Monday, March 14, 2011

[Party Planning] The Goods on the Grub

Dear Readers,

Please don't hate me.... I...well, erm.... I, uh.... I forgot to take pictures!!  I did get to snap a few pics as guests starting arriving, but I ended up leaving my camera downstairs and ran back to attend to the oven and my blogger/paparazzo duties fell by the wayside.  Which was a good thing, since it meant I was having fun!

I spent most of Friday and Saturday cleaning, cooking, and crafting - the trifecta of domestication.  Here's some of the almost end result.

The Spread 
On the Menu
(and dining room table)
  • Spinach Dip in a bread bowl, with veggies for dipping (appropriately in green, orange and white... broccoli, celery, carrots, and cauliflower)
  • Chips with Guacamole (had to add as much green goodness to the table as possible)
  • Mozzarella Sticks
  • Jalapeno Cheddar Poppers
  • Chicken Taquitos 
  • Irish Potatoes (which apparently is a regional treat, but I never celebrated a classroom st.patty's without them!)
(and over in the kitchen)
  • Crab Dip
  • Buffalo Chicken Dip (kept toasty in the crockpot)
  • Beer Cheddar Breadbowl
  • and a local favorite Tomato Pie

 By the end of the night everything, albeit some crackers, was gone!

We also had a bevy of desserts...
I  made the Mint Chocolate and Chocolate Stout cupcakes, as well as the Irish Potatoes (recipe coming up on St.Pats!).   And some friends added a white trash chex mix (so freaking good - I added green M&Ms to it too), some store bought Chocolate Stout cupcakes with Bailey's flavored icing, and a trifle that we later named 'Irish Dirt'. 


Finally, the brews!... This was a 'Beer Tasting' party after all.  Although our guests were only asked to bring a 6 pack, due to Pennsylvania's awful liquor laws, it's nearly impossible to buy a six pack unless you carry out from a bar or restaurant that sells them.  Beer is only sold by the case at Beer Distributors, separate from Wine and Spirits store (yes, it's a complete headache).  Anyway, point is we ended up with A LOT of cases of beer.

Some of the variety included:

Ales - Bass, New Castle, Anchor Steam
Lager - Molson Canadian, Yuengling
Stout - Sierra Nevada Stout, Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout, Dogfish Head Chicory Stout, and of Guinness provided by the house ;)
Wheat Beer - Blue Moon, Blue Moon "Rising Moon" Seasonal Spring Ale, Hoegaarden, Allagash White, and a Raspberry Wheat that I can't remember the brewery.

I know I'm leaving out a few and of course we ran through the Miller Lite vs. Coors Light on the Beer Pong table. Good times were had by all and the party was a hit.  I'm already excited for 2012, as St.Patrick's falls on a Saturday!

Happy Monday Readers!


  1. I just bought some Dubliner cheese last week! We used it in carrot fritters the other day and it really packs a delicious punch.

    The house looked great! Any conclusions from the beer tasting?

  2. Thanks!! And yeah, the cheese definitely has a kick to it :) Last year I used it in a Beer Cheddar Fondue

    I kinda stuck with the Wheat Beers, since they are my fav, for the evening. The Strawberry Wheat was really tasty without being too intense (Sam Adams Cherry Wheat isn't a fav of mine, but this was much smoother). I also really love the Sam Smith Oatmeal Stout... I can't drink too much of it since it's so heavy, but it is taayy-sty!.... Since we have such a great variety I'll report back with any other new favorites :)

  3. This likes like such a fun party!! Love it. Everything looks fab. My kids made Irish Soda Bread in their cooking class last week, I am totally stealing their recipe this week :)

  4. Looks like an amazing party! I love the pompom's hanging above the beer table! And those cupcakes ... Oh the cupcakes! Look amazing! And I'm now CRAVING cupcakes! :)

    Lauren @ tickled.

  5. You did such a great job. Each time I see that cupcake pic I think it's a magazine shot. Beautiful!

  6. Andi - Thanks! umm irish soda bread, share the recipe if you like it, I haven't tried making it myself yet :)

    tickled. - Thanks and come over, PLEASE take the remaining cupcakes away before my thighs eat them!!

    gigi - aww I'm flattered lady, thank you :)

  7. This looks like SO much fun...lots of cheese there...haha, I would be in big trouble!! The cupcakes and poms turned out great...of course! All the hard work paid off! :)

  8. Natasha your lent would be impossible for me, I eat cheese on everything! Thanks!!


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