Over the weekend I hosted my sister’s “Vintage Circus” themed baby shower. She is having a little boy (Leonardo or “Leo”) at the end of September! A vintage circus was the perfect theme for a baby named Leo (the Lion!). Again, the theme guided the party planning but I did not go overboard. I found some vintage clowns at a thrift store; a toy carousal that I spray painted and I used popcorn holders as a vase for flowers. I also set up a tent outside and decorated with draping fabric and ribbons. I spent about $50 on all of the decorations…not bad! Instead of getting to carnival-y on the food I went for fresh and summery. I also didn’t do anything too heavy because my Aunt Lin made beautiful and decadent circus cupcakes for desert!
Here was the menu:
Caprese Salad and baguette
Fresh Spinach Dip and veggies
Torta di Riso (My grandmother’s Italian recipe)
Pesto Green Beans**
Balsamic Glazed Chicken
The menu was the hit of the party. The combination went well together and left people satisfied but not overly full. I will share the pesto green beans recipe. This was a hit and I used the pesto that I made last week and picked up green beans at the farmer’s market the day before.
Unfortunately, I didn't take any pictures while I was making this dish, but it is very simple so I think just following the recipe you will do just fine!
Pest Green Beans:
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes
You will need:
2 lb green beans, stemmed
1/2 recipe Presto Pesto
1 cup fresh parmesean cheese, grated
1/4 cup walnuts, toasted
Bring large pot of water to a boil. Remove stem tops from green beans. "Blanch" green beans in the boiling water (leave beans in water no more than 2 minutes or until they turn a bright green- you want them crispy and NOT cooked or mushy). Drain beans. Return beans back to pot. Add pesto and parmesean cheese and mix well (I used tongs to do this). Transfer to serving bowl and sprinkle walnuts over the top as garnish. Refridgerate until ready to serve (could be eaten warm too but works very well as a cold salad).
(I'll leave you with a picture of the cupcakes, so cute!!)