Intentional Dinner Invites with Apricot Almond Appetizer

This Apricot Almond Appetizer is the perfect lighter appetizer to bring to a party, and an excellent choice for gluten-free guests!

 Apricot Almond Appetizer

Good Morning, Friends!

I can’t believe it’s November! One word that sums up November for me is “awesomeness.” I know, it’s not your typical “gratitude” word, but it really sums up “life” for me—all things surrounding the beauty of nature, and the blessings of family and friends, plus a whole lot of extra blessings like health, a home, doing something meaningful in life (I love sharing with you on RE), being a mom and wife, and stepping outside of my comfort zone (yes, these are often blessings, because they stretch us and make us better people).

A catalyst.

I really think of entertaining as a way of bringing people together. I’m sort of a catalyst, one would say, of connection.

I like this role. It took me a few years after being married to realize that I was really good at it, and to relish and use these gifts. My husband learned to be a part of it, although at first he was more nervous than I was!

You may ask, How do you become a catalyst? I want to do something meaningful and host a table of really cool people!

Well, it’s not really about the “cool people” in town. At least we do not think of it that way.

3 styles.

Making a dinner party invitation is really very simple, and can be done several ways.

INTENTIONAL: You can think very intentionally about who you want to invite over, who should know who, or who would even benefit by knowing these other people on the invitation list.

GO WITH FLOW: You may be a last minute person, randomly inviting people who come to mind.

BECAUSE WE HAVE TO: You may be in a rut of inviting the same people over again and again, “because you have to,” meaning you are fearful their feelings will get hurt (or cut you off?) if you don’t have them.

Ooooh, that last one is a hard one. I hear people complaining all the time over not getting dinner invites, or they have the same people over again and again and they’re “done with it.”

How very sad. I say, don’t have those people over! Open up your world and take a chance by inviting new people into your lives.

FG Dinner Party

Friendsgiving party idea.

If you’re looking for a “new idea” on how to host friends this month, I’m contributing over at RecipeGirl’s now (as an entertaining “expert,” ha ha!), with specific party ideas for the holidays, plus this menu! I love it when there is an entire menu laid out. Easy planning!

Take a peek here, of my Friendsgiving menu, and head over to say hello to Lori!

Apricot Almond Appetizer.

Here’s an iPhone shot in my kitchen of these yummy Apricot Almond Appetizers ready for company! What I love about this recipe is you can make it a few hours earlier, easy to set out right before the guests arrive! I also think that sometimes we need an appetizer that is not so heavy … maybe just a bite to nosh on before the big meal!

 Apricot Almond Appetizer

It takes risk.

Hospitality is risky. It’s not always safe, and just think about how you can help expand your borders, as well as other people’s, by bringing new individuals into your lives, and into the lives of others.

Seriously, folks, it gives me goosebumps to think about how easy and fun and beautiful the combining of food and people can be!

For Paul and me, we are intentional inviters. Not that we haven’t enjoyed many last-minute meals (those are fun, too). I look at it this way: Planning a party takes effort, time, and energy.

The older we get, the more we want to be wise with our time.

So our style of invitation is “intentional.”

What is your style of inviting, and why does this work for you?

 Apricot Almond Appetizer

Apricot Almond Appetizer

Yield: 20 bites

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Makes about 20 bites. I always double the recipe and use Trader Joe's dried apricots (tangy flavor).

Ingredients:

  • 2 oz. goat cheese at room temperature
  • 20 dried apricots (preferably from Trader Joe’s for the best flavor and tartness)
  • 20 almonds (salted is best)
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • Fresh thyme, finely chopped

Directions:

  1. Place the apricots on a platter. Spread each apricot with goat cheese.
  2. Top each apricot with a whole almond.
  3. Drizzle the platter with honey.
  4. Sprinkle with fresh thyme, garnishing with thyme on the side. Serve.

 

Apricot Almond Appetizer is the perfect lighter appetizer to bring to a party, and an excellent choice for gluten-free guests

18 comments

  1. I ADORE goat cheese and honey, but I have only ever tried it on a date. I am kind of in love with the apricot and almond switch up. These sounds great Sandy!! Pinned!

  2. Looks yummy! No trader joe’s tho…maybe I’ll still try with the grocery store ones.

  3. I feel like we are usually “last minute” entertainers…it’s fun, but I would love to be more intentional and that has really been on my mind a lot lately (probably because you’ve been writing about it!). I would love to bring a nice group together and plan out the menu, etc.

    Speaking of menus…this menu is amazing. I love these little apricot bites, you always have the best appetizers!!

    And about your word awesomeness…that is exactly how I’ve been feeling lately, I know everyone loves October, but I think November rocks!

  4. YUM! It all sounds so good. In the season of life that we are in, intentional inviting is the way it has to be…..sometimes last minute works, but not usually.

  5. These apps look divine! Questions: what is the “one hour freezing” in the Prep Time?

    • No freeze time, Sam. Sorry about that, it automatically popped up from the last 10 minute recipe. It’s just 10 minutes! Easy!

  6. Love those easy little appetizers. Wondering about a recipe for the salted caramel apple cake??? That sounds amazing!

  7. Do you think this would work with either cream cheese or ricotta? Not a goat cheese fan here, but otherwise these look amazing and I love all the other ingredients!

  8. What a great appetizer idea! They look so tasty!! :)

  9. Absolutely we are intentional with our invites. I love everything on your Friendsgiving menu – especially the appetizers. I’m a small bite person. The first bite of something is always the best for me, so why not just keep it at one bite and have lots of different one bite awesomeness. (nice word) I look forward to adding this to my list of appetizers.

  10. What a simple and tantalizing snack!!

  11. Excited to bring these for Thanksgiving. Just stumbled upon via Pinterest. Thanks for the idea! :-)

  12. What a lovely post!!

  13. Making these for a wedding shower next weekend! Just made one to try it out and LOVED IT!!!! Had to make a few more, just to be sure:) Easy, different and delicious! Sweet,salty,cheese and fruit all rolled into one!! ❤️

  14. Looks delicious! Do you think it would be OK to make them the day before and keep them in the fridge?

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