Anyone else have the childhood dream of making flower crowns with all your girlfriends while hanging out and eating the prettiest cakes? It’s the season for garden parties, and I’m telling you… flower crowns, cake, rosé, and crostini are all you need to make your next soiree just perfect. Let me walk you through my easy, crowd-pleaser crostini recipe that pairs perfectly with rosé, and share some garden party tips I learned this past weekend with my friend, Lena (from Lena’s Kitchen Blog’s garden party).
Apple Brie Crostini with Walnuts, Honey, & Thyme
- 1 baguette sliced ¼-½ thick on a diagonal
- 16 oz. brie cheese cut into thin slices
- 2 apples thinly sliced
- 1.5 cups walnut pieces and halves
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 small bunch lemon thyme
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
- Preheat to 375°F.
- Place your baguette slices on a sheet pan. Brush both sides of your baguette lightly with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
- Bake 12-15 minutes until golden, flipping halfway through. Remove from oven and cool to room temperature.
- Top each crostini with one slice of brie, 2 slices of apple, then 2-3 pieces of walnut, drizzle lightly with honey, and top with a small sprig of lemon thyme.
- Serve immediately.
Garden Party Tips
Now, let’s talk cake…because every garden party needs a cake. Decorated with cookies, candy, and flowers, of course! What made this party special is that we each got to decorate our own cake, and we got to take them home. We also got to make our own flower crowns, which was much harder than it looks, but it turned out so pretty! What’s the takeaway from this? Have an activity where people get to do something fun…and then get to take it home!
How do you make a garden party easy?
Simple enough, right?! Well, I’ve got one more tip for you. Don’t hesitate to ask your guests to participate in creating the event. You love your friends because they are each special, and have something different to bring to the group. What are their talents and skills? We made flower crowns and cakes because our friend, Karlee, from Olive and Artisan is a cake queen! And why flower crowns? Our friend, Lora, from Sophisticated Floral is a talented wedding florist. Each of us has something special to bring…what would be your special thing?