On Thursday before our wedding, my parents hosted a Welcome Party for all the guest who were in town. Since Crested Butte is a solid four hours from Denver most guests arrived on Thursday so it was a great way to greet everyone as they got into town.
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Bruschetta & Crostini the perfect antipasti. They are also words I struggle to pronounce, so, for now, I have no dub’d them Fancy Toast! And these MouCo fancy toast work for breakfast, brunch, lunch, snack, appetizers or dinner if you ask me.
While a traditional cheese plate is kind of my favorite meal and a go-to order, if I see Bruschetta on the menu or maybe a fig and goat cheese Crostini I’m pretty tempted to order one of those instead (or in addition)!
So they have always been an item I’d like to add to my personal repertoire of “mastered dishes”. Other master dishes include cheese plates, bacon and eggs, chili and a little something I like to call “Turkey, Turkey Yum Yum”. Which is basically a ground turkey stirfry with whatever is on hand… As you can see my “mastered dishes” needs some work and after my melted MoCou cheese plate last month I am ready to branch out!
I Pinterest’ed and googled Crostinis and Camembert to my heart’s content and decided on these four fancy toast recipes. Typically, these recipes call for goat cheese, ricotta or mozzarella but I felt like the flavors and consistency of the MouCo cheese would be perfect. And guess what? I was sooo right!
Who knew that white queso could be the mythical unicorn of Mexican food? Oh wait, for everyone who has ever lived in the south and the moved elsewhere, they know.
Some of you may be like “What’s the dealio with white queso?”, also known simply as cheese dip. So let me tell you, it is COMPLETELY different than queso, or really any yellow cheese substance you dip chips into.
The Best Pizza in Denver, according to me
As a self-proclaimed pizza connoisseur, it’s high time I put together a list of my favorite pizzas across town. To be totally honest, there are still so many I have not tried so this is not a complete list. Just what I have had and loved so far. Still very much market research to do!
Note that these are not in any particular order! Updated 6/26/2019
For all my fellow cheese lovers here is the gift guide for you! I have found the cutest cheese boards and knives to add to your collection. I mean, can you ever really have enough cheese boards?
Maybe, but I really like to work with different shapes. I love my circle board, marble and wood square, Brooklyn slate rectangle and My naturally shaped marble. My next cheese board… a wood cheese trey! one with a little lip so it’s a little easier to carry and stack things upright, like this one.
Since Clay and I got our dining room table this fall, we have been wanting to host a dinner party. We decided a Friendsgiving was the perfect time for a first dinner party. Of course, I go into super planning mode trying to figure out what kind of table setting and flowers I would need. Lucky for me, a little dinner party angel already had me in mind for a collaboration.
I was ecstatic, to say the least when Bridget from Cloth + Gold reached out about a collaboration. The timing couldn’t be more perfect!
Cloth + Gold, a local Denver company, lets you rent beautiful tablescapes for dinner parties. Choose between 6 different tablescapes, add any extra goodies, pick a date and your entire tablescape is delivered right to your doorstep. When you’re done simply pack everything back up, put the boxes on your doorstep and they are picked up the next day.
I love to host parties and decorate but buying everything you need for a great dinner party is not only costly but a little daunting. Trying to decided what to invest in, what to buy cheap, and worrying you bought something you’re not sure you gonna like in 6 months! It’s exhausting!
Cloth + Gold gives you the flexibility to rent an entire tablescape to fit your personal style and dinner theme without having to commit to it for life! We went with Drift Away for our Friendsgiving but I really love Night in Provence and Park Avenue. Drift Away is totally different from anything I would have bought (because I only buy things that are blue). It was a fun challenge to try and work with purples and grays.
Having the tablescapes delivered and picked up made life so easy too! I had a few girlfriends come over early and help me set up. Everything comes perfectly packaged, which made it really easy to break down too. After dinner, we whipped everything off and packed it away. You don’t need to wash a thing! The next day we placed the boxes on the porch and got an email before they were picked up. Seriously, it couldn’t get any easier!
If you’re planning a dinner party and live in the Boulder/Denver area check out Cloth + Gold. They are still accepting reservations for holidays too! Use code BLUEMOUNTAINBELLE for 10% off your order too!
This post is sponsored by Cloth + Gold but all opinions, as always are my own
Planning a Holiday party or Friendsgiving? Want to have an epic cheese plate like mine?! Well, now you can! I am partners with Sartori Cheese to giveaway a full collection of there Reserve cheese. How many cheeses? Fourteen, yea 1-4, 14 different kinds of cheeses! That’s enough cheese for like 4 or 5 cheese plates!
It’s super easy, just check out the widget below for how to enter. You can also get extra entries by heading to my Instagram account and entering there as well!
Winner will be announced on 11/3 via Instagram and on here!