6/4/15

Garden Party Food Ideas from Tastefully Simple

Disclosure: I received product at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
Now that the weather is warming up, get your girl friends together and throw an old fashioned garden party! Set up a couple of tables and chairs in your backyard, hang some streamers from your trees, and whip up some quick and easy snacks and drinks from Tastefully Simple that will make your friends think you spent all day preparing.
Tastefully Simple has fabulous drink mixes, cake mixes, bread mixes, snacks, dips, salsas, and much more. If you're up to barbecuing for your garden party, don't miss their huge array of seasonings. They also offer tons of sauces, oils, and vinegars.
To create foods for a garden party, I received the Triple the Fun Spring Summer 2015 Drink Mix Assortment, Classy Chocolate Pound Cake Mix, Blackberry Syrup, Bountiful Beer Bread Mix, and Bacon Avocado Dip Mix. I was so surprised at how quick and easy it was to make everything!
The Tastefully Simple Bacon Avocado Dip Mix comes with two packets of mix for twice the fun. Just mix it up with some sour cream and mayo, and set it in the fridge to chill for 30 minutes. Set it out on your garden tables with some crackers or tortilla chips for easy snacking.
It's creamy and delicious! I had never considered combining the tastes of bacon and avocado, but honestly bacon makes everything better. For a fancier snack, you could pre-make appetizers by spreading the dip on crackers and topping with a black olive or a jalepeno slice. We absolutely love the Bacon Avocado Dip!
I've also considered beer bread to be the ultimate comfort food. The Tastefully Simple Bountiful Beer Bread Mix is light and fluffy. Making beer bread is so simple because all you need is this mix and 12 ounces of beer (or even soda).
You can also add a bit of butter to the recipe if you want, and of course you'll want to top it with butter before you eat it. A touch of cinnamon sugar on the melting butter makes it even more amazing. If you want a bit different taste, you could spread it with jelly, jam, or a spicy mustard.
Slice the bread normally, then cut each slice into four smaller pieces and arrange them on a pretty plate. I love the soft, springy middle parts of the bread, but I have one friend who always reaches for the delightfully crunchy end pieces.
A garden party absolutely calls for chocolate! The Tastefully Simple Classy Chocolate Pound Cake Mix is so incredibly delicious that it makes you close your eyes when you take a bite of the cake. It's super easy to make with just a few ingredients from your kitchen.
You could even add some chocolate chips to the mix to make it even more chocolatey. Bake it up in some mini loaf pans for little cakes, then pre-slice them. Add a touch of flair to them by topping each slice with whipped cream, chocolate sprinkles, and a maraschino cherry.
To really impress even the most discerning palates of your friends, top the slices with the Tastefully Simple Blackberry Syrup. The combination of the chocolate pound cake with blackberry syrup is over the top scrumptious! Syrup is definitely not just for pancakes.
Everything I created from the Tastefully Simple mixes turned out absolutely perfect. The ease of creating such lovely and delicious food amazes me. There is no reason to spend hours upon hours in the kitchen, worrying about whether the foods will impress, because Tastefully Simple makes it, well, tastefully simple!
No garden party is complete without some delicious fruity drinks. The Triple the Fun drink mix package comes in a delightful bag (which makes it the perfect hostess gift) and you just add water (and the desired alcohol if you wish) to the bucket, stir, then stick it in the freezer for about 12 hours.
The three drinks mixes are Red Raspberry Margarita, Wild Berry Slush, and Pineapple Breeze Daiquiri. Each mix comes with simple directions for adding rum, tequila, or vodka. If you and your friends prefer non-alcoholic, then just don't add the alcohol!
I love flavored vodka, so mixed my three drink mixes with regular vodka, lemon vodka, and pomegranate vodka to create an even fruitier combination of drinks. They all turned out delicious and perfectly slushy right at the twelve-hour mark.
Grab your girl friends and set up a simple garden party in your backyard with Tastefully Simple products! Visit www.tastefullysimple.com to place an order today and be sure to check out the recipe section on their website for even more great ideas. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
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