Are the winter blahs getting you down?
Channel your dream for Florida sunshine by gathering your pals for a citrus-themed bash! What a great way to brighten the mood in these dreary months. After all, when life gives you lemons… throw a party!
Citrus fruits work well for both food and décor, so this theme is a snap. Take a quick trip to the produce section of the grocery store, load up on lemons, limes and oranges, and you are ready to go!
Get “Spring-y” With It
Use bright citrus colors as your palette, and place them anywhere and everywhere you can to brighten your space. Napkins and placemats are a great place to start. Want a cheater’s trick? I used 12x12 inch pieces of scrapbook paper for placemats on this table! Your color options are endless.
A citrus centerpiece is easy to put together. Combine bowls of oranges, lemons, or limes with a few flowers. Or use sliced fruit to line a pretty vase of flowers.
Consider hanging tissue pom-poms or paper lanterns also. Your colorful table will lift everyone’s spirits immediately!
Tablespoon has tons of citrus-inspired recipes to create the perfect menu for your gathering!
For appetizers, a crudités tray with some fun dips is a great start to the feast.
Some lemon-y salad for sides:
All of these salads use ingredients that are readily available in the winter. Your guests will appreciate fresh, seasonal ingredients.
A delicious orange chicken would make a great main course:
Serve with some crusty bread, and you’ve got a delicious meal!
Don’t forget the drinks! White Wine Sangria
is one of my favorites! Add lots of orange, lemon, and lime slices for color and flavor.
I love these individual Lemon Mini Tarts
(recipe below)! If you use Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust, they’re very simple to put together. Plus the individual sizes are just too cute at each place setting!Lemon Burst Cupcakes
are another favorite dessert of mine. These Lemon Burst cupcakes are delicious. For an extra citrus-y touch, top them with some fruity Trix Cereal to match your colorful table!
Don’t forget to send your guests away with a little thank you. Chex Lemon Buddies
are perfect! Make a large batch ahead of time and package them in small bags tied with a yellow ribbon. They will be a burst of sunshine for your guests to take home with them.