Sunday, August 19, 2012

Ladies Night In!

I love party planning!  I also love getting my girlfriends together for food, drinks, and laughs... so over the weekend I hosted an "adult-themed" ladies-only party.  When I decided to host the party, I got really excited for the menu planning... a "ladies night in" called for food and drink selections that were both delicious and FUN!  Below is my subtly 'naughty' party menu, which would be great for a bachelorette party too..



Ladies Night In!

Fruit platter
Vegetable platter with ranch dip
Hummus and pita chips
Brie and Sausage

Party Meat Balls (recipe below)
Parmesan Pastry "Pups" - cocktail wienies wrapped in puff pastryw/ parmesan cheese 

Better than Sex Cake (recipe below)
Melting Moments cookies
Pink rice crispie treats

Pink sangria (recipe below)


Crockpot Party Meat Balls:

Put party size meatballs into a crockpot or slow cooker (I used 3 bags of Trader Joe's Party Meatballs).  Cover with 2 bottles BBQ sauce.  Add 1 - 1 1/2 cups water.  Add 1 cup apple cider vinegar.  Add 1/2 cup chopped cilantro.  Stir until meatballs are coated with sauce. Cook on high for 2 hours, stirring often.


Better Than Sex Cake:
original recipe via allrecipes.com

  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package devil's food cake mix
  • 1/2 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
  • 6 ounces caramel ice cream topping
  • 3 (1.4 ounce) bars chocolate covered toffee, chopped (I used Heath bars)
  • 1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 2 drops red food coloring


  • Bake cake according to package directions for a 9x13 inch pan; cool on wire rack for 5 minutes. Poke holes across the top of the cake, making sure not to go through to the bottom.

    In a microwave safe dish, combine sweetened condensed milk and caramel topping.  Microwave on high for 1 minute at a time, removing and stirring each time until mixture is warmed, smooth and blended. Slowly pour the warm topping mixture over the top of the warm cake, letting it sink into the holes; then sprinkle the crushed chocolate toffee bars liberally across the entire cake while still warm.

    Stir 2 drops of red food coloring into the whipped topping. When cake is cooled completely, top with pink whipped topping. Decorate the top of the cake with some more chocolate toffee bar chunks and swirls of caramel topping. Refrigerate and serve right from the pan!


    This cake is DELICIOUS.... so moist, rich, and indulgent.


    Pink Sangria:
    original recipe via styleathome.com

    1 bottle rose wine (750ml)
    1 cup sliced strawberries

    1 lemon, sliced
    2 tbsp limoncello
    2 cups sparkling lemonade or soda (I used 7-up and Squirt)
    2 cups crushed ice

    Pour the wine into a large glass pitcher and add the fruit pieces and limoncello. Let sit for 30 minutes to allow flavours to infuse. Just before serving, add the lemonade or soda and crushed ice. Stir gently before serving.


    It was a fun night with a bunch of great ladies!

    XO,
    Janel

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