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Sep 20, 2011 03:24 PM

Party Planning Help!

After a long, debilitating illness I am now returning to fairly good health and my husband and I want to throw a party to celebrate the return of some normalcy. The party date is quickly approaching and I don’t have any solid ideas on what I want to serve. The details of the party are that it is at 7:00 p.m. at a brewery. The only thing the brewery provides is the beer/glasses and the space. I want to serve some light fare with several vegetarian options. There are no facilities for heating, so for anything that needs to be served warm I’d have to bring an appropriate appliance (crockpot, portable roaster, etc.). Things that can be made in advance would be great, as I still don’t have a ton of energy and I would like to reserve some of it to enjoy the party. Any ideas and inspiration are appreciated! Thanks in advance!

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  1. first of all, best of good fortune on your rapid healing and getting better very very soon and totally back to normal.

    how many are there going to be, that could bring best ideas.

    some things I can think of that would be or could be doable. empanada's. the standard beef with raisins and hard cooked egg inside, to ease your prep you can use either prepared canned biscuits in the roll can or pastry/pie dough. easy to make the filling then spoon into the waiting bread/dough, bake and keep warm in a foil lined 5 qt crock pot.

    a white bean chili is easy enough to cook in advance and once again, keep it warm in a crock pot. you could do it without chicken too, just use everything sans the chicken, but with veggie broth/stock. couple of loaves of NYT bread, to take there and cut up as dippers in a spinach dip.

    7 layer Mexican dip with all sorts of chips. spaghetti salad with green or black olives/lemon juice and zest/garlic/parm cheese/hot pepper flakes/parsley/salt/pepper. the triple threat: jalepeno jam and cherry pie fill and seafood cocktail sauce each over individual brick of creamed cheese, served with crackers or firm chips or pretzels. tuna pasta salad or chinese chicken salad or potato salad is usually enjoyed by most as well.

    I'm with you, keep it relatively simple, they want to enjoy you and will, not an abundance of major effort on your part. don't go crazy, just do as much as you feel able and if that's a problem, ask your co-workers to bring a dish to share.

    1. With beer, how about a sausage plate for the meat eaters with a couple different mustards.

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      1. re: escondido123

        Great idea - sausage w/ cheese and some bread or crackers (sturdy of course). I like the idea of different mustards. One could even do some make ahead ketchups, sauces, etc. Then of course, I'd probably throw in some good chips for measure and maybe some veggies to think that we had options of healthy.

        Arp29 - Do indeed save some energy to simply mix, mingle, visit, drink and munch and not worry about the food.

      2. Congrats....and I agree with the others who've responded. Let this be all about celebrating YOU and your return to good health. This should be a celebration that you're part of....not stressing over.
        There are lots of cheeses that go great with beer....and i love the idea of lots of different sausages and mustards. A white bean dip....different kinds of hummus. Some different crostinis.

        1. How about getting a big bucket and filling it w/peel n eat shrimp. Dipping sauces/ savory mustards and the traditional horseradish sauce to go ... Costco has pre-sliced cheeses which goes well with your fav. cracker. Deviled eggs...kitchy but, always a popular one in parties I have..I take the yolks and mix w/a little mayo, plain yogurt, mustard, salt and dill weed to taste. I put the yolk mixture in a plastic ziplock and pipe back into white "boats" then top with a piece of smoked salmon, trout or caviar... (smoked trout can be found at Trader Joes). At my local Costco this week, I bought "Pita Pal" Mediterranean bean salad and their roasted eggplant dip. YUM! great for the vegetarians. Went really well with the BBQ I had on the weekend. Take the crock pot and fill w/fondue chocolate and melt. Skewer fruits, marshmallow and frozen pound cake cubes.....:)

          1. Love some of the ideas. Shrimp, pasta salads, chilli in a crock pot.

            How about a baked potato bar? The potatoes stay pretty hot in foil for a while and offer a ton of toppings. Beer + potatoes...can you think of better comb?

            Add some chips and dips and its a party.

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            1. re: spcnj

              again how many people or did I miss that? has the OP revisited here yet?

              love the potato idea.