Persimmon Pear Caprese Crostini: Dinner Party Etiquette

It’s the season of persimmons, a less common winter fruit. You can buy the Fuyu type of persimmon at Costco, which can be eaten hard like an apple. They’re sweet and delicous paired with pears! Together I’m sharing this delicious Persimmon Pear Caprese Crostini and some Dinner Party Etiquette Tips!

Persimmon Pear Caprese Crostini

With creamy, fresh mozzarella, firm, sweet pears, and slices of persimmons, add a fresh basil leaf and serve on toasted crostini, drizzled with DeLallo’s balsamic glaze!

A delicious holiday appetizer, and so fresh and flavorful.

Persimmon Pear Caprese Crostini

Persimmon Pear Caprese Crostini

This past week, we were invited to several dinner parties. Paul and I get a lot of dinner invites, which we are grateful for. I’m also showing a few shots from our Sunday night dinner party (I cooked Pepper Crusted Prime Rib), but I’m so in love with The Pioneer Woman’s brand new collection and these beautiful blue goblets.

Setting the table with The Pioneer Woman

Don’t they just add to the table, an element of elegance and class? I also added pinecones, greenery, and a few beautiful ornaments.

Setting the table with The Pioneer Woman
We look at a dinner invite as an adult play date. We’re invited over for good food and fun, lively conversation, and what we love is that every host and hostess has their own style! This past week, we all brought Tappas to our friends’ house, and that is what we ate for dinner, in the living room, sitting around their big coffee table.

Dinner Party Etiquette

I wanted to share today a few party etiquette tips, for when you’re invited to a dinner party!

Setting the table with The Pioneer Woman

  • Never come empty-handed. Even if the host tells you not to bring anything, I say you still bring something. A small, fun pack of holiday paper napkins, your favorite wine, a homemade jelly or jam or chutney, a holiday candle, or even some home-baked goods will all be appreciated by your host/hostess.
  • At the end of the party, ask the host if you can leave the leftovers that you brought (never assume that you should pack it all up and take with you). If they say take them, there’s your green light.
  • Bring a nice wine. Do not make an uneducated wine choice. If you’re not a wine connoisseur and you were asked to bring wine, you can always ask the wine guy in the store for suggestions. When I go to Grocery Outlet, I always ask for help. They’ve even been awesome enough to call the wine guy (if he’s not in the store), which is great customer service.

I’m always in charge of the hostess gift, as my husband doesn’t really think about that. But he does bring the wine.

It’s just a nice jesture to be an awesome guest, so you get invited back again, right?

What do you like to do to be a good guest, when invited to a party?

Persimmon Pear Caprese Crostini

Persimmon Pear Caprese Crostini

With creamy, fresh mozzarella, firm, sweet pears, and slices of persimmons, add a fresh basil leaf and serve on toasted crostini, drizzled with DeLallo’s balsamic glaze!

Ingredients

  • 2-3 Fuyu persimmon sliced
  • Firm pear sliced
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Fresh mozzarella cheese sliced
  • Baguette sliced
  • Olive oil
  • Coarsely ground sea salt
  • Pepper
  • Balsamic vinegar glaze we use DeLallo Foods

Instructions

  • Drizzle bread slices with olive oil. Under the broiler, toast on both sides until golden.
  • Top each bread slice with a slice of pear, a slice of persimmon, a fresh basil leaf, and mozzarella slice.  Drizzle with balsamic glaze; sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.  Serve!

Friends, I created a Pear Martini over at Harry & David’s Blog. Have you tried Saint Germaine?

Harry & David Pear Martini

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Persimmon Pear Caprese Crostini Appetizer: With creamy, fresh mozzarella, firm, sweet pears, and slices of persimmons, add a fresh basil leaf and serve on toasted crostini, drizzled with DeLallo's balsamic glaze!

3 comments on “Persimmon Pear Caprese Crostini: Dinner Party Etiquette”

  1. Merry Christmas Sandy! Thank you for your ministry!

  2. I like to stay and help clean up. I know after someone has planned, decorated and cooked dinner for guests, that they are probably tired. So, I enjoy staying afterwards and helping with the dishes, clearing the table, etc. It’s always much appreciated.

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