Blue and White Party

Blue and white party display {and easy menu ideas for entertaining at home} from

I recently had a few friends over for a special lunch.  Of course I always like to add some pretty details when I’m hosting a party, even if the “party” is only 4 friends.

For this lunch, I went with a menu and decorations that could easily work for many different occasions… a baby shower, wedding shower, birthday, graduation, or most any gathering of friends.  You’ll also notice that I used the same general display techniques that I use for my dessert tables, but with “real” food.

Decorations ~

When planning the lunch I chose a pretty color scheme of various blues and white (my favorite colors).  I made a fun polka-dot paper garland (tutorial coming soon) as a cute, yet simple way to set off the food table.

I almost always like to include fresh flowers on my tables.  I love flowers so much and I think they add great color, texture and life to any display.   For this table I chose all white flowers (daisy mums, gerbera daisies and button asters).  My favorite places to pick up fresh, yet inexpensive flowers is Trader Joe’s or Costco.    Certainly, if you want something very specific and don’t want to drive around to more that one store to find things, placing an order with a florist would be a sure bet.

Menu ~

Chicken Salad Sandwiches on croissants

Fresh fruit in small bowls

Pasta salad

Caprese salad (fresh mozzarella and tomato slices with fresh chopped basil, drizzle with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, dress with salt and pepper)

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Cream Cheese Frosting (here’s my post on How to Frost Cupcakes)

Easy party menu ideas {with a pretty blue and white party} from


Caprese Salad {and more easy entertaining recipes} from

Summer is the perfect time to make a fresh and delicious Caprese salad (ingredients listed in menu above).

Mini Fresh Fruit Salad {and more easy entertaining menu ideas} from

I like to serve fruit salad in individual bowl as a way to make it easy to grab, and a little extra special.

Cupcakes and flowers {part of a pretty blue and white party} from

I often use this same menu for baby showers, birthday’s or any moderate sized home party.  It’s simple, yet beautiful and delicious.

Is there a certain dish or menu you almost always turn to when hosting a party?

Props ~

Blue single cupcake stand (with dome) – Rosanna

Mini bowls (holding fruit) – Anthropologie

White and blue cake stands (holding cupcakes and sandwiches) – Target (Christmas 2012)

Blue cupcake liners – Confectionery House

Blue vases/jars – Hobby Lobby (vases) and (jars) Ebay (similar available from Shop Sweet Lulu).

Flowers (from Trader Joes) gerbera daisies, daisy mums, button asters.


  1. So pretty!

  2. You are unbelievably perfect! You are!

  3. This looks absolutely lovely…(and delicious!). I’ll bet your friends were tickled pink to be invited for such a wonderful lunch. Very thoughtful 🙂

  4. This is gorgeous! I am inspired to set up a color-coded party!!!

  5. This setup is so pretty! I love blue and the shades you chose just make me happy. 🙂

  6. I love and do well get ideas, because I have to prepare a snack next month for a christening of a child.

  7. it looks amazing. i love the colors.
    i hardly ever make the same dishes when hosting a party. i love switching everything up.

  8. So pretty. I love the colors. The food looks great too.

  9. My “go to” party food are Brie Bites: Cut squares of puff pastry ( I make a rough-puff, but storebought is fine) about 1 1/2 inches. Put in the cups of a mini muffin pan. Add about 1/2 tsp jam (I like boysenberry or blackberry year-round, cranberry in the winter) and top with a 1/2 inch cube of brie cheese. Bake until golden and delicious.

    These are always a hit and can even be par-baked and frozen and then heated through/finished on a baking sheet if you’re feeding a crowd.

    I also love blue and white, pretty much everything I own is blue 😉

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