{Girls' Date Night & DIY}

 {A Date Night In with friend Jen Davidowitz, tortellini, wine & cheese, and DIY envelope clutches}
My friend Jen came over the other night and brought over some culinary goodies for a wine & dine and DIY evening! We opened up a bottle of The Big Kahuna Cab from Fresh & Easy...and I have to say it was the best red wine I've ever had, and it was only $2. If you want an alternative to Trader Joe's Two Buck Chuck, this is definitely it! The wine was great with gouda cheese and cracked pepper triscuits or baguette slices...yum. We even tried some pesto sauce on top of the triscuits and baguette slices...delish! For the main course, we made a pesto chicken tortellini dish! We ended the night with chocolate truffles and DIY oversized envelope clutches inspired by SwellMayde.

Easy Entertaining with Friends:
Small Bites
-Choose a cracker (I like Ritz) or Triscuits
-Choose a cheese like smoked cheddar, gouda, or brie
-Choose your fave cabernet
-*Optional-Add some honeycrisp apple slices and assorted seedless grapes

Grab a plate and line one side with crackers/triscuits,then line the other side of the plate with baguette slices. If you bought a block of cheese, slices it into bite size pieces, if you bought brie; unwrap and place on the center of the plate. You can also provide various choices in cheese for guests. Top off the plate with apple slices and seedless grapes. Viola! Enjoy a glass of cabernet with your small bites.

Main Course
-Tortellini Pasta (we had chicken, there are other types of meet and/cheese filled tortellini)
-Pesto Sauce
-Whipping Cream

Boil a pot of water. Add a handful of tortellini pasta into the water (a good handful for each serving) and let cook for 7-9 minutes. While waiting for the pasta, grab a small mixing bowl and mix 3 tablespoons of pesto per 1serving of pasta. Add whipping cream as desired, and mix contents in the mixing bowl. Depending on how creamy you want the sauce, you can add more whipping cream, or add more pesto for a more herb-like taste.
When pasta is finished, pour into the strainer, replace back into the pot, and add the pesto sauce and stir. Your Pesto Chicken Tortellini is ready to serve!
 

{SwellMayde's  DIY Envelope Clutch (Without the button closure on the Black Clutch}
 {The oversized clutch comfortably fits my 10" laptop, wallet, cell, and chapstick!}

{Images via Coolpix L110}

32 shout outs:

  1. So fun! I want to have a DIY night with you! Looks tasty and such an adorable craft. I love cabernets... especially mild, earthy ones. I'll have to try Big Kahuna. <3

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  2. I didn't realize how hungry I was until I read this post! Looks like a great girls' night.

    x. jill
    those ghosts

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  3. What a fun looking evening! Thanks so much for giving the Big Kahuna a featured spot in the evening's events!

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  4. this is so fun! i've have wine & cheese parties, but failed to add a DIY project, lol! love those clutches...nice job!

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  5. @oomph.-well then the next time you have a wine & cheese party...you MUST include a DIY project!!

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  6. @Nicole at Fresh and Easy-NICOLE! I'm so honored that you stopped by to leave your thoughts!! so sweet of you!! and no problem...the Big Kahuna is GREAT!

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  7. @jill-hahaha I hope you got something to it...I'm getting pretty hungry myself!

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  8. @Tobi-YES! We are so going to find a time when you come into town. and we can have our own wine and dine.miss you!

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  9. Oh man, all this food looks soooo good.
    Still dying to hang out with you so we can eat, eat, eat! Haha.

    xx

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  10. What a fun night! That food looks great, and that clutch is amazing!
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  11. hi amanda! what a fun night!! i miss girls nights!! and gouda is my all time fave ~ i must try this red wine, like you said a great alternative to TJ's... and that pesto looks amazing girl!! p.s. and i love this DIY clutch, sooo cute!!
    xx ~ kristina

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  12. Looks like such a fun night! I love spending the night in with good company, food, and activities. Everything looks great!

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  13. @Aprilia Love-haha oh yeaaa. yes yes yes!!! one day we are going to somehow make it happen!

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  14. Oh my, this looks so delicious! You´ve just made me crave a snack and a glass of wine (and it´s only 9am!!!) :)

    xx Ivana

    Stop by sometimes :)
    Macarons and Pearls

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  15. I will definitely try the DIY envelope clutch. so neat.

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  16. I WANT WANT WANT that Clutch! Super cute!

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  17. I LOVE girls night. As a matter of fact, I am getting ready to go out now with one of my girl friends.

    That pasta looks delicious as well!

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  18. wow! the food looks delicious and those clutches are adorable :)

    xoxo,

    Fashion Fractions

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  19. @Ivana-yes, very delicious!!! hahaha I'm not judging!

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  20. @Chloe-me too!! especially when it involves eating and making stuff hahaha. yaay, have fun!

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