Instead of having her rehearsal dinner at a restaurant, my girlfriend Ronda has decided to host it in her parents' backyard. To save money, the event won't be a formal sit-down affair, but rather a casual alfresco cocktail party with heavy appetizers. The easy menu is inspired by Italy.
First set up a huge station with store-bought charcuterie, cheese, olives, and antipasto. Next, give classic Caesar salad a portable makeover by serving on skewers. Ask a family friend to man the grill and cook up an assortment of vegetarian — asparagus and sun dried tomato, zucchini, margherita, and fontina olive — grilled pizzas. Prepare the toppings and dough in advance.
All the griller has to do is assemble and make the pizzas. Once cooked, pass around and offer to guests. To check out these recipes, read more