What party? Any party.
Your Super Bowl party, your Academy Awards party, your I’m turning 40…again party.
Whatever the occasion, when it comes to serving hot appetizers the question always becomes: How do I keep them hot?
I’ve got a really inexpensive solution that uses re-purposed items that not only will keep your appetizers hot – they will look elegant as well. And this solution costs a LOT less than a chafing dish!
I went to our Habitat for Humanity Restore to get the supplies for this project. Here is what I bought:
- One 12 x 12 granite tile $3.00
- One chandelier shade made of glass $2.00
Other supplies you’ll need that you probably have at home or can buy at a craft store:
- Glass beads
Since I already had the glass beads and tealights, I don’t have a cost for you. Under $5 is my bet. So your total out-of-pocket should be less than $10.
About the glass chandelier shade:
- Select a shade with a scalloped bottom. Why? Your tealight will need oxygen to stay lit. Having a scalloped bottom helps.
- A scalloped shade doesn’t allow the tealight ot get enough oxygen, so you need the glass beads.
Here is how to assemble your hot appetizer plate:
- Attach the glass beads to the rim of the glass shade using an adhesive that will work on glass.
- Heat the oven to 200 degrees.
- Warm the granite tile in the oven for 10 minutes.
WARNING: Your tile will be HOT! Do not burn yourself!
- Light the tealight and put under the glass chandelier shade.
- Place the hot tile on top of the glass chandelier shade.
- Add your hot appetizers.
The tealight will keep your granite tile and appetizers smoking hot for the duration of your party!