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Party Recipes: Open House Style

Posted on April 09, 2013 by 17 | 0 Comments

I am in the process of buying my first house, and all I keep thinking about is how excited I am to have my first housewarming (or open house) party! We’ve talked about how our luxury soy candles make a perfect housewarming gift, but let’s talk about housewarming from a host’s perspective. If you are in the process of hosting one, you have probably already begun the “to-do” list of things to get done and prepared for the big event.  In reading, I came across one part of the planning that we need to check off that list—food. Hopefully these recipes help make the planning go a little smoother so you can really enjoy this party of yours.

We all know that food is one of the biggest headaches in planning a party, because for one, not a whole of people RSVP but actually do end up showing up, and number two, it’s pricey to feed people; especially when you have to make sure you’ve prepared enough for those unaccounted for.  Coming across these recipes reminded me how complicated I’ve made things sometimes and that this “old-fashioned” party snack hasn’t gone out of style, and thank heaven for that! What I am referring to is the universal tea sandwich! Small, cute, easy, and best of all—cheap! This is a no-brainer. Below are a few great recipes to choose from.


Cucumber-Butter Sandwiches

  • 4 tblsp. softened butter
  • 1/2 tsp. grated lemon zest
  • 1 tblsp. chopped fresh dill
  • Thinly sliced white sandwich bread
  • Thinly sliced English (or hothouse) cucumber

Mix the butter, lemon zest and dill. Spread on bread and top with cucumber slices. Trim crusts and cut into serving size pieces.


Ham Cornbread Sandwiches

  • 6 tblsp. softened butter
  • 2 tsp. chopped scallion
  • 1 tsp. honey
  • Mini corn muffins
  • Thinly sliced deli ham
  • Red pepper jelly

Mix the softened butter, scallions and honey. Spread a small amount on the bottom of each

split corn muffin. Top with ham and red pepper jelly. Replace the top.



How easy do those look? I love it, and I feel a weight coming off already. I can have these prepared in no time and I know they will be light, pleasant, and delicious! I’d also like to share with you a fabulous recipe for a punch that’s perfect for the summer cookout/housewarming party. Check it out below…



Sparkling Pink Punch




  • 1 (12-oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 4 cups white cranberry juice cocktail
  • 1 qt. club soda, chilled
  • Garnish: fresh mint sprigs


1. Stir together lemonade concentrate and cranberry juice cocktail in a large pitcher.

2. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 24 hours. Stir in club soda just before serving. Garnish, if desired.

Champagne Punch: Substitute 1 (750-milliliter) bottle extra-dry Champagne or sparkling wine and 1/4 cup orange liqueur for club soda; proceed with recipe as directed.

Note: For testing purposes only, we used Cointreau for orange liqueur.

Inspired by Diana Coppernoll, Linden, North Carolina, Southern Living
JUNE 2008

This beautiful punch looks so refreshing and I can’t wait to try it. I hope that these few recipes have given you some great ideas for your upcoming house party. I know I feel a lot less overwhelmed and more empowered to take this on. We should be able to enjoy our own party and these simple and easy recipes are going actually help me be a part while still adding class to this exciting occasion. Oh! And don’t forget to add a Precious Gem luxury soy candle to your list. We all want our house to smell “pretty” (that’s what I like to call it) when guests arrive, and the aroma from our long-lasting, clean-burning candles, will be just the cherry on top of the perfect party.  Enjoy!

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