Tuesday, September 11, 2012

First Annual Labor Day "White" Party

Traditionally, it is a fashion Faux Pas to wear the color white after Labor Day as Labor Day signals the unofficial "end" to summer.  Well, it is usually 80-90 degrees in South Carolina until October....but we decided to put on our favorite white dresses, shirts, shorts and shoes and use this fashion faux pas as a reason to celebrate!

When starting to plan the party, I read a lot of websites that suggested that both the food and drink were also white (in case some spills all over their white outfit...ahem Trevor).    This required some thinking...then I realized that one of my favorite foods, cheese, is white!  The menu just kind of developed from there. 

The White Food along with beautiful white hydrangeas 

Labor Day White Party Menu
  • White "Hidden" Veggie Pizza with Mozzarella and Parmesan
  • Yogurt Dipped Pretzels 
  • Pirate's Booty Popcorn
  • Crackers and Cauliflower with Roasted Garlic Hummus
  • Baked Brie with Honey served with Apples and Whole Grain Crackers
  • Sliced Pears
  • White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies (courtesy of Lynne)
  • Cake Batter Blondies (courtesy of Dana)
  • Beverages: White Peach Sangria (courtesy of Erin and Ricky), Champagne, Duval liquor and a variety of white wine and beer
The food was all a hit and I barely had any to clean up!  We're such a clean partying bunch ;-)

One dish that went particularly fast, was the White Veggie Pizza with Mozzarella and Parmesan.  The recipe had a different "spin" on it as I was trying to be sure the veggies were covered and didn't bring too much color to the table.  So, I decided to "hide" them under my favorite food, cheese!  I have shared the recipe with you all below. 

White "Hidden" Veggie Pizza with Mozzarella and Parm
Yield: 1 16" pizza

1 Trader's Joe's White Pizza Crust (I usually prefer the whole wheat, but I sacrificed for the party)
2 Tbsp olive oil
1 cup Low Fat Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 cup Shaved Parmesan Cheese
1/2 zucchini, sliced into very thin half moons
1/4 Vadalia onion, sliced thin
3 Tbsp sun dried tomatoes
8-10 Fresh Basil leaves, chopped
Pepper to taste
Garlic powder to taste

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray a 16" non-stick pizza pan with Pam spray.
  3. Place the pizza dough on the pan.  Using your finger tips, spread the pizza dough out into a circle on the pan starting from the center.  
  4. Using a pastry brush, spread olive oil on the pizza dough, both the crust and in the center.
  5. Spread the zucchini slices, onion slices and sun dried tomatoes onto the pizza dough.
  6. Sprinkle the pizza with fresh ground pepper, garlic powder and the basil leaves.
  7. Cover the pizza with the mozzarella and Parmesan cheese, leaving about 1/2 inch for crust.  
  8. Bake the pizza on 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes, or until crust is brown and cheese is golden and bubbling.
  9. Remove pizza from oven and let cool about 5 minutes.  Cut pizza into 8 slices or for party, try cutting it into 20 small square pieces.  
  10. Enjoy!
Step 1 - roll out the dough and add veggies

My favorite white food: cheese!

Completed white pizza for the party :-)

Over all the night was a success, and definitely something I will continue to host year after year.  We had a great group of friends come to the party and continued downtown to Carolina Ale House.  It was pretty funny walking on the streets in such a large group of white people...not something I can say I've done before.    We pretty much closed down the place and walked back home... in our large white group.  Best Labor Day weekend in Greenville yet!  I'll have to remember to keep my eye out for cute white dresses before the end of summer to wear to the Annual Labor Day White Party!

Hope you all enjoyed the holiday as well :-)

The whole White Party!

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