Sunday, November 8, 2009

My 'Dinner'less Dinner Party

Saturday night I finally scheduled to host a get together with two of my good friends and their significant others.  Since Pete and I got such great things from my bridal shower and wedding, I've been dying to put all these serving dishes to good use.

(serving dishes begging to be filled with goodness - and my old PB Napkins, which I realized are very "autumn-esque")

Maria, Lauren and I scheduled this little par-tay over a month ago since it was the only date that worked with all our schedules.  Lucky for us, the timing was perfect because two friday's ago (Oct. 30), Vince (Maria's boyfriend) proposed!  So now, not only did I get to see my friends, but I got to congratulate the couple AND see the ring :) 

I decided since we don't have a table for 6 (we are realizing it's time to go get the other two chairs), I didn't want to cook any food that required a fork and knife.  However, being new to this whole life as a housewife, I figured I should branch out from my old go-to party appetizers.  Which, if you're wondering, consist of the usual dips - spinach, taco, and pizza, a plate of cheese and crackers, and a veggie tray with ranch or hummus.  Maybe some chips and salsa for good measure.  Now, I'm not bashing any of these foods (my mouth is watering just typing this out), but I wanted to go for something that wouldn't leave my friends feeling too full (not to mention bloated from all the salt)...

Instead, I planned my dishes based on a "fall" theme.  I say fall because I didn't want to make a pseudo-thanksgiving dinner (less the bird) since most people seem to get sick of the cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie fast.  So  instead, I found recipes with fall flavors (Pumpkin, Cranberry, Potatoes, Apple).  Here's my menu...

Homemade Hummus
(served with Toasted Flatbread, Grape Tomatoes, Black and Greek Olives, and Carrots - and yes I know, its not "fall-ish")

Crostini with Roasted Garlic, Goat Cheese, and Apple Chutney
(I found cute little fake bling rings and scattered them on the table to celebrate the newly engaged couple)

Stuffing Stuffed Mushrooms
(for this I used the Hayes Family Cran-Apple Stuffing recipe and it's topped with sharp provolone)

Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
(served in martini glasses with a nod to Vince's 'wine charm' proposal)

Pumpkin, Feta, and Jalepano Quesadillas
(I don't have a picture so instead you can just see my pretty fresh "fall" flowers)

Engagement Cupcakes

Everything was a hit, especially the crostini, which Pete must have eaten 10 of them... I decided this will be my Signature Dish when either hosting or going to parties.  The mushrooms were so easy and a great alternative to change up future After-Thanksgiving stuffing.  The best part is I cooked wayyy to much and we'll be eating this menu for the next 3 days :)

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