Party Panache, Orange Everything!

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The 3rd annual Cook Your App Off party was last weekend, and this year the theme was Orange!  This is really my daugther’s party, I am just her assistant


I added an orange polka dot ribbon to the Party Wreath I made last year, which handily had some orange and blue kitchen utensils on it

app party

Guests had to make an appetizer using at least one of these ten orange ingredients:  orange juice, orange peppers, sweet potato chips or BBQ  chips, peaches, goldfish, orange marmalade, carrots, shrimp, mac and cheese, or cheddar cheese

The first dish to arrive was “Sausage Skewers with Sweet Potato and Pineapple”


followed by “Mac n Cheese Cupcakes”

mac and cheese cupcakes

Things were looking good!


The kitchen table and raised eating bar were ready for the incoming masterpieces


DD’s house has lots of trees outside for a natural privacy screen so she has opted to keep her side windows undraped for maximum light…CC and Big Ben were helping with the set up~


Rose bouquets wrapped with orange burlap and twine dangled from the window frames for the party, just to add a little “festive”


We used the table tops and lanterns from June’s Family Reunion


The deck was ready for guests with tables for dining and sipping, the buckets were filled with ice for wine bottles and beer


Dishes ranged from the elaborate Orange and Blue Oyster Poppers

oyster poppers

to the simple, Cheese and Crackers on a paper towel*


and lots of tempting things in between!

dip in pepper

“Conecuh** Sausage and Cheese Biscuits” with a creamy dipping sauce

sausage and cheese biscuits

“Cajun Seafood Dip”


“Fresh Peach Brulee Burratta Bruschetta”

peach and goat cheese crostini

“Buffalo Mac & Cheese” was packed in ready to serve foil bowls, what a great idea!


“M & J’s Shrimp Canapes”

m&j shrimp

“Cranberry Orange Spread”


“Spicy Pimento Cheese”


We even had some surprise entries from Super Boy and HH and HHjr


Super Boy, 6,  dipped clementine sections in peanut butter, topped them with sprinkles and named it “Orange Casserole” 


He also helped HH with his “recipe” for Bacon Bombs

Bacon wrapped orange pieces garnished with candy corn and served with a bowl of “Gatorade Dipping Sauce”…let’s just say it was very creative and they definitely got into the orange theme… sometimes I wonder which one is the 6 year old…

*Cheese and Crackers on a paper towel was actually a joke, brought by HHjr, “Mr. Gourmet”


the dishes were labeled as they were brought in


and each dish had a blue jar for voting~the guests all get to vote for their favorite dishes


The voting station was nearby with jelly bean tokens in buckets and easy instructions

voting station

orange jelly beans for #1, blue for #2 and yellow for #3


This makes quick work of tallying the votes, DD and I could quickly tell the winners by glancing in the jars

party favors

Adjacent to the voting station were the party favors, an orange snack mix ready to grab and go

favor tag

We provided Blue Moon Cupcake Bites and orange candy for dessert


and packs of goldfish for the kids


The prizes were on display for the lucky winners-more about these prizes to come~


So which dishes do you think were the winners? I didn’t get photos of the Buffalo Mac & Cheese packed in the individual bowls, so don’t forget about that one!

PicMonkey Collage

They were all winners in my book!  It’s a lot of fun to get the guests involved, not to mention an easy way to throw a party!

Coming up I will share the winning recipes and the details of the prizes and party favors~

**Conecuh Sausage is a smoked sausage in made in Conecuh County Alabama

to see last years Cook Your App Off, click here


I will be sharing with the blogs on my sidebar and

Between Naps on the Porch

12 Responses to “Party Panache, Orange Everything!”
  1. Anonymous says:

    All looks so appetizing! I like the Mac & Cheese to go! Thanks for sharing!🌴😊

  2. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    Lovin’ the sausage and sweet potato with pineapple! Sounds like a fun time:@)

  3. CoziNest says:

    Wow, this looks like so much fun! I bet your front door is hanging off the hinges! I vote for the Fresh Peach Bruschetta. It looks delicious!

  4. You all are having way to much fun over there!!!!

  5. “Cook Your App Off”! I love the play on words! Fun!

    What a fun party to host! I would like to do something like this! I would have thought orange foods would be hard to come up with, but you guys did a great job! Let me tell you…those cheese biscuits look incredible! I haven’t made cheese biscuits in years, but you’ve got my interest piqued in them again!

    I’m with your daughter on keeping those windows fabric free! That’s the way I have it here, and I love it. I love to have all the natural light possible pouring in from every direction! I know I will have to bow to my husband’s wishes and put up curtains someday (although I’ve managed to skirt the issue for 9-1/2 years now!), but for now I’m enjoying every drop of sunshine!

    Terrific post, Jenna! I’m going to try my hand at a party like this!

    • It is tons of fun, and since you don’t have to do any cooking you can go wild with the decor…which you do anyway!! Since we’ve done it 3 years in a row, with many repeat guests, it is fun to see how they have embraced the concept and really get competitive! And more importantly, the food gets better and better!

  6. Sandra Garth says:

    OK, how much fun was this!!! What a great idea and the spread that was laid out is fantastic. Beautiful colors and presentation!

  7. Mary says:

    So much creativity Jenna, including the orange casserole 🙂 Buffalo Mac & Cheese, Mac’n Cheese Cupcakes, Peach Brulee Burratta Bruschetta and Orange and Blue Oyster Poppers…oh my! I think I would have a hard time voting,and I love your easy voting method too 🙂 Looking forward to a taste of the winners and the prizes!

  8. what a fun idea for a party! love this and can’t wait to see who won and the recipes! love the orange casserole!

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