DIY deli cups for parents’ anniversary (with mini cheese balls!)


Today, I will share an interesting twist on classic favorites…DIY deli cups! This is actually the perfect way to entertain (or even celebrate!) outdoors without sharing food or gathering in the same plate of appetizers. I did not invent this idea-it has been spread all over the Internet since the pandemic began-but I am happy to share my version in today’s new article (details below!).

Parents’ 50th Anniversary Celebration

It all started when my brother and I decided that we absolutely must do something to celebrate the 50th anniversary of my parents’ marriage this year! They live in Florida and have all been vaccinated (whoop!). Therefore, we decided that if this celebration is to take place in the lovely winter of February, then Florida is definitely the best choice. Bring sunshine and warm weather!

The 50th anniversary celebration of the 100th anniversary of my parents' birth

Therefore, my parents knew that we were going to be reunited with our family, but they did not know exactly where our store was. We just told them to be ready to dress up by 4:30 on Saturday.We have a Upscale sunset beach picnic Planned Live steel drummer, Champagne and some delicious snacks, of course! We are lucky to have a beautiful night in absolutely perfect weather.

The small Charcuterie tea cup (and the biscuits we also provide) is perfect for when we sit on our seats and enjoy live music and sunset. And, the interesting story is that I was so busy finishing the cheese balls and glazing the nuts (at the bottom of the cup) that my 13-year-old boy actually assembled all the deli cups by himself 100%! She did a great job. I swear she is the little food stylist in the production process, and I am lucky to have her!

DIY deli cups in 100 days of real food (with mini cheese balls!)

Our investment in the deli cup

This is what we put in the cup (most of the food is purchased locally at Trader Joe’s)…

  • cheese
    • Mini cheese balls
      The recipe is below.
    • Mini Brick Dix
      These are at Trader Joe’s, but I have seen them in other grocery stores.
    • Mango slices
      One block has been a long way!
  • produce
    • Cherry tomatoes
    • Kimchi (i.e. baby kimchi)
      Olives are also a good choice!
    • grape
    • Dried apricots
    • blackberries
    • Salami
    • Ham
      Both are folded into accordion style on toothpicks.
  • other
    • High breadsticks
      I can’t find 100% whole wheat breadsticks, but you can make your own. Trader Joe’s products are at least clean versions without any junk additives.
    • Rosemary
      This is purely for decoration, although one of my children (I didn’t name it) actually ate her child (randomly), haha.
    • Glazed nuts
      These are placed at the bottom of the cup, I have used the recipe from the beginning 100 days of real food recipes. Any roasted nuts will be a good substitute.
    • Biscuits
      We provide a variety of options on the side.
  • Supplies
    • Paper cup
      I found our special cup on Amazon, but I also saw similar cups advertised for wedding colored paper.
    • toothpick
      It was harder than I thought it was to find a long toothpick that sticks out of the cup. I ended up buying mine at Total Wine & More, but saw them being sold in large quantities on Amazon.
    • Stickers (Optional)
      We used Cricut to make and cut the stickers, but you can definitely write your message on any blank stickers you can find!
My parents celebrate their 50th anniversary in

Mini cheese balls recipe

This is how we make mini cheese balls for deli cups. I actually make them at home in advance, freeze them, and then take them out of the refrigerator before traveling. When we got there, they went straight into the refrigerator, and I waited to roll them up with crushed nuts before serving. The effect is very good (Once you get there, it’s great to do one thing less/do one thing!)!

Mini cheese balls (for DIY deli cups)

These mini cheese balls are very fast and easy to assemble. They are the perfect complement to any DIY deli plate or cup!


Mini Cheese Ball Deli Cups on 100 Days of Real Food

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  1. In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients except the crushed nuts. Stir to mix.

  2. Roll the cheese mixture into equal-sized balls with a tablespoon-sized spoon.

  3. Freeze or store in the refrigerator for up to three days (I did my thing beforehand and then took them out of the refrigerator before traveling). Just before serving, roll the cheese balls in the crushed nuts until they are evenly coated.

Recipe notes

we recommend Organic ingredients When feasible.

nutrient content

nutrient content

Mini cheese balls (for DIY deli cups)

Amount per serving

Calories 84 72 calories from fat

Percent Daily Value*

fat 8 grams12%

Saturated fat 4g25%

cholesterol 24 mg8%

sodium 130 mg6%

Potassium 33 mg1%

Carbohydrates 1 g0%

Fiber 1g4%

Sugar 1g1%

protein 3 grams6%

Vitamin A 278IU6%

Vitamin C 1 mg1%

calcium 88 mg9%

iron 1 mg6%

*The daily percentage value is based on a 2000 calorie diet.