Party Panache, Cook Your App Off #3

DD’s annual Cook Your App Off Party is coming up next week so we have been busy getting ready

cook your app off wreath 1

We got the idea for this party from the popular Food Network show, Chopped, where the contestants are given a basket of mystery ingredients to prepare a finished dish.  We change it up a little every year to keep things interesting

app off

The invitation from the first year looked like an open refrigerator or pantry and guests had to choose 3 ingredients from different shelves

party invite

Every year the dishes improve and guests know that presentation is just as important as taste

pineapple appetizer tree

How about nut crusted mini cheese balls skewered on a pineapple? Wow!


or homemade guacamole garnished with fresh lime, herbs and flowers~ so visually appealing!

sand dollar dessert

We provide dessert to match the theme

app party centerpiece

Last years theme was Summer Beach Fun and the ingredients the guests had to choose from were, pretzels, artichokes, beer, pears, tomatoes, sweet potatoes, peanuts, coconut, baguette, and spinach

app invite

This year we are using ORANGE for the theme COLOR and guests must bring an appetizer using one of these orange ingredients.  They can add any other ingredients they want, but must feature one of these

We are going to re-purpose a lot of the things we used for the recent Family Reunion, same decor, different guests, equals money and time saved

blue moon cupcakes

We are going to serve Blue Moon Beer with orange slices and Blue Moon Cupcakes for dessert


Which ingredient would you choose: cheese, shrimp, BBQ or sweet potato chips, carrots, peaches, mac and cheese, orange marmalade, goldfish, orange peppers, orange juice~

What would you make?  Just scroll to the bottom and leave me a comment, it will be fun to compare what y’all would make to what the guests bring!

Asian Firecrackers

To see the recipes for some the past year’s winning dishes, click on the links below:

Asian Firecrackers

Artichoke Mystery Bites

Lamb Sliders with Mint Jelly Sauce and Rosemary

Sweet Potato Stacks

I will be back after the party to share photos and recipes from this year’s Cook your App Off!

If you are interested in seeing more from the first and second Cook Your App Off parties, click on the links below

Cook Your App Off!

Burlap Ruffle Table Runner and Party Favors

Easy Party Favors

Sand Dollar Dessert

Blue Moon Cupcakes


I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Will Cook for Smiles

It’s Overflowing

Uncommon Designs

Masterpiece Monday

Merry Monday

Between Naps on the Porch

The Scoop

Memories by the Mile

The Gunny Sack

The Style Sisters

Savvy Southern Style

Work it Wednesday

Posed Perfection

Glitter Glue and Paint

Aka Design

13 Responses to “Party Panache, Cook Your App Off #3”
  1. Mary says:

    Delicious fun Jenna, such a fun theme! So smart to recycle your orange props and decor too! I would have bring something with summer peaches, I’ve seen so many interesting recipes lately. Looking forward to seeing and sampling your party apps 🙂

  2. Velva says:

    What a fun, fun idea! Love it.

  3. fairhopesupplyco says:

    What a fun idea! You do the cutest things!!! Can’t wait to see how it all turns out.

  4. laurie says:

    Jenna, this sounds like so much fun! Such a clever idea. I can’t wait to see what everyone makes. I think I’d make shrimp spread, just because I love eating it. I could spread it on Ritz crackers – they are kind of orange. laurie

  5. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    What a fun idea! I’d stuff those pretty little peppers and might just use a peach/BBQ sauce with it too. I’m sure you’ll all have a blast:@)

  6. hollybertone says:

    Hi Jenna – What a fun party and you have every single detail perfect! I expect an invitation next year. Hugs, Holly

  7. I love the name! So creative. Can’t wait to see more pics.

  8. lulu says:

    Would you believe appetizers are my most least favorite things to make. When someone asks if they can bring something to our house, I always ask for appetizer.

  9. Poppy says:

    Wow! What a fun, party! I love each and every presentation…..the cheese balls skewered on a pineapple, how creative! The guacamole tray looks o yummy, and colorful:) I think I would love to bring shrimp toast as an appetizer, so much crunchy goodness:) ~hugs, Poppy

  10. Kim says:

    How fun! What creative ideas you come up with. Orange is a fun color and flavor to wrap your theme around – love the name, too. 😉

  11. Anonymous says:

    Sounds Like such fun! I would make carrot-raisin salad. MY hubby loves it.

  12. Erlene says:

    What a fun and neat idea! I think it would be fun to do as a blog party too. Thanks for sharing on Merry Monday.

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