Since I got some balls and asked work friends to be outside of work friends and come to my house, (how’s that for a long and painful sentence?) now I need to plan a menu.
The theme is game nite, so think Taboo, Balderdash, and that damn game I can never remember the name of. The guests are arriving between 4 and 4:30. I like having open arrival times because then I am not all OCD thinking no one is coming when people don’t show up at exactly 4:00.
The first portion is games. Then comes dinner. As of right now it is 8 people and one wee little one.
During games I feel that snacking is neccesary. I am thinking vegetables and my favorite Fiesta Ranch dip ever. Mmmmm. Mix it with lite sour cream and eat off your fingers, you know, or a carrot.
Since I feel that vegetables do not make a party, I need something else. Crackers and cheese? Bleh. My fantabulous cold spinach artichoke garlic dip with garlic pitas? Or is that too much like the veggies and dip. Or do I go with something more manly that has a meat aspect to it?
Now after games, we have dinner. This meal has to be something I can manage to cook for 8-10 people. I think it has to be pretty nuetral (like no crazy Mexican or Asian spicy dishes). And what about sides? Salad? Bread, with dipping oil? I love to cook but don’t want to be spending an hour in the kitchen while everyone is there. So preparing ahead of time with perhaps a quick warmup is what I am looking for.
Then we have dessert. My favorite! I am thinking either brownie cheesecake with strawberry or raspberry puree, brownies with peanut butter chips and glaze, or chocolate cupcakes with peanut butter icing. I could always go lighter and do an angel foodcake with strawberry (or other fruit) puree and whipped cream, but what is the fun in that?
If you were coming to a shindig at my house, what would you want to shove in your face?