Elegant Canapes for a Sweet Sixteen Party

Dear Chicago House,

Most teenagers would be quite happy with pizza as food for a birthday party …not Miss Chicago teen. For her recent Sweet Sixteen, Casino themed party she wanted elegant canapes and put together this Casino Party board on Pinterest for inspiration. She pulled together the entire menu and together we had some bonding time in the kitchen. She has developed a bit of a foodie reputation among her friends (check out what she created for a Halloween party last year here here and here) and the food for this party did not disappoint!

sweet sixteen party food


Here were some of the favorites

Strawberry Dip


  • 1 jar of marshmallow fluff
  • 1 tub of strawberry cream cheese
  • Handfull of Chocolate chips
  • strawberries

In a food processor blend the marshmallow fluff and cream cheese. Place in a decorative bowl and sprinkle with chocolate chips.

Mini Pavlova Bites



  • 2 ege whites
  • 4oz sugar
  • blackberries
  • sliced kewi
  • blueberries

To make the meringue base whisk egg whites until they form peaks then whip in the sugar. Pipe onto a baking tray lined with parchment and bake at 200 deg f for 2 hours.

Plate up on mini plates and decorate with the fruit.

Hummus Stuffed Peppers



  • Mini peppers
  • Hummus ( we used store bought but it is easy to make your own)

Chop the ends off each pepper and scoop out the seeds. Fill with hummus and enjoy!

Mini Mexican Dip

These personal dip bowls are such a good idea…no double dip issues to worry about. We bought the little dishes at Party City.


  • 1 can re-fried beans
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • Guacamole
  • Sour cream
  • Salsa
  • Grated cheese
  • Chopped pepper and spring onion
  • Tortilla Chips

Mix the re-fried beans with the taco seasoning. Layer the other ingredients in your dishes in the following order.

beans, guacamole,sour cream, salsa, cheese, peppers and onion. Top with a chip.


Tuxedo Cheese Bites


  • Circular crackers
  • Swiss cheese slices
  • Olives

Cut cheese slices into triangles and  make bow tie and buttons from olives

Vegetable Platter


  • 1 large green paper
  • Broccoli
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Ranch dressing

Remove the stem end of the pepper and scoop out the sees. Fill with ranch dressing, arrange vegetables around pepper.


Cake pops

Decorated with melted chocolate and heath bar bits.

I am pretty hungry now after writing about all this food!

Love from

Creative in Chicago XX

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