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Great Gatsby Movie Party

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Guys and gals, I am FREAKING OUT in excitement over the upcoming The Great Gatsby movie.


Have you read the book? It’s hands-down one of my favorites, ever. Plus I have had a serious crush on Leo since I was an impressionable pre-teen gazing into his eyes in Titanic (I’LL never let go, Jack) and I love anything director Baz Luhrmann puts on a screen in front of me, so… yeah. It’s going to be epic.

So naturally, I’m going to party it up when the premiere comes out in just a few short days. I’ve created a delicious themed menu so that you, too, can relive the Roaring 20s while sipping on Mint Julep Slushies, munching on Ham and Spinach Croquettes and getting ready to gaze into Leo’s eyes once again – I mean, enjoy the classic novel on the silver screen. Oy.

First, let’s get those slushies ready.


Mint Julep Slushie Ingredients

Just a few simple ingredients are all you need to turn a classic cocktail into an icy treat – and yes, the bourbon stays. Though if you want to go non-alcoholic, you can swap the liquor for ginger ale or lemon-lime soda and it’s just as tasty.

 

Mint Julep Slushie Syrup

Make a mint-flavored simple syrup, then mix it in a shallow baking dish with water, more mint and bourbon (or soda). Let the flavors marry and freeze in the freezer overnight.

 

Mint Julep Slushie Frozen

Just before serving the slushies, scrape the icy mixture with fork tines, then scoop into individual serving glasses topped with even more fresh mint.

 

Mint Julep Slushie

Gatsby would totally approve of these yummy drinks, methinks.

 

On to the croquettes!


Ham and Spinach Croquette Ingredients

Betty Crocker’s Potato Buds and Green Giant cooked spinach make these easy apps even easier to assemble.

 

Ham and Spinach Croquette Mixed in Bowl

Ham and Spinach Croquette form balls

Combine the prepped ingredients in a large bowl, like so, then roll tablespoonfuls of the mixture between your hands to form patties. Roll each patty in breadcrumbs, then fry them a few at a time in a skillet of hot oil.

 

Ham and Spinach Croquette Finished

Bing-bang-boom, you’ve got ham and spinach croquettes ready for the munching!

 

Gatsby Movie Entertaining Menu in Frame

To really amp up the Gatsby theme, decorate with anything that exudes Art Deco decadence, including brightly colored or gold and silver-lined plates, black and white details, tassel streamers, feathers, pearls and damask prints.

 

Gatsby Entertaining

 

As for the rest of the menu...


I kept it light and appetizer-y with a fruit salad, Waldorf salad and of course, decadent chocolate cake to round things out. Here are a few other fabulous ideas to finish off your Gatsby-inspired menu:

How will you be celebrating the premiere of The Great Gatsby?

 



 

Stephanie (aka Girl Versus Dough) is ready to party like it’s 1922! Check out Stephanie’s Tablespoon member profile and keep checking back for her own personal recipes on Tablespoon!
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