These Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Bites are perfect for any kind of party (St. Patrick’s Day) or gathering. Also delicious for a summer or springtime appetizer- made with fresh dill, cucumber, and lemon zest!

Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Bites

This time of year, I love being creative with plants and centerpieces. I bought this succulent beauty at my friend’s shop in Medford, but last year I also made my own succulent boxes (easy!) with a flat that I bought at Costco.

I love how succulents are live, healthy plants, that make a gorgeous tabletop – perfect for donning an Irish table setting, which, by the way, I’m over at Lori’s today sharing an Irish Dinner Party Menu! Check it out if you have a minute. I love it when all the work is done for you when it comes to planning a dinner party. In this case, print out all the recipes and get your party started!

DIY Succulent Centerpiece


Succulents are also awesome for a casual outdoor table or a lovely coffee table space, which I’m enjoying right now as I’m writing this post (in my living room).

We have a whole bed of succulents growing in our backyard, and seriously, they’re one of the easiest plants to grow! You can also find them at local markets, nurseries, or flower centers. My mom always called them Hens & Chicks, as they do take off and spread, so watch out!

They are beautiful for containing different varieties in a lovely vessel.

DIY Succulent Centerpiece:

1. Gather a large vessel or bowl, succulent cuttings (simply pluck cuttings that are thriving in your garden, cutting the stems about 3″ in length). For this piece, there are about 10-12 succulents.

2. Some varieties you can use or ask for at the garden or floral shop are: Echeveria (use multiple types), Sedum (the smaller kind cascades nicely), Jade (variegated if you can find it), or Aeonium (black is always gorgeous against the green/blues).

3. Place garden soil in the vessel. Take the succulent cuttings, clean off any excess dirt, debris and dead or yellowing leaves from the stem, and plant into the pot. Organize and arrange by variety and color. Make it pretty!

4. Use filler moss to place around the plants.

DIY Succulent Centerpiece


You have a beautiful succulent centerpiece, ready for months and months and months of entertaining, or for enjoying in various places in your home.

Depending on your exposure and weather, water about 1-2 times per month, until the dirt is fully saturated. Easy maintenance!

Once it grows too big, or starts looking a little shabby, simply pull it apart and start again!

Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Bites

Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Bites.

Thinking of all things green today, I’m sharing another fabulous springtime appetizer, with fresh dill, cucumber, and lemon zest!

My neighbor, Ellie, brought me delicious Santa Teresa Femminello Lemons from San Diego this week, so I’ve been having fun with fresh lemons!

Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Bites

They say this variety has a denser skin for zesting!

Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Bites

I used leftover pretzel rolls (sliced into small pieces), and added the cream cheese mixture.

Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Bites

Plopped on a cucumber slice, with more zest and black pepper!

Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Bites

Love, love, love, love, love these little bites of springtime goodness!

What spring DIY centerpiece project do you have your in mind to create?

Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Bites

Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Bites
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Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Bites

These Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Bites are perfect for any kind of party or gathering. Perfect for spring and summer, they are made with fresh ingredients!
Prep Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 5 mins
Yield: 4


  • 4 oz. whole cream cheese, softened
  • 2 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
  • Zest and juice of half a large lemon, or all of a small lemon
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 small slices quality white, I used slices of pretzel rolls
  • ½ English cucumber, thinly sliced


  • In a small bowl, combine softened cream cheese, fresh dill, lemon zest, and lemon juice. Stir and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Prepare bread slices on a platter. Evenly spread the cream cheese mixture onto each slice. Place cucumber slices on top.
  • When ready to serve, lightly sprinkle the bites with pepper and more lemon zest.
Cuisine: American
Course: Appetizer
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Don’t forget to head over to RecipeGirl’s for this post: Irish Dinner Party Menu!

RecipeGirl Irish Dinner Party Menu

More succulent love on RE:

Long succulent boxes

Succulent chalkboard placecard settings

Wheatgrass and succulent tabletop

Summer table with dahlias and succulents

Wheatgrass & succulent tabletop

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Lemony Cucumber Cream Cheese Bites