Monday, November 14, 2011

Hosting a Girl’s Night In

Last Monday night, I hosted a girl's night at my house for a CAbi party.  If you aren't familiar with CAbi, it stands for Carol Anderson by invitation and is clothes that are only sold by hostess parties.  So to show the Fall line, I hosted the girl's to a night of eating, drinking wine and shopping!  Doesn't get better than that.

Keeping with the Fall theme, my menu consisted of:
Cheese, Nut & Fruit Plate
Autumn Chopped Salad

Pear & Brie Tart
Mushroom & Goat Cheese Tart
Vegetable & Hummus Tart

Caramel Apple Cupcakes
Pumpkin Pie Dip with Apples & Cinnamon
   Graham Crackers


The Autumn Chopped Salad recipe came from here at Espresso and Cream.  I left out the bacon to make it vegetarian friendly.  It’s a delicious salad, and I’m already wanting it again!


For the tarts, I was inspired by Natalie’s recipe here at Designer Bags and Dirty Diapers.  I did make a vegetable and hummus tart although I didn’t quite follow her recipe exactly.  I cheated and bought hummus instead of making my own, and I used puff pastry sheets for all of my tart shells.  I used red bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini and green onions for my vegetables, and I sprinkled a little feta cheese on top. 

The Pumpkin Pie Dip recipe was found here at Skinny Taste and the Caramel Apple Cupcakes were from here at Mrs. Happy Homemaker.  They are both amazing desserts and were fun to keep with the Fall theme!  The cupcakes are probably some of the best tasting cupcakes ever and they are super easy to make. 
Finally, here is a shot of the Fall table centerpiece and my new lanterns filled with gourds and candles to make the house a little festive!


Thanks to all of the fabulous bloggers that helped me get inspired for my Fall Girl’s Night In.  I loved trying these new recipes, and I know my friends sure enjoyed trying them too!


  1. Thanks for sharing all your recipes Tara! These will be great to have with the holidays coming up. :)

  2. The food looks amazing! I must try to make a vegetable and hummus tart sometime:)

  3. I love that you did this and it looks fab! Girls nights are my fav and getting to have them in a home of a friend, even better! xo

  4. SO fun! I love this idea. And your eats look amazing!

  5. Yum -- that spread looks awesome! My mom is a big fan of Cabi...did it sell well at your party?

  6. Your entire menu sounds and looks AMAZING!!! I want to come over next time!! :)

  7. The food looks amazing! This sounds like a lot of fun!

    P/S: Come by and enter my current giveaway for a chance to win a $65 gift cert (for some pretty designer pillows) if you like!


  8. wow! what a terrific looking spread!! all that food looks amazing

  9. YUM, YUM AND YUM!! It all looks delicious. I love a good girls' night in!