Need ideas for after dinner "work" gathering
I am having a handful of people over after dinner (7pm) to crunch some numbers and do some brainstorming for a volunteer group. One person said they are bringing wine, another mentioned pineapple cupcakes. Any suggestions on what would be appropriate to offer? I am looking for something easy (I have a family to prepare dinner for, before hand) and something that will appeal to a wide range of tastes.
i second fruit. it always goes quickly. if you want to serve something sweet with it, some simple tuile cookies. i'd also do some cheese and nuts as suggested as well.
and for me, if it was soon, because it's been sooooo hot here, i might do an ice cream/sorbet bar...
Are people clear that this is AFTER dinner? As someone who gets home from work at 7:30 or so, I would think that a 7 pm gathering would include dinner. If you haven't made that clear, you might want to have something more substantial just in case.
Are you looking for something you should be offering as the host after dinner (assuming everyone else has had dinner prior to arriving) in a pot-luck style gathering? I can't tell since some of the handful is still unaccounted for and there's no indication of who, if not everyone, is bringing something.
That said, I'd suggest you offer a small plate of something sweet, something salty, and something spicy. You don't have to cook to do this. For the sweet, I'd recommend a Dixie-cup size portion of carmel corn with or without nuts. For salty, I'd recommend small, salted pretzels that can be heated up in a toaster or oven - don't count this as cooking as it takes almost no prep or time. For the spicy, I'd recommend wasabi-coated or chili-flavored pistachios that can be picked up at a Whole Foods or other grocery store. You'll likely be providing water and other drinks so keep it simple for yourself.