Toast a friend with flair by keeping things simple yet elegant. (Serves 12)
Pork and Mushroom Lettuce Wraps
Watermelon Basil Bliss
Spicy Chocolate-Chili Truffles

Grilled Vegetable Dip with Pita Chips

Caramelized Onion and Fennel Crostini
Endive with Smoked Salmon

June 18, 2013

There are few better excuses to dress up and have fun than the birthday of a good friend. Instead of preparing a soup-to-nuts dinner, keep it easy by throwing a cocktail party with a finger-food menu. When it's time for the cake (or cupcakes, in this case), bestow a handcrafted crown upon the honoree, and be sure to snap some photos—she'll want to remember this party long after she blows out the candles.