We had the little party at a friend's house that was built in 1901 and is on the National Historic Register ... and that is a post for a different day! My friends and I have had numerous events like this over the years and we always use their house because it is much larger than mine!
We didn't go overboard on the food ... just a little snacking with good coffee and a cold green tea punch. My friend, Sue, made heart shaped brownies with Mike's initial on them! Notice the stacks of dessert plates Sue used ... She has a huge collection of lots of patterns of small china plates, and small china platters when she serves a full meal. Very cute ... and so "Sue"!
We wanted both sweet and savory. My daughter made these. They are so easy and the perfect thing for a busy mom to put together! Marinated mozzarella pearls with half a grape tomato. She added a good sprinkle of chopped fresh basil, and when she makes these in the summertime, she puts a whole basil leaf skewered on each one. So good.
These are the popular pineapple cheesecake bars that are all over Pinterest these days! You can find my post right here ... I borrowed the recipe from The Sisters Cafe blog I substitute the vanilla and almond extracts for 2 teaspoons of lemon extract. I like that combination of flavors better ... and these were complimented by an old friend who owned a popular bakery for decades! So, I think they hit the mark.