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Hosting a Housewarming Party

Did you just buy a new home?  Are you ready to show it off to your friends and family?  Why not throw a house-warming party!!!  A house-warming is a party traditionally held soon after moving into a new residence. It is an occasion for the hosts to present their new home to their friends, post-moving, and for friends to give gifts to furnish the new home.  House-warming parties are generally informal.

Inviting your new neighbors to your housewarming party is an excellent way to get off on the right foot with them. You don't have to invite the entire block, of course, but do consider sending an invite to the people who live on either side of you and across from you—just slip an invitation in their mailbox.

Natasha Stoneking is a Nashville native and a life and style blogger at Hello Happiness, where she has served as the author and content creator for more than 12 years. Residing in Brentwood, she is married to Jeff and has two little ladies, Caroline (8) and Carson (6).  She has a fondness for all things southern and happy and enjoys playing hostess, working out, is a lover of travel, and never shies away from sharing her colorful and bright style.   She shared two of her favorite recipes with Brentwood Lifestyle. Follow her on Instagram: @nashvilletash  

PEAR AND BRIE BALSAMIC BRUSCHETTA

INGREDIENTS
2 Anjou Pears (thinly sliced)
1 Pre-Cooked French Baguette (cur into slices)
Balsamic Glaze
1 Wheel of Brie Cheese (sliced)
Fresh Thyme Sprigs

DIRECTIONS
1. Heat oven to 375 and drizzle olive oil on one side of baguette slices; turn that side down and bake for 8-10 minutes until crunchy
2. Remove from oven, top with sliced pear and brie cheese
3. Drizzle balsamic glaze and then top with spring of thyme
4. Serve immediately and enjoy!!

THE FRENCH 75 COCKTAIL

2 oz. Champagne

1 oz Gin

1/2 Oz Lemon Juice

2 Dashes Simple Syrup

For a Greek Inspired gathering we have two more recipes to get your party started. 

Layered Greek Dip

Need an easy, flavorful appetizer for a crowd? Look no further than this Layered Greek Dip recipe. It’s the veggie-packed, Mediterranean version of the popular 7 Layer Dip!  This dip is perfect for any kind of party and it will satisfy friends and family who have a gluten allergy.  

Ingredients

  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup prepared hummus
  • 3/4 cup chopped cucumber
  • 3/4 cup chopped tomato
  • 1/2 cup chopped pitted Kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup sliced green onions
  • Pita chips (not gluten free)

Directions

  1. Add cream cheese, lemon juice, Italian seasoning and garlic in a medium mixing bowl. Beat with an electric mixer until combined.
  2. Spread cream cheese mixture into a serving dish. Spread the hummus on top of the cream cheese mixture then top with the remaining ingredients.
  3. Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours and up to 12 hours. Serve with pita chips.

Ouzito

Ingredients

Ouzo (Greek Liquor)

Ice

Mint leaves

Lemon Juice

Lemons

Sugar

Directions

Ouzo is shaken over ice with crushed mint leaves, lemon juice, and sugar and poured into glasses that have been filled halfway with ice cubes.  Add fresh lemons and serve.  

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