Just because the holidays are over doesn't mean that I am going to stop planning parties. In fact, to beat the post New Year's blues, I've invited (learn about my invitations) a small group of couples to join me and my husband at the family cabin in the mountains. It's going to be a winter wonderland weekend getaway.
Now you may be wary of hosting this type of party because it lasts a few days and involves several meals, but my fool-proof menu allows you to delight your guests with delicious dishes and still have time for fun. You'll have plenty of time to curl up on the couch with a magazine or hit the slopes for some outdoor excursions. To see my weekend menu, read more
The first step to creating a menu that lasts all weekend is to figure out how many meals you will be serving. For this weekend I need to plan Friday's dinner, Saturday's breakfast, lunch & dinner and Sunday's breakfast & lunch - a grand total of six meals. Now take a deep breath and don't get overwhelmed, with the help of your friends, the grocery store, and prep ahead recipes, its perfectly possible to accomplish.
Since we will be traveling by car and arriving on Friday night, I will order several take and bake pizzas from my favorite local pizzeria. Be sure to order for both the vegetarians and the meat lovers. Friday morning before I leave I'll make a batch of homemade croutons and I'll pack a cooler with fresh romaine lettuce. While the pizzas cook, I'll assemble a quick Caesar Salad.
On Saturday morning I'll ask one of the couples to bring the ingredients for breakfast: yogurts, fresh fruit, muffins, bagels, lox, and cream cheese. For lunch on Saturday I'll make a batch of classic Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with an assortment of gourmet cheeses and offer kettle chips on the side. Dinner on Saturday will be the main event with a slow cooked, hearty Irish Beef Stew. I'll ask another couple to bring the fixings for a winter green salad to serve alongside the stew. For dessert, keep it easy and make Banana Splits, one for each couple to share.
On Sunday we will go out to breakfast brunch and I'll give my guests Tuna Sandwiches and Ginger Peanut Pasta Salad to savor in their cars on the ride home, with store bought chocolate chip cookies from the local bakery for dessert.
On Friday night I'll serve beer and both red (Barbera or Chianti) and white (Sauvignon Blanc) wines to accompany the pizzas. Saturday morning I'll serve Mimosa for anyone interested and in the afternoon I'll make Irish Coffee and Hot Chocolate spiked with peppermint schnapps (if they want it). Saturday evening with the stew, an Argentine Malbec (red wine) is the only way to go. For a specialty cocktail I'll make a Snow Drop.
Think my menu lacks one of your culinary masterpieces that screams winter wonderland getaway? Tell me about it by adding your recipes to the recipe database.
Stay tuned for tomorrow's Come Party With Me when I'll be highlighting my decoration plan for this party.