Time to throw a party.So where to begin? With a list. More like list(S). While my logical self knows that buffet-style offerings of a few dishes (lasagna, salad, garlic bread, done) would be the simplest thing I could do, that’s not how I entertain. So I decided on serving individual appetizers. A lot of them. This endeavor will require taking a day off work next week, but will be well worth it.
My first list was the guest list. A palate cornucopia of foodies, vegetarians, kids and meat-and-potatoes-only-please guys. 25+ adults and 10+ kids ages 12 and under made up the guest list. So my menu planning had to be creative. Here’s what I came up with:
For the cutting-edge taste buds:
- Sweet brie en croute – apricot preserve, cranberries, almonds, brie, puff pastry
- Savory brie en croute – sundried tomatoes, olive tapenade, etc. (also puff pastry)
- Onion tart
- Apple cranberry spinach salad with poppy-seed vinaigrette
- Basil-Caesar salad
- Various crostini – I’m thinking a fig/prosciutto/goat cheese mash-up, and good ‘ol pesto/bruschetta/mozzarella. (Yes, the faint-of-heart-taste-bud-holders would consider bruschetta outside their comfort zone. See what I’m dealing with!?)
- Crab dip
- Spinach artichoke dip
For the faint-of-tastebud?
- Pizza puffs – Aunt Janet’s recipe of Rhodes rolls, Ragu, pepperoni and cheese. (a cheese version will also make the buffet.)
- Macaroni and cheese tins – mac n cheese in individual muffin tins
- Buffalo chicken dip
- Meatballs. Not just any meatballs – Paula Deen’s bacon cheeseburger meatloaf transformed into meatballs. (you’re welcome, guests!)
All will be accompanied by the following:
- Veggie tray
- Sausage/cheese tray
- Bread, chips (enter list of spoon-shaped carbs here)
Dessert includes vanilla, spice cake and red velvet cupcakes for baby (and guest) cake-mashing.
To meet this end, I currently have, not one, not two, but nine (say it with me.....NINE TIMES) lists going. Lists entitled:
- Inside Projects
- Outside Projects
- To Buy
- To Rent
- To Borrow
- Trader Joe’s
When I set the lists out on the counter, my husband, God bless his heart, asked if we couldn’t just order pizza for the party.
You can imagine how well THAT went over.
So. I’ll keep ya’ll posted on the week’s progress.
Today, I’ve been to Kohl’s, Target, Lowe’s, HomeGoods and have sent hubby on two trips to 7-11. Can’t face the grocery just yet.
The best news is that I have 3 guinea pigs here (my 10-year-old and his buddies) to recipe test. First up – the mac n cheese tins. To use muffin cup liners or not to use muffin cup liners, that is the question! On first glance, methinks I’m going to use them, unless it results in mac n cheese a la aluminum foil. Will let you know the results once they’re in!
(As an aside, when I went to download the pic of the mac n cheese I took, there was an email ad in my inbox for photography classes. Which one of you sent that!? C’mon. I KNOW it was you guys…..)