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Hey guys! I know it has been a few weeks since I last posted, but I have had SO much going on behind the scenes that I got a little behind. With that said, I have an amazing party to share with you today. Now that the weather is warm and the sun is shining, what is more fun than getting your girlfriends together for an afternoon soiree full of great food and refreshments? Not much! Read on to check out my table spread, learn why French fry bars are awesome, and drool over some gorgeous food photos!
You know that I’m passionate about food and great ingredients. I love experimenting, so I decided to go with a french fry and onion ring bar as the star of my soiree and it turned out to be a great idea! I think they both have untapped potential because people usually think of them as overindulgent, but guess what? They don’t have to be! Sure, fast food fries are totally greasy and can be packed with scary ingredients, but there are brands out there like Alexia who use quality ingredients while keeping the bad stuff to a minimum. Besides offering more than a handful of all natural varieties, they even make organic fries which is A-ok in my book! So now that that’s out of the way, let’s check out this party.
When brainstorming about my party menu, I decided to keep it light and focus on bold flavors, bright colors and easy preparation. I served Alexia’s Rosemary and Sea Salt fries, Sweet Potato fries with Sea Salt, and their yummy Crispy Onion Rings. I love how great they tasted, and I’m a big fan of natural ingredients so I can say that I will definitely be using these again soon.
For the toppings bar I wanted to make sure I had a nice variety, so I did a spread of veggies, dips and even some vegetarian chili to round it out. Since I wanted to keep this party easy, I chose foods that didn’t require a lot of prep, and all I really had to do was cut/mix and serve for the most part. Here is what else I included:
- Pico de gallo
- Chunky guacamole
- Sweet corn
- Black beans
- Sour cream
- Multiple shredded cheeses
- Vegetarian chili (from my favorite local restaurant)
I painted some cheap fry baskets gold and set them out with parchment paper for people to dress up their fries on, and I think it was a great touch – the baskets are perfect for holding and munching without any spills!
Oh.my.goodness. Just look at those fries! Talk about delicious – I don’t know which one I like better, the loaded taco fries or the vegetarian chili cheese fries! (Okay you got me. It’s the taco fries. Check out how to make them at the end of this post.) To balance out the heartiness of them, I set out a few bowls full of fresh fruit. I normally only do strawberries, but since this party was a little more food focused than my others I wanted it a bit more involved.
I also served different flavors of sparkling juices in pretty glass bottles along with mint leaves and fresh blackberries for garnish. How’s that for refreshment? Yum!
I rounded out my spread with individual bags of homemade snack mix for guests to take home. You can find the recipe for these here, but it’s super simple and involves cereal, snack crackers and white chocolate chips.
For the decor I went simple and let my food be the star of the show. I am loving subtle, feminine hues right now so I went with a matte gold and rose color scheme that really complemented the brights of my toppings and the lush green backdrop. I think gold is such a trendy color right now – I’m seeing it everywhere and it seems like most people are pairing it with pink, black, or white which is a great modern look for parties. I found the cutest roses in just the right color the day of the party, so of course I had to display them!
Aren’t they beautiful? That’s it for my spread for the most part. I included a few other elements here and there, but I think I have the main things covered already. I am really impressed with how my fry bar turned out, and I am in love with experimenting with toppings now! And just in case you aren’t tired of the photo explosion yet, here are some random shots for you.
You can find Alexia products in the freezer section of your local Walmart.
Want to make the loaded taco fries you see above? Here’s how!
- Alexia Rosemary and Sea Salt Fries
- Whole kernel sweet corn
- Shredded cheddar cheese
- diced tomato or pico de gallo
- You can personalized these however you would like, but this combination is my favorite! To make them here is what you do:
- Take your french fries and put them on a plate or in a bowl. Make sure they are still hot and then layer on your toppings. You want to do the cheese first so it melts, and then add a large spoon full of each in layers.
- Now grab a fork and eat!