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

Updated: October 12, 2014

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.