of almond slivers with 1-2 tablespoons each maple syrup and brown sugar until toasted. I used Maple Cider Vinaigrette from Cooking Light for dressing, and I poach the pears using this method from David Lebovitz. I tossed the salad with feta and added thinly sliced red onion as well.
Michelle made Halloween Party Mix (addicting – you’ve been warned). It can be customized to your personal cereal and chocolate graham preferences. Michelle used Honey Chex and Teddy Grahams, I believe. Michelle also made chai spice thumbprints, and I made apple pie cookies. Guests enjoyed both. The nutter butter acorns were cute as well.
The caramel apple cake from Baked was phenomenal. While a little time consuming in its steps, I was very impressed with the presentation. It sliced so beautifully! Unfortunately the lighting was not that good, or I am that bad of a photographer, as my pictures do not do it justice. I especially like the new-to-me frosting recipe, which begins by boiling flour and sugar together! The only thing I would change was the caramel recipe. I have made better caramel sauces before.
1 stick/4 ounces unsalted butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened (I usually use Neufchatel because it’s what I keep on hand)
4-5 cups powdered sugar (added until you reach your desired consistency)
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1-2 tablespoons of milk (add if you need to thin the frosting for piping)
I cream all of the sugar, cream cheese, and butter together in my mixer, and then add my vanilla.
I add a splash of milk to make piping easier. It makes a sweet but not overly buttery frosting, enough to swirl onto 24 cupcakes.
Michelle’s hutch was perfect for the cupcake display and I think that guests enjoyed a little take-home treat.
Sarah received lots of great things to help her get ready for her baby, and the guests enjoyed catching up. It was a wonderful shower and I had a lot of fun with the Fall theme!