We did it! We survived the great dinner party of 2011 and I have to say I think it was a great success. (Hopefully I'm not the only one that thinks that!)
We learned a few things about dinner parties:
1. They are a lot of work!
2. We desperately need a double oven or a menu with only 1-2 hot items ;-)
3. When friends contribute it's a wonderful thing (thankfully we have amazing friends)
4. Make sure your gas stovetops have been turned off before you go to bed (yeah...no bueno)
We really had a lot of fun getting to hang out with friends and laugh and eat good food. And if this menu doesn't make your mouth water then there's something wrong with you.
Puffed pastry rounds (I made hearts instead of rounds in honor of V-Day) with crab and chives
Smoked gouda & smoked gruyere cheeses
Spinach salad with mandarins and sugared almonds (thanks Jo!)
Cold Strawberry soup
Wild Mushroom Risotto (my girl Abi brought this and it was AMAZING!)
Almond Green Beans with lemon butter sauce (another thank you to Abi)
Crash Hot Potatoes
Spiced Game Hens
Milk Chocolate Fondue with lot's of yummy things for dipping ie: bananas & brownie bites (thank you Lynelle), cheesecake bites, strawberry's, marshmellow's graham crackers & rice crispy treats
I'm pretty sure nobody left hungry!
Sorry there aren't any pictures, it unfortunately completely slipped my mind with everything going on.
Next get together I'm thinking a little more simple like pj's, movies, and make your own nachos ;-)
I think I'll go eat breakfast now :-)