Here is a great, no-cooking required cocktail hour idea!
Start with a few simple, store bought ingredients. One hothouse cucumber, one spicy salami, hummus, pita bread and cheese straws. I sliced the cucumber and salami into the same size pieces. I filled one of our everyday water glasses with the cheese straws.
To add a homemade touch to the hummus, I toasted pine nuts in a dry pan over low heat until they started to brown.
And sliced the pita bread into triangles.
Here is my “canvas”… an empty Michael Aram Black Orchid platter.
Now I’ve added the cheese straws, bowl for the hummus and the salami and cucumber.
Before guests come, I top the hummus with the toasted pine nuts and a drizzle of olive oil. The toasted pita triangles are added to the blank space of the platter. To toast the pita, bake on a sheet pan for 10 minutes at 350 degrees. Here is the final display with the drinks, served again on the Pottery Barn tray lined with a white hemstitch linen napkin. Cheers!
HOMEMAKER HINT: Cloth napkins can seem fussy and intimidating, but they don’t have to be and they make an unbelievable difference in the final presentation. I recommend purchasing a set of 4 or 8 napkins that can work in any setting with any dishes. I recommend these linen hemstitch napkins in white as a way to “ease” into using cloth napkins. Don’t be afraid to wash them – they get better with age! Remember, they also look great under platters!