Four Recipes to Celebrate Spring

Whip up a couple of these crowd pleasers for a weekend get-together
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Baked ricotta with lemon and garlic on toasted baguette is a great pickup party snack.

If you've been looking for an excuse to throw a party, this weekend is full of them. Whether you're celebrating spring or cheering on your basketball team, these fresh recipes will fit the occasion. Click the photos for the full recipes.

In our latest issue of Charlotte Home + Garden, Julia Fain of TagandTibby.com, shared some recipes using lemon. For a party, we like this baked ricotta with lemon and garlic spread on toasted baguette slices. To serve, you can put out the baking dish with bread slices around it or you can go ahead and top the slices and put them on a tray.

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If you're bored with the typical ground-beef meatballs in marinara, try a veggie version. Packed with Greek flavors and served with a cucumber-mint-yogurt sauce, guests won't miss a thing with these meat-less-balls. They work well on a table of snacks with a container of toothpicks for spearing.

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Make-ahead recipes are key to a stress-free party that the host can enjoy, too. The filling for these New England shrimp rolls can be made beforehand and stored in the fridge until party time. Try slider buns (or sliced dinner rolls if you can't find sliders) for a small-scale bite.

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You can customize these cake pops, also in our latest issue of Charlotte Home + Garden, to fit any occasion. Heather McDonnell of Cupcrazed Cakery in Fort Mill, South Carolina, shares step-by-step instructions on creating these bite-size sweets. If the NCAA tournament is the focus for your party, go with frosting and sprinkles in the colors of your favorite team.

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