Monday, January 21, 2013

Party Tips - Involve Your Guests.

Last night we had a completely impromptu dinner party with some friends. We had all attended an event which ended at 7:30 in the evening. While we were standing around in the parking lot trying to decide which restaurant to eat at in an area of Myrtle Beach we weren't too familiar with, we opted instead to just go back to our house for salad. We did have to make a quick stop at the grocery store just to fill out our salad bar a little more. Picking up some French bread, a rotisserie chicken, and a few more dressings. We set out different serving dishes and created a salad bar on our kitchen counter. When our dinner guests volunteered their help, I quickly accepted. I had guests shredding a whole rotisserie chicken, cutting up cucumbers, strawberries, and broccoli. They were shredding cheese and carrots. What could have been a time consuming activity for one person quickly turned into fun and light work. You may have heard the adage "many hands make light work". There is definitely truth to the saying. Not only were many hands involved, but we were all experiencing community as we worked together. Dinner parties do not have to be elaborate and time consuming. Although I do love to plan layers of details for a dinner party, it's also refreshing to just throw something together on the spur of the moment. Our menu consisted of:
  • Organic baby spinach
  • Organic baby spring mix 
  • Shredded rotisserie chicken
  • Shredded organic carrots
  • Shredded cheese
  • Diced organic cucumbers
  • Organic broccoli
  • Dried cranberries
  • Honey roasted pecans
  • Croutons
  • Variety of salad dressings
  • Freshly baked French bread (I love picking up a loaf of French bread from the grocery store that you take and bake at home. That means fresh hot bread right out of your kitchen oven and you didn't have to make it completely from scratch.)
By serving each separate component in it's own dish as opposed to mixing everything together in one large bowl, it allowed our guests to create their own salad based on their individual taste preference. Remember, if help is offered, be sure to say yes!   


  1. What a wonderful idea...although it shouldn't be pre-planned, right? That's what makes it so fun.


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