Saturday, January 3, 2009

Calling all Marthas, Barefoot Contessas and the like...

Two things push me over the edge: packing for an extensive trip and entertaining in the casa de News Readin'.

Today I am pleading for your help with the latter.

On Friday, we are hosting the inaugural gathering of our game night group. (Yes, yes, I know - very exciting lives we lead.)

I am at a complete loss as to what to serve. My menu planning has gotten this far

Cheese Slaw with cornbread crackers
Cornbread salad
Spicy shrimp cocktail
Hot spinach artichoke dip with cracked pepper pita chips
Lemon thyme dip with vegetables
Mini roast beef sandwiches

Lemon squares
Dark chocolate brownies

Tequila Touchdown punch from Martha (See, I still need you girl!)

Is this enough for 10 people at 7:30 pm? Note: the invitation read nibbles and sips, so dinner is not expected.

Any suggestions? Do I need to add in another mini sandwich? I thought about mini pulled pork sammies.

Okay. I'm off to another baby shower armed with resilience from the wily ways of the Mommy Mafia and a set of Beatrix Potter books.

Thank you for your attention to my entertaining crisis. I need all the help I can get...

Looking forward to all your fabulous suggestions,

Mrs. News Readin'


GrannySmithGreen said...

Sounds yummy to me. I think is should be enough for 10. Now, if we could just fly Martha and Ina down to cater it all. I hope you have a "ball"!

News Readin' Wife said...

Oh, GSG - what I wouldn't do to have them cater!

carolinacutie said...

Menu sounds great! Do you use fresh or canned banana & jalapeno peppers when you make your cheese slaw? It sounds yummy!

The Lawyer's Wife said...

Sounds great to me ... although those sammies would be divine ... and that says a lot coming from a vegetarian!!!

Love the menu ... have a great time!

mamacita said...

It's probably enough food for ten people, depending on how much you have of each item, and how long they're going to be at your house.

If it's not too much trouble, you could add some grapes or other fruit, as well. In case the party turns into a Roman orgy.

My favorite little nibble is this: Stuff an almond into a date, wrap the date with bacon, stab it with a toothpick, and pop it in the oven. These are delicious, and you could you some bacon up in there. (You will need to make more than one of these, of course.)

a. @ coterie said...

Sounds like plenty to me!

Amanda said...

new to your blog...we entertain in a dinner club monthly and i would say that is a very generous for 7:30/10 people, yum!!!! good luck you'll have a blast just be relaxed and your guests will too!

The 5 Bickies said...

Coming from someone who just got home from a party with a 7:30 start and roughly the same number of people, I think your menu sounds delish and is plenty of food.

Have a great night!

thepreppyprincess said...

This looks like perhaps more than sufficient quantities for that size group... which is to say it looks like the 'perfect' amount, at least on paper.

We hope you have a wonderful time!

News Readin' Wife said...

Carolina Cutie - I used canned. The less work the better in my book.

Mamacita - All good points. Adding fruit offerings, should orgy develop.

Amanda - Welcome! Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. It is much appreciated.

Thanks for all the kind words and confidence boosting comments!

The Mrs. said...

I think you do need a mini sammy and then you're all set. Of course I looove me a kobe beef slider but that is a little too much! Need your address, your gift is all packed! xo

Happy Homemaker said...

Looks perfect to me! Do you have room for 2 more?? I'll bring something!