Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Red Hots and an Iced Tub of Spirits Make for a Relaxed Memorial Day Party

Plan a Memorial Day supper on the deck or in the backyard if you're home for the holidays. Invite neighbors over and let everyone bring a dish. Send out a cute e-invite ahead of time. It will be fun and you'll have a variety of everyone's favorites. You can suggest a menu and let them use their own recipes. Or select a style of cooking such as Italian or TexMex and leave it up to everyone what they bring. If someone doesn't cook, they can bring flowers, wine, soft drinks and ice or maybe provide some music. Make indiviual menu cards with guest name below their item they prepare for a party keepsake. They make great bookmarkers. Fill a tub with ice and let everyone bring their favorite beer, wine or champagne. Just let your party be fun and relaxed.
Red Hots Salad
Oh this is so easy, but so delicious especially for a spring supper.
1 small box Cherry Jello
1 small box Lemon Jello
2 cups hot water, boiling
2 (16 –ounce) cans applesauce, chilled
1 package Red Hots candy
Dissolve red hots in the hot water, add jello and mix until blended, about 2 minutes. Add chilled applesauce and chill in refrigerator overnight. You can change the Jello flavors to suit your taste. Serve plain or on a lettuce leaf with a dollup of mayonaisse and cream cheese mixed together.

Memorial Day Menu
Shrimp Cocktail Shooters
Gloucester Stilton Cheese with Crackers
Pickled Okra and Deviled Eggs
Red Hots Salad
Barbecued Dijon Chicken
Old Fashioned Corn Pudding and Roasted Green Beans
Vinaigrette Potato Salad with Bacon & Fresh Herbs
Corn Light Bread
Strawberry with White Chocolate & Pecans Ice Cream in Waffle Cones
Iced Tea Iced Tub of Spirits Southern Spiked Lemonade

Southern Spiked Lemonade
1 cup packed mint leaves, chopped1 cup sugar
1 cup pineapple juice1 cup fresh lemon juice
4 cups Sprite
1 1/2 cups Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey
1 cup Limoncello (Danny DeVito brand as it’s sweeter)
Crushed ice for serving
Fresh mint springs for garnish
Combine chopped mint and sugar in a large bowl or pitcher. Stir in lemon juice, pineapple juice, Limoncello and whiskey. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour. Add chilled Sprite.
Strain mixture into serving pitcher. Fill festive glasses with crushed ice. Pour mixture over. Garnish with mint sprigs.
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Stephanie V said...

Great recipes for a Ruby Tuesday. And the dinner menu sounds delicious, too.

Donna-FFW said...

That southern spiked lemonade sounds potent and delicious, perfect combination:)

ButterYum said...

Can I ask what size container of Red Hots?

Cathy said...

Yummy!!! I want to party with you!!! Your menu sounds always!!!

Have a wonderful day!!!

Angie's Recipes said...

Southern Lemonade sounds just something I love.

DrillerAA said...

Nice photos for a Ruby Tuesday. Well done.

darsden said...

I love red hot spicy :-)

Happy To Be said...

Oh Girl what time should I be there...I'll bring my good manners and have my Pinky finger in the air..Love this salad how fun is that...Thanks for sharing...May you have a great Tuesday my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

gingereebs said...

Sounds like a good time! Thanks for the menu suggestions!

bj said...

Lordy Mercy, sure know how to throw a great party. I will try that sounds delicious.
Have a great day....

The Raggedy Girl said...

I want to buy the cookbook you need to write. Get going girl! I am so serious here. I just went to check that you have a list of recipes so I can read back and find more really wonderful ones to try but it would be so much easier if I could just get my hands on that best seller cookbook....smiles!

The Raggedy Girl

2good2bee said...

that sound so..good. I put it on my menu for sure. Happy RT.

Mama said...

WOW What a party, everything sounds so delicious. We are gonna have to try the Southern Spiked Lemonade :-), Kathy.


That lemonade sounds just the ticket for a hot day! I have made stewed apples with the red hots. I serve them cold with a dab of Miracle Whip and a sprinkling of cheddar cheese. Serve it on a leaf of lettuce for a delicious and colorful side to a summer meal.

Thanks for sharing.


Domestic Designer said...

Sounds great! We are having a huge family get together on Memorial Day! Everyone brings their specialty and the food is always wonderful! Can't wait!

Jen - Balancing Beauty and Bedlam said...

How has Memorial Day come up on us so quickly. Yikes! Thanks for giving some wonderful suggestions for my Tasty Tuesday readers. :)

Blondie's Journal said...

This menu sounds fabulous and i always love to try a new Jello recipe~one that NO ONE has had yet!!

Love your great party ideas...thanks so much!


Lori E said...

Thank goodness I finally looked at your site after I have eaten dinner and not before when I have a growling stomach. It always looks so delicious.

floreta said...

looks healthy!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

You are a genius at this blogging thing! Just amazing! I invaribly leave here shaking my head in wonder...

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

P.S. you're just showing off! GORGEOUS!! (just came back for a second look and to snatch up that Lemonade recipe!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Oooo, think I'll have to come back here for more tasty treats!

And love your sous chef!

L. Diane Wolfe

Fifi Flowers said...

This all sounds FAB!!!