Spring Dinner Party Menu

I decided I want to start hosting some dinner parties at my home. I like to socialize, and it just doesn’t seem to happen enough that my hubby and I get together with other couples, but when we do, it is SO much fun! So I decided to take matters into my own hands, and invite some couples over, and hope to be able to have different groups over each month. I assigned out certain menu items, and gave recipes as needed. I wanted the meal to be spring-y.

I pulled out the dishes I got about 7 years ago for .99 cents a place setting.  Yes, you read that right, .99 cents for 3 plates and a mug with daisies on it. Throw in a few serving bowls, and I got 12 place settings for under $20.  At a store. New.  I digress…At the time, my kitchen was royal blue and pale yellow and it was heaven sent to me.  I was thrilled!  Now, it’s not my scheme so much, but it worked for our springy meal.


It just so happened to be the night after my daughter’s Lalaloopsey party and just a few days before I left town for SNAP, so I didn’t put a ton of effort into the decor. I put my hubby to work at his least favorite spot before socializing:  the grill.  He just gets so warm, and doesn’t ever seem to cool off. But he does it because he knows I’m afraid I’ll burn my face off at the grill–maybe slightly afraid of that thing…

I’ve also come to the sad realization that I’m not much of a food photographer. It is a skill I’d like to better figure out. I can’t seem to make food look pretty! But I have put together a little collage of the food we ate:


To make it easy for everyone, I assigned out menu items. I made the chicken and dessert, which was easy because I marinated the chicken hours before, and the dessert had to be chilled, so I was fairly relaxed before the arrival of our guests. Oh yeah, a few hours before, one couple couldn’t come because of an illness, so I threw together a green salad.

Here is our Menu:

Glazed Chicken Teriyaki Skewers–This marinade is from my sis in law, Jen, and it is SUPER yummy.  Seriously.

1/4 cup sugar

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup soy sauce

1-2 tsp. fresh ginger or 1/2 tsp. ginger powder

2 minced garlic cloves or 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

chopped green onions to taste (I often omit this)

Mix it all together and you’ll have a yummy marinade. I doubled this for chicken for 10 people.

Old Venice Pasta Salad

My friend said this is a family recipe and oh. my. goodness. I loved it so much, I made it a week later. I didn’t even realize there was such a thing as “basil-sun dried tomato feta cheese”

1 lb.  bow tie pasta cooked and drained

2 2.5 oz. cans sliced black olives drained

1 6 oz. package basil-sun dried tomato feta cheese

6-7 Roma tomatoes chopped or grape tomatoes whole

1 T. Dried basil leaves

1 bottle girards old Venice Italian dressing

Mix all ingredients with dressing. Can refrigerate overnight and add a little more dressing before serving (pasta tends to soak up the dressing)

Hearty Green Salad

Romaine lettuce; baby spinach; avocado; grape tomatoes; slivered almonds; sliced carrots; sliced cucumber

Rosemary Rolls oh so delicious.  Made with rhodes rolls.

Strawberry Pretzel Salad I’ve loved this for forever. Just found this food blog who has the recipe typed up.

Creamy Lemon Bars found from Our Best Bites, this Lemony treat with a Nilla wafer crust was a BIG hit!

After we chowed down our meal, we moved to the couches and played some fun conversation games (the Logo Game and Buzz Word–my two faves)  I like conversation games.  I need more laughter with friends, and that is just the right amount of medicine. I often find that have a date with my hubby with other couples involved, I see a new side to my hubby and find out stories that I had never heard before.  Strange how that happens, but it really makes me want to have more couples dates.  It’s just fun and different, and this made it so enjoyable! So go plan a dinner party, and feel free to use this already mapped out menu!

 

Kristen Duke

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  1. The menu sounds awesome! I love strawberry pretzel salad as well! Wish I lived closer, so we could attend one of your fabulous parties. :)

  2. So fun! I recently joined in a gourmet club that meets for dinner parties every other month. It has been really fun so far, we share recipes and follow a theme. I love it, the chance to get together with other adults for a nice dinner!

  3. I’m not afraid of the grill. However I can relate because I am afraid of the furnace. I’m positive it will explode into a ball of flames if I touch it. Shudder.

  4. I need to do that too. I love hosting and sharing my home with friends and family.
    Thanks for the reminder that this is something I also love to do.

  5. Having friends over for dinner parties are the best. I love to entertain especially when the weather is nice and we can enjoy the outdoors. Love your spring theme. Hope it went well.

  6. What a fun party idea! I love finding new recipes, so keep em coming! :) I will have to try some of these out.

  7. This is so nice, what a great idea! We’re so glad you linked up to our “Strut Your Stuff Saturday.” Thanks for coming and we hope you’ll be back. -The Sisters